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5 Vital Parts of an Exceptional Job Listing

By Jeana Quigley

Creating job listings is something we do a lot. We’ve got a job opening to fill and one of the first things we need to do is collect enough information to put that listing together. And not just any job listing—an exceptional job listing. Not one that will get you tons of applicants (that’s just creating more work than you need or want). You want to write up a job ad that will ge...

5 Ways to Make Your Company's Hiring Process More Fair

By Heather Huhman

Discrimination in the workplace is a hot topic. It is still prevalent and can be very costly to a company. What's more, the consequences of discrimination on the job can include fines and litigation costs, not to mention bad publicity. The answer to avoiding discrimination in the workplace? Hiring. Your goal should be to create a hiring process where you're focused on being non-discriminatory, and...

Take advantage of summer months to boost morale

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I work for a small business as a supervisor. We have 75 employees who are very dedicated and we work hard all year. A few of us were talking recently about how hard it is to concentrate during the summer months. We live in Michigan and when summer comes, it's hard to come to work when it's so nice outside. We were trying to think of some things that we could do that would be fun t...

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Organizational structure can be underlying cause of workplace issues

By Joan Lloyd

Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure, determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something breaks, and so it goes with organizations. How an organization is structured basically means how the reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a great deal about the culture, function a...

A Hard Look at the Soft Stuff

By Janine Moon

With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work, then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult, and something to be suffered. While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The res...

What questions can employers legally ask?

By Nick Reddin

Question: What questions can employers legally ask? When dealing with background checks, are there limits to how far back they can go? Are they just looking for felonies or misdemeanors too? I hate answering these questions. I am in the process of getting an assault charge cleared from 12 years ago that was a false charge to begin with. This is a great question that a lot o...

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The Need of the Hour: Managing vs. Coaching

By Laura Stack

Despite what some people may think, being a manager is no walk in the park. In fact, the combination of mental work, social interaction, project juggling, time management challenges, high pressure, responsibility and variability makes it among the more demanding types of work any person can take on. The hours are terrible and the stress is inevitable. But if organizations expect to accomplish anyt...

Is it time to retire annual reviews? Effective alternatives to consider

By Molly Moseley

If it’s time for your annual review, it probably goes something like this: you meet with your supervisor in a private room, he or she rates your performance using a variety of scales, you talk about where you need to improve in the future, and at the end you learn if you get a pay increase. It’s no wonder most workers dread this process! Beyond being ineffective, annual reviews can act...

What Flavor is Your Management Tea?

By Dan Bobinski

When it comes to coffee or tea, I'm a coffee guy. I'll occasionally get decadent and apply for a bank loan so I can get what my friends call a Froo-Froo Cappafluffa, a.k.a. Overly-Priced Coffee-Flavored-Milk, but most of the time I'm opting for a plain old cup-o-joe. What I'm really trying to say is I'm no expert in tea. I'll leave that to my wife and the entire population of the United King...