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12 Sep. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Trial of Civility: Political Discussion in the Workplace

Discussing politics is an unprecedented judgment vehicle that too often is considered a menace to one particular venue—the workplace. Inundated with a surplus of political shows, articles, expert opinions, and editorials, we have succumbed to political discussions that often reveal more than we intend. In a society that alerts us to safeguard our privacy, discussing politics is a severe anomaly. It is an offering of our true beliefs and values; it delineates our stubborn habits and clarifies our code of living.

6 Sep. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Overcoming Employee Resistance to Change

Few people like changes, especially if it is imposed upon them. When changes are imminent, rumors and misinformation run rampant. The stress caused by these times of uncertainty results in loss of motivation and productivity. There is tremendous stress on employees due to lack of information. Obviously, the most tension reducing approach is to keep employees informed every step of the way.

28 Aug. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Managing Employee Conflict

According to a recent poll conducted by Workplace Options, 65% of respondents indicated that they have experienced a conflict in the workplace. Additionally, 56% of those surveyed cited personality conflicts as the biggest source of workplace conflicts, while 52% of workers cited poor communication as the source. Surprisingly, 35% of workers indicated that their employers do not have a formal complaint process implemented for workplace conflict.

22 Aug. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Emotional Intelligence for Managers

Emotional intelligence is described as a person’s ability to recognize and understand emotions in themself and others, and their ability to use this awareness to manage relationships. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. In times of turbulence and uncertainty, managers have to increasingly rely on emotional intelligence in order to deal more effectively and successfully with employees.

15 Aug. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Using EAP to Solve Personal Problems Affecting Work

Reports from the New England Journal of Medicine and the National Business Group on Health have indicated that depression affects about 10% of the workforce, costing businesses $44 billion annually in lost productivity and treatment costs. In addition, 85% of industrial accidents are stress or alcohol-related, and individuals with personal problems are absent 5-6 times more than peers. As a manager, you are in a position to identify an employee whose personal problems may be interfering with his/her job performance and resulting in issues with attendance, quality of work, behavior or attitude.

7 Aug. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Addressing Work Performance Issues

Good management and supervision involve motivating employees to do their best, monitoring performance, and addressing workplace problems as early as possible. In order to promptly address workplace inefficiencies, supervisors and managers should proactively look for patterns or changes within employees’ job performance. This is most successfully done when a manager is able to effectively recognize and identify the performance problems and behaviors causing concern.

23 Jul. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Common Interviewing Errors to Avoid

“The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior in similar circumstances.” This should be a guiding principle of any good interview. Standardized interviews asking questions about candidates’ past behavior relevant to specific performance dimensions are likely to elicit the most useful information. However, if the interviewer improperly phrases questions this information is likely to be irrelevant and misleading.

16 Jul. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Employee Goal Setting

Goal setting is an important aspect to performance management and overall worker productivity. Establishing goals and objectives makes it clear what a supervisor expects of an employee. In addition, when employees are given specific goals they are more likely to produce better results than employees that are not given specific objectives or something to strive towards. When coupled with the organization’s annual objectives, employee goal setting also creates strategic alignment among the employee’s work and the organization as a whole.

3 Jul. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Employee Cross Training

Cross-training employees in multiple work areas can be particularly helpful for many organizations. When employees are cross-trained they are provided an opportunity to learn new skill sets. This allows an organization to increase productivity and develop a more dynamic workforce for future needs. Additionally, cross training helps managers recognize competitive talents and place employees in positions for which they are best suited.

27 Jun. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Stand Up for Employee Wellness

Recent research has shown that sitting for more than three to four hours a day can take up to two years off of someone’s life. Shockingly enough, exercise will not reverse the damage that sitting for extending periods of time will cause. Workers in offices everywhere are faced with a huge health hazard, as they are often restrained to sitting at a desk to do their work. A sedentary lifestyle at work in addition to an inactive home life can cause serious health concerns for many employees, which means higher medical and healthcare costs for employers.