How Does Your Company Define Friday Afternoon

I’ve always felt that Friday afternoons were off limits from a business perspective. Most of my clients don’t want to meet on a Friday afternoon, unless there’s some sort of emergency or tight deadline. Friday afternoons were for catching up, getting organized, and hopefully, walking out the door on time. But that’s changing. This summer…

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Eight Ways Mentoring Brings Out the Leader in Your Employees

Guest post from Patty Alper   “Employees want to be part of something that is bigger than a company. The business culture is internally based, but the philanthropy is external. That volunteer ethos provides something more than a quarterly return on earnings . . . it stretches employees beyond their day-to-day job.”  – Rick Luftglass,…

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The Reason Companies Should Calculate Cost Per Hire

Every once in a while, I run across an article that talks about why organizations shouldn’t calculate cost per hire. Personally, I’m a big fan of the cost per hire metric. I think it provides valuable information. Back in 2012, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) worked with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)…

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Effective Leadership Is Just Seven Questions Away

Guest post from Michael Bungay Stanier: Recently, I stepped into an elevator on the way to a meeting and noticed that the button you press to close the door quickly was much more worn than the one you press to keep the door open. You’ve probably done the same as me: jabbing the button to…

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Fact or fiction: The FMLA may protect pre-eligible employees

That’s right folks. It’s time for another edition of “Fact or Fiction” a/k/a “Quick Answers to Quick Questions” a/k/a QATQQ f/k/a “I don’t feel like writing a long blog post.” Let’s do an FMLA quiz. We know that an FMLA-eligible employee must check three boxes: Work at a location that employs 50 employees within 75…

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The Only 3 Reasons to Send an Email

Email has been around since 1972. It’s an essential part of communication today. Which is why it’s so frustrating that, after all these years, there’s not some definitive list of email protocols. And I’m not just talking about “typing in all caps means you’re shouting”. I’m referring to when is it okay to send an…

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