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Are you a stress junkie?

Are you a stress junkie? Are you a stress junkie? Many working Americans believe a 40-hour workweek would almost feel like a vacation.  We work long hours. We spend time commuting to our jobs. We have families to tend to. We try to squeeze in time to eat, sleep and exercise, but there’s only so much time in the day.   There is more to do than time to do it. This creates stress. At the same time, many of us secretly — or openly — treat the marathons we’ve turned our lives into as a badge of honor. It’s easy [...]

Could You Be Accused of Sexual Harassment?

Could you be accused of sexual harassment? “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane flippantly told the 2013 best actress nominees. Yet for those on the receiving end – believed to be at least one in four women in the workplace* – the reality of sexual harassers wielding power to get their way isn’t at all funny.  And four years later, Mr. Weinstein is no longer laughing either. *Per a comprehensive 2016 study by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) a government agency responsible [...]

Could Humor Be Your Key to Success?

Could Humor Be Your Key to Success? Could humor be your key to success? If the best part of your job is that the chair swivels… sadly, you’re probably not alone. We’re an overly serious lot when it comes to work.  According research noted in Harvard Business Review http://bit.ly/1Nav9r5  The average 4-year-old laughs 300 times a day, the average 40-year-old — only 4! http://bit.ly/1uIEd2u Far less during the week than on weekends Yet the downside to this dearth of happiness is no laughing matter.  Seriously, good fun at work is good for business. Funny Business?  No Joke [...]

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict?

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict? Did you know the typical manager spends 25-40% of their time dealing with workplace conflict? That’s up to two days a week of manager’s time, according to a Washington Business Journal report. When this insidious productivity killer runs amok, its sneaky, underlying destructiveness can be as carefully hidden as “Game of Thrones” backroom machinations.  Typically, by the time workplace conflict is observed and addressed, too late – if it’s ever addressed at all. Conflict is not always bad; sometimes it’s […]

2017-10-02T20:48:18+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Leadership, Management Tools & Tips|0 Comments

Marijuana @ Work. What you need to know. 

Marijuana @ Work. What you need to know. Recreational pot smoking is now legal in four states in the US. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 (and counting) states. The trend seems clear – if medical and/or recreational marijuana is not currently legal in your state, it’s likely to become so in the relatively near future. But what does that mean for employers and employees in those states? Is it a free-for-all?  Can you legally smoke or consume marijuana, more commonly referred to as "pot" any place, any time?  What are employee “rights”? Are employers now required to [...]

Talent Keepers

How to keep the good ones Hint: In the IT Industry, it’s not about the money! Talent Retention During the heady days of the .com boom, tech talent retention escalated to previously unseen levels.  Employees were offered huge retention bonuses, big screen TVs, computers, even cars were given away in huge numbers.  Salaries were adjusted up not just once or even twice a year, but sometimes quarterly and even monthly.   Remember those days? Today we are rebounding from the worst economic crisis in recent history.  As the economy heats up and we re-enter a candidate-driven market, [...]

I Quit!

Are YOUR employees happy? Employee Preparing to Quit In the IT Industry if you’re paying attention, it should never come as a surprise that a key employee leaves. Most employees who are thinking of leaving will tip their hand in one way or another. Here are some telltale signs. Noticeable change in attitude. If an active and involved employee becomes passive and uncaring it may mean that the employee figures it’s a waste of time and energy to make waves. Sharp increase in personal phone calls. They may be making arrangements for interviews or conducting telephone interviews. Less [...]