Month: July 2013

Middle Skills Gap: Why are employers struggling to fill certain positions?

While many Americans are struggling to land a job, open positions all over the country remain unfilled and apparently unfillable. Employers just can’t find enough qualified candidates. So, what’s the solution? Training programs to fill the “middle skills gap.” Read more on how to implement an effective training program.

Work Life Balance: Assessing Non-Family Conflict

Work Life balance doesn’t have to mean juggling job responsibilities and responsibilities to a wife and kids. In the modern era, families and social ties take all different forms. Yet, the discussion of balanced work and personal life has largely excluded non-families- unmarried employees and employees without children. This is a mistake.

What Makes for an Effective Executive Coach?

Executive coaching can turn a good employee into a great manager. When it works well, the added value of improved leadership and decision-making abilities is well worth the financial investment required to hire skilled coaches. However, no one wants to spend time and money on a coaching relationship that doesn’t get results. So, what makes an executive coaching relationship work?

Conscientiousness and Job Performance: Is Conscientiousness Always King?

Studies have told us that conscientiousness and job performance are related with conscientious employees preforming better. But is that true is all cases? Does a conscientious CEO offer as much, in terms of increase performance, as a conscientious check-out clerk? What Shaffer and Postlethwaite found may surprise you.

Workplace Blues: Employees feel stressed, underpaid, and unheard

The first step is solving problems in your workforce is understanding what those problems are. No amount of process improvement, rewards systems, or management support will suffice, without an accurate sense of your company’s climate and employee satisfaction. So, how are your employees feeling? Well, according to the American Psychological Association, they might be unhappy, especially if they are women.

Implementing Creative Ideas at Work

Change dominates the modern business landscape. Business as usual can no longer enough outpace the competition. In all sectors of the global marketplace, creative solutions to complex problems prove critical to success. Unfortunately simply hiring creative employees isn’t enough. The perfect creative solution still requires implementation.

Stretch Goals: Careful Timing Required

We’ve all heard that boredom leads to employee turnover. Conventional wisdom says continuing to challenge your employees over time with difficult assignments and stretch goals is vital to keeping their engagement high. But what challenges are the right challenges? A new study indicates that treating all your employees the same way might be a serious mistake.

Negotiating as a Team or Alone: Which is more effective?

The days of single country business teams are fast falling behind us. In the modern global marketplace most successful companies are multi-national. A negotiating team may consist of members from many countries, or even many continents. So, how does that affect negotiating style? Is negotiating as a team more effective? A new study suggests that based on the culture of the negotiators different tactics are more effective.