Begin the Conversation Now: Developing an FLSA Communication Plan

Begin the Conversation Now: Developing an FLSA Communication Plan

The U.S. Department of Labor passed legislation regarding the FLSA Overtime Rule in 2016. This new ruling, which established a new salary threshold, effective December 1, 2016, prompts many organizations to reevaluate and update their policies and procedures in relation to employees who are currently classified as exempt.

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4 Types of Social Styles: How They Create a Versatile Workplace

4 Types of Social Styles: How They Create a Versatile Workplace

The Social Style Model (TRACOM Group) is an interpersonal skills effectiveness model that designates patterns of behavior in the workplace. Organizations and training professionals can utilize the model to demonstrate how others perceive a person’s behavior, and to improve individuals’ relationship-building performance by being aware of the unique social styles of those around them.

This model is based on two behavioral dimensions:

1. Assertiveness is the degree to which an individual asks questions versus makes statements. Those low on the assertiveness scale tend to make requests (more asking), while others higher on the assertiveness spectrum make demands (more telling).

2. Responsiveness refers to how individuals express emotions. People low on the responsiveness scale tend to exert high self-control over their emotional displays, and those high on the responsiveness spectrum are more emotionally expressive.  

The combination of these two dimensions forms the four types of Social Style.

The 4 Social Styles explained:

  1. Amiable individuals prefer to ask questions rather than give orders, and feel at ease expressing their emotions.
  2. Analytical individuals control their emotions to a high degree and also prefer to inquire rather than make demands.
  3. Driving individuals display high emotional control and are highly assertive, so they are comfortable with giving orders.
  4. Expressive individuals feel comfortable expressing their emotions and are also highly assertive.

There is no “best” social style, because each style has both positive and negative characteristics.

Why do Social Styles matter? The role of versatility

Recognition of Social Style has many benefits, as being able to identify others’ social preferences allows you to be more versatile in the workplace. Awareness of Social Style can enhance several dimensions that are crucial to success at work, including teamwork, conflict management, communications, sales performance, and leadership performance. For example, managers with higher versatility perform better at leading teams, coaching others, and are more likely to be promoted.

Understanding the social styles of your coworkers and leaders helps you modify your behavior and respond to others in appropriate ways based on their unique style. This can lead to more effective interactions in any social setting, particularly in the workplace.

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The Ultimate Guide to Training in 2015

hr training topics The Ultimate Guide to Training in 2015

If your organization is like most, a guiding question for your 2015 planning will likely be some version of this question: “What kinds of training & development programs should we choose that will help ensure we are able to attract and retain talented employees, as well as prevent regrettable attrition, within our organization in 2015 and beyond?” What follows is a snapshot of some of the most popular training topics for 2014 and into 2015, along with a brief explanation of how they can each be leveraged to the benefit of the organization.

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The 4 Vital Leadership Skills

The 4 Vital Leadership Skills

There are numerous critical skills that leaders need to develop—strategic thinking, business acumen, and technical expertise—to name just a few. But, sometimes organizations overlook the importance of a few very critical leadership skills. Here are four vital leadership skills that all leaders must have in order to lead successfully.

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