Top Shelf Safety Improvements You Can Make Today

The way you work helps you avoid injury and illness, as well as feel better overall. In the time it takes you to say “workplace safety” you can improve the way you work—helping yourself and those around you stay healthy and safe. It’s time to hit the “easy button” and make five small changes that add up to big results. Five Ways to Be Safer at Work You can try all of the following easy-peasy safety techniques as soon as today: Lift Items Properly When lifting, never put strain on your back. Instead, bend your knees and stoop down to… Read more »

Can Social Media Hurt Your Chances at a Job?

Once upon a time, if you did something stupid, you didn’t have to worry too much about it coming back to hurt you later in life. If you had an offensive picture in your yearbook, or published some bizarre political opinions in an obscure school newspaper, those items would likely get buried in a library somewhere, never to surface again. Now, however, the Internet preserves everything. Things you posted years ago can haunt your employment opportunities today. What’s more, with people posting their every thought online, a momentary lapse in judgment can quickly escalate into a career-altering event. A thoughtless… Read more »

How to Set Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace

Your management style is directly linked to the performance of your employees. And if your style leans more towards “hands-off,” it can be very empowering for your workers—the less you micromanage, the more it builds trust and helps your staff develop their own decision-making skills. When Freedom Works Best For Your Staff If you want to implement a more hands-off management style, it’s important to first assess the capabilities of your workers. Less micromanaging works best for skilled workers who clearly understand their role and what you expect. Within these boundaries, you can allow them the freedom to do their… Read more »

Self-Performance Reviews Could be the Key to Standing Out to Management

So… what do YOU think of you? Self-evaluation is important to your career! It shows your boss you’re fully aware of your current skills and the direction your career is taking. It’s a smart, professional way to demonstrate your passion for your work. It also helps your boss track what you’ve been up to, and this is key for raises and promotions. Start With a Log The best way to begin self-performance reviews is by jotting down your accomplishments in a log to help you keep track. Be very specific about what you accomplished and include numbers when you can.… Read more »

Five Ways to Promote Better Work/Life Balance

Work is important, but life happens! It can be tricky to juggle personal and family responsibilities with a 40-hour work week. Employees who feel too chained to work can end up feeling drained, and this can impact their productivity. Now more than ever, employers are understanding of the need for work/life balance. When your workers can make time for all aspects of their lives, it helps them to feel more enriched and content—and balanced! Five Work/Life Balance Tips You can support employee health and happiness with the following: Teach employees what work/life balance means. If they’re not familiar with the… Read more »

How to Grow Better Workplace Relationships

Many companies are moving towards collaborative work environments and away from those that are competitive. Why? When employees feel they are working together to reach a common goal, it helps to build teamwork and creativity—and enhances communication and productivity. Instead of competition, which can be exhausting to employees, working together helps your team appreciate everyone’s skills and contributions. This is very empowering! Five Team-Building Tips As you strive to build a more supportive and inclusive work environment, consider the following: Choose activities that appeal to a wide range of interests. Bowling is fun, but not everyone is good at it.… Read more »

Top Tips for Improving Company Morale

Staff meetings have become a sea of slumped shoulders and dead eyes. Your calls for suggestions and feedback elicit only blank stares and uncomfortable silence. Sick days have spiked. No one volunteers for overtime. It’s become difficult to do any more than the basic office functions. Morale is becoming a problem. It may sometimes seem like the smushy-feely hobby horse of motivational speakers and self-appointed business gurus with a book to sell, but morale can have a very real impact on day-to-day operations. Bad morale leads to higher turnover and lower productivity. In short, it impacts the bottom line. Maybe… Read more »

Five Things to Avoid Talking About in Your Next Interview

Any social situation is a potential trap, especially when your goal is to impress strangers. The possibility exists that you’ll get overeager and attempt a joke that doesn’t land, or accidentally insult someone with an off-handed remark. A job interview multiplies this concern. You aren’t just driven by the general human desire to impress. Your future earnings depend on making a good impression. It presents an even greater temptation to stretch and say more than you should. Not just a trap, a bear trap. More than even a bear trap. It’s a dragon trap. But there are some rules you… Read more »

Don’t Burn Bridges: Learn to Quit the Right Way

You have a fantasy of how it will go: You’ll stand up on your desk, give a rousing speech about the incompetence of management and the uselessness of your soon-to-be-former coworkers, then you’ll drop the mic (you have a mic in this daydream for some reason) and storm out the door, maybe in slow motion, maybe with Queen’s “We Are The Champions” blasting in the background. Best to avoid any version of that a fantasy. It might be satisfying to tell off your boss or insult your least favorite coworkers on your way out the door. But, it can have… Read more »

What Does Employee Turnover Say About Your Management Style?

There exists a myriad of reasons why someone would leave a job, and most of them are out of a manager’s control. They can leave for more money. Well, there’s only so much in your budget. They can leave for family reason or to go back to school. Neither of those have anything to do with you. But there are departures that could have been prevented. Quirks in your management style might push certain employees out the door. If the effect gets pervasive enough, it can contribute to high turnover and lower productivity. Here are some of the flavors of… Read more »