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Top 5 Reasons Why The Office Needs a Game Room

Spreadsheets, graphs and charts bringing you down? It’s common for an employee to feel drained after an intense day of work, coping with deadlines while hunched over his computer chair. fjallraven kanken classic Just like an empty gas tank needs refilling to keep it running, the employee also needs to replenish his Fun meter so that he can face the tasks ahead! Here are the top 5 reasons why the Office needs a Game Room. Increase in Overall [...]

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Secret Santa during the Holidays can Motivate

“I have always thought of Christmas as a good time; a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely, and so I say, God bless Christmas!,” Charles Dickens once said. Kanken Big It’s the most wonderful time of the year and since it’s the perfect time to exchange gifts, why not arrange an age-old Secret Santa or Kris Kringle party for the office? Depending on the size of the [...]

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Strategic Value in Giving a Career Growth Path

One of my favorite martial artists, Bruce Lee, once remarked,” Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.” I believe that this duty of a quality human being to develop a person’s potential must not stop with himself or herself. Development of a person’s potential must trickle down from the owners [...]

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Onboarding: From New Hire to the Long Haul

Every company aims to be a vibrant and dynamic force in the lives of its employees. Even a seemingly technical and nerve-wracking job such as computer programming can be a very enviable profession; not just because of the salary mind you, but because of the passion that the company fosters in its employees. Take for instance, the culture of one of the world’s largest tech companies: “We strive to maintain the open culture often associated with startups, in which [...]

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A Refresher on Basic Health and Social Welfare Laws for the Office

There are numerous laws in the Philippines which protect employees. As far as safety and health is concerned, all employees have a right to physical and mental well-being, with special protection being accorded to expectant mothers, disabled workers, and the like. Kånken Rucksack As to social benefits however, specific coverage depends on the type of work and contributions which must be remitted. Here is a refresher on the more essential Health, Safety, and Social Welfare laws that HR [...]

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Turning Performance Appraisals into Motivation

As Robert McNamara, former President of the Ford Motor Company, once said,” Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.” Though a periodic appraisal has often been viewed as a process to evaluate employees for the benefit of the company, a good appraisal process is in fact an important opportunity to bridge the management with the employees. It is a chance for employees to be evaluated and re-aligned with the company objectives while also being an occasion for the [...]

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Managing Great Employees with a Chronic Flaw

Some employees stand out more than the others. Perhaps an employee can compile great reports in a short amount of time, manage to get a ton of paperwork done, or reach the sales quota like no one else’s business. It may be embarrassing to admit, but sometimes the office just can’t stand losing a quality employee. It would involve hiring and training again just to hire that quality employee who is really an asset to the company. Thus, what [...]

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Creating a Company Culture

John Mackey, founder of the American supermarket chain Whole Foods Market, once said, “If you are lucky enough to be someone’s employer, then you have a moral obligation to make sure people do look forward to coming to work in the morning.” How can this be possible? Employees will look forward to making the company great if the corporate culture encourages them to do so. Not only that, clients will keep coming back if a great company culture, through [...]

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How to Do a Simple Background Check on an Employee

Every company needs reliable and trouble-free employees. Kanken Mini This is essential in keeping the company running consistently and productively. Employees who jump from company to company, have a recurring history of crime, or those who misrepresent their records and achievements reek of trouble and should be avoided, so as not to cause the company a great headache. If only there was a way to rule out an applicant based on looks alone! (But no, it doesn’t work [...]

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Properly Setting Up a Grievance Process

When problems concerning employee rights arise, what can the employee do to protect himself? Enter the grievance mechanism. ‘Grievance’ is another word for an official ‘complaint’, filed by a worker for either an actual or perceived violation of his rights on the job. It may seem technical, but in theory, the grievance process follows practical key principles among companies. Likewise, it also adheres to certain precepts enshrined in the Labor Code. Here are a few tips on setting up [...]

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