What’s Going On With the Job Market?

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The year 2021 ended with a slower rate of job creation than anticipated. But it turned out to be a banner year overall for job growth. The number of jobs increased by almost 6.6 million last year, the largest total on record. That is a 4.6 percent increase from the end of 2020. Industries that… Read more »

Why Managers Need to be Good Listeners

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Why Managers Need to be Good Listeners A recent study has found that managers are not very good listeners. In fact, the study showed that three out of four managers really don’t listen all that well. When managers needed to have a serious conversation with an employee, they were more interested in getting their own… Read more »

Managing Remote Teams

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In the past, when everyone worked in an office, company leadership could manage by dealing with workers face to face, by walking around and talking with employees in person. But this model is becoming outdated because of the rise of remote working. As more companies move to a hybrid workforce, with some employees in the… Read more »

How to Give Effective Feedback

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Many supervisors are not keen giving negative feedback to their workers. No one likes to be the bearer of bad news. And research has shown, as many already suspect, that negative feedback does little to change a person’s performance. Studies have revealed that negative feedback leads to poor attitudes, an unwillingness to deal with the… Read more »

Traits Shared by the Best Teams

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Today’s companies, which focus on collaboration and cooperation among people working in teams, are considered marvels of organization. By working in teams, people are able to develop ideas and accomplish tasks that no one person could do alone. But what makes a great team? Research is showing that there are three factors that come together… Read more »

Solving Problems at Your Business

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There are many different methods that have been developed for tackling problems people encounter in the workplace. Some procedures work better than others depending on the type of problem. But having the right problem-solving strategy is essential to finding a solution. It can mean the difference between overcoming the obstacle and moving ahead or getting… Read more »

Reassessing Meetings After the Pandemic

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During the pandemic, virtual meetings became the norm. Zoom became a household name. And now that things are improving, companies are looking at workplace arrangements in general and assessing how to bring people back to work and bring them together, what changes to make and how to do it safely. As part of this effort,… Read more »

Improving Thinking and Focus at Work

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Organizational experts tell us that taking breaks during the workday is a good idea. They help us to recharge our batteries, giving us more energy and making us more productive. But beyond that, some psychologists also contend that we can make use of this so-called free time to free our thinking as well, giving our… Read more »

Brainstorming and Creativity – Not Always a Good Match

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When many companies want to plot a strategy or tackle a problem, their first impulse is to begin brainstorming solutions to the issue. They believe that when everyone throws out random ideas, they will eventually end up with something that works. But research is showing that brainstorming may not be as effective as companies seem… Read more »

Tips for Giving a Good Presentation at Work

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Giving a presentation at work can produce a lot of anxiety, especially for someone not comfortable with public speaking. And many are not. But, with the proper planning and practice, it doesn’t have to be that stressful. Here are a few tips for making a good presentation. 1. Know your audience You should know something… Read more »