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Monday, September 29, 2014
There are several factors which work toward maintaining good employee relations. Enterprises TV reviews how to maintain them to keep hard-working employees loyal to the company and the job.
One of the most important factors in employee relations is the word relations itself. A positive work environment is a place where workers look forward to going to on work days. If managers and corporate leaders lead by example then staff will follow. If not, then the workforce will do what barely needs to be completed for the day and not with any sense of loyalty. Treat workers with respect, give them a task and then let them do it without micromanaging. Trust they will come to their managers with questions, obstacles and any setbacks they foresee.
The Enterprises TV show feels that workers also need to know how to hold up their end of good employee relations. Get to the office or business before the day begins and be ready to start when the day starts. Dress professionally for the industry, field, or work environment. Speak with clarity and with respect to fellow co-workers, managers and corporate leaders. Work diligently to complete tasks given. Good employee relations are the responsibility of both management and staff. Learn to trust each other and the business will flourish.
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Friday, September 26, 2014
Workers are generally happier and more loyal employees when they think the company cares about their lives outside of the company. Enterprises TV reviews some work-life balance guidelines.
Part-time employees can find it hard to balance home and work with changing schedules and meager pay. Full-time workers can also find it hard to fit in time to attend a teacher-parent conference with a hefty workload and strict scheduling. But there are ways to make both employer and employee happy.
Flex time works for both parties when a worker can come in earlier to meet the day’s objectives and still be able to take off early to take care of family obligations. A little leeway is needed.
Employers can give staff a decent living wage so they can feel confident in managing the everyday expenses that crop up. With this behind them, employees feel valued and appreciated and are more likely to stay in the job and with the company.
Don’t schedule employee to work the closing shift and the opening shift the next day. This inevitably will lead to frustration, exhaustion, burn out and give a valuable employee the impetus to leave.
Employers and employees can work together to find the best solutions for maintaining a positive and productive work-life balance by listening to each other and respecting what the other has to say. The Enterprises TV show encourages both parties to find the middle ground so everyone wins.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
|Give kudos for a job well done|
Why do some work places seem a more positive place to spend 40 or more hours per week than others? What do the company leaders do to ensure the staff is happy and glad to be there every day? Enterprises TV offer tips on creating a more positive work place.
Gratitude plays an important role in keeping workers on the job. If someone does a good job, finds an issue that needs fixing or corrects incorrect data, send them a token of thanks. An honest email note works wonders on the employee who hammers away all day help move the business forward.
Focus on the strengths of employees and managers. Assign work to them based on their knowledge, skills and experience. Then let them go to it. Avoid any inclination to micromanage. No one really likes to have a supervisor breathing down their back.
Be flexible when setting goals. Pull the team together to find any obstacles which can get in the way. Together, figure out how to overcome the obstacles. Sometimes, there is one person in the group who can follow the process and think of the obstacles in the way before actually hitting them. The Enterprises TV show does not think that this team member is naysayer, but rather someone who wants to break down the barriers so the end result is reached more successfully.
The key to a more positive work place is allowing each worker to utilize their individual strengths, give positive feedback, extend gratitude for successes and a job well done and remain a positive leader for others to emulate.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Extended warranties may seem like a great way to protect household appliances and electronics if they should break or stop working. But as Enterprises TV learns, some parts are no covered and the cost of the extended warranty may be wasted.
The adage of “read the entire document before signing” rings especially true for anyone thinking of buying an extended warranty. We tend to read a car lease agreement in its entirety. We read mortgage documents and rental leases in full so why not the offer for an extended warranty?
Consumers spend hundreds of dollars on these warranties and many people don’t read them in full. Something as common as an ice maker in the freezer may not be covered because the warranty provider wants to sell a policy for it on its own. The same can be said for vehicles. The Enterprises TV show suggests skipping extended warranties and putting that money into savings account instead. Most extended warranties cost a bundle and really don’t provide that much coverage. If some part of an appliance stops working, cal the manufacturer. Some of them may want to keep the customer happy and might do something to replace the non-working part. Consumers can check with their credit card companies to see if there is any extra coverage they get when using the card to buy a major appliance or electronic device. The bottom line is to read every single page of any warranty to see what’s covered and what’s not. It takes time but may prove to be beneficial in the long run.
Friday, September 19, 2014
A recent poll by CareerBuilder found that 28% of Americans said they had been bullied at work. Enterprises TV ooks at who is being bullied, what defines bullying and what to do if you think you are being a victim of office bullying.
The poll found that disabled people felt they were bullied the most, followed by lesbian, gay and transgendered workers. More women than men felt they were bullied and a third reported the incident, compared to a lower percent of men. Lower paid and less educated workers say they have been bullied than higher income employees.
Office bullying cost companies money. Some victims leave their job and the turnover to hire a new worker raises the costs for that company. And if the bullied worker files a hostile work environment claim or sexual harassment claim, the business’ cost is even more. The Enterprises TV show shares some of the more common types of office bullying and the percentage of those who reported it. (source: CareerBuilder)
- Falsely accused of mistakes the worker didn't make (43 percent)
- Comments were ignored, dismissed or not acknowledged (41 percent)
- A different set of standards or policies was used for the worker (37 percent)
- Gossip was spread about the worker (34 percent)
- Constantly criticized by the boss or co-workers (32 percent)
- Belittling comments were made about the person's work during meetings (29 percent)
- Yelled at by the boss in front of co-workers (27 percent)
- Purposely excluded from projects or meetings (20 percent)
- Credit for the person's work was stolen (20 percent)
- Picked on for race, gender, appearance or other personal attributes (20 percent)
What can a bullied employee do?
Ask the bully to stop. If he or she continues with the harassing behavior, speak to HR or the boss about it. If the boss is the bully or does nothing to stop the bully, consider resigning from the job. If you hear the bully picking on someone unfairly, speak up. And speak up in meetings. There are workplace protections for employees when it comes to a bully creating a hostile work environment, and from supervisors or bosses who threaten a job for reporting a bully.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
There are ways to finance an early retirement without having to win the lottery. Enterprises TV shares some tips on how to do it.
Think of the reasons why people retire early: they are unhappy in a job, want a more fulfilling life, desire to travel, or work in a dream job. Perhaps the company one works for is faltering and not doing well and the employee gets fired.
If leaving a job one does not want any more is constantly on the mind, it is best to make a plan. Plan it out financially and plan the other steps needed in order to get there. If a little more education is needed, take the time now to get it. Stash all extra cash away. The Enterprises TV show feels that an early retirement is accessible for many people. One does not need an impressive amount of savings in order to leave a job for good. Sometimes, part-time work, consulting or contract work fills the financial gap that a full-time job once took. Early retirement can be whatever one makes of it. People who want to leave the full-time workforce soon may be able to do so by planning out their next steps now. But it is never a good idea to quit a job without having something else to replace it – whether that is a part-time gig or a safe pension plan.
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Friday, September 12, 2014
Almost everyone has their own idea about what “business casual” is. Some may think it means very casual pants and a shirt with flip flops and others may think it is a nice pair of slacks, a blouse or polo shirt for men and proper dress shoes. Enterprises TV explains why some companies employ a dress code.
Many businesses already have a dress code. The strictness of the dress code depends on the type of business it is. And some businesses enforce the dress code while others let it slide. Some ignore it altogether. In any of these situations, employees should know there are specific no-no’s: no flip flops, no torn jeans, no t-shirts, no braless tops or dresses, no sundresses, no letting shirttails hang out of pants and no shorts to name a few. Yet, this type of dress is often worn in offices in warmer climates.
Dress codes are created and instituted for a reason – to keep a modicum of professionalism in the workplace. Employees wear their own clothing and shoes which fit within the guidelines of the code. When they are asked to replace one item of clothing with something that is more “standardized”, the dress codes becomes more of a work uniform. Work uniforms should be paid for by the company. A clear example of this is Wal-Mart asking employees to wear blue shirts with a collar from now on. If they want all associates to look the same, they should provide the item of clothing they want to change. And they can certainly afford it. The Enterprises TV show suggests corporate and business leaders review the company dress code to ensure the workforce is following it. Professional attire often gives in to professional behavior in the office.
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