April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

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Conflict Resolution in the Workplace: 5 Things to Know

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Dec 4, 2014 5:30:00 AM

According to a workplace conflict study in 2008, 85% of employees said they experienced conflict and of those, 29% said conflict occurred quite often or always. This alone means that managers and companies need to have a good strategy to tackle conflict right away before it escalates into something greater.

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Topics: Leadership

The DON'TS of Being a Boss: The Importance of Being a Positive Leader

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Nov 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Following up from the previous post on Aug 27th about the Dos of being a good boss, let’s touch on the Don’ts of being a boss. What makes you a bad boss? Through this post, you’ll learn why it is so important to exude positivity and encouragement in the workplace.

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Topics: Leadership

Succession Planning: Preparing for the Future

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Nov 18, 2014 11:00:00 AM

What does your company value most? Is it the productivity of the workforce, the innovative ideas of its employees, or that communication and collaboration between its departments and teams? Whatever the case may be, all these go back to the employees. They are at the center of your company's success, the drivers of success and progress.

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Topics: Succession Management

Employee Development: Long Term Investment

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Nov 5, 2014 11:00:00 AM

It is so important to invest in the future. Similar to investing in renovations on a house, one must spend money to keep the roof from leaking or upgrade to better appliances. It’s a continually process as a home owner since things are constantly changing or needing repair.

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Motivation in the Workplace: The Value of Setting Goals

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Oct 30, 2014 1:09:45 PM

There are several factors that contribute to employee productivity such as the environment, the employees' level of teamwork, the communication skills of the supervisor, and the level of collaboration among the organization and its members.

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Topics: Performance Management

What you need in an effective performance management system?

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Oct 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM

A company could use older methods of performance reviews, but a reliable software program is a good place to start. Performance management systems like that of TEDS, Inc., offers companies several tools to ensure that both employees and mangers are equipped with the tools they need to grow professionally and to excel in their particular market in the most efficient way possible. 

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Topics: Performance Management

Workplace Diversity in a Global Economy

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Sep 24, 2014 2:00:00 PM

In a society where companies are growing vastly and new companies are always popping up, it's no wonder why more and more organizations are focusing their sights globally.

This is true now more than ever. The focus is on the big picture and the big picture is global. Therefore it's vital that organizations value diversity in the workplace. An economy can't be global without diversity and neither can your company. 

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Topics: Workplace Diversity

Employee Engagement: What Managers Should Focus On

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Sep 17, 2014 11:00:49 AM

Did you know that 75% of people who are voluntarily leaving their jobs aren't quitting their jobs, they are quitting their bosses? And that 90% of leaders say that having an engagement strategy is critical to business success and only 25% of those actually have a strategy? I would say that the 75% of people leaving their bosses is an effect of only 25% of supervisors having an engagement strategy. The positive outcomes correlated to higher employee engagement are well worth the investment from leadership and management in companies everywhere. The best way to prepare the future is to invest in the present: your employees. 

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Recruiting and Staffing: How to Hire the Best

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Sep 5, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Competition for jobs is fierce! Between organizations wanting to hire the best talent and job seekers wanting to work somewhere with all the best benefits, it can be quite difficult to find the right person to meet the needs of an open position. There are ways to help alleviate uncertainties of recruiting and hiring though.

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Topics: Recruiting Strategies

How to Become an Exceptional Leader without Fear or Intimidation

Posted by April Parks, M.S. Conflict Management

Aug 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

"Lead through example and inspiration, not through intimidation, pressure, and fear." - Patrick Stafford, Writer, Editor, Journalist 

When workplace leaders approach their team with intimidation, pressure, and fear it can and most likely will cause problems. Problems with communication, collaboration, productivity, and engagement just to name a few. 

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Topics: Leadership