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Employees and Productivity: How to Avoid the Afternoon Slump

August 15th, 2018

Help employees avoid the afternoon slump with these tips.

For many employees, there’s something that happens most afternoons and you may have come to expect it: an energy crash.

The afternoon crash not only affects employees, it can also have a negative impact on overall company productivity and quality of work.

What can you do to avoid the afternoon slump and keep energy levels up? Keep reading to find out.

Employees and Productivity: Avoiding the Afternoon Slump

  1. Encourage Going Outside

Going outside, getting fresh air and sunlight can wake employees up, even in the middle of the day. Sunlight during the day can have the same effect as getting sunlight in the morning – it wakes the body up. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Keep Employees Healthy All Year Round

August 8th, 2018

Keep employees healthy during the summer with these tips.

During the middle of the summer, you may not be as worried about a cold or flu spreading to employees. That happens in fall and winter, right? While August is typically not considered part of cold and flu season, keeping employees healthy should always be a priority.

Here are a few tips from the Huffington Post to keep your employees feeling good year round.

How to Keep Employees in Good Health

  1. Wipe Down Desks and Computers

Even though people around you may not be constantly coughing and sneezing, germs and bacteria still survive on commonly used surfaces. Take some time out of the day, provide an appropriate cleaning solution, and encourage employees to wipe down their mouse, keyboard, phone and any other surfaces they touch often. Read the rest of this entry »

What You Need to Know About Motivating Employees without Breaking the Bank

July 23rd, 2018

Motivating employees doesn’t have to be expensive.

Motivating employees can seem like a challenge when you want to buy something for staff, whether it be a fun experience or lunch. However, even with just a handful of team members, things add up.

How can managers motivate employees without emptying the budget? Keep reading to find out.

Motivating Employees without Spending a Fortune

  1. Recognition Board

In a break room or common space, create a recognition board to shine a light on outstanding work. Did someone complete a tough project or land a new client? Put it on the board. Employers can also open the board up for employees to recognize each other. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Attract and Support Millennial Employees

July 14th, 2018

Use these tips to attract and keep millennial employees.

When you think of the phrase “Millennial Employees,” many negative stereotypes probably come to mind. When it comes to interacting with millennial employees, a CNBC report found that it’s better to treat them like anyone else: “…if you want to appeal to millennials and keep them in the fold, don’t treat them like millennials. Instead, address millennials as you would employees in any other demographic group.”

If you find this age group perplexing, here are a few tips for hiring and keeping millennial employees.

How to Attract and Support Millennial Employees

  1. Offer the Right Environment

Forbes reports the right workplace atmosphere is important to millennial employees; job seekers are looking for more than just going to work and going home. As Forbes notes, “There are many ways to create an optimal work environment for millennials—flex hours, fitness allowance, casual dress code, stocked break rooms, half-day Fridays, and more.” Read the rest of this entry »

How to Reward Exceptional Employees

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

  1. 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 »

Do You Annoy Your Co-Workers? How to Bring Peace to the Workplace

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 »

How To Increase Productivity in the Office

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 »

Workplace Red Flags: What to Watch Out For

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 »

How to Write a Professional Email

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

  1. Proofreading

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 »

The First Week of Work: How to Make a Great Impression

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

  1. 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 »