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Work Flexibility Helps Ease Life’s Complications

By Jeana Quigley

Life is complicated. Employees already have a lot of responsibilities with work. Just add a spouse, children, ill or aging loved ones, a less-than-reliable car, college classes or any number of life’s intricacies. Then things get really complicated. That’s where workplace flexibility comes in. If a company embraces flexible working arrangements into its culture, employees can more easi...

Managers Need Structure For Group Decisions

By Joan Lloyd

Decisions, decisions. Should you buy a new piece of equipment or repair the one you own? Which procedure should your work team implement to solve their problem? Which job candidate should you hire? As a manager, you regularly are expected to make quick, sensible decisions. This is difficult enough when you are making the decision yourself, but when your work group gets involved, it can real...

Have Managerial Courage, Millennials

By Courtney Templin

Delivering difficult feedback is tough for anyone, but millennials, especially, have a sticky time with it. You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, and maybe you fear your employees might be defensive, take things personally, or get discouraged. Our generation likes to collaborate and get along so bringing up sensitive issues feels a little like rocking the boat. In our book, Manager...

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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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Things Are Looking Up

By Gayle Lantz

Things are looking up, but some employees may be looking out -- outside of your organization -- and they're likely to be your stars. According to recent research by the Corporate Leadership Council: One in four intend to leave their employer within the year. One in five believes their personal aspirations differ from their employer's plan. Four out of 10 have little confidence in their coworkers ...

Looking for Ways to Advance Your Career? It's Time for a Career Check-Up!

By Robin Ryan

Worried about your job security? Unhappy with your current position? Hoping to get a raise or promotion - It's time to review your career management strategies to be sure you are in top form to move up or on. In today's changing workplace, the average worker will hold more than 11 jobs during their working lifetime. Since career management is your responsibility, learn where you stand with this b...

Leadership Listens

By Dan Bobinski

If one aspect of the workplace is misunderstood, it’s the role of leader. Of course, leadership has many facets. Hundreds of books, articles, and speeches expound on the components of good leadership. But I’d like to focus on one thread that should be common to all definitions: Listening. Perhaps you’ve been at a meeting where the leader stands up to announce the whys and ...