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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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10 Budget-Conscious Staycation Ideas for West Michiganders

Contingent upon your school or work calendar, Spring Break is either coming up or already upon you and in Michigan that can mean either high temperate days or blizzards. If you are not traveling for Spring Break, it can be a perfect time to relax and regroup as a family — particularly in West Michigan, where there are so many great restaurants, museums, and parks. Because we understand it can be difficult to figure out

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By the Numbers: The Global State of Labor in Manufacturing

At 3.8 percent, the national unemployment rate in the U.S. hasn’t been this low since 2001. The low rate combined with a growing number of individuals who are retiring from the manufacturing workforce is creating a growing labor gap; Thomas Lee, head of Fundstrat Global Advisors, predicts a shortage of 8.2 million workers through 2027. Manufacturing jobs aren’t the most glamorous positions sought by new grads, and with fewer people seeking work, more factories will have

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How to Budget Better and Save Money

How to Budget Better & Save Money Budgeting is a great goal to have and one that many people set out to accomplish each year. A budget and an emergency savings fund can be beneficial for so many reasons including unforeseeable medical expenses, car repairs, or something fun like a much-needed vacation. A helpful step in establishing a budget for these types of expenses is: to assess and understand exactly how much money you have

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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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Loving Your Job — Whether You Like It Or Not

Loving Your Job — Whether You Like It Or Not With Valentine’s Day in the middle of the month, February is often associated with themes of hearts and affection and love. While the traditions of the commercial holiday may be hokey to some, it is actually a great opportunity to remind yourself of the importance of loving the work you do every day. To help employees find ways to feel passionate about their jobs, every

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How to Adjust to a New Shift Quickly

How to Adjust to a New Shift While the first shift may be the most desirable shift for most, many companies are moving towards an around the clock operating system — and we already see it in the healthcare and manufacturing industries. This is great for our economy and provides more job opportunities, but what are the logistics of switching to a new shift? Second and third shift work can be desirable for a number

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Tax Document Information

Tax Document Information for OnStaff Group Tax season is upon us! Attention all OnStaff current and former employees: Here is your basic information for the 2018 tax season. Please read the below information and contact us if you have any questions. If you need web portal access, please contact OnStaff USA today to be set up. W-2’s: Mailed ON or BEFORE 1/31/18. Please be advised: Due to extreme winter weather conditions throughout the state of

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Don’t Let Onboarding Be Your Cause For Turnover

Don’t Let Onboarding Be Your Cause For Turnover By Strategic Human Resources, Inc. Turnover is challenging, costly, and could be occurring for different reasons. In order to solve the problem, we need to understand why it’s happening. If you’re able to conduct exit interviews with those who are leaving, that can be a great way to shed light on the reasons for their departure. If exit interviews aren’t feasible to do, we would suggest reviewing

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Successful Answers for Some of the Most Common & Difficult Interview Questions

Most Common & Difficult Interview Questions Good news: after all your searching, writing cover letters, and perfecting your resume, you have just received the call we all hope to get: a company you would really like to work for wants to have you in for an interview! Flash forward: you arrive for your interview, feeling prepared and confident. You introduce yourself and everything seems to be going well until… the questions begin and suddenly, all

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