As this challenging year comes to a close, are you looking ahead with hopes of what the New Year will bring? It’s easy to get caught up in media sound-bites that give cause for concern, so I thought we should look at some recent news reports that give us hope – and hopefully peace – knowing there are still reasons to be thankful.Continue reading »
A lag in staffing momentum provides an outstanding opportunity for organizations to reevaluate staffing procedures and prepare for a market rebound. One way organizations can prepare is by educating their hiring managers and establishing standardized hiring procedures for the entire organization.Continue reading »
With the advent of modern communication modes such as text messages, instant messages, Twitter updates, and a myriad of others I may not have even heard of yet, it seems that with every gigabyte of data we get further and further away from the basics of communication and further from truly understanding each other.Continue reading »
Fever, coughs and sneezes, OH MY! Flu season is here and with a new vengeance! Everywhere we turn in the news media today we are bombarded with warnings about H1N1 and the flu. Vaccination shortages, updates on the number of cases and warnings to stay home are almost a daily occurrence. We have heard about the impact on schools when large numbers of students are absent, but what about the impact to business, and what can we do?Continue reading »
According to the Gallup Management Journal’s Employee Engagement Index, 29 percent of employees are actively engaged in their jobs, 54 percent are not engaged, and 17 percent are actively disengaged. As an employer, what effect will this have on your business? Why don’t these people quit? What can you do? These are all questions you should be asking yourself.Continue reading »
Did you ever stop and think that every time you pick up the phone to call a potential employer that the first person who answers the phone could possibly have a major part in all hiring decisions? First impressions are lasting impressions. Most callers view the gatekeeper as just as the receptionist and act as if they have no decision making abilities within a company. However, your assumption could potentially be incorrect.Continue reading »
Running a front desk can be challenging! If you work for a company that has a lot of interpersonal interaction over the phone and in person, it can be a constant exercise in patience, attitude, prioritizing, and time management. It seems that everything happens at once at a busy front desk and that you rarely get the opportunity to take one task at a time. Here are some solutions for managing tasks and setting priorities so that everything gets completed and a high level of customer service is maintained.
In the real world of business, turn over happens. Whether you cut ties with an under performing employee, experience layoffs within your company, or a star performer decides to join the competition or move across the country, turn over happens. Along with the expense of hiring and training new employees comes an expense that many companies can avoid, unemployment liability. Especially in economic times where every sale matters and every expense is scrutinized, it is the time now to get knowledgeable and start protecting the assets of your firm.
As a job seeker in a tough job market, it can be tempting, if not necessary, to take a jobContinue reading »
More than 90 percent of Americans have experienced a problem at work because of a poor night’s sleep, according to Tempur-Pedic’s 2009 Wellness Survey. One in four admit to shirking duties on the job for the same reason, either calling in sick or napping during work hours.Continue reading »