Can You Afford the Cost of a Bad Boss?

We’ve all heard stories about terrible bosses. There have been books and blogs written, songs sung, and movies produced on the subject. Bad boss behavior...

Gossip: It’s All the Talk

Gossip and rumors are not a new phenomenon. Dating back to the birth of language, we have seen the spread of information through “whisper campaigns”...

End Game

We always hope employment relationships go according to plan; however, there are times when employers may be faced with separating an employee due to inappropriate...

Four Key Steps to Effective Meetings

Plan and Prepare Take time to identify the following: What is the purpose for this meeting? What specific items need to be addressed at this...

The Lost Art of Listening

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and knew for certain that they were not listening? Of course you have. It is fairly easy...

Nobody Is Perfect

“I was wrong.” Perhaps the three most difficult words in the English language. Uttering that phrase in the workplace can fill people with fear, dread,...

Dos and Don’ts of Office Holiday Parties

It is a rare year that Employers Council isn’t hired to conduct a few post-holiday-party investigations. As you get ready to host your party, keep the following dos and...

Blind Spots

Most professionals rely upon a combination of formal education and experiential life lessons to guide their decision-making and professional behaviors. Reliable formulas for past successes...

The Positive Impact of Employee Volunteer Programs

Employee volunteer programs (EVP) benefit all involved: the recipients of the volunteer effort, the communities served, the individuals offering their time and service, and last...