Tips for Handling Petty Squabbles Between Employees

It’s a fact of life: Some people just don’t get along. And that’s OK unless petty disagreements or personality clashes crop up at work and threaten teamwork and productivity. You can’t make people like each other, but you can help them handle their differences and get on with doing their jobs. Here’s how. Set Expectations If your organization prides itself on its culture, employees may have a distorted idea of how they should feel about each other as people. Explain to employees that no one expects them to become bosom buddies with their co-workers, says Dana Smith, president and CEO of HR outsourcing firm Exalt Resources. It’s great when team members genuinely enjoy each other’s company, but employers’ minimum expectation should be that employees treat each other with respect and dignity. “This can be achieved, even if you don’t particularly like another person’s style or disagree with their mode of …

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Maintaining Employee Morale During Tough Times

Maintaining Employee Morale During Tough Times

Let’s face it, even in the best of times the economy can always add a layer of stress to life. Gas prices, higher food costs, layoffs – can all weigh heavily on your employees. According to the American Institute of Stress, occupational fears are the leading source of strain for Americans. So what can you do as an HR professional to help alleviate your employee’s anxiety without adding cost to your already reduced budget? Here are some inexpensive suggestions employers can use to help morale when times are tough: Be honest and inform employees on the economic status of the company. If business is good, discuss new projects and contracts. If business is not so good, focus on the integrity of the company and its management. Let employees know you care.  By providing information to staff about how to stretch a dollar, or where to find gas cheapest, you’re letting them know …

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