10 Ways to Be Better in HR in 2014

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10 Ways to Be Better in HR in 2014

As the end of 2013 approaches, it's an ideal time to stop and reflect on your development as an HR professional and how you might be more effective in your HR role in 2014. Here are 10 ways to be better in HR in 2014.

1. Assume the role of a leader.

Even if you aren't one or don't have the authority or title of a leader, act like one each and every day. Use your influence for positive workplace change in your company, because when your actions have an impact on others, they matter and make a difference.

Leadership is less about title and role, and more about impact and influence. Anyone can lead...even from the very bottom. Assume your "seat at the table" and act like you have one.
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6 Tools to Develop Employees' Careers

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6 Tools to Develop Employees' Careers

It's the end of the year and a common time for employers to have discussions with their employees regarding career development as part of the performance review process, or in preparation for the upcoming year.

Employees tend to have questions about their careers at the end of the year, and organizations should be equipped to answer those, provide information, and help employees achieve their goals. If not, organizations risk losing quality employees who seek career development and advancement elsewhere. In fact, lack of opportunities is one of the key reasons employees leave.

Here are six suggestions for supporting employees' career development in the new year.

1. Set developmental goals.

Setting developmental goals for each employee helps ensure that training and development objectives get accomplished. It's also one of the easiest ways to make employees and managers accountable for developing their skills.
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Fostering Professional Development in the New Year

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Fostering Professional Development in the New Year

With 2013 quickly coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions.

In the context of the workplace, the resolutions or goals that many of your employees may be setting for 2014 are likely to focus on professional development. Whether your organization has a large training and development budget that can easily meet the needs of your employees or if you have a more modest budget to work with that requires a bit more creativity in helping your employees grow professionally, the beginning of a New Year is an ideal time to take stock of what types of professional development opportunities your organization and others like yours in the region are offering in order to stay competitive in the region.
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10 Time Management Skills and Tips

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10 Time Management Skills and Tips

Learning how to manage time wisely at work is an important skill to develop for your personal and professional success. Time management is the process of planning and balancing responsibilities and tasks throughout the day which helps individuals prioritize and ensure that activities of high importance are accomplished on time. Listed below are ten (10) helpful tips and techniques for time management.

1. Create a plan, to-do list, or set of work-steps.

By setting priorities via a plan, to-do list, or documented work steps, distractions can be limited and goals can be defined. Determine what activities are priorities, allocate realistic amounts of time to each, and set deadlines. Evidence suggests that those who set deadlines are more likely to follow through and complete tasks.
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7 Creative Ideas for Your Staff Holiday Party

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The holiday season is here again which means it's time to plan your company holiday party.

Holiday parties are a great way to recognize and celebrate your staff's success and accomplishments, nurture coworker relationships, and cap the year off at the end of the year. But, over time, holiday parties can sometimes feel more like an obligation than anything else, so it's important to keep them fresh, entertaining, and enjoyable. Here are seven creative office holiday party ideas.
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5 Ways to Create a Culture of Giving at Work

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5 Ways to Create a Culture of Giving at Work

Ever wish your workforce gave more? Gave more thanks to one another? Gave more help to others in solving work problems? Gave more of their time to develop and mentor others? Imagine how different our workplaces would be if everyone was more of a giver.

As we approach the season of giving and thanks, it's an ideal time to reflect on how much we are giving at work in terms of our time, talents, and contributions to others, and how we are creating a culture and work environment where giving is valued, and ultimately, where "givers" thrive. Giving is the essence and backbone of a truly great place to work.
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50 Employee Recognition Ideas

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50 Employee Recognition Ideas

Recognizing employees regularly not only increases employee engagement, motivation, and job satisfaction, but also makes your workers feel valued and appreciated in the workplace and is a great and easy way to make a positive difference and impact.

Below are 50 employee recognition ideas.
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Keys to Setting Up a Training & Development Process

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Keys to Setting Up a Training & Development Process

Many organizations have a training and development function of their business nowadays, whether it is one or a few staff members devoted to training and development, or an entire department. Developing a training function not only helps centralize employee training and development, but also supports an organization's commitment to employee development. Increasingly, organizations that invest in and structure their approach to training and development have a 'leg up" on the competition.

Here are the keys to setting up a training and development process.
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20 Subtle Signs of Bullying at Work

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20 Subtle Signs of Workplace Bullying signs of bullying at work

If you think workplace bullying doesn’t affect some of your employees, you're mistaken. One in four employees is affected by it. There is a misconception that bullying is overt. Rather, it’s often subtle, slow, and insidious mistreatment that passes over the radar screen.

Rarely can bullying be identified based on one action, but rather a pattern of actions over a long period of time. This is why it so often goes undetected in the workplace, and your employees could be suffering because of it.
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3 Insights on Employee Motivation

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What makes some employees pour themselves into the work they do? That's the heart of the question behind motivating employees. Here are three (3) insights on employee motivation.

What makes some employees pour themselves into the work they do?

1. Limit using carrots and sticks to employee motivation.

One of the most well-known motivational concepts is the 'carrot and stick' approach which uses rewards and penalties to motivate others to produce desired results. Believe it or not, this method is still used quite a bit in organizations, despite its lackluster results. Employers continue to rely on rewards and incentives as well as discipline and punishment to motivate their employees.
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