CATEGORY: Employee Relations

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Make Your HR Department a Stronger Unit

Posted by Andreea Hrab

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The Human Resources department is an indispensable cog in any company’s engine. It is a unit that deals with every single employee on a consistent basis, listening to employees’ needs, drafting policies, and improving the workplace. As such, the Human Resources team needs to be a strong, cohesive unit that works together to ensure healthy and happy work conditions, as well as boost employee morale. To strengthen your HR department, it’s useful to keep in mind a few things. Remember that you also once held a junior position when assigning tasks and offering opportunities to your junior employees. Maintain open communication with your team about the department’s direction and priorities, always encouraging new ideas and ways to [...]
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The Importance of Intercultural Skills

Posted by Eric Friedman

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As the modern workplace becomes more global, companies are putting a bigger emphasis on an employee’s intercultural skills in the office. Now more then ever, companies are no longer just looking for technical skills, they are also putting a greater focus on an employee’s ability to speak another language, demonstrate respect for others, and cope with cultural differences. Ipsos recently conducted a survey to help better understand how intercultural skills are considered, assessed, and developed in the modern workplace. The biggest challenge they found for employers was being able to find employees with adequate intercultural skills, and most companies do not provide a comprehensive level of training to develop such skills. The rese [...]
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Gamify Healthcare Compliance to Motivate Employees to be Healthier

Posted by Eric Friedman

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It’s no secret that healthy employees cost less. According to a recent Gallup poll, the cost of unhealthy employees is more than $153 billion annually in lost productivity. Gamification, introducing game-like elements and strategies, has been used in several different industries to help boost productivity and a company’s profit margin.  But if you’ve ever been one of those people who has no motivation to exercise, eat properly, watch your personal BMI & cholesterol, etc., you won’t be motivated by most incentive programs. So how can employees use gamification to encourage and motivate people like this and others? It’s quite possible that employers can create a game to help motivate employees to be healthier, but it’s s [...]
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Anniversaries are Workplace Celebration Moments

Posted by Eric Friedman

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According to a recent Economic News Release, the average median tenure for workers aged 25 to 34 is 3.2 years, and for workers aged 65 and over it’s 10.3 years. Celebrating anniversaries at work is a boost to morale and makes for happy employees. Whether you choose to go all out with a potluck, or simply acknowledge the special day with a handshake and a heartfelt thank you, letting employees know they’re valued and appreciated is a classy move that improves your business. The benefits of celebrations go beyond the enjoyment of the party itself. Most employers don’t know exactly how to celebrate a work anniversary. For smaller companies, it might not be recognized at all. But sustaining good long-term employees is important for t [...]
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How to Work with Everyone at Work

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Working with different personalities isn’t easy, but it’s always necessary. In today’s fast-changing corporate environment, personality types are mixed together at various levels, and it’s crucial that you learn how to spot and work with any you come across. Personality typing may be useful in your business, to help you understand people’s differences. In doing so, you’ll be able to develop more productive work teams and enhance communication. Take the good, the bad, and the ugly: we all have different styles of communicating and making our way around the workplace. As a manager or co-worker, having a better understanding of how personalities work will help you understand how to create a better and more efficient work env [...]
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Mastering Written Communication at Work

Posted by Eric Friedman

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In today’s workplace, effective communication makes all the difference in the world. Big and small companies are dedicating entire departments to making sure the inflow and outflow of communication is both accurate and representative of their company. Without being able to effectively communicate your business offerings, even though you might have the best product in the world, your business won’t survive. In order to help you master the art of written communication at work, we’ve come up with a few steps to follow. 1. Be Clear & Concise Work on being clear and concise when it comes to any form of written communication. You need to be able to impart information and instructions so that your employees will understand. If [...]
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The Telecommuting v. Working at the Office Debate – Which is Better?

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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Following the announcement of Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer to rid the company of telecommuting altogether, let’s talk about valid reasons and circumstances in which working from home could be more productive and efficient than working at the office. Who benefits the most from telecommuting versus working in the office? Analyses at Best Buy, British Telecom, Dow Chemical and many other companies have found that teleworkers are 35% to 45% more productive. American Express found that its teleworkers produced 43% more than their office-based counterparts. So which is better? The major debate about allowing workers to work from home versus in their office is based heavily on productivity levels. Most companies report higher levels of produ [...]
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10 Steps to Keeping Employees Engaged and Motivated

Posted by Eric Friedman

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When it comes to job satisfaction, financial rewards may be lower on the list than most people think. Being happy with your job seems to depend more on the intangibles: feeling part of a team and being valued and appreciated consistently outrank money when employees are polled about job satisfaction. Bill’s Story Take Bill, for example: a very competent project manager at a software development company. He was recruited a few months ago to his current company, and he is already thinking of looking elsewhere. “I get no feedback whatsoever from my manager,” he said. With no sense of how he fits into the company’s overall goals or how he’s performing, his motivation is down. “The hours are much better at this company,” [...]
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