Team Building

How Personality Tests Can Improve Your Relationship With Your Employees

How Communication Assessments Can Improve Your Relationship With Your Employees

Communication assessments are often thought to be a misinterpretation of who you really are, but contrary to this belief, personality tests have proven themselves to be extremely compatible in the workplace. Using psychological and communication type testing like DISC helps build collaborative teams in the workplace as well as connect like-minded employees which boosts office moral. DISC Behaviors Dominance Sees the big picture Can be blunt Accepts challenges Gets straight to the point Influence Shows enthusiasm Is optimistic Likes to collaborate Dislikes being ignored Steadiness Doesn’t like to be rushed Calm manner Calm approach Supportive actions Humility Conscientiousness Enjoys independence Objective… Continue Reading

10 Things to Avoid Saying If You Manage a Team

10 Things to Avoid Saying If You Manage a Team

Do you manage a team of other people? Great communication is one important key to a successful team, so be sure to avoid saying certain things around or to your team. Learn how to be a better manager with help from this Forbes blog. You can’t go home until this is finished. That sounds like a personal problem. If you don’t want your job, I’ll find someone who does. I’m not going to tell you again. That’s just the policy — you’ll have to deal with it. If I wanted your opinion, I’d ask for it. That’s not your decision… Continue Reading

Why Every Team Needs an Extrovert

Why Every Team Needs an Extrovert

One crucial piece of a startup company is something most people think they have covered, but few in fact do. That aspect is having an extrovert at the core of the decision making process. Below, we’ll look at some of the ways that an entrenched extrovert can make any small business more profitable… Sales This is the obvious avenue most people think of when pondering how an extrovert can help a company. It makes sense. For a startup, getting business is probably the single most important factor in establishing market momentum. The problem, though, is too many feel that having an extrovert doing… Continue Reading

Should You Rethink Your Office Pet Policy?

Should You Rethink Your Office Pet Policy?

How an Office Pet Policy Can Boost Business Allowing pets to come into the workplace is an employee benefit that not only provides comfort and amusement, but also increased morale. Studies show that both employee absenteeism as well as stress levels are reduced when pets are allowed. In 2012, NPR reported on a study that directly linked lower stress in the workplace to having dogs present. While some dogs are better behaved than others, the overall benefit of allowing animals to come to work outweighs the costs. Here are just a few of the many ways having an open pet… Continue Reading

Why Having Engaged Employees Is Crucial to Your Success

Why Having Engaged Employees Is Crucial to Your Success

We’ve all heard the notion that employees are the biggest asset of a company. Once employees get hired, they go through a period of settling in, which is when they work to acclimate to the workplace culture. After a time, they begin to feel comfortable, and then it’s your job as the business leader to keep them engaged. If employees lose their engagement and their performance suffers, your customers are the first ones to feel the impact. Create a Self-Esteem Boosting Culture Maintaining employee engagement is key to the long-term success of any organization. Engaged employees will derive self-esteem from… Continue Reading

How Can You Be a Better Leader? Show Your Employees You Care

How Can You Be a Better Leader? Show Your Employees You Care

As a boss or leader of a business, there are many different strategies for motivating employees. Many bosses adhere to Machiavelli’s strict dichotomy of either being loved or feared, but neither of those polar approaches get it quite right. The best way to lead employees in the right direction is to maintain a professional air while showing them you truly care about them not only as coworkers but also as people. Here are some simple and proven steps Tampa Bay area business leaders can take to be a better boss and set the stage for a thriving business. Curiosity Counts… Continue Reading

The Science of Positivity: How Staying Upbeat Can Improve Your Career

The Science of Positivity: How Staying Upbeat Can Improve Your Career

There are plenty of steps you can take to improve your career, such as going back to school or getting a promotion. However, major life changes can often be daunting. Sometimes, it is easier to start with something smaller. One of the fastest ways to improve your career is to maintain a positive attitude. Here are proven and viable ways to do just that. #1 Decreases Stress and Improve Productivity According to the Mayo Clinic, people who practice the power of positive thinking enjoy better health and lower stress levels. Ultimately, this will lead to improved productivity levels. #2 Provides… Continue Reading

Five Business Management Resolutions to Adopt in 2016

Five Business Management Resolutions to Adopt in 2016

As the year comes to a close, many of us are looking at the new year and the adjustments we need to make when it comes to the management of our businesses. If you are considering making any resolutions for the upcoming year, these five should be at the top of your list. Create a Better Life Balance You cannot be a good manager if you don’t cultivate a healthy life-work balance. Personal time is just as important as being at the office, so one of the best ways to improve your company’s culture is leading by example. Make efforts… Continue Reading

How to Handle Staff Sickness This Cold and Flu Season

How to Handle Staff Sickness This Cold and Flu Season

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes, it is difficult to predict the exact severity and timing of flu season in the United States. Yet, despite uncertainties about when seasonal illnesses may strike your staff, it’s important to be prepared in order to minimize any adverse impacts on your business operations. Here are a few helpful tips to keep things running smoothly amidst the sneezes and sniffles. Plan Ahead for Employee Absences While you may be lucky and navigate through winter without your staff succumbing to colds or the flu, it still pays to be ready. Offering your… Continue Reading

Five Gift Ideas for Colleagues Who Have Everything

Five Gift Ideas for Colleagues Who Have Everything

Holiday gifts are an important gesture for acknowledging your colleagues. Yet, choosing one can be difficult when it comes to the person who seems to have everything. As challenging as it may seem to find this individual a meaningful gift, worry no more. By catering to their interests, there are a number of options to consider such as consumables, concert tickets and charitable causes. Here are five great gift ideas for your most hard-to-please co-workers this season. Food and Beverage Gifts Although food and beverages may seem simple, this route of gifting offers a broad scope of gift ideas. A… Continue Reading

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