The Best Office Colors for Productivity

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Among the things that affect productivity, scant attention is given to the color of the room where people work. Admittedly, room color does not affect productivity in the way some other things do, but it still can influence the way people work. Work environment is important, and room color is a part of that environment…. Read more »

Why You Need a Social Media Policy

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You are a manager at a company, and you have noticed that one of your employees has been tweeting some pretty unsavory things about your company. In fact, the comments are rather nasty and crude. The person has not mentioned the company by name, but it probably is just a matter of time before that… Read more »

How to Handle a Crisis

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You have been given an assignment that the higher-ups feel is one of crisis proportions. It’s a crisis you have to handle. So, how do you go about approaching such a hot potato? Here are a few things to keep in mind. 1. Come up with questions The first thing you need is information, and… Read more »

How to Be Productive Working from Home

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Thanks to technology, people are now more and more working with others who may be in different parts of the country or different parts of the world. In addition, working from home has become much more common. According to some recent studies, about 30 million people in the United States – about one in five… Read more »

How to Welcome a New Employee

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When you hire a new employee, you want the person to know as much about the company as possible. But many people neglect the reciprocal arrangement – letting the company know about the new employee. A good way make an introduction is through an email. It’s a way to get things off to a good… Read more »

How to Keep an Age Diverse Workforce Engaged

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It has become a major consideration for just about every company these days – how to keep everyone in an increasingly diverse workforce happy, especially with the diversity in age. We have Gen Xs, Gen Ys and baby boomers all working side by side, each with different attitudes and priorities. It may seem like a… Read more »

Should You Record Employee Terminations?

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Video is a technology that more and more companies are incorporating into their daily operations. Many use them for training and for compliance, such as monitoring productivity and employee adherence to process requirements and work hours. Even human resources uses video for such things as remote interviewing, compliance and training. Now, some are suggesting that… Read more »

How to Make Job Descriptions More Appealing

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Job descriptions are a staple of the hiring process. In fact,theyare fundamental to it. Every company uses them. But their effectiveness is another story. Many are dissatisfied with the way job descriptions are currently put together. The language is turgid and bland, the terms abstract. They can be full of jargon, yet barely decipherable. In… Read more »

How to Counteract Bad Online Reviews

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Companies face many new challenges in the age of social media. Managing reputation has become more complicated because of all the communications outlets available. But companies need to take measures to address the issue, because hits to a company reputation can have big impacts, not only to sales, but to hiring as well. Studies have… Read more »

How Company Volunteer Programs Can Pay Big Dividends

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Today, many companies have programs where their employees do volunteer work while still on the company clock. It is a relatively inexpensive way for businesses to enhance the work environment for employees and to improve employee morale. It can improve the company bottom line in several ways: 1. Attracting talented people. A recent survey found… Read more »