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Practicing Gratitude at Work

Thanksgiving has given way to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rush toward December Holidays, but gratitude has no reason to cease. Can you count the number of times someone said “thank you” to you during your day? Do you hear those words from friends? At home? How often do you tell someone else thank [...]

Team Spirit

Creating a company culture that embraces and enhances teamwork is essential to your ultimate success. The late J Richard Hackman, a professor, author, and expert on what makes a team excel contended that while personalities, attitudes, and behavioral styles play a role, what enables teamwork the most is creating the right conditions. Follow these “enabling [...]

Are You a Leader?

What’s the difference between a manager and a leader? While both are responsible for a group of people who are, in turn, accountable for fulfilling specific goals and tasks, the dissimilarity lies in the approach. A manager has the authority and directive to assign tasks which must compel the team toward accomplishing directives. Many managers [...]

4 Tips for Dealing with the Chronic Complainer

We’ve all worked with office nags, the mouthy person who has nothing nice to say but grumbles and groans all day about everything and anything. While this grouser is annoying, the consensus is that this person is a walking red flag. Besides being a huge annoyance, it’s a fact the chronic whiner exacerbates productivity - [...]

Employee Side Hustles: Is the Gig Up?

A couple of decades ago, the person who worked a second job was said to be moonlighting. Frowned upon by employers, moonlighting was something one didn’t want to get caught doing—no matter whether the employee had no conflict of interest or a great reason for needing the extra income. Keep in mind the globalization and [...]

Can You Turn Your Temp Job into a Permanent One?

Lots of companies want to “try before they buy,” especially in this gig economy. While there is no guarantee of a temporary position becoming a permanent job, it is a possibility. In fact, some staffing companies advise candidates looking for work to take a temporary contract position with the hope of turning it into a [...]

5 Big New Laws that Could Affect Businesses Before Year-End

Laws change all the time, and keeping up with fundamental changes and nuances can be a headache, but below are five laws, in particular, to keep under a watchful eye. Potential repeal of ACA Since Trump was first sworn-in, much of the government buzz concerned the Affordable Care Act. It appears as of this month; [...]

Celebrate Labor Day

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.  Martin Luther King Jr. For many Americans, Labor Day marks the end of summer days as schools are now in full swing, gardens are “closed up” for winter, and businesses prepare for the final quarter. It’s more, however, than [...]

Gig Economy – Part I

What Is a Gig Economy? According to WhatIs.com, a “gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements.” Projections indicate that the end of the decade will see nearly 40 percent of American workers as individual contractors, freelancers or on-demand workers. This gig workforce [...]

Build Employee Performance

Employee performance concerns management because it is not a once-and-done thing. Like anything involving people, job performance is an elusive or uncertain commodity among a workforce tied to both external and internal factors like personality, morale, and salary.  Unique people are motivated uniquely, but there are tried and true methods of achieving improved effort among [...]