There’s nothing wrong with having business talks or brainstorming sessions while sitting in an office, but it can get old after a while. The formality of meeting with a colleague in an office can cause the conversation to be stiff or superficial, which doesn’t typically lead to the most productive or creative discussions. But Inc.com […]
A college exam included this nugget in the opening instructions: And the answer to question 14 is b. The professor had concealed this in the middle of the instructions to see if students read them carefully (and to reward those who did). While this might be a practical way to gauge whether anyone read the […]
With more Benefits pros relying on technology to get info to workers, it’s easy for those without regular access to e-mail or the Internet to get left in the dark.
Your managers try their hardest, we’re sure, but you know that every once in a while they slip — hard. Here are four things sure to cause an uprise among their direct reports.
Employers have less than a month to nail down just how many full-time employees they have before Obamacare’s employer mandate kicks in. The problem is, the law’s formula is tricky. To help with the math, 15-year benefits compliance vet Sheryl Southwick has some advice for employers.
Managers and HR pros know how important it is to hear about workers’ problems early on.
There’s no denying social media is part of our everyday lives – but how can companies ensure employees use social media the right way? Even if you’re not plugged into Instagram or Facebook, chances are the trending stories and posts still infiltrate the water cooler talk at work or discussions over the dinner table. Many […]
It’s important for leaders to communicate clearly, but it’s absolutely critical that it happens in uncertain times. And the uncertainty of the past two years doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon. So managers and supervisors will want to sharpen their communication skills – especially those used in complex, overwhelming or unchartered situations […]
The pandemic changed nearly everything – workplace communication included. The old rules of communicating at work don’t need to be thrown out. But how we interact with employees, bosses and co-workers isn’t like it used to be. “None of us today needs a linguistics degree to know that the ways we communicate meaning today are […]
As an HR leader, you’d like to have the right words at the right time all the time. But you know it’s impossible – especially in difficult situations. But having a few “power phrases” ready for difficult conversations or uncomfortable situations will have you hitting the right chord more often than not. “People who communicate […]
As a leader, you always need people to understand your HR messages – and accept what you propose. Yet many HR leaders fail to get their point across and gain quick credibility because they muddy the message. “Telling a compelling story is how you build credibility for yourself and your ideas,” says Jeff Gothelf, a […]
Just because your HR messages are important, doesn’t mean people will listen and act on them. Whether you send a corporate-wide email on something as important as COVID-19 vaccine policies or a short message to a few people on a meeting time, the chances it’ll evoke action aren’t great. What’s the problem? HR communication is […]
Try as we might, sometimes keeping work and personal issues separate is impossible. And when an employee is struggling due to a sick family member or recent divorce, it can be tough to know exactly how to help.
Open enrollment is an important time of year, and it can also be confusing and a source of stress for employees.
FMLA abuse: With all of the laws out there protecting employee rights, many employers feel it’s a problem they are powerless to stop.
What do employment attorneys see as the common thread that lands well-meaning employers in court time and time again? Costly mistakes by their front-line managers.
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