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A survey conducted earlier this year found that employees feel they don’t receive enough communication on an ongoing basis regarding their job performance. A small pool of people– about 100 workers — were surveyed and only about 45 percent of them felt that their managers consistently told them how well — or not — they… Read more »

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Companies should look at the times they fail as opportunities for learning important lessons — and could come back more successful as a result. So says research from the University of Colorado Denver School of Business. The research found that lessons learned from success weren’t as helpful as the knowledge learned from failure. Company management… Read more »

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If you’re not making the effort to listen to your employees via formal employee feedback systems, it’s time you started. A recent study reports that half of those companies contacted for the survey said they did not use employee surveys. More importantly — and sadly, actually — of those companies that did survey their workers,… Read more »

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Some recent university research has shown that people who have more of what is called emotional intelligence tend to be better workers, more loyal to their jobs and also to be more fulfilled with the work they do. The research, where almost 1,000 employees in both public and private sectors were surveyed, examined the affects… Read more »

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It happens to the best of us – making a mistake on the job.  No one is infallible, so at some point, it will happen.  But the question is, after the mistake is made, how do you handle it? The way you handle it will tell others a lot about your character and professionalism.  In… Read more »

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For a business of any size, employee motivation is one of the fundamental elements for success. Maintaining the desire for excellence among employees is crucial. How do you keep employee motivation and morale high? Here are a few ideas. First, it is important to build a firm base for your employees, so they feel that… Read more »

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It’s a headache for any manager – how do you handle an employee who isn’t performing up to par?  One way that has produced results is called the performance improvement plan. This process is set up to enable better communication between a manager and the staff member and also to make clear to the employee… Read more »

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Salary negotiations with prospective employees are seldom simple.  Job candidates will want to negotiate on a range of issues beyond that of the base salary.  And you the employer will also have a number of issues to consider when making an offer. As an employer, you will be looking at what level the job is… Read more »

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Ah, the Drama Queen. The Backstabber. The Suck Up. The Prima Donna: All well-known “difficult” co-workers. Every company has them. No matter how big or how small is the firm at which you work, you’re going to have to deal with these folks at some point in your career, either as colleagues, subordinates  — or… Read more »

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Do you marry someone the first day you meet him or her? Do you not take a car out for a test drive before purchasing it? Do you try on clothes before buying? That’s the same premise — the “test drive” — of Winston Resources’ “temp-to-hire” service. A temp-to-hire assignment is when you tell us… Read more »