Category: Blog


Communication Challenges and Solutions

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Are You Making These Workplace Communication Mistakes? Good communication is foundational to personal and business success. Building communication skills takes time and effort, but you can start by identifying and avoiding some of these common workplace communication mistakes. Delivering important news through email Announcing layoffs or large staffing changes by email should be avoided. Have…more

2019 is the Year for Blue-Collar Workers

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The Demand for Blue-Collar Workers:   Last year we saw an increasing demand for blue-collar workers and we will continue to see that demand grow in 2019. More students are graduating high school and headed off to college liberal arts programs and leaving a gap where new blue-collar workers would be entering the workforce. I…more

Setting Business Goals for the New Year

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New Year, New Beginnings:   The New Year is a great time for resolutions for your business and career. The line between personal and professional can be blurry, and this is especially true if you own your own business. The start of a new year is a time for new beginnings for your career and…more

Importance of Employee Engagement

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Improving Employee Engagement in the Workplace:   It is possible that as few as 13% of your company’s employees may be engaged at work, according to the results of Gallup’s global survey. Some studies that focus only on the US show a slightly improved number that hovers around 30%, but even that figure means that…more

Dealing with Holiday Stress in the Workplace

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Mental Health Should Be Part of Your Conversation with Employees: The holiday season can be mentally challenging for everyone, including your employees. This time of year there are often spikes in depression and anxiety. Addressing mental health in the workplace may have benefits for the company but the most important benefits are to the employees.…more

The Challenges of Hiring Someone with a Disability

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Disability Diversity in the Workplace:   Having a diverse workplace includes having workers with intellectual disabilities. Diversity is about bringing together a diversity of ways of thinking and perspectives, which includes the often-overlooked category of workers with disabilities. While having a more inclusive and welcoming workplace is always a goal of a company looking to…more

Stop Doing the Bare Minimum at Work

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Motivating the Mid-Performers People managers are trained to focus on the extreme ends of the spectrum when dealing with employee productivity, noticing those who are excelling and putting in extra time and then the members of the team who are not meeting expectations. That leaves out an important group, the middle. How do you take…more

How to Prepare for a Difficult Conversation

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Preparing Yourself for a Difficult Conversation Our personal and professional lives are filled with lots of daily communications. Sometimes the conversation that needs to take place may have high stakes, be emotionally charged or involve different opinions. If you prepare for the difficult conversation before it takes place you will have better outcomes and move…more