June 14th, 2018
How do you reward your employees?
When it comes to employee appreciation, it’s important to reward them. Your budget may not allow for bonus checks or lavish gifts, however it is still important to acknowledge hard work and dedication.
What are simple ways to reward employees? Keep reading to find out.
How to Reward Employees
- Give Specific Compliments
The Muse recommends offering specific compliments over generic ones. For example:
Good: “Thanks for your hard work, Cathy!”
Better: “Thanks for putting in so much hard work to win over that new client, Cathy!”
Best: “Cathy, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your hard work to land the new Smith account. We’ve been after that account for several months, so you really stepped up to close an important deal. This is a huge win for you, our team, and the entire company.”
This will let your employee know you see they are working hard and are paying attention to them and their efforts. Read the rest of this entry »
June 7th, 2018
Do you annoy your co-workers?
Whether you work in a traditional office or in close proximity to people, there’s a chance you may annoy your co-workers from time-to-time, or they may annoy you.
There may be obvious offenders like cooking fish in the breakroom microwave, but there are also small, everyday things that people can find annoying.
Are you guilty of annoying your office? Keep reading for five of the common workplace behaviors that made the list of 34 Things You Do That Annoy Your Co-Workers (but They Rarely Tell You) from Inc.
5 Behaviors That Annoy Co-Workers Read the rest of this entry »
May 15th, 2018
Limit office clutter for a productive environment.
Sometimes the office can be a boring place. You show up at the same time every day, likely do the same work day in and day out, and are out the door like clockwork.
For employees, an unexciting day at the office can decrease productivity and may even impact quality of work.
How can you make your workplace more suitable for productivity? Keep reading for business environment tips and ways to make the day a little better for your workers.
Designing the Perfect Office
As Lifehack reports, “It’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your productivity about 20 percent. However, despite the studies and statistics, nearly half of the employers interviewed don’t consider workplace design a good business investment.” Read the rest of this entry »
May 8th, 2018
Watch out for these red flags when interviewing for a new job.
Congratulations on landing an interview or getting hired at a new job! While your new employer is figuring out if you’re right for their business, it’s important for you to determine if your new job is right for you, too. In all the excitement, it’s crucial to keep your eye out for red flags in your new workplace.
Here are three red flags to watch out for from Monster that can help you make the right decision about whether to take a job or not. Read the rest of this entry »
April 17th, 2018
Use these tips to write a professional email.
For many industries and companies, email is one of the most common forms of communication, whether it’s used for a quick response or a longer detailed message.
Since this method of communication is used often, there is a lot of room for error, which can negatively impact yourself and your business.
Here are a few tips to remember when writing and sending emails that could save you a lot of grief.
4 Email Etiquette Tips
While many email provider offer editing services, they may not catch the wrong word if it’s spelled correctly; if you write “ant” but mean “and” the editor may not catch it. While this may seem like a simple mistake and the email recipient will likely know what you are trying to convey, it can make you look less professional.
Take the time to read and then re-read your email; there’s no point in losing credibility over an easy to catch error. Read the rest of this entry »
April 6th, 2018
How will you make a good first impression at work?
The first week of work at a new job is often the roughest, scariest and most exciting time. Though you’re probably nervous and finding your bearings, it is important to make an excellent first impression.
Here are a few tips from Fortune to help you become an outstanding member of your workplace right away.
How to Make a Good First Impression at Work
- Be Confident
Though you may not be 100 percent sure of what you are doing, project confidence in your work. It is important that your employer and co-workers see that you work well under pressure and can handle responsibilities. This will serve you well down the road when they offer you additional tasks and work. Read the rest of this entry »
March 27th, 2018
How professional are your social media pages?
Just about everyone has some sort of social media account; that includes people who could be employing you for a job.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, “70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, which is up significantly from 60 percent in 2016.”
If you are searching for a job, don’t forget to polish your social media accounts as you perfect your resume and cover letter.
Here are a few tips from Work It Daily to help you manage your social media accounts as you look for a career. Read the rest of this entry »
March 14th, 2018
What skills do you think are important for team building?
It is finally spring, which means it’s time to shake of the winter blues and start anew. One of the best office place tactics for leadership to work on is team building.
Three Team Building Techniques
E-Skill has created an incredible list of leadership skills for a successful team; here are a few of our favorites.
- Relationship Building
Taking the time to build a relationship with your team is important. The website notes, “These relationships will help inspire your team to work harder, possibly even going beyond their job responsibilities. A team member who feels personally mentored by his or her manager is more likely to go the extra mile for that manager.” Read the rest of this entry »
February 20th, 2018
Is an open-door policy right for your business?
One of the most popular buzz-words for businesses is to have an open-door policy. This means that employees of all levels can speak to their supervisor. It’s believed to be a way to keep communication open and flowing, build relationships and keep employees in-the-know about company information.
While this seems like it should be a great idea, is it right for you as a supervisor? Keep reading for a few reasons that an open-door policy is beneficial for corporations compiled by Forbes.
4 Reasons an Open-Door Policy Will Benefit Businesses
If a business has an open-door policy, managers are more likely to have a better understanding of the day-to-day issues and goings on of their company. The open-door policy will encourage employees to directly address issues to their manager and receive high-level advice. Read the rest of this entry »
February 13th, 2018
What’s your favorite career quote?
Looking for a job can seem daunting and stressful. You need to make sure your resume is tight, cover letters are clear and your interview skills are sharp.
Through the process of applying and interviewing, have you ever lost your drive? To keep you motivated, here are our five favorite quotes from some of the most successful and influential people.
Inspirational Career Quotes
“Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama
“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” – Katherine Whitehorn
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan Read the rest of this entry »