Employee empowerment

Let Your Employees Talk Freely! Ultimate Way to Get New Ideas for Your Business

It’s easy to understand that employees are the hearts and minds of a small company. Whether you believe it or not, they are the cogs that drive your company forward; you’re just along for the ride, managing and tracking their progress, assigning tasks and maintaining a healthy workflow. But how do these “cogs” think and feel? This is something most employers fail to grasp; it’s not you that’s keeping the company afloat, it’s your employees, those busy bees that work and look up to you for guidance. (more…)

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[ Infographic ] Employee Engagement, Emotional Intelligence and Your Career

Did you know that a key aspect of employee engagement in the workplace is how much emotional intelligence a particular employee has?

Emotional intelligence or EQ for short, is where a person has the capacity to be aware of and to be able to identify their emotions. It also relates to how a person is able to really understand the emotions of other people around them. Why is this important for a person’s career? Studies show that more than two thirds of all competencies that are considered absolutely essential for high performance are associated with emotional intelligence.

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How offices have evolved

To put the job simply, managers strive to motivate employees. A good manager understands what drives their team emotionally in order to foster a happier, more productive workforce. To meet that end, bosses incorporate various management styles and reward systems to encourage every employee to perform at their best.

But with so many ways to influence employee motivation, it can be easy to overlook the basics: Do your employees have what they need in their work environment? While proper ventilation and adequate lighting are definitely issues to consider, they only scratch the surface when assessing employee’s psychological needs in the workplace.

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7 Fantastic Recognition Ideas

7 Fantastic Recognition Ideas You Should Implement Now

The corporate culture you promote can have an impact on your bottom line. It’s been shown that when employees feel appreciated they’re willing to work a little harder to help the company reach its goals. There are countless ways to show your team members that they matter. Here are some of the most effective employee recognition programs that can help you make a difference in your profit margins and production levels. (more…)

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Health Experts Share Their Favorite Snack Ideas For Work

Our friends at SnackNation had a great article on healthy snacks for the workplace and we decided to bring you a glimpse of it. The full article containing 42 great ideas is available at the bottom of this post.

Eating healthy at work is hard. There’s no way around it. Trying to plan out your meals for the week somehow always fails and you end up scrambling for the nearest fat loaded snack at the office.

So, we reached out to 42 health experts (i.e. nutritionists, dietitians, fitness coaches, doctors, and healthy lifestyle bloggers) and asked them one question:

What are your favorite healthy snacks to keep at work (or wherever you go) and why?

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5 Things a Manager Should Never Say

5 Things Managers Should Never Say to Their Staff

As a manager you are more than just a leader of a team, you are a role model. Staff will look to you for advice and leadership; they may also emulate your behavior to improve their own chances of success. As a manager it is essential to be aware of how damaging your words or negative attitude can be on your team; this will also affect your productivity. There are certain things you should never say to your staff. (more…)

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so you think you know your workforce

So you think you know your workforce?

The “Ignorance is bliss” mentality might work for certain things like, the taste of chocolate or the huge spider underneath your seat. It doesn’t however work in business. The day-to-day of leadership and management seems to leave the plate too full to find out what’s really going on in the hearts and minds of all of those email addresses and badges. Ignoring workforce issues, or not taking the initiative to find them out probably looks something like this…

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Employee Wellness Ideas

35 ideas to improve employee wellness

Having a productive workforce is not only about having the best processes and making sure employees are working every paid minute. As you probably know, many companies find that offering time off and other benefits to employees pays off in the long run. Employee wellness (both physical and mental) has become more and more important with today’s busy lives. Let’s have a look at some of the best ideas we found to keep your employees healthy and happy. Ideas are listed by cost and complexity.  (more…)

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Invest in employee engagement

The Cost of Disengaged Employees

Once upon a time, there was a company called Acme* . Acme was based in the U.S. and had 500 employees with an average salary of $50,000.

Unfortunately, Acme had a problem.

Acme was losing money and had no clue why. Disengaged employees were the reason why the company’s numbers were dropping.

For months now the employees of Acme were stricken with different afflictions. It started with a loss of productivity. Disengaged employees were producing on average 7% less than they were the year before. (more…)

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Team Leadership Survival Kit—Weather any Storm with Advice from an Expert

Sink or Swim: How to Handle Tough Leadership Situations

If you’ve ever read anything on employee engagement than you’ve no doubt come to the conclusion that much of the responsibility for engaging employees lies with leadership.

Being a leader is no easy task, especially when that task includes employee engagement. For that reason, I decided to ask a leadership expert some of the toughest questions I could come up with on how to deal with difficult leadership situations.

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