Team Building

How to Build a Meaningful Relationship With Your Shift-Working Team

How to Build a Meaningful Relationship With Your Shift-Working Team Managers of shift workers have a unique set of circumstances that traditional 9 to 5 managers do not have to deal with. Many industries rely heavily on shift work to maintain around-the-clock schedules in order to optimize output and boost productivity. More than 17% of Americans work on a shift or have an irregular schedule. Introducing shift work into an environment or household that has

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How to Stop Micromanaging and Create a More Productive Team

How to Stop Micromanaging and Create a More Productive Team Micromanagement is defined as “a style of management whereby a manager closely monitors and controls the work of their subordinates and/or employees.” Though a great manager should, of course, be knowledgable about the infrastructure and dynamics of their team, it is imperative that they not patronize and/or demotivate their workers by constantly hovering. Micromanagement often causes feelings of scrutiny which can lead to frustration, burnout,

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5 Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation

5 Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation Employees are at the heart of any company, and they are a big part of what makes it possible for a business to succeed. It’s important to acknowledge their hard work and to give them appreciation frequently. Positive reinforcement is a huge motivator for anyone and can encourage ongoing success and engagement. March 1 is Employee Appreciation Day, and while it is a good reason to highlight your

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Training is Important to Employee Satisfaction

Training is Important to Employee Satisfaction From top-level CEOs to middle managers, everyone who supervises a staff knows that employee satisfaction and engagement are crucial to a company’s success.  There are several factors that contribute to a worker’s feeling of being satisfied.  Some of those factors, such as the overall tone of a company culture, can be complicated to address and challenging to change.  Providing employees with training opportunities is both straightforward and universally recognized

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3 Fast & Easy Company Potluck Dishes

  Company potlucks can be a great way to connect with coworkers in a relaxed setting, but the prep can be stressful. Deciding what to make that will be appropriate for the setting and something that appeals to all tastes and dietary needs can be a real challenge. Not to mention finding a recipe that is easy, quick, and relatively foolproof. If your potluck contribution can be a little more interesting than the typical pasta

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A Case for Celebrating Life’s Biggest Moments at Work 

A Case for Celebrating Life’s Biggest Moments at Work  By Sarah Payne Someone once told me that in life everything seems to stay the same forever…until one day, everything is completely different. I know a little bit about this. Last fall I experienced three major (but happy!) life events. I got engaged, bought a house, and had a baby. I remember the day after I got engaged, we toured the house we would eventually buy.

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3 STRATEGIES FOR ENGAGING HOURLY WORKERS

It’s time to stop taking hourly employees for granted. Despite the fact that hourly employees make up nearly 60% of the U.S. workforce, leaders tend to discount them when formulating employee engagement strategies.1 Together, the high turnover in hourly positions and the idea that hourly workers are a renewable (and replaceable) resource lead to management styles that outright ignore the needs of this group. Leaders instead focus their engagement efforts on salaried employees and often

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Performance Goals: Set Yourself Up for Success

Metrics and performance reviews have become standard tools used in the workplace over the past twenty years. Measuring productivity has grown more complex as jobs have shifted to be more service oriented. Performance reviews help employers understand the allocation of resources, deliverables, and achievements. They are also designed to allocate rewards, bonuses more objectively, and raises to employees. While performance reviews can significantly benefit organizations, if used appropriately, they can benefit individual employees as well.

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Managing Up: How to Help Your Supervisor Help You

Managing up is a popular buzz phrase in the human resources world of the past few years. Managing up refers to being an employee that is supportive of their supervisor and brings significant value to their boss and the company as a whole. In other words, managing up is the act of doing want you can help your manager be successful. Success usually happens when you have the resources you need and use them effectively.

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How to create SMART Goals

While ringing in the new year, we often think about what’s next, what’s ahead, and how to get there. The new year is a perfect time for setting both personal and professional goals. Sometimes, many of us are guilty of setting goals that are unattainable, unrealistic, or not in line with our life expectations. Instead of facing disappointment in 2018, follow these tips for goal-making that will help you feel successful when you’re looking back

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