Archive | August, 2011

Batten Down the Hatches

The skies have gotten dark over central New Jersey as we await the arrival of Hurricane Irene, just two days since the East Coast earthquake. This is the time to “batten down the hatches” to prepare for the worst. To “batten down the hatches” is a flavorful phrase. According to the dictionary, it comes down […]

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Old Farts and Young Punks in the Workplace (part 1)

Generational differences are an issue that affects work process, teams, boss-subordinates and client relationships. It rears its nasty head in that magnificent buzz-word, “communication breakdown.” Generational differences are fraught with conflicting assumptions, frustrations and misunderstanding. The same Gen-Yers who have not the slightest difficulty working with issues of sexual orientation, culture and color often find […]

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“Good Enough” Skill Building

I’ve been thinking more about this post. The one where I wrote about how competencies in specific tools are already starting to go by the wayside (and will only get worse). Then I think about the short term (and terrifying) consequences of becoming an expert in anything fluid like certain social media tools. Look at […]

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Unlimited Vacation? 8 Benefits (And a Few Pitfalls)

Should you jump on the bandwagon of unlimited vacation? It’s touted as a good way to reward employees without increasing costs. However, it’s not without its pitfalls, says attorney Christina Gomez. The concept of unlimited vacation is very simple: Employees can take vacation, personal, and sick time (anything that would fit into a paid time […]

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How Engagement Produces Higher Profits

Recently on a discussion board at LinkedIn, Information Technology executive Jackie Barretta started a conversation about the connection between highly engaged workers and profits. She asked: “Why does employee engagement lead to higher profitability? Please see my research http://bit.ly/pjuqU4. I think this can help us create stronger organizations. Let me know if you agree or […]

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‘Fire the Slugs’ – That’s Good Turnover

“Fire the slugs,” says management expert Jeff Cortes. That’s good turnover and also it’s good for retention – all of your other employees have been wondering when you would act. “There’s good and bad turnover,” says Cortes, author of the book, No Nonsense Retention, which he characterizes as a collection of no-nonsense ways to retain […]

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