Tag Archives: human resources

Managing Conflict in the Workplace

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.

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Increasing Employee Motivation

Building a strong team is critical to the success of a restaurant, bar, or any business. While it’s normal for employees to sometimes hit a lull in productivity, there are some supporting activities that a manager can implement to boost engagement and strike motivation within the ranks.

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How to Reject Job Candidates Without Burning Bridges

The landscape of human resources is changing rapidly. With the explosion of social media and sites like Glassdoor, people can comment on their experiences with your recruitment and employment process. Try to think of candidates that you interview as customers: if they had a negative experience, would they likely do business with you? Would they reapply? Their opinion will matter. Throughout the whole recruitment process, from the initial phone screen to the interview stage, recruiters should inform candidates of what they should expect next in the recruitment process. Now, it’s time to inform the candidate that they did not get the job. What do you do?

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4 Indoor Team Building Activities with Step-by-Step Instructions

Don’t wait until warmer weather (especially in the Midwest) to develop meaningful working relationships within your organization. As a new generation captures key leadership positions, greater emphasis is placed on collaboration in the workplace. Working as individuals can only get the company so far. By working in teams, individuals can put their brains together to solve complex problems, exchange original ideas, and improve their overall work.  Are you adapting your indoor team-building activities to suit these different set of behaviors, values and demands?

Below are four indoor team building activities you can begin right away to foster internal bonding within your organization.

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Tips For Welcoming New Employees

Starting employment at a new business can be extremely exciting yet intimidating and can stir up some nerves. When adding a new person to your staff, you’ll want to make a positive first impression and ensure they are comfortable at your company; these impressions will impact how the employee views the company from here on out. This all begins with a solid onboarding process for new employees. Whether your company is large or small, welcoming new employees is imperative to promoting a healthy and productive company culture. Afterall, happy and engaged employees result in increased productivity—boosting your bottom line.

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Showing Employee Appreciation

Why wait until Employee Appreciation Day or other scheduled days throughout the year to make those around us feel valued and appreciated? Individuals should be recognized for their exceptional work and be rewarded with gratitude whenever possible; it should never have to wait for a specific day or time. Even a small amount of appreciation can go a long way, especially for employees. (more…)

Society Insurance Internships

Internships are often a college student’s first experience within the professional business world. They offer an opportunity for students to gain valuable on-the-job experience and advance the skills they’re learning in college. Individuals often seek internships related to their desired career or profession to get their foot in the door at a company, or to gain practical knowledge they will be able to apply to future job opportunities. Not every company’s intern program is the same; each intern program is dependent on the type of company, their values, and mission.

At Society, there are a variety of internship positions offered throughout the company, including: (more…)

Developing a Successful Onboarding Plan for New Employees

(From Interview, to First Day and Beyond)

Think you’ve found the right person to fill that open position? Now, make sure you have everything ready to bring them on board. Just like you, your new hire has expectations – and that includes cues that you have everything in order for their arrival. If you don’t, they will know and it could predetermine their success and longevity with your company. (more…)

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is illegal, yet it seems to be a growing issue as we hear more and more about it in the news. Still, most sexual harassment situations – 71 percent in 2015 – are not reported. Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue affecting employee morale and job performance as well as the health and safety of those involved. It can even lead to lawsuits. (more…)