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5 Essentials for Keeping Your Employees Happy

Perhaps the important part of any company is its people, and so retaining top talent by keeping your employees happy may be the biggest secret to success. This can of course be a very competitive process. From executive chefs, to cushy hours, to in-office arcades, employers go to great lengths to attract and keep the best people. Here is a look at how to achieve this through leadership rather just than dollars. 5 Tips for Keeping Your Employees Happy Give your team permission to hold you accountable: Employers are always looking for ways to monitor employees and provide feedback. True leaders, however, open up that dialog the other way, and listen to top employee’s suggestions about their own performance. If you are willing to hear feedback about the direction of the organization, your employees are more likely to stick with you. Find ways to connect people’s jobs with their passions:…
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How to Keep an Objective Perspective on Your Own Business

As an entrepreneur, it can be extremely difficult to have an objective perspective on your own business. After all, most leaders believe deeply in their organization’s mission. It’s only natural to see everything through rose-colored glasses. Since you are also the leader of your organization, it can be especially tough to get honest criticism from your team. Here is a look at how to see things for how they really are. Tips for Having an Objective Perspective on Your Own Business Reward honesty and transparency: It doesn’t matter if you ask your team for honest criticism and feedback if you ignore or punish anyone who shares an idea you didn’t want to hear. Everyone has to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts without fear of pettiness or defensiveness. When you have spent a large portion of your life on a business, accepting criticism is much harder than you might anticipate. It…
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5 Steps for Maintaining Your Company Culture After an Acquisition

A merger or acquisition by a large company is a common objective for business owners, but sometimes smaller companies lose their unique culture after the merger closes. These changes can scare away top employees and take away from the business’s unique strengths. Here are some ideas on how to preserve your company culture after a buyout. 5 Steps for Maintaining Your Company Culture After and Merger or Acquisition Create clear expectations: One key to a successful merger is retention, and one of the keys to retention is to eliminate uncertainty as soon as possible. Make sure the whole team knows what compensation, benefits and expectations there will be at the new company. Even if not all the news is good, it’s better to let them know than keep them in the dark. Good people usually have plenty of opportunities to leave if you don’t keep them in the loop. Appoint…
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How Great Business Leaders Say No Without Burning Bridges

Business owners tend to be optimistic about their ability to get things done, but if you want to accomplish your goals you will need to learn how to say no without damaging your business relationships. There is simply not enough time in the day to fulfill every request or tackle every project. Here are some tips for how to say no diplomatically. How to Say Now No Without Burning Bridges: Create boundaries beforehand: Rather than managing your time reactively, take a proactive approach to setting your priorities. Make it clear to everyone what kinds of requests you will and will not fulfill, then consistently honor these boundaries. This will let everyone know that when you deny or delay a request it is not personal. Explain your time limitations before deciding: Before giving an answer either way, let the person know the time restraints you currently face. Explain the reasons why…
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3 Tips for Creating a Collaborative Culture at Your Business

Creating a collaborative culture can be more difficult than many entrepreneurs suspect. It’s not always easy to get your entire team working together towards the same objectives. Even a good team can lose sight of its goals in small ways that create inefficiency and confusion. Here’s a look at how to build a collaborative culture and get your entire business on the same page. Three Ways to Build a Collaborative Culture: Summarize your vision in simple terms: The larger your organization, the more likely it is that your employees have diverging motives and objectives. Ideas about mission will depend on department, personality and perspective. To build true collaboration, you will want everyone on the team to be working towards the same goals. Work with your employees to build a simple and universal mission for the organization, then communicate it clearly. This will eliminate ambiguity surrounding the underlying reasons for every…
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