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Tips For Smoothing The transition of New Co-workers

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I appreciated an article you wrote in which you cover hints for new employees. I would be very interested in a column covering this situation from the perspectives of the other parties as well; the current employees and the manager. A particular problem I encounter as a manager of technical employees is finding a way to help new employees bring ideas from their former position into thei...

New and Improved Performance Review Methods

By Sarah Landrum

The yearly performance review can be a stressful time for everyone. Employees don’t like to hear them and bosses don’t like to prepare them. They’re difficult to do, time consuming and don’t really allow both parties to walk away feeling like something good was accomplished. In some cases, it can be demoralizing and hurt the employee’s work performance instead of bols...

The Employee Experience Is As Important As The Customer Experience

By Ron Thomas

First of all I just want to say thank you for this amazing opportunity. I have learned a lot and I am still learning. The past 5 months have been life changing. By working here it has really boosted my self-confidence and gave me the courage that no matter what size I am, I can do anything. I just want to thank you for being patient with me and not getting upset when I make a mistake and for worki...

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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...

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...

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...

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Bold And Aggressive Ways To Get Noticed By Hiring Managers

By John Sullivan

Most job seekers rely exclusively on job boards and their resume to get them a position. Unfortunately, using this conservative approach, there is upward of a 90% chance that your resume will never be seen by a hiring manager. If you have been frustrated with the job search results that you’ve been getting, now might be the ideal time to put together a bolder and more aggressive campaign. Ra...

How Nice Are You?

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: "My workplace is nice to a fault," a client told me recently. "People just won't tell you if they aren't happy, or if you're doing something wrong." You may be rolling your eyes and groaning, "Give me a break! I wish I had a boss who was too nice." But being nice can really be nasty. Consider your own workplace and evaluate whether it has gone too far on the Nice Scale. Your manager do...

Keeping It to Yourself: Five Things a Wise Manager Never Delegates

By Laura Stack

As a leader, you know you must delegate many of the tasks for which you’re ultimately responsible, if you’re to be successful in meeting your goals. You know you can’t do it all yourself. Typically, under-delegation is more common than over-delegation, and most leaders should give more away. That said, there are some things leaders should never delegate. Some tasks obviously shou...