Can you get by toxic office politics?

I was sitting around the having a conversation with friends the other day about workplaces and the “office politics” that often soured people’s view of the workplace. I found that it is not only businesses that have this problem. One of my friends, an ex-pastor, said that the church he was associated with was so …

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5 Human Resource Management Goals for Your Small Business

I occasionally publish the work of freelance writers who write about human resources. Today’s guest writer writes about HR and small business.   It’s that time of year: suddenly everyone is swearing off sugar and joining a gym. But when you work in a small business, you have resolutions of your own to focus on! And …

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5 Ways to Tear Down Department Silos and Unify Your Organization

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org.   Silos and turf wars can cost your organization precious time and money. But the effects can be compounded even more when departments are at odds with one another and lack the proper tools to adapt to a fast-paced, ever-changing workplace. Output then gets …

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How to Create “Water Cooler” Moments for Remote Employees

Today’s post is written by Jessica Globle, a Media Relations Specialist at Walker Sands Communications. I recently did a webinar for BLR and talked about remote workers. Managers that are not used to working with remote workers would do well do heed Jessica’s tips. The isolation of remote workers is real and managers can head off …

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From the Archive: Learn to be funny it will improve your Communication Skills

Yesterday I gave a presentation to the North Alabama SHRM conference in Huntsville, Alabama. I tried to incorporate some humor in to my presentation, even though the topic of investigations is not really a humorous subject. I hope it worked. Regardless these are still good tips that I wanted to reaffirm for readers. Most people …

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How about a tool to save time, clean up communication and appeal to Millennials?

If you had a tool that could communicate your benefits better would you be interested? If you had a tool that saved HR hours a week would you be interested? If this tool was mobile based, thus appealing to a large part of you employee population would you be interested? Well I was when presented …

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Fake it until you make it

Everyone has those days at work when they just don’t really want to… be sociable, be happy, be friendly, be interested…(fill in your term), but you have to. This is especially true in HR. People come seeking advice and you have to be interested or show concern. You have to attend a meeting and you …

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Do you use technology to avoid human interaction?

Technology is a tool that can be used to enhance our ability to communicate with our fellow employees. Unfortunately we often use it as a crutch to avoid having to actually interact with others. How many ways can we send a message that lets us actually avoid human contact? What is appropriate? My friend Janine …

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A Lesson from Drucker: Managing your boss

Everyone has a boss. Many of us have several. Often we would like to have better ones, but if you can’t trade in the boss you can attempt to make the ones you have better. How do you do that? Peter Drucker has some guidance for that process. The boss list He said the first …

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Five things that annoy your employees

Last Saturday I was at a reception for the opening of a new office for my financial advisor. One of the people that I was chatting with brought up the subject of things that upset customers. He said he had read a great article on five things that annoyed customers. I immediately thought customers equals …

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