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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.
My Best One Word Icebreaker
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.
7 Attributes of an Effective Manager
Do you want to become a successful manager? You can, you know. Here are seven tips for people who want to become great managers.
Fun Questions to Use as Ice Breakers in Meetings
Looking for laughter generating fun and funny ice breakers to help create a relaxed environment in your meetings? This resource will serve your needs.
Beyond Hiring and Firing: What is HR Management?
Want to know what Human Resources management is all about? Learn also what HR staff are responsible for doing and contributing in an organization.
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.
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.
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.
How to Deal 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.
When You Interview Job Candidates, Ask These...
Need interview questions to ask job candidates to help you select the most qualified employees? These sample interview questions will help select the best.
A Sample Business Casual Dress Code
Need a sample dress code for a business casual workplace? This dress code gives you detailed information to describe your expectations for business attire.
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.
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.
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.
Want to Build Successful Teams? Use These 12 Tips
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.
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.
10 Simple Secrets of Great Communicators
Have a coworker who demonstrates great communication skills at work? Want to share ten of their secrets? They will help you become a powerful communicator.
Rejection Letter: Applicants Who Won't Get an...
Need an applicant rejection letter for your applicants who don't qualify for a first interview or phone screen? Here's a sample rejection letter.
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.
How to Tick Off Your Boss
Want to make your boss very unhappy and, in the process, sabotage your job and potentially your career? Do these ten things regularly at work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cultural Fit Interview Questions Tell You...
Do you assess a job candidate's cultural fit when you interview potential employees? These interview questions will help you determine the potential fit.
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.
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.
Do You Have the One Thing All Employers Want?
Want to understand the full implications of integrity in the workplace? Integrity forms the foundation for all relationships and teams.
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?
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 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.
10 Critical Reasons Why People Quit Their Jobs
Concerned about retaining your best contributing employees? You should be. Here are the top 10 reasons why employees quit. You control these work conditions.
How 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 most common answer. Find out how.
How to Tell Your Boss You're Resigning
Want to know how to resign from your job in a way that ensures positive relationships and identifies you as a professional? You can professionally resign.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a Sample Announcement to Welcome a New...
This sample new employee announcement briefly introduces the new employee, tells coworkers about her job, and provides location information. See the sample.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 there are. Here are ten to avoid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Causes Employment Termination?
Interested in employment termination? Employees leave jobs for voluntary and for involuntary reasons. See what commonly causes employment termination.
What, Exactly, Is a Human Resources Information...
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.
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.
Need to Write a Resignation Letter? Here Are...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 about the job.
Need Examples of Retirement Wishes for a...
Want to know what to say that will make your coworker's retirement a memorable and moving experience? Here are examples of retirement wishes to guide you.
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.
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.
Get to Know Each Other Ice Breakers
Want to help attendees get to know each other in a meeting or training session? These icebreaker questions engage participants in comfortable conversation.
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.
Interview Questions to Ask Management Candidates
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.
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.
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, especially public sector. Find out more.
Get to Know HR Job Titles
Interested in the type of job titles that are available for employees who work in the HR department? Here are 65+ sample titles for you to use.
3 Types of Activities That Help Break the Ice...
Trainers and meeting leaders use ice breakers to help participants get to know each other and to engage them in discussion. Find out more about ice breakers.
5 Tips about How to Recognize Employee...
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.
How to Welcome a New Employee to the Team
Need a new employee announcement? This sample lets your employees know that the new employee is starting. Prepare them so that they can welcome the new employee.
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.
5 Positives and 5 Negatives about Job...
Want to recognize the power of job descriptions in providing clear expectations for employees? Approached effectively, they are great for your business.
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.
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.
Hiring a Manager? Start With This Sample Job...
Are you interested to know what a manager does? You may customize this manager job description for use in your organization. It covers the best basics.
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.
Here Are Questions Employees Can Use to...
Need questions for an employee self-evaluation prior to a performance appraisal? If so, here are recommended sample questions that employees can use.
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?
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.
10 Excellent Ways to Show Appreciation to 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.
A Simple Letter to Make Your New Employee Feel...
Here's a simple, sample welcome letter for new employees. This letter serves just one purpose. You are welcoming your new employee to your organization.
How to Reject Your Job Applicants Kindly
Do you need a job applicant rejection letter? This sample will inform your applicants that they will not be considered further for the job.
What Is a Non-Exempt Employee?
Know what differentiates a non-exempt employee from an exempt employee in the workplace? Find out and learn about the impact of the new salary threshold.
Here's a Template to Use to Write Job Applicant...
Need a rejection letter for job applicants you decided not to hire? Use this template to write a professional letter to give your applicants the bad news.
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.
11 Questions You Don't Want to Ask during an...
Know which questions to avoid during your interviews? While not strictly illegal, these questions make your company vulnerable. So, avoid them.
Want to Know How Great Managers Motivate Their...
The reality, when you talk about employee motivation, is that employees are motivated. Learn how managers can tap into their employees' existing motivation.
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 Smart Ideas for How to Recruit Great Job...
Need to recruit top talent? Forward thinking employers recruit a candidate pool of qualified potential employees before they need to fill a job.
Learn From These Sample Recognition Letters
Want to provide recognition to employees who contribute in your workplace? You can reinforce and make recognition more powerful when you write a letter, too.
What to Do When Potential Employers Ask for...
Responding to a reference check request can be tricky. Fear of reprisal and lawsuits keeps many employers from responding. These recommendations will help.
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.
Want to Know How to Make More Money?
Do you think that work is not about the money? I'd disagree vociferously. Work is not about money only when you make enough. Find out how to make more.
10 Icebreakers for Your Next Team Meeting
Looking for team building ice breakers that will help you create a training or meeting environment that will foster thoughtful communication? Try these.
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.
Can My Boss Legally Cut My Pay?
Is it legal for my boss to cut my pay? The answer is yes, but only if your boss is in compliance with certain legal requirements. Find out what they are.
How to Welcome a New Employee
Want to know how to best welcome a new employee? The welcome is much more than just making a company announcement and a boss assignment. Find out the rest.
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. Page 2.
10 Things You Should Never Do When Firing an...
Do you need 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.
Use These Interview Questions About Interperson...
Here are interview questions that will help you assess your candidate's skill and experience in interpersonal communication and relationships?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Snow Days or Emergencies: Do Employees Still...
Know your legal obligations about paying employees for rain or snow days, or other emergencies? How about your ethical responsibilities? Take a look.
Here's What You Need to Know about a Human...
A human resource is an employee who staffs a function within an organization. Find out more about the people, the career, and find resources to help you.
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.
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.
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.
How to Respectfully Provide Feedback that Helps...
Want to know how to provide feedback that has an impact with employees? Choose your words and approach carefully to avoid defensive responses. Find out how.
Need to Reject a Job Candidate? This Letter...
Job rejection letters, after your interviewing cycle ends, should go to all job candidates except for the one who will receive the job offer. See a sample.
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.
How to Deal With Romance in the Workplace
Need tips about having an office romance - or dealing with one? Here are tips about how to address dating, sex, and romance at work for the couple and HR.
What Pay Raise Can You Expect From Your Employer?
Want current information on pay raises available? See what employers are paying their employees. You might be surprised - pleasantly - or not.
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.
The Manager's Guide to Bereavement Leave
Do you need a bereavement or funeral leave sample policy to use as a guide to craft your own? Use this sample bereavement policy as your starting point.
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.
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.
40 Ways to Say Thank You at Work
Saying thank you is one of the easiest and best forms of employee recognition in the workplace. Here are 40 ways to say thank you at work.
Know the New Roles of the HR Professional?
Interested in the new roles of Human Resources professionals? Transformation of the traditional role and three new roles for HR staff are provided.
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.
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 letter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 Thank You Letter Templates that Show Gratitude
Want to thank an employee or a coworker for a job well done? Thank you letters samples give you guides for thanking employees, coworkers, managers, and friends for their contributions in the workplace. These thank you letters samples provide a wide range of examples about how to thank and recognize people at work. Recognition makes employees feel good about their workplace and their job. Written recognition in the form of thank you letters doubles the impact of employee recognition.
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.
Helpful Tips about Interviewing Potential...
Need job interview tips that will help you hire superior employees? These tips will help you conduct powerfully positive interviews with your candidates.
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.
What Does It Mean to Be an Exempt Employee?
Are you an exempt employee? If so, you have special workplace standards and expectations. Learn more about exempt employees who are ineligible for overtime.
5 Goals of Employee Performance Evaluation
Are you a fan or foe of employee performance evaluations? Organizations have good reasons for doing them. But, how the evaluation is done is what matters.
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.
Do You Have What It Takes for a Career in Human...
Want to know how to prepare for a career in Human Resources? Both the job requirements and the expectations of HR staff increase every year. Find out more.
Job Interview Questions about Motivation for...
Need to know about what motivates your prospective employee? These sample job interview questions help you evaluate the motivation of your candidate.
What's a Typical Paid Holiday Schedule in the US?
Curious about the typical paid holiday schedule in the US? Employers offer similar paid holidays across industries and regions. See what they are.
13 Reasons to Fire an Employee
Want to understand termination for cause? Here are examples of what an employer may consider to be grave misconduct by an employee.
What Is the Importance of Human Resources...
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.
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.
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.
Want the Best Employees? Offer the Best Benefits
Want to attract and retain the best employees? To support your recruitment efforts offer a comprehensive employee benefits package with these components.
Reference Letter Sample
Want a sample reference letter? On occasion, you may want to write a reference letter for a former employee. You must consider certain factors before writing a reference letter. But, this reference letter sample will put you on the right track. Here's a sample reference letter that you can use to craft your own.
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.
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.
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