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How can managers improve employee productivity while saving time? Here are the top 10 things you can do to improve employee effectiveness in the office.

As the world changes the way it works, companies are evaluating the most efficient way to staff their offices. A study on remote working last year found that productivity increases by 47% when working remotely from home. But not all companies are embracing the remote working philosophy. According to a Workest survey of 1,000 small business employees, 67% of respondents said their company was planning a return to the office this year.

So how can…


Employee benefits do more than just make your recruitment process easier. They make existing employees even more productive.

Are you providing the benefits your staff want and deserve? Benefits make employees happy, and happy employees are naturally more productive. Many studies confirm this, including research of 700 people by the Social Market Foundation and the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy at the University of Warwick, UK. …


As companies evaluate fiscal ROI and strategically plan for future growth, employee engagement should be your top priority. Employers invariably focus their energy on improving employee performance, but what about employee productivity? These concepts may be related, but they are not the same.

Your workplace may be filled with happy, engaged employees who, while they love their jobs, are not very productive or hardworking. Interestingly, the reverse can also be true. Some work environments have productive employees with low morale who are not engaged at all. …


According to a new Willis Towers Watson survey, about 9 in 10 workers say their managers supported them well during the COVID-19 crisis and that their companies provided them with the technology and other tools needed to work productively during the pandemic.

Yet very few believe their companies gave supervisors sufficient training to lead during the crisis, especially when it comes to managing remote employees.

“By all accounts, respondents give managers and leaders high marks for guiding workers through the crisis so far,” said John Jones, head of North America talent at Willis Towers Watson. …


After a certain period of time in a field, you probably have the experience and technical skills to do the job.

While these skills are extremely important to your professional development, to take the next step and become an excellent manager, you also need to develop an entirely different set of skills.

These additional, but equally important, skills are known as human resource management skills’ and must be honed through experience and practice.

What are people management skills?

People management skills, also known as ‘soft skills’, are more difficult to define than technical skills. They include skills such as communication, confidence and patience, to name…


What is strategic planning?

Strategic planning is the art of creating specific business strategies, implementing them and evaluating the results of the plan’s execution against the overall long-term goals or desires of a company. It is a concept that focuses on the integration of various departments (such as accounting and finance, marketing and human resources) within a company to achieve its strategic goals. The term strategic planning is essentially synonymous with strategic management.

The concept of strategic planning became popular in the 1950s and 1960s and was popular in the corporate world until the 1980s, when it fell somewhat out of favour. …


Human resource planning aims to achieve the objectives of labour requirements. It enables the mobilisation of recruited resources for productive activities. Human resource planning is an important process to link the company’s strategy with its operations.

The importance of human resource planning is as follows:

Future workforce needs

Human resource planning ensures that people are available to ensure the continued smooth running of an organisation. In other words, human resource planning is seen as a tool to ensure the future availability of the workforce to carry out the organisation’s activities. …


Engage employees and keep going — a message every HR professional needs to hear as the transformation of work continues. As a strategy, employee engagement has always been a major focus for HR and executives in any given company, but no one could have predicted when the concept was first introduced nearly 30 years ago that it would have the impact on business strategy that it has today.

That said, engagement is not just about achieving better business results, it is also about ensuring the sustainability of the business. And given recent statistical data, this has become a financial imperative.


Challenges are inevitable in all companies and jobs. They are also essential because they give us the motivation to learn more and hone our skills. This is well illustrated in the challenges of HR, which make this position one of the most demanding in the company.

The obstacles HR staff face are different every day and help them become better professionals. It may be company norms, employee grievances, new hires, etc. However, amidst these many obstacles, some HR challenges are more distinct.

These can be seen as fundamental issues that anyone working in this field needs to master. After all…


Taking a career in human resources to the next level involves the conscious development of a set of skills that many people do not think about. That’s why HR leaders stand out — they possess certain personal qualities that seem natural, but can also be developed with focus and training.

To excel in a career in human resources, you need to hone your leadership qualities and skills. …

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