With the April 15th tax deadline passing not too long ago (whew!), most of us have a better idea than usual about the state of our finances. With that in mind, now is a great time to provide some financial planning services to your employees. Many businesses provide workshops, reading materials, and private counseling to help employees make informed decisions about their financial future. Of course, the big financial issue for most employees is retirement planning. However, financial planning can be helpful for things other than a 401k. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly Continue reading
How many times have you been a part of a team project that simply cannot stay on course? How many times does a project shift from one focus to another? How many times have you had to adjust a project as you gained more information about the end result? While some of these frustrating aspects of teamwork are unavoidable, others can be accounted for at the outset of the project. Here are three suggestions that could help you have a productive beginning to a team project. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh Continue reading
In our intern series, we’ve covered the advertising and the interviewing. Now let’s talk about what to do with an intern once you have one. If you’ve followed our previous tips, hopefully you’ve got a great intern (interns?) that will benefit from working at your company. Here are some tips for managing your summer help crew. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
Can managers micromanage in a way that encourages employees to be more productive? At the outset, the question seems like a contradictory one. Typically, “micromanagement” conjures up images of a hovering employer, stressed out employees, and bad manager-employee relationships. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
So you’re in your office, working on important human resources business, when all of a sudden you hear shouting coming from outside your glass windows. You walk out to see Joe and Joanne fighting over a stapler, but it’s clear that this is about much more than a stapler. Years of submersed minor conflicts between the two have erupted in this battle over one of many unused staplers. What do you do to resolve this? Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
Jason Nazar’s recent article on Forbes.com, 17 Counterintuitive Things the Most Successful People Do, focuses on unconventional methods of improvement for individuals. But after reading through the suggestions, it seems that many are very relevant to good management and could be applied to helping a team improve itself, as well. Nazar doesn’t lean on the old adages such as, “constantly self-evaluate.” Instead, he suggests putting yourself, or in these examples, your team, into what could be negative or potentially uncomfortable situations in order to foster growth. Professional growth doesn’t happen in a vacuum, so consider how some of these tips might play Continue reading
A couple weeks ago we touched on Yahoo!’s new (can’t) work from home policy. A number of the complaints about the policy stemmed from stay-at-home moms or dads; but what about the single folks out there? Do swingin’ singles deserve the same considerations as parents when it comes to paid time-off or work-from-home? Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.
I think the internet is the most important thing mankind has invented in the past 500 years, even more so than penicillin. In the last 60 years we have seen an explosion of growth and progress simply unparalleled by any other time in human history and it is all thanks to the invention and commercialization of the internet (and computers, of course). Being able to communicate with anyone from anywhere is a very powerful tool and you should use that to your advantage in the workplace. Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with Continue reading
Working on a team can be a challenging experience. In a sometimes cramped office space, you and your coworkers chug away at tasks and work together on many things to complete larger projects or improve efficiency. What happens when you discover that one coworker who has the potential to bring all your collaboration and productivity to a halt? Whether their personality clashes with others on the team, they feel the need to be in charge, or they believe their ideas to be superior to others’, what is the best way to diffuse them before their attitude threatens the morale and Continue reading
Managers know that, as team leaders, the cohesion of their team and the productivity of their employees are partially dependent on how much employees trust their superiors. Is their manager making good decisions for the team? Are they concerned with each team member individually? Are they helping their employees to develop professionally? Like this article? Subscribe to our HR digest to receive a weekly email with fresh and informative content.