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July 22, 2014

Motivating workers during the dog days of summer

During the summer months it is easy to be distracted by thoughts of upcoming vacations or simply spending more time outdoors. Below are some tips for employers to help engage employees, so that they can focus on goals and maintain their productivity during the dog days of summer.
 

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June 26, 2014

Avoiding Telecommuting Disasters

Approximately 20 percent of workers around the world telecommute frequently, according to a 2012 survey by Reuters.  As technological advances progress and their use becomes more widespread, that percentage is likely to increase.  But while telecommuting makes sense for many businesses, employers need to be wary of potential pitfalls when… read more

May 28, 2014

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Street Map and Resource Guide.

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be working with the cartographic and marketing firm of Target Marketing Inc. to publish a new, up-to-date, full-color Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Street Map and Resource Guide. This publication will be the only official map endorsed and distributed by the… read more

April 23, 2014

Employee Engagement at U.S. Businesses and Why It Matters

Last year, a Gallup survey entitled “State of the American Workplace” came to the alarming conclusion that seven of ten workers in the United States either are not engaged or are actively disengaged at work.  The annual cost of this widespread discontent to American businesses is estimated to be a… read more

April 3, 2014

Durham put the “D” in Diversity. Durham, is Durham. Diverse is, as Durham does.

In nature, a healthy habitat  isn’t possible without diversity.  A community operates the very same way.  Corporate America figured this out many years ago, and it’s making its way to Main Street.  Durham has plenty of that fuel! 
Its history is rich in diversity from the vibrant black entrepreneurial community… read more

March 6, 2014

Obtaining the Most Value from an Exit Interview

Who cares what an employee who is leaving a job thinks?  After all, the individual’s opinions do not matter anymore, right?  Wrong.  Feedback from an employee who is departing voluntarily can be extremely valuable, and may provide insight into areas for improvement. 
Below are six tips to help ensure that… read more

January 23, 2014

Anger Management: The Employer Perspective

Employees who seek guidance on controlling their anger in the workplace can find a multitude of resources online, in print, through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or via training courses related to anger management. However, fewer resources exist for employers who want to learn how to cope effectively with anger… read more

December 23, 2013

BYOD: A Vital New Chapter for Workplace Policies

One of the most pervasive workplace trends to emerge in recent years is the use of personal electronic devices by employees to access company networks.  Commonly referred to as BYOD (bring your own device), this practice gives employees the freedom and flexibility to use their smartphones, tablets and notebooks on… read more

December 2, 2013

Coaching: An Ongoing Process

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is a popular adage, often found in advice columns.  When it comes to workplace coaching, however, such advice is misplaced. To help ensure ongoing solid work performance, supervisors should coach employees on a regular basis. 
Coaching is a frequently used term, but what… read more

November 27, 2013

Shop Small

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are huge for big box retailers, Small Business Saturday is dedicated to small businesses nationwide. This year, Small Business Saturday falls on November 30. Small business is the lifeblood of our communities, so take some time to support a local shop this weekend.  There… read more

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