There are many reasons why background checks need to be conducted on employees before hiring them. These background checks can help keep your business, your clients, and your employees safe. A background check will look for criminal records, but also it will check out employment and education history. It will ensure that applicants are who they say they are and that they aren’t wanted nationally or even internationally for some crime. You do have to...
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Just because your office is having a party doesn’t mean you can break loose. Even though it’s a party, it’s still a business function, and you don’t want to do anything which might jeopardize that promotion, right? So, you need to know what office party etiquette is so that you don’t do something stupid where you ruin your very hard-earned reputation.   Here are some rules for office party etiquette which will keep you out...
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If you have a business, you most likely have a multi-generational work environment among your employees. It could comprise four generations who need to work together and co-exist peacefully. These generations are: The Baby Boomers: These workers were born between 1946-65. This generation has stability, responsibility, and a formality about them. They also have a sense of loyalty and value quality. Because of the economic downturn, many are putting off retirement and trying to replenish...
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Open workspaces are standard now in the business world. Everyone is sitting out in the open. They still have their own desks and everything else, but gone are the old fashioned cubicles of lore. The interaction among employees this fosters does help with projects and assignments when on teams here. But the question is, where does the boss come into play? Is it better if the boss is in the workplace, in a private office,...
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When you hire a new employee, you may be thinking about what paperwork needs to be filled out. Or maybe it’s going over the employee handbook with the new team member and introducing them to the staff. But do you know how to make the new person feel welcome? So to get off to a good start, your new employee needs to feel appreciated and a part of your business’s culture as soon as possible....
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With the open office workplace, privacy is not always easy to find. Some employees may not mind the bustle and noise, but other people may find it difficult to concentrate. The work output can be compromised as well as having some unhappy employees without some kind of privacy available. Plus, there are four types of privacy which are sought after by employees. Acoustic privacy is from noise invasion. Noise levels can affect concentration. Some people...
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Whether you know it or not, there are rules for business office etiquette. If you aren’t aware of these rules, then you may lose opportunities for advancement because others will believe your unprofessional. So, there are rules about behavior in a cubicle, how to give a proper handshake and lots more. Knowing these rules is important to your career, so a review of them is a good idea. Below are some of the rules and...
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With school starting after summer vacation and the holidays coming up, soon it will be fund raising time. This is when your co-workers approach you about supporting their children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren in their fund-raising campaigns. Whether it be candy, cookie or candle sales; you’re going to be asked for support. So, what do you do? Workplace policies Some workplaces policies only permit fundraising requests on lunch hours or breaks. Other companies allow donation...
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When two or more of your employees are having issues and not getting along, it can cause tension for everyone else. Being hostile, moody or combative can make other employees on edge, not to mention unable to get their work done. Their desk time will be miserable. Arguments, disagreements and feuds can crop up for numerous reasons even if you have an excellent company culture too. It could be a power struggle, one person thinking...
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Gift giving at the office can be like walking a tightrope at times. How much do you give? Is everyone included? Are you supposed to be giving a gift to your supervisor or boss? So, below are some tips on how to handle office gift giving with some of the do’s and don’ts. Tips for office gift giving Check what the rules are for gift giving in your office. Some businesses have policies about what...
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