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10 Perks Your Small Business Can Afford

10 Perks Your Small Business Can Afford | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Perks that make your employees happy don't have to cost an arm and a leg--really.
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Choose strategically. Do your best to connect the perks you choose to the brand identity of your company and the values you want to model. The more consistent you are in your messsaging, the better outcomes you can expect.

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To Sign Up For Obamacare, Start Filling Out The Forms Now (And Hire A Good Accountant) - Forbes

To Sign Up For Obamacare, Start Filling Out The Forms Now (And Hire A Good Accountant) - Forbes | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Want to apply for Obamacare this fall? Start the paperwork now. The Obama Administration quietly released a draft copy of its “single streamlined application” for Obamacare.
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Have you even started to prepare for this?

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4 Quick, Easy and Fun Ways to Improve Employee Engagement Now

4 Quick, Easy and Fun Ways to Improve Employee Engagement Now | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Did we mention fun? A few outside-the-box ideas for engaging your team.
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The Takeaway here is to be creative. All of these ideas are good ones because they are simple to do and offer the opportunity for a memorable experience.  What creative ideas can you add?

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Bad at Their Jobs, and Loving It

Bad at Their Jobs, and Loving It | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
The happiest workers at the office just may be the lowest-performing ones, according to a new study.

Via The Survey Initiative
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Happiness does not guarantee engagement. True Happiness comes after engagement, and the truth is, sometimes engagement can be ugly. Many "experts" get this wrong.

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Relentlessly Focused - Understanding What's Worth Fighting For. - Build a Better Workforce

Relentlessly Focused - Understanding What's Worth Fighting For. - Build a Better Workforce | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
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Focus is more about what to say, "No" to. When you can identify what to say "YES" to, saying no is easy.

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Measuring the Impact of Employee Volunteering: What Metrics are Most Important and Why

'Measuring the Impact of Employee Volunteering: What Metrics are Most Important and Why' blog post by Guest Contributors. (RT @amansinghcsr: Tracking value at activity level instead of a composite basis: better way to measure #volunteerism?

Via Realized Worth
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Your going to need this when you get to step 6 of the 6 Simple Steps to Building a Better Workforce (with little or no money) http://amzn.to/YvarHG

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“You Had One Job!” See The Hilarious Side Of Workplace Incompetence

“You Had One Job!” See The Hilarious Side Of Workplace Incompetence | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
In light of recent calamities in the corporate world (like, say, too-lax approaches to Twitter security resulting in bruising hacks), we thought we’d take a look at the more entertaining effects of chaos in the workplace.If victory has a thousand...
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File this! Whenever your employees get you down review this and take a deep breath!

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The Best and Worst Cities For Jobs This Spring - Forbes

The Best and Worst Cities For Jobs This Spring - Forbes | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Planning to start your job search this spring? Manpower surveyed more than 18,000 employers in 100 metropolitan areas to find out who’s hiring, who’s firing and who plans to maintain their current staff levels in the second quarter of 2013.
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Springfield MA rated as 6th worst city in the country for Jobs. Any thoughts?

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How Gamification Can Impact Employee Engagement [Infographic]

How Gamification Can Impact Employee Engagement [Infographic] | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
This month we explore the connection between employee engagement and gamification. It's a partnership that many companies have been wrestling with for a few years now.

Via INgage Alliance
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It's not all fun and games. Should it be? Are you utilizing games in your workforce? If so, how?

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10 Things Every Leader Should Challenge - Forbes plus One More

10 Things Every Leader Should Challenge - Forbes plus One More | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
News Flash - innovation, growth and development cannot occur by pretending we live in a world that has long since passed us by. Leading in the 21st Century affords no safe haven for 20th Century thinkers.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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Great Leaders naturally strive to go to places others can't seem to find. They get there by challenging most of the things good leaders hold dear. This is an important article for those that want to be great leaders, but I would add one thing. Challenge how you define Top Talent. As you strive to go to places others have never been, be sure you aren't using criteria  others use to  define of top talent. 

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10 Things Every Leader Should Challenge - Forbes

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How to Become a Culture Building Leader

How to Become a Culture Building Leader | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
*** Leave a comment on today’s post to become eligible for one of ten copies of, “The Culture Secret,” by Dr. David Vik. Winners selected on 3/11/13. *** Lazy leaders blame. Arrogant leaders push d...
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"Lousy leaders build lousy organizational culture."Leadership isn't underated.


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Why Customer Loyalty = Customer Sacrifice I Qaalfa Dibeehi

Why Customer Loyalty = Customer Sacrifice I Qaalfa Dibeehi | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
With all the talk around customer loyalty over the years, I have been asked several times recently for whatever reason, what customer loyalty is and how does one know when they have it.
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Don't confuse Tenure for Loyalty. Loyalty goes beyond how long you maintain a relationship and is measured by sacrifice.  

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10 Things Really Amazing Employees Do

10 Things Really Amazing Employees Do | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Here are ten traits that any great employer should recognize and reward instantly.
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You can "create" amazing employees when you create a cuture that recognizes and encourages these behaviors. 

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US Workers Are Happy To Have Their Jobs, But Not Willing To Do More Than Required

US Workers Are Happy To Have Their Jobs, But Not Willing To Do More Than Required | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
How you can get more out of your employees.
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Is anyone surprised by this?

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Morale-Lifting Secret: 5 Factors That Surpass 'Balance' Or Pay - Forbes

Morale-Lifting Secret: 5 Factors That Surpass 'Balance' Or Pay - Forbes | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
The secret to great employee engagement doesn't involve pay or work-life balance, says CultureAmp. Instead, strong leadership and the chance to make a difference is crucial.
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You can Build a Better Workforce with little or no money. It doesn't come from   higher salaries and longer vacations.

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New FTC Rules Specify How to Disclose Sponsored Tweets

New FTC Rules Specify How to Disclose Sponsored Tweets | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
FTC Rules issued in March 2013 specify how to disclose sponsored tweets and other social media messages, and ads appearing on small mobile screens.
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Good To Know - Thanks @Karyn Greenstreet

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Top 6 Reasons Why People Hate Their Bosses

Top 6 Reasons Why People Hate Their Bosses | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Is your boss a bully, a liar, or simply clueless?

 

Research on leadership and management has focused on best practices – what makes a leader exemplary. Unfortunately, many of us work for bosses who fall far short of the “leader” label. In fact, it has been suggested by psychologists Robert Hogan and Robert Kaiser that the majority of bosses are incompetent, primarily due to poor selection practices – the wrong people get to be bosses.

 

Here are the top six reasons why bosses fail:


Via Richard Andrews, Kudos
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One out of Every Six Employees is  Actively and Knowingly Sabotaging Your Efforts. Are you Guilty of any of these? Are your Mangers?

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5 Structures that Shaped Zappos’ Culture

5 Structures that Shaped Zappos’ Culture | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Lack of focus wastes energy, squanders resources, and defeats hope. Focus, on the other hand, eliminates the superfluous in order to grasp the essential. Success requires focus. Tony Hsieh, CEO of ...
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Creating Culture through Structures. I especially like #4.

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How Extreme Transparency Can Make Your Team Its Most Productive

How Extreme Transparency Can Make Your Team Its Most Productive | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it

At Asana, the collaboration software startup from Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein, the culture is designed to be "transparent 'til it hurts." Here's how to replicate it for pain-free productivity.


Via donhornsby, Wise Leader™, Kudos
Michael_J_Stone's insight:

Just as important as the ideas on transparency is the notion of being original and pushing beyond standard operations. As you might guess, I like the "Start with Hiring" and "Create a Roadmap" ideas. Pay particular attention to how these strategies allow "wrong-fit" employees to opt out of the selection process. 

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(From the article): There is such a thing as too much transparency, says Moskovitz. That’s why performance reviews and personal matters that come up in meetings aren’t shared with the company.

 

Rosenstein admits they’ve had to coach people to be more confident about receiving the flood of feedback that can come from this practice. “One of our values is balance,” he says, to maintain the flow of ideas without having someone bottleneck over a perceived slight to their work.

Kudos's curator insight, March 11, 2013 1:30 PM

Honesty / Trasnparency is the best policy. A cliche' but true. Build trust with your team and they will follow you anywhere. 

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Three deadly career traps, and how to avoid them

Three deadly career traps, and how to avoid them | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
One minute a business leader is master of the universe, and the next no one returns his or her calls. How can you avoid this sort of nightmare?While there are no guarantees in life, there are classic
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Great insight and strategies for long term leadership success. I especially like system #2.

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Can a New Culture Fix Troubled Companies?

Can a New Culture Fix Troubled Companies? | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Leaders of troubled companies increasingly are attempting to fix their company's culture along with its bottom line, taking steps aimed at improving collaboration and decision-making.
Michael_J_Stone's insight:

Simple Culture Shifts won't work. Make sure your new culture supports your brand, your vision and your goals. Get started today! http://goo.gl/CvvFd

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State of the Union for Employment Engagement: Are Your Employees Engaged?

State of the Union for Employment Engagement: Are Your Employees Engaged? | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
What are the biggest challenges facing your company today? Are they the financial collapse, global recession, reshaping the existing business model and strategic priorities, or changing technology paradigms covering mobile, social and cloud?

Via Paul Hebert, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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Key insights for all size organizations. If you're trying to foster employee growth, limit information to avoid overload.

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The 1% Edge: A Productivity Tip - Master Your Moments

The 1% Edge: A Productivity Tip - Master Your Moments | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
#Productivity - #timemanagement tip: Master Your Moments...they define your life: http://t.co/PmhKNxi3Mo
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In certain circumstances,there are few things more productive than doing nothing, 

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5 Human Resource and Employee Management apps for your business

5 Human Resource and Employee Management apps for your business | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
In any business a major asset is the people working within it.
To help in the day to day management of  “Human Resources” we
have a list of cloud based apps.
These apps store employee informa
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Depending on the size and scope of your business, these may be great options. For seasonal and part time employees, I especially like #5.

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Increase productivity in the employee experience: hire a slapper… an American slapper!

Increase productivity in the employee experience: hire a slapper… an American slapper! | Small Business Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Increase productivity in the employee experience: hire a slapper… an American slapper! http://t.co/1xmh2AGCFN #cx #cem #custexp
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Here is something we all could use from tine to time. 

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