Ten great (and timeless) Leadership Articles

by Duncan
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If there’s one good thing about the digital age, it’s that the internet brings everything to you. Gone are the days of attending conference after conference to learn better management procedures. Now, you can read about it in the comfort of your own home or office. To help you get started in your education, we’ve listed (in no particular order) ten articles on leadership from the greats that came before you.

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How to Create an Employee Suggestion Box Policy

by Duncan
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Suggestion boxes are a great way to open lines of communication with your staff. Not only will they allow employees the chance to share their ideas and report any workplace failures, but they'll also provide management, with on-the-ground feedback about everyday business operations. But what if you aren't sure what the policy should look like? What rules and regulations should you put into place to make sure everyone uses the box to its fullest potential? Here are just a few suggestions for creating your employee suggestion box policy. 

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Formal Fridays - meet Casual Friday's arch enemy

by Duncan
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Imagine that you’re seated at a table with several other people, all dressed in their very best. Suits and ties are just the beginning as bow ties, top hats, dresses and high heels are among the fashions, too. It’s a very upscale place. However, you’re not at a fancy restaurant or a gala event. You’re at work, having lunch in the cafeteria. Welcome to Formal Fridays. Remember when everyday business attire was serious and formal? Almost like an official uniform for men, suits and ties were expected, and women wore the requisite dresses or suits. We’re not talking about ancient times here; this was the 90s, when being dressed up was simply part of daily life.

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16 Biggest Company Layoffs of all Time

by Guest Poster
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If you look at the numbers, every ten to twenty years (we’ll split the difference and call it fifteen), a major corporation decides to “restructure” its operation which, in laymen’s terms, means terminating the services of a ginormous number of workers. Rumors abound lately that IBM is set to fire over 100,000 employees (that’s dismiss, discharge, lay off, let go, give notice to, get rid of, ax, or sack depending on where you are at the moment) in what could turn out to be the largest layoff in history. While IBM may be the first to tread into the six-figure domain, the business world is certainly no stranger to mass layoffs in the five-figure range. Let’s take a look at the top sixteen mass layoffs.

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Employee Retention: 7 Ways HR Can Help to Retain Your Best

by Duncan
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Every company seeks the best employees, those who are reliable, innovative, team-oriented yet able to work well independently. The difficulty can be in locating them. That’s why, once such stellar employees are recruited, retaining them becomes paramount. Fortunately, this is an arena in which a sharp Human Resources Department (HR) can be invaluable. Assisting in supporting and retaining your best employees, HR helps to ensure that employees are content within your company, bolstering morale and guarding against early departures. Here are seven key ways HR can help to retain your best employees: 

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Cut stress/raise morale: 9 one minute games for employees

by Duncan
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Periodically playing games with your employees (no, we’re not talking mind games) is a great way to build camaraderie and provide a much-needed break from the stresses of a workday (or workweek). For some easy and fun employee engagement ideas, see our post here or make up your own team-building game. As good as these (and your) ideas are, sometimes you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to team-building and stress release. Never fear! Save the longer games for once a week (or every other week), and try these one-minute game ideas for a quick bit of fun that everyone is sure to enjoy.

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How to Implement a Safety Suggestion Box Program in 5 Days

by Guest Poster
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According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, workplace accidents are more expensive than most companies realize. This is because workplace accidents and their aftermath are composed of two types of costs: direct and indirect

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Grandparental/grandparent Leave - What Management Needs to Know

by Duncan
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While many might assume that all responsibilities for childcare and child-rearing end long before becoming a grandparent, the truth is that many grandparents are actively involved in their grandchildren’s lives. From serving as caretakers while parents work to undertaking the full-time role of parent in the absence of their grandchildren’s parents for a wide range of reasons, grandparents today often spend a good deal of time interacting with their grandchildren. The result is that, much like parents, they often need time off from work to tend to their grandchildren’s needs. Whether it is pediatrician appointments, football practice or conferences with their grandchildren’s teachers, among other events, these responsibilities frequently coincide with work hours...

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How to Keep a Multi-Generational Workforce Happy and Productive

by Guest Poster
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Managing today’s multi-generational workforce can indeed be a challenge. There are marked differences in the worldviews, work ethics and behaviors of these different generations, and if you don’t become sensitive to their differing needs by coming to understand the forces that shaped them, you have little chance of successfully providing the right degree and quality of stimulation they require to become outstanding employees, nor the types of rewards they will appreciate when they do. Your main aim in all of this should be one of developing a collaborative atmosphere in your organization, whether you are approaching it at the team level or at the macro level of the entire organization. It used to be that the workplace consisted of only one or two generations, and everyone came from the same frame of reference – the same experiences had shaped them all. But now there are an unprecedented four generations in the workplace at the same time, and they all come from sociological profiles that are vastly different.

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HR Communication Tips: Mathew French, GM at Subscribe-HR

by Duncan
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