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Small Adjustments Yield Big Rewards

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Jun 2015

Small Adjustments Yield Big Rewards

We previously discussed how periodic reevaluation of benefits and incentives can help keep employees motivated, while attracting high quality new talent. Keeping just a few things in mind can facilitate a smooth evaluation and change for any rewards program. Little Things Matter Believe it or not, some of the most often cited rewards or benefits of satisfied employees are the smallest things; periodic water cooler…

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Shake Up Your System

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Jun 2015

Shake Up Your System

Employee motivation is a hot topic these days. With companies providing more and more appealing benefits packages and perks, business owners are taking a longer look at what they can do to compete. Check In and Listen Ideally, every business should have some sort of rewards or benefits system in place. However, the work hardly ends there. Resting on your laurels is guaranteed to lead…

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Avoid These Conflict Resolution Mistakes

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Jun 2015

Avoid These Conflict Resolution Mistakes

In previous posts, we’ve discussed some things managers and business owners can do to aid in resolving workplace conflict among staff members. While there are many possible roads to success in this area, there are a few tactics that will invariably end poorly. Don’t Get Pulled In This is easier said than done, in some instances. If, at first blush, a conflict between employees appears…

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Remember This When Dealing with Conflict

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Jun 2015

Remember This When Dealing with Conflict

In our last post, we addressed some of the initial steps managers and leaders can take to aid in resolving conflict in the workplace. Once the issue has been acknowledged, there are a few broader concepts to keep in mind when dealing with employee disagreements. Be Observant Good leaders know their employees well. They know their strengths and weaknesses, and also how they respond to…

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Disagreements Happen

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Jun 2015

Disagreements Happen

We’ve previously discussed workplace conflict and its potential to disrupt the activities and productivity of a business. While a manager or business owner can take as many steps as possible to create a positive work environment, conflict is going to occur. It is inevitable that a group of people working together and interacting on a regular basis will eventually experience disagreements which, if left unmanaged,…

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Prepare For Their Leave

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May 2015

Prepare For Their Leave

When a staff member requests extended leave, in many cases due to an impending childbirth or adoption, a manager can find him or herself at a loss as to how to proceed. There are several simple steps one can take in this situation to get the ball rolling. Plan Ahead Make sure all employees know they can ask for leave if needed and encourage them…

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Extended Leave Don’ts for Employers

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May 2015

Extended Leave Don’ts for Employers

Once an employee has indicated they need to take extended leave, a business owner has several decisions to make regarding how to handle the news as well as the leave itself. There are several things one should not do in this circumstance. Don’t get mad. Extended leave can easily be viewed as a bad thing by a business owner. However, one should avoid that trap…

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Help Them Help You

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May 2015

Help Them Help You

In our last post we discussed how personal lives can affect professional lives, sometimes despite our best efforts. While some people may be able to better compartmentalize these sections of their lives, there are a few things managers and employers can do to help employees succeed. Create A Positive Environment When an employee is dealing with a difficult personal issue, work becomes a chore, another…

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Employee Leave Matters

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May 2015

Employee Leave Matters

On occasion, an employee’s personal life can completely overwhelm their professional life. Some examples of this include dealing with the loss of a loved one, taking care of a sick relative and welcoming a child into the family. In these circumstances, the best thing an employer can do is offer support. There are several leave programs in Australia designed to address these very issues. Parental…

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Life Affects Work

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May 2015

Life Affects Work

In a perfect world, human beings would be able to perfectly compartmentalize their lives and never experience any sort of bleed through. Unfortunately, the world is far from perfect and the brain simply doesn’t work that way. No matter how hard they may try, eventually all employees will experience something in their personal life that makes its way into their professional life. What’s the worst…

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