Call Me! The Lost Art of Picking Up The Phone.

Like penmanship and eight track tapes, talking on the phone appears at times to be in jeopardy, likewise in danger of going the way of the once ubiquitous phone booth. Generally, we’ve all gotten used to a convenience food style of communicating, via an array of instant messaging and texting services. It’s true in our personal lives. And it’s become equally true in our professional lives. However, although as HR professionals, we can get away with fast food communicating a lot of the time, there are nonetheless times when nothing less than an old-fashioned phone call will do. For example, it’s not at all classy to fire someone with an emoticon, or alert a potential hire that you went with someone else with a sticker. If you want to surprise someone, offer a sincere apology, or condolences, impress someone, or just offer above average customer service, pick up a phone. Also, when dealing with someone with old technology, or poor literacy skills, go old school. And, if the answer is likely to involve more than 2 texts or deal with legal issues, grab a phone.

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Best Places to Work Isn’t Real, but…

Even though there are lists about being the best place to work; the list is likely not real. The places who make it on these lists just work hard to get on the list, so it is likely that the best place to work is not on this list. The reality is that many places to work are very similar and include various benefits. Someone at the companies on these lists just decided that it was important to get on the list, so they did the legwork.

Read more: http://fistfuloftalent.com/2018/12/best-places-to-work-isnt-real-but.html





New Year’s Resolutions: Be Yourself in 2019 (And Beyond)

Though Oscar Wilde is dead; his words to just be yourself live on. So often, in media today, we read about a topic and jump on the bandwagon, repeating the trends of others. Be yourself instead of pretending to be someone else who has fine tuned what they will say. Your employer will want the person who showed up for their interview. You need to find it in yourself to be unique and to continue to be creative.

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Employee Burnout: 5 Organizational Programs That Can Reduce It

Employee burnout constitutes a very serious problem for employers. Data indicates it is strongly linked to both high turnover rates and poor retention values. Naturally, most managers are aware of the problem and do try and take steps to manage the problem when it is in evidence. However, such an approach is rather like going after a weed infestation after it is in full bloom. It is, to say the least, difficult. A proactive stance that attempts to get out ahead of the problem before it is in full flower is far more effective and far more rarely attempted. Burnout is a business epidemic, causing absenteeism, draining morale and productivity. The best performers fall victim to it and the continuous gaps in personnel ensure that the workplace is continuously bumpy. Burnout is the result of ongoing stress at work, emotional and interpersonal. It has several distinct hallmarks, including exhaustion, cynicism and a sense of being ineffectual. There are certain areas of risk, situations where burnout is a high probability, or even inevitable. These include an excessively high workload, a perceived lack of fairness, a chasm between worker and corporate values, a lackluster or missing reward and recognition system and a sense of having no platform for their views or say in the system. Managers and employees can positively impact these areas that lead to burnout by instituting better development and training, by compensating their workers fairly and by developing mentorship programs.

Read more: https://www.hrbartender.com/2019/leadership-and-management/employee-burnout-reduce/





How To Be More Creative In Your Career

When creativity is added to your work agenda, it will get you noticed, but even more, it will help you feel good from the inside out. You’ll thrive in your position as result and will enjoy even more growth opportunities than before. But, how can you enhance the creativity that you showcase each day when you’re on the job? There’s so many easy ways to enhance your workplace creativity and you shouldn’t wait to use them!

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