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Pick a Team and Get Ready for Summertime Fun

August has arrived and spring is finally behind us. For many businesses, the summer season offers the opportunity to bring in significant sales with a good marketing campaign. By this time, you should have already defined your goals for the summer season. However, if that has slipped, here are some easy marketing ideas to get into gear for this summer.

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Text Messages Sufficient For “Calling In” Sick?

The 21st Century has seen the advent of lots of exciting technological changes which have greatly impacted how Americans communicate on a day-to-day basis.  With those changes has come the phenomenon of texting.  Rather than picking up the telephone, or even sending a detailed and comprehensive email, many people inform their employer that they will be reporting to work or not via text.  But is this an ideal form of communications?  Better yet, does this method fall within the confines of a traditional Attendance Policy?  This article focuses on one problem inherent to permitting text messages to serve as a form of acceptable employee communications with supervisors.

Where to Draw the Line for Policies on Social media

An idea for research presented itself: are professionals afraid to welcome co-workers as friends on Facebook, and if so, why?  What are they hiding?  What information is posted that remains to be seen by the eyes of only those graced with a friend acceptance?  With that, why is LinkedIn the duty-free social network for not only welcoming co-workers, but promoting and encouraging them as well?  Is Facebook more exclusive?

“Obviously we’re not Facebook friends” said an employee of a California based clothing manufacturing company, about one of her co-workers, to a friend.  “Work friends are limited to LinkedIn” she continued, “and there are no exceptions.”  Her friend agreed and shared a similar situation from her own experience.  Only in her case, she and her co-worker (also a friend of hers) have mutual friends, and her plot thickened as she explained why swapping photos was more of a challenge.  She absolutely could not welcome any co-worker as a friend on Facebook, however the rules did not apply to LinkedIn.

When Employees Don’t Get Along: What To Do?

For Those Who Find Themselves In The Role Of Mediator

In this time of pressing economic concerns, busy work schedules, and limited resources, the ability to exercise patience in the workplace can be a challenge.  It’s no wonder that conflict often times will erupt for what seems to be ‘no reason’.

As an initial step to managing conflict, we ask that you should stray away from assuming the ‘head in the sand’ approach will make conflict that lasts for more than a few days will simply go away.  In fact, rarely does this approach work where employee relations are concerned.  For this reason, consider the following tips for managing conflict when you find yourself in the role of “mediator”.

Is Gossip Feeding Your Employees with Anxiety?

Office gossip and rumors have long been a thorn in the side of employers. A recent study by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) reported an increase in the level of inter-office rumors, gossip, and eavesdropping as a result of the current state of economy and increased employee anxiety about job cuts. The survey participants reported that more than half experienced an increase in the gossip and rumors surrounding downsizing and layoffs within their organizations.

Business Communication

Does Anyone Hear Me? Effective Communications and Honing Your Skills

Improve Your Communication Skills Within Your Office With These 10 Tips

When so many things in a workplace are uncertain, dealing with challenges inherent to communicating with coworkers and peers is the last thing you want to go wrong.  Nonetheless, communication experts cite that inner-communication issues in the workplace can fester into stress, illness, loss of motivation, and high turnover.  Aside from improving listening skills and abandoning motivated discussions that aim to prove one person is “right” and the other is “wrong”,  the tips below provide quick tips for improved communications.