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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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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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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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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Friends & Family Hires & Internal Referrals

With the unemployment rate dipping to record lows, it has been difficult for businesses to fill open positions. Management and HR may lean more heavily on Employee Referral Programs to fill these positions, or even hire friends and family members. These two options may seem like a no brainer; it saves time and money. However, it is important to note the risks of these particular hires and furthermore, how to manage them once they go through the on-boarding process.

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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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