Optimizing Your Home Office

“If you don’t pay attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”   —David Allen COVID-19 certainly brought sweeping changes to the landscape of the workforce. What everyone thought was a temporary switch from office to remote has become a permanent solution for many.  As we all know, working from home had its …

Don’t Fall Behind!  6 Reasons Upskilling is Important

A couple of hundred years ago, the Industrial Revolution changed the face of the workforce. Today, the digital revolution is doing the same thing. Skill sets that were effective ten years ago are viewed as archaic. And while the advancement of technology and all its benefits is exciting, there is no doubt that the fast-track growth also creates a skills …

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 …

Job Searching During the Holidays? — Here’s Why It’s a Good Idea!

Are you considering postponing your job search until after the new year? Well, think again! Contrary to popular belief, this is an excellent time of year to be looking for work! Here are some reasons why: Businesses are Still Hiring! The need for hiring is year-round, depending on workflow, growth, and industry pressures. These needs do not go away in …

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 …

Winning the Employee Stress Battle

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”   – Fred Rogers Across the nation and around the globe, managers are dealing with employee stress – a COVID-19 fallout. Employees who remain on …