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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Four Steps to Developing a Personal Management Style


There are practically as many management styles as there are managers. That could be a good thing.

Four steps to developing your own management style.

Management stylesManagement is a multifaceted process, with a wide range of considerations; many management styles are tied to specific situations.

What is the right approach for some groups of employees may not work for others.

Since management styles are (slightly) different for each person, the path to becoming a skilled manager is doing what works for you. It starts with taking inventory of yourself, recognizing which management traits will promote improved productivity in your employees.

Four steps to developing your own management style:

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New Study: HR Professionals, Recruitment and Relocation


HR Professionals: Recruiting and Relocation Environment is Changing

From AlliedHR IQ:

According to the 2013 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey, HR professionals believe the hiring environment is improving compared to 2012 results.

HR Professional Unemployment Report

In addition, in light of the decision by Yahoo CEO Melissa Mayer to end its telecommuting policy, the 2013 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey revealed that telecommuting, while not universally implemented, is utilized in various ways:

Overall, telecommuting policies are weak regardless of company size, however, most feel their organizations provide “flexible working arrangements” that are stronger than their telecommuting policies alone.

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