Retaining & Rewarding Employees is Top HR Challenge

It’s official, the tables have turned and employees now have the advantage.  Turnover rates are on the rise for the fourth consecutive year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A trend that’s expected to continue due to the strengthening economy and societal changes. With more than a quarter million baby boomers reaching retirement age…

5 Fastest Growing Industries in the Next 5 Years

Unemployment is down, job creation is up, and the housing market is back. American workers have weathered the economic storm and employers are projected to add another 8 million jobs in the next five years. While most industries are on an upward trend, CareerBuilder has identified five industries that are expected to experience the most…

Identifying and Eliminating Negative Behavior

It’s a fact. Everyone, no matter how great they seem or how good they are at their job, has room for improvement. As an outsider it’s easy to see where others have shortcomings and where they could be stronger. But when you’re looking at yourself, when you’re taking into account your own behaviors and skills,…

Signs You Work in a Fear-Based Workplace

Do you work in fear? It can be a scary thought. In today’s tough economy, fear rears its ugly head in offices far and wide. Your office may be one of the unfortunate victims. How can you tell? Here are 10 signs of a fear-infested workplace: 1. Image is king. The company motto is to…

Webinar: Leadership Secrets of Remarkable Women

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Margaret Thatcher, first prime minister of the UK; and Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics are all examples of remarkable women who broke through glass ceilings and shaped the world we live in today. But how did they do it? More importantly, what lessons can you learn from…

How to Cut Costs Without Cutting Your Staff

In 2009, during the peak of the economic crisis, companies let over one million employees go. The job losses have slowed a bit since then, but companies are still under enormous pressure to cut costs and many are forced to consider layoffs. However, cutting good workers should be looked at as a last resort. Layoffs…

5 Morale-Boosting, No-Cost Employee Rewards

As a manager, you know how rough it can be for your team’s morale to find out that benefits are being cut, salaries frozen, or even that some positions may be in jeopardy. How do you reward employee performance when your organization may be financially strapped? Working from home: Even the option of working from…

Take the Pain Out of Conducting Employee Evaluations

If you absolutely dread conducting employee evaluations, you’re not alone. Most managers and supervisors look forward to employee performance appraisal time with the same enthusiasm usually reserved for emergency surgery – and for good reason. Why Evaluations Can Be a Pain Employees may get upset or argue. The process is time-consuming. There’s lots of paperwork…

Webinar: How to Be an Idea Machine

It’s been said that you’re only as good as your last great idea. There’s a lot of pressure to be creative in today’s work environment. You need to be able to innovate. When you practice the tricks and techniques you’ll learn in How to Be an Idea Machine, you’ll learn how to brush the cobwebs…

Office Drama, Cubed: Solving Personal Space Issues at Work

With most companies embracing an “open architecture” floor plan, privacy has, along with job security and a living wage, become a part of nostalgic workplace lore. In many cases, cubicles are the standard — even among executives. The greater the company’s profits, the more people hired, and the closer we get (literally) to our co-workers.…