Category: Employees

How to Develop Emotional Intelligence in Your Business

Emotional intelligence is a key trait employers should be looking for in employees. 

According the World Economic Forum, emotional intelligence is one of the top 10 skills needed for workers at all levels of organizations in 2020 and beyond.  McKinsey Group predicts that the need for EI skills will outpace cognitive skills by 2030.  Yet in a recent article by the Harvard Business Review, only 18% of companies report that they have emotional intelligence ingrained in their culture.

Is your business in the 18% or 82%?  If you are not sure, statistically it’s much more likely your organization is in the 82% of businesses that do not have emotional intelligence embedded in their culture.

Either way, you want to know where your company stands and what its strengths and weaknesses are. Self-Awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence at both the individual and organizational levels. You can’t grow and develop something unless you’re aware of it and know what the root causes are. Several ways to assess where your business stands in terms of emotional intelligence are:

  • Leverage current engagement and other surveys you may already be using. Many companies use their own assessments that include questions that are emotional intelligence-based.  See the EQ-related questions below to determine if any of those are on your engagement survey and you can use them to assess your where your organization stands. 
  • Conduct focus groups. While surveys are excellent for getting anonymous feedback, the context and detail that can be attained from speaking to people can make a big difference. Conducting effective focus groups that aren’t just opportunities for people to complain takes a lot of skill and planning. 
  • Complete an EI-based organizational assessment. If you don’t have an engagement survey you are using, then finding a simple tool to assess your organization’s
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9 Recruiting Hacks for Your Company

Recruiting is time-consuming and expensive, so it’s no surprise that staffing managers and talent management professionals are on the lookout for tips and tricks to ease the process while maintaining effectiveness.

In fact, the average cost per hire in the United States is just over $4,000. If you combine the cost with the average interview process duration of 23 days, you’re looking at a serious financial and time investment.

Recruiting well is no easy task. Yet, 32% of the workforce hoped to change jobs in 2019. It’s clear that there are many, many job seekers on the market, and it’s just a matter of attracting the right ones and keeping them on board throughout your recruiting process.

Luckily, there are several effective hacks that help cut down on both cost and process duration, while increasing your chances of discovering qualified candidates. Here are nine recruiting hacks you can implement today to create a smoother, more efficient process.

1.Craft an effective job ad

It should be obvious, but with all the job posts out there riddled with typos and irrelevant requirements, it bears stating – writing an attractive and well-edited job ad that matches the position is the ultimate recruiting hack.

There are candidates who will apply to every job in sight, but they’re not who talent management professionals like you are looking to attract. If you want top tier options for potential employees, make sure your ad is impeccable.

First things first, does the position title accurately reflect the role’s requirements? Most candidates search by job title, so make sure yours is aligned to attract those with the skill set you need.

Don’t simply cut and paste new ads from previous job postings. Though you should certainly reuse templates to cut down on time, update each position listing and craft

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Should Your Small Business Rent a Coworking Space?

Many startup owners are hard at work trying to find an affordable workspace for themselves and their employees, but that’s easier said than done these days. Partly because the real estate market is so crowded in major metropolitan areas, more and more startup owners have been resorting to coworking arrangements or sharing an office space with workers from another company who help split the bill.

More often than not, coworking makes sense for startups, but only if those in charge are familiar with the arrangement and know how to make the best of it. When does coworking make sense for your startup? Here’s what you need to know about making the move into a shared working space.

Working from home isn’t always the answer

Many startups begin in the home, which is only natural given that most have relatively little cash to spare on expensive offices. Just because you’re crunched for cash doesn’t mean you have to put up with squalid working conditions, however. When working from home isn’t the answer, a coworking arrangement may be an alternative way to establish your business without breaking the bank. There are also many benefits to a coworking space that you can take advantage of outside of shared rent; shared internet services, electricity, and 24-hour access, for instance, can go a long way towards supercharging your startup’s initial foraying into the market.

The average costs associated with coworking arrangements are routinely lower than those associated with traditional business offices. This should come as little surprise, as sharing your space necessarily means that it’s not as valuable as it once was before. Don’t fret about your startup going stagnant because of an inability to work in shared conditions, however; many of those who rely on coworking arrangements were initially opposed to the setup but

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How to Increase Employee Productivity

People usually have a dedicated workspace or office because they find they work much more efficiently without the distractions of home. In some circumstances, it also allows for a better work/life balance, as the home is for family life and downtime, whereas the office is purely a place for work. Working from home can often blur these lines.

Office spaces can – and ideally should – be crafted to improve the productivity of each individual employee, by designing the workplace better. An article in Inc. mentions that practical office design solutions tend to help workers focus more.

However, functional design is only one-half of the equation. Businesses also need to include a methodology for helping workers find mental peace. The modern world is increasingly hectic, and workers that have their minds focused on other things can’t function at peak performance levels. Companies can incorporate several things, both in their design, and to promote positive office culture, to help their employees enjoy their jobs. Here we explore some of the measures that businesses can put in place to help their employees be more productive.

Build off the company’s mission

A mission statement, as Shopify informs us, is a pure expression of a company’s existence. The business’s purpose, however, doesn’t always translate well to the employee’s goal of doing his or her job. By incorporating the company’s mission into the everyday workings of an office, a business can promote its reason for existing alongside what it needs from its hires. Harvard Business Review notes that when employees have a sense of purpose, they are usually far more productive. Individual goals tend to allow for more self-motivation in getting work done.

Incorporate individual and collective achievements

Employees are individuals, but most companies seem to overlook this fact. As a business grows,

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How to Use Technology to Improve Office Productivity

Business owners everywhere are inundated with claims that they need to embrace the latest technological marvel if they want to remain successful in an ever-evolving marketplace. While many people understand the importance of innovating, however, relatively few entrepreneurs and managers know how to actually go about improving everyday productivity with the help of digital technology.

It’s time to stop squandering your innovative potential and to start using strategies that ensure you’ll squeeze as much productivity as possible from your office technology. Here’s how to supercharge your office productivity by enlisting the latest gadgets to your cause and mastering ongoing digital trends.

Learn about change before embracing it

Perhaps the most important thing to know is that you must thoroughly learn about technological change before embracing it. Rushing to embrace a new innovation that you’re unfamiliar with will lead to you wasting your limited budget on shiny gadgets that don’t do much more than shackle you down and stymie productivity while you attempt to master them. Study ongoing trends and determine why so many businesses are embracing a particular innovation. One such example is the trend of remote work, which is becoming commonplace in many offices and is supercharging American productivity as a result.

Working from home is widely being hailed as a method of boosting productivity, for instance, despite the fact that many critics alleged it would actually decay organizational efficacy. One two-year study from Stanford demonstrates that employees who worked from home were way more productive for one simple reason – they were much happier. Some critics assert that working from home means employees won’t actually work, but in reality, it results in fewer distractions and happier employees, two things which generally bolster productivity and profits alike.

You could never have been comfortable embracing remote work if you didn’t

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