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Investing in human resources

Investing in Human Resources

Posted on September 1, 2014 · Posted in Managing Performance, Motivation, Personal and Career Development

Is it worth investing in human resources? Well, as a snapshot answer to that question we offer this anecdotal exchange between a finance manager and a chief exec: CFO asks…
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6 Tips to Maximise the Efficiency of Your Business Operations

6 Tips to Make Your Business More Efficient

Posted on August 27, 2014 · Posted in Productivity, Time Management

In an increasingly competitive world, it’s essential to make your business more efficient. With so many companies fighting for their slice of the market share, there is simply no room…
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Happy Managers around the world!

Posted on August 14, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

It’s now almost two years since we re-launched the Happy Manager, with a new look and a new set of resources in our store. Since that time we’ve been busy,…
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Employee rewards

Fun at work matters!

Posted on June 25, 2014 · Posted in Managing Performance, Motivation, Productivity, Teams, The Happy Workplace

Encouraging fun at work can yield real benefits in the workplace, according to Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher. They write that fun in the workplace can: reduce stress; improve staff…
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Uncommon Leadeship e-book

Uncommon Leadership: how to build competitive advantage by thinking differently

Posted on May 9, 2014 · Posted in Leadership

Some months ago we were asked if we’d consider writing a suite of books which developed some of the themes we’ve been exploring on the Happy Manager. So we are…
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How to communicate change in the workplace

How To Communicate Organisational Change

Posted on August 2, 2013 · Posted in Managing Projects and Change, Motivation

In this guest post from Alistair Kane, he offers some advice on how to communicate organisational change. The quote “nothing is permanent except change” is especially true in the professional…
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Six Motivational Techniques for Managers

HR specialist and writer, Dennis Phoenix, suggests six motivational techniques for managers. Any manager knows that a motivated team is a productive team. The success of any business is dependent…
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Corporate Team Building

4 Ways to Improve Your Next Team Building Event

Posted on July 29, 2013 · Posted in Managing Performance, Motivation, Teams

A good team building event is good for employers and employees alike! This guest post from Paul Simms offers some good advice. Although the prospect of a day out of…
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Host a company party: 5 ideas to make it a huge success

Posted on July 26, 2013 · Posted in Motivation, Teams, The Happy Workplace

Hosting a company party that is lively and successful can be a frustrating mission for the clueless host. Kathrine Kreger has some tips to design a party that is unforgettable…
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Smart Business Sense 5 Way to Make Your Company More Secure

5 ways to make your company more secure

Posted on July 23, 2013 · Posted in Managing Performance, Problem Solving, Productivity, Uncategorized

The more advanced businesses become, the higher the security risks. A major reason for this is many companies employ a number of technological tools and devices to run every day…
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5 tried and tested ways of increasing employee motivation

Posted on July 20, 2013 · Posted in Motivation, The Happy Workplace

In this guest post, Craig Henderson offers some interesting tips on increasing employee motivation. It makes sense that a motivated employee will generate a lot more quality work, therefore leading…
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Keeping employees happy when communicating change in the workplace

Posted on July 11, 2013 · Posted in Managing Projects and Change, The Happy Workplace

Change is inevitable. Whether it’s planned or not, it’s the one thing in life we can ever really be sure about. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Alastair Kane…
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Break room

The components of a great office break room

Posted on June 26, 2013 · Posted in Managing Performance, Motivation, Productivity, The Happy Workplace

When it comes to running an office, it’s important to provide an atmosphere where productivity and success can bloom and flourish. While making sure your employees are on task is…
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The Motivational Characteristics That Headhunters Look For

The motivational characteristics that headhunters look for

Posted on June 23, 2013 · Posted in Motivation, The Happy Workplace

Deep down each of us has the potential to be exceptionally talented, but finding the motivation and attitude to achieve what we’re capable of can feel like a daunting task….
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Management style

Do you know your management style?

Do You Know Your Management Style? In this guest article, leading management authority Sean McPheat asks this and some other key questions. Such as: do you know the impact of…
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Strange new trend at the office

Posted on June 11, 2013 · Posted in The Happy Workplace

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Time to quit your job

How do you know it’s time to quit your current job?

This guest post from Richard McMunn offers some answers! Maintaining a career is what every adult strives to do in order to support themselves, and possibly even a family. It’s…
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5 Surprising ways to boost your work productivity

Posted on June 5, 2013 · Posted in Managing Performance, Productivity, The Happy Workplace, Time Management

Bruno Galera suggests 5 interesting ways to boost your work productivity. Are you taking full advantage of technology to make your work more productive? Here are five easy ways you…
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Fighting employee turnover in the retail environment

Posted on May 25, 2013 · Posted in Motivation, Productivity, Teams, The Happy Workplace

Guest post from Chris Garrett. The average employee in the modern business setting spends more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else. For most of us full-time work…
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How to show employee appreciation – easily and often!

Posted on May 11, 2013 · Posted in Motivation, The Happy Workplace

This guest post from Arlene Chandler offers some tips on how to show employee appreciation easily and often! Expressing employee appreciation is a big part of holding onto quality workers,…
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Customers, and how to keep them happy

Clients, and How to Keep Them Deservedly Happy in 2013

Posted on May 8, 2013 · Posted in Happy Customers

This guest post from Hayley Scott offers some advice on how to keep your clients happy. Business leaders around the world are tasked with not only maintaining operations, but also…
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Increasing employee motivation

4 Ways to Positively Motivate Your Employees

Posted on April 20, 2013 · Posted in Managing Performance, Motivation, Productivity, The Happy Workplace

Here are 4 ways to positively motivate your employees in a guest post from Julie Hartwell. For as long as desk jobs have existed, so have discouraged employees. For every…
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Leadership Styles and Culture in the West and Asia

Leadership Styles and Culture in the West and Asia

Posted on February 2, 2013 · Posted in Leadership, Personal and Career Development

From country to country, leadership styles vary greatly based on political reign, cultural values and historical events. Kate Simmons offers some advice for any manager who is thinking about re-locating…
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Employee Career Development Plan

4 Steps to the Perfect Employee Career Development Plan (With Template!)

Creating an employee career development plan is a great way to support each of your employees and their career paths. This guest post from Pierce Boylin shows how it can…
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5 ways to reward and show employee recognition

5 Ways To Reward and Show Employee Recognition

Posted on January 22, 2013 · Posted in Managing Performance, Motivation

How do you reward and show employee recognition? Annabelle Smyth suggests five ways in this guest post. One thing we all can agree on is that everyone likes to be…
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5 ways to improve your public speaking

5 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Posted on January 18, 2013 · Posted in Personal and Career Development

Improve your public speaking skills with this guest post from Eric Straighte. It’s safe to say the consensus among Americans is that they would prefer doing almost anything else to…
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Keep the customer satisfied

Keep the Customer Satisfied: 4 Tips!

Posted on January 17, 2013 · Posted in Happy Customers

How to keep the customer satisfied? In this guest post, Eric Zoberman says trust and satisfaction are the keys to having a successful business. The first major focus of any…
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Five Steps to Becoming a High Performer at Work

Posted on January 15, 2013 · Posted in Managing Performance, Personal and Career Development

Guest post from Elizabeth Grable. Employers today are looking for employees who are going to give 100 percent and devote themselves toward the goals and vision of the company. These…
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Office designv2

Productivity in the workplace: open-plan or closed office?

Posted on January 9, 2013 · Posted in Productivity, The Happy Workplace

Happiness and productivity in the workplace are affected by several factors but one of the most critical is workspace layout. Where people work in offices, one key decision is whether…
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Personal Productivity Tips

Posted on January 7, 2013 · Posted in Goal Setting, Managing Performance, Productivity, Time Management

Do you want to begin the new year with some personal productivity tips? Well a good place to start might be by reviewing our pages on goal setting, time management…
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Team building strategies

Team Building Strategies– for a happier team

Posted on December 18, 2012 · Posted in Teams

Here are some tips on team building strategies (guest post from Kate Simmons). The key to any hard working and happy work force is a happy environment. And we’re not…
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Better managing: tips for first-time managers

Better Managing: Tips for First-Time Managers

Posted on December 5, 2012 · Posted in Personal and Career Development

Here are some tips on better managing, especially for first-time managers (guest post from Lyndsi Decker). Earning a promotion to the management level in any business is a proud moment…
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Leadership skills

Leadership Skills – a key to happiness?

Posted on November 27, 2012 · Posted in Leadership, Personal and Career Development

Are leadership skills just for work? Everyone knows that leaders are respected members of society. The goal of many associations and programs is to create established leaders who can help…
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Winter work blues

Winter weather – how to beat the work blues

Posted on October 29, 2012 · Posted in The Happy Workplace

(Guest post from Liam Tarry) Yesterday, the clocks went back in the U.K. which means just one thing. Winter is well and truly on the way! The nights are getting…
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Listening skills

Listening skills: why listening gives managers an advantage

Posted on October 26, 2012 · Posted in Personal and Career Development

Are your listening skills helping you manage? As we discussed in our recent article, active listening skills are important for effective management. But just how important? In 1957, U.S. academic…
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