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As a business leader, one of the most challenging aspects of long-term success is getting employees on board with company goals. It’s tough for people to meet performance objectives and set priorities if they don’t know what’s expected of them – and how they will benefit. In one recent Gallup poll, only about half of… Read more »

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On Dec. 1, the new overtime rule went into effect, meaning you’re now required to pay overtime to most — if not all — of your staffers earning less than $47,476 annually. This marks a huge jump from the $23,660 yearly salary previously required to be considered exempt, so this might mean you’re legally required… Read more »

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Recruitment is exciting and highly rewarding – but it’s rarely easy. Without a robust candidate pool, it can become quite daunting. If a position needs to be filled ASAP, you’ll find yourself at a serious disadvantage unless your talent pipeline is a healthy one. Be ready to hire quickly when the need arises. Capture top… Read more »

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Bullying in schools and cyberbullying are frequent headline issues. Less well known but just as devastating is workplace bullying, which has reached epidemic proportions. In one study, 13.7 million Americans said they were currently being bullied at work, and nearly three times that number said they had been bullied in the past. In a survey… Read more »

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TED talks are videos filmed at the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference that offer great, inspirational ideas. They are typically 18 minutes or less, so they are popular for their brevity as well as their content. TED talks are archived here. Among the top TED talks to inspire and motivate managers are: How Great Leaders… Read more »

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Once upon a time you had a staff filled with energetic and engaged workers, and while the same people are still onboard, your work environment is not what it used to be. If once friendly employees have become easily irritable, staffers are taking more sick days than ever and no one seems to have a… Read more »

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More than 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer mentorship programs to their employees – for good reasons. Mentoring fosters career development, leadership strength, diversity and knowledge transfer. Both mentors and mentees reap the benefits. Because 80 percent of learning is informal, employees learn from mentoring in ways that manuals, intranets and training programs cannot… Read more »

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Failure is never fun. People and organizations feed off and are rewarded for their successes. But while achievements and victories merit recognition, much can be learned from mistakes and failures. Here are three reasons why: Failures can be good for business. Recent research published in the Harvard Business Review shows that businesses that are more… Read more »

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Your employees are the future of your business. It’s up to you to encourage their career self-reliance and development. Teach them to take charge of their own futures and, at the same time, collaborate with them to make it happen. Facilitate the process by providing clarity and opportunity. Help Them Make a Plan Employees need… Read more »

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You have two or more seemingly great candidates after your initial rounds of interviews – but only one job opening. It’s a good problem to have, but it makes your final hiring decision a real dilemma. You need to ask yourself some tough – but telling – questions. The answers will provide much-needed clarity and… Read more »