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Good Worker, Poor Attitude: Boosting Employee Morale

Posted by Anchor Staff on Feb 17, 2021 10:27:13 AM

If we held the key for resolving the seemingly endless workplace morale problems, we would never have to work another day. While boosting employee mindset and motivation is a fairly complex topic involving many factors and moving pieces, generally the best approach to the issue is to look at the factors that substantive data has shown most closely align with employee satisfaction. Multiple research ranks these criteria in a number of varying sequences; however, there is no question that the factors listed below greatly impact an employee’s overall satisfaction in the workplace:

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Topics: leadership, teams, hr, motivation, tips

How to Help Employees Communicate More Effectively

Posted by Anchor Staff on Feb 17, 2021 9:28:35 AM

In an ideal world, communication would be easy. We’d immediately know exactly what to say or write. Emails, Slack messages, and reply threads would practically write themselves. And there’d be no confusion about what anyone meant, ever

Of course, communication never works that way. We stare at the computer screen trying to decide how to begin an email. We misspeak or garble our words. We don’t always convey exactly what we intend. We misunderstand, overlook, or forget information we’ve been given. We also sometimes read emotions into words that weren’t what the writer was feeling. Or we pack our speech with such an emotional punch that it distracts from the point we’re trying to make.

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Topics: leadership, effective meetings, teams, employees, Success, effective communication

Conflict Resolution Strategies

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jan 11, 2021 8:29:26 PM

The recipe for workplace conflict is decidedly simple: bring two or more people together and assign them a task. Unless the stars have aligned in your favor, there’s going to be some cause for disagreement between them, and if conflict ensues, their ability to cooperate will suffer.

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Topics: leadership, teams, employees, hr

Question: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, should we cancel our annual holiday party?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Dec 13, 2020 3:43:09 PM

Answer: We would certainly recommend not having an in-person event this year, which could put your company, employees, customers, and community at risk. If your event spreads the virus, your employees could become sick, much of your workforce may need to quarantine, and your event could make the news.

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Topics: covid_19, covid, leadership, teams, hr, Holiday, Office Party

Do You Rate Employees Higher Who Advocate for Your Team?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Nov 29, 2020 8:04:05 AM

When completing performance reviews, psychologists and researchers alike agree that managers naturally exhibit bias in the ratings. To be fair and objective, a performance evaluation must be based on the employee’s job-related behavior, not on the employee’s personal traits, work situation, or other factors unrelated to employee performance. While subjectivity and partiality will never be completely removed from the process, it is important to keep some of our most common prejudices in mind when completing performance reviews. 

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Topics: leadership, teams, collaboration, employers, employees, hr

How to Improve Your Job Postings

Posted by Anchor Staff on Nov 7, 2020 10:32:54 AM

A job posting is often the first impression a prospective job applicant has with your organization. It’s important for that impression to be an informative one. Your job postings should convey why someone would want to work for your company, what distinguishes your workplace from others, what’s exciting about your mission and vision, what you have to offer, and what the job is and requires. Here are a few ways to get better results from your job postings:

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Topics: leadership, teams, hr, hiring

How to support a grieving employee

Posted by Anchor Staff on Nov 7, 2020 10:21:56 AM

Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life, and yet for being such a common experience, it’s also one that few of us are fully equipped to navigate when it comes. In part, this is because grief is such an overwhelming and horrible experience. Nothing can prepare you for it. You just have to go through it and get through it. Grief is also a unique experience for each person. Everyone has their own path through its stages, and what helped one person work through their grief may not help another.

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Topics: covid_19, covid, leadership, teams

HR in Under 3 Minutes: Mission, Vision & Values

Posted by Anchor Staff on Oct 13, 2020 8:45:47 AM

In this 3-minute HR, we will take a brief look at mission, vision and values. We will look at what each of these terms means when we are talking about your organization's goals.

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Topics: leadership, teams, Branding, hr

5 Steps to Creating an Effective Staffing Plan

Posted by Anchor Staff on Oct 12, 2020 7:30:55 AM

A staffing plan can help you determine the right number of people with the right set of skills to address your business needs. Staff planning is a systematic process that accounts for internal and external changes to help you meet your business objectives.

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Topics: leadership, teams, employers, employees, hr, documentation

Infographic: Budgeting for Turnover

Posted by Anchor Staff on Oct 5, 2020 6:47:42 AM

Employee turnover is expensive – more so than you might think. Some costs are more easily calculated than others. Easily measurable or not, they all hurt your bottom line. Fortunately, many of the costs of turnover can be measured, predicted or budgeted for.

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Topics: leadership, employers, employees, hr