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Why conflict beats collaboration
www.informationweek.com

Companies that shy away from conflict and aim to create safe spaces for brainstorming are unlikely to generate big ideas, writes Kate Vitasek. The aim should be to critically test ideas and adopt the best ones, not to come up with concepts everyone can agree with, Vitasek explains. “Collaboration is great, but applying too much […]

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5 ways to make HSAs more successful
www.benefitspro.com

Health savings account turn 10. To celebrate, here are five considerations for making HSA plans successful for your clients and their employees.

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Creating employee engagement through culture and job design
leadchangegroup.com

In a refreshing interview, CEO Jim Franklin shares his company’s views on employee engagement. SendGrid’s approach to job design is both exhilarating and interesting.

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Hiring employees on a zero budget
www.payscale.com

One of the hardest things to overcome when you are attempting to hire employees is doing so with no budget.

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The 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Team Every Week
www.firmology.com

I am not a mind reader, but I’ve tried playing one at work. I think we all have. I used to imagine that I could peer into the silent void of a discussion with an employee and their thoughts and feelings.

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Why Your Employees Are Leaving You, And How To Stop Them
www.forbes.com

You want employees who are thrilled to show up at the office every day. But recent research tells a different story. In fact, a full 70 percent of employees are disengaged in the workplace, according to Gallup. This means we can expect seven in 10 workers at any given company.

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Shape 2014 with an effective year-end employee message
smartblogs.com

The holiday season offers the perfect opportunity for bosses to share thoughts on the company’s successes and direction, writes Linda Beheler. Such communications should thank employees and tell them to have a good end-of-year break. “Some employees feel they need permission to enjoy a holiday or even take time off. Others see it as proof […]

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Planning your 2014 Raises
www.payscale.com

Improving a pay-for-performance strategy can reduce the number of difficult compensation decisions, Tess Taylor writes. Her advice includes compiling information on existing-employee salaries, surveying employees about salary needs and setting goals that can be measured and evaluated.

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4 Ways to Keep Seasonal Employees Engaged
www.entrepreneur.com

Whether for the holidays or the summer, we often need to hire extra help. Here’s how to get the most out of the seasonal workers.

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4 ways to influence people with honor
www.linkedin.com

To influence others effectively, you need to remember that you’re always being watched, writes Douglas Conant, chairman of Avon Products. People constantly monitor and judge your actions, so if you behave with honor and respect in your dealings with others, you’re more likely to win influence over those around you. “Honor others with your attention […]

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Could pay bonuses lead to more diversity at the top?
management.fortune.cnn.com

One reason why so few women and minorities reach senior jobs is a lack of financial incentives for their bosses, a new study suggests.

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How To Eliminate Performance Reviews In Your Organization
www.forbes.com

Performance reviews dont work. They are disliked by managers and employees alike. They are usually poorly written and disappear as soon as they are completed. Everyone knows this but most are not going to admit it. So why do organizations still use them?

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Why it’s smart to recruit top talent from other industries
blog.talentmgt.com

Don’t exclude job candidates from other industries, as they can be talented workers who have a great work ethic and who are savvy networkers, writes Matt Tovrog of Bell Oaks Executive Search. “Hear them out; you might be surprised at how they can take their previous or current job and use it as a springboard […]

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45 Productivity Tips for Extremely Busy People
www.thedailymuse.com

Not sure how you’ll ever get everything done? Use these tips to streamline your life and open up more time for other things.

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