Managing The Thanksgiving Dinner Table

The office is full of unique individuals with distinctive traits and special skills that they bring to the table to create a cohesive team that drives company success. With all these personalities, it’s inevitable that some employees will have varying opinions and butt heads with one another, while others will prefer to keep quiet and buckle down with work. Much like the office environment – your Thanksgiving dinner table may bring a similar mix of personalities and conflicting opinions. Some dinner tables reflect a picture perfect “team meeting” others leave the host fretting over who can sit next to who, and who needs to be on opposite ends of the table. While it’s recommended to leave your work at the office, who says you can’t take a few of your management tricks to the dinner table this holiday season?

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How To Manage Layoffs

Letting employees go can be an inevitable occurrence within a company and will never be an easy task for the manager or the employee. Understanding the optimal and appropriate way to layoff these employees can make or break the process. Employees who are laid off will need reasons, transitional support, and empathetic managers during this emotional and rough time. Remaining employees need reassurance in order to help them stay productive, feel safe in their role, and stay committed to their company. What can you do to ease the process of layoffs?

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How To Be An Ethical Leader

Ethical behavior in the simplest form is knowing what is right and how to act upon that knowledge. In our current competitive business world ethics are often pushed aside or brushed under the rug entirely. There is a vast difference between being simply a boss and being an ethical leader. As a manager your actions directly affect your employees and according to Linda Thornton, author of Seven Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership, having a team that acts ethically in the workplace starts at the top. Ethical leadership has a positive impact on corporate culture and managers who understand this are more likely to attract and retain top talent and clients. How can you practice ethical behavior and lead by example?

 

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How To Maximize Your Work Day!

Ever find yourself wondering where the day went? You started with a plan of tasks to accomplish by the end of the day, but by the time the workday ends it feels like you’ve barely chipped away at your workload. We get it – we’ve all been there. Managing your time can be difficult, however, it’s the key to having a productive day. So, where do you start?

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The Art of Time Management

As a manager your time is valuable, one of the essential skills of a great leader is excellent time management. You are often required to stretch yourself across various areas of the business to make sure your team or department runs smoothly. While your to-do list seems never ending, unfortunately the amount of time you have each day to complete it is limited. If your plate is constantly overfilled, your time spent at work and worrying about work will eat into your work-life balance. According to a Gallup study, more than half of full-time employees work over 40 hours a week. So how do effective leaders manage their time successfully by working smarter?

 

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Managing Change

Change is inevitable. You, your team, and your company are bound to experience it along with the potential roller coaster that can accompany it. In order to grow through change, it is imperative that you and your management team know how to navigate it. While change might stir up some resistant staff members, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing! By appointing the appropriate leaders to manage change and by planning ahead – you can continue to navigate change as smoothly as possible. How can you successfully manage change in your organization?

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Employee Burn Out

If you notice any of your employees becoming disengaged, missing deadlines, becoming forgetful or irritable, they may be experiencing employee burnout. A recent Gallup study discovered that 23% of employees felt burned out at work “often” or “always”, and 44% felt burned out “occasionally”. Employee burnout can be costly to your organization. An employee experiencing burnout is 63% more likely to take a sick day and 2.6 times more likely to seek new employment. A crucial factor in whether or not employees hit burnout is based on how they are treated and managed. How can you recognize the signs of employee burnout and what can you do to prevent it?

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Counter Offers: Why They Can Be Risky

Seeking employment elsewhere opens a new door with new opportunities. However, once you give notice to your employer, you may find yourself navigating the tricky process of counter offers. You’ll want to be prepared for the powerful, persuasive tactics your current employer can use to convince you to stay. They could promise a new job title, a promotion, or a better benefits package. Most of the time you will be offered a higher salary to stay. Accepting the counter offer may be quite appealing, however, statistics from the National Employment Association show that 80% of employees who accepted counter offers still parted ways form their employer within 6 months.

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Are you stressed? Micromanaging makes it worse!

Have you ever found yourself continuously anxious at work – feeling like you constantly ask your team members for progress updates, have the need to be a part of every meeting and every email, or feel you need to do everything yourself for fear it won’t be done correctly? You probably think it is because you are a control freak or an extremely hands-on leader. However, in reality, you could be experiencing work-related stress resulting in micromanaging your employees. While you are responsible for your staff, you have a well-chosen group of employees for good reason – to help you and to assist in making sure your organization runs smoothly. While it may be hard to admit, over-controlling the process is most likely limiting the growth of your team and yourself. What can you do to limit stress and step back from micromanaging?

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Flexible Hours: The New Must Have!

Millennials are now making up most of today’s workforce and are projected to reach up to 46% of it by 2020. It is crucial for companies and organizations to understand what motivates them as employees in order to retain workers. Millennials seem to think of the traditional Mon.-Fri. 9a-5p schedule as a thing of the past. Furthermore, having a flexible work schedule is no longer just a trend, but a new fundamental factor in retaining top talent and attracting new employees. Compared to five years ago, 40% more companies in the US offer a flexible work option. It is widely documented that a happier work place results in higher productivity among staff. Shifting a healthy focus onto employee wellbeing and allowing companies to incorporate options for flexible hours and telecommuting days just might be the missing link to higher productivity and an overall positive company culture. How can you stay with the latest workforce trends and develop and implement a flex work option at your company?

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