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Football fans’ prayers were answered when the NFL season kicked off last Thursday. But for employers, the return of the season brings a fair amount of angst as it leads to a marked decrease in focus on their teams. (By some estimates, fantasy football costs $13 billion in lost productivity.)
So what’s a manager to do? Embrace the season, and set boundaries (but not too many). 

If companies really want to retain their best workers, they should train themselves to embrace some of the personal interests of their staff. Any effort to outlaw such interests, like the use of company computers for fantasy football, is shortsighted. 

Read on for more on how to make NFL season a win-win in the workplace.

Football fans’ prayers were answered when the NFL season kicked off last Thursday. But for employers, the return of the season brings a fair amount of angst as it leads to a marked decrease in focus on their teams. (By some estimates, fantasy football costs $13 billion in lost productivity.)

So what’s a manager to do? Embrace the season, and set boundaries (but not too many). 

If companies really want to retain their best workers, they should train themselves to embrace some of the personal interests of their staff. Any effort to outlaw such interests, like the use of company computers for fantasy football, is shortsighted. 

Read on for more on how to make NFL season a win-win in the workplace.

How to Overcome Your Fear of Conflicts

When confronting an employee about an issue, make sure you have documentation to back up your concerns. For example, if you’re worried about their performance, point out exact instances where a lapse has affected the company. “Whatever issue it is that you want to bring up, it’s never enough to tell someone that you ‘think’ or ‘feel’ that they’re argumentative or sloppy or not getting their work done on time,” writes OPEN Forum contributor Vivian Giang. “Doing so can come off as vague and unfair.”

Read on for five more tips for how to properly address conflicts.

9 Keys to Dealing With Depression in the Workplace

An estimated one in 10 adults in the United States suffer from depression. It’s time to do something about this. Here are nine tips to help your company and your most precious asset, your employees, deal with depression:

1. Make your business a great place to work.

2. Understand subthreshold depression.

3. Know how to offer help to a depressed employee.

4. Help educate employees on self-care.

5. Make use of National Depression Screening Day.

6. Promote the Employee Assistance Program.

7. Be inspired by eco-therapy practices.

8. Use full-spectrum light blogs.

9. Use the depression calculator.

Read on for more insight into these nine tips on OPEN Forum.

How Texting Damages Businesses

"Text messaging can lead to serious employment issues, including lost productivity, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims," says lawyer David Reischer, COO and founder of LegalAdvice.com. “A small business should have an employee-texting policy and make efforts to enforce such a policy.”

Read on to learn about what your company texting policy should have.

Change the way you conduct phone interviews to get the best possible candidate for the job, advises small-business expert Mike Michalowicz:

"One of my favorite lines of questioning is to ask about their best and worst teachers in high school. Now, there’s no right or wrong answer to these questions, but what I’m trying to gauge is their relationship with authority. If they rave about a teacher who let them do whatever they wanted, and slam an instructor who was strict and demanding, well, you’ve just uncovered something very interesting about that applicant."

From OPEN Forum’s “How to Weed Out the Worst Job Applicants (and Find a Star Employee)" 

Change the way you conduct phone interviews to get the best possible candidate for the job, advises small-business expert Mike Michalowicz:

"One of my favorite lines of questioning is to ask about their best and worst teachers in high school. Now, there’s no right or wrong answer to these questions, but what I’m trying to gauge is their relationship with authority. If they rave about a teacher who let them do whatever they wanted, and slam an instructor who was strict and demanding, well, you’ve just uncovered something very interesting about that applicant."

From OPEN Forum’s “How to Weed Out the Worst Job Applicants (and Find a Star Employee)

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday. 

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

fastcompany:

You probably heard that a happy employee is a productive one who can boost the bottom line. How much?
Here are some numbers:
33% higher profitability (Gallup)
43% more productivity (Hay Group)
37% higher sales (Shawn Achor)
300% more innovation (HBR)
51% lower turnover (Gallup)
50% less safety incidents (Babcock Marine Clyde)
66% decrease in sick leave (Forbes)
125% less burnout (HBR)
Here, some tips for staying happy at work

These numbers reinforce the company culture movement and why it is vital for companies to invest in their employees.

fastcompany:

You probably heard that a happy employee is a productive one who can boost the bottom line. How much?

Here are some numbers:

  • 33% higher profitability (Gallup)
  • 43% more productivity (Hay Group)
  • 37% higher sales (Shawn Achor)
  • 300% more innovation (HBR)
  • 51% lower turnover (Gallup)
  • 50% less safety incidents (Babcock Marine Clyde)
  • 66% decrease in sick leave (Forbes)
  • 125% less burnout (HBR)

Here, some tips for staying happy at work

These numbers reinforce the company culture movement and why it is vital for companies to invest in their employees.

fastcompany:

Here’s A Google Perk Any Company Can Imitate: Employee-To-Employee Learning
Google taps its own ranks to teach valuable career-building classes as well as “extracurriculars” like kickboxing and social skills for engineers. 

“Googler to Googler” places employees from across departments into teaching roles that would otherwise be filled by the HR department (or rather, as Google calls it, “People Operations”). The Google core curriculum includes courses on management, orientation, and skills such as public speaking. Other classes taught Googler to Googler—everything from kickboxing to parenting—were initiated and designed by an employee.

It’s not about money. Google feeds 37,000 employees three gourmet meals a day. It can certainly afford to hire teachers. The company thinks it’s a good business idea to have employees teach employees. 
Here’s why:
Promoting A Culture Of Learning
Putting Employees In Teaching Mode
In-House Teachers Get An “A”
Read the full story here.
[Pencils Image: Flickr user Bernard Walker]

How do you foster your company culture and learning?

fastcompany:

Here’s A Google Perk Any Company Can Imitate: Employee-To-Employee Learning

Google taps its own ranks to teach valuable career-building classes as well as “extracurriculars” like kickboxing and social skills for engineers. 

“Googler to Googler” places employees from across departments into teaching roles that would otherwise be filled by the HR department (or rather, as Google calls it, “People Operations”). The Google core curriculum includes courses on management, orientation, and skills such as public speaking. Other classes taught Googler to Googler—everything from kickboxing to parenting—were initiated and designed by an employee.

It’s not about money. Google feeds 37,000 employees three gourmet meals a day. It can certainly afford to hire teachers. The company thinks it’s a good business idea to have employees teach employees.

Here’s why:

  • Promoting A Culture Of Learning
  • Putting Employees In Teaching Mode
  • In-House Teachers Get An “A”

Read the full story here.

[Pencils Image: Flickr user Bernard Walker]

How do you foster your company culture and learning?

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When it comes to business, most people immediately think of money. This infographic takes a look at the human side of business.
(Via Visual.ly)

Click here to embiggen (see full Infographic)

When it comes to business, most people immediately think of money. This infographic takes a look at the human side of business.

(Via Visual.ly)

Obamacare: Should You Hire Employee Number 51?

Plenty of people, including small-business owners, predict that some businesses will opt not to grow so they can avoid employer mandates in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that will become effective in 2014.

The major issue is the 50-employee threshold. Businesses with more than 50 full-time employees, as defined by the law, will have to supply them with affordable and well-designed insurance, or face fines.

Read more to learn how this might affect you and your small business.