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The Winds of Change Usually Kick Up Some Dust

By Joan Lloyd

I've always loved the fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes." It's such a wonderful metaphor for situations in life in which one person sees things one way and another person doesn't see it at all. Take the example of organizational change. What one person can visualize, another can't. And that's where resistance comes in. "Resistance" is a word we use to describe what a person is doing if they d...

Are Your Leaders Still Practicing Command And Control?

By Ron Thomas

“They used to say in the industry: location, location, location. I say people, people, people; you invest in stores, you invest in events, but investment in people is the most important.” That strong statement is from Sidney Toledano, the CEO of Dior, speaking in a recent interview in the Financial Times. Sometimes, as we read articles or books, there are certain words or statements th...

Ways Smart Companies are Engaging Employees

By Sarah Landrum

Employee engagement plays an integral role in any company’s growth. When employees are motivated to excel and contribute to an organization’s success, it results in improved performance and productivity. However, engagement isn’t a one-way street. Employers must take action to engage employees, rather than expect them to be engaged with a mere list of tasks. Employee engagement r...

Making HR A True Strategic Partner: It’s Not As Easy As Some Make It Seem

By Ron Thomas

Nothing is easy today. When I lived in the U.S.—I currently work in Dubai—I would always marvel at late night TV commercials. My take was that whatever it is that ails you, just turn on late night TV and you would invariably find a product that could solve your problem. That same feeling comes over me as I browse the Internet. There are 5-6 or perhaps even 10 ways to increase engagemen...

Be Thoughtful about your Company Holiday Party

By Jeana Quigley

I’ve heard a lot of people grumble about having to go to their company holiday party. If you’ve seen The Office, then it’s no surprise why. But the point of a party is to be fun. So why do people hate going to their holiday parties? Well, I for one actually like going to my company’s holiday party. And I’m here to say that if your people hate the holiday party, then y...

How to Motivate and Coach Your Team To Success

By Brad Karsh

It is no easy task to motivate, coach, and inspire your team, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Even today’s most prominent business tycoons admit that the most difficult part of their job is coaching and training their people. Take Steve Jobs, for instance. Jobs obviously made extraordinary contributions at Apple, but he spoke openly about his struggles in his role as C...

10 Reasons Why Company Meetings are Invaluable

By Jeana Quigley

Every six months, everyone at BambooHR gets together (even all our remote and out-of-state employees) for an all-hands-on-deck company meeting to motivate and recharge our team. This is a great time to get everyone on the same page about the progress we’re having and the direction we’re headed. There’s good food, fun and hard work. Here are ten great reasons why company meetings...

7 Ways in Which Employment Screening Can Improve Your Company's Success

By Michael Klazema

If your company isn't already screening prospective employees with background checks, then it needs to be. Adding background checks to your hiring process is one of the most effective things you can do to improve your company's success and protect your business assets. These types of screenings aren't just important because everyone else is doing them—though, in today's business world, pre-e...

10 Reasons to Run a Pre-Employment Background Check

By Michael Klazema

It goes without saying that every time a business needs to fill an open work position, there are a few steps that need to be taken. The job description needs to be published online, for instance, so that interested parties can submit applications for consideration. The employer then needs to sift through these applications, pick out qualified candidates, and set up interviews. Some employment proc...

Do your colleagues see you the same way you do?

By Dale Kurow

Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: "if you don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably you?" You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team player, but there might be something about your approach that prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing. Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the edges at work don’...

Gender Gaps

By Jeana Quigley

Back in college, I was obsessed with the plays of Wendy Wasserstein. To this day (dare I say how many years later?), I will always think of Wendy Wasserstein and her play “Isn’t It Romantic” (written in 1983—and no, I wasn’t in college that long ago!) when I consider if it’s possible for a woman to “have it all.” I guess you could say I’m one o...

How to set up a Pre-Employment Background Screening Process at Your Company

By Michael Klazema

So you need to set up a pre-employment background check process at your company, and you're not sure where to start. Perhaps you are an entrepreneur whose start-up venture has now grown to a point where it requires a few new employees. Or maybe your business is implementing background checks after years of relying on the honor system. Either way, the process for designing a new background check po...

Assessing and Fitting into a Company Culture

By Julie Jansen

Most of us have worked in a situation when we knew we just didn’t “fit” with a company culture but wouldn't necessarily put our thumb on why this was so. When you do fit you are enthusiastic about our work and in fact it may not even feel like work! You’re proud of what you do, you like the people you work with and you feel fulfilled and rewarded. When you don’...

You Need to Know How to Deal With Difficult Customers

By Andrew Rondeau

During your career as a manager, you will have to deal with a number of difficult customers. Those customers who are unhappy with the service you and your staff provide. The ‘unhappy’ customer will want to talk to the person in charge – you, the manager. So how do you deal with difficult customers? Well this is what it takes: Providing great customer service to a difficult...

Corporate Culture - The Competitive Edge

By Gayle Lantz

You’ve probably seen the news about Google being ranked by Fortune as the number one best place to work. Its unique culture helps the company attract thousands of job applicants each day. The Google corporate culture works for its market. Whether you’re running a large company, a division or a small business, there is a culture that exists that can affect your ability to compete. Ever...

Do Your Customers View You as Trustworthy?

By Debra Schmidt

Because I attend so many events, I have the good fortune of meeting and chatting with a wide variety of interesting people. Sometimes these conversations lead to friendships. Other times, they lead to frustration. The frustration occurs when I discover that someone hasn’t been honest about his or her intentions. For example, I met a woman at a conference a couple of years ago. We chatted ov...

How to Create a Customer-Focused Team

By Debra Schmidt

There is no magic formula for creating a team of customer-focused employees. But one thing is certain: it's the manager's responsibility to create an environment that motivates employees to want to take care of customers. In order to create a team of employees that are personally committed to service excellence, managers may need a fresh point of view. One of the great problems in customer ...

Workplace lessons from the Wizard of Oz

By Dan Bobinski

Many workplace lessons can be learned just by considering the characters in the Wizard of Oz. Although author L. Frank Baum said his books were written to please children and generate income for his family, the richness of Baum’s characters provide us a wealth of imagery from which we can make workplace comparisons. Below I’ll make workplace analogies to the story’s main ch...

Avoiding Confrontation Can Cost You Your Competitive Edge

By Mike Cook

Business is a contact sport. For employers and employees alike, the rules of the game include confrontation and an ability to participate actively in it. Are you “up to” competing? The implied employment contracts of the past are insufficient for workers today. The sentiment, “If you do good work and don’t give us any problems, you can count on a paycheck for a very long ti...

Mistakes Happen!

By Julie Cohen

Dennis, an accountant, was part of an audit team for a large corporation. As he was reporting some data findings to his project manager and the rest of the team, his manager pointed out an incorrect assumption Dennis made that resulted in erroneous figures and that could have legal repercussions. Fortunately, the mistake was found before the results were presented publicly and Dennis was abl...

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