Should You Sugarcoat Your Performance Reviews?

July 19, 2017 | 80 views

Should You Sugarcoat Your Performance Reviews?

Should You Sugarcoat Your Performance Reviews?

It’s tempting, isn’t it? You’re face-to-face with someone who could stand to hear a little bit of constructive criticism, but you don’t want to come right out and say what went wrong with his or her performance. So, you choose the sandwich method instead. You tack on something nice to the front end of your statement, throw in the awkward critique in the middle, and then finish up with another nice comment. The goal is to make the person feel good, or sugarcoat the criticism a little bit, so that they’re not demotivated.

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How to Plan a Fundraiser Without Pulling Your Hair Out

July 12, 2017 | 167 views

How to Plan a Fundraiser Without Pulling Your Hair Out

How to Plan a Fundraiser Without Pulling Your Hair Out

Do you look at your fundraiser events and cringe thinking about the amount of work you have to put into make it a success? Many organizers do, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

 

Fundraisers don’t have to cause headaches to be a success. The key to bringing in big money is to enlist the help of a team of people and there’s a right way to go about doing so. Instead of putting out a blanket ask, here is another process you can follow to help you plan a fundraiser without pulling your hair out.

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5 TED Talks About HR That We Love

July 5, 2017 | 218 views

5 TED Talks About HR That We Love

5 TED Talks About HR That We Love

If you haven’t heard of them yet, TED Talks are simply talks with “ideas worth sharing.” These talks tend to incorporate technology, entertainment, and design (TED) but they hit home on a deeper level. Many of these talks discuss how we can use these attributes to live better lives, work better at our jobs, and be better people all around.

 

Here are five of our favorite TED Talks about HR that we believe are worth your time to listen to.

 

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5 Ways to Finally Achieve Inbox Zero

June 28, 2017 | 238 views

5 Ways to Finally Achieve Inbox Zero

5 Ways to Finally Achieve Inbox Zero

Inbox zero. One of the most highly sought-after aspects of the productivity world. Inbox zero is when you don’t have any emails pestering you waiting for a reply. When you achieve it, it’s freeing, but getting there can feel close to impossible.

 

To help you reach this productivity pinnacle, here are five things you can do today to finally achieve inbox zero.

 

1. Unsubscribe Relentlessly

There’s something so final about hitting the unsubscribe button. There’s also something so liberating about it.

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Are You Hurting Your Productivity by Allowing Your Employees to Schedule Tasks?

June 21, 2017 | 253 views

Are You Hurting Your Productivity by Allowing Your Employees to Schedule Tasks?

Are You Hurting Your Productivity by Allowing Your Employees to Schedule Tasks?

Productivity. Work/life balance. Freedom in the workplace. These are all things we champion on a regular basis, so when a recent Harvard Business Journal article was released titled, “Why Productivity Suffers When Employees Are Allowed to Schedule Their Own Tasks,” we took notice.

 

The Research Behind the Claims

The research comes from a paper titled, “Discretionary Task Ordering: Queue Management in Radiological Services” by Maria R. Ibanez, a doctoral candidate at Harvard Business School; Jonathan R. Clark, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio; Robert S. Huckman, a professor at Harvard Business School; and Bradley R. Staats, an associate professor at UNC Kenan-Flager Business School.

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Facebook Workplace for Nonprofits: What You Need to Know About This New Way of Collaboration

June 14, 2017 | 190 views

Facebook Workplace for Nonprofits: What You Need to Know About This New Way of Collaboration

Facebook Workplace for Nonprofits: What You Need to Know About This New Way of Collaboration

Have you heard about the recent addition to the world’s largest social network, Facebook? It’s called Workplace and it’s designed to make collaboration within non-profit organizations smoother, easier, and more efficient. It’s a concept we champion here at ScheduleBase, and now that Facebook has hopped on board, we thought you’d like to know about why this new feature is worth your attention.

 

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How to Hire Someone With Authentic Passion

June 7, 2017 | 195 views

How to Hire Someone With Authentic Passion

How to Hire Someone With Authentic Passion

The term passion is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

 

“Intense, driving, or overmastering feeling of conviction.”

 

On the surface that looks like a pretty powerful thing. More importantly, it looks like something you want on your team. You want someone who works intensely with strong drive toward the convictions your business is built upon. Find someone with the same personal convictions as your organization’s and you’ll have the perfect employee, right? Right.

 

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Creating Your Schedule for Both Work and Life

May 24, 2017 | 207 views

Creating Your Schedule for Both Work and Life

Creating Your Schedule for Both Work and Life

If you’re like the bulk of working Americans, your schedule feels overwhelming and at times, out of control. It doesn’t have to be that way. Are you on the quest for work/life balance? We have a scheduling tactic that might help you make that dream a reality.

 

To start, create a schedule for your personal comprehensive calendar. On this, you’ll jot down everything you have planned in your life (and then some). This won’t only help eliminate confusion, but it’ll also help your overall well-being at work (and your employees’). Here’s how.

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Tips for Scheduling Employees Who Are Frequent Travelers

May 17, 2017 | 250 views

Tips for Scheduling Employees Who Are Frequent Travelers

Tips for Scheduling Employees Who Are Frequent Travelers

What’s a surefire way to add confusion to your schedule? Add in time zone changes for the employees who are frequent travelers in your business.

 

When you have a team that travels regularly to make sales calls, you need everyone to be aware of their whereabouts and their availability. But, tracking their meeting times and travel dates can quickly get messy without a proper plan in place. Here are a few tips for how to add frequent travelers to your schedule.

 

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How to Turn Your Customer Service Team Into a Marketing Department

May 10, 2017 | 317 views

How to Turn Your Customer Service Team Into a Marketing Department

How to Turn Your Customer Service Team Into a Marketing Department

Does your firm operate out of different silos? If so, you might miss out on a tremendous opportunity.

 

Cross-pollination of departments in your company is a tremendous way to boost sales and increase customer loyalty. One of the easiest and best ways to accomplish this is to turn your customer service team into a team of marketers. Although they don’t take on the normal marketing functions, the way they engage with and talk to your customer base has a direct impact on how consumers view your brand. In other words, whether you like it or not, your customer service agents are already marketing your business.

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