How Much Does the Average Company Spend a Year Training Employees?

Training employees is one of the most important parts of running a business. This can make or break how well your company functions and the amount of revenue you make. Since it is so important, how much should be spent on training employees? How do you balance the amount spent on training with the amount […]

Four Ways to Reduce Employee Turn Over

Finding and hiring employees is a difficult and important process that every business has to go through in order to function. Since it is such an arduous task, it is important to do it right! That is why employee turnover can be so frustrating. After all of the work it takes to find, hire, and […]

Open vs. Traditional Floor Plans Within an Office: Which is Better?

Let me start by answering this question straightaway: it depends. The floor plan of an office needs to reflect the organizational culture and management style of that office. As with many of my prior articles, “business know thyself”! At one end, is the culture typified by a stable business model and mature market. The company […]

Important Tips for Rebranding

Rebranding is a short word for “changing the perception of some population”. Brand can be about a product, a person, an organization, or even a philosophy. We sometimes call branding: spin. No matter what is being rebranded, keeping a few short tips in mind will make the chance of success a lot higher: 1. It […]

The Three-Year Rule

There are several three-year rules in society: there is section 2035 of the U.S. tax code which is known by, and only interesting to, serious accountants, there is the guideline that dating people more than three years older or younger than you is socially unacceptable until after you reach the age of twenty five, and […]

The Ultimate Guide to Happy Employees

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that when someone is happy, they’re more likely to work harder and do more for the people around them. Blame it on the endorphins or the generally uplifted feeling, but happiness is infectious and has a motivating effect on everyone within close proximity. When you take that […]

Playing it Hard with Soft Skills

By 2020, “soft skills” will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills. While working in the United Nations community for over 10 years, I observed something very interesting: High-ranking diplomats, regardless of their country’s stance, knew how to maneuver themselves successfully amongst each other and get the job done. This was no different […]

The Importance of Periodic Self-Evaluations

  You and everyone already knows the importance of employers conducting periodic evaluations on their employees, but they are not the only ones who should be checking on your work. Take the time every few months or when you switch projects to take a step back and look at yourself. Are you at the top […]

The Importance of Periodic Self-Evaluations

Adaptability is one of the most important skills that needs to be demonstrated in order to imply relevancy, willingness to change and resilience in every aspect of our lives. The one soft skill that tends get overlooked and slightly disregarded is adaptability –- and I am not sure why. It is one of the most […]

The Delicate Art of Firing an Employee

  One of the worst parts of being a leader in a company is that not every employee is going to be useful and sometimes people have to be fired. It is not a pleasant experience for either parties and is not something that should be taken lightly. Before moving into the firing stage, it […]