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AUG
18

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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AUG
11

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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AUG
04

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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JUL
28

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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JUL
21

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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JUL
14

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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JUL
07

How to Maintain Company Culture in a Time of Social Distancing

Many companies pour time and money into building a positive company culture. They plan picnics, play team-building games, and go out of their way to make sure employees can effectively collaborate, thus forming a highly productive team. However, a pandemic certainly changes typical team-building tactics as employees are required to participate in social distancing in the office, or even work from home. This lack of interaction can hinder the progress of your company culture, but only if you let it!
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JUL
01

How to Prepare for the COVID-19 Baby Boom

The end of World War II was a much-needed sigh of relief for people all over the world. Joy was running high and soldiers were returning home to their wives after months and even years of service. It's safe to say you know what happened after that – a whole generation known as the "baby boomers" were born. Though it's not quite the same thing, we may experience a similar situation as Shelter-in-Place orders are slowly dissolving across the nation after months of being shut up in our homes. It may not be a whole generation, but you will likely see a spike in pregnancies in the coming months. Here's what you should know in case we experience a COVID-19 baby boom!
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JUN
17

Will the Workplace Return to Normal?

Due to the pandemic, we have all had to make some serious changes to our lifestyles. While most have been unwelcome, there is one thing that many employees seem to have enjoyed – working remotely. With many offices having set business hours, employees previously didn't have the option to work from home, but with Shelter-in-Place orders came a wave of possibilities for the digital nomads of the world.
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JUN
03

How to Re-engage Employees After the COVID-19 Shut Down

So many things have changed in the last few months. We all went from leading perfectly normal lives to adjusting to a whole new lifestyle within a couple of weeks. This includes how we interact with others, how we work, and even how we feel. It hasn't been an easy time for anyone, and you should keep this in mind as you re-open your doors and re-engage your employees. That's why we compiled 5 ways to re-engage your employees after shutting down!

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