Three Challenging Conversations Every Manager Will Need to Have

one on one discussion

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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How Not to Fight Against Culture-First Business Theory

Why workplace happiness matters

  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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Leadership vs. Authority: The Critical Difference

Leadership authority

In creating a welcome packet for our upcoming 2017 Summit, we realized we were missing an “official” description for one of the BambooHR company values, Lead from Where You Are. That came as a surprise, considering how critical we feel that value statement is to us as an organization; it’s one of the reasons we […]

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Halloween and HR: Making Treats out of Tricky In-Office Holidays

In our industry, it’s sometimes too easy to see in-office holidays—especially those that involve costumes, like Halloween—as opportunities for trouble instead of fun. It can be hard for HR to encourage participation and a festive mood while simultaneously worrying about inappropriate behavior, offensive costume choices, or lost productivity. But when handled correctly, a holiday spent […]

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Unlimited Vacation: The Benefits & Drawbacks of Progressive PTO

unlimited vacation

At first blush, the concept of unlimited vacation (also known as flexible time off, discretionary PTO, etc.) sounds like a dream, not only for employees but employers as well. Employees would be free to take as much time as they need without worrying about accruing hours, while employers gain a recruiting tool that improves employee […]

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7 Reasons To Promote Friluftsliv (And What That Means)

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes warm temperatures, growth, and fun. So, naturally, it’s time to talk about friluftsliv. You read that right: friluftsliv (free-loofts-liv). It’s a Norwegian word meaning “free air life” and is centered around the idea that it’s good for you to spend time outdoors—both body and soul. And as […]

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Top 10 BambooHR Blogs Of The Year

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It’s been a great year for all of us at BambooHR, and we’re already champing at the bit for 2016. But before we officially unwrap our new calendar (“HR Compliant House Kittens”), we thought we’d highlight some of our best blogs of 2015. In no particular order, below are our Top 10 blog posts from […]

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A Lesson On Leadership I Learned At My Daughter’s Talent Show

Lessons on leadership

A talent show I learned something about leadership yesterday at an elementary school talent show. My six-year-old daughter was set to perform a gymnastics routine she came up with, but minutes before the show started—around the same time that hundreds of schoolchildren began to fill the auditorium—she began to look visibly scared. My wife and […]

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