The Value of Hiring Candidates That Have Been Laid Off

In the process of scrutinizing resumes, an often overlooked yet key group of individuals is employees that have been laid off. Whether it’s due to downsizing or company reorganizations due to mergers or acquisitions, these are vital candidates. These applicants are more than capable and should be considered alongside the mythical “purple squirrel candidate.” It’s time to break the stigma around these job candidates!

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Internal Transfers: What to Consider

When an employee comes to you and asks to move to another team or transfer out of your department entirely, what do you do?

As their manager, you’ve got some work to do before you give this employee an answer. First, decide if you can afford to let the employee move off of your team and if you can replace them. Then, to see if a transfer is the right decision for the employee and your company, there are a few things you need to consider. Find out why they want to move and how their performance reviews stack up before you reach out to HR and other teams or departments for openings.

You’ll want to hold on to valuable and hardworking employees, so it’s important to consider all factors and how a transfer can benefit the employee as well as your company.

 

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How to Find Happiness at Work

We spend the majority of our day at work, so it is important to love what we’re doing and enjoy our time in the office. When you’re happy at work, you are more productive and engaged. Finding happiness at work is an easy choice to make that begins with you! Your attitude and how you choose to experience your time at the office directly impacts your day. What can you do to find happiness at work?

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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 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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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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How to Keep Learning Without Going Back to School

Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk wondering how you could better yourself in your career and as a person? You’ve gone through training at work and you tend to devour new ideas and concepts, but you’re still craving more! Learning current and emerging skills will help progress you at work as well as in life. Fortunately, with our growing digital world, there is a plethora of resources for you to dive into and expand your knowledge in your downtime.

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Feeling Isolated at Work?

The modern day workplace has introduced a plethora of social platforms changing the way employees and managers interact and communicate with each other. It would come as no surprise that employees, or even yourself, can go an entire day without engaging with a colleague in person. Even in a bustling open office environment, overwhelmed employees can inadvertently shut down and withdraw from genuine connection. This can have a negative impact on company culture, causing employees to feel isolated and lonely. According to a University of Pennsylvania study, “employee loneliness led to poorer task, team role, and relational performance.” This loneliness can trigger an employee to be emotionally withdrawn and detached from their work and their peers. With a surplus of personalities in the office, it may be challenging to create an environment where each employee feels welcomed, appreciated, and a part of the team. How can you create a more cohesive work environment and disrupt potential isolation?

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Addressing Employee Gossip without Getting Sucked-In!

Allowing gossip to enter the workplace can negatively impact company culture by bringing down employee engagement and productivity. Office gossip can take many forms: company changes, employee salaries and promotions, personal affairs, and managerial problems. According to a study by Equisys, a business communications company, the average employees spends 65 hours a year gossiping at the office. When employees, especially managers get caught up in gossip, problems are less likely to be addressed, diminishing relationships and trust amongst co-workers. As managers it is our job to coach our teams and provide the best possible working environment we can. How can you avoid alienation and negativity among team members?

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Are You Guilty of Poor Communication?

Communicating with your staff members is pivotal to achieve company goals, deliver direction, and boost company culture and team morale. It is the job of management to be able to create an environment where employees feel comfortable, inspired, and ready to hit the ground running. However, more often than not, managers need their own coaching in their roles as mentors. Without it, employees are potentially left feeling neglected, lost, or unappreciated. This can lead to high turnover rates and unmotivated staff members. Cultivating a workplace where employees feel appreciated and motivated can stem from the verbal communication that happens within the office.

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