Pranks and Practical Jokes – Don’t be a Fool

April Fools’ Day provides an excellent opportunity to relieve stress and inject some humor into a potentially tedious office environment. However, there are limits. Taken too far, pranks and practical jokes, even when conceived as harmless fun, can create serious issues.    It’s essential to loosen up at the office from time to time. Studies show that encouraging fun in the workplace can lead to concrete business benefits. For instance, a survey conducted by Robert Half International showed that 84% of executives associate a good sense of humor with good job performance. Meanwhile, 91% of respondents view humor as helpful for career advancement.  … Read more »

How to Invite Passive Talent to an Interview

Including passive talent in your recruiting process offers significant team-building benefits. However, it’s often a more complicated process than the traditional recruiting procedure. Getting passive talent to agree to an interview takes some planning and requires a little nuance.   The upsides often justify the added hassle. After all, the recruiting process typically comes down to luck, at least partially. The right people apply for the right job at the right time – a lot of things that have fit together perfectly for you to discover the ideal hire.   Reaching out to passive talent can lower your reliance on chance encounters.… Read more »

Improving the Candidate Experience

Improving the experience for the candidate who applies for a job at your company is a nice thing to do. However, that’s not the main reason to make it a priority. It also provides definite benefits for you as well, leading to an improved brand, better access to talent, and a more efficient recruiting process.   Making sure your candidates have all the information they need will streamline your process. You can review applications faster, and the interview process will be more efficient. Meanwhile, you will be able to make better hiring choices. Each of your candidates will be more relaxed… Read more »

More Than Black & White; Diversity in the Workplace

You hear a lot about diversity these days. It’s often posed as the “right” thing to do, the correct corporate action from a moral standpoint. But people rarely make a straight business case for diversity in the workplace.  The truth is, diversity isn’t just the right thing to do in terms of an ethical commitment to equality. It’s also good business.   The approach to staffing gives you a broader skill base to draw from. You have a stronger team that can respond creatively to a broader range of situations. It also leads to improved productivity and better outcomes.   Here are… Read more »

Talking Your Employees Off a Cliff

The holiday season is coming, that magical time of disappearing productivity. Focus lags, and attention turns away from work. Your employees are about to walk off the late-year output cliff. Your job is to talk them back from the ledge. It’s a thankless job. But if you don’t take steps to refocus your team, the last few months of the year will drift by without anything getting accomplished. Luckily, hope isn’t lost. Usually, it just takes a few small adjustments to reorient workers back to their day-to-day tasks. Here are some steps you can take to bring your employees back… Read more »

How You Know It’s Time to Start an Employee Search

Strange as it sounds, you don’t always notice when you need additional workers. When a person leaves, it’s (usually) obvious you should replace them. But an employee departure doesn’t define the only times when you should start recruiting. After all, life unfolds a little bit at a time. You go to work, handle your day-to-day activities, and get by as best you can with what’s available. You don’t always have time for big-picture contemplation or strategic reviews. Conditions can change so slowly you don’t notice at first. But there are signs that point to a need for additional hires. Here… Read more »

Tips for Setting up an Apprenticeship Program

As the price of college educations soar without the promise of gainful employment upon graduation, the trades offer workers an opportunity to earn a good living. The first step to a job as a skilled trade worker is often an apprenticeship. This can benefit your business by ushering in a generation of new workers as you bid farewell to retiring Baby Boomers. How to Set Up an Apprenticeship Program Once you’ve decided to start an apprenticeship program within your company, you’ll need to follow a few key steps. The following are highlights of the step-by-step guide from Apprenticeship USA. Your… Read more »

How to Motivate Millennial Workers

Millennials comprise a massive percentage of the American workforce—roughly 80 million individuals. If you’re an employer unfamiliar with the needs and goals of this generation, there’s nothing to fear! With a little understanding of forces that motivate workers age 18–35, you can make it easier to inspire them to reach new heights within your company, plus build career longevity and avoid turnover. Five Ways to Motivate Millennials It may surprise you that motivating millennials is really quite similar to motivating any generation of employees! They’re simply looking for job satisfaction after a day’s work. Try any of the following: Provide… Read more »

Top Methods to Keep Your Workforce Fresh

The physical and mental well-being of your workforce is critical to productivity. Though work can be strenuous and the week-long, helping your workers live in their best health is an important part of being an employer. You can take steps to provide the support your workers need with a few easy steps. Six Ways to Support Employee Well-Being Now more than ever before, holistic wellness is a popular topic when it comes to managing a company. And you can encourage your employees to pay closer attention to their wellness with the following steps: Provide Education – Depending on the age… Read more »

Easy Ways to Implement a New Company Policy

It could be a new vacation request procedure, or a change to retirement withholdings, or just a new directive about not pouring coffee down the water fountain. Whatever the new policy, how you implement the change is almost as important as the change itself. After all, any workplace runs on habit. A smooth operation involves everyone knowing what to do and when to do it. A sudden, haphazard transition can spark complaints (and even full-on revolt) among front-line workers. A poorly managed shift on a core policy can seriously cut into productivity and permanently damage morale. That doesn’t argue that… Read more »