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Three Managerial Instincts You Can Learn From Your Pets

Our pets’ reactions are purely instinctual. They are based on survival and essential needs including food, warmth, and companionship. Although many of us like to think that we have evolved beyond the animal species such as dogs and cats, there is a lot we can learn from their behavior that will help us better manage our lives, especially in times of stress. Trust Your Instincts. If you experience a nagging thought, listen to it. Your instincts are often right. Unless they seem irrational, don’t ignore them. If they do seem irrational, seek a third party opinion. Science Daily reported on Read More

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Intellectual Property and the Workplace

In a competitive business environment, where innovation and new ideas are essential, companies must protect themselves against loss. Intellectual property rights refer to products such as copyrighted works, trademarks, patentable inventions, and industry knowledge or trade secrets. If such proprietary knowledge or products are lost, it will be detrimental to the owner or originator. Nolo Law for All advises that businesses often assume that work undertaken by independent contractors, such as writing or designing a logo, automatically becomes the hiring company’s property. However, without a written agreement, this may not be the case. The Copyright Act states that any work Read More

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I Just Need a Minute! What to do When Employees are Nearing Their Breaking Point

Stressed out employees spells trouble for an employer. Not only does morale and productivity plummet but staff turnover may increase. According to Kathryn Dill of Forbes, a study by Monster that included approximately 7,000 workers found that 42 percent had left a position on their own volition because of stress; a further 35 percent had considered the option. When stress reaches a high enough level, staff members disengage and the situation is difficult to reverse. Some leading factors in high employee stress levels are outlined below with suggestions for employer interventions. The Global Benefits Attitudes Survey by Towers Watson revealed Read More