In Quarter 1 of 2020 the United States employment rate was 71.4% according to data provided by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the unemployment rate was 4.4% as reported by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). However, given the pandemic, unemployment was at an all-time high of 14.7% ending the month of April 2020. As companies across the United States reopen, business owners may be scrambling to call back workers or may be uncertain how many employees they can afford to have while revenue is down.(more…)
Do you find yourself struggling to focus or making careless mistakes? Have you found yourself hungry or yawning throughout the day? These may be warning signs that it’s time to take a break and refresh your mind. Pay attention to how you feel throughout the day and how it impacts your work output. If you find your productivity waning, try one of the tactics below to increase work performance and boost your energy level.(more…)
Have you ever been in a meeting and you were left leaving with more ‘WHY?’ questions than answers or ideas to solutions? I believe everyone has experienced a dreadful meeting or left a meeting scratching their head. What happened to make this meeting so dreadful? Was it the lack of leadership or participation? No new business ideas were being shared? Or the meeting lasted an hour longer than scheduled? These are all real scenarios that happen every day in organizations. Here are six tips to lead an effective meeting and avoid the head scratching.(more…)
Businesses are facing an unprecedented time amid social distancing. Workforces are pushed to working remotely if possible, with fewer and fewer employees in the office. Business owners may be asking themselves, is working remotely best for my company? In 2018 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 23.7% of the U.S. population worked at home for at least some hours.(more…)
Landing an internship can be challenging due to limited openings and tough competition. So bring your “A” game to make a lasting impression on the hiring team, especially if the company you interview with is your desired organization. Here’s how you can get started.(more…)
As older baby boomers retire in droves, younger generations are beginning to fill today’s workforce. But these new generations have vastly different values than older generations did – which makes sense given rapid technological advances and inevitable cultural shifts. For those who may not know, the two newer generations are Generation Y (aka millennials) and Generation Z. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials are born between the years 1981 and 1996; Gen Z is anyone born after that.
Read, ‘How to Reject Job Candidates Without Burning Bridges’ for more helpful tips on running your business.(more…)
The holiday season yields plenty of opportunities to spread cheer, merriment and show gratitude to those that play significant roles in your life – including your employees. One of the most appreciated ways to express this is by giving the green light to let loose and socialize. We’re talking, of course, about hosting a company holiday party. Everyone can let their hair down, put work aside, and get to know each other on a more interpersonal level.
Regrettably, many corporate employees dread their annual holiday party because, well, they simply aren’t fun. Perhaps people feel as if they’re walking on eggshells, or maybe the environment doesn’t feel like a place where people can truly let their guard down around their superiors. Here are some helpful tips to help you throw a successful holiday party that your staff will look forward to each year.
Read, ‘How to Retain Top Talent: 4 Helpful Tips’ for more insight on boosting employee morale.(more…)
Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, even with the most agreeable personalities. The average American spends well over 2,000 hours at work over the course of a year. When employees of various backgrounds and different work styles are brought together to work on the same project with the same goal, the conflict will be a natural byproduct. Not all conflict is bad, however, and all conflict can and should be managed and resolved. If handled correctly, confronting conflict head-on will result in a stronger culture and closer teams.
Interested in learning how to increase productivity amongst your employees? Read, “Increasing Employee Motivation.”(more…)
Why do people quit their jobs? It can be any number of reasons, from non-motivational work to new opportunities elsewhere, to poor pay or lack of purposeful connection with the company culture. When a less than effective employee quits you might feel some relief, but when a truly valuable and well-liked employee turns in their resignation, it can really sting. The trick is to keep your employees happy and fulfilled at work to retain your top talent.
Are you a seasonal restaurant owner? Read, “How to Improve Employee Retention in Seasonal Restaurants.”(more…)
What differentiates your business from the rest? Is it the amazing drink specials? Variety of food offerings? Or, perhaps your greatest strength lies with the diverse leadership team you’ve built. After all, quality of leadership is indicative of a successful and profitable business.
Is your team expanding? Read “Tips for Welcoming New Employees.”(more…)