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 [...]

Intentional Safety in the Workplace

Maintaining safety in your workplace is vital to the ultimate success of your company, but “it doesn’t happen by accident.” Taking safety thoughtfully and intentionally, as well as training your staff accordingly is crucial. In fact, according to OSHA findings, companies who place a priority on safety, taking appropriate preventive steps, have 50% fewer lost [...]

Investing in Employees Sparks Productivity

We can spend countless hours touting how success is measured by what we do, where we give, who we build relationships with, etc. rather than the bottom line, but at the end of the day, if the bottom line isn’t profitable, the company fails. So, how can you build a thriving, successful company with a [...]

Tips for Communicating with Diverse Audiences

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. ~ Peter Drucker We live and work in a global world.  As the windows of the world are opening, we must remember that even as we break through language barriers, each of us still has our own culture, mannerisms, habits, and patterns of communicating. [...]

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 II: Staffing in a Gig Economy

  Need Ways to Take Advantage of the Gig Economy Trend? Is it a trend that’s here to stay? Who can know for certain? Whether you find it suits your hiring style or keeps you up at night, those who follow labor statistics are quick to propose it will at least continue through the end [...]

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 [...]