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Ten Tips for Teams

Posted by Jesse Bortscheller on Fri, Jan 17, 2020

A well established and cohesive team is powerful. Teams foster a healthy workplace culture, and help your employees to cultivate a sense of camaraderie and group strength in the workplace. Are you looking for some key tips that can enhance your team and take them to the next level? We’ve got you covered.

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Tags: employee training, professional development

Benefits of Keeping an Activity Log

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Dec 05, 2019


Time is a resource no one can ever seem to find enough of. There are simply too many things to do, and no matter how you try to organize or plan, you always seem to run out of time right before something crucial doesn’t get done. This is the exact reason why activity logs exist!

But how much value can there really be in keeping a record of what you do and when you do it? What are the benefits of keeping an activity log?

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Tags: management training, employee training, professional development

The Don'ts of Time Management

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Dec 03, 2019

Reducing stress, improving productivity, better focus — the benefits of effective time management are undeniable. Many resources are out there to give you the tools you need to do the right thing (the “do’s”). But while knowing the right way is important, it’s also important to know what not to do. Otherwise you risk mixing up bad habits with good ones, and overall lessening the effectiveness of your time management plan. 

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Tags: management training, professional development

Giving Thanks to Our Teammates

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Nov 26, 2019

When someone goes the extra mile for someone else – especially when they didn’t have to – it’s reassuring to feel appreciated for those efforts (not to mention how they can benefit performance reviews!). If your coworker helped you out and saved the day, here is a cornucopia of ways you can say “thank you.”

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Tags: management training, employee training, professional development

7 Common Listening Problems

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Nov 19, 2019

When you’re discussing something with someone, an important aspect of it is that you’re listening to them. It can be too easy to not actually listen to someone; you may think you are, but if you do any of the following, you’re not really listening effectively at all!

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Tags: management training, employee training, professional development

How to Create a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Nov 07, 2019

When an employee’s performance starts to dwindle, it not only impacts your office, but your business performance too. It isn’t always easy to address these types of issues, but it’s necessary. Generally, Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) are developed by the employee’s supervisor to identify specific areas of poor performance, documents actions and measures, as well as the deadlines as to when the performance needs to improve. This is the bare-bones formula, but how do you tailor it to your employee?

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Tags: management training, employee training, professional development

Crash Course in Employee Performance Reviews

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Some people love them, some people hate them, but employee performance reviews are incredibly valuable to employees and management alike. Performance reviews are an opportunity for employees to learn where they need improvement and where they excel; for managers, performance reviews allow a chance to voice concerns and set expectations. If you’re unsure how to handle performance reviews, take a look at these tips!

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Tags: management training, employee training, professional development

Using Effective Communication to Embrace Diversity

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Maintaining healthy and clear communication is one of the — if not the — hardest barriers in a diversified workplace. Cultural differences, generation gaps — literal language barriers. These can all cause strife in the workplace, and can lessen the otherwise advantageous situation of being a diversified team.

The answer to most issues in diversification is clear communication. So, how do you use communication to embrace diversity, rather than treating it as a complication?

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Tags: effective communication, professional development

Barriers to Cultural Diversity

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Oct 29, 2019

The modern workplace is a melting pot of different cultures, races, genders, age groups, and belief systems. These differences, and workplace diversity as a whole, can provide noteworthy advantages to a team. Different viewpoints spark creativity and advanced problem solving, and offer ways to learn new skills and become more productive overall. It helps the reputation of your company, too!

All of this said, there are undeniably some hurdles and barriers to overcome when it comes to integration and establishing a cohesive workplace when diversity is involved — particularly if it’s a new thing for your team.

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Tags: effective communication, professional development

The 5 Elements of Self-Awareness

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Emotional intelligence is not just showing empathy to others. It involves noticing facial expressions and other non-verbal communication to recognize how other people are feeling, and then adjusting yourself accordingly.

Have you ever wondered why you feel the way you do? Being able to recognize and understand your emotions can be the deciding factor in your successes — or failures. Surprisingly, many people are not self-aware and their performance and communication suffers.

So how can we begin to improve our emotional intelligence? By developing a greater awareness of ourselves.

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Tags: effective communication, professional development