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Apr 17 2014

When They Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse- Or Can You?

Long before telecommuting, Skype, and go2meeting, companies would think nothing of asking an employee to re-locate for a job. In fact, many still do.  And when the request fulfills your personal aspirations, no problem. Heck, they’ll even pay to move you. But what if your boss asks you to take a job you don’t want?

Apr 02 2014

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

It may be hard to believe now (or maybe not), but many years ago, I wasn’t so easy to get along with at work, at least with many of my peers.  And what’s worse, the people that worked for me often knew it. Not sure what’s worse- being a jerk, or having everyone know it.

Mar 26 2014

20% of Your Employees are Looking for a Job

That’s right, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilders, one in five workers plan to change jobs in 2014.  You might want to rationalize that new post recession opportunities are spurring their hunt, but you’d be wrong. The real reason your employees are looking is they just aren’t happy. I can almost hear “duh” in the background.  The survey indicated that less than 60% of workers are satisfied with their jobs. Almost 20% of the workers are dissatisfied and these are the folks who are likely to leave.

Mar 19 2014

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning

Hard to believe but despite the lingering snow and cold weather throughout a big part of the country, tomorrow is the first day of spring.  In addition to welcoming a new season, spring evokes the idea of rebirth, renewal and cleaning!

Mar 06 2014

Do You Have a Job or a Mission?

What’s the real reason you get up and go to work everyday, other than getting paid? Do you feel like you’re just putting in time or do you leave everyday feeling like you’ve contributed to something meaningful? If it’s the former then you probably don’t have the highest level of job satisfaction.

 

Feb 27 2014

Recruiting Isn't Just for Job Openings

Despite the current unemployment rate, it seems like everyone I know is having a hard time filling open positions. And when I ask business owners about their current challenges, inevitability they will say, “finding top talent”. And yet, when I ask them how they currently recruit people, they say things like, “ we have on campus recruiters, or online postings, etc”. But recruiting shouldn't be delegated to others.

 

 

Feb 19 2014

5 Tips for Dealing with a Toxic Leader

Several years ago, I invited Dr. George Reed, an expert on Toxic Leadership to one of my leadership meetings. Not surprisingly, when he asked the group how many people had worked for a toxic leader, at least half the room raised their hand, including me.Dr. Reed defines toxic leadership as:

 

 

Feb 12 2014

Recognizing the Quiet Employee

Sad to say, but there is a lot of truth in the adage, “ the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Plus, superstars will get a lot of attention without necessarily having to be “squeaky”. But what about the person that comes in every day, does a great job, never complains, never asks for a raise, and always goes above and beyond without being asked to do so?

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