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  • Clocking Out: How to Wrap-Up a Productive Workday [Infographic]
    Nothing ruins a productive workday like rushing around at the last minute. You’ve worked hard all day long, done a lot, and almost reached your daily goals. Then you glance at the clock and realize only 10 minutes remain. A panic sets in and you begin to rush through tasks. You find yourself attempting to finish your to do list without staying late. As a result, mistakes are made and details forgotten. You sacrifice your best work to the constraints of time.... Read More» The post Clocking Out: How to Wrap-Up a Productive Workday [Infographic] appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-07-19By Ron Damon
  • Employee Training: An Business Investment You can Count On
    “Return on investment.” When a business has made an (often significant) investment in an employee training and development program, they want to see tangible results. But what type of results should we measure? Employee training and development is a 'people' investment just as much as it’s a 'cash' investment. The returns from an organization's investment in their people can help improve talent recruitment, increase employee retention and engagement, and perhaps most importantly, contribute to a positive work environment.... Read More» The post Employee Training: An Business Investment You can Count On appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-07-18By Blake Beus
  • Company Values: The Foundation of Effective Hiring
    When it comes to hiring new employees, a bad hire can cost you up to five times the employee’s annual salary. Poor hiring choices set Zappos back $100 million, which is why the company began offering people money to quit. When Amazon bought Zappos, it adopted the “Pay to Quit” policy. Zappos and Amazon want to weed out the employees who are just there for the money—employees who don’t share the company values. Interpersonal skills, values, and cultural fit often are the best predictors of how long an employee will stick around. To find long-term, quality employees, let your company values lead the way.... Read More» The post Company Values: The Foundation of Effective Hiring appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-07-17By Daniel Matthews
  • How the Best Companies Engage Employees [Infographic]
    Business leaders are feeling the effects of the competitive job market. A drop in retention now could mean loss of business and heightened costs from extra hiring initiatives. This means the ability to engage employees is more important to your bottom line than ever before. Battling employee engagement pitfalls within your organization is a major challenge, but you have the power to make an impact.... Read More» The post How the Best Companies Engage Employees [Infographic] appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-07-13By Switch & Shift
  • 11 Pitfalls to Avoid in Difficult Business Communication
    Some people are so disrespectful in their message delivery or unaware of how their actions negatively impact others that it is easy to get distracted by their bad behavior. Focus on the content of their message and try to understand what is important to them. You can do this by asking considerate and thoughtful questions which demonstrate respect for what they have to say. It will also help you to understand their perspective, and not be derailed by their antics. ... Read More» The post 11 Pitfalls to Avoid in Difficult Business Communication appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-07-12By John Stoker
  • How to Inspire Employees to Speak Up and Choose to Lead
    One of the perks as a resource speaker for training is the chance to meet people from different walks of life. I once had a discussion with a parenting coach about our children who where both starting at primary school at that time. I expressed my concern that my child was too timid to excel in school. Surprisingly, the parenting coach blamed me for not pushing my child to be more outspoken. Then I realized parenting is almost like managing a team. Since then, I started using the parenting analogy in my leadership training, teaching leaders to inspire employees.... Read More» The post How to Inspire Employees to Speak Up and Choose to Lead appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-07-11By Jomel Alos
  • Sustainable Excellence: You Need to Huddle Up to Win Big
    Just like anything of lasting impact, huddles require dedication and commitment. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to get everyone bought into the concept. Likewise, you’ll need to experiment with the flow and pace of your huddle to fit your company’s personality. Emphasize that huddles are not being implemented as a flavor of the month program.... Read More» The post Sustainable Excellence: You Need to Huddle Up to Win Big appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-27By Jamey Lutz
  • Recognizing the Six Core Values of Healthy Leaders
    Leaders need to do more than pay attention to results. Healthy leaders hold onto a set of values which ensure that organizational outcomes are not delivered at the expense of their own health and happiness – or of the people in their care.... Read More» The post Recognizing the Six Core Values of Healthy Leaders appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-26By Adam Cairns
  • 9 Fun Ways to Promote Team Bonding this Summer
    And just like that, we've traded our scarves for sunglasses, and switched our Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Unicorn Frappucinos. Summer is officially here... again! While summer creates unique opportunities for team bonding activities, happy hours and Nerf gun battles are not everyone's cup of tea. What constitutes fun varies depending on the unique personalities in your group, but the benefits of disconnecting from work (and connecting with team members) shouldn’t be ignored. So step away from the daily routine, take advantage of the good weather and find something fun to keep the ties between your team members strong! Capitalize on the positive energy that spills over from the experience and find ways to keep the momentum going when you're back in the office! Our friends at the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) are filled with great ideas so we asked them to weigh in on their summer plans. ... Read More» The post 9 Fun Ways to Promote Team Bonding this Summer appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-21By Young Entrepreneur Council
  • Negative Feedback: Turning a Negative into a Positive [Infographic]
    With summer come thoughts of sunny beaches and lazy days filled with sunscreen and exotic, tiny-umbrella-adorned drinks. At least, that’s where our thoughts are. First we have to deal with Mid-Year Performance Reviews. Although reviews are becoming a thing of the past, replaced by more frequent, regular feedback, they remain in widespread use. They also remain a significant source of stress for managers and employees alike. That stress stems primarily from our discomfort expressing and accepting negative feedback.... Read More» The post Negative Feedback: Turning a Negative into a Positive [Infographic] appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-20By Ron Damon
  • EQ: Three Benefits of Emotional Intelligence for Today’s Business Leaders
    Not long ago, promotions went to employees with the most technical expertise. Companies bent over backward to gain specialized industry knowledge, so it made sense to promote based on its merit. But the times, as they say, are a-changin'. At a certain point in history, technical ingenuity began to take a back seat to interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. In fact, a recent study by Harris Poll found that 77 percent of employers believe these “soft skills” are as important as talents directly related to specific job functions.... Read More» The post EQ: Three Benefits of Emotional Intelligence for Today’s Business Leaders appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-19By Shawn Overcast
  • Inspire Uninspired Employees: How to Spark Motivation
    Does it sometimes feel like you're wasting your breath trying to inspire uninspired employees? Managers make their best attempt at coaching employees to harness their own sense of motivation to achieve their personal and professional goals. But many tactics aimed at motivating uninspired employees have one major flaw: they don’t account for the person and the impact emotions, feelings, thoughts, and mindset have on their ability to feel drive. ... Read More» The post Inspire Uninspired Employees: How to Spark Motivation appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-13By Jon Harris
  • The Global Workforce Is Changing with Millennials in Mind
    Four years from now, Millennials will make up half of the global workforce. They were raised in different times and in a different way, and this often leads to misconceptions. Older generations often accuse Millennials of being entitled, less accountable and even lazy. More than 6 out of 10 HR professionals believe that Millennials are “hard to manage” and perhaps even “unprepared for the workplace”. Millennials themselves also seem unhappy, with only 29 percent feeling engaged with their work. As a result, 6 out 10 Millennials leave their companies in less than 3 years at an estimated cost of $20,000 per person to replace. As the Baby Boomer generation retires in the upcoming years, it is critical to understand Millennials’ different working perspectives in order to develop the right HR approach to attract and retain Millennial talent. ... Read More» The post The Global Workforce Is Changing with Millennials in Mind appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-12By Kristof De Wulf and Joeri Van den Bergh
  • How to Strengthen Your Team with Intentional and Open Communication
    I once worked in an office where, at some point along the way, management instituted the policy that creatives shouldn’t communicate directly with managers in charge of client services. Staff managers were interlocutors with whom we creatives communicated with client services. As a result it took hours, and sometimes days, to perform tasks we could have done in minutes. Let’s just say the system was flawed because, without open communication, it created frustration.... Read More» The post How to Strengthen Your Team with Intentional and Open Communication appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-08By Daniel Matthews
  • Work With a Purpose: 10 Ways to Effectively Share Company Goals with Your Employees
    The responsibilities of any business leader include setting company goals and developing plans to reach them. Setting goals, however, is only half the battle. To achieve success, you need your employees to buy into those goals and dedicate themselves to meeting them. You can’t run the business by yourself, but your employees can’t help you if they don’t know what you want to accomplish. So, how do you effectively share company goals with your employees? We asked the experts at the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to weigh in. ... Read More» The post Work With a Purpose: 10 Ways to Effectively Share Company Goals with Your Employees appeared first on Switch & Shift. Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2017-06-07By Young Entrepreneur Council