Brian Tracy's latest book, Full Engagement, focuses on the need of today's businesses to do more with fewer resources. This conversation with Brian Tracy discusses how businesses can accomplish that end.
Is gender uniformity holding your company back? Do you have too many men or too many women controlling decisions and the direction your company moves? If so, the lack of gender diversity could be keeping your company all it should. Here's why.
Is your company wasting time and energy with annual performance appraisals? Unfortunately, they just don't work, says one author. Read this excerpt to learn strategies that promote teamwork and empower your workers.
Whatever change your organization is trying to implement, knowing about and working through the necessary steps will go a long way to making your change initiative a success. Here is a six-step model for making a successful change transition.
Money may attract people to the front door, but something else keeps them from going out the back. That "something," more often than not, is feeling appreciated by their employer.
One of the most common difficulties companies face in strategic planning is turning their vision into a reality. To transform your organization into the one you envision takes more than great strategy and implementation.
In climbing the corporate ladder, one of the most powerful allies to have on your side is your Human Resources department. To keep the alliance strong and working to your benefit, here are ten things you should NOT do.
Creating teamwork is a challenging process, and not all groups work as a team. Here are 12 tips you can follow to build a winning team in your company.
Great champions have one thing in common: They know how to work as a team. The ABCs of Building a Business Team That Wins offers a set of simple, powerful rules to govern the internal behaviors of businesses and other groups. Read an excerpt from Chapter One here.
Successful management depends on working as a team. To attain that goal and keep the team strong, you must employ motivation, affirmation, inspiration and action. Read these four steps to keeping your management effective.
Is your memory not what it used to be? Having a sharp recall can be as simple as finding ways to help jog your memory throughout the day. Here are 10 quick ideas.
Here are 33 traditional and voguish beliefs that, on the basis of their research, the authors of The Enthusiastic Employee say have little or no basis in reality. These beliefs, covering a variety of areas, are widespread and, when applied to the typical employee and work situation, are wrong.
Learn the difference between Just Cause and Employment-At-Will
Where will innovative new ideas come from? How will they get to market? How must corporate America change to create and profit from technology? That's the subject of Open Innovation.
What is open innovation? How should we be taking advantage of it? Read more in this excerpt from the book, Innovation, Bringing Good Ideas to Market.
Businesses that have a distinctive name, mark, slogan or logo beware: you may already be a victim of a cyberpirate or cybersquatter and not know it.
OSHA provides standards for personal protective equipment needed for hazardous jobs. Do you know what you are required to provide for your employees?
Returning to a storm-damaged home is bad enough, but don’t be a victim twice when seeking contractor services to rebuild. Get tips here for choosing a contractor.
Paid time off, such as Labor Day holiday, is a benefit nearly all employees in America receive. Here, in results from a survey conducted last month, are the average number of paid days off based on length of employment.
American veterans have a strong entrepreneurial sprit, according to a study released by the SBA Office of Advocacy. The study shows that 22 percent of veterans are either purchasing or starting a new business, or considering it.
Starting May 21, 2009, most Federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to start using the E-Verify system to verify that their employees are legally allowed to work in the US. Find out how this new requirement will affect your business.
Nearly all businesses struggle with turnover and productivity, especially with their entry-level employees. Now, three new studies from the Families and Work Institute reveal the keys to retaining that group of workers and helping them be more productive on the job.
Research indicates that more people are caring for aging relatives, and that this often affects employee productivity. Employee expectations regarding elder care benefits have increased, and, as a result, most organizations expect costs for these benefits to increase in the next five years.
Can your employee sue you because he doesn't like the way his 401(k) retirement account is performing? Because of a recent Supreme Court ruling, exactly that may happen to some employers. Find out what the implications of this case are and get tips for protecting yourself.
The one year anniversary of the tragic events on September 11, 2001 will generate a roller coaster of emotions most of us are unprepared to deal with. Here are some suggestions for coping in your own workplace.
The Society for Human Resources reports that over half of HR professionals are at least somewhat concerned about workplace violence, according to a recent survey. And increasingly, employers are using background checks to help ensure workplace safety.
The cost of providing healthcare to employees is becoming an ever bigger burden for small employers, and many are asking employees to foot bigger and bigger portions of the bill. One option some companies have found for reducing the bite is the use of flexible benefit plans, known as cafeteria plans. Here's why.
The recent highs and lows of Internet business has created a whole new set of challenges for investors who want to select ventures that are moneymakers. What specifics are venture capitalists, corporate investors and angel investors looking for?
The concept of client value requires a bit of guessing and new thinking. Find out why it should be important to your business and how you can go about calculating it.
America’s smallest firms bear the largest per employee burden of federal regulatory compliance costs, according to a recent study released by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
There is an alarming crisis in America that could affect your corporation, agency or association -- a diminishing ability to survive. Downsizing and reengineering have not only cut out the fat, but also the employees that were once the lifeblood of your organization. Take the opportunity to flourish by paying your employees more than money!
This "how to" guide from the Stress Doc highlights key questions and concepts as well as intervention strategies for understanding and responding supportively to individuals grappling with post-traumatic effects after Tuesday's "Day of Terror."
Without a score card, we experience the current economic news as an onslaught of sky-is-falling doom and impending catastrophe. Yet much of the disturbing news may actually represent positive trends, and some of the encouraging developments may hold dark linings.
By commercializing “natural plastics” made from renewable resources such as corn sugar, the innovative small firm Metabolix, Inc., based in Cambridge, Mass. is helping to improve environmental quality using a market-based approach.
For the first time in history, corporations are laying off Americans from well-paying jobs and replacing them with low-paid foreign workers. A recent study revealed that 14 million American jobs are now at risk of being outsourced overseas. Read more in this excerpt from Chapter 1 of Exporting America by world renowned journalist Lou Dobbs.
At the end of January, 2008, President Bush signed a law that among other things, makes changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Here's what you need to know about the 2008 FMLA changes.
The new Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 recently went into effect. Find out how GINA applies to your business and what you need to do to be in compliance.
The US Air Force wants to place $1 billion in contracting dollars with women-owned businesses. Start here to see how you can tap into this opportunity.
Older workers have gotten a bad reputation as being more costly and less productive than younger employees. But with a worker shortage forecast for the near future, many employers are reconsidering the value of seniors in their workplaces. Here are six benefits older employees bring to the workplace.
More companies are planning holiday parties for their staff this year than last, leaving more managers and business owners worried about the fallout from employees who don't exert proper self-control. Here are some important tips for making sure your party is a safe event.
Have you ever wished there were just one business improvement model that would help improve performance in every aspect of your organization -- a unifying strategy from top to bottom? Well there is. And you can put it to work for you for free.
The pursuit of "WOW" means that Innovation must not be a department, it must be a principle that permeates the whole of an organization and the people who work for it. Read what Shaun Smith and Andy Milligan, authors of Bold: How to be brave in business and win, have to say about innovation.
High tech businesses, as with most, bring with them a certain degree of risk. What you may not know is that a standard commercial insurance policy won't cover you for many types of damage unique to IT companies. Find out how to reduce your exposure and insure yourself for the rest!
Why should your growing business be concerned about ISO? For starters, because it can boost business.
Job procedures? Customers? Technologies? How much of your business knowledge is inside your employees' heads? What will you do if they leave?
Whether a fledgling Internet startup or an extension of a brick and mortar store, successful ecommerce sites all have one thing in common. In his latest column, Rob Spiegel takes a look at this trend among small business dot coms.
Unpaid overtime to workers who have been misclassified as exempt employees is a ticking financial time bomb just waiting to explode in the face of employers. Is your company at risk?
How important are benefits to employees? And which ones are most desirable? Read this report and find out!
Building on the broad reorganizational strategies as outlined in Part I, the final segment examines five strategies for the work team as nucleus for grappling positively with disruptive change.
Whether burned by the recent scandals or involved in a reduction in force, we still have employees hurting during this turbulent transition. Part I of this two-part series focuses on five micro and macro reorganizational strategies.
Romance in the workplace is nothing new, and neither are the problems that can result. But not all workplace romances cause problems, and in many cases they actually improve productivity and morale. So how should your business handle this touchy subject? Here are some guidelines to consider.
With the new overtime exemption regulations going into effect on August 23, your existing staff will be more aware of the criteria for an "exempt" position. Your IT staff is exempt, right? Better check these criteria to be sure.
While no one knows when the threat of terrorism will end, one fact is indisputable: the out-of-control emotions of our employees will have an impact on our organizations. How can business leaders lead in the wake of this situation?
Paid time off, such as this week's Labor Day holiday, is a benefit nearly all employees in America receive. Here, in results from a survey conducted last month, are the average number of paid days off based on length of employment.
Corporate profits are improving and layoffs are slowing. Economists appear pleased, but many of your friends are still looking for work. If the economy is improving, where are the jobs?
Retaining employees and motivating them to perform their best is a constant challenge for small businesses. These simple, low-cost motivation techniques can reduce turnover and energize your staff.
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