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Keeping Your Remote Workers Off the Island

In the movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks’ character gets marooned on a deserted island and his only friend is a volleyball named Wilson. For some employees who regularly work remotely, this scenario may hit a little too close to home.  As it turns out, managers have to work a little harder to make their remote team members feel engaged. If you read a recent report by CyberLink, you might think the blo

October 11, 2017

Juicing Your Team: Creating A High-Performance Cu...

There is something special about a large organization operating at its peak, every part humming in sync, contributing to the cause. Whether it is a sports team poised to make a championship run or a business innovating and making an impact in their field, we’ve identified three characteristics of high-performance cultures- all of which can be obtained, though it may not be easy. THE TEAM, THE T

October 4, 2017

Always Be Motivating: Best Practices for the Agil...

Motivating your team is a problem as old as business itself, made that much more complicated by individual personalities and even the generational traits of your staff. There is no one-step answer to keeping your team in the fast lane to success. As cohesive as your team may be, it is still comprised of individuals. As the late comedian Bill Hicks said, “There is no ‘I’ in team. There is, howev

September 27, 2017

Rewarding Your Team in an Agile Workplace

“Celebrate the little victories” seems like solid advice for everyone, but it is particularly critical in an agile work environment. We’ve covered the philosophy of agile in previous blogs, but if you missed them, here they are: AGILE Part 1 AGILE Part 2

September 20, 2017

The ROI of On-The-Spot Rewards

It’s human nature. People want to feel appreciated. They want to feel connected with something bigger than them and know that they are contributing to that big thing’s success. As a manager, one of the most important elements of your job description is to keep your staff engaged, productive, and encouraged. The good news here is that providing your people with enough positive feedback to feel a

September 13, 2017

Keys to Managing Chaos in the Workplace

Some workplaces are just chaotic. It turns out there is such a thing as productive chaos, but many times the turmoil in a work environment is self-inflicted. Your job as a manager is to recognize when “productive” chaos may be turning the corner. Anna Cork is Chief Human Resources Officer for Xceleration and its sister company Technekes, focusing on organizational development, training and recr

September 6, 2017

Managing A Multi-Generational Workplace

Being a manager isn’t easy.  You don’t need us to tell you that. In addition to managing different personalities, now each employee comes with the unique characteristics of their own generation- and if you have just begun to embrace how to manage Millennials, just wait. The next generation, Generation Z, is on deck. Managing a multi-general workforce isn’t as daunting as it seems, but it doe

August 30, 2017

The Agile Workplace: The Top 3 Tools That Make It...

A conversion to an agile work environment isn’t quite as simple as declaring it to be so and letting everyone work from home. As we’ve written in parts one and two of this series, an agile workflow means attacking projects in small chunks and celebrating little victories.  The idea is your team can “fail faster,” determining what will work and what won’t as you go. This avoids a scenario where

August 23, 2017

Agile: Is Your Team Ready?

From its origins during the Silicon Valley tech boom to its recent rise as a business buzz-word, the agile workplace is finding its place among the top trends in corporate work environments. Some companies are attracted to the idea of completing large projects in little chunks. New talent gravitates to the “loose” atmosphere that allows employees to clock in from remote locations, and offers pe

August 16, 2017

The Agile Workplace: What You Must Know Before Yo...

Agile. The word started popping up in business publications towards the end of 2016, and it’s developed into much more than a buzzword, featured in blogs and articles focusing on both employees and their employers- but what does “agile” really mean for you and your business today? The idea of an “agile” workplace was born in Silicon Valley and actually dates back to the late 1990’s when tech

August 8, 2017

Developing a formal and effective employee retent...

As the global economy strengthens, businesses today are experiencing increased pressure to retain employees. People are becoming more comfortable leaving a company they are not completely satisfied with and seeking employment elsewhere. Over the past few years, the unemployment rate has remained relatively steady at approximately 5 percent. For some industries, however, that number is even less.

February 9, 2016

How workplace entertainment can facilitate employ...

Most people spend the majority of their week at work, so it is important that they generally enjoy the environment. There are many factors that contribute to an employee's level of job satisfaction, such as the relationship they have with their coworkers, how and when they are recognized by mangers and the types of perks and benefits offered to them. All of these can influence a business's retenti

February 6, 2016