Management

Employee Benefits: Ideas and Best Practices

From a young age, we’re ingrained with a simple idea. “When I get rewarded for doing something, I want to do more of that thing.” Employee rewards aren’t a replacement for sufficient compensation. Rewards are like gravy on the biscuit. But, don’t overlook the importance of going beyond a paycheck. If you don’t have a…

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Guiding Your Team Through Change

All entrepreneurs know that change is always inevitable, especially in today’s environment. But a lot of the time, change is HARD. In a past blog post, we shared some tips to help you embrace difficult changes. As a leader or a second-chair leader, you have a critical responsibility to help your team navigate change, whether…

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Increasing Engagement with Remote Employees

increasing engagement with remote employees

It’s easy to feel distant from remote employees when you don’t see them in person. To truly increase employee engagement and culture, HR must take steps to bridge the gap and include all employees, not just those who sit in a chair in your office. As working remotely becomes more common, you’ll likely have teammates…

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Change is Hard!

My kids, ages 16, 14, and 12, have been back at school about a month now. Full speed ahead, super active, and super teenagery (is that a word?). When school starts back, my wife and I’s world just changes. Back to games or practice every night of the week – usually with three kids going in three different directions. We are back to studying late at…

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What You Need to Know About Developing Your First-Time Managers

You believe you’ve identified the perfect employee to fill a management role at your business. Now what?  Unfortunately for many first-time managers the next step is figuring out how to lead or manage people without being provided with formal leadership training. In other words, “winging it.” According to The Ken Blanchard Companies’ First-Time Manager Survey,…

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How to Identify Potential Managers Within Your Ranks

If you have a spot open in management it’s tempting to look only to your top performers to fill it. Or maybe it’s time to conduct an annual performance review for your account executive who keeps blowing up her sales goals. She’s been with your organization for three years and is hoping for a promotion.…

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How to Protect Your Brand in the Face of Online Employee Reviews

It used to be that you reviewed your employee’s performance. In today’s digitally connected culture, employees now get to review you. Current, potential, and former employees have countless platforms on which to share their good and bad experiences with your workplace. Your potential hires are likely reading any number of employment sites such as Indeed,…

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When Two Become One: How to Manage Merging Cultures During an M&A

For the past few weeks we’ve been talking about the practical implications of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) on payroll and your core HR functions. This week we’ll cover what’s likely the most challenging piece of an M&A to navigate—the blending of two cultures. When Two Become One Mergers are often compared to marriages because in…

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Four Ways You Can Soften the Impact of an M&A for Your Employees

AOL Buys Time Warner for $162 Billion Exxon-Mobil Merger Not Expected to Raise Prices at Pump Will Whole Foods Benefit From the Amazon Effect? When we read headlines about mergers and acquisitions (M&As), the focus is typically on dollars and cents (billions of dollars, potentially), the impact on the consumer, and projections about the potential…

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A Better Way to Do Performance Reviews (Part 2)

As part of our series on best practices, we made the case for why you need to prioritize giving feedback to your team through a scheduled performance evaluation. This week we’re going to talk about a better way to conduct performance reviews. Good management includes an element of coaching. If you watch coaches they are…

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