Human Resources

3 Ways to Stop Over-Thinking: Distract Yourself, Express Yourself and Take Action

We’ve all been guilty of over-thinking at some point or the other. This is a normal thing. We’re all human beings and we all suffer from some level of anxiety. No matter how “Zen” you might consider yourself, it’s impossible to be completely free of worry. And the point is not to free yourself of …

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Baby Boomers: Returning Retirees?

Baby boomers over the age of 65 are coming back to work! They are experienced managers with developed social skills. Their understanding of corporate organizations and specialized knowledge acquired over the years are traits that employers need to integrate and train the new generations of employees coming into the workplace. The recession of 2008 emphasized …

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Dealing with Small and Large Trust Issues with Employees

Once you have a bad experience with an untrustworthy employee, you may have difficulty trusting your employees again. This kind of bad experience could be small; maybe someone is just taking home paper from the mailroom. Or it could be big, such as when someone is selling your company secrets to a competitor. Obviously bigger …

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Effective Performance Reviews: Four Rules to Live By

A surprising number of leaders struggle with giving direct, honest, productive feedback to their team. Be it the hesitation to critique our “best” team member for fear of damaging their morale, or to finally sit down one-on-one to hash things out with the most “troublesome” employee, the yearly performance review can be a time of …

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Malcolm Gladwell, Creativity and Productivity Improvement

Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, chances are you’re interested in improving your productivity. This is how most businesses work: the more you produce, the more you earn. For many employees as well, their pay is based on how much they produce. Even if you’re a salaried employee, that doesn’t mean that you …

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How to Have a Great Performance Review

Performance reviews, if done right, are a surefire way to increase employee motivation, drive progress and ambition. However, if done wrong, they’ll demotivate, upset and even insult your workforce. How then, do you review effectively? Schedule them Make performance reviews regular events and schedule them beforehand. However, do not make them common. In other words, …

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