Category: Communication

What’s the Skill Your Managers Need to Improve On Most?

The skills associated with good management include communication, leadership, and expertise. However, a new survey is showing that most managers lack these skills. Strong communication skills are necessary at every career stage, but especially for those in leadership positions. How does your management team stack up in the eyes of your employees?

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Teach Workers to Celebrate Diversity on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. According to BLR’s 2015 Holiday Practices Survey, 32.6% of employers provide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a paid holiday. According to the survey, this percentage has grown slightly over the past few years (30.1% of employers offered it as a paid holiday in the 2012 survey).

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3 Tips to Help Employees Prepare for Conversations About Their Performance

by Anita Bowness, global practice leader, Business Consulting, Halogen Software As an HR professional, you know that a conversation about performance provides an equal opportunity for managers and employees to talk about what’s going well, what needs to improve, and how things are going in general. The challenge is, it doesn’t always go this way, […]

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Building Teamwork Across Different Personalities

by Erin Wortham, People Engagement manager, Insights Learning and Development “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are,” Anaïs Nin once wrote. One place where it’s apparent that people hold different perspectives of the world and themselves is in the workplace. Realizing this, and acknowledging this in ourselves, is […]

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Transparent, Ongoing Communication Key to Total Rewards Strategy

If you are planning to develop or make changes to your current total rewards program, you will likely seek input from several external sources, including benchmarking data. But you will also need to gather substantial internal input, such as leadership’s philosophy towards total rewards, and, perhaps most importantly, get input from your internal customers.

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5 Tips for Fostering a Culture of Open Communication

by Denise Blasevick, founding partner and CEO, The S3 Agency Employees are talking at your workplace. The question is: Are they communicating in a constructive manner to the parties who can effect change—and finding a way to be part of that change? Or are they grousing and gossiping because they feel there is no other […]

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3 Ways to Improve Benefits Communication

by Karen Gustin, executive vice president of Ameritas Group Division We know that when it comes to health benefits, employees want choices. And they expect their employers to help them understand those choices. Studies show that people are more satisfied with their jobs, and less likely to look for other employment opportunities, if they believe […]

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Survey: Small Businesses Lack Communication, Leaves Employees Feeling Unfulfilled

More than 40% of small business employees say they receive no feedback from their company and its managers, even though consistent performance evaluation is considered by Human Resources experts to be one of the most important qualities of a manager. This lack of feedback is having a negative impact on the enthusiasm of small business […]

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Active Listening: A Refreshing Foundation for Quality Conversations

by Denice R. Hinden, PhD, PCC, President, Managance Consulting & Coaching When I trained to be a crisis hotline volunteer in the early 1980s,  I had no idea I was developing a game changing leadership skill.  The first thing we learned was how to listen deeply to callers to make a connection. That meant focusing […]

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Survey: Over 50% of Workers Open to Leaving Their Current Employers

As the economy continues to improve, so do the chances of your employees looking for new job opportunities. A recent survey from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, finds 52% of employees are open to leaving their current employers for new opportunities. Of these employees, 44% are actively […]

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