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The Top 10 Mistakes Bosses Make
Mistakes managers make managing people tend to fall into a similar pattern - all bad. Here are ten common mistakes that managers should avoid.
10 Things You Should Never Tell HR
Are there topics that you shouldn't discuss and information that you don't want to share with your HR staff? You bet. Here are ten to avoid.
Beyond Hiring and Firing: What is HR Management?
Want to know what Human Resources management is? Learn also what HR staff are responsible for doing and contributing in an organization.
Fun Question Ice Breakers
Looking for laughter generating fun and funny ice breakers to help create a relaxed environment in your meetings? This resource will serve your need.
The 10 Best Ice Breakers for Any Work Event
Want to try ice breaker activities to jump start your meetings, training classes and team building sessions? These ten ice breaker activities will help.
The 12 Best Questions Employers Can Ask During...
Want to know my best interview questions for employers to ask applicants in a job interview? These are some of my favorite interview questions and why.
How to Know If You Have a Hostile Work...
What makes a work environment hostile? Legal requirements exist. They don't help employees with bad bosses, bullying or disrespect. Here are guidelines.
Best Dress Code for a Business Casual Workplace
Need a dress code for a business casual workplace? This sample dress code gives you a format for describing your expectations for business attire at work.
10 Tips for Dealing With Difficult People at Work
Difficult people exist in every workplace. They have one thing in common. You must address them. These tips will help you deal with difficult coworkers.
15 Great Team-Building Exercises
Want team building activities to easily and cost-effectively offer at work? You can use these 15 exercises daily in your workplace - or not too far away.
Want to Build Successful Teams? Use These 12...
Need tips that will make your team building and teamwork rock? These 12 tips are the keys to creating effective, productive teams. Check them out.
10 More Tips for Dealing With Difficult People...
Want tips for dealing with difficult coworkers? They do exist at work and the better you get at dealing with them, the happier you'll be. Learn how.
Learn How to Write a Termination Letter with...
Need a sample termination letter? It confirms the details of an employee's firing and summarizes the information that the now former employee needs to know.
My Best One Word Ice Breaker
This is the most simple, yet effective, ice breaker that I have ever used. It is endlessly adaptable for any meeting or training session. Learn more.
HR Tips: How to Write a Candidate Rejection...
Looking for a sample candidate rejection letter? Your candidates appreciate receiving official notifications. Use this simple rejection letter to reply.
A Rejection Letter for Applicants Who Won't Get...
Need an applicant rejection letter for your applicants who don't qualify for a first interview or phone screen? Here's an example.
Here's a Great Team Building Ice Breaker for...
Need a no-fail team building ice breaker? I've used this icebreaker so long I don't remember the source. It's fast, easy, fun, and successful. Try it out.
What Does a Human Resources Manager Do, Anyway?
Interested in what HR managers, generalists and directors do? Here's information about their new and changing roles. Perhaps HR is the career for you?
10 Tips to Improve Teamwork in Your Office
Have you wondered how some work groups exhibit effective teamwork and others remain dysfunctional for the life of the team? Find 10 keys to successful teams.
What, Exactly, Is the Human Resources...
Need to know what an HRIS can do for your HR office and services? Here's a quick summary and additional information to help you begin the selection process.
Need a Sample Termination Letter to Fire an...
Need sample termination letters for your workplace? These letters provide guidance and an example for a variety of terminations. Take a look at the samples.
How to Tell Your Boss You're Ready to Retire
Need a sample retirement letter to notify your employer of your expected retirement? Your employer appreciates an official letter for your personnel file.
What Is Human Resource Development?
Need to know more about Human Resource Development (HRD)? It's the overall umbrella for how you help employees continue to grow and develop their skills.
Write a Post-Interview Rejection Letter With...
Are you looking for a way to reject job candidates who won't be invited back following their first interview? This is a sample job rejection letter.
What Are the Job Duties of an HR Manager?
Interested in what a Human Resources manager does? This sample job description for an HR manager provides a comprehensive list of the responsibilities.
How to Write a Proper Job Offer Letter
Need a free, sample job offer letter that is suitable for most employee job offers? Your candidates appreciate the job offer terms spelled out. See the sample.
Need to Write a Resignation Letter? Here's a...
Need a resignation letter example that covers personal reasons for resigning from your job? Here's a sample letter that you can modify to suit your needs.
Increasing a Worker's Salary? Here's a Sample...
Need a sample salary increase letter? The letter confirms the manager's compensation discussion and documents the salary increase for the personnel file.
What Is a Non-Exempt Employee?
Know what differentiates a nonexempt employee from an exempt employee in the workplace? Find out.
Do You Have the One Thing All Employers Are...
Want to understand the full implications of integrity in the workplace? Integrity forms the foundation for all relationships and teams.
Open Your Next Meeting with One of These Great...
Ice breaker questions make a great opening for meetings at work. Focus the discussion question on the meeting's topic. Here are sample questions to use.
What Does a Chief Executive Officer Do?
What does a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) do? He or she is the highest ranking executive manager in a corporation or organization. Learn more.
Important Interview Questions to Ask Management...
Need job interview questions that you can use to assess your candidate's skills and experience in management and leadership of employees? Here are samples.
Use These Sample Policies in Your Workplace
Looking for sample policies, checklists, procedures, and forms to use in your Human Resources processes and programs? Here's a comprehensive resource.
Write a Formal Employee Reprimand Letter with...
Do you need a sample employee reprimand letter to use as a guide when you write your own? This sample discusses an employee's poor performance.
Let Applicants Down Easy with These Sample...
Want to professionally, thoughtfully, and kindly reject job applicants? Use these sample rejection letters as a guide. Take a look for useful samples.
Are Your Finances Protected Against Sudden...
Need to understand long term disability insurance? It's a preferred benefit for employees that ensures income during extended illness. Find out more.
How to Assess Performance With a 360 Review
Need a structure for your 360 review process? You need to organize the manner in which you receive feedback. These sample questions will help.
What Is Business Attire?
Business attire standards have changed, but how you dress must suit your work environment and your company's dress code. Learn more about business attire.
Welcome a New Employee With an Introduction...
Want to welcome your new employee to the team? You can use this sample new employee introduction to tell your employees about their new coworker.
Why Is Job Analysis So Important?
Need to know how to do a job analysis? If you're writing job descriptions, you do. Learn more about the job analysis.
Understanding Paid Holidays in the U.S.
Need information about paid holidays? What are the usual employer paid holidays? Find out when they are scheduled and how prevalent they are.
10 Ways to Find the Right Person for the Job
Need tips for hiring an employee? Hiring the right employee enhances your work culture and pays you back a thousand times over. These 10 steps are key.
Termination: Everything You Need to Know About...
Interested in employment termination? Employees land in hot water for many reasons, but, termination is a serious action that requires a documented process.
10 Ways to Make Performance Reviews More...
Want to make your performance reviews more effective? If you incorporate these best practice tips, you will encourage employee development. Find out how.
How to (Gently) Reject a Job Applicant
Job applicants who are not selected for an interview deserve a rejection letter. Here is a sample job applicant rejection letter.
How to Reject a Job Applicant You Really Like
Do you need a sample job rejection letter? This sample job rejection letter is for candidates who interviewed with your organization twice.
Everything Legal You Need to Know About Holiday...
The end of the year is a good time to review your company's holiday pay practices. This article answers common questions regarding holiday pay issues.
How to Glean Valuable Info From Employee Exit...
Want sample exit interview questions? You can get feedback from an employee who has resigned about what your organization can improve. Use these questions to ensure success. Page 2.
Next Time You Interview Job Candidates, Try...
Need interview questions in helping you select the most qualified employees? These sample job interview questions help you select the best.
What Does a Human Resources Generalist Do,...
Need a sample HR Generalist job description that will tell you the essential functions of the job? Find key objectives and experience required, too.
Writing Applicant Rejection Letters? These...
Do you need sample applicant rejection letters? Here are sample rejection letters for the applicants who did not get the job.
Writing Application Rejection Letters? These...
Need a sample rejection letter to send to unsuccessful applicants for your jobs? Here is a standard rejection letter for applicants you choose not to interview.
How to Tell Your Boss You're Resigning
Want to know how to resign from your job in a way that ensures positive relationships in the future? You can professionally resign without burining bridges.
Top 10 Reasons to Quit Your Job
Increasingly unhappy about your job? If so, it may be time for you to quit. Take a look at these 10 best reasons to decide whether it's time to resign.
How to Deal With a Bully at Work
Need to deal with a bully at work? You have lots of company. 54 million Americans, 37% of the workforce, have been bullied at work. Here's what to do.
6 Job Responsibilities of a Manager
Are you familiar with the role of a manager in an organization? It's a significant role because the manager leads and directs the work of employees.
How Great Managers Motivate Their Employees
The reality, when you talk about employee motivation, is that employees are motivated. Learn how managers can tap into their employees' existing motivation.
Want to Ask for a Raise? Follow These Steps
Do you want to make more money for your job? If so, you need to know how to ask for a pay raise. Follow these steps for your best chance for a raise.
Found the Right Candidate? Use This Letter to...
Need a simple employment offer letter that will serve the needs of the majority of your job offers? This simple, sample letter fits the bill.
How to Spot a Workplace Conflict of Interest
Need to understand what a conflict of interest at work entails? Here's a definition and see examples of potential workplace conflicts of interest.
What Is Performance Management?
Want to understand performance management? It encompasses helping make an employee's time at work productive and successful from hire to retire. Learn more.
A Detailed Job Description for Human Resources...
Want to know what an HR recruiter does? Here's an HR recruiter job description that tells you in detail about the job and what the employee contributes.
Top Tips for Dealing with a Difficult Boss
Want tips about dealing with a bad boss? Some don't realize that they are a bad boss. Others revel in badness. Find out how to deal with your bad boss.
Sample Human Resources Assistant Job Description
Need a free, comprehensive, sample job description for a Human Resources Assistant? You can customize this sample job description for your company needs.
How to Write an Effective Job Description
Need to know what's needed for an effective job description? They define an employee's role and responsibilities and provide clear direction.
What Goes on in a Human Resource Department?
Want to know what a Human Resources department is and what the department does? Here's the information you need.
How to Communicate Difficult Messages Effectively
Know how to hold difficult conversations during performance reviews and stressful meetings? 10 phrases and approaches help you speak so employees listen.
A Sample Termination Letter to Fire an Employee...
Sometimes employers fire employees for cause. Here's a sample termination letter that informs an employee of the reason for his dismissal.
10 Things You Should Never Do When Firing an...
Do you have to fire an employee periodically? Here are ten critical don'ts when you fire an employee and ideas to make the firing less traumatic - for all.
A Step-by-step to a Performance Management System
This Performance Management Process Checklist will help you create an effective employee performance management and development system. See the checklist.
Should Your Company Offer Floating Holidays?
What's a floating holiday and how does an employer need to deal with them? Employers might want to consider offering one.
10 Fun Alternatives to the Traditional Office...
Nixing the office party for the holidays? These 10 ideas will give you the merry for the ho-ho-ho season, without investing a lot of time, cash, or energy.
Learn How to Write a Simple Resignation Letter...
Here's a sample resignation letter written like an employer would like to receive so you won't burn any bridges when you resign.
Write a Formal EmployeeThank You Letter With...
Want to know how to write a formal thank you letter to recognize an employee for contributions at work? A letter from the boss goes a long way. Here's a sample, too.
Need to Discipline a Late Employee? This...
Need a sample written reprimand? This written reprimand is provided to an employee so that they understand that coming to work late is failing to perform.
Make Team-Building Less Awkward With These...
Want a fun and appreciated ice breaker to help your session attendees get to know each other? This ice breaker is quick and fun to do at your meeting.
The 9 Best Ice Breakers for Meetings and...
Need sample ice breakers for your training classes and meetings? If you do, these are thoughtful and fun. You can use them as is or develop variations. Enjoy.
Practice Your Interview With These Cultural Fit...
Do you assess a job candidate's cultural fit when you interview potential employees? These interview questions will help you determine the potential fit.
See a Sample Condolence Letter
Need a sample condolence letter for a coworker who experience a close family member's death? They're appreciated. See a sample letter for a family death.
What You Need to Know About Careers in Human...
Interested in a career in Human Resources? This is what you need to know about the HR field, its prospects, and how to set your course for a career in HR.
Improve Teamwork and Cooperation With This...
Want a winning team building ice breaker that you can use for meetings, training classes, and team building? This ice breaker is infinitely flexible.
Hiring a Manager? Start With This Sample Job...
Interested in what a manager does? You may customize this manager job description for use in your organization. It covers the best basics.
Things to Know Before Taking a Leave of Absence
Do you offer a leave of absence to employees? A leave of absence policy retains employees when they experience life events that keep them from working.
11 Tips to Help You Manage Millennials
Do you know how to manage millennials so that you take advantage of their strengths while providing what they need to be successful and motivated at work?
Here's a Sample Announcement for Welcoming a...
his sample announcement briefly introduces the new employee, tells coworkers about her job, and provides location information.
7 Easy Ways to Motivate Your Employees
No workplace will ever give managers perfect support to foster employee motivation. But, every manager can work with what he has. Learn how.
Understanding Your Job Offer: What Is...
Want to know what comprises an employee's compensation for a job? Employers try to make compensation attractive for recruiting and retaining. Find out more.
Break Into a Career in Human Resources
Want to break into a career in Human Resources? It's a fast growing, potentially lucrative, career. Here's how to get your foot in the door.
Gearing Up for Layoffs? Here's a Sample...
Use this sample layoff termination letter when you have to lay off employees. They deserve the courtesy and warrant your consideration during a layoff.
When Hiring for an HR Position, Be Sure to Ask...
Looking for interview questions that will help you identify the best candidates for your Human Resources jobs? These are my favorite questions.
10 Excellent Ways to Show Appreciation for Your...
Looking for ways to show appreciation to your coworkers and employees? Opportunities are unlimited and need not be expensive or time-consuming. Learn more.
Why Talent Management Is an Important Business...
Think talent management is just a piece of HR jargon? Think again. It's your organization's commitment to recruit, hire, and retain superior employees.
10 Ways to Demonstrate Respect in the Workplace
What do you and other employees want from your workplace on a daily basis? To be treated with dignity and respect is the common answer. Find out how.
Writing Job Descriptions: What Is Job...
What can you hope to learn from a job specification? What goes into writing one? Find out more about the job specification.
5 Tips for Recognizing Employee Accomplishments
Employee recognition is not just a nice thing to do for people. It's vastly more important in helping you achieve your business goals. Learn more.
10 Critical Reasons People Quit Their Jobs
Are you concerned about retaining your best, most contributing employees? You should be. Here are the top 10 reasons why employees quit their job. These are work conditions you control.
What Is Organizational Culture?
People in every workplace talk about organization culture, the mysterious word that characterizes a work environment. Find out how to consciously create your culture.
How to Create a Culture of Teamwork at Your...
Want to know more about how to build a culture in your organization that fosters teamwork? You can by doing the right things - right.
Paid Time Off: How to Write a PTO Policy for...
When you decide to provide employees with flexible time off to meet life needs, this sample policy will help guide you.
Know the New Roles of the Human Resources...
Interested in the new roles of Human Resources professionals? Transformation of the traditional role and three new roles for HR staff are provided.
8 Factors That Impact Employee Motivation
Want to inspire employee motivation? Employers are challenged to understand what motivates employees and to provide a work culture that encourages it.
Use This Sample Dismissal Letter as a Template
Need a sample dismissal letter to use when you want to terminate an employee for poor performance? If your performance data is solid, use this sample.
How 360 Degree Feedback Will Help You Exceed...
360 feedback is a process that provides each employee with the opportunity to receive performance feedback from coworkers. See what 360 accomplishes.
Need to Reject a Job Candidate? This Letter...
Following a job interview, all but one candidate must receive a job rejection letter. Sooner is better to send a job rejection letter to help your job applicants get on with their job search. Sending a rejection letter in a timely manner marks you as an employer of choice, too. Here is a sample job rejection letter that employers can send to candidates who were rejected following the job interview.
What You Need to Know about Firing Someone
You can get your company in legal hot water if you don't know how to fire an employee properly. The steps that you take really matter.
3 Activities That Help Break the Ice in Meetings
Want to know more about ice breakers? Trainers, facilitators, and meeting leaders use ice breakers to help their participants get to know each other. An effective ice breaker can do so much more. Find out what.
Smart Casual Dress Code
Interested in what comprises smart casual business attire for the office? These photos show employees wearing smart casual clothing for work.
Leaving Your Job for a New Opportunity? Here's...
Have you found a new job? You'll need to write a resignation letter for your current employer. Here's a sample resignation letter to use when you resign.
Questions to Determine if a Job Candidate Is a...
Need interview questions to ask potential employees to assess their leadership skills? These sample questions will draw out their experience.
What Every HR Manager Should Know About...
How important is succession planning? Succession planning is how your organization ensures that employees are recruited and developed to fill key roles.
Your Handy Checklist for Recruiting and Hiring...
A systematic process for hiring employees will bring your company a superior workforce. Use this hiring checklist as a guide to hiring quality employees.
4 Ways to Retain Your Best Employees
Want to keep your best employees when many employees are looking for new jobs? Here are 10 ways to retain your great employees. Start with these four.
9 Tips for Dealing with a Negative Coworker in...
Do you need tips to use when dealing with a negative coworker? Negativity matters when you spend so much time at work. Find out how to deal with negativity.
Do You Know Your Leadership Values?
Successful leaders demonstrate their values and ethics in every action they take at work and in their interaction with coworkers. Learn more.
10 Tough, and Common, Human Resources Problems
Have tough questions about HR or managing people in your workplace? These are ten of the most difficult problems that readers have asked for help in solving.
Read About This Success Story in Performance...
The Performance Improvement Plan (PDP) facilitates constructive discussion between employee and supervisor. It specifies work performance to improve.
8 Tips for Getting a Bad Boss Fired
Want tips about how to fire your bad boss? These tips and steps will give you alternatives when you decide to pursue getting your bad boss fired.
Do You Deserve a Higher Salary?
Want current information on pay raises available in 2014? See what employers are paying their employees. You might be surprised - pleasantly - or not.
Know How a Pay Grade Works?
Do you want to understand the meaning of a pay grade? It is a step in a compensation system that defines your pay. Find out more.
17 Inspirational Quotes About Success
Looking for an inspirational quote about success? Your workplace will prosper when employees adopt a success attitude. See my favorites about success.
The Right Way to Acknowledge a Resume and Cover...
Need a sample applicant acknowledgement letter? This acknowledgement letter lets your job applicants know that you received their resume and cover letter.
How to Choose the Right Dress Code Policy for...
Need a simple dress code policy about business attire that tells employees what is appropriate to wear to work? If you don't want to go into a lot of detail, these policies specify business attire for a variety of work environments. See sample business attire dress codes.
How to Dress in a 'Business Formal' Workplace
Need a dress code for employees who must inspire confidence from customers? Find a sample dress code for an office that requires business formal attire.
Know Your Role: Responsibilities of a Company...
Want to know what a vice president does? Who he or she reports to and what their job responsibilities entail? Find out all about a VP's job description.
How to Asses a Job Candidate's Teamwork Skills
Need interview questions to ask potential employees to assess their teamwork skills? These sample questions will draw out their team building skills and experience.
5 Reasons Workers Hate HR
Employees love to hate their Human Resources staff. They see HR as marginally competent and dishonest in many cases. See five reasons employees hate HR.
What You Need to Know About Dress Codes
Need to give your employees guidance about what is appropriate to wear to work? A dress code can range from formal to business casual to casual. Learn more.
What Are Your Core Values?
Do you know what core values are? They represent your deeply held beliefs, your highest priorities, and the fundamental forces that drive your actions.
How (and Why) to Write a Personal Vision...
Do you have a personal vision that guides your life and provides direction for your choices? You can create a personal vision statement that does. Here's how.
Tips for Dealing With Cell Phones in the Office
Need a cell phone policy sample for your workplace? You can use it to create your own policy, but it is not to be construed as legal advice. See more.
How (and Why) to Record Meeting Minutes
What are meeting minutes and why might you want to take them? Want to know about how to take minutes at a meeting? Find out more.
What Do Great Managers Do Differently?
Great managers break almost every rule that is touted as the path to successful and effective management of employees. Learn management success secrets.
How Self-Evaluations Enhance Performance...
Need an approach and a format for an employee self-evaluation prior to a performance appraisal? Here's why to use them and a recommended approach.
Helpful Tips for Interviewing Potential Employees
Need job interview tips that will help you hire superior employees? These tips will help you conduct powerfully positive interviews.
5 Goals of Employee Performance Evaluation
Are you a fan or foe of employee performance evaluation? Organizations have good reasons for doing them. But, the details about how the evaluation is done are the significant factors in its impact and success. Learn more.
Sample Human Resources Director Job Description
Need a sample job description for a Human Resources Director? This sample will help you develop the right job description for your organization.
How to Write an Employee Recognition Letter
Want to effectively recognize employees in a way that they will remember for years? Write an employee recognition letter. Here's how and a sample.
This Versatile Ice Breaker Works in Any Setting
Need a simple ice breaker that requires little work, This favorites ice breaker can be used in almost any setting for any purpose. See the steps.
Photographs of Business Formal Dress Code Attire
A collection of images that showcase a variety of Business Formal clothing options, including Business Formal clothing options suitable for a formal work environment, for men and women.
Why You Need an Effective HR Department
Want information about the importance of Human Resources management? Because HR touches every department and every employee, HR plays a significant role.
Got a Job Opening? Use This Easy Job Descriptio...
Need a job description template to simplify the process of developing a job description? This job description template provides a guide for you to use.
Want to Be an HR Manager? Here's What Your...
Looking for a sample cover letter for a prospective employee applying for the job of Human Resources manager? Here's a sample cover letter for applicants for HR manager jobs.
How to Make a New Employee Feel Welcome
Want to know how to best welcome a new employee? The welcome is more than just making a company announcement and a boss assignment.
A Checklist to Ensure Employment Termination...
Need to know what to do when an employment termination occurs? No matter the reason, employers need to follow certain steps. Here's what you need to do.
10 Ways to Make Your Coworker's Retirement...
Want to know how to make your coworker's retirement memorable? Here are ten ways to honor and celebrate your retiring coworker's career. Find out more.
How to Developing an Effective Meeting Agenda
Need a guide about how to develop an effective meeting agenda? A successful meeting depends on how well you plan the meeting. See how to develop an agenda.
Be a Networking Pro With This Speedy Icebreaker
Need an ice breaker that helps meeting participants connect? This speed meeting ice breaker connects people via movement, communication, and shared purpose.
How to Respond to a Request for Feedback for a...
Know how to respond to a manager's request for feedback for a 360 review? How you respond can make a difference in a manager's ability to provide effective feedback.
How to Write a Human Resources Job Description
Need a sample HR job description? Or, do you just want to know what the people in HR do? These comprehensive job descriptions answer both questions.
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