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Five Places To Focus When Recruiting for Culture Fit

By Jeana Quigley

Do you hire for culture fit? I like to think of it like this: Companies have personalities, much like people do. People are friends with other people because their personalities just click. It works that same way with employees and their companies. It should just click. And candidates who fit right into the culture of a company are ideal long-term employees. When companies focus on hiring fo...

At Thanksgiving Remember Work 'Family'

By Joan Lloyd

The holiday season begins next week as families get together to celebrate Thanksgiving. It's a time of laughter and reflection. A time when we pause from the hectic pace of our lives to give thanks for everything we have. The workplace is a lot like family for many of us. In fact, some futurists even call it the new neighborhood, probably because we spend more time there than in our own backyards....

Cure Poor Work Habits With Feedback

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am a manager in a small manufacturing firm. I would like to know your thoughts on how to address under-performing employees that have not been dealt with and have been tolerated for years. Answer: An employee whose poor performance has been tolerated for years is a festering sore in a work group. The infection is likely to spread to the rest of the area. Stopping the spread of ...

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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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Manager is behaving like a Grinch

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I work for a small department of a large employer who frequently receives holiday gifts from vendors with whom we do business, as a thank you, at the end of the year. However, when we receive the gifts, we aren't allowed to open them to enjoy. Rather, our boss tells us not to touch them because we will re-gift them to other people (sometimes other departments that never work with these ...

What Separates Savvy Managers From So-So Managers?

By Joan Lloyd

You have worked hard to get that job in management. Now, how do you keep it? What makes an employee work harder for one boss than for another? Is it the leader's charisma or because they're so "nice"? Hardly. Smart managers on the rise in any organization know that it takes far more than the right vibrations between manager and subordinates to create a highly productive working environment. ...

Building Employee Loyalty

By Cindy Ventrice

Nearly half of all employees plan to look for a new job in the next 12 months. If you lost half of your team what would that mean to you in lost productivity? How much time would you and your team need to spend recruiting, interviewing, orienting, and training? How much momentum would your team lose doing the work of those who have left, until replacements are hired and up to speed? Can you afford...