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Leaders vs. Managers: What Is In Your Toolkit?

on May 27, 2020 10:15:00 AM By | Ron Thomas | 0 Comments | Leadership Management
Which one are you? Maybe you are a hybrid or a little of both with other ingredients added in for flavor.
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How HR Can Support Companies in Times of Crisis

on May 22, 2020 8:45:00 AM By | Jessica Miller-Merrell | 0 Comments | Management HR Department Coronavirus
When economic downturns, natural disasters, company reorganizations, and other challenges arise, companies depend on HR leaders to set policies, initiate support, and assist employees. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HR departments have been actively involved in their companies’ decisions (such as slowing businesses, canceling conferences, and implementing new work arrangements) to slow the spread of the disease and to adjust to statewide and local social-distancing directives. By maintaining several key focus points, HR staff can more effectively lead their companies through this crisis.
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Employer's Guide for Returning to the Workplace

on May 20, 2020 9:30:00 AM By | Davidson French and Lymari Martinez Cromwell | 0 Comments | Management Coronavirus Requirements
As the U.S. economy reopens in the coming weeks and months, employers are faced with the challenge of bringing employees back to work to a workplace that is drastically different from the one that existed just weeks ago. While states and cities will have unique requirements and conditions with which employers must comply, they intend to rely on, in large part, the constantly evolving guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Consequently, it will continue to be crucial for employers to comply with the most recent guidance from the CDC, OSHA, public health agencies, and the EEOC as they bring employees back to work and re-open businesses.
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How Managers Can Strengthen Team Connections During Times of Change

on Apr 29, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Karina Schultheis | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Management Trust Team Building
We're living in a time of unprecedented change, but even under more "normal" circumstances, transformation and uncertainty are foundational to business (and life). Whether navigating challenging circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic or positive ones like unprecedented periods of growth, managers have the ability to proactively strengthen team connections during times of change. Here are some tips to help keep your team engaged, even amid the most turbulent situations. 1. Be open and honest In some situations, leaders may be limited in what they can share, but you should always aim to provide your team with whatever information you can in a timely and professional manner. When things are changing quickly, access to information is comforting and helps to maintain a small sense of control. Fostering open discussions with your team about what's going on, what it might mean for them, and when you expect to have more information will help build trust and strengthen team connections. (Fun fact: Research suggests trust is the single most important thing in an employer-employee relationship.) This also gives you an opportunity to address your team's fears and concerns and build the understanding that "we are all in this together"which is a powerful motivator and cohesion builder. 2. Set clear expectations and responsibilities If anything is changing on your team (structure, responsibilities, strategy, etc.) it's crucial that you address these changes as soon as possible and clearly define roles and expectations. Be sure to include insight and input from your team so that you're setting realistic deadlines and goals. It's also a good idea to be extra-accessible during times of change, so you're available to answer any questions or clarify new projects as they come up. 3. Keep your team involved Remember: You hired your people for a reason. Trust is a two-way street, and in order to be an effective leader you must demonstrate your trust in your team's abilities. Great leaders also know that listening is just as important as communicating and this is particularly true during times of uncertainty and additional stress. When your people feel trusted and relied upon, they are likely to feel motivated and connected. Your ability to make good decisions as a leader also relies upon insight from your team, so ensure you're listening closely to their feedback. 4. Acknowledge your people When your people have been working hard in the face of change, don't forget to show your genuine appreciation. Saying "thank you" in a meaningful way can look like a spot bonus, an afternoon off, a handwritten note or heartfelt email. The key is to genuinely acknowledge their contributions. Your people are your business. Make sure they know that their hard work is being seen and is making a difference.
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3 Ways to Tie Individual Goals to Business Goals

on Apr 8, 2020 9:30:00 AM By | Diane Strohfus | 0 Comments | Goals Business Management
Businesses are facing a dilemma when it comes to goals: according to Gallup, employee productivity increases by 56 percent when managers are involved in helping their reports align their goals with the needs of the organization. Despite this, only 44 percent of those employees felt they could connect their goals to those of the organization’s goals. This means that somewhere, there’s an alarming disconnect.
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Building Employee Loyalty Through Strengths-Based Management

on Apr 1, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Baili Bigham | 0 Comments | Employee Engagement Goals Management
Although it’s no surprise, countless studies prove that offering workers a positive experience significantly increases employee loyalty and retention. And the key to keeping your rockstar talent is giving them opportunities to grow and develop their skills, not just professionally, but personally as well.
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Meal Break Abuse – Is It Okay to Dock Pay?

on Mar 11, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Daniel Kaplan | 0 Comments | Benefits Management Fairness
How many readers have confronted the following scenario:
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How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days

on Mar 4, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Janine Comito | 0 Comments | managers Employee Engagement Management
Are you inspired by the headlines about harsh, take-no-prisoners leaders? Want to really show your employees who’s boss?
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Back to Basics: What Is Continuous Performance Management?

on Feb 19, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Aaron Kinne | 0 Comments | Performance Review Management
Why am I so passionate about continuous performance management?
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Why Leaders Should Encourage Employee Autonomy

on Jan 22, 2020 9:30:00 AM By | Baili Bigham | 0 Comments | Employees Managing Management
Despite all we’ve written on the subject over the years, micromanagement continues to plague organizations everywhere, and at some point in your career, it’s likely you’ve experienced some form of it.
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