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The End of PTO During the COVID Crisis

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  Now that the summer months have passed and many people are working from home, we are finding that many employees have not used up paid time off benefits. It is safe to say we can blame this on COVID-19 and the risks involved with traveling this year. Additionally, concerns over job security have made […]

Best Practices for Handling Political Discussions in the Workplace

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Best Practices for Handling Political Discussions in the Workplace   We can definitely agree that 2020 is the year of the “New Normal”. Learning to navigate tense political discussions in the workplace can be added to the list of new challenges we face. As we have seen the long-awaited poll returns come in, the results [...]

Rethinking How to Hire Amid a Pandemic.

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Rethinking How to Hire Amid a Pandemic. In an environment of confusion, where states, counties and local jurisdictions are taking different approaches to reopening business, hiring during a pandemic can pose huge challenges within any organization. Employers are finding themselves wondering how they can acquire and onboard talent while ensuring that new or prospective employees [...]

How a Pandemic Changes Business

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How a Pandemic Changes Business

At the beginning of 2020, no one anticipated the world we would be living in just months down the line. There is truly no facet of daily life that coronavirus has not affected. Education, shopping, travel, and business have all drastically changed to accommodate the new normal we find ourselves in. It’s been an adjustment, […]

How Employees Can Safely Return to Work

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How employees can safely return to work

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly changed the economic and social landscape permanently. We may never know the full extent of these effects until years down the road. It has become clear that the situation will be ongoing; life must go on in spite of it. While many companies are switching to a full time work […]

Tips for Conducting an Online Interview

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Tips for Conducting an Online Interview

Even before the pandemic, many companies were conducting interviews – or at least parts of them – remotely, either via telephone or video call software like Zoom or Skype. Online interviews are imperative now, but even when we’re all working together again, they’re a great tool for: Narrowing down a large pool of candidates without […]

How to Crush Your Online Interviews

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How to crush your online interviews

Online interviews are becoming more common, a trend that began even before COVID-19 locked us down worldwide. As we adjust to working from, we find ourselves often dealing with kids or animals in the background. However, an interview is a different story. Just like in a regular interview, you need to put your best foot […]

Delegating Does Not Equal Laziness

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delegating is not laziness

Effective supervision requires a clear knowledge of the goal your office is working towards, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your employees. You need to know that if you give a job to your staff members that it won’t overburden them or that it’s not complex beyond their abilities. The main thing to […]

How to Be an Effective Delegator

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How to Be an Effective Delegator

Supervisors are sometimes perceived as not doing any work themselves, leaving everything important to their employees. While this can be true, for people who care about their business and their subordinates, proper supervisory work requires delegation. You cannot be expected to do all of the high-level work expected of you while also doing day-to-day duties […]

What to Do with Critical Feedback

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What to do with critical feedback

When you’re provided with an evaluation of your performance or those of your subordinates, that feedback is pure opportunity. Utilizing this information you can: Update job descriptions Give direction on how employees can improve Move staff around to jobs that better suit their needs Utilizing critical feedback is an essential part of working for a […]

Critical Feedback is Beneficial for Everyone

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critical feedback is beneficial for everyone

Getting chastised at work is hardly ever fun, and being the person delivering the criticism is rarely a good time, either. Really, it’s an awkward encounter for both parties. Depending on the business or how your office is run, the first time you get feedback about your performance might also be the last, as some […]

How To Thrive in the New Normal

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How To Thrive in the New Normal

These days people struggle to find what is normal. Coronavirus has shut down schools and millions of businesses across the nation. This has given rise to questions about what the future will look like and what will become the new normal. Things like working from home and remote work are more relevant than ever and […]

What an Employer Can and Cannot Ask During an Interview

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What an Employer Can and Cannot Ask During an Interview

Asking and answering questions in a job interview can be nerve-wracking, and determining what an employer can ask and what an employer cannot ask can be hazardous ground to navigate. Some employers might have weird questions but often these are designed to keep you on your toes and evaluate how you react to unfamiliar circumstances. […]

5 Tips for Conducting an Effective Interview

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Five tips for conducting an effective interview

Interviewing candidates for a job can be fun and exciting – filling a position helps a person who needs a job and gets your company running at peak efficiency. As hopeful and exciting as this process can be, however, if you don’t prepare your interview process, you could be looking at trouble. Bad interview questions, […]

Email Etiquette for Business Professionals

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email etiquette for business professionals

Email has replaced just about every other type of communication for daily business discussion, whether trivial or critical. It saves paper, saves time, and gives you a point to reference later on, should you need to revisit a conversation. The ability to go back and reference prior email communications alone makes them highly valuable. Electronic […]

Communication Skills for Customer Service Professionals

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Communication skills for customer service professionals

Communication skills are extremely important and woefully under-taught in high school. Getting out and finding a job where you interact with the public or speak and teach within your institution means needing to communicate clearly and without fear. Specific to customer service – whether within or without your organization – are many soft skills that […]

Factoring Needs Verse Wants into a Spending Plan

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needs verse wants in a spending plan

Establishing a budget is the first step towards financial freedom. By accounting for every penny in and every cent out, you can determine how and where your money leaves your bank. Without a spending plan, you’re simply floating along, spending money each month and hoping you don’t overdraft. Sitting down and finally plugging those monetary […]

The Importance of a Spending Plan

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the importance of a spending plan

Coming up with a budget is the most fundamental step towards financial freedom and monetary success. If you don’t know what money is coming in and going out, there’s no way you can get control over it, leading to overspending and overdrafts. A spending plan keeps you aware of each financial step you take. It […]

4 Things for New Managers to Know

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four things for new managers to know

Promotions or new jobs can be both exciting yet cause apprehension. Not knowing what to expect can be a major source of anxiety. If you’re new to a supervisory or managerial role, then this can compound your stress. However, with the right mindset and attitude you can go in with a calmer and clearer state […]

Tips for New Supervisors

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tips for new supervisors

Are you starting a new job where you will be supervising people for the first time? Or perhaps, you’ve been promoted to a new supervisory position at your current job. If you have never worked a job with a supervisory capacity, this new role may seem daunting to you. However, with the right information and […]

How to Position Yourself for a Promotion

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How to position yourself for a raise

Getting promoted at work can feel incredible, particularly if you love your job. A fulfilling career should give you an upward trajectory, and being in the right place for a promotion is critical to that aim. No boss will promote someone who isn’t a good candidate; years of service at a company do not translate […]

Tips for Negotiating a Raise

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tips for negotiating a raise

Employers love good employees – you do amazing work, you keep the company’s reputation sterling, and at the most pragmatic, it’s a pain to replace good employees. Even though it might not seem like it, a good employer wants to reward a great employee, and that’s where your leverage comes in. Negotiating a raise is […]

Why Work Life Balance is Vital

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why work life balance is vital

So often we hear others talk about building a work life balance. While this is nice and sounds reasonable to everyone, implementing it and making it a habit are not as easily done. When constant stress and financial pressure push people to earn as much as possible, they end up overworked. This often then creates […]

All Work and No Play is No Good

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work life balance

When it comes to our personal lives and professional careers, there is a balance that must be in place. A compromise we make with ourselves to supply for our financial and personal wellbeing. No matter how much we may try to keep them separated, our work and personal lives constantly mix. This is okay and […]

How to Set Boundaries as a Supervisor

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how to set boundaries as a supervisor

Between an increasingly complex office dynamic and more social media presence than ever before, the lines between co-worker and friend have never been fuzzier. Whether we’re talking about personally or professionally, creating boundaries with your employees is critical, but there is a nuance that needs to be understood. How to Set Boundaries as a Supervisor […]