Reduce Office Stress by Opening Lines of Communication between Coworkers

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In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Regular, open communication between coworkers is critical for workplace success. It strengthens interpersonal relationships, which leads to enhanced job satisfaction, efficiency and engagement. Effective communication builds trust and mutual respect. So how can you… Read more »

3 Tips on Developing an Effective Leadership Style

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“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” (Jack Welch) There is no such thing as a single “best” leadership style – but there is the best style for you, in a given situation. And there is a style that best… Read more »

Four Ways to Show Your Employees You Appreciate Their Hard Work

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Employee recognition isn’t limited to special occasions. Rather, it should be at the core of your workplace culture. You can – and should – tell your employees how much you appreciate them and their contributions any time during the day, week or year. In a recent study, more than 80 percent of employees said they… Read more »

4 Ways to Kick Start the Second Half of 2014

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Before you know it, the calendar year will reach its midpoint. How can you look ahead to the second half of the year with an eye on renewing morale, performance and productivity? There’s still plenty of time to lay the groundwork for your best year yet in several key areas. Work Area Enhancements A simple… Read more »

Kicking Cabin Fever in the Workplace

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The entire nation has been wrapped up in – or buried under – this winter’s infamous polar vortex since the season began. And as recently as this month, the icy meteorological clutch refuses to let up. It’s been too cold to stay outside for long, too gloomy to be motivated, and too snowy to go… Read more »

Surviving the Workday as a Middle Manager

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Middle managers are crucial to the success of a company. But “managing in the middle” can be challenging, especially as the workplace changes, mid-level managers take on additional authority, and organizational charts become flatter. What does it take to add value on a day-to-day basis? Mediate and Communicate Walk a mile in the other person’s… Read more »

Increasing Morale to Boost Office Productivity

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When are you most productive? When you’re down in the dumps dreading that Monday morning alarm clock, or when you sincerely look forward to a day at work? The answer is pretty simple.  Happy employees are productive employees. So what can you do as a leader to positively impact office morale and ultimately reap the… Read more »