Thousands of job postings are posted online daily, but what makes a job posting good? What needs to be in a posting to attract the right candidates?
How can employers bridge the communication gaps between employees who are in the office nine-to-five and those employees who work fewer hours?
Employment-related stress is a common symptom of today's modern work world. Here are some tips for how to ease work-related stress and get through a bad day at work without losing your mind.
A "monkey wrench" means more than just a plumber's tool. It's a popular way to define an obstacle or challenge. See how to use this sales "tool" for small business.
I've seen it before. Bosses dropping workload on you that isn't yours, and overburdening you with more than you can handle, or with more than you're being paid to do. Resolving this is tough for most people, but you can learn some clear, direct and calm communication skills to resolve this assertively.
You need to be equipped with a very broad set of skills in order to be a successful project manager. This article walks through that skill set if you're considering a career in project management.
Unfortunately, most self-published authors don't think about book marketing costs until after their book is published. Let's explore a reasonable budget for book promotion.
Followup can be critical to achieving sales success. However, there is a fine line between following up and fouling up which can turn customers off. Discover sales tips for ditching dead leads.
Communication plays a very important role in everyone's day-to-day life, both personal and professional.
Customers buy from those they know, like and trust. But if those are the only reasons, beware of possible convenience and pity sales! See sales tips for handling these tricky situations.
Becoming a manager can be easy; becoming a leader is more complicated. Let's look at some common leadership anti-patterns (examples of what not to do) in an effort to avoid the common pitfalls.
Public speaking is a fear most people have. I had a huge fear of public speaking, but I overcame it. This article provides tips on how to overcome that fear to improve your public speaking skills.
The project management life cycle includes five high-level phases that account for all aspects of managing a project from beginning to end. This article takes a deep dive into each of those phases.
Have you ever been on a software project that went over budget? For a lot of us, it was a recent event. Clearly we're not alone. Why is estimation such a struggle, and what can we do about it?
This tutorial on how to create a P-chart in Minitab includes sample data to follow along with. Explore this short explanation and an analysis of the results.
Tips for giving an impressive presentation when you suffer from glossophobia—the fear of public speaking.
A story demonstrating how examining one's thinking and values is the first step to aligning personal and corporate values.
This article looks at a variety of factors associated with consumer buying behavior. First, it examines the four basic types of consumer buying behavior: Routine, limited decision making, extensive decision making, and impulse buying. Next, it takes a brief look at personal factors, and a more in-depth look at psychological factors affecting consumer buying behavior.
This article examines the relationships involved in the reflection of customer satisfaction upon an organisation, specifically relating to the continuous hierarchy between product, customer and organisation.
Qualities of a good teacher. What to look for in a mentor. Ideal qualities of a mentor. How to find a mentor. Mentorship is key to career success. Mentorship definition.
The intent with a fika is to eat something sweet or a snack, while having a pointless, or meaningful conversation with one or several friends. A fika can mean success at work and also on a first date!
Sometimes idle chatter can ruin work relationships. Here are some pitfalls and tips to improve work conversations.
There is no worse feeling as a project manager than the moment you realize your project is failing. This article walks you through the steps to regain control and get your project back on track.
For a successful sale, a customer must be ready, willing and able... yes, all three! Discover sales techniques for understanding and qualifying buyers.
Injuries at work are some of the most stressful matters you will ever deal with. Here are some honest thoughts from a former legal assistant.
The American Association of University Women found that men are over four times as likely to negotiate a salary for a new job as are women.
We tend to associate corporate culture with large companies, but it is just as important for small businesses to state and uphold a specific set of values and behavior patterns.
Everyone loves a potluck at work. It boosts morale and gives employees a break from every day work routine, and gives them a chance to mingle with other departments they normally don’t have contact with. How to plan a corporate Thanksgiving Potluck will get you started in the right direction if you are the event coordinator at your office.
The article includes the signs of a toxic work environment, reasons to avoid profanity on the job, and methods to help you avoid using vulgar words at work.
With internal audit now becoming a requirement, businesses sometimes find they are hiring audit staff purely to be able to tick that box, with no further idea what to do with them.
How can you use conversational SEO to lead people to your content or marketing? Which voice SEO inquires can you convert to leads?
What happens to your job if you get sick? What about your wage? How will you pay your bills? These are all concerns which this article hopes to address by shedding some light on the topic of Sick Pay.
One thing we often see in internal auditing is each department is working within a silo, staying in their own little working bubble oblivious to what else is happening around them in the business.
Creative Entrepreneurs are a little different than your average entrepreneur. They invest in intellectual capital, and they work in the realm of the creative industries.
There are a lot of genuine concerns to have when you bring a claim. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of myths out there that can muddy the waters and cause confusion and further stress.
Six Sigma tools save a lot of time & money by preventing errors. . We do this with Root Cause Analysis, and the easiest technique is the Five Whys.
Your business networks are living, breathing entities made up of living, breathing humans which change constantly. See how that can impact your networking and discover how to deal with these changes.
With thoughtful management systems and a good personality you can turn customer complaints into new business generators. Here, I show you how to do it.
What are third party rights in contracts? When does a third party have obligations or rights per a contract?
Are you having trouble understanding the definition of sexual harassment in these increasingly difficult times? If so, this article is here to help you.
Feedback is a really important part of professional development. Sharing feedback with my team, having them give each other feedback, or getting feedback from the team are all good opportunities for team members and myself to continuously improve and for me to grow in my team.
Any new manager or leader needs to learn how to delegate work if they hope to accomplish anything or motivate workers. Doing it right is critical. Here is what they need to know.
Discusses two views of restaurant inventory. Small wares and large equipment, maintenance and other topics.
Don't let your fear of public speaking grow because it can break you internally forever. It is possible to get rid of fear of public speaking. Practice these tips on your next public speech.
Cold calling used to be a way that salespeople could gain new clients. But that technique is not working as good as in the past. Find out why and what this new selling environment means for sales.
Successful meetings start with careful planning. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you lead effective and enjoyable meetings in the workplace.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg points out, rightfully, that we need time to mourn. Not all businesses are able to grant that.
Market segmentation helps businesses hone in on groups of prospects which can be the most viable. Find out what is market segmentation and how it is used in marketing.
Why is China attractive to investors? This article explores factors that led to to the country's competitive advantage and the attractiveness in investing into the world largest market.
Job ads on the internet require online writing skills. While the employment advertisement needs to attract the best candidate for the role, it still needs to consider the habits of the online reader.
What does it take to be successful in today's competitive work environment? These few ideas helped triple my income.
Beimng a good leader on the fire ground takes more than being "the man" or "the boss". It takes knowledge and wisdom and a bit of common sense to boot.
This article lays out the legal position and your rights when you become pregnant. It also outlines the legal redress available to you if you become the victim of unfavourable treatment.
Do you work at a haunted office? Are you constantly terrified of going to work? Do you think a ghost might attack you at your desk? Well, you are not alone!
There are all kinds of things we could change in our software development organizations, but what changes will actually help our companies succeed? How do we actually move the needle forward?
This article gives you the lowdown of what you need to know for your business for dealing with social media sites before you commit and realize you've wasted your time, confidence and possibly your mind trying to keep up.
Why is team building so important? As management, you want to create a productive atmosphere for all of your staff members. Team building is a fun way to begin to foster this environment.
Six Sigma experts can be segregated into their own department or embedded as full members of a work group or department. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.
This article discusses four of the key questions you should ask yourself before bringing a claim to the Employment Tribunal. Its goal is to help you decide if bringing a claim is right for you.
HIPAA violations can result in hefty fines for your organization. Learn from these common and avoidable HIPAA violations which resulted in large fines.
Recognize the symptoms of work-related stress and get some ideas on how to combat them in a healthy way.
Ethics in small business operations are an important component of continued growth and success. If you are thinking of starting an entrepreneurial adventure, this article is for you.
This article will address bereavement, in particular, how suffering a bereavement can impact on employment, both for employees and employers.
Right livelihood is earning a living in an ethical way. The goal is not just prosperity, but personal fulfillment and the benefit of all humanity. It is based on traditional Buddhist teaching.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the heart of all economic activities in Vietnam. Investing in Ho Chi Minh City is a smart move for your money, and this hub summarizes the reasons why.
When networking, you'll likely be asked for discounted or free products or services to "support" a variety of efforts. Watch for these signs that someone is taking advantage of you.
If you are stuck at work over the Christmas holidays, take advantage of office downtime to achieve your career goals and increase your network of friends, supporters, and allies.
The common perception is that working in an office is safe and free from dangers. However, the truth is that offices can be very dangerous to your health...
Do you have a business mobile app idea? If you're sure about its viability then it's time you get it developed. Read this article for the top things you need to consider when creating a business app.
My thoughts about a recent news story of a company micro-chipping employees. There are so many questions right now that do not seem to have good answers. Thoughts and questions to ponder.
This article is about counter-productive behavior, including how to recognize it and deal with it for the benefit of both the employee and employer.
These tips will help you get problems resolved at the lowest level. Learn how to be effective when you complain.
Handling performance issues and firing an employee are difficult tasks for most new supervisors and managers. Learn the critical steps you need to follow.
Your boss is showing you a little too much attention. It's not serious enough to label harassment and you really don't want any trouble. How to create boundaries at work without creating drama.
This is a continuation of part I in taking minutes. This part deals with the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson in the meeting, taking notes, effective listening and clarifying things.
The internet is growing larger every day providing consumers more and more places to buy their goods. But, while online sales are booming, some traditional brick and mortar stores are taking a hit. In this article we'll address why this is happening and if traditional stores can really be saved.
What are the highest-paying jobs in America and how available are they on any given day? A workforce development professional takes a look and shares the results.
It is exciting to work with friends but the key to sustaining good working partnerships lies more in engaging with the right partners.
Not all referrals are good referrals. Sometimes they can even have a negative impact on the referral giver or recipient. Discover networking tips on how to give a good referral.
Strong workplace leaders have mastered the art of giving meaningful feedback to their staff. Here are some tips on how to help you communicate effectively with an employee during a performance review.
To keep your audience’s attention, avoid these five mistakes people often make when giving a speech.
Benefits are clearly important to employees. They are considered a crucial organizational reward. To bring about desirable behavior in employees, organizations must implement reward systems.
The State of Texas created jobs even during the Great Recession and these North Dallas communities performed even better. Economies are growing even ten years later.
Here are four practical and helpful small business books that are often overlooked by business owners, students and other interested readers.
Most projects fail, and the most common reason is that the goal is not clearly defined. When the goal, or scope of the project, is clearly defined, success becomes possible. Learn how to define project scope and goals clearly, and communicate it to the project team and the customers, so you can get it done right!
The first few weeks of a new project are the most critical. This article walks you through key pieces of information you'll need to gather early on to ensure the project goes smoothly.
Weekly project status reports play a critical role in keeping projects on track. This article walks through key elements of a weekly status report, such as stoplight and status updates.
Have you got good written communication skills and great attention to detail? A career as a Bid Manager may be the ideal role for you!
A sound BPM methodology and automating with technology will put process ownership into your managers’ hands and cost savings onto your bottom line.
Does a perfectly competitive market exist anywhere in the world? The best answer is, "No," because perfect competition is an "ideal." Not reality. So, how far from "ideal" is America's market system?
The difference between and good speech and an awful speech is often determined within the first few moments after a speaker takes the stage.
This article shows you how to compute process capability using Minitab 18. You can read along or follow tasks with a provided Minitab file data. A short analysis of the data is conducted.
Many psychologists and researchers agree that journaling is a great way to relieve stress at work, at home, or in any area of your life that could use a bit of extra TLC.
If you have an accident at work, then your priority should be to recover from your injury. However, suffering an injury at work can raise various other concerns, this article puts those fears to rest.
Learn the basic terminology of payroll, including the definition of payroll, the difference between net and gross pay, tax withholding, forms, regular pay vs overtime, timesheets, and pay period, etc.
Here are six key aspects of an athlete's sponsorship agreement, and how the athlete and the sponsor can each protect their interests.
Millionaires will tell you to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. How does that pay off? Try these proven ways to increase your salary at work. They worked for me.
Small businesses face many types of legal regulations. Research and planning are key to getting your business off the ground safely.
This is a tutorial on how to create a Pareto chart in Minitab 18. It includes sample data to follow along with while a chart is constructed and explained.
Multiple streams of income strategies are used by many businesses, including small business, to even out peaks and valleys in revenues. Discover pros and cons to these business models.
Whenever groups of women gather together, all too often a 'No Drama' warning is set off, and usually it's by one of our own.
When customers are given too many choices, they may choose nothing at all! Learn how the number of choices can impact marketing and factors to consider when developing offerings.
Being a layoff survivor can be awkward for you and scary for the coworkers around you who were let go. This article walks through what you can do to help those coworkers get back on their feet.
Not a fan of staff parties? These tips on how to control your nerves and handle yourself with poise will get you through even the most cringe-inducing, awkward staff parties and social situations.
Communication is a very important tool when it comes to customer service and this involves a lot of other skills and characteristics that a customer service advisor needs to focus on and adhere to.
Practical strategies for improving business writing in organizations of all sizes. Key content writing problems and mistakes to avoid.
Brainstorming is unique to human beings. It’s one way we unleash our creativity. Here are some tips to get the most out of your brainstorming session.
Find out how being more appreciative and thankful at work can make a huge difference to your level of job satisfaction. Daily gratitude can improve your work relationships and attract new business.
If you are a new supervisor or manager responsible for hiring employees, you may want to learn more about screening resumes to save some time in your search. Here are the basics.
It can be difficult to navigate the process of getting licensed for professional work. This article helps streamline the process for candidate health insurance producers.
This is a tutorial on how to plan and create flowcharts. Flowchart symbols are available to download and are introduced with descriptions of their applications.
Scope creep can destroy a project, and the responsibility rests on the shoulders of the project manager to keep it in check. This article looks at five ways project managers can combat scope creep.
Your employees deserve to work in a healthy, happy, and safe environment. If you're interested in strengthening your employees' stress management skills, offering a laughter yoga workshop at your next team building retreat can help boost staff morale.
Clarifying a communication is an important aspect of customer services. When talking to customers, different questioning techniques need to be used to make sure of what customers are telling you.
Do you want to be more than just a manager? To be a truly effective leader in the workplace, here are some tips on how to win the approbation of your staff and colleagues.
In modern business, there is a great need for safe, data-driven decisions based upon the past. However, we will need to remember to put emphasis on being more human — as people and as companies — to succeed.
This is a continuation of a rant concerning the ineffiency of restaurant layouts and how it hurts employees and their sales. This follow-up hub actually throws down some insightful solutions to some of the many problems restaurants have. These solutions could lead the future in intelligent restaurant design.
Many teachers just want to teach so they are unprepared when they are promoted to positions of responsibility, such as becoming subject heads or heads of year. Suddenly you have to people manage.
Their are primarily two types of ways to motivate and manage employees. This article analyses the differences between and task and personnel management
Write your business goals and objectives using the criteria of these three top strategic planning methods.
Your professional image at work contributes to your success. Your office or place of employment may not have a dress code, but knowing what is appropriate does reflect your attitude and ambition to others. Learn how to dress to present your best image.
Six Sigma certification is good to have in a marketplace that values those with a proven ability to improve the bottom line and quality. How do you study for Six Sigma certification?
What is networking as it relates to business? Many people have an "I know it when I see it" attitude about it. Networking principles, and how they differ from word of mouth, are discussed.
“Lean Six Sigma for Dummies” is a guide to LSS written for managers but accessible to everyone. What are the pros and cons of this Lean Six Sigma guide?
Gathering requirements from project stakeholders often feels like pulling teeth. This article walks you through methods for capturing all of the requirements so you can start your project right.
The aim of this report was to explore what systems engineering is and how it is beneficial to the Aerospace industry.
Balanced Scorecard includes financial, customer, internal perspectives and "learn and innovate". How is the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) used?
Sick of meetings that seem to go nowhere, take too long, and end with more questions than answers? Learn how to hold successful meetings with colleagues to grow your productivity and potential.
An organized office means an organized mind, which means you'll work faster and more efficiently. Here are some tips.
You need to not only work well with your coworkers, but your boss as well. This article covers how to do that without brown nosing or disappointing your boss.
Do you think your boss is watching everything you do? Does it make you paranoid? Do you want to do something about it? Find out if your boss is spying on you and what you can do about it.
Sitting postures to avoid back pain while sitting at a computer workstation or desk starts with an office ergonomic chair. Choosing the right office chair to lower pain is key to good posture for computer use. Lower your lower back pain from sitting while sitting by selecting a good office chair with a good back chair and by having good posture while sitting.
In the competitive environment of project management, here are some tips for standing out from other candidates in an interview. Here are the 8 most common questions you are likely to get asked.
As a supervisor it can be hard to motivate your employees. It can be even harder to show your appreciation for them. How do you do that? Give them money? Time off? Find out how in this article.
One of today's hottest consulting and coaching models is the mastermind group. But what is a mastermind group? Pros and cons of using them are discussed.
This article addresses the most frequently raised questions regarding age discrimination and its potential effect on your employment.
Process costing is useful when an industrial process goes through a number of stages and the output of one stage of the process becomes the input for the next.
What is the Theory of Constraints? What is Total Quality Management? How are they similar, and where do they differ?
A thought leader is someone who influences a community, network, industry, or the public because of his or her expertise, knowledge, and experience in a particular field. But what does that mean?
A lot of people say they minister to people on their job. They use their workplace as a place to let others know about God. There is a proper way to do it without losing your job.
Some people find it challenging to slow down while speaking in public. Here are some tips to help if you have been told to slow down, or if you have recognized the need to slow down yourself.
The key is learning to be OK with compromises, and finding the person for whom you’re willing to compromise.
This article explains when a redundancy situation is valid, how you could be selected for redundancy, when you can receive a payment, and when you should be offered an alternate role.
After several years of business traveling, I have accumulated substantial information about several aspects of business travel that can go wrong and how to prevent these mishaps...
Leadership does not necessarily come naturally, but through thoughtful determination one can successfully attain a strong leadership role. A good leader can be formed where a willingness exists.
If you're in a leadership position at work, you must learn how to delegate tasks to staff in a fair and effective manner otherwise you will be the one who gets overwhelmed and starts to underperform.
This article walks through these basics, exploring everything from defining activities, estimating activity durations, sequencing activities, and finally, building a simple network diagram.
Does your organization seem to take much longer than it should to get things done? You balloon up your organization and it doesn't seem to get any better. What's the problem, and how do we solve it?
Social media platforms can help keep you up to date on the latest trends in your particular profession. But if not used properly, these tools can hurt your job prospects and damage your reputation.
Are you guilty of any of these common writing errors in your business communications? Find out how you could be annoying people with common mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and word choice.
Are you standing in your own way at work? Here are five signs that you could be doing things that hold you back from being promoted and taking on important leadership roles.
I have managed projects for over 25 years and there are a few golden rules I have learned from these projects that are standard on any type of project. I share them here.
Continental Airlines was an airline that was about to fly into oblivion. The company was broke and its people demoralized. Learn how excellent leadership changed the fortunes of this airline.
Does the design of your book really grab the attention of potential readers? Understanding this concept is what makes for bestseller status!
You’re in management now. You’re not sure about all the others working for you and they are not sure about you. Wouldn’t it be great to have an ally about the place? No. Here are 5 reasons why not!
This hub suggests a sample training programme plan for a company to raise intercultural awareness among its management team.
Communicating using simple plain English is vital to customer service, as the customer service advisor will be dealing with clients from different parts of the world who speak different dialects.
Shift work is something hundreds of thousands of people experience on a daily basis. Are you up to the task of working in a profession that requires shift work? Find out in this article.
Branded custom hats can be a great promotion for many markets. But they can be expensive. Discover buying tips and terms for custom embroidered hats.
Communication through writing and electronically requires the use of some equipment you need to be familiar with.
In sales, reputation is everything. Once it is damaged, repairing it should be your top priority. It doesn't matter if it's your own reputation or your company's reputation. Guard it with your life!
More people than ever have tattoos in the UK. The British Association of Dermatologists stated that 1 in 5 of us has a tattoo in 2012. This article will explain how the law stands regarding those of us who have tattoos and how this affects our employment rights.
Women worldwide are saying, “me too.” We, as a civilization, have reached a tipping point. This makes me wonder: where is the “line” when it comes to sexual harassment?
I've had my PMP certification for four years, and I wrote this article to give other people an idea of the requirements and the work involved in passing the PMP exam.
You can spend upwards of 30 – 50 hours a week with your co-workers in the same office. Is it any wonder that over time, some of the things your office mates say and do start to drive you bonkers?
Here are eight entrepreneurial lessons I learned from one of Papua New Guinea's most successful businessmen, the founding father of the Lae Biscuit Group of companies.
The project charter is the driving part of every project. This article outlines the key elements that should be included in every project charter.
Running our own business is hard. We have to lead and manage a team of one. Most employees don't like their bosses. How can we be our own boss and actually like ourselves, get great work done, and succeed?
Small businesses that give too much--or take too much in terms of free, bartered or donated benefits--are acting like a charity and jeopardizing their future. See why it happens and how to avoid it.
Did you know there are legal protections for you if you get sick or if you need to care for a family member who is sick? It can be a difficult situation to navigate, let me share my experience!
Explore various methods of performing a job analysis; discover when and why the analysis is done; lastly, find out why a job analysis may be viewed negatively, and learn how to get everyone on board.
A large restaurant chain in New Mexico failed to verify previous employment of one of their potential new hires for Drive Thru leader. Since they were desperate for Drive Thru help, they made the mistake of hiring without reference checks...
Procrastination is a tough habit to break. Learn to become more time efficient by following these tips. Keep yourself organized by utilizing this time management checklist.
Turning problems into opportunities is an over-worn business tip. This is all the more testing when confronted by clients who seem to string you along. What to do? Here are some fresh strategies.
A great project manager puts in the legwork early to give the project the greatest chance to succeed, and serves as a leader when problems come up to drive the project through completion.
Selling books on Amazon is not as easy as writing a book and uploading it to the platform. New authors, especially, find sales to be few and far between. There are ways to improve your book sales.
We spend the majority of our day at work, so it's only natural for it to become dull after a while. Discover ways to make your job more enjoyable while also preparing you for advancement.
Whether you're a CEO of a large corporation, or a one-person show, it is important to build your own personal brand in addition to your company's brand.
No two are exactly alike! Learn more about small business owners, business classifications and how different classifications think differently.
Strategies for fixing recurring problems in organizations of all sizes. This Zombie Problems article includes practical success tips.
Save money and the environment by following a few of these eco-friendly business meeting tips. Becoming an environmentally conscious business is good for publicity and good for developing your brand.