Conflict Resolution Tips Every Manager Should Know

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Working in any organization means working with people that have a variety of opinions, perspectives, and/or work styles. And while organizations who foster such diversity are the strongest type of organizations, it doesn’t always mean everyone will get along 100% of the time.

Managers need to be able to recognize when problems are brewing and feel comfortable and equipped to work with staff members in resolving these issues.

Below we discuss why it’s important for managers to understand how to resolve problems that occur in the workplace, what are some common problems, and four conflict resolution skills that every manager should know.
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4 Tips for Reading and Analyzing Salary Ranges

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A key aspect of any healthy compensation plan is transparency. Due to the potentially charged nature of pay, very few organizations share the individual rates of pay for each employee, but there are certainly other ways to help your employees understand how and why their paychecks are what they are even if you aren’t quite ready to email your payroll out to the whole office.

One way to do this is to help your employees understand how you are creating a salary structure and where they fall within this structure. Clearly each structure will vary from organization to organization, but here are a few of the basic questions that you may want to address in order to increase transparency.
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Compensation Planning Tips: What is the Median?

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Compensation Planning Tips: What is the Median?

When it comes to compensation planning, one of the most important figures to have on hand is undoubtedly the median or 50th percentile. However, depending on your overall compensation philosophy, you may also want to gather other percentiles along the way, such as the 25th and 75th percentiles.

Of course most compensation surveys don’t stop there, don’t forget weighted averages and employer averages, and of course every demographic breakout you could imagine. But for purposes of this article let’s stay focused on those percentiles. What exactly do they tell us and how should they be used? To help give some context, here are a few quick tips that should help you make sense out of all those numbers.
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11 Team Building Games and Activities

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There are a variety of reasons why companies use team building activities. They can improve communication, boost morale, motivate, be used as ice breakers and learning effective strategies, improve productivity, and teach people about each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

11 Team Building Games and Activities

The overall goal of these activities is to promote better teamwork in the workplace because great teamwork is the key to a successful business and reputation. There are four main types of team building activities:

These 11 activities are fun, challenging, and will have your company working on team building skills that can improve employees performance and productivity in the workplace. Not to mention they all are little to no cost!
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The Cleveland Foundation: Turning Passion into Purpose

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For Community Service month of April 2014, we teamed up with the Cleveland Foundation's HR Director, Monica Brown, and the HR Manager, Danielle Hanna. In the following pages, they share why community service initiatives and programs are so important at organizations, how the Foundation is celebrating its centennial year with community gifts, and how they've turned their life's passion into purposeful work as an HR leader.

100 Years of Service

As the world's very first community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation has a lot to celebrate in its 100th year of existence - a celebration truly on a local, regional, national, and even international scale. Monica states:

"Our centennial is a huge milestone for the Cleveland Foundation, and also for the community, because we're celebrating the birth of the community foundation field. For our staff, it's a great opportunity to celebrate along with the community, and really feel connected with the work we do."

With 2014 being an exciting year for the Foundation, Monica & Danielle comment on the strong focus of past, present, and future. Along with looking back at what's been accomplished, who's been involved, and the progress that's been made over the past 100 years, the Foundation's leadership team is looking at current initiatives and aiming to position itself as they turn toward Cleveland's future.
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Does Your Company Need a Drug-Free Workplace Policy?

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Drug-Free Workplace Policy

When a company integrates a drug-free policy with an organization’s risk management, health management and/or psychological health workplace strategies, it provides a competitive advantage for any business. We spoke with Patrick Gaul, manager of account services at ease@work, about the benefits of having a drug-free workplace.

Gaul indicated that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) is an excellent source for drug-free information, regardless of whether or not a company is looking for a BWC discount. According to the BWC, a strong drug-free policy has the following positive impacts on a business:
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The Top 5 Reasons Employers Hire Interns

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With summer just around the corner, many employers are going through the process of hiring one or more summer interns into their organization right now. But why go through all the effort of hiring, training and supervising a short term, inexperienced employee who will probably have to leave your organization to go back to school come fall?

As it turns out there are plenty of reasons why. Here are the top five reasons cited by employers: 
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Intern Etiquette: Six Tips to take you from the Classroom to the Workplace

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It’s that time of year again. Students are putting together their polished resumes in the hopes of securing that coveted internship spot at their dream company. Unfortunately, a lot of students are not taught how to ace an internship interview while in the classroom. Here are some tips on how to stand out of the crowd and become a step closer to gaining more real world experience and starting your career.

1. Customize your resume

By all means, using a generic resume template to start is a great beginning, but employers don’t want to see how well you can copy and paste. Be sure once you read the internship description that you customize the objective and highlight the things on your resume that would apply to the position you are trying to get.
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How to Build a Tuition Assistance Program

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How to Build a Tuition Assistance Program

As college tuition rates continue to rise, offering employees an opportunity to go back to school and earn a bachelor or a master’s degree has increased in value. Many employers have taken advantage of the opportunity to boost their benefits package and offer tuition reimbursement to their employees.

According to the ERC 2013/2014 Policies & Benefits Survey, more than half of the participating employers offer a tuition reimbursement program to employees. If you are among the employers considering the option of offering this benefit, here are some questions and recommendations to consider when launching a tuition reimbursement program for your employees:
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Keeping Background Checks Legal Under EEOC Guidance

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The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) published a joint publication on employment background checks in 2014. The guide explains the rights and responsibilities of employers in addition to those of applicants.

The publication addresses three different phases of background checks—before getting the background information, using background information, and disposing of background information.
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