Employers, How Will You Handle Open Enrollment during a Pandemic?

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As a business owner or a manager in charge of employees, are you ready to handle the upcoming open enrollment for employee benefits? Although the COVID-19 pandemic seems to slow time down by eliminating normal activities, that benefits sign-up task, in reality, is just around the corner.   As the third quarter of 2020 comes… Read more »

Empathy Can Make You an Exceptional Leader

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  What are the skills and attributes you think of when describing a good leader? Words such as Integrity, Courage, Respect, Communication, and Delegation might all come to mind. Would you add Empathy to that list?   Empathy is a skill that is often overlooked, but one that can inspire the most out of your… Read more »

Yes, the World Will Continue to Spin … So Be Kind!

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Patience and Kindness. Compassion and Understanding. Safety and Health.   Irritated at a driver in front of you for driving well below the speed limit? Impatient with a server at a restaurant? Frustrated with a colleague for not getting something done right away? Beyond your wits end because your children are ignoring your instructions?  … Read more »

Civility and Respect in the Workplace

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We are living in a world where social media sites like Facebook and Twitter make it easier to say things that should be left unsaid. Our ability to contain our emotions in a face-to-face situation has been replaced with the ease of a click, sending out words and expressions that, once sent, can’t be taken… Read more »

Speed to Market: Four Tactics to Capitalize on Opportunities

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Have you ever had to put a terrific idea “on hold” because you didn’t have the resources to implement it properly? Maybe you had an unique market opportunity, a wonderful new product idea or a terrific new service extension that simply had to be placed “on the back burner” because you lacked the right people… Read more »

10 Ways to Make a New Coworker Feel Welcome

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When a new person enters your work space, it can change the social dynamic and put you on edge. But it can also be an amazing opportunity for new ideas, new energy, and even a new friend. Though your natural response to a new coworker might be defensiveness and competitiveness, welcoming your coworker will make… Read more »

7 Characteristics Every Boss Wants in Their Employee

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Getting the best opportunities at work isn’t just about completing your to-do list every week. Managers value your personality and attitude nearly as much, and sometimes that’s what really counts when it comes time to assign someone to lead a choice project or get a coveted promotion.   Here are 7 qualities of a good… Read more »

Employee Promotions (part 2)

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It’s performance review time at your company and you want to reward the high-performing employees on your team that you know deserve to be promoted. However, there’s only one problem: there is nowhere to promote them to and no openings to fill. You’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Imagine what it would… Read more »

Considering Someone for a Promotion? (part 1)

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Being able to give your employee a promotion is a great feeling for everyone involved. The employee feels rewarded for their hard work, and managers feel that they have succeeded at leading their employee to the next step in their career. However, there are many considerations to offering a promotion, such as whether the employee… Read more »

Must-Know Tips for Dealing with a Toxic Coworker

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If you’ve landed a job that you truly love, you’re truly one of the lucky ones. It may offer an enticing combination of pay, challenge, upward mobility and environment. However, even in jobs that are otherwise perfect for us, we sometimes face an unexpected problem — a “toxic” coworker. Some of these types of problematic… Read more »