Advice for Delivering Bad News to an Employee

One of the most difficult responsibilities of a leader is to deliver bad news. You might have to fire someone, or change their responsibilities without compensating accordingly, or have a heart-to-heart about their lackluster performance. They’re not easy conversations to have. But it’s important to be honest and direct and to prepare what you’re going to say ahead of time. Here’s… Read More »

How to Prepare Yourself for a Phone Interview

When you’re searching for a new job, chances are you’ll be asked to take part in a phone interview at some point. It might be one that’s scheduled, so you can plan for it. Or it might be impromptu, when they call you out of the blue and ask if you have a few minutes to chat. Either… Read More »

How to Beat That Anxiety and Ask Your Boss for a Raise

Talking about money isn’t easy and can even be scary. In fact, if you’re like most people, negotiating a salary or asking for a raise or promotion can be really stressful. You don’t want to get turned down, seem unappreciative or offensive, or get caught in an awkward conversation. Most people avoid the uncomfortable confrontation… Read More »

Eight Icebreakers to Use for Employee Bonding

If you’re not careful, employee-bonding activities can be awkward and cheesy. But a cohesive, congenial staff is important. It strengthens relationships, stimulates better brainstorming, and creates an atmosphere of inclusivity where all personalities and ideas are welcome. And it takes a little more effort than simply asking everyone how they’re doing and sharing a joke… Read More »

Four Safety Tips for Forklift Operators

Forklift operator. Certainly not the most dangerous of jobs, but when you’re dealing with such a big piece of machinery, it could be! And it’s your responsibility to see to it that everything is in place to make sure the whole ordeal is as safe as possible. From making sure you have the proper training,… Read More »

The Importance of Encouraging Employees’ Professional Development

There’s a lot of value in making sure your employees have access to professional development. First, a lot of job seekers look for that benefit when they’re interviewing and applying to jobs. Second, continued learning means a long career and many employees will feel more loyal to the company that sponsors their professional development. And… Read More »

5 Steps to Build Trust in Your Workplace

Trust in the workplace is an absolute necessity. If your employees don’t trust you, they won’t work hard to support you. Without trust, your team will lose faith in you and your company’s mission. Eventually, they’ll grow skeptical and resentful and less engaged in their work. To earn trust, you have to follow through with… Read More »

What to Do When Employees Won’t Speak Up

Managing employees means dealing with a lot of different personalities each day. Some might be very extroverted and outspoken while others will be quiet and introverted. This can be frustrating if you’re eager for feedback and opinions from your whole team. A good manager can meet all employees where they are, improve on weaknesses, build… Read More »

How to Answer an Interview Question You Don’t Know

We’ve all been there — that moment in an interview when they fire a question your way and you have no idea what the answer is. Job interviews are stressful enough. Your career depends on this moment, so you need to be on your game. But a question you’re unsure of can really throw you.… Read More »

10 Motivational Quotes to Give Your Team a Boost

Motivational quotes can be really powerful. They won’t speak to everyone at the same time, but an occasional quote or two will get your team fired up and drive them to power through, overcome obstacles and work to get your company to their long-term goals. Here are ten motivational quotes to give your team a… Read More »