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Work-Life Balance: Solving the Elusive Conundrum

May 08, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Life is more than punching a clock everyday. To truly enjoy life and one’s work, it is essential to strike a balance between your business life and your personal life. The demands of a job often put a strain on families. Take a minute to assess your Work/Life Balance. Ask yourself questions such as: Do you feel stressed out most of the time? Do you feel you don’t have time for yourself – or your family and friends? Do you wish you ...

Resolution 2017: Moving Forward

January 02, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Tis the season for resolutions! I know many of you are exhausted from the holidays and the word ‘resolution’ brings up an internal groan, but it doesn’t have to. Resolutions can be a very positive experience and a successful one if you start in the right place. In the gray winter months with a culture that praises being critical and at times cynical, personal reflection can often go negative quickly, focusing on your flaws and mistakes. But starting and staying negative in your reflection ...

Leadership in a Multi-Generational Workplace

December 13, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized



Ten years ago Google was operating out of a garage, Apple was in economic peril, and the founder of Facebook was still in high school. What a difference a decade can make! There are five generations of people living in America today including the Traditionalists (pre-1945), Baby Boomers (1945-1964), Generation X (1965-1977), Generation Y (1978-1995), and Linksters (1996 – Present).   Four generations (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y) are currently in the workplace, and the Linkster generation will enter the workplace in ten years. Workers born in different eras ...

Change Management: Why do they resist?

December 06, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



According to Peter Senge in his book, The Dance of Change, “most change initiatives fail”.  Two independent studies in the early 1990s, one published by Arthur D. Little and one by McKinsey & Co., found that out of the hundreds of corporate Total Quality Management (TQM) programs studied, about two thirds “grind to a halt because of their failure to produce hoped-for results.” Even without hearing the statistics, most of us know firsthand that change programs fail.  We have seen enough “flavor of the month” programs rolled out from top management to last a lifetime.  Therefore, how ...

Standing out from the Herd: Personal Branding

August 25, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



In school we were all told not to care what other people think of us. To create a personal brand you’ll have to disregard that advice. What people think of you is a big determining factor in deciding if and how they do business with you.   So what is a personal brand? In short it’s what people think of you. A well managed personal brand takes into account your personality, your unique attributes, values, and expertise, packaging them all together to help people know and relate to you ...

Strategic Thinking

June 01, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



Have you ever been frustrated at work because you’ve had to spend the majority of your time trying to fix today’s problems instead of improving your company for tomorrow?  Have you ever wondered why some companies and departments are constantly putting out fires, while others are always one step ahead of the game? Strategic thinking is likely the answer.   Strategic thinking is the new buzz word, but what is it? What it isn’t is tactical thinking. The words strategic and tactical are often used interchangeablely, but ...

Employee Engagement: Putting the Human Back in Human Resources

February 05, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



Employee engagement - It’s a term thrown around a lot today, but really what is it? An engaged employee is an employee who is emotionally invested in their work, in their company’s success, and what they’re company is trying to accomplish.Tim Rutledge, author of , Getting Engaged: The New Workplace Loyalty, describes an engaged employee as one who is inspired, committed and fascinated, an employee who says, “I want to do this, I am dedicated to the success of what I am doing, and I love what I am doing.” Simply put, it’s an employee who’s in it for more ...

Giving Thanks

November 24, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized



During a month of ‘Thanksgiving’, it is a time to remember the things we have to be grateful for. It is our special time to give thanks... not just for the obvious, like food, but for the thousands of fortunate moments, the multitude of blessings that we receive each year.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if every day your CEO made it a point to personally greet each of your employees and say, "Thanks for coming in today." And imagine what it would be like if no employee left ...

Office Drama – It is Inescapable!

July 17, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Every workplace has them—employees who whine, complicate and control;coworkers who are toxic or don’t pull their weight. You know the type: The sky is falling. We’re all going to get fired. The end is near. The office drama king or queen has just arrived. And your energy is about to be depleted through needless conflict, hysteria, and speculation. Unfortunately, this type of coworker or employee isn’t uncommon. Workplace communication and negotiation expert Linda Swindling, JD, author of Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done, says her research has shown that more than three-quarters of respondents to a 2012 ...

Keeping Your Cool As You Cope With Conflict

May 22, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Getting one-up on someone you are in conflict with may feel like the best solutions in the heat of the moment.  However, most of us can appreciate that maintaining our cool yields results that will help to create a common ground or quite possibly – a higher ground.  The big question is:  How to handle conflict when it hits you between the eyes? We all respond to conflict according to our own personal instinct and personality.  Research has identified five general responses to conflict avoidance, accommodation, force, compromise and collaboration.  These ...