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3 Tips to Lead Effective Meetings

Posted by Shekhar Bhusannavar on Dec 6, 2012 8:15:00 AM

We all have our fair share of meetings at work. Whether it’s weekly team meetings, brainstorming sessions or client proposals, you can’t avoid them. The important question is: do you have effective meetings?

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Topics: Leadership Skill Improvement, Team Management

In Praise of Micro-Managers

Posted by Dong Dao on Dec 4, 2012 8:15:00 AM

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Walt Disney acts out his characters' roles during a story conference in 1944

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Topics: Workplace Management, Leadership Skill Improvement, Team Management

Engaged or Disengaged? That is the Question....

Posted by Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nhung on Nov 20, 2012 8:15:00 AM

A recent employee engagement report revealed some shocking statistics. Only 31 percent of employees are engaged at work! What does a disengaged employee mean for your company? Loss of productivity is an obvious answer, but the loss of productivity goes beyond just that employee. Even the best employees can become frustrated with coworkers who don’t pull their weight, resulting in lack of productivity for your entire office!

Employee engagement isn’t employee satisfaction or employee happiness, so what is it? In an article for Forbes, Kevin Kruse defines employee engagement as the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals. Kruse writes, “This emotional commitment means engaged employees actually care about their work and their company. They don’t work just for a paycheck, or just for the next promotion, but work on behalf of the organization’s goals.

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Topics: Workplace Management, Leadership Skill Improvement, Training and Development in Business, Team Management

What You Can Do to Prevent Sick Employees from Draining Profits

Posted by Shekhar Bhusannavar on Nov 5, 2012 8:58:00 AM

Everyone gets sick sometimes. Some illnesses are mild inconveniences while others can knock you on your butt. As we enter cold and flu season, what’s the impact on profits and productivity from employees who either call out sick, or who come to work and underperform while infecting their coworkers? And what policies do you have to cope with sick employees?

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Topics: Workplace Management, Team Management

5 Ways to Uncover Employee Attitudes and Boost Engagement

Posted by Rick Yvanovich on Oct 30, 2012 9:52:00 AM

Who Is the Employee Behind the Mask?

I’m sure you’ve overheard a coworker on the phone using a pleasant, sugary sweet tone but then mutter a few expletives the moment the call ended. What if you were the person on the other end of the phone? What are your employees’real attitudes towards you, your company, and their work?

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Topics: Workplace Management, Team Management, Employee Retention

Turn That Frown Upside Down: Motivating Employees after Downsizing

Posted by Shekhar Bhusannavar on Oct 23, 2012 8:44:00 AM

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Topics: Workplace Management, Team Management, Employee Retention

Fostering a Culture of Engagement to Maximize Workforce Productivity

Posted by Shekhar Bhusannavar on Oct 19, 2012 8:57:00 AM

How to Engage at the Organization, Managerial, and Employee Levels

Unless something dramatically changes, looking ahead to 2012 will be similar to looking back to 2009. A challenging economy demands that companies run lean and maximize workforce productivity.  Managers and employees must “do more with less.”  Leaders who can foster a culture of engagement throughout their workforce will prevail.

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Topics: Workplace Management, Team Management, Employee Retention

5 Reasons Why Your Team May be Failing [Team building skills]

Posted by Shekhar Bhusannavar on Oct 2, 2012 2:15:00 PM

Why do teams win? In sports or business teams win because they have structure, guidance and support. Winning teams have a coach who is there to lead, guide, and instruct them. Did these teams just magically appear? No! Each player is assessed for their talent, skills, abilities, strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, coaches also look at how each player communicates with one another. They look for team work and chemistry.

This directly correlates with business as well. When building a team, it is important to remember all the factors that to go into team building. Not looking at all the components could cause the group to fail!

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Topics: Workplace Management, Team Management

Battle of the Ages: 10 Ways to Bridge the Generation Gap

Posted by Huyen Nguyen on Sep 27, 2012 9:13:00 AM

Lately we have posted a few articles on behaviors that can have an effect on the workplace, such as problematic personalities, bad attitudes, and business manners. However, what do you do when you have a workforce that consists of four generations and each generation has different values, different ideas, different ways of communicating, and different ways of getting things done?

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Topics: Workplace Management, Training and Development in Business, Team Management

When 2 Employees Hate Each Other: 6 Tips for Managing Coworker Conflict

Posted by Rick Yvanovich on Sep 24, 2012 9:06:00 AM

Contrary to the popular phrase “Ignorance is bliss,” it’s not – especially if you’re the manager of two workers who genuinely don’t get along. When 2 employees hate each other, their animosity can turn a healthy working environment into a cancer ward. Coworker conflictwill always come up; you can’t be everyone’s best friend. But you need to be civil and able to work together. The longer the dislike endures, the more it’s likely hurting their productivity and that of those around them. Sooner or later, it needs to change and be remedied.

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Topics: Communication Skill, Workplace Management, Training and Development in Business, Team Management

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