Posts Categorized: Tips for the Workplace

Building a Culture of Performance

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Corporate culture governs the way employees interact and work within the organization.  For prospective employees and managers alike, the want to maintain a healthy work-life balance is becoming even more prevalent.  Therefore, it is no surprise that people find the satisfaction of working for a company with a great culture as important as the job Read more »

Institutional Memory

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Companies work hard to develop what is known as institutional knowledge; ways of doing things, procedures and policies that enable the company to perform effectively. But as hard as the company might work to grow this knowledge, over time, it often decays. Some of it may find its way into company policies and procedures, but Read more »

Onboarding the Right Way

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In the past, orienting a new hire was usually relegated to some lower-level worker in the human resources department, and after that brief introduction to the company, the new employee was on his own. Now, however, things are different because businesses realize the importance of getting new employees up to speed, making them feel welcome Read more »

Write It Right

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Writing is something we all do in a business environment, and as someone once said about common sense, we all feel we are proficient at it because it is such a common activity. But, as with anything else, there is good writing and there is bad writing. Good writing on the whole is simple, clear, Read more »

Never Make a Snap Decision

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You have just been offered what looks to be a great job that may lead to a great career. Should you jump at the opportunity and tell the company right away that you will take the job? Some may believe that is the way to go, but psychologists have found that when you are faced Read more »

Handling Resistance to HR Presentations

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If you work in human resources, and you have to make a presentation to employees or managers, odds are you are giving them information that will lead to a change, a change in how they are thinking or what they are doing. But getting them to change isn’t always easy because, no surprise, most of Read more »

The New Rules of Employee Engagement

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Many companies realize the importance of employee engagement to their success, and a new study has brought that connection home with even more emphasis. The Towers Watson 2012 Global Workforce study, which covered 32,000 employees in 30 countries, showed the strong connection between engaged employees and their performance. But the study also shows that the Read more »

Handling Decision Bias

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Decision making is not an exact science. But making good decisions is important if you are looking for work or even if you already have a job. There are many factors that influence our decisions, many of which we are unaware we have. We try to make our decisions as dispassionately as possible, relying on Read more »

Taking a Vacation ON Vacation: What a Concept!

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Too many people work while on vacation. Checking e-mail, sending e-mail messages/texts or even IMs to the boss or colleagues. Maybe even participating in a “short” conference call. Instead, for your next vacation, why not really take a vacation. As in, not check e-mail, not take phone calls. To not even think about work while Read more »

Courtesy – or the Lack of It – in the Workplace

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Technology has increased business effectiveness and efficiency, but in the area of human interaction, its influence has not been all good. Because technology has led to a decline in face-to-face interaction, there also has been a concurrent decline in polite behavior as well as civility and courtesy in dealing with others. Because this decline can Read more »

A career in construction administration and management can be (and for me has been) one of constant transition. It’s rather common that employment with a given company starts and finishes with each successive project; you’re a new hire as it’s just getting “out of the ground,” then finished and looking for a new project (and Read More…

Greg Wangler, Pentagon Construction Management Division

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