Category: 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 anxiety altogether because that would be impossible.

Read More

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 the impact of uncertain economic episodes on

Read More

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 bad experiences will lead into more trust

Read More

Additional Benefits of Outsourcing Your HR Department

Outsourcing has been growing in popularity in recent years amongst small to medium-sized businesses as a way to reduce overhead costs. A common department for these companies to outsource is human resources, as outsourcing HR can be a great way to save time and money. However, if you are not familiar with HR outsourcing you may be wondering what other benefits outsourcing

Read More

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 increased stress for many. Yet leaders must

Read More

Four More Tips to Avoid a Bad Hire

A bad hire can be costly for a business. Not only does it take time and money to find a new employee, training one the right way also takes a lot of time. If you are constantly hiring and training people, your business can suffer. So, how else can you avoid a bad hire? Know what you are looking for when it

Read More

The Importance of Employee Training

Between hiring new recruits and waving goodbye to leavers, it can be easy to overlook the ones in the middle. Or more specifically, to forget about their training. After all, the people you hire are often qualified for the job, right? However, industries change and for your business to keep up with the times, you’ll have to invest in regular training for

Read More

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 get to slack off. Increasing your productivity

Read More

Signs it’s Time to Outsource Your HR Department

Maintaining a fully-functional, in-house human resources department can be taxing on a small business, which is why more companies are outsourcing their HR departments. Yet, how will you know if it is time to outsource your HR department? Here are a few of the signs indicating that it is time to consider outsourcing your HR department. You Are Having Trouble Hiring Quality

Read More

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, review employees every quarter or bi-annually. Employees

Read More