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Employer’s Guide to Salary Negotiations

Salary negotiations can be delicate situations and require a great amount of strategy to achieve optimal results. It's a balancing act between reaching a conclusion that will please your employee and staying within the guidelines of your budget. People do it every day, but it doesn't make this process any less difficult or important. It can often be a make it or break it situation for your employee as your attentiveness and flexibility could determine if they're starting a job hunt or if they have an increase in workplace morale. With it being such a sensitive subject, it's important that you go in prepared and know how to tactfully negotiate a raise with your employee.
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How to Practice Active Listening in the Workplace

Do you know the difference between active and passive listening? Passive listening is when the listener is more focused on their internal monologue or the speaker's literal words instead of what they're really saying. Active listening consists of a certain level of engagement, acknowledgment, and ultimately a deeper level of understanding. It plays a vital role in workplace communications, productivity, and relationships and while it comes easily to some, others must make a more conscious effort. There's always room for improvement when it comes to communication and this skill can serve employers and employees well in all parts of their lives. If you're lacking active listening skills, now is the time to learn!
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How to Prevent Healthcare Burnout in a Pandemic

Amidst the chaos that 2020 brought with it, there has been the soft but consistent hum of healthcare personnel working to treat those with and without COVID-19. Their days consist of helping the weak, explaining to families why they can't come in to see their loved ones, and being faced with patient after patient – risking the health of themselves and their families daily. Why? Because the call came, and they answered. Over the last several months, healthcare workers all over the nation and world have been faced with struggle and taking care of everyone else – but who's taking care of them? Burnout in the healthcare industry was a point of struggle long before COVID-19 but is something especially prevalent in the middle of a pandemic. It's time to find what works and adapt typical burnout prevention methods to the times.
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7 Items You Should Have on Your Termination Checklist

Terminations are hard no matter what, and depending on the circumstances, they can result in a lot of emotion and potentially some drama. Due to the potential for emotions and a subsequent whirlwind of adjustment for managers and employees, it's important to have a concrete termination checklist that is specific to your company and system. Ensuring that all tasks have been completed is vital to office operations and security. Though we like to think that no one would purposely harm a company, disgruntled former employees could try to do something to "get back" at you – so make sure all bases are covered before he or she has the chance to do anything dishonorable.
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Dealing with Difficult People in the Workplace

Every person is different. They've had different experiences, different goals, different expectations, and different lives. Conflict is often the result of a difference of opinion or experience coming to a head as one person can't agree with the other person's lifestyle, convictions, or response to certain situations. This can be seen amongst spouses, families, friends, and co-workers. Conflict is inevitable, and in many cases, is a healthy part of a working relationship. That's why everyone should have a solid foundation for how to deal with difficult people.
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How to Create a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)

If you've run a company for any period of time, you have likely come across an underperformer at least a few times. How did you handle them? Did you fire them the first time they messed up? Did you overlook the issue until it caused an undeniable disturbance to company operations? There are so many ways to go about corrective measures and a PIP is a great opportunity to help employees reach their full potential. Though the employee may not respond with all smiles to your critiques, creating a PIP ultimately shows that you care about the success of your employees while simultaneously saving you the expense of termination and re-hires.
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5 Strategies for Welcoming a New Employee to the Team

Everyone has been the "new guy" at some point, and the first days at a new job are almost always overwhelming as the new hire begins learning new processes and meets a whole office of new people. So before you throw your new hire into the deep end of the pool without a flotation device and no prior knowledge regarding his or her swim experience, take a minute to reflect on how you felt on your first day. This perspective can help you better understand how your new employee feels and respond accordingly. Empathy goes a long way but taking steps to ensure your employee feels welcome leaves a long-lasting impression. Read below for how to welcome a new employee to the team.
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10 Questions You Can’t Ask During an Interview

Interviewees may think that all of the pressure is on them during interviews, but that's not always true. As managers and business owners look for a new employee, they feel the pressure of finding the perfect person while making sure they ask questions that reveal character, goals, and qualifications without being too invasive. There is a long list of questions that could be misconstrued, resulting in claims of discrimination and a hefty bill from your lawyer. That's why it's crucial that employers know what they can and can't ask interviewees. Any direct questions about disabilities, race, age, sex, medical conditions, or religion could result in a serious problem for the employer.
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HR Confidentiality: What to Expect for Employers and Employees

Let's imagine that an employee gets upset with the behavior of his/her employer and in an effort to solve the issue, consults the company's HR representative. Is this conversation confidential? What rights do employers have to know what is discussed between the HR representative and employee, especially if it's involving the employer? Confidentially seems to be a cut and dried concept, but there are a lot of grey areas, and we want to cover those for you!
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How to Overcome Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

By definition, unconscious bias, also known as implicit bias, is "bias that results from the tendency to process information based on unconscious associations and feelings, even when these are contrary to one's conscious declared beliefs." The key word is unconscious – and that word is exactly what makes implicit/unconscious bias so hard to identify and prevent. However, failing to attempt to identify and prevent this unconscious behavior can cause harm within the workplace. If it's unconscious, how does one identify it? It's simple – self-evaluation. Actively take a look at your behaviors and learn how you can improve for the good of your employees and company.
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