It’s easy to overlook the importance of the chairs in your office. They might seem like background pieces, but they are far more important to your office’s atmosphere than you might realize. Most offices have side chairs throughout the office. They’re a great way to add elegance to your office. It’s also important to find chairs for office workers that fit in with the jobs they do while keeping them comfortable. Before you make a...
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Respect is critical to positive relationships at work. It needs to be mutual between managers and employees, co-workers and colleagues. A respectful environment means that everyone’s voice is heard. People’s contributions are valued and everyone is treated with dignity. No one person is considered more important than others. People have confidence that others won’t undermine them when they aren’t present. What happens if you don’t build a respectful workplace? You’ll find that the ramifications are...
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During the course of your career, you will have the opportunity to attend many work-related social events. These may include after-hours work parties, happy hours and dinner parties. Outside of your job, you may join any number of professional associations that hold social-style networking events. Your conduct at work and other professional events can have a profound effect on your career. Although some work-related events are more successful that others, your conduct can enhance your...
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Frustrations are a part of working life. Co-workers, customers, regulations and management can contribute to feelings of anger, irritation and discomfort. Everyone feels this way sometimes. As a manager, you need to know as much as possible about the issues that trouble your employees. You should also be someone they trust so that they will talk to you when they’re worried or upset. When employees come to you with their concerns, they’re demonstrating a significant...
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It’s exciting when a business grows. After all, it’s the goal of business owners to watch their companies grow and thrive. However, growth brings its own set of problems. There are many examples of businesses that have failed because the owners aren’t able to adapt to the challenges of a growing business. Sometimes, the people that are trying to build a company that are the very people that hold it back. But, if the entrepreneur...
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You want to encourage your employees to develop their skills and achieve their dreams. You probably have great team members that make valuable contributions on a daily basis. What happens, though, when what they ultimately want to achieve doesn’t include working at your company in the long run? Your first instinct might be to give the person notice, but don’t jump to conclusions. You have more options You may find yourself in middle of a...
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A good supervisor needs many different skills. It’s a common misconception that someone who is skilled at a particular job is a good candidate for management. Companies often promote people based on their competency at certain skills and tasks. For example, a good customer service agent might be promoted to a customer service supervision role. A strong accountant could be promoted to head of the accounting department. A good salesperson may end up as a...
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Companies are always trying to stay on the cutting edge of recruiting strategies. Even in the toughest economic times, there is plenty of competition for the best and brightest employees. Holding career fairs and placing employment advertisements aren’t the most strategic ways to find workers in the modern environment. Today’s workers use a variety of techniques to find jobs and they expect fast, up-to-the minute communication. People don’t expect long hiring processes or expect to...
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Every company has to have a clear message that they want to send to customers. However, that message needs to be adapted to different audiences. The voice you use and the message you send will change based on your target audience. Most companies have many different types of customers. They also want to send messages to employees, prospective employees and vendors. Every message needs to be adapted appropriately so that the target audience receives the...
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Change is the one constant in every work environment. It comes whether we like it or not. Change is caused by a variety of factors. The economy fluctuates. Competition forces companies to re-evaluate their strategies. This can result in many different kinds of upheaval in the organization. Major changes can occur that affect people everywhere in the company. At times like these, there are a variety of major changes that can cause employee stress. Situations...
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