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Kick Your Communication Style into Overdrive: Part 2

As a continuation of our two-part article, Kick Your Company Communication Style Into Overdrive, here are 10 more tips to help you improve your communication skills with coworkers. These 10 tips will help you streamline and boost your communication style. It's important to understand what works for your organization and we hope our tips help you and your coworkers continue to build teamwork and a healthy work environment.

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Kick Your Company Communication into Overdrive: Part 1

Communication—especially in the workplace is critical to a healthy work environment. Whether you’re in management or not, effective communication among coworkers and employees can make or break your working relationships. Face it, we spend more time at work than at home so building healthy relationships with coworkers is key. To help you kick your communication style up a notch, we are giving you 20 simple tips—10 today and 10 more in Part 2 of this article—to help you improve your communication skills and build stronger relationships with your coworkers.

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Streamline Operations with the 5 S's

There are thousands of companies throughout the world that all have one thing in common, to operate efficiently. Without a goal to keep work organized and producing quality goods and services—eventually the company could face closing its doors forever. Luckily, there is a popular and simple technique that originated in Japan and has become a way to help streamline operations called the 5S’s. The 5S’s in Japanese mean: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke. In English they translate to: Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain, respectively.

Believed to be created by Toyota representatives, Sakichi Toyoda, Kiichiro, and Taiichi Ohno in the 1970s, more and more manufacturing and other companies implemented the 5S’s to help streamline operations, reduce waste and costs, and become more efficient. This lean method to help operations become more efficient was based on observations that the three Toyota representatives observed at Ford Motor Company and the Piggly Wiggly.

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Top 7 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is a living document for any organization and exists because they set the tone between the employer and employee, acting as a valuable communication piece. Inside every employee handbook, you can typically find historical information about the company, policies, procedures, and an explanation of benefits, among other things.

It is important to create a well-written employee handbook, and regularly revisit the content to ensure it aligns with any new laws or regulations that could impact your organization or employees. A well-drafted employment handbook is able to minimize an employer’s exposure to employment-related lawsuits and increase an employer’s likelihood of prevailing when litigation cannot be avoided. 

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Employee Versus Contract Worker: Which Should You Hire?

Hiring an employee versus a contract worker can lead you to ask a variety of questions about the differences between the two, but the type of work you need in your organization will ultimately determine the best choice for you.

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3 Laws that Affect the Interview Process (And How You Can Avoid Breaking Them)

Hiring the right employees is a critical business function. With a vast number of potential candidates, finding the right fit for your company is not always as simple as reading over a resume and cover letter. The interview process is a vital component of hiring procedures, but it can also be stressful and time consuming. Further, the type of questions hiring managers ask could potentially be a violation of the law. There are several laws that affect the interview process, and today, I'll cover three of those laws and go over how to phrase interview questions so that you can get the answers you need to make appropriate hiring decisions, while ensuring the candidates' rights are not violated.

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6 Tips to Streamline Your Open Enrollment Process

For business owners and human resources professionals, open enrollment is often a stressful and hectic time, complete with deadlines and disinterested employees. While we can't take away all the pain involved in open enrollment, we have some tips to minimize problems, maximize efficiency, and make the process flow much more smoothly.

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The Value of Taking Vacation Time

Did you know that giving your employees time off from work can make them more productive and increase your profits? Seems counterproductive, right? Well, when employees have proper work/life balance, including ample sick, vacation, and/or paid time off, it can increase productivity, improve morale, increase retention, and have significant health benefits for your employees.

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7 Ways Safety Training Can Help Reduce Business Expenditures

If you are, or ever were, a fan of playing video games, then you may understand the thrill of jumping over buildings, tumbling down mountains, falling off of cliffs, and driving cars at high speeds through pedestrian-filled sidewalks with no consequences in the digital world. 

However, as someone in the business world, you know that workplace injuries and fatalities are real events that can't be eradicated by just pushing a button to restart the game or go back to level one.

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8 Best Practices for Telling Someone "You're Fired!"

So, you’re the boss. Of course the job title comes with its perks, but you’re also the person tasked with one of the most dreaded responsibilities of all time—firing people. Just remember, you’re not alone. Every company will have to terminate an employee at some point in time. But, is there a right and wrong way of conducting a termination?

Anyone who has ever had to fire an employee will tell you that every circumstance is different. By following a proper protocol, you are able to soften the blow for you, your employee, and you are also taking a step in protecting your company from a potential lawsuit that may arise from the termination.

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