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Staying Connected with Summer Interns When School Bell Rings

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When September rolls around, school is back in session and that can be a Godsend to parents. Though for many leaders, the end of summer can mean the departure of an intern.

If your department worked with an intern this summer, back-to-school shouldn’t mean cutting the lines of communication on someone you devoted time and resources to for three months.

By staying in touch during the school year, managers can keep interns looped in on organizational news and provide insight on current trends and events in your industry.

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Browsing the Web at Work Isn’t So Bad After All

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When organizations began allowing Internet access for employees it struck fear in the hearts of leaders everywhere. "They'll surf the Web all day! Nothing will get done!," they cried. For a time that was probably true.
 
But research by Don J. Q. Chen and Vivien K. G. Lim of the National University of Singapore indicates that noodling around the Web provides a helpful break for employees and can even enhance their productivity.

 

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How to Launch an Effective Engagement Program: 5 Tips to Get Going

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From spring employee survey campaigns come fall engagement programs. Unfortunately, many companies rush to create engagement initiatives without fully understanding what they are doing.

As a facilitator of engagement programs in major companies, my first counsel is to be clear and unified around what engagement is and what you expect it to accomplish.

Define, review and refine. What is your definition of engagement? What is your objective? You can’t successfully start an engagement program or expect lasting results, if you don’t have a clear goal that ties directly to the business plan.

So, how do you do this?

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Five Tips for Your Next Employee Focus Groups

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A proven Dulye & Co. technique for checking the pulse of the organization is a no-frills employee roundtable.

Here are five strategies for roundtables that get the input you need without wasting anyone's time.

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Book Time for a One-on-One Meeting – with Yourself

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The old adage "can't see the forest for the trees" is truer than many of us want to admit. After all, we've got work to do, deadlines to meet, customers to satisfy. Nevertheless, we can't accomplish all those things without a higher-level perspective on our workload and strategy.
 
Jump off the fast track for an hour each week and give yourself a moment to reconnect with what's on your mind.
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There's No App for Minimizing Distractions

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Distracted2In today's workplace there are plenty of distractions, too, many of them of the digital variety: phone calls, email, text messages, Angry Birds, you name it. 

The good news is that managers can break through this clutter and keep their teams focused.

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Manage Measurement Gaps by Taking the Long View

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TelescopeIn many ways, tracking the effectiveness of communications and operational effectiveness has never been easier.
 
Free online survey tools enable leaders to take get a read on things quickly, but the age-old problem remains: measuring the wrong things.
 
Dulye & Co. recently conducted a roundtable focused on internal communications measurement. The key takeaways reminded us that organizations need to shift their view of what matters when capturing employee feedback.
 
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Is it Time to Dust Off Your Staff Development Plan?

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Freshness leafMost employees have development goals on their performance plans but in the breakneck pace of most workplaces these days, development slips from a priority to a nice-to-have.

The mid-year point is a terrific opportunity to revisit those goals with each team member and see how they can use the summer downtime to attend training courses or take on a challenging assignment.

Here's a game plan for breathing life into flagging development plans.

 

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Your Stretch Assignment: Sponsor a Mission-critical Team Project

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Leadership supportOne ingredient can make or break the success of critical organizational effort: leadership support. The projects that have an executive or other leader standing behind it are the ones best positioned for a positive impact.

We're not talking about nominal support. We mean an active management sponsor who has skin in the game.

The most effective management sponsors embrace many important responsibilities and is a key player in ensuring the success of a team effort.

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Should It Matter If Your Team is Happy?

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CorkboardSmileySeasoned leaders understand that key decisions, large or small, are likely to make a large number of people unhappy. It goes with the territory, right? You can't please everyone.

But what about a leader's own team? Should the leader care if everyone is happy?

According to Linda Lausell Bryant, executive director of Inwood House, a New York-based organizations that focuses on teenagers' health issues, the answer is, "no."