How to Improve a Department (With or Without Executive Support)

Improving your HR department

When considering how to improve a department, think big. Like, really big. Because whether we’re talking about the entire human species or a single company, we find the same solution: innovators. History books are replete with stories of innovators who, through their own ingenuity, changed how the human species operates. In the business world, innovative […]

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11 Poor-Management Offenses You May Not Know You’re Committing

Poor Management Offenses

It’s difficult to be a boss. Let’s say you’ve been managing a team now for a while, and you think things are going well. Work is getting done on time, your people seem reasonably content, and nobody is flagrantly shirking their responsibilities. You’re working hard, your people are working hard, and that’s all you have […]

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Improving Underperforming Employees: How Your Values Can Help

Underperforming Employees: How your values can help them improve

Oh, how we fear the curse of the underperforming employee. On our teams, underperformers wreck the work balance and leave others to pick up the slack. Personally, we fear that we might become underperforming employees as our organizations leave us behind. And managers? Finding ways to improve work performance is part of our managers’ job […]

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How to Deal with Stress at Work

How to Deal with Stress at Work

How are you feeling right now? Calm? Burned out? Somewhere in between? Unfortunately, many of us go through most of our day in a cloud of work-related stress. In fact, the American Institute of Stress found that 40 percent of employees said their jobs were very or extremely stressful. But it’s just been a busy […]

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The Critical Relationship Between HR and Company Culture

Relationship Between HR and Company Culture - Man playing the drums

The relationship between HR and company culture is critical. So critical, in fact, that coming up with the proper analogy to drive the point home is challenging. How challenging? We might as well try to come up with the best analogy to explain how important love is in a marriage. Effective HR and company culture […]

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Workplace Love: Developing Effective Office Camaraderie

Workplace Love: Developing Effective Office Camaraderie

How do you write an HR blog post for Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, we’re not going into anything romantic. But that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss a more general kind of love in the workplace, namely, effective office camaraderie. Effective office camaraderie has many benefits: it increases individual employees’ happiness, It makes it easier for […]

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Three Hard Conversations Every Manager Needs to Have – BambooHR Blog

Communication is key to being a good manager. When your responsibilities include hiring, training, scheduling, directing, rewarding, and disciplining a team of people—your peers, if you were promoted internally—having difficult or challenging conversations can be a daily occurrence. Being able to connect with people and discuss important issues in a positive, constructive way is a […]

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Workplace Happiness and Its Link to Productivity

Some business leaders dismiss happiness as something that employees can do on their own time. Unfortunately, a lack of attention to workplace happiness isn’t just bad business practice because it makes your workplace miserable, it also has a negative impact on employee productivity. In fact, one study found that when employees are happier, workplace productivity […]

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How Not to Fight Against Culture-First Business Theory

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  Full disclosure: BambooHR fully supports the idea of a culture-first business strategy.   Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So too, it seems, when it comes to business, because for every theory attempting to establish good business practice, there appears an opponent determined […]

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