Foster Career Development In Your Staff

When one of your best employees gives notice out of left field, you’ll certainly be wondering why. As it usually turns out, they had been thinking about it for months and consulting with friends and family. The one person they should have clued into that conversation was YOU, their manager. 

Their decision to leave could have potentially been avoided with a real conversation on whether they felt valued or if they felt they had the potential to grow within their role at your company. Unfortunately, this is a crucial conversation managers and employees completely drop the ball on.

LinkedIn research points out that one of the main reasons people quit their job is lack of career advancement; because they feel like they’re unable to do so in their current role. A recent Alight workforce study reports that 78% of employees expect managers to discuss career and learning opportunities with them and that shockingly only 37% of employees feel managers do this well. What do you do when your team members feel like they can’t talk about career development? Block out the time in your already-packed schedule to sit each one down for a real conversation about it.

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What You Can Do If You’re Not A Good Culture Fit

Changing jobs is exciting and stressful. After accepting an offer and settling into a new routine, you may be one of the many people who struggle to adapt to a new company culture. You are familiar with your coworkers, understand the dynamics of the company and everyone’s responsibilities, and you can even navigate the supply room without getting lost! You seem to be getting the hang of things, however, something seems to be leaving you anxious. This is normal. After all, you will certainly face new challenges, learn new methods of doing things, and figure out how to best work with your coworkers in any new position. If, after a month or two, you’re worried that you may not be blending well with the company’s culture, you’re not alone!

Perhaps the reality of the culture is not aligned with what you had expected it to be. You may be feeling disappointed if you thrive in a collaborative environment but most of your colleagues want to work heads down with headphones in. Maybe you’re the introvert finding yourself overwhelmed in a bustling open floor plan office. Sometimes when faced with change we can feel defeated, but with a few tips and a little practice you can find your stride and adjust successfully. So, what can you do if you feel like you’re not fitting into the office culture at your new job?

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New Year, New Laws: Are You In The Know?

As each New Year dawns upon us, industry professionals and HR departments gear up for the year ahead with new updates on California labor laws and regulations. As we enter 2019, it is imperative that management and employees are well informed and educated on new updates that have already taken effect as of Jan 1st and those that will be enacted throughout the year ahead. Familiarize yourself with these updates by using resources such as the Department of Labor website or the CalChamber’s free downloadable guide. You will want to update your workplace posters and employees handbooks to reflect up-to-date information. Are you fully prepared?

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Survive The Office After Vacation

You just spent the last week or so away from the office; enjoying the holidays, celebrating with family and friends, or flying across time zones. But now you’re back in the office and expected to fall back into your normal work routine. Taking time away from work is a great refresher for your mind and body. However, it can also leave you with the post vacation blues. Some of us can feel drained after a vacation and can struggle to get back into the groove of things. How can you survive your first days back at work after an amazing vacation?

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Leadership Success Starts with You: 6 Habits of Successful Leaders

Carol Sandberg, COO of Facebook, states, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Being a leader comes with a special line of responsibilities; the actions and attitude you portray directly impacts your employees and their success. What can you do to improve your skills and stand out as an effective leader?

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Keep the Holidays & the New Year Flexible

Now, more than ever, employees seek flexible work schedules as well as remote-work options. These enticing benefits can help employees stay more engaged and productive, especially during the holiday season. According to a survey from Accountemps, high stress factors during the holiday season were “holiday events and work obligations (32%), taking time off and coming back to heavy workloads (23%), and having fewer people on the job to help (18%).” While money may be one of the biggest motivators employees seek, flexible schedules and benefits are making their way to the top of the list. As we move through the busy holiday season and into the New Year, keep an eye out on what your employees are really asking for and what new employees require to say yes to your job offer.

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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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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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