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  • Good Bosses vs. Bad Bosses

    Want to Be a Better Boss? Good Advice for Success

    I recently had the chance to participate in a virtual mentoring program through my alma mater. I was responsible for serving as a mentor coordinator and reviewing the exchanges between students taking an introduction to leadership class and working professionals who served as mentors. The discussion topics were all about leadership, which led to a lot of discussions about what makes a good leader. Although many would argue that there is a strong distinction between leadership and management, many of the exchanges revolved around what makes a good boss.

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  • Managing Your Outsourced Employees

    How to Manage Employees in a Partner Company

    In the process of growing your business, you may one day sign a Master Service Agreement (MSA) with an outsourcing partner. There could be manufacturing, web design, content production or other skills that you don’t want to bother bringing in house. And, you may assume that you have laid out all of the details in the MSA so clearly that you’re assured success with this new partner. Is it that simple? Not likely.

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  • Simple HR Mistakes

    How to Avoid the Classic HR Pitfalls

    I learned the classic HR pitfalls the hard way. When I began my first position as an HR manager, I walked into a firestorm of new information. I only had my MA in HR and zero actual experience, plus I was the first-ever, full time-HR manager for the company. The situation was daunting.

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  • Managing Former Peers

    Promoted Above Your Peers?

    Perhaps because it is a rarity in many people’s experience, being promoted beyond your peers holds a mystic as being exciting and a great moment in your career. While it is a compliment, the truth is that being promoted above, or even managing your former peers is something that can be quite awkward and sometimes counterproductive depending on the existing work environment.

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  • 10 Reasons to Love Your HR Staff

    Love Your HR Staff (Because This Is What They Go Through)

    February has arrived, the month for appreciating the ones we love. While we don’t mean to promote office romance, we do think that there are plenty of reasons “love” and appreciate your HR staff. The following is a list created by some of the folks on PayScale’s customer service team.

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  • Facebook at Work

    Social Media at Work: What’s Your Company’s Policy?

    A few weeks ago we posted about the importance of a having a company e-mail policy. E-mail has been around for quite awhile now, so hopefully companies have been moving more and more toward including email communication in their workplace policies. But, what about Facebook at work, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, wikis, etc? How are you handling your employees’ behavior in the world of social media?

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  • Is Multitasking Good or Bad?

    Multitasking: Productivity Enhancer or Time Waster?

    Can we really perform multiple tasks simultaneously? We all feel the pressure to accomplish more than one thing at once, but are we enhancing our productivity or wasting time? We, as professionals, increasingly have to get more done in less time. But, should multitasking be part of our approach?

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  • Smart Business Decisions

    Smart Business Decisions for 2011

    What can you do early in the year to make sure that 2011 is a more profitable, positive year for your company? In our previous post, “Business Resolutions for the New Year,” we shared the first five of nine suggestions from Personnel Policy Service, Inc. Here are the last four.

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  • Business Resolutions for the New Year

    How to Make 2011 a Better Business Year

    The New Year is here and it is a great time to make changes in your work environment by identifying old barriers to success and replacing them with new, more effective behaviors. The “To Do” list that follows offers the first five of nine suggestions in our two part series on creating a better business year in 2011.

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  • Efficient Email Practices at Work

    Efficient Email Practices: How to Train Your Workforce

    How can you easily make your company’s workforce more efficient? No matter what industry you’re in, your workers are likely spending a significant amount of time on email. So, besides making more powerful coffee, you’d be wise to try improving their email habits.

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  • Gift Giving at Work

    5 Tips for Happy Holiday Gift Giving at Work

    It’s the season of giving and many times people wonder what’s appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to gift giving in the office. The same rules apply in the office as exist for gift giving in general. But it helps to remember that it can be especially important to act appropriately in the office.

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  • The Importance of a Company Email Policy

    Why You Need a Company-Wide Email Policy to Improve Productivity

    In our world of mobile devices and global companies, how do people in the business world communicate? Certainly through phone calls and video conferences, but email still reigns as the dominant form of communication. And, if it doesn’t already, your company should consider having a policy around email so that it is used both safely and efficiently by your employees.

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  • HR Best Practices – Performance Management

    Focal Or Anniversary Performance Reviews: Which Is Better?

    All employees ought to receive an annual performance review or performance appraisal in a timely manner. The sad fact is that too many workers do not. I, for one, have worked in an organization that was not so timely, and I can honestly say it affected my attitude, plus my willingness to go above and beyond during those many months that my review was late.

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  • HR Holiday and Christmas Office Party Ideas

    5 HR Tips for Holiday Office Party Behavior

    By Staff Writer

    The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes get-togethers and festivities of all kinds – including holiday office parties. If you’ve worked in HR for very long, you’ve likely seen some less-than-great office party behavior. How can you give your workers holiday and Christmas office party ideas that will help them make better decisions this year when alcohol, co-workers and cameras mix?

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  • Top 10 Qualities of a Good Manager

    What Employees Appreciate from Their Manager

    By Staff Writer

    Keeping with our theme of gratitude this holiday month, we interviewed PayScale’s director of customer service and education Stacey Carroll about the characteristics of a good manager, and what employees are looking for from their managers. See what you think of her list and if you have any comments to add.

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  • Would You Hire a Felon?

    Felon Employment: Ways to Encourage Success

    As discussed in previous articles, it’s no mystery that employers are often hesitant to hire convicted felons. A felony is essentially the modern day scarlet letter when it comes to open doors for employment and various other aspects of life.

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  • Employee Disciplinary Procedures: Be Consistent

    Consistent Employee Discipline: Not "One Size Fits All" Q&A

    When considering employee disciplinary procedures, you know that you should treat your employees consistently. However, being consistent does not mean you have to treat them all the exact same way. Find out how you can take appropriate, fair action and limit potential inconsistencies that could cause legal problems.

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  • How to Deal with Employee Emotions

    How to Deal with Employee Emotions in the Workplace

    How do you manage your workforce effectively so that you have the expectation of high performance while demonstrating your genuine compassion for an employee? While you may think that you want a little bit of both at all times – both compassion and pushing the employee - this “sweet spot” is not a balance. Compassion and motivation are not at opposite ends of the same spectrum. One does not need to be sacrificed for the sake of the other.

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  • Emotional Intelligence in the Business Workplace

    Emotional Intelligence: Two Approaches in the Workplace

    Humans are emotional creatures and emotions can get messy. Is it possible to keep that mess to a minimum at work? Let’s look at whether we, as managers in the workplace, should spend time helping our employees deal with their emotions or if it is best to let the employees work out their emotions on their own. Those two extreme approaches have the pros and cons.

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  • Emotion in the Workplace

    Emotion in the Workplace: How Much Should Managers Focus On It?

    Have you ever been accused of being too “touchy-feely?” Or have you avoided that label as if it were an insult? If the term “touchy-feely” gets used around your office, it probably doesn’t get defined and may mean different things to different people.

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