Human Resources

How to Manage Political Discussions in the Workplace

It’s a cliché: the two things you’re not supposed to talk about are religion and politics. But sometimes, especially in an election season, political talk is everywhere. What can you do as an employer to manage political discussions in the workplace, and keep everyone’s focus on the job and the customer? While you have to…

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Top 5 Email Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts in the Workplace

Very few things can tarnish your professional reputation like a poorly composed or misguided email. Even in a world where we are rushing to get things done as quickly as possible in order to move on to the next task, it’s important to take the time to use good manners in your email and to write…

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Consultant’s Corner: Employee Cell Phone Use Policy

Q: I am looking for a basic policy for the use of personal cell phones by employees on company time. This is a major problem affecting productivity in our business.  A: Increasingly, cell phone usage is becoming a problem in the work place. Usage of cellular devices takes focus away from the day-to-day operations of…

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Have You Implemented Sexual Harassment Policies?

Being a small business does not guarantee immunity from sexual harassment complaints. This serious issue can arise in any business, of any size, and it is so important for you as a business owner to be proactive in implementing sexual harassment policies that make your workplace safer. Policies should cover prohibited behaviors, reporting procedures, and…

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Do You Believe These Myths About Ancillary Benefits?

Maybe you’re already offering health insurance to your employees, but you’re not sure about offering additional, ancillary benefits. Should you offer additional benefits like dental, vision, or life insurance? Many business owners avoid these benefits, believing they’re too small to offer them, the benefits would be too expensive, employees don’t care, and other reasons. But…

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Building the Right Team

Achieving success as a start-up is never easy. Over 50% of startups fail, for a long list of reasons. But at the core of every successful start-up you will find one uniting factor: great people. Hiring the right employees does not only help mitigate the risk of having to replace them down the road. It…

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The Challenges of Aligning Workers and Employers

Workers love the flexibility of defining their own work schedule. Employers like being able to have the right number of staff at the right time, maintaining efficiency. And yet there are challenges to helping both workers and employers navigate this situation that both sides want. It’s much more complicated, managing everyone and what they’re doing,…

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The Conversations That Build Extraordinary Performance

We all want extraordinary performance from our teams. Extraordinary performance requires productive behavior. And to get productivity, you need engaged employees. One of the most important tools for driving employee engagement is simple: conversations. But not just any conversations. Learn why the check-in conversation is the most powerful five minutes you can spend, and how…

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Encourage Independent Thinking

An important element of an open corporate culture is a team full of people who are all thinking about ways to help the business. Encouraging independent thinking among your team members will generate new ideas and give everyone a stake in your business’s success. Benefits of Encouraging Independent Thinking There are many benefits to encouraging independent thinking…

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Creative Job Titles Help Create and Define Corporate Culture

What do you call your employees—employees? Some companies have chosen to label their employees something other than employees. They call them team members, associates or other more endearing and personalized names and titles. With a little creativity, you can come up with a title for your employees, or even specific jobs, that can have a…

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