How to Build Mentoring Relationships in the Workplace

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Throughout the course of your life, you have probably had many mentors, from an older brother who helped you with long division in elementary school to a supervisor at your first job who took you under her wing and showed you the ropes. A good mentor is invaluable to your personal and professional growth, and… Read more »

The Importance of Professionalism in Social Media

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Lately, the news has been full of stories of professionals who have gotten into trouble or lost their jobs over their conduct on social media websites or blogs. The importance of professionalism in relation to social media has never been more apparent. In February, Pennsylvania high school English teacher Natalie Munroe was suspended for posting… Read more »

Breaking the Breakdown & Improving Communication Skills Training

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Conveying ideas and explaining information to others is an essential part of a manager’s job, from daily feedback and instructions to in-depth employee development and training. Many managers have never received formal training on how to relay information in a concise, clear and effective way, yet those who invest time in strengthening their written and… Read more »

Free Gift: Download a Personal Effectiveness E-Book

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There are essentially three types of assets all companies draw on in order to succeed: people, capital, and technology. All are valuable, but people are the critical component to success. Download the e-book Maximizing Human Potential: 5 Ways to Foster Personal Effectiveness as a “thank you” for being part of the Employee Development Systems, Inc…. Read more »

Redesign Your Workspaces to Increase Collaboration & Productivity

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Over the last few years, there has been much debate over what is the most effective design for office workspaces. Some organizations advocate more traditional, individualized spaces: cubicles or private offices, with separate conference rooms for meetings. Others, including Google, have moved toward a more open layout– shared workspaces, fewer walls and more places designed… Read more »

Make Time for Solo Work & Maximize Personal Effectiveness

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Working with others in some shape or form is necessary for most professions, and collaborating with a team of people can often be beneficial, productive and rewarding. Some work, however, must be done alone, without outside distractions. Peace and quiet are not always easy to come by during a busy work week, but it is… Read more »

Best Practices for Social Media Privacy

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A recent court case in France serves as an important reminder that content you publish on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, is not confidential and can come back to haunt you if you don’t exercise smart social media privacy habits. A French labor tribunal ruled in favor of Alten SIR, a consulting… Read more »

Pushing Boundaries for Social Collaboration Between Departments

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In a perfect world, cooperation between different departments in an organization is a smooth and streamlined process. It is easy to combine complementary skills and knowledge and work together for a common goal; you also know exactly who is in charge of what and how to give feedback, ask questions or request changes. Unfortunately, social… Read more »

6 Social Media Tips for Small Businesses & Nonprofits

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  Six years ago, Facebook was just a socializing and procrastination tool for college students. Today, Facebook reports  having more than 500 million monthly active users, spending more than 700 billion minutes and sharing more than 30 billion pieces of content each month. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites have grown to become… Read more »