10 most unusual workplace gifts this season

Now that the (holiday) dust has settled, what did you get for Christmas? CareerBuilder asked more than 5,300 managers and employees to name the most unusual gifts they've received from a co-worker. Here are the 10 most unusual workplace gifts (if you can call them that): A box of Hot Pockets. A chess piece (that’s right, one chess piece). A fire extinguisher (maybe they are trying … [Read more...]

Anyone can complain – but anyone can innovate, too

Anyone can complain. And for the most part, they do. But anyone can innovate, too. Good managers strive to create the environment - and the opportunities - so that any employee in most any position can play the role of a problem-solving innovator. It's far more doable than you might think. Here are some thoughts on how to make that happen. Things don’t always happen for a (good) … [Read more...]

Resolve to engage your staff in 2015

If you want to give your career  and your employer (or your own business) a major boost in 2015, then you might resolve to engage your staff in 2015. It really can do wonders. Employee engagement at its simplest is the extent to which people feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and make their best discretionary efforts time after time. What’s not to like … [Read more...]

The Danes love their jobs! Why is that?

There is a reason why Denmark usually wins the honor of  "happiest country on the planet," says writer Alexander Kjerulf. Danes aren't just happy at home. They love their jobs, too! It a mostly different story in the U.S. A Gallup poll found that 1 in 5 Americans feel emotionally disconnected from work and 70% said they were not reaching their full potential. Home life? We won’t even … [Read more...]

Respect: The leadership quality that rises above the rest

Is there one leadership quality that rises above the rest? A fascinating examination of that very question, done by the Harvard Business Review, answers with an unequivocal “yes!” Respect. Or, to quote a phrase, R-E-S-P-E-C-T. No other leadership quality had a bigger effect on employees than respect. Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and … [Read more...]

Stop hiring stupid people — in one easy step

Hiring people may be the most important a manager does. Every new hire changes an organization. If the new employee is better than – or has the potential to be better than – half the people already doing this job, your organization just got better. Yet organizations repeatedly hire people who are in the bottom 50% of employees the minute they walk in the door. That brings everything … [Read more...]

Managing talented people: Why being smart isn’t enough

One of the best things that can happen to a manager is having the opportunity to hire someone smarter, more talented and more accomplished than you. Now, why does managing talented people seem so terrifying? Successful leaders know - or should know - that hiring talented people is like winning the lottery. You gain an employee whose abilities could be that proverbial high tide, raising all … [Read more...]

When is being a jerk a legally protected activity?

Let’s concede right off the bat that any of us can be guilty of being a jerk at one point or another. In a moment of frustration, you descend to the cellar of human nature and flip the switch to jerk-dom. (Think morning traffic commute.) It happens, if ever so briefly. So you recognize it, fix it, and move on. But then there are those who seem committed to staying a jerk … [Read more...]

Top 5 reasons new hires say they quit their jobs

A study by software company BambooHR found that one in three people have quit a job within the first six months. The firm surveyed 1,005 U.S. employees over the age of 24 to learn if they’d quit a job, why they quit, and what which onboarding efforts might have kept them around longer. Here are the top five reasons U.S. workers gave for leaving new jobs: Bad career move: They were … [Read more...]

How long must you keep a red grouper fish? Ask your CPA

It’s good advice for companies to keep tax records for 7 years, internal audits for 6 and bank deposit slips for 3. So then, how long do you keep a red grouper fish? Hint: It's species Epinephelus morio? That may seem amusing, but it's no joke to small-time commercial fisherman John L. Yates, who may one day set the record for the most arcane, real-life, record-keeping-and-retention … [Read more...]