How to Get Exceptional Things from Average Employees

Not every employee is a superstar, but everyone can provide exceptional performance.

Five brilliant ways to get great things from even the most mediocre employee.

How to get extraordinary things from average employeesExcellent employees are no guarantee a company will be great. Even with several star players, a sports team can still lose.

Not everyone is a superstar! However, the secret to success is not filling a company with exceptional workers, but getting the best out of the ones you have.

This can be accomplished no matter what skill level they possess.

Promote a feeling that every employee—even average ones—can succeed beyond their potential, your organization will achieve greatness.

Five brilliant ways to get extraordinary things out of average workers:

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Get Focused Now! Five Guaranteed Tips for Avoiding Distraction at Work

It is safe to say most of us are not superstar athletes, and do not have the laser-like focus to avoid all distraction at work.

Five guaranteed tips the average worker can use stay productive, by avoiding distraction at work.

Distraction at WorkFew of us are capable of the concentration skills to cut through the clutter of a busy day and stay on task. There always seems to be a distraction at work, preventing us from getting the job done.

Just like superstar athletes, to succeed in the workplace, we have to get focused. Productivity demands that we need to pay attention to what we are doing.

Distraction at work is a real productivity killer, but there are other work-related disruptions can also be blamed—things like poor management, lack of communication and too many meetings.

Five guaranteed tips to avoid distraction at work, and fail-safe ways to increase productivity:

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Eight Strategies to Avoid Work Conflicts

Finding a decent job can be difficult. Keeping a decent job can also be frustrating, especially when you have to deal with work conflict from abrasive and uncooperative individuals.

HR Strategies: Work Conflicts

Work conflict is an unfortunate fact of life. You may be forced to interact with types of people where, outside of work, you would avoid like the plague. However, you might have no choice but to deal with them. No, you don’t have to like it.

To avoid work conflict, especially with people you don’t care for, here are eight practical strategies:

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Five Personality Types Human Resources Love to Hate

We all have to put up with peccadilloes at work. Here are five personality types that drive everyone nuts!

Human Resources: five personality types that drive us nuts!

Everyone has his or her own work pet peeves. There are the “neat freaks,”and then there are those who thrive on a little disorder.

A few hardy souls only drink out of their “lucky” coffee mug that hasn’t been washed since they were hired.

Human resources professionals have to deal with all personality types. Some pose more of a challenge than others do. Five personality types that drive HR people crazier than usual:

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Working Families Flexibility Act: A Win for Workers?

To prove that the Congress can get things done, the House of Representatives passes the Working Families Flexibility Act.

Working Families Flexibility Act
U.S. Rep Martha Roby (R-Ala.)

Almost as a challenge to the widespread belief that Congress cannot do anything, news came last week that something in Washington was actually agreed upon — the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013.

The bill, as written, will allow private sector employers to offer comp time as a substitute for time and a half overtime pay. It passed  the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 223 to 204.

As Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) says in a statement: “As a working mom, this bill is personal to me. I understand the time demands on working families, including children’s activities, caring for aging parents or even a spouse’s military deployment.

Roby adds that “it only makes sense that our laws governing the workplace catch up to the realities of today’s families.”

The bottom line of the bill is that it makes it legal for private employers to provide workers an alternative:

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