Posts tagged employees

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.

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.

The Management Mistake Everyone Makes (and How to Fix It)

We know, we know: You’re incredibly busy, and your team is supposed to help you meet the goals you’ve set to keep your business operating like a well-oiled machine. But don’t forget: Your team is made up of people, not robots. If you find yourself barking orders more often than not, there’s an easy fix:

Set up individual, once-a-week check-ins with each of your employees or, if your company is too big for that, with each of your direct reports. If you dedicate 30 minutes every week to meet with each of your team members, you’ll be able to guide them as needed and stay on top of what’s happening with them on the work front.

Read on for four more ways to fix common management mistakes.

Entrepreneur Kyle Wiens made waves last year when his screed “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar” appeared on the Harvard Business Review's blog. But now there are more employers / grammar purists who are joining him, requiring their employees to know the rules of grammar — even if they aren't in the words business.
Via OPENForum.com: “Grammar Purists: Why These Companies Won’t Hire Bad Writers”

Entrepreneur Kyle Wiens made waves last year when his screed “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar” appeared on the Harvard Business Review's blog. But now there are more employers / grammar purists who are joining him, requiring their employees to know the rules of grammar — even if they aren't in the words business.

Via OPENForum.com: “Grammar Purists: Why These Companies Won’t Hire Bad Writers

The (Not-So) Surprising Secret Your Employees are Keeping from You

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… They hate being criticized.

That was the finding in a new study conducted by researchers at Kansas State University, Eastern Kentucky University and Texas A&M University. The study divided 234 participants into three categories: those who were motivated by learning, those who work hard to receive positive feedback and those who avoid doing anything they could fail at for fear of hearing negative feedback.

Researchers hypothesized that people who said they were motivated by a desire to learn would be more likely to “respond well to getting critical feedback in a performance review, using it to improve how they work without much in the way of complaint,” The Washington Post reported. 

But everyone hated being criticized across the board. This not surprising bit of news gives even more credence to finding new ways to give performance reviews, since they’re so closely tied to job satisfaction. 

Read the full infographic on OPEN Forum: 5 Signs You’re About the Hire the Wrong Person.

Read the full infographic on OPEN Forum: 5 Signs You’re About the Hire the Wrong Person.

Afraid you and your employees aren’t on the same page? Our exclusive survey dives into the workplace POVs of bosses vs. employees.
Click here to see the full infographic to know how CEO’s and staff really feel on corporate culture, salary, transparency, and much more.

Afraid you and your employees aren’t on the same page? Our exclusive survey dives into the workplace POVs of bosses vs. employees.

Click here to see the full infographic to know how CEO’s and staff really feel on corporate culture, salary, transparency, and much more.