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Beyond the Grind: Helping Your People Love Their Jobs

By Laura Stack

We’ve all heard about the fun perks that progressive employers like Google and Yahoo! offered their employees until recently—great social activities, play areas, telecommuting options, free bikes to ride around campus, and the opportunity to spend a fair portion of their work time on projects of their own choosing. This has begun to change as more traditional-minded CEOs come on board,...

Don't Let Empathy Stop You From Taking Disciplinary Action

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am an office manager in a medium-sized company. Prior to this promotion one year ago, I worked with the women I now supervise. After my promotion, I had my share of resentment and jealousy from these women. They have gotten much better and I finally can say I'm beginning to enjoy supervision. My problem centers around one woman who was out on a maternity leave and who is now back. Sh...

Flextime Causing Issues When Manager Takes Hands-Off Approach

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan:We have flextime at my place of employment. You may choose to begin work any time (in half-hour increments) between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, with the core hours being 9:00 to 3:30. The problem that we are confronted with is the underwriting manager has elected to work the 8:00 to 4:30 shift. It has been brought to his attention that there are people abusing the flextime (we don't punch...

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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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How to Craft A Talk That Spreads Your Ideas

By Mary Rosenbaum

One of the top 5 skills of any successful professional is the ability to effectively communicate their ideas. Strong communicators are able to get their ideas across in a way that prompts the listener to buy in, to help, or to believe. And those communicators are the ones who are able to implement change. Nancy Duarte, in an excellent TED talk called The Secret Structure of Great Talks, reveals so...

Butting Heads: How to Argue Productively

By Laura Stack

It’s been said that every person brings joy to others: some when they enter a room and some when they leave it. The latter disagrees just to be disagreeable. But no matter how good natured people are, if you bring any two human beings together, they’ll find something to disagree about eventually. The strong personalities inherent in any business endeavor can result in people butt...

Are you approachable?

By Joan Lloyd

If I asked you, “Are you approachable?” What would you reply? You’d probably say, “Of course I am. I have an open door policy. No one is afraid to stop in and talk to me.” Well that’s a good start but it’s usually not enough. If you are scheduled back-to-back in meetings, or appear scattered or rushed, or spend hours in your office or cubicle...