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How to Identify Leaders

For an organization to grow and continue to meet its goals, it needs a plan in place to identify and develop leaders. Many companies have programs in place for leadership development, but to properly identify leaders is perhaps even more important. It can also be more challenging. When companies identify leaders early in their careers, they have more opportunities to develop their skills. Good leaders are cultivated over a career, not in a period of one to two years, so it’s crucial to start early.

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A Top Employee Left, Now What?

Your nightmare just came true: one of your top employees just put in her notice, leaving you reeling and wondering how you’ll replace her. Every company has to face the reality of losing top performers at one time or another. While it is a disappointment, it’s not the end of the world. Here are a few things you can do to make the best of this bad situation.

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The Secrets to Hiring Millennials

They are adaptive, tech-savvy and their generation makes up the largest share of the American workforce. It’s no wonder that the business world is obsessed with hiring Millennials. But traditional recruiting methods are unlikely to work with this skeptical generation. They know their skills are in high demand, and they are adept at connecting with people in ways beyond phone and email. So what is the best way to work with Millennial candidates?

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156,000 Jobs Added in December

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: The US economy added 156,000 jobs in December according to employment data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate raised slightly to 4.7 percent this month. In December, employment gains occurred in health care and social assistance. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for October was revised down from 142,000 to 135,000 and November was revised up from 178,000 to 204,000.

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How to Make the Most Out of Meetings

With a limited number of hours in each day, most of us are looking for ways to be more productive. It can be 3:00 in the afternoon before we really have time to dig into the projects we plan to accomplish on a given day. Poorly organized and executed meetings are often to blame. You can’t control how others run their meetings, but there are simple, practical things that you can do to ensure that the next meeting you host is efficient and productive.

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How to Stay Warm in an Office Tundra

Winter officially started in late December but some workers feel as though they live in the tundra year-long in their offices. Frigid temperatures not only make you extremely uncomfortable but multiple studies have shown it can increase feelings of sadness and negatively impact your productivity. A study published in the journal HVAC&R Research found that those in offices with temperatures in the low 70s had decreased productivity and made more mistakes than their warmer counterparts.

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Your Guide to Gift-Giving at Work

Accounting and finance jobs bring their own demands in terms of day-to-day requirements and deadlines. When the holidays roll around, many workers in these fields feel an added layer of stress related to gift-giving to colleagues and bosses. The following guidelines for end-of-year gift exchanges provide some clarity and suggestions to help you make it through unscathed. You don’t have to participate in gift-giving As a starting point, exchanges should be strictly opt-in, says Allison Green, author of the career and management blog Ask a Manager.

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178,000 Jobs Added in November

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: The US economy added 178,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate dropped, according to employment report data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate — which has held near 4.9 percent since the spring — dipped to 4.6 percent this month. In November, employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

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Put the “Happy” in “Happy Holidays” for Your Employees

The holidays mean bonuses — or do they? Many of your employees would agree, so if you’re reasonably capable, you should deliver. This year, per our “Holiday Bonus and Hiring Survey,” 75 percent of companies plan to give holiday bonuses, with an average bonus of $1,081. What about your company? Are you providing bonuses? If so, how much?

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