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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Autumn is a beautiful time of year throughout the country. Integrating autumn colors and items into your office will make it more attractive during the season and add some visual interest throughout the office. There are a variety of options for adding autumn touches to your workplace. You can use many different strategies to decorate different parts of the office at reasonable prices. Your reception area is a great place to add autumn colors to...
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The appearance of your office sends an important message to everyone who enters it. If the office isn’t organized, contains mismatched furniture or is chaotic, it will leave a lasting impression on clients and other visitors. If you are updating the furniture in a financial office, it’s important that the image your office projects is one of stability, steadiness and constancy. There are a lot of exciting decorating styles out there, but whimsical or eccentric...
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Your employees may go through challenging times while they work for you. These might include family illnesses, deaths, divorces, child custody battles and many other circumstances. Personal difficulties can affect a person’s performance in a variety of ways. As a manager, it is tricky to navigate personal issues at work. You don’t want to pry into people’s lives but you can’t allow the performance deficiencies to go unnoticed. You’ll have to work carefully to help...
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Your employees’ self-esteem and confidence depends, in part, on the feedback they receive from you. They need to feel that you understand and appreciate their efforts and accomplishments. Employee reward systems exist so that team members understand that you value them and their contributions. Often times, employees are rewarded in a variety of ways. Sometimes, these rewards aren’t in line with company values and other times, the benefits aren’t sufficient to motivate employees and make them feel like they...
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As an employee, you should be able to look to your manager as an example of how to behave in the office. The manager should set the standard of conduct in the workplace. Unfortunately, some managers behave inappropriately and don’t always set a good example. Sometimes, they do small things that make you uncomfortable. Other times, a manager’s behavior can go beyond what makes you uncomfortable and actually become a serious workplace issue. You will need to decide whether your...
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Your employees are the first contact that customers have with your company. That’s why it’s important that they project a positive image to customers. Otherwise, people will have an unpleasant experience with your company. Customers may perceive workers as lazy, rude, unhelpful or condescending. This can lead to lost sales from the customer. Even worse, customers will badmouth your company to their friends, relatives and on the internet. The company image can take a significant hit from incidents like this....
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Purchasing is a delicate topic in organizations. All companies deal with limited funds and there is competition among various individuals and departments for the money the company has available. If you want to be successful at selling to an organization, you need to understand how the company’s purchasing process works. You need to know who is influencing the buying decision and who is ultimately responsible for making the decision. It’s not always easy to make...
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