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Reducing Employee Turnover

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Employee Turnover: When employees leave a company and have to be replaced. Does your business have the reputation of having high employee turnover? Before applying to an opening, the first thing that smart job seekers will do is check the ratings to see what previous employees had to say about working for your organization. Seeing…

Ways to Make Company Meetings More Efficient

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Your invite for a last minute meeting just went out, quickly followed by dramatic sighs throughout the office. Meetings in the workplace can be painful, especially when they’re frequent and have a history of being perceived meaningless. Review these tips before planning your next meeting to help avoid this negative company-wide reaction, and to make…

10 Surprisingly Affordable Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

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Did you see that Kraft-Heinz decided not to pay for a Super Bowl commercial this year? Instead, they chose to spend the money that usually is earmarked for the commercial on employee appreciation. They decided to give their employees an extra vacation day on Super Bowl Monday. Over the past several years, Kraft-Heinz realized that…

The low-down on Summer Fridays

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Is this a perk you offer your employees? The whole concept of Summer Fridays started in the 1960s when Manhattan ad agencies realized that productivity on Fridays had reached near zero when the sun was shining and the Hamptons were calling. Since then, the concept of Summer Fridays has spread, though it is still most…

Does your company need a performance review program?

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Performance reviews are one of those topics that most managers like to avoid. But at some point, as your company grows, it’s a good idea to think about establishing some sort of performance review system. Performance review programs, if done well, can help identify key performers, how bonuses and raises should be distributed, and even…

Breaking down the glass ceiling

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Last week the Buffalo Bills made history when they hired Kathryn Smith as the new Quality Control-Special Teams Coach. Kathryn is the first full-time, female assistant coach in the National Football League. Whether we want to admit it or not, the glass ceiling still exists, making it hard for women and minorities to access certain…

Do’s and Don’ts for Combating Stress in the Workplace

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Workers at all levels of an organization can have related to their jobs. Stress isn’t so much dependent on the specific position, as it is the way the individual person fits in their environment. Common stressors in the workplace often include worries over layoffs, company mergers, changing jobs, implementing software, and the physical work setting….

Understaffing 101

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It seems as though we are always hearing about organizations trying to make do with less.  We keep hearing the messages ‘Do it faster,’ ‘Do it better,’ and ‘Do it cheaper.’ Oh and by the way, do it all with fewer people.  While it is important for organizations to keep their costs down so that…

You Should Focus Less on Transactions and More on Relationships

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When it comes to customer service, the idea of transactional marketing can be tempting. It is certainly easier in terms of the effort that you put in up front. Your focus is less on customer service and more on closing a sale or getting a contract signed. But transactions add little value to your business….

Should Your Company Consider the Cloud?

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Recently, businesses of all sizes have been flocking to cloud-based computing. So should your company join them? The cloud may seem new and intimidating, but the truth is, you’ve probably used it for some time without a second thought. Services like Hotmail and Gmail are cloud-based applications. They perform a specific function, and the information…