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What Would Historians Think About Your Culture of Engagement?

Employee Engagment

Last month, Boston historians and conservators discovered that there is a time capsule hidden in the head of a 113-year-old lion sculpture, which has sat atop the Old State House. A 1901 Boston Globe article hinted that the capsule existed, and might contain photographs, autographs, newspaper clippings, and sealed letters from prominent Bostonians inside. Looking around my office, I started wondering what would people say about my workplace’s culture 100 years from now if I were to make a time capsule today? More importantly, what would I want them to say?

Employee Onboarding—It Starts with Goal Setting

Employee Onboarding

“The time required to onboard new sales hires has increased 32 percent in the last 10 years. This means that if you could count on a rep to [return your investment] in 9 months, it now takes a full extra quarter for that to happen,” according to an article. Why are these statistics so high? Most likely it is because the employee onboarding process is broken. Here are four tips to better onboard your employees, according to

5 Awful HR Strategies to Avoid

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If you feel like your human resources department is falling behind, then it’s time to make some changes for the new year. You could be guilty of following HR strategies that are only bringing your company down. Here’s five of the worst, and what you should be doing instead:

Paycheck Employees, Hating on HR & Virtual Team Building: What’s Hot in HR

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Coaching Employees When They Don’t Want to Be Coached

Coaching Employees

Every effective manager knows that coaching employees is one of the most important tasks on the job-description list, but sometimes, employees are reluctant to accept coaching. Maybe they’re a high performing employee who thinks they don’t need additional coaching, or maybe an employee who has experienced bad or ineffective coaching in the past. Maybe the employee is passive, putting off meetings or appearing open to coaching opportunities but never changing their behavior. Perhaps they’re upfront and direct about their non-existent desire for help. Whatever the case may be, it is important to find the root of the problem, and convince the employee that training will be beneficial for everyone involved. The Harvard Business Review offers some do’s and don’ts to assist in employee coaching.

5 Tips for First-Time Leadership

Leadership Tips

Being the new guy or gal in any situation is always hard (unless you’re in a sports-themed Disney movie, in which case it’s the only way your team will go to state).It’s intimidating, for one, and it’s likely others won’t trust you at first. This is especially true of people placed in team leadership positions for the first time. According to an article in the Harvard Business Review, there are five tips to improve your management skills and help you better transition and become a more effective in your first-time team leadership position.

4 Tips to Get What You Want in the Workplace

High-Potential Employees

The British philosopher Jagger once said, “You can’t always get what you want.” But what if you could? According to an article in Fast Company, there are four tips and principles to achieving your goals. That could be in regard to a promotion in the workplace, perhaps, because of the numerous high-potential employees you recently hired. Then again, maybe all you really want is a shiny new car. Of course, these are two specific examples, and are applicable to almost any aspect of the workplace.

10 Interview Tips for Recent College Grads

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Guest blog: Abbey Perkins

If you’re a recent college grad who’s just entering the job market, you can't rely on impressive work history or significant professional experience to get your foot in the door. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Companies like hiring young people. They have new ideas, new perspectives, and, most importantly, potential. The key? Figuring out how to sell that potential.

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Job Fit: The Power of the Right Person

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The One Skill That Will Make You Better at Managing a Sales Force

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Sales strategy professor Steve W. Martin estimates that 70 percent of salespeople are born with natural skills and instincts that make them great at their jobs. While most sales managers would agree with this, it is easy to fall into the trap of using statistics such as these as an excuse to treat your entire sales force the same. Yes, your salespeople more than likely have innate traits that make them great prospectors, cold callers, and relationship builders. But the difference between managing a good sales force and managing a great sales force is in the subtleties.

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