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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...

Today's Manager is a Just-in-Time Coach

By Joan Lloyd

Managers have been getting a lot of attention lately. They've been the subject of hundreds of books on leadership, teamwork, empowerment and excellence. They've been struggling to find their place in the new order of things. It hasn't been easy. In years past, when a manager said, "Jump!" employees said, "How high?" Today, when a manager says, "Jump!" employees say, "Why?" because they want to und...

Methods of Motivation: Adding Team Incentives to the Mix

By Laura Stack

One of the eternal quests of the modern business leader is the search for the Holy Grail of worker motivation—as if there’s just one secret, one formula or recipe, that will instantly and permanently push a team’s productivity through the roof. It’s a nice fantasy, but you quickly learn that nothing works for everyone. Fortunately, most people respond well to intrinsic rewa...

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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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Staying Informed in Your Industry

By Heather Eagar

There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re left out of the loop – especially when it comes to your career. But because there can be so many changes taking place in your field, you can look up one day and realize your entire industry has left you behind. With the economy changing as quickly as it is, you can’t afford to not know what the latest trends are. Including wh...

Workplace Values Must Be Valued – By All

By Dan Bobinski

When we go to work each day, each of us participates in a unique workplace community where we share common values with others while accomplishing certain goals. So why is it some people insist on criticizing others when those people are trying to uphold community standards? Before I continue, let's look closer at the word "community." It comes from the Latin word communis, which means "common, pub...

Spot Quiz

By Cindy Ventrice

This week, a little spot quiz for you: Imagine, a senior manager stops by during your team meeting. Could you, if asked, introduce each individual in the room providing the following information? Name How long they have been with the company Role on the team Special strengths they bring to the team Current project and why it is important If you don't have all of this informa...