Diversity Hires – Creating a Diverse Workplace

Workplace diversity should be a top priority for Hiring managers and HR departments. Diversity should not be a cut and dry matter of compliance, but a proactive and inclusive mindset and value of your company. Research has shown that diversity contributes to success in the workplace. For example, McKinsey & Co. 2018 research shows that racially diverse companies outperformed non-diverse companies by 35% and that gender-diverse companies were 21% more likely to experience above-average profits than companies lacking diversity.

Widen the scope; avoid focusing on diverse hiring for a single position, but rather focus on how to incorporate it into your company culture. Company diversity begins before the hiring process even starts. It takes a commitment and conscious effort to consider and implement a 360° approach to inclusive hiring. It is important for HR and management to understand their organization’s mission statement and core values and how diversity contributes to their overall success. 

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How To: Employee Performance Reviews

Conducting an employee performance review is no small task nor should it be treated as such! There are several things to consider when developing a structured, well-thought-out employee performance review process. Not having a clear format, not knowing what HR procedure is, and not preparing yourself will only set you up for failure. Reviews are used to drive the success of your employees and your company, of course, you want to do what you can to achieve the best possible outcome! So, what are the key ingredients to a beneficial performance review?

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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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How to Properly Apologize to Coworkers

In the workplace, employees can have varying opinions and perceptions and expectations. On any given project or conversation clear communication is essential, however, this can easily be blurred. Misunderstandings do occur and without proper remedy, they can potentially lead to bigger problems and even legal claims.

SHRM columnist Jathan Janove explains that in his 25 years of experience as an Employment Attorney, he has found that apologizing can actually prevent most issues from escalating in the workplace. The key is how one apologizes. As a leader, you can teach your employees how to appropriately apologize by educating them on emotional intelligence.

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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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Managers Need Time Off Too!

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a manager or leader is to forget about yourself. While taking time off from work might seem difficult or down right impossible, managers absolutely need to and should take time off. Whether it’s a long weekend here and there or a full 1-2 week vacation, it’s in the best interest of your mental and physical health to schedule some time off!

Taking time away from work to recharge can help you become a better leader by improving your focus and drive. It’s important to plan ahead and prepare yourself and your staff for your time away, so how can you keep on top of your busy schedule while also taking time off for yourself?

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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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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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The Best and Worst Traits of Managers

According to a study by Gallup, 50% of adults have quit their job “to get away from their manager to improve their overall life at some point in their career.” Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup, explained that one of the most important and biggest decisions you make at your company is who you assign leadership and management roles to. How do you know what traits make a bad leader and what traits make a great leader?

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Serious Illness + Depression in the Workplace

Employee Wellness month is just about over, however it is important to stay mindful of your employees’ overall well-being all year long. While most HR professionals manage day to day workflow they may not encounter serious illness or depression in the workplace as often as they actually occur.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health approximately 43.8 million adults in America suffer from mental illness. It is estimated that the global economy is losing one trillion dollars each year due to the loss of productivity caused by depression and anxiety disorders. How can management and HR stay on top of such serious issues to keep their employees healthy and informed? 

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