Category: Positive Workplace

Human Resources: The Best Times of Year for Performance Reviews

As human resources professionals, one of the most important aspects of our job is supervising the annual employee performance reviews. You can complete these important and necessary reviews at any time of year, however there are certain times of year that tend to work best for employee engagement and staff availability. These are the three months of the year we recommend the

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Human Resources- 3 Ways to Promote Respect at Work

In today’s society, people will sometimes demonstrate a lack of respect for others. Fortunately, though, this does not need to spill over into your place of employment. Regardless of where you work, here are 3 ways you can promote respect at your job, so it is a place where everyone can be comfortable. Dress professionally. The first thing that will impact a

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Title VII Ruling: Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Violation of Federal Civil Rights Act

A new federal court ruling has clarified that discrimination based on sexual orientation is included under federal civil rights protections against sex discrimination. This allows employees who are faced with discrimination and harassment in the workplace over their sexual orientation to sue employers in federal court. The heart of the issue is the understanding of what sex stereotyping means. When preconceived ideas about

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Human Resources: Special Considerations During the Holiday Season

November is upon us, and it’s almost time for the Holidays. The holidays bring joy and time with our families and communities, and they also come with special considerations for human resources to consider in the workplace. Here are some factors to consider and ways you can ensure a holiday season that’s enjoyable and festive to all. Throw a fun holiday party. November and December are great

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Should Your Human Resources Department Incorporate a Collaborative Work Environment?

Designing a welcoming work area encourages innovative thinking, boosts morale, increases retention rates, and can have a direct impact on your company’s bottom line.  Human Resources departments tasked with the job should pay attention to the following four elements: If possible, there should be enough space for teams of up to eight people to meet regularly for collaborative work. The space needs

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How to Prevent Workplace Burnout and Improve Retention

One thing that HR Professionals understand is that working more hours to stay afloat is a pressure that causes many Americans to mentally check-out of their work-lives. Frustration and cynicism are often the two main hallmarks of occupational burnout.  “Even if companies haven’t literally lost their employees, many have lost them psychologically,” says Jon Gordon author and speaker. A recent study of

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Human Resources: Being a Good Employer

What does it mean to be a good employer? Most would answer that being a good employer means offering great pay and benefits, or for today’s generation, offering a better work life balance. Maybe some human resources professionals would respond by saying offering recognition and incentive plans make an employer better. All of these are good answers and definitely a good starting

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5 Tips for Overcoming Workplace Negativity with Enthusiasm

Negative attitudes are a lot like the common cold, it can start with just one employee, but soon everyone is feeling the effects and morale and performance decline. But unlike the common cold, there’s a cure. Enthusiasm and positive attitudes can spread just as quickly-improving performance and increasing productivity! Here are 5 tips for overcoming workplace negativity with enthusiasm: 1. Turn Barriers

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Human Resources: The Best Ways to Motivate Employees

One of the biggest challenges in  Human Resources today is making sure that the company culture motivates employees to do their best for their organization each and every day.   According to a 2013 Gallup Poll “State of the Global Workplace”, only 13% of employees worldwide were engaged at work, 63% of employees were not engaged at work, and 24% of employees in the poll were

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Human Resources and 3 Tips for Minimizing Negativity in the Workplace

Your company is only as strong as the people who you employ. You can have the best product, for the greatest price, but none of that matters if your employees are not up to standard. This does not just mean according to individual skill set. Negativity not only breeds negativity, but it attracts negative consequences as well. The mind is a powerful

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