Talking Politics in the Workplace: Addressing the Elephant (or Donkey) in the Room

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Talking Politics in the Workplace: Addressing the Elephant (or Donkey) in the Room

With less than 2 months to go until 2016 General Election Day, November 8, to say that this election cycle has been more politically charged than most is an understatement at best. So what happens when political discussions begin to (or maybe they already have) sneak into the workplace? Hopefully, nothing. Ideally the discussions remain just that—a civil discourse between employees, perhaps during their lunch hour.
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Northeast Ohio Employers Predicting 3% Raises…Again?

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Northeast Ohio Employers Predicting 3% Raises…Again?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, according to the ERC Wage & Salary Adjustment Survey, Northeast Ohio employers are predicting (drumroll please…) 3% overall pay adjustments for 2017! In case you haven’t been paying attention over the past decade, a 3% raise hardly comes as shocking news in the world of compensation and HR.
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Updates Coming to Ohio’s Computerized Background Check System

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Updates Coming to Ohio’s Computerized Background Check System

Each year the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) runs more than 1.3 million background checks. Fingerprints are compared to those submitted by the police and courts after people are convicted of crimes. The background check system is used by public and private employers, as well as police officers and the FBI (who use it for criminal history information).
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How to Re-Engage Employees Who Are Ready to Leave

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How to Re-Engage Employees Who Are Ready to Leave

Do you currently have an employee (or employees) who has one foot out the door? There are endless reasons for voluntary turnover, and data from 2016’s NorthCoast 99 Top Performer Survey specifically identifies four of the most commonly cited sources of disengagement.
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Solve These 3 Common Organizational Challenges Using This Plan

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We interviewed strategic planning expert Jeanne Coughlin of The Coughlin Group to find out the most common organizational challenges and how to fix them.

Challenge 1: “My management team is going in different directions.”

 

If you feel like everyone in your organization is going in different directions, you are not alone. It’s common for people in organizations to get into their own functional silos. With everyone focusing on their own departmental responsibilities and activities, the vision of the organization can get lost.
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Helping Employees Succeed: Managing Below Average Performance

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Helping Employees Succeed: Managing Below Average Performance

Whether you work for a Fortune 500 company or a small mom-and-pop machine shop, chances are performance reviews aren’t very high up on the list of your employee’s favorite things to do at work. Whatever the shortfalls, perceived or real, of the performance management process at your organization, the angst around reviews is only magnified when working through the process with employees who receive less than stellar ratings.
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