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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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  • 6 Tips for Writing Employee Evaluations

    Writing Effective Employee Evaluations

    Employee evaluations are tools that are often seen in the business world as “necessary evils.” For most part, they are only really pushed by human resource professionals who need paper trails for employees who are performing adequately, or poorly.

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  • Employee Code of Conduct

    Employee Code of Conduct – Definition and Design

    I would define an employee code of conduct as a general guideline for workplace performance that enforces key work ethics and severely discourages unethical, immoral, or illegal behavior. A code of conduct can be either an introduction to the employee handbook or, in some cases, a completely separate document that is reviewed and signed at the time of hiring.

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  • Employee Dress Code Policy for Summer

    Tank Top Trouble: Tips for Employee Dress During Summer

    As the weather warms up, you may find that more and more people are crossing the line of what’s appropriate to wear in the work place. From low-cut blouses to too-short of shorts, this situation can create a need to talk about a summer dress code and how your organization wants to manage employees who need to either cover up or go home and change.
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  • Conversations that Change Employee Behavior

    Conversations that Change Employee Behavior

    Whether it’s explaining new medical benefits or why a team isn’t getting raises, HR professionals and business owners have difficult conversations of all kinds with employees. But, probably one of the most difficult is dealing with a behavior issue. Want to tell an employee that their team is frustrated by their attitude? Probably not. Confronting difficult employees is rarely a favorite task of an HR professional.
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  • Employee Performance Feedback

    Steps to Giving Effective Employee Performance Feedback

    In a previous post, "Confronting Difficult Employees," we discussed how to work with the managers at your company to ensure that critical employee performance feedback is given to your employees in a consistent and fair manner. Now we’ll review, step-by-step, how to prepare effective employee feedback and then when and where to give it.
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