Human Resources

What Will You Change in the New Year?

If you are like me you don’t go for the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. From what I’ve read about them not many people are successful with this process. The classic example is people who join a gym at the beginning of the year and within a month or two are no longer attending. But, resolutions are not the same as asking what will you change in the new year and there are real differences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Communicate Regularly with Employees

If you’ve ever felt like as an employee you were in the dark to what was really going on, then as a manager or business owner this is for you. While there are of course businesses of only one person, once you begin to take on employees (even one) then the nature of how you operate changes, Read the rest of this entry »

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Clear Vision Produces Clear Communication

Imagine trying to explain something to someone when you don’t see it clearly yourself. Difficult as that would be we do it regularly in business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Block Out Negative People

Don’t let negative people discourage you. Listen politely but know when to stop and turn a deaf ear to them. Some people either don’t believe you can do something or sometimes don’t even want you to succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Willing to Take a Time Out

Although we sometimes act like we can continue endlessly, everyone needs a break at some point. If we recognize that and embrace it there are some benefits.

Rest to Recover

When we are willing to take a time out we are able to get the rest needed to recover from making a concerted effort to achieve our goals. Some people think a dedicated worker is one who regularly puts in 50, 60, 70 or 80 hours per week. Baloney! That is not dedicated, but rather it is foolish. There are crunch times when we do have to go long hours Read the rest of this entry »

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Loner Employees

Most companies with several employees have at one who goes quietly about their business. Why does this bother some people? Being a loner employee does not mean they don’t care about other workers or are unfriendly.

We’re All Different

There are some people, no matter where they work, who seem to mix easily with others. They draw a certain amount of strength from this interaction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Input

Hopefully you’ve never worked in a company where all decisions came from or had to be signed off on by one person. What’s wrong with that?

Their All Stupid

All kidding aside, I did have a client once who acted like every employee was stupid. In fact, I even heard this individual makes statements to that effect when he was upset with a decision Read the rest of this entry »

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Hiring versus Training

Should you hire new employees or train existing employees? This is really a trick question. Why? Well, there is no actual right or wrong answer as the hiring versus training decision depends largely on the actual situation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Business Principles

In the prior posting Big Communication Problem we looked briefly at one of the primary reasons that communications often fail and breakdown into more of a time of argument and insult. Specifically the issue was in talking too much and not being willing to listen to the other person express their ideas without interrupting them. In addition to the natural tendency to think our ideas are better, I think one of the reasons this occurs is that we often lack well-established Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Ideas Revisited

Have you ever worked at a place where all decisions were top down ones and employee ideas were ignored? On the other hand, perhaps you are managing a company that operates this way. Companies that do this put themselves at a distinct disadvantage.

Nobody Knows it All

By cutting off employee input management is limiting the knowledge they have to make decisions. They are effectively shutting down Read the rest of this entry »

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