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7 Sep. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

Natural Disasters Prove Disastrous for Small Businesses

This week’s article, “Small businesses hit harder by hurricanes and earthquakes” by Deborah L. Cohen describes that the likelihood of a smaller business reopening after being hit by a natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake is very low. In fact, nearly 25% of these organizations close their doors for good. Cohen further explains that a key aspect in these small businesses recovering from such crisis events is developing a plan to ensure the continuity of their business.

31 Aug. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

What’s Your Emotional Intelligence Score?

Emotional intelligence is “a general assessment of a person's abilities to control emotions, to sense, understand and react to others’ emotions, and manage relationships.” How strong do you think your own emotional intelligence is? Can you relate to others on a personal level? Do displays of emotion make you uncomfortable? Are you able to accept constructive criticism?

24 Aug. 2011 Posted by ameulendyke

There Aren’t Enough Hours in the Day

How true of a statement this is for so many employees every day. Between work and family, life can become overwhelming, especially when new responsibilities keep presenting themselves each day. In order to reduce the stress in your life and work through it all, proper organization of your tasks is essential.

10 Aug. 2011 Posted by ehinz

How Social Media Can Aid During A Crisis

All it takes is a quick read of the headlines to recognize the added stress on educators and students as they deal with the potential for violence. Today’s news contains a rising number of stories about disruption at our schools—from altercations between staff or students to disastrous events like shootings.

It’s important for school teachers to understand basic crisis management principles—and how social media might play a role in the event of a crisis, for better or worse. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

3 Aug. 2011 Posted by ehinz

How Engaged Are Your Employees?

This week’s article supplies us with 12 questions to determine levels of employee engagement in the workplace. If there’s a link between high employee engagement and job performance, it may be extremely worthwhile to take a similar survey for yourself or submit one to your employees. This could become a great tool for understanding your own level of engagement within your organization.

13 Jul. 2011 Posted by ehinz

But if You Never Try You’ll Never Know…

These are inspiration- driven words for those at any level in the workforce. Change will only happen if YOU make it happen. This not only becomes a great message for work-related situations, it can be used as a guide to achieve greatness in your life outside of the professional game. Make a decision to change, commit to it, get help along the way, and don’t look back!

6 Jul. 2011 Posted by ehinz

Workforce Resilience: Strategies For Labor Shortage

It often seems the unspoken rule during economic downturns is that employee retention is less of a concern than it might be when labor is in short supply.

Employees are not going to leave because there’s no place for them to go, the logic seems to go, and if they do we’ll just replace them from the stack of resumes that arrives by mail every day.

24 Jun. 2011 Posted by ehinz

Give Wellness the Spotlight it Deserves

Implementing an employee wellness program is a significant investment for many companies, and it’s important for leaders to achieve a strong program launch. Ideally, a wellness initiative should kickoff separately from the company’s open enrollment to keep it from being lost in a vast array of other benefits options. For companies that do choose to unveil a wellness plan during open enrollment, there are several tips for engaging employees and maximizing impact.

8 Jun. 2011 Posted by ehinz

Simple Steps to Improve Morale

Healthcare facilities can examine employee engagement in several basic areas. The questions below will help leaders reflect on their current corporate culture and determine where improvements are needed. More often than not, the solutions are relatively quick fixes that can have a significant positive impact on employee attitudes.

1 Jun. 2011 Posted by ehinz

The Five Pivotal Practices of Managing Up

This week I turned to other blogs for interesting material related to managers. My final choice was an entry on Lifehacker blog, which examined the book “Working with You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work” by Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster. More specifically, it focuses on “Managing Up-Taking Control” chapter that offers very specific instructional advice on how to do this effectively and successfully.