Soft Skills — Seven Things to Make YOU Stand Out!

In competitive job markets, it is crucial to stand out! While hard skills are essential, having proficient soft skills pushes you out above the crowd of other qualified candidates — and may land you your dream job! What Are Soft Skills? Unlike hard skills, soft skills are unquantifiable. They are not easily measured or easily taught. They are a companion, …

Hard Skills — They’re Hard Core, Man!

  Ready for the cold hard truth – hard skills matter. They can make the difference in getting a job, earning a promotion, and choosing when you want to make a career move. What Are Hard Skills? Hard skills are the technical skills and knowledge you need to do your job effectively. They are: Job-specific Easy to quantify Practical and …

Avoiding Employee Termination  

As a business leader, responding to bad conduct and poor performance from your employees is part of the territory. Unfortunately, sometimes significant corrective action, such as pay suspension or dismissal, is necessary. In many circumstances, however, this can be avoided by a few preventative steps. Identify the Root Problem If an employee is continuously making the same mistake, maybe something …

Christmas and COVID — Keeping Up Morale This Holiday Season

You are fully prepared for the craziness of this odd holiday season. You specialized in your marketing, increased your online presence and availability, and hired extra help early.  You set up sanitation stations galore and mapped out procedures and guidelines to keep people safe and healthy. You thought you were ready for the madness, but now that it is here, …

Company Culture – It Begins with You

“Why is culture so important to a business? Here is a simple way to frame it. The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing.”   — Brian Chesky, Co-founder, CEO of Airbnb  A company is defined by its culture. It sets the standard …

In with Summer – Out with Productivity? 

Summer has arrived – those golden days of sun, sand, daylight hours, and lazy afternoons. Wait. That’s great for the employee who’s on vacation, but not at the office, or on the production line. Let’s face it, the arrival of summer inevitably brings a loss of productivity, so isn’t it time to do something about it?   We’ve put together some …