Sometimes it may cross your mind why your business needs an HR department. But if you think about it, the HR department is always working steadily in the background of your business making sure everything is running smoothly. They are important in many areas; from strategic planning to the image of the company. So below are the different departments of HR and how they work within your business. Training and development: The Human Resources Department...
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Having an employee who is bad with time management doesn’t make them a bad employee; it may be a skill which they never properly developed. However, with some proper coaching, it’s something which can be learned and overcome.   How can you help? The first thing you may want to figure out is why the employee is having this issue. Are you not stating clearly your expectations? For example, the A-team is having a meeting...
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When employees leave the companies that they’re working for, this could be for one or many reasons. Some employers think employees leave just because of pay issues though. However, many employees leave jobs for reasons other than money. Also, when an employee does leave a job, it can cost an employer loss of productivity and the expense of finding a replacement.   In addition, a strong company leader will listen to what an employee’s needs...
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New technology is a constant reality in the workplace. Employees frequently need to change the way they do their jobs based on technology changes. These changes aren’t bad, although they can seem frustrating at first. However, new systems bring many advantages such as better customer service, reduced errors, more features, faster processing times, one-stop service and many other positive changes. When you introduce new technology to a team or department, it’s important to explain the...
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When employees aren’t performing well, there can be many different reasons for the problem. It’s important not to make assumptions about the issues. You need to investigate the situation so that you can understand all the factors that contribute to low performance. Many different factors can contribute to sub-par performance including low motivation, unsupportive management, technology issues or skill gaps. Skill gaps are a very common cause of performance problems. Often, if you investigate performance...
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The leadership in place at your company is the key to the organization’s success over time. You may have a great leadership team in place at your company and look forward to many prosperous years ahead. Your company can’t afford to be complacent about leadership. Overtime, some of the best members of your management team will leave for a variety of reasons. Some may retire. Others may face illnesses that force them to cut back on work. Some people...
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Employees are bound to make mistakes. It’s part of work life. As a manager or supervisor, you are called on to deal with the ramifications of the mistakes and figure out strategies for moving forward. It may seem that it’s easier to just let the employee go and find a replacement. After all, if you’re having problems with someone, starting fresh with someone new sounds appealing. It’s also daunting to think about dealing with a problem employee. Most people...
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When managers experience problems with employees, they often turn to training departments for a solution. People assume training can solve almost any problem. Actually, this is not the case. Training is very effective at solving a particular group of problems. It is not effective when it comes to other issues. It's important to understand the difference between problems training can solve and those it cannot. Training is the solution when there is a knowledge or skill gap. If...
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The dry erase or whiteboard has been around since the late 1950s or early 1960s, no one is really sure. They didn’t really take off in popularity however until the 1990s.  Today they have become a normal addition to almost every office and classroom. While whiteboards come in every size and shape imaginable, who could have imagined that a resilient laminate application would ever be used on a table? Whiteboards were originally created to take...
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In my old position I spent almost all day sitting at my table top and wow did my body know it. I had continual headaches due to shoulder and neck pain, as well as sporadic back pain. On top of that, after 2 years of working like this I started getting injured more easily because my muscles had weakened so much. This is not a surprise to people, who like myself, have spent a lot...
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