A career transition can be a major life change. It can be a frightening and overwhelming move as you may be unsure about your future and the steps you must complete to ensure your career change is a success. To help you get started and to feel more confident in your decision, here are five things you should do to find success. 1. Do a Self-Evaluation First, you must decide why you want to change careers. Is it because you don’t like your current job? Are you finding your current employment is too stressful or boring and dull? You should also...

No matter if you schedule one-on-one meetings each quarter, every month, or weekly, these meetings must be a priority. These meetings allow employees to ask questions, gather feedback, make suggestions, etc. It helps them recognize the areas where improvements could be made, provides a setting to receive praise, and allows them to work with their managers to reach their career goals.  Unfortunately, many one-on-one meetings are rushed, provide little value, and turn into gossip sessions rather than productive workshops. Here are a few tips as a manager for turning these one-on-one meetings into a success. Don’t Cancel or Reschedule When your schedule becomes...

No matter your industry, position, or past experience, the ability to make a good decision is a skill you should strive to possess. A good decision-maker is an individual who can think clearly, logically, and quickly. These individuals can leave their emotions out of the decision-making process and will feel confident in their final decisions — they rarely hesitate or re-think their choice.  Any individual can become a good decision-maker. Here are a few tips to help you improve this important skill.   Use Available Resources Good decision-makers use available data and research. They rarely make decisions without looking at all of the facts....

How much time are you and your employees spending in unproductive meetings each week? You may be surprised. According to one survey of 1,945 workers, approximately 6% of workers said they spend 10 hours or more in unproductive meetings each week. This is 25% of their 40-hour workweek. The survey also found that 15% of workers spend up to five to 10 hours each week in unproductive meetings, 34% spend two to five hours, and 34% spend at least one to two hours each week in unproductive meetings.  Wasted time isn’t the only downside to long and unproductive meetings. Doodle’s 2019...

It is easy to become comfortable with your current position in the workplace. You know what is expected of you, the tasks you need to complete, and the people to turn to when you require a helping hand. However, when you become complacent and settled in your current position, you do not allow yourself to grow. You prevent yourself from progressing and improving in both your personal and professional life.  There is no reason you need to hold yourself back. Here are four ways to step out of your comfort zone in the workplace and find success. 1. Tackle a New Assignment Is...

Research shows that if you want to retain employees, you must begin with the onboarding process. Approximately 69% of employees are likely to stay with a company for more than three years if they experience great onboarding. However, the onboarding process can be a challenge when you work remotely. Luckily, with some great ideas, work, and time, you can create a virtual onboard program that will help all of your new hires reach their full productivity and performance levels. Here are five tips to help you create a successful virtual onboarding program.  1. Find the Right Tech There are all types of tech...

During the COVID-19 pandemic, video conferencing became all the rage. Many companies turned to video conferencing applications such as Zoom to communicate with their employees and to help their businesses survive. Even schools, charities, volunteer organizations, study groups, and churches turned to these applications. Unfortunately, this extensive use of video calls caused many individuals to experience zoom fatigue. What is Zoom Fatigue?  Zoom fatigue is how you process information over video calls. It is how you demonstrate that you are paying attention and processing the information being communicated to you. During video calls, it is easy to stare out the window,...

Your work environment affects every aspect of your business. When your culture is negative, it can affect your employees’ productivity, engagement levels, and mental health. You may also struggle to reach your own company goals, improve performance throughout all departments, and grow your business.  If your company’s culture is struggling, there are several changes you can make that will create a more positive work environment. Here are four of them. Prioritize Work Spaces Employees should have a workspace that they feel is their own. It should be someplace where they feel comfortable, can focus, and that boosts their creativity levels. This can look...

Burned-out employees are common in all industries, companies, positions, etc. According to a Gallup study of 7,500 full-time employees, more than 23% of employees reported feeling burned out often and 44% reported sometimes feeling burned out.  As a team leader, how can you help your employees overcome these feelings? How can you help employees who currently feel burned out? Encourage Breaks and Vacations Your employees need a break from work. They need a chance to refresh and rejuvenate their minds. To do this, they need to make their breaks a priority and take some time away from work. Encourage your employees to take...

One of the greatest challenges when working from home is staying productive. It is easy to be distracted by household chores, TV, social media, etc. You may also struggle to find the motivation to get up and get going, particularly with no boss standing over your shoulder. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are several things you can do to become more productive and achieve work-from-home success. Set a Schedule One of the best and easiest ways to increase your productivity when working from home is to establish a schedule. Set working hours that you must follow each...