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3 Pro Tips to Creating a Successful Career Plan
3 Pro Tips to Creating a Successful Career Plan

Only 37 percent of American workers expect to retire by the time they turn 65. Consequently, most of us expect to have exceptionally long careers. Whether you are one of the few looking to retire by age 65, or a member of the uncertain majority, having a career plan is a vital tool to put…

How to Deal with Customer Complaints in 7 Easy Steps
How to Deal with Customer Complaints in 7 Easy Steps

Handling customer complaints can be a drag. But there’s good news. More than half of the time, those customers will do business with you again if you work with them to solve the problem. In fact, if you respond quickly to clear up the issue, nearly all customers will come back to you. In the…

4 Benefits of a Shorter Work Week
4 Benefits of a Shorter Work Week

Did you know that working less can actually make your organization more productive? According to an Ohio University study, a shorter work week can boost productivity in the workplace. In fact, the study claims that workers were 64 percent more productive simply by shortening the work week. While a shorter work week is one of the ways…

5 Ways to Break Into Management Like a Boss
5 Ways to Break Into Management Like a Boss

Working in a corporate office can make you wonder what it’s going to take to get noticed, get promoted and pull off a professional B&E into the management suite. You have the necessary years of experience. Furthermore, you know how things work in your company and have a good rapport with your colleagues. Most of…

5 Tips for Creating a More Enjoyable Workplace
5 Tips for Creating a More Enjoyable Workplace

Companies that champion a “work hard, play hard” mentality benefit from increased employee productivity. After all, no one likes feeling miserable when they head into the office for the day. Even if you work from home, a drab day can drag down your overall productivity and drastically affect your performance and career in the long run. If…

4 Steps to Clearing Your Office Clutter
4 Steps to Clearing Your Office Clutter

A messy office or work space is more than just an eyesore. It can also damage your professional reputation. An OfficeMax study found that 40 percent of employees assume messy coworkers must also be lacking in other professional aspects. Furthermore, 13 percent of people had lower overall opinions of their messy colleagues. In addition to judgment from…

Know Your Team: Leveraging Employee Personality Types
Know Your Team: Leveraging Employee Personality Types

Identifying the different personality types on your team empowers you to lead your team to heightened productivity. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) identifies 16 personality types based on a combination of four personal preferences. Here are the four personal preferences along with tips to best leverage personality types. 4 Personality Types 1. Introversion vs. Extroversion: Interacting with the…

6 Techniques for Team Building Success
6 Techniques for Team Building Success

Michael Jordan was once quoted saying, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Effective team building is just as important to success in your office as it is on the hardwood. So while obtaining the top talent will always remain a priority, understanding how to build and shape the team you have into…

5 Ways to Increase Employee Productivity
5 Ways to Increase Employee Productivity

Employee engagement remains one of the primary factors that help determine workplace productivity and, ultimately, the success of a business. Unfortunately, less than 50 percent of  Americans are engaged by their work. While this number has risen over the past few years, there still exists a need to find ways increase overall employee productivity. Employee engagement refers…

5 Powerful Techniques to Overcome Job Burnout
5 Powerful Techniques to Overcome Job Burnout

Job burnout is characterized by constant overwhelming stress associated with work. Burnout can be triggered by a chaotic schedule, unchallenging activities or simply too much work. It also can be exasperated by the stress of the holidays. No matter what the reason for job burnout, the ongoing stress can take a serious toll on your…