Financial Health–Put that Raise to Work for You

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The recent economic downturn triggered a series of salary freezes throughout the work world–including among senior executives in many industries. As the economy recovers, the salary freeze is finally thawing. If you weathered the winter of recession with a frozen salary, you may now be seeing your work bear fruit in the form of raises… Read more »

Passion for Play

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Gamification hype is rampant–but can it deliver real benefits for your business? This brief article will help you decide. So what is gamification? How is it used? Simply put, it’s the process of applying game mechanics and game thinking in non-gaming contexts to engage users and to solve problems. While gamification has obvious benefits in… Read more »

Is IT Taking Over HR?

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Today’s HR departments leverage IT to benefit almost every aspect of their daily operations. Continual technology improvements, coupled with declining costs, have fueled a surge in HR’s usage of technology: Software is being deployed to manage areas such as internal mobility, appraisal management, succession planning and personal development. E-recruitment and performance management software are dramatically… Read more »

Want That Management Job?

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Have you reached a point in your career when you want: to take on greater responsibility? to advance your career development? to earn more money? Becoming a manager is an excellent way to accomplish all of these. But landing your first management job presents a “chicken and egg” dilemma: you need to have management experience… Read more »

It Pays to Help New Staff Start Right

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Managers should invest wisely in well-designed staff orientation programs. Effectively orientating your new employees can pay big dividends in staff retention, employee commitment and customer satisfaction.   Staff members who are properly trained and welcomed at the beginning of their careers feel good about their choice of employer, fit in quickly with peers and colleagues… Read more »

How to Find More Time In Your Work Day

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Surveys conducted throughout the United States have found that the average employee admits to wasting approximately two hours out of every eight-hour work day. This does not include lunch and other scheduled breaks. If you find that you don’t have enough time to get your work done, it may be because you’re wasting more time… Read more »

How to Execute Your Strategic Plan in 2013

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Over the past several weeks, you’ve spent countless hours with your team in strategic planning sessions–assessing your strengths and weaknesses, identifying new opportunities, analyzing potential threats and setting the course for your business over the next 12 months. The result? An ambitious, yet achievable, strategic plan. Congratulations! You’ve cleared a major hurdle many organizations fail… Read more »

The Top 10 Ways to Retain Good Employees

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Share the results of good work, tangibly. Bonuses, cash, and non-cash rewards need to be tied to results so that, in receiving them, the employee knows that he or she is being rewarded for his or her specific contribution. Gifts given at the whim of the CEO can be regarded as actually demeaning in that… Read more »