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How to Fix Barriers of Effective Workplace Communication

August 15th, 2017

Is communication the best it can be in your workplace? The way information is dispersed throughout your office can make a big impact on the morale, employee engagement and the wellness of your team members. Avoiding these common communication issues is a good way to keep the tone in your office positive and productive while ensuring your team members remain happy and committed to their jobs.

Is communication the best it can be in your workplace?

How to Fix Communication Barriers: 4 Tips

  1. Discourage Destructive Office Gossip

Does your office have an anti-gossip policy? Maybe it should. Office gossip is one of the most destructive workplace forces, and has the power to de-motivate your whole team. To avoid it, managers should refrain from participating and spreading gossip about those in the office, and encourage others to do the same. Not only is this in poor taste; it can lead to serious repercussions if you spread untrue statements about an employee. It’s best to stay out of the cliques and let workplace gossip sizzle out on its own.

  1. Ask Your Team for Constructive Feedback

How will you know if there’s room to improve if you don’t ask your team for their feedback? Inquire if there is anything your workers need help with or would like to see around the office, and they are more likely to be motivated and stay engaged. Another way to achieve this is to hold annual employee engagement surveys to get anonymous, honest feedback. Read the rest of this entry »

[Employee Engagement] Should Companies Offer Office Snacks?

December 15th, 2015

Free office snacks are generally considered a luxury, offered by companies like Google, and used to boost employee engagement. Many mangers see this as an extra budget item that is hard to justify. However, office snacks can be a valuable tool in transforming your employees’ attitude toward the workplace and aiding in retaining your top team members. Here are three reasons to consider offering free office snacks in your workplace.

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3 Reasons to Offer Office Snacks to Boost Employee Engagement

  1. Creates a Unique Work Environment

One of the best ways to attract and retain top talent is to offer a unique and fun work environment they are unlikely to find elsewhere. Painting the walls bright and motivating colors, creating open office spaces to boost collaboration and having a well-stocked break room with office snacks and other freebies is a great way to do this. Read the rest of this entry »

[Employee Morale] 4 Annoying Workplace Habits to Avoid

October 13th, 2015

One of the easiest ways to keep the employee morale high in your office is to discourage annoying and common workplace habits. By making your area a pleasant and respectful place to be, your team will be likely to come to work on time, do a good job and feel more committed to the company. Here are four annoying office habits to discourage in your workplace.

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[Employee Morale] 4 Annoying Workplace Habits to Avoid

  1. Leaving Problems for Others

One of the easiest ways to annoy co-workers and decrease general employee morale is to leave problems or messes for other people to solve. Drinking the last cup of coffee and failing to brew a new pot, leaving dishes around the communal sink without cleaning or rinsing them or jamming the copier and not trying to fix it all top the list of habits co-workers may commit without thinking about others. Encouraging self-reliant behavior at work is a good way to ensure your whole team is happy with their environment. Read the rest of this entry »

[Motivating Employees] 5 Traits of a Great Boss

September 15th, 2015

If you’ve ever had a terrible boss, you know it can have a powerful negative effect on motivating employees; working with a great team leader does just the opposite. Here are five personality traits that can make your employees more committed to their jobs, productive in the office and happier with their career.

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[Motivating Employees] 5 Traits of a Great Boss

  1. Predictable

Great bosses are available to workers and don’t make a habit of erratic behavior. Constantly switching up job processes, goals or making unreasonable demands are all easy ways to cause your team stress and push them toward the exit. While it’s perfectly alright to shake things up in the office, great leaders are strong in their decisions and are pleasantly predictable. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Job: Creating a Work-Life Balance

July 30th, 2014

“The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is just not true.” – Larry Page, Google The concept of a work-life balance has always existed; however, the most recent generation to join the workforce is insistent on it. Millennial employees are determined to work for a company that understands that they are not just cogs in a machine producing product, but instead, real people who have lives outside of work. work life balance While some businesses have taken to the four-day work week to allow for more personal time, others have simply started incorporating “development periods” to ease the stress of five day work weeks. Targetprocess is one of these. CEO Michael Dubakov has created a program that allows employees to devote the last day of the week to development activities. He calls it “Orange Fridays.” His employees use this day to participate in online courses, read articles or try out new things that they have an interest in. Some even, “form development teams and work on various products like mobile apps and games,” says Dubakov. “It is time during the week that people can dedicate to learning or interesting projects that they normally wouldn’t have time to do.”  Read the rest of this entry »