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5 Employee Benefits That’ll Inspire Your Team to Do More

September 27, 2017 | 521 views

5 Employee Benefits That'll Inspire Your Team to Do More

5 Employee Benefits That’ll Inspire Your Team to Do More

Employee benefits extend way beyond the standard 401(k) and health insurance plan. Now, top companies are offering more to their team members in an effort to inspire them to be more productive and loyal to the organization. What can you do to get that same kind of dedication from your team? Here are five ideas.

 

 

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Is the Key to Productivity to do Nothing?

September 20, 2017 | 513 views

Is the Key to Productivity to do Nothing?

Is the Key to Productivity to do Nothing?

The illusive 4-hour work week looks tempting, but how is it possible? How can a person achieve grandiose things without producing? You work hard to achieve inbox zero, but it requires just that – work. How can you be a success without grinding away for hours every day?

 

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Scheduling Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sanity in Business

September 13, 2017 | 610 views

Scheduling Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sanity in Business

Scheduling Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sanity in Business

Managing a business is enough to make even the most grounded person feel frantic with pressure. There are deadlines, projects, people to manage, constant changes, and more.

 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed in your business, here are a few scheduling tips that can get you back to center and help you maintain (or reclaim) your sanity.

 

Buffer in Before and After Time

Every meeting, every appointment, and every task requires you to gear up before you can fully begin to engage. That requires about 15-minutes of mental refocus time before and after each task you work on throughout the day, or each conversation you have.

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What Clorox Can Teach You About Leading a Non-Profit

September 6, 2017 | 537 views

What Clorox Can Teach You About Leading a Non-Profit

What Clorox Can Teach You About Leading a Non-Profit

What does Clorox have to do with your leadership style? Maybe not a lot yet. But when you consider that the CEO of this company was rated in the top 100 by Glassdoor, you might want to take a closer look at what they’re doing to win their employee’s hearts.

 

The Backstory of the Clorox Company

Benno Dorer oversees the Clorox Company, which sells Kingsford Charcoal, Brita water filters, and Hidden Valley salad dressing, among the many other cleaning products it’s well-known for. Although none of these products are quite as eye-catching and attractive as brands, such as Tesla and Apple, have, it’s hard to argue with the success of the company.

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Reshaping Your Nonprofit Communications for the Digital Era

August 30, 2017 | 536 views

Reshaping Your Nonprofit Communications for the Digital Era

Reshaping Your Nonprofit Communications for the Digital Era

You do exceptional work at your nonprofit. You have a mission of helping others and making the world a better place, but to fulfill that mission, you need the support of others. You need your staff to continually push your cause forward. You need your volunteers to be engaged. And, you need your community to come out and participate in any way they can. All of this requires a solid communication plan.

 

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How to Lead When Neither Rewards Nor Consequences Motivate

August 23, 2017 | 574 views

How to Lead When Neither Rewards Nor Consequences Motivate

How to Lead When Neither Rewards Nor Consequences Motivate

There are two standard ways of motivating employees:

 

1. Offer incentives, or rewards, for hard work;

2. Design consequences for those who don’t meet their goals.

 

It’s the classic carrot and stick scenario, but is it effective? Not always.

 

Many employees shrug their shoulders at rewards these days thinking that they’re more expected rather than an honor to receive. And many employees get demotivated by consequences, wondering why they should even try if they won’t get any kind of recognition or appreciation for their hard work.

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How Do You Treat Your Employees When They Get Sick?

August 16, 2017 | 590 views

How Do You Treat Your Employees When They Get Sick?

How Do You Treat Your Employees When They Get Sick?

It’s hard to imagine anything quite as life changing as hearing a doctor tell you that you have cancer. Questions about survival, treatment side effects, and downtime from your job and the activities you love, swirl through your mind. The last thing you need to worry about is being harassed and punished by your employer for undergoing what you need to combat this vicious disease and get back to where you were before it attacked your body.

 

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Are You Wasting Your Time on the Wrong Tasks?

August 2, 2017 | 698 views

Are You Wasting Your Time on the Wrong Tasks?

Are You Wasting Your Time on the Wrong Tasks?

How do you map out your workday? If you’re like most people, you jot down notes in a planner or on post-its with everything you need to accomplish throughout the day. Then, you check things off as you go, hoping to tackle them all but knowing that distractions will creep in, so you might not be able to get to everything.

 

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The Biggest Changes We’re Seeing in the HR Industry

July 26, 2017 | 629 views

The Biggest Changes We're Seeing in the HR Industry

The Biggest Changes We’re Seeing in the HR Industry

Like any industry, the HR industry sees its share of ebbs and flows. Trends arise and, as they do, some stay on shore while others flow right back out with the tide.

 

This year, we’ve seen a few changes that we’re convinced will last – at least in the foreseeable future. These changes are important for the future of HR departments across the board.

 

Here are the biggest new trends we’re seeing hit the world of HR.

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Should You Sugarcoat Your Performance Reviews?

July 19, 2017 | 469 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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