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Working With Employee Morale

As a manager, you know that employee morale can work for you or against you. When employee morale is high, so is productivity and vice versa. What makes employee morale go south is another idea completely. It could be a result of any one of hundreds of workplace situations. Do you have a partner or manager who disrupts your work environment? Do employees feel unappreciated? Your role as a manager is to ferret out these issues and put employee morale back on top.Figuring out the root of the problem can be a challenge.
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Cash Balance Plans Offer Lump Sums

The announcement earlier this year by IBM rocked the planned benefits world when Big Blue changed their benefits fom a pension plan to a cash-balance plan.Employees working at IBM shouldn't feel they are alone. In fact, more than 325 companies with names like AT&T and Xerox, also have converted to cash-balance plans.Most everyone understands that the traditional pension plan thrives through employee and employer donations for the long-term.
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360 Degree Feedback – Ever Heard Of It?

What in the world is 360 degree feedback? Well, it’s one of the tools that performance management consultants use to help organizations improve. This “tool” works by providing full-circle feedback.

Women Entrepreneurs Programmed Differently Than Men

Face it: men don't like to ask for directions.
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The Training Game

When you were a little kid, your brain was like a sponge. It soaked up everything that spewed out of the teacher’s mouth. Well, you’ve grown up and now your brain is like the rest of your muscles – it needs a break in between periods of hard work. Learning is hard work for the adult mind, you know.Adults learn better in short, concentrated sessions followed by on-the-job practice where they can immediately put their new concepts to work.
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Emotional Intelligence

Once upon a time good grades were all that counted. Times have changed. Ever wonder why that guy who dropped out of high school is at the helm of a multi-million dollar company while a certified “genius” mops floors at the local high school?

A Recruiter’s Dream

Time constraints can make or break you in recruiting. Nothing is worse than sifting through resumes for hours just to lose a great prospect to another firm. Now, there’s a solution. HireSystems, the service leader in hiring management solutions, helps companies quickly and effectively sort through resumes.HireSystems allows recruiters to focus more attention on individuals and relationships and less on mounds of paper. An organization can get custom-built software in just a few days.

Selling Your Top Recruits

Don’t save your best sales pitch for a prospect. With a tight labor market, you need to sell your firm to your top recruits, too. Take a look around your firm and make a list of what’s “good” about it. Ask your employees if you want to know what's "great" about your firm.From casual days to flexible time schedules, there’s plenty your firm “offers” its employees. But don’t stop there. Be sure to make a laundry list of benefits for your new employee and quantify them in the offer letter. These “benefits” can really add up.

COBRA – It’s Not A Snake

COBRA isn’t a snake, but it sure can bite you if you aren’t in compliance. COBRA is an acronym for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. The Act, for most employers, protects an employee’s right to continue group health coverage should the employee experience a “qualifying” event.As Y2K approaches, new legislation regarding COBRA is right around the corner.

"Security Audit" Helps Dispel Workplace Safety and Risk

With a growing number of daily headlines focusing on violence in the workplace, everyone wonders whether something violent can--and will--occur in their own business.Employers, too, are facing the same concerns, and are implementing various measures to allay employeee fears.

Effective Communications Leads to Results

How well do you communicate with your employees, boss or others in the office?Talk is cheap, but it should come as no surprise that effective communications is the backbone of every successful business, not only for consistent feedback, but for a two-way dialogue as well.Feedback between peers and others does several things. First, it mixes praise with constructive criticism about a specific project or activity.

Perks and Benefits Attract Qualified Staff

Attracting and recruiting in today's tight job market is indeed a trick. No sooner do you make an offer than the candidate is snatched up by a competing firm offering greener pastures with increased benefits or other attractive perks.Small firms and businesses have found a way to compete with the rest of the pack by going through brokers to obtain top benefits without breaking the bank. In fact, many times simply passing along the benefits to employees is accomplished at no charge.No doubt you'll have medical insurance and other traditional benefits.

Health Insurance: When is Enough ... Enough?

In light of a strong economy, a new report says employers in the United States are behind the times in expanding health insurance coverage to their employees.

E-mail Resumes Receive Greater Attention

Who isn't in a hurry these days? With technology innovations like e-mail and the Web right at our fingertips, our time is spent learning how to be more efficient and effective via the electronic medium.One area that has taken a 180-degree turn is the resume. No longer do many job seekers send you fine documents printed on parchment paper.

"Safe" Workplace has Dramatic Effect

Incorporating environmental concerns into the workplace can have a positive, long-lasting effect on the bottom line.The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that annual indoor air polution costs U.S. companies $1 billion in medical costs and $60 billion in lost productivity.

E-Commerce Accountant is one of the Hottest Jobs Around

The cover story in the new issue of U.S. News & World Report focuses on the hottest jobs in 2000, and one of the most in-demand ones in the financial arena is an e-commerce accountant.Just what does an e-commerce accountant do?
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Is It OK To Spy On Your Employees?

According to a survey by the American Management Association International, two-thirds of businesses eavesdrop on their employees in some fashion -- whether through email tracking, Internet usage, by videotape or over the phone. And in just about every situation, they have a right to do so.Employers have the fiduciary responsibility to protect the business they are working in, and part of that responsibility is to ensure that employees are not abusing the rules and regulations of the business.Technology has allowed the ability to monitor employee activity very easily.

Survey Finds Accountants Most Difficult To Recruit & Retain

Attracting and retaining professionals has been a challenge for accounting firms for more than five years. With the consolidators entering the market and gobbling up what the Big 5 hasn’t hired, it’s hard for smaller – even larger regional firms – to compete in a tight labor market.A survey conducted by Accounting Principals, a full-service human resource solutions provider, concluded that staff accountants are the most difficult accounting professionals to recruit and retain today.
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You Can Recruit and Retain Good Employees Without Going Broke

Recruiting and keeping good employees always has been more difficult for small business owners who must compete with large companies that offer a variety of perks and benefits. And now, with the jobless rate sitting below 5 percent for the past two years, the struggle to find reliable, long-term personnel has never been more difficult.The days when flex-time and telecommuting were considered attractive employment incentives are over.
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Beyond Resumes, E-Recruiting Focuses On Relationships

In an electronic age, where people receive more email in a day than they ever got in a week, face to face communication seems a bit strained. In the recruiting arena, employers are relying more on online resumes and electronic job posting. Doesn’t exactly set the environment for relationships, does it?Enter Austin, Texas based Hire.com’s e-Recruiter service. e-Recruiter is helping companies put relationships back into the recruiting process.

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