Monthly Archives: September 2021

Qualities That Create a “Good” Work Schedule

September 29, 2021 | 112 views

Qualities That Create a “Good” Work Schedule
Qualities That Create a “Good” Work Schedule

What one person considers a good work schedule is not the same as another person’s ideal schedule. For a long time, we lumped the idea that we could be happy at work and home into a work-life balance concept that somehow perfected workloads while providing time for personal pursuits. The idea was that if we tried hard enough, we could neatly relegate workload demands to specific hours of the day. Then, an employee could then manage their personal needs (outside of work) accordingly.

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Employee Scheduling Methods Cause Attrition—What You Can Do About It

September 22, 2021 | 134 views

Employee Scheduling Methods Cause Attrition—What You Can Do About It
Employee Scheduling Methods Cause Attrition—What You Can Do About It

It’s not news that hiring and keeping hourly employees was particularly difficult in the last year and a half. First, it was the pandemic and immediate drops in revenue that made us lay off workers or cut their hours. When we were ready to hire them back, we discovered that “economic incentives” like unemployment hindered our businesses’ abilities to rehire and fulfill demand. And now, we see that the time spent working from home (or not working at all) changed priorities for many workers. It has been a rougher ride than usual for managers who need employees to stick around.

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Is the 4-Day Work Week Worth Reconsidering?

September 15, 2021 | 133 views

Is the 4-Day Work Week Worth Reconsidering?
Is the 4-Day Work Week Worth Reconsidering?

A 4-day work week has always sounded attractive. Not too long, not unreasonably short. I could enjoy longer weekends and probably still get my work done each week before traveling on weekends to cheer on my son’s football team.

We’ve written about this idea before. What struck me recently was how the combination of pandemic-related demands for scheduling flexibility have combined with large movements to a 4-day week. Naturally, there are concerns about how some schedules might be too condensed and cause more harm than good. And even Utah’s government reverted to a traditional 5-day schedule after budget savings were not enough to outweigh citizen complaints about reduced availability (although local governments in Denmark, Spain, West Virginia, and Colorado have stayed with their 4-day weeks).

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Which Employees Deserve a Promotion?

September 8, 2021 | 169 views

Which Employees Deserve a Promotion?
Which Employees Deserve a Promotion?

The career development of employees helps your business grow. It increases self-confidence and improves employee engagement when staff members understand how they can advance their careers. Appropriate staff development helps your organization, also, because it is cost-effective to promote internal people rather than hiring and training someone new. The challenge for managers is recognizing talent along with productive work. It is not always a hard skill set that determines increased responsibility. Sometimes, there are internal motivations in employees that will make an employee more deserving of a promotion.

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