Managing Employees During Summer

Today marks the first day of summer! As we welcome the warm air and bright sunshine you may find your employees becoming distracted with thoughts of beach days, BBQs and summer vacations. It has been found that productivity in the workplace drops 20%, causing projects to take an average of 13% longer to complete this time of year. Don’t let your employees fall into summer slumps! How can you effectively manage your employees to maintain productivity and engagement during the summer months?

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5 Essential Job Search Hacks

Job hunting can be time consuming, stressful and competitive. Searching for the right opportunity can even feel like a full-time job. Luckily, there are plenty of tools and hacks to help you land your dream job more quickly and easily. Time to throw out your old job searching habits and try out these new tools and job searching hacks!

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June is Employee Wellness Month

June is National Employee Wellness Month. Your Employee’s physical and mental wellbeing directly correlates to their engagement and performance. When your employees feel welcome and a part of their teams, their overall happiness and positivity in the workplace rises. This satisfaction coupled with open communication with management will drive the success of your company. How can managers best assist employee engagement with rewarding performance reviews?

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Profanity in the Workplace

This can be a tricky subject as company cultures vary along with expectations of their employees’ behavior. At times work can become stressful, demanding and even frustrating. Depending on your workplace culture, letting certain foul language slip might be tolerated or even expected. However, at what point should particular language spoken by an employee be considered inappropriate and offensive? What action should managers take?

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Managing Teen Workers

With summer just around the corner, students are preparing for seasonal job opportunities.  Some employers may shy away from hiring inexperienced teen workers. They tend to have limited schedules and are subject to stricter federal and state employment laws. However, these enthusiastic and energetic workers can become valuable assets to your company. You’ll need to employ a special set of interviewing and training techniques when on-boarding these green workers to your team. How can you recruit and manage the teen workforce for a successful summer season? 

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Recruiting the Class of 2018

The graduating class of 2018, where millennials meet generation X, may have a different mindset on career hunting than previous generations. They state are they are most concerned about the type of work they will be doing and whether or not they will have the opportunity to advance in their roles. Those entering the workforce this year expect higher salaries for entry-level positions. According to talent acquisition software company iCIMS, 80% of today’s recruiters report having a harder time filling entry-level positions compared to three years ago. What approach can recruiters and hiring managers take to appeal to this year’s pool of fresh talent?

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How to Handle Employees Re-entering the Workforce

Nowadays, it is very common for employees to take a leave of absence from their career, but reentering has hurdles of its own. Some leave the workforce to have children, raise their families, or care for sick family members. It can be a challenge for these employees to return to the workforce as their direct experience may seem out of date with ever changing job requirements and their salary expectations cannot be met.  According to Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, 43% of highly qualified women with children are leaving careers or off-ramping for a period of time. What can you do to encourage re-entry and retain returning professionals?

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Don’t Avoid Tough Conversations in the Workplace

Are you a problem solver?

As leaders, managers take on responsibility that can really put your strengths and weaknesses to the test. Many managers struggle with addressing conflict. In fact, a survey conducted by Interact found that 37% of managers reported “they are uncomfortable having to give direct feedback/criticism about their employee’s performance that they might respond badly to.” How can you guide employees to success by addressing this issue head on?

 

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Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotional intelligence (EI) is a rising attribute in the modern day workplace. One’s EI can be a strong indicator of both personal and professional success.  Workplaces with high ranking emotional intelligence reported high employee engagement, whereas workplaces with low EI behaviors from both employees and managers reported higher turnover rates, burnouts, low productivity and overall moody and anxious environments. Does your workplace display a culture of high emotional intelligence?

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Perfectionism in the Workplace

As younger generations enter the work force, so does the rise of perfectionism among these workers. An extensive APA study documents an incredible 35% increase of socially-prescribed stress over the last twenty years. Socially-prescribed stress is defined as “perceiving excessive and unfair demands of perfection from parents, peers and the social world.” Too much perfectionism in the workplace can lead to negative results including anxiety, stress, avoidance of feedback, and even burnout. What are some practices that managers can implement to alleviate perfectionism and advocate a healthier workplace?

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