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How to bond with your employees and boost productivity

How to bond with your employees and boost productivity

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Great bosses build relationships with their employees.You don’t have to be buddy-buddy with everyone in your office, but if you establish a rapport and communicate effectively with the people who work for you, you'll foster a sense of trust and morale and create a better working environment for al ...
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5 Strategies for Team Brainstorming to Use in Your Next Meeting

5 Strategies for Team Brainstorming to Use in Your Next Meeting

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Planning another brainstorming meeting for your team? Make sure you abide by these 5 rules to ensure it's actually productive this time.Team brainstorming seems like a good idea--at least, on paper. What usually happens is this: the company is experiencing a tough problem that no single person seems ...
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5 conversations you should never have in your work email

5 conversations you should never have in your work email

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At the office, you probably know not to outwardly trash a coworker’s idea or talk smack about your boss when he’s in earshot. But email isn’t quite as intuitive.It’s easier to have a message misconstrued when the person you’re chatting with can’t read your facial expressions, or hear you ...
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Know Thyself, Know Thy Leader: Steps To Hiring A Successful Sales Leader

Know Thyself, Know Thy Leader: Steps To Hiring A Successful Sales Leader

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Many parts of scaling a business are about the basics, the time-honored fundamentals that CEOs have used time and time again to grow a company. These pillars of running a successful business rarely warrant exceptions, but there are some business functions that require a leader to develop their own f ...
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3 behaviors of healthy perfectionists

3 behaviors of healthy perfectionists

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Perfectionism can be paralyzing - or it can be a positive force driving you to success. Katherine Schafer has some excellent insight on the power of healthy perfectionism:Remember when you learned that there are healthy types of fat, that napping makes you more productive, and that there are saf ...
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8 Things That Make You More Likely to Be a Bad Leader

8 Things That Make You More Likely to Be a Bad Leader

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Being an effective leader is hard work.  So hard, in fact, the majority of new leaders in the US fail in doing their job every single year.  But it turns out there are many things that you bring on yourself to make it harder than it should be.Most of the time it's simple bad habits, while oth ...
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Two ways to kill your company if you’re not paying attention

Two ways to kill your company if you’re not paying attention

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Heart disease and cancer are the top two causes of death for people living in the U.S.Together, these killers account for almost 50% of all lost lives each year.Researchers, physicians, and scientists toil away at these to deadly foes, working diligently to find a cure and reduce their fatal impact. ...
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IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations; 401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018

IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations; 401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500 for 2018

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IR-2017-177, Oct. 19, 2017WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018.  The IRS today issued technical guidance detailing these items in Notice 2017-64.The ...
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2018 Social Security Wage Base Announced

2018 Social Security Wage Base Announced

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Social Security Wage Base Increases to $128,700 for 2018The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Friday, October 13, 2017, that the 2018 social security wage base will be $128,700, which is an increase of $1,500 from $127,200 in 2017. As in prior years, there is no limi ...
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How Companies Miss The Boat On Employee Engagement

How Companies Miss The Boat On Employee Engagement

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Why is engaging employees such a challenge for most companies? Heaven knows it’s not for lack of ideas. Spend 30 seconds on the web and you will find lists of 12 or 25 or 49 ways to boost engagement, along with those sad figures about how 70% of workers continue to say they’re unengaged.So let ...
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