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11 Things Managers Should Never Say to Their Team: Adopting “Coaching-Style” Management [Infographic]

In this post, our guest author explains why adopting a “coaching style” management approach with your employees is more likely to boost worker engagement and productivity.

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5 Ways to Encourage IT Specialists to Work Effectively

IT professionals play a critical role in organizations of all sizes. In this post, our author explains why IT pros may feel differently in their feelings toward motivation and job satisfaction (at least compared with other employees,) and how to inspire them to work effectively.

9 No-Fail Tips For Giving Constructive Criticism At Work [Infographic]

Editor’s Note: This post is by Paul Slezak, Cofounder and CEO of RecruitLoop – the World’s largest marketplace of expert Recruiters and Sourcers available on-demand. No matter what industry you’re in or where you work, chances are you have been both a giver and receiver of negative feedback at one point or another. Criticism is an inevitable part of the workplace, but when […]

11 Reasons to Work With a Business Coach

Editors Note: This is a guest post by Ben Fewtrell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at MaxMyProfit. His opinions are his own. As a business owner, it can get lonely and frustrating at times. Very few entrepreneurs have someone they can lean on when times get tough. A business coach is a great way for you to get […]

9 Reasons Good Employees Quit

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Elizabeth Heron. Her opinions are her own.  Employers may be more out of touch with their workers than they’d like to admit. That is, every year most employers are losing about a third of their best employees. Employee standards are changing and for those who have many options on […]

Soar, Swim or Sink? Five Helpful Tips to Networking Success

Why is it that you see some of your team members soaring in their careers, while you see others only swim … and many sink? Why is it that some of your people have that ‘it ’ factor from the get go, but in others it simply just does not quite develop despite all your […]

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3 Tips to Better Engage a Multi-Generational Workforce

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Carol Lynn. Her opinions are her own.  While “Unity in diversity” might be an ideal concept in other spheres of life, the concept of the multigenerational workforce is in no way a “sweet-nothing” to the employer’s ear. Many workplaces have experienced the unprecedented presence of up to five […]

Women in Leadership at Traditionally Male Companies

More and more women are stepping into top leadership roles at traditionally male-dominated companies, which is adding value to every industry embracing this trend.

15 Ways to Help Your Employees Manage Their Time Wisely [Infographic]

Tired of your employees wasting their time unproductively? Take a look at this infographic and help them overcome some of the most annoying obstacles in their way.

5 Things to Look for When Hiring Your Startup’s First Employee

For every startup founder, hiring your first employee can be a double edged sword. Here are 5 things to look for while hiring your startup’s first employee.

How to Identify the Warning Signs Your Company Has a Toxic Culture

Toxic cultures can appear in any company - and both business leaders and employees can be to blame. What are the signs that your company has a toxic culture and how can you prevent it in the workplace?

10 Skills You’ll Need to Consider for Your Business in 2020 [Infographic]

Check out this infographic by our friends at Guthrie-Jensen, and find out the different skills that you'll need to consider incorporating into your business by 2020 and how you can prepare for them, as well as the careers that will dominate the in the future.

5 Team Building Tips for Leaders

To become a successful entrepreneur and a full-fledged leader you may have to work on yourself. In this post, you will find tips on how to become a great leader while building a team of true professionals.

5 Ways to Build Resilience During Tough Times

Based on a recent workplace investigation, here are 5 tips on how to build resilience in difficult times.

Why a Bad HR Specialist Can Ruin Your Company

Here's a tip: An HR generalist needs to be a “Jack of all trades” while an HR specialist focuses on only one specific aspect of the HR function.

7 Ways to Effectively Communicate With Remote Teams

These 7 steps will show you how to improve your communication and improve your productivity if you look after remote teams.

4 Ways to Prevent Team Burnout

If you are craving clever, easy-to-implement methods for tackling potential team burnout, and thus improve your overall productivity, here are a few tried and tested strategies that will keep your employees motivated.

9 Things You need to do to Retain Your Top Employees

Workplace ‘loyalty’ does not carry the same importance as it used to. Here are 10 tips to help you tempt your top performers to stay and keep on delivering what they do best.

20 Creative (And Affordable) Ideas For Employee Recognition [SlideShare]

This awesome slideshow provided by our friends at Point Recognition includes 20 creative (and affordable) ideas for employee recognition.

6 Ways to Take Charge of Your HR Processes

Now is a great time to review your HR processes and take a closer look at your business to make sure everything’s on track.

10 Tips For First-Time Managers [Infographic]

If you are first-time manager looking for some management tips, this awesome infographic from our friends at Acuity Training is a great place to start.

How Staff Scheduling Has Evolved Through the Ages

Automation and modern technology provide avenues for companies to ultimately increase their ROI. Here’s how automation has evolved since the first staff scheduling algorithm was invented.

7 Tips for Managing Virtual Teams

17.2 million people in the U.S. are working from home at least some of the time. Here are 7 strategies that work when managing virtual teams.

Which Fictional Boss Are You? [Infographic]

Check out the Infographic in this blog post to find out if you're more of a Ron Swanson, Michael Scott, Selina Meyer or Miranda Priestly when it comes to your leadership style.

7 Ways to Boost Employee Productivity (Without Over-Managing)

In this post we’ve outlined 7 employee productivity-boosting approaches and not a single one of them requires over-managing!

A Guide to Managing and Maintaining Team Solidarity With a Remote Office [Infographic]

Our friends at Villanova University School of Business Online created this terrific visual guide revealing how easy it is to successfully manage a team of remote workers by implementing certain best practices.

5 Best Practices For Onboarding Remote Employees

Below are 5 best practices that, when designed and implemented thoughtfully, deliver optimal results for onboarding remote employees.

The 12 Rules of Giving Negative Feedback [Infographic]

Our friends at Headway Capital have put together this awesome infographic containing 12 rules that can make giving negative feedback much less stressful.

5 Employee Self-Care Practices You Should Support

For the sake of your team and your company, every manager should encourage their employees to adopt the following self-care practices.

7 Ways to Increase Employee Productivity

Employee productivity is a quite complex concept. Your job as a business leader is to create a suitable environment in which your employees are most productive.

Why Workplace Flexibility is Good For Business

More and more job seekers are choosing a flexible role over one with more money because of the quality of life that it provides them. What’s stopping you from offering workplace flexibility?

10 Ways to De-Stress Your Employees [Infographic]

Excessive pressure can be a serious problem no matter what the work environment, but employers can make some easy improvements to de-stress employees.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Employee Recognition [Infographic]

This infographic includes 10 things you may not have appreciated around the importance of employee recognition; as well as how to implement an employee recognition program in 6 easy steps.

3 Millennial Trends All Employers Need to Know

The time of the millennial has come. For this reason, today more and more employers are urged to start following these new business trends and adapt accordingly.

6 Things You Never Knew About Mentoring

Mentoring is experiencing a revitalisation so here is a quick rundown of 6 things you may not have realised about mentoring today.

8 Tips to Ensure You Run a Professional Exit Interview

If you have an Exit Interview scheduled and you think it might turn ugly, here are some tips for handling the tougher conversations.

How Health Impacts Productivity [Infographic]

Check out this Infographic on how health impacts workplace productivity. The difference between a healthy and an unhealthy team will astound you!

10 Ways to Re-energise Your Team for 2017

Now is the perfect time to ensure the team is back into the swing of things. Here are 10 ways to re-energise the team to help make 2017 the best year yet.

How To Improve Employee Engagement in the Workplace [Infographic]

Distracted workers cost U.S. businesses a whopping $350 billion annually. The solution is to hire the right workers, but engaging them isn't so simple.

8 Ways to Prevent Ruining Your Productivity

Procrastination is very common. We all do it at some point. In reality, we can improve our productivity by focusing on what precisely ruins it.

5 Workplace Management Tips for Increasing Productivity

Here are some suggestions that may come in handy if you want to establish a productive and healthy workflow in your office.

7 Email Habits to Ditch to Improve Business Etiquette

In 2010, research showed the average corporate worker received 110 emails a day, and since then, the numbers have continued to grow. Today people are so overwhelmed that 63% of marketers consider overflowing email inboxes to be one of the top four inefficiencies in the workplace. However, it isn’t just the high volume of emails […]

5 Signs You Are A Bad Manager

Whether you’re starting out as a manager of a small business or you’ve been a manager for some time, you may have slipped into some bad management habits.

How to Deal with Disasters

If you realize that every disaster at work – big or small – has four basic components, you can approach things more methodically and with less immediate panic.

7 Ways to Avoid Being a Trust-Buster

If your actions are sending trust-busting messages, then what you're communicating is that those relationships don't matter to you. Here are 7 easy ways to quickly build trust.

6 Tips On How To Grow A Global Business … From Brad Sugars – Founder of ActionCOACH

Here are 6 tips on how to grow a global business shared by Brad Sugars the founder of ActionCOACH – the leading global business coaching firm – on his recent Australian road show.

Casual Fridays, Clock Watchers, Smoke Breaks & Other Culture Defining Moments

Here are few memorable questions and comments from candidate interviews over the years which very quickly helped me sort the yesses from the nos when it came to assessing cultural suitability for my own teams.

Acronym Confusion: Why The Customer Isn’t Always Right

I’ve always prided myself on my customer service ethic, and I’ve always built teams committed to delivering an awesome level of service. But one thing I have also learned is that no matter what the adages say, the customer isn’t always right.

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End of Summer & Back to School – What’s the Impact?

With the end of Labor Day weekend in the US and Canada, many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are saying good-bye to the lazy days of summer and hello to a new school year. If you have kids (or remember being one), you know this can be a stressful time of year because of a huge amount of change.

How to Be a Great Boss: 7 Tips

Some bosses are truly great. Others are more like broken analog watches - right twice a day, but horribly wrong the rest of the time. Here are seven tips to help you become a great boss.

Is Your Business Your Retirement Plan?

For many small to medium sized business owners, the ability to have a comfortable retirement relies heavily on the financial success of their business. In other words their business becomes their retirement plan. If you fall into this category, ask yourself if you are taking advantage of the three key strategies for maximising the value […]

How Many Systems Does Your Business Really Need?

Having the right systems in place will ensure that your IP and business processes will remain in tact and secure in the event a member of the team leaves the organisation.

Mindfulness – How to Maintain Focus in the Workplace

Learning to focus the mind on what you choose is fast becoming a lost art form - especially in busy workplaces. But we do not have to be a victim to external or internal distractions. We can do something about it using corporate mindfulness training.

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7 New Unofficial Office Rules

When you first become a hiring manager, you assume that things will be pretty simple. Sure, you might have to coach a recent college grad on the finer points of not partying all night and getting in on time, but otherwise, you figure that most folks know how to operate in a business environment. Yeah, not so much.

How Do You Feel When You Have Too Much To Do?

When you have too much to do, it's easy to become overwhelmed and stressed. Your productivity slows right down. Your focus and energy are spread too thin. Nothing gets done properly. Can you relate?

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Can You Be Like the Boston Red Sox?

Can you guarantee a turnaround with a new team? Nope. The Red Sox hired many new managers in its history, and very few (just one) moved them from a nearly record-breaking losing season to the world series champion. But get the right people in their roles and give them some faith and support, and they might just surprise you.

Managing For Change: Why Younger Bosses Need Educating Too!

The traditional hierarchy of an organisation is changing. Where previously age often determined seniority, for the first time we are seeing an emerging trend where older workers are now reporting to younger managers. How could this disrupt the harmony in your workplace?

How the Best Family Owned Businesses Manage Talent

Don’t be stressed if the thought of raising a capable team to carry on the legacy of your family business once you retire is keeping you up at night. You are in good company. Succession planning is one of the most difficult tasks for any family business owner.

How Much Is One Hour of Your Time Really Worth?

Being productive has nothing to do with being busy. It’s about doing the right things effectively. Your time is precious so manage it wisely. It's time to reflect on the real value of one hour of your time.

We’ve Cracked the Code on Top Team Performance

People may well be the most valuable asset to any business. But they are also the most difficult part of a business to run. Whilst there is no magic user manual, there are a few practical secrets that can really make a difference to the overall performance of your business.

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Is This Redundancy or Just ‘Failure to Manage’?

In order to avoid an unfair dismissal or adverse action claim, you need to understand that a true redundancy occurs when there is no longer a need for a certain type of work. It’s about the job - not about the individual team member.

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7 Tips To Help Manage Your Team Remotely

Is managing a team remotely really any different from a normal manager’s role if you can stay in contact almost as easily as being face-to-face? The answer is yes, very much so.

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Australia’s Fair Work Laws: What We Know Now

As we find ourselves at the beginning of a new year, it’s worth reflecting on what we know now about Australia’s increasingly complicated employment laws.

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How to Manage Expectations Around Career Advancement

It’s important to be aware of the thought processes behind each of your team members when it comes to their career advancement.

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How to Enjoy the Spirit of the Season Without the Legal Hangover

Don't be a party pooper. But don't let your office Christmas party land you with a harassment claim either.

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How to Maximise the Return on Every Candidate Interview

There are five interview questions that will prove invaluable to anyone running their own recruitment process.

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Are Executive Restraint Clauses Really Enforceable?

Restraint and non-compete clauses can be a useful tool in managing employees' actions once they move on, whatever the circumstances surrounding their departure.

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Whinging Aussies? It’s Time to Toughen Up!

Under the Fair Work Act 2009, Australian workers are entitled to 10 days paid personal leave per year. Is it a coincidence that the average Australian worker takes over 9 days sick leave per year? Or are Aussie workers just taking up what the government owes them?

Why It’s Time For An Extreme HR Makeover

Guest Post: Human Resources needs to transition from old-school compliance to best-practice Employment Relations. David Bates from Workforce Guardian explains why.

Downsizing Dangers

Editors Note: This is a guest post written by Edward Mallett, Managing Director of Employsure. His opinions are his own. Times are tight, we all know that. There are less jobs being created and, sadly, an increasing number of redundancies. I had what is becoming a common conversation with a client recently. After years of business with a […]

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3 Great Ways to Improve Staff Productivity

Is your team productive? It’s one thing if morale is high. But are they really performing at an optimum level? While everyone works at a different speed and level of efficiency, there are some basic things you can do to increase your overall team productivity.

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Know Your Obligations as an Employer or Pay the Penalty

“This is Sue, she’s our new casual full-time contractor …” (huh?) OK, we know that not everyone is as taken by employment law as we are, but it’s still important to know the basis on which you’re engaging people to work for you so that you treat them appropriately (and legally) in the workplace, and […]

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Building a Dream Team in 7 Simple Steps

“Our people are our greatest asset”. This is one of the most over-used phrases in the business world today; one that is subscribed to by many, but practised by few. And if the team building process is not taken seriously, the wrong people can often be brought on board. So how do you go about […]

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Going grey can be good for business

There is a lot of information out there for mature aged workers, advising them on the best ways to transition out of their corporate roles and how to plan for their coming retirement. But not all of the mature age workforce wants to or can afford to retire and there are some very good reasons […]

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Who’s next in line? Always know how to replace yourself

Is there someone you would feel comfortable handing over the reins to, or would you need to look externally? Succession planning is an important business strategy. Identifying those within your organisation who you feel have the potential to assume key roles and then grooming them to fill those roles is vital for the future success […]

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So you call yourself a leader: Why would anyone follow?

Dissatisfaction with a manager’s leadership style (or lack of it) is one of the primary motivations for switching jobs. So how do you tell if you’re an effective leader? By the results your team achieves? Yes and no. Achieving goals is not necessarily an indicator of good leadership. It could be the lucky result of having a […]