CATEGORY: Employee Relations

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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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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Verbal Communication Skills

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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The deadline is quickly approaching and you want to get your hands on the report to ensure that all the numbers and data are in line, the analysis is on target, and that all the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted.  You are stressed in your job to the max.  You stop by your employee’s desk expecting to find her feverishly working on the last-minute details and edits, but instead notice that she is checking her Facebook newsfeed.  Fighting panic, you calmly ask her about the project.  Her response is your worst nightmare.  “You didn’t set a timeline on that, and I didn’t realize you meant you needed it now…” Whoa.  Did that just happen?  After you manage this crisis situation, it’s time to do a little self-re [...]
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Helping a New Hire Get Off to a Good Start

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Helping new employees get off to a good start can have big benefits for the company as well as the new hire. In addition to increasing morale, it can save the company money and time, increasing the productivity of the new hire as well as the whole team. Since not understanding what is expected and a lack of proper training are common reasons for employees to leave, putting the effort into starting a new hire off right can save the company the cost of finding another new hire. In addition, misunderstanding of job functions or company policies can result in lost revenue. The best approach starts at the job interview, where company expectations for the position should be made as clear as possible. A detailed description of the job func [...]
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How to Handle Job Stress

Posted by Eric Friedman

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While some amount of stress – such as having a schedule with deliverable dates – can help in workplace productivity, too much stress can have the opposite effect, making workers less productive, and even leading to depression and other health issues. Workers who are stressed are less committed to their jobs, and have more absences and a higher level of turnover. According to the World Health Organization, “Stress results from a mismatch between the demands and pressures on the person, on the one hand, and their knowledge and abilities, on the other. It challenges their ability to cope with work.” The demands and pressures of a job can be addressed by looking at how your organization is structured. Are the expectations reason [...]
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The Generation Divide in Workplace Communication We Face as Managers

Posted by Jessica Miller-Merrell

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With four generations active in the workforce, communicating effectively with each individual in his or her preferred style is one of a manager’s many challenges. We’ll take a look at each generation’s preferred method, and how to develop a communication strategy to satisfy each employee in his or her own unique way. The oldest generation in the workplace is getting ready to retire, and the newest is about to start a first part-time job while still in high school. Knowing about communication styles is an important skill to possess as our workplace gets more diverse. Traditionalists (1922-1943) Their communication style is a direct reflection of their generation name. Traditionalist feel that no news is good news. As a superviso [...]
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