During the holidays, flu season, or currently during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find that you don’t have enough employees to handle your current workload. While this will not only cause you much anxiety, it can also affect your performance, reputation, and customer experience. Luckily, if you do find yourself short-staffed on a workday, there are several things you can do. Here are just a few steps you can take to improve the situation and ease everyone’s stress levels. Focus on Necessary Tasks When you are short-staffed, only focus on all tasks that must be done that day, including customer service....

Keeping yourself and your co-workers healthy must be a priority. Each year in the United States, employers lose $450 to $500 billion in productivity due to employees being sick.  With the recent coronavirus pandemic, strong hygiene is essential to keep your co-workers healthy and to ensure that business runs as smoothly as possible. However, regardless of whether there is a pandemic or it is simply flu season, it can be a challenge to encourage your employees to improve their current hygiene habits.  Here are a few tips for employers to emphasize strong hygiene at work. Encourage Hand Hygiene Proper hand hygiene is one of...

According to a recent article on LinkedIn, since January of 2020, the number of searches for “remote working” on the social media platform has tripled. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, employees from around the world are moving from their office building to the comforts of their homes to work each day. While many are enjoying working from their couch, others are struggling to work remotely, especially those individuals who have never experienced this isolated work environment before.  For those who may be struggling in their new workspace, here are a few tips to help.  Stick to Your Schedule When you don’t have a...

Did you know that the average desk has 400 times more germs than a toilet seat? Yet despite the germs, desk surfaces and office supplies are rarely sanitized. When not disinfected, you are prone to various illnesses and can carry these germs home to your family members, infecting them as well.  Additionally, it isn’t just the office supplies in our office that need to be sanitized often. You cannot forget the germs in your home office, particularly if working remotely.  The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting Before you begin, it is important you understand the difference between cleaning and sanitizing. Cleaning involves tidying...

There will come a time in your career where it will be necessary to negotiate your salary. Whether it is after receiving a job offer or because your current compensation doesn’t accurately reflect your work, this conversation may need to happen. However, before you run into your manager’s office to request a bump in your pay, you want to remember to handle this situation professionally. Here are several things you should never do when negotiating your salary.  Don’t Have the Discussion With Your Manager Unprepared When negotiating your salary, you must be prepared. You must be able to accurately explain why you...

Millennials are a powerful force in the workplace. Statistics show that by 2025, millennials will make up more than 75% of the workforce. These individuals are often tech-savvy and have new and innovative ideas, which can help take a company to the next level.  So, as a company, how can you attract and engage this generation of workers? What type of workplace are these individuals searching for? Money Isn’t the Main Focus For many millennials, they aren’t necessarily looking for the job with the highest-paying salary. While they need a competitive income, they are also looking for perks that will enhance their work...

Negotiating a job offer can feel awkward and uncomfortable. However, it may be necessary to ensure you receive the pay and benefits that you deserve. When you don’t receive adequate pay or many perks, it can cause low engagement levels and result in a lull in your career.  Remember that every job offer and personal situation is unique, making it important that you carefully think through all of your actions. To help you along the way, here are five tips for negotiating a job offer. 1. Do Your Research One of the most important things you can do before accepting a job offer...

A job reference is an individual who can discuss your work ethic, performance, skills, etc., to a potential employer. It is someone who knows about your experience, talents, work habits, character, and more. As you apply for a new job, this is an individual whose contact information you place on your resume so potential employers can contact them, ask them questions, and receive a positive picture of who you are and why they should hire you.  However, the challenge becomes knowing who you should list as a job reference. How do you choose the right person to positively speak about your...

When you are on the job hunt, you’ve likely sent out dozens of resumes. What happens when you’ve been offered two jobs? How do you determine which job will be best for you? Here are several things to consider as you choose between the two job offers.  Make Sure All Of Your Questions Are Answered As you determine which job is best for you, gather all the information you need about each position. To do this, make a side-by-side comparison of all the benefits of each particular job. Consider what your home/work balance will look like, as well as your future with...

Gossip in the workplace occurs no matter your industry, position, or experience. It can be detrimental to a team, affect your engagement, and make you dread going to work each day. Plus, it is a major waste of time and greatly decreases your productivity.  What should you do when the rumor mills begin? How should you handle the situation? Here are four ways to help you deal with workplace gossip.  1. Train Your Employees Or Participate in Training If you wish to decrease workplace gossip, make others aware of it. If you are a manager, consider training on this particular topic. Coach your...