Make them Smile

When a manager walks into a work place among their employees, that manager has the power to change the outlook of the employee for the entire day, maybe longer. You are the most important maker of motivation and morale among your employees.

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How To Avoid Obsolescence?

Whether you’re a Web designer, investment analyst, or civil engineer, you can’t stand professionally still. It’s not enough to be good now; you have to stay good. That means keeping up to date with new trends and developments in your field of expertise, and your industry.

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Researching Employers

One key to a positive interview experience involves doing your homework on a potential employer. The goal is to find as much information about the company to give you a better understanding and appreciation for their business. Here are three major resources for locating information.

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3 Proven Ways to Succeed in a New Job

Congratulations – you’ve landed a new job! It’s easy to think that after having aced the interview, negotiated a great package and set your start date that the hard work is done. Of course you should celebrate your victory, but don’t spend too long basking in the glory of your success because there is still

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Why Employers Should Care About America’s Income Gap

How Income Inequality Affects Us All — And Why Companies Should Care   Introduction Recently, we looked at some numbers that suggested the gap between rich and poor in the United States is growing. Then, we considered some possible reasons for this growing inequality.  Now, we answer perhaps the most important question: So what? The numbers suggest

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Even Your Happy Employees Want to Quit

New Year, New Job? If you saw the number of workers looking for new jobs has risen, you’d probably think it’s because employers are withholding raises and making workers unhappy where they are. But you’d be wrong. An annual survey by Salary.com found there was a sharp increase in employee satisfaction in 2013, yet the

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The 7 Most Difficult Employees to Manage

How to Successfully Oversee Tough to Manage Workers Some Employees Are Tougher Than Others If you’re a manager or small business owner, we don’t have to tell you how difficult it can be managing employees. Even the best ones can be challenging, but the challenging ones can be damn near impossible at times. However, the

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7 Signs You Hired the Wrong Employee

The Only Thing Worse Than Making a Hiring Mistake Is Not Catching It In Time Recognize the Problem Getting through the hiring process can be exhausting and time-consuming. We’ve been there and we get it. You found someone with a great resume, who has most of the skills needed, and seems like he’d be a

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3 Tips to Give a Negative Performance Review

How to Handle Giving an Employee a Poor Performance Review Make Sure You Do It Right Having a positive employee review is easy. You applaud your employee’s accomplishments, discuss plans for the future, and (hopefully) give him a handsome raise. Sadly, the same does not apply when you have to give a not-so-glowing review to

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5 Ways to Successfully Handle an Exit Interview

How to Handle the Departure of Irate Employees Exit Interviews with Irate Employees Are Tricky For the most part, exit interviews are an excellent opportunity for employers to have a final conversation with their departing employees. They can be used to gain perspective from an employee on how well the team is working together and

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5 Ways to Handle Disrespectful Employees

Handled the Right Way, Problem Employees Can Become Valuable Contributors Fix the Problem the Right Way For the most part, your team is great. They like to collaborate and share ideas, they’re supportive, and they’re (fairly) punctual. (They even got you a Happy Birthday Colossal Crumbs cupcake for your birthday!) But there is one employee

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