Employees need many different kinds of motivation. One of the most important ways is for them to understand how their work types into the company's mission. If they don't understand this link, they won't understand the point of their tasks. Their work many seem meaningless and this lack of connection can lead to frustration. That's why it's so important to help workers understand company goals and the relationship between these goals and employee tasks. When employees feel that their...
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As a manager or leader, you probably work hard to motivate your employees. It's harder than it sounds. Different workers are inspired by different things and you have to get to know everyone well to understand their motivations. For example, a graphic artist might be motivated by very different things than a technical writer. You have to understand the person to find the right motivational tool. Though you may be trying your best at motivating employees, you may unintentionally...
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The idea of flexible work environments is popular with employees but it takes some research to decide whether this concept is appropriate for your business. Flexible work environments can mean a lot of different things to different people. If you decide to consider flexible work environments, you need to determine what kind of flexibility you want to extend to employees and how arrangements will function. One common type of flexibility concerns working hours. It means changes to work...
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Team building is a popular trend in many companies. Managers often use team building to help employees get closer and understand one another's work styles. However, in other cases, people use team building as a band aid to attempt to fix problems within the team. Team building is a tool that is often misused and therefore becomes a waste of time and money. But, when it's used effectively, it can be a powerful tool for transforming a team. It's...
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There is nothing more difficult for a supervisor to deal with than low morale in the workplace. It has a variety of negative effects including low productivity, turnover, increased absenteeism, mistakes and a lack of enthusiasm. Other problems include insubordination, conflict between team members and management, complaining, lack of cooperation, poor performance, bad attitudes and estrangement among team members. It's hard to deal with low morale due to all these negative influences. It can be emotionally exhausting. There are a...
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Your office furniture an investment; it only makes sense to take care of it properly so that it will remain attractive and functional for years to come. Your office furniture probably has a variety of different fabrics and materials. Common upholstery fabrics include leather, vinyl, textured cotton, microfiber and nylon. Less common fabrics include silk, wool, velvet and linen. All of the fabrics and materials need appropriate care to stay clean and attractive. Many furniture pieces are made of wood,...
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Have you ever been in a meeting with a group of people and every single one of them needed a power outlet? This is becoming a common situation in the modern work world. People need to charge laptops, phones and handheld devices in order to participate in meetings. With older conference tables, you would be scrambling to plug everyone's equipment in. Some people would not be able to plug their computers or devices and they would run completely out...
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Ergonomic office chairs are important for employees' spine health. Because people spend so much time at the office in their desk chairs, the chairs can have a significant impact on their bodies. Some chairs can cause significant stress on a person's body by placing stress on the person's spine. This can lead to significant pain over the long term. In some cases, the person's spine can be permanently damaged and undergo severe and chronic problems like degenerative disc disease....
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Do you have frequent guests in your office? If so, it's important that you create a comfortable, inviting space for your guests in the office, whether they are from within the company or visitors from outside. Guests need to feel welcome no matter the reason for their visit. There are things you can do to make them feel welcome including setting up your office the right way and purchasing certain types of furniture. If guests need to wait for...
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There is no shortage of gadgets for the workplace. You can find them for nearly any job, hobby or purpose. Lots of gadgets merely waste your time. Often, gadgets are trendy items that a lot of people buy but abandon quickly because they don't serve much purpose. However, there are some functional gadgets that can actually help you save time and improve your work. Others help you work more effectively with others. When you are considering purchasing a new...
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