Posts Categorized: Tips for the Workplace

Creating an Employee Manual to Minimize HR Nightmares

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Running a business is certainly rewarding, but it can be unpredictable at times. While you can’t see the future, you can safeguard your company against many HR nightmares by creating an employee manual. This compilation of company policies serves as an invaluable point of reference. In fact, it can even protect your organization from lawsuits. Read more »

3 Mistakes to Avoid as a Manager

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Whether you were recently promoted to your first management position or have been holding a supervisory role for years, managing a team can be difficult. While there needs to be an overall congruity within an organization, no two employees are exactly alike. They each have their own personalities, motivators and working styles. It’s the job of a Read more »

Improve Employee Happiness to See Productivity Increase

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When you’ve hired talented workers, it is beyond frustrating when productivity levels are below what they are capable of achieving. It’s easy to assume these individuals are lazy or simply lack the drive to succeed, but there is a good chance that is not the case. There is a direct correlation between the happiness of your Read more »

A Look Back to the Top Blog Posts of 2014

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It’s hard to believe 2015 is just a couple days away!  While we eagerly look ahead to what the next year will bring for the architectural, engineering, and construction communities, we would first like to take a look back at some of our most popular blog content in 2014.  From effective communication tips to advice on Read more »

Wrapping Up 2014…Did You Reach Your Annual Goals?

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With only two weeks to go in December, 2015 is nearly upon us.  If you haven’t already, it’s time to start evaluating the past year.  What were your biggest accomplishments?  Did you meet your annual goals?  How did 2014 rank in comparison to previous years?  These are the questions that you and every other company Read more »

How to Make Your Employees Advocates for Your Organization

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When coached correctly, employees can be the greatest advocates for your organization.  In a time when organizational social media literacy can be a source of a competitive edge, engaging your employees to successfully become ambassadors can easily improve your online reach exponentially. 5 Steps to Empower Employees to Become Brand Advocates on Social Media   1. Identify Read more »

Planning the Night Before Leads to Successful Workdays

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The first few hours of every workday can have a significant impact on the following 6 to 8 hours.  These hours are often spent planning out your day and setting work priorities to increase productivity.  However, imagine how much more productive you could be in these first hours, if all your planning was already done. Read more »

Your Company Success Depends on Effective Employee Communication

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When it comes to employee productivity, effective communication from managers plays a major role in engagement.  When poor communication is a common occurrence, employees become discouraged, disengaged, and your business suffers.  A simple misunderstanding can lead to errors, missed deadlines, arguments, unmotivated employees, and even lawsuits.  In other words, the success of your company depends on Read more »

Developing a Plan to Grow Your Employee’s Responsibilities

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When a new employee starts, do you have a plan for them in a year? How about 5 years?   An important quality of a good manager is the ability and desire to develop employees. Taking a role in their career development shows that you care about your team and have concern for the future of Read more »

Is Your Office Fun? Or are You Wasting Time?

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Is fun a word employees often use to describe your office culture? Does your staff actually like waking up to come to work everyday?  If not, you could be wasting valuable time.  Happy employees greatly outperform unhappy employees, and the best way to keep employees happy (aside from pay increases and benefits) is to foster Read more »

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