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7 Feb. 2014 Posted by Amber Alles

Creating an Ethical Workplace through a Culture of Accountability

According to a recent VitalSmarts survey, employees are six times more likely to report corporate misconduct when they are regularly held accountable to take action and feel comfortable doing so. The survey also revealed that the most common reasons employees do not report unethical behavior include fears of damage to their career, a reputation that they are hard to work with, not being taken seriously, or not knowing how to bring up their concerns.

24 Jan. 2014 Posted by Amber Alles

When to Hire Additional Staff

When it comes to managing increasing work demands, there’s a fine line between asking employees to assume more responsibilities and knowing when it’s necessary to hire additional staff. Increasing workloads among current employees can lead to burnout, decreased productivity and low employee satisfaction. However, overstaffing can result in financial risks. Fortunately, there are signals to look for among employees that can help managers determine when it’s the right time to hire.

8 Jan. 2014 Posted by Amber Alles

The Arrival of Generation Z

The workplace today is extremely diverse as more people are entering in than ever before. For the first time in history four biological generations with especially different mindsets have been working side by side in many organizations. Just as organizational leaders have begun to grasp this concept and the challenges associated with managing the diverse and competing values of these individuals, it seems an additional 5th generation (Generation Z) has now emerged.

17 Dec. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Management’s Role in Reducing Risk of Workplace Violence

Due to increasing violence throughout the country, many companies have developed a violence prevention and management plan. This plan will define preventive measures and reduce potential risks for the company. Management efforts in predictive, preventive and preparedness strategies can respond to, and possibly avoid, the painful loss and costs associated with violent incidents.

5 Dec. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Creating an Effective Onboarding Program

A new hire’s experiences during the first six months at a company will often dictate whether the employee will stay at or leave the organization. These experiences are largely influenced by the effectiveness of the organization’s onboarding program. An ineffective onboarding program can lead to low retention rates and ultimately impact the organization’s bottom line. According to a 2013 Aberdeen report, companies with best-in-class onboarding programs report a retention rate of 91%. However, only 37% of companies are investing in formal onboarding programs.

19 Nov. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Handling Tough Questions Regarding a Tobacco-Free Workplace

Implementing a new tobacco-free workplace policy creates questions and concerns on the part of employees. Many companies report receiving less negative feedback than expected; however, it’s important to be ready to handle questions and concerns you may receive when rolling out a tobacco-free policy within your organization, particularly from those who use tobacco.

6 Nov. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Addressing Tobacco Use within the Workplace

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Each year smoking accounts for about 443,000 premature deaths and about 49,400 non-smokers die as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke. However, 43.8 million Americans – nearly 1 in every 5 adults – still smoke cigarettes. It turns out that a majority of adult smokers say they want to quit; though without help, few succeed.

31 Oct. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Perception Checking when Managing Conflict

To be truly effective in managing conflict you must be able to understand what it is the person in conflict is trying to communicate. However, your perception of a situation largely impacts how you understand and interpret another person’s communication. Perception, sometimes described by phrases such as “world view” or “our mind’s eye,” is a process everyone experiences. Physiological, cultural, social, occupational, and self-concept aspects can all influence your perception.

22 Oct. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Dispelling Myths about Mental Illness

Mental illness is a difficult issue to address within the workplace, and it becomes even more challenging when it is left unaddressed. Although an estimated 25 percent of Americans will experience a mental disorder in any given year, less than one-third of adults receive treatment for their disorder. Many organizations utilize an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to address these issues; however, there is often a stigma associated with mental illness. Misconceptions about mental illness often contribute to the stigma, which leads many people to be ashamed and prevents them from seeking help.

16 Oct. 2013 Posted by Amber Alles

Building Work Environments that Engage

A company’s workforce is its most valuable asset, and employee morale, engagement and productivity often form the glue that holds a business together. However, a recent Gallup survey found that 70% of American workers are either unengaged or actively disengaged in their work leaving them emotionally disconnected and unproductive. The survey also found that this lack of engagement and productivity has been estimated to cost U.S. companies up to $550 billion each year. These alarming statistics should prompt many managers to ask: how can we better inspire our employees?