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Take every opportunity to deliver positive feedback

For some employees, hearing words of praise is better than a cash bonus—and such praise is a key reason people want to stay in their jobs. Yet many managers can muster up such phrases only during annual reviews … if at all. Here are 10 key ideas managers should consider when offering positive feedback to employees.

Post-pandemic, get new hires up to speed fast

A July poll conducted by Intelligent.com revealed that employers believe newly minted high school and college graduates aren’t as academically and socially skilled as they were just five years ago. Plus, they said recent grads are more likely to have unreasonable salary and benefit expectations. If you’re struggling to assimilate young employees into your workforce, here’s how to bring those new hires up to speed.

8 key components for building retention and engagement

As the workforce changes and new workers with diverse expectations join your team, it’s important to consider the value that each employee contributes. Hilary McClain, human resources consultant at McClain Resources, believes the key is to start from the beginning by establishing a commitment from each team member to promote a positive work environment.

Use performance logs to simplify employee reviews

It happens to every manager: You sit down to prepare a staff member’s review and realize you can remember only what the person has done the past few weeks. Or you allow only a single incident (good or bad) to color your assessment. If you’re relying solely on your memory to evaluate employee performance, you’re […]

Here’s how to stop those passive-aggressive emails

In a study of 1,000 Americans conducted by Preply, a language and corporate communication tutoring service, 83% said they have received a passive-aggressive email in work communication. Furthermore, 44 percent of respondents confess to having sent passive-aggressive messages in their professional capacities. Managers know better than to do such a thing, right? Not always.

Retain older workers with tailored benefits

Now that the post-COVID economy has stabilized and the stock market is climbing again, some older workers who stuck with you throughout the pandemic may be considering quitting to pursue other interests. But if they do, you will be at risk of losing the benefit of their on-the-job experience, their investment in your organization’s culture and their institutional knowledge of how you get work done.

Stopping harassment is mandatory, warning employees maybe not

Employers are required to stop harassment when it occurs by taking reasonable actions such as disciplining the harasser. But do employers have an obligation to warn other employees about harassers in their midst?

Survey: Returning to the office improves productivity

Employees may grumble when their bosses order them to scrap remote work and come into the office, but they acknowledge the post-pandemic transition has its upsides.

Teach these 5 business etiquette musts to your team

Forty-five percent of participants in a recent ResumeBuilder.com survey of more than 1,500 business leaders said their company currently offers etiquette training. An additional 20 percent said their company plans to offer etiquette training in the future. What topics might be beneficial to cover? Here are a few to consider.

Monitoring: Beware fixating on productivity

Are supervisors asking to install tracking software on their remote employees’ computers and devices? They may be suffering from what Microsoft has termed “productivity paranoia.”