3 Free Apps to Keep Your Project on Track

Use one of these free tools to effectively manage your workload and mitigate project inaccuracies      Project management is important. It can save time, increase productivity, and fill the cracks that projects are apt to fall through. But project management software of days past lacks the tools vital to modern day workflow. And they’re…

5 Tips for Cooling Off in a Conflict

“My wife, Mary, and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce. Murder, yes, but divorce, never.” — Jack Benny, Comedian (1894-1974) As with any marriage or long-term relationship, conflict with a coworker, supervisor, or manager is inevitable. Managed intelligently, conflict can turn…

Overcoming 9 Common Barriers to Learning

You have your outline … your presentation … your goals … your supporting material. You’re ready to provide a successful day of training. But are your learners ready? Nothing can sabotage a great day of training faster than learners’ own barriers. In fact, those barriers can lead to disgruntled learners … low to no participation…

How to Handle Generational Issues in the Workplace

“Can’t we all get along?” The workplace brings us many challenges, one of which is the dynamic of four different generations working together all at the same time and same place. Each generation brings with it a unique set of characteristics, expectations, and experiences, which make it important for managers to acknowledge, understand, and respect…

Study: Most Employees Neglect 401(k) Management

Though most American workers contribute to some type of retirement plan, the vast majority of them are unengaged in the management of their workplace savings plan. According to a study from Schwab Retirement Services, 52 percent of employees say they don’t have the time, interest, or knowledge to properly manage their 401(k) plans. The survey,…

Presentations – 4 Tips to Build Stage Presence

From classroom lectures to sales pitches, from panel discussions to a presidential speech … you’ve undoubtedly had the opportunity to be in the audience of one or two powerful presentations. You also may have been on the receiving end of more than one or two talks that fell short. Ever stop to analyze what made…

How to Beat Job Burnout

There is a danger lurking in the shadows of every company – job burnout. The untold story of the shrinking economy is that nearly half of all American workers suffer from the symptoms of burnout. The stories are numerous. At age 47, Amos was steadily making his way up the corporate ladder. During his tenure…

Businesses Use Training to Increase Employee Retention

It’s no secret that the economy is still on shaky ground. Organizations across the country are still struggling with hiring freezes and layoffs. Some have stabilized but raises and 401(K) contributions are still on the back burner. Losing key benefits like this makes it tough to motivate and engage employees. When organizations are running lean,…

Coaching Your Team to Great Results

In today’s competitive work environment, the emphasis is on winning and teamwork. So it’s little wonder that today’s managers often are referred to as coaches. As a manager or as a coach, your job includes evaluating the different talents and skills of all your employees and then using each person’s unique strengths to the advantage…