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NOV
15

No Staff, No Money, No Time: Making it Work

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No Staff, No Money, No Time: Making it Work About a week ago I was at a fabulous symposium, NEXT, put on by The Alberta Library. After hearing inspiring speakers, we spent a day in small, mixed group discussions trying to figure out the future of libraries. A lot of really great ideas came out of these sessions, but there always seemed to be a bit of a drawback: every change requires time, money and staff to make them happen. While at conferences and workshops I try to keep in mind t... More...
OCT
20

Succession Planning

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Please note: I’m coming to the end of my topics for this series on Human Resources. If you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see for my next series, or even just individual topics, please let me know. Succession Planning Succession Planning: planning for the coming of one person or thing after another; can also be seen as planning for success. Three years ago the U.S. Department of Justice Library set up a committee to formulate a succession plan. Why? They l... More...
OCT
08

Organizing for Better Work Flow

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Organizing for Better Work Flow Not everybody feels comfortable working in the same environment. For me, my desk needs to be clear of papers and notes in order for me to feel organized and on top of things. Some people can be surrounded by huge piles of paper, but still manage to find anything they need quite quickly and feel that a neat desk means that they don’t have anything to do. Whatever your preferred work space organization, it should at least work for you. If you like be... More...
SEP
03

Professional Development

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Professional Development Last week, when I was moving things around in my brand new office, I came across a stack of newsletters and articles that I had meant to read. Some of them dated back to March of this year. Feeling somewhat guilty, I skimmed through them then passed the whole stack on to the next person on the list. Now why should I feel guilty about that? Doesn’t it indicate that I am so engrossed in my job that I don’t have time to read magazine articles and newsl... More...
AUG
25

Job Satisfaction for Those around You

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Job Satisfaction for Those around You In research recently printed in an article published by the Association for Psychological Science and popping up all over the internet, psychologists have found that the success of any organization is largely dependent on the happiness of its employees. Well, duh. Think about it: if you are not happy, are you going to perform at your best in the workplace? Not likely. So far The Weekly Blurb has focused mainly on you and your job satisfaction. T... More...
JUL
29

Attitude Makes a Huge Difference

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Attitude Makes a Huge Difference   Evaluated Feelings + Beliefs + Behaviors = Attitude   I’m facing the chicken or the egg dilemma.  Which comes first: positive attitude towards the job, or job satisfaction?  If I get up for work with an attitude that this is going to be a yucky day: construction noise is going to be loud again, problems are going to crop up so that I can’t work on long-term projects, the view out the window... More...
JUL
22

Balance between home and work life

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Balance between home and work life   In the shower this morning I was mentally reviewing all that I needed to do today at work.  While walking to work, the only exercise I get, I was mentally composing a document that I had left half-finished on my desk the night before.  I missed enjoying the morning, with all of its sights, sounds and smells, because I was already wrapped up in what I had to get done at work.   If you’re like me, you need to... More...
JUL
05

Job Satisfaction for You

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Job Satisfaction for You   Are you happy in your workplace?  You may be spending up to one third of your time at work, so if you are experiencing limited job satisfaction, it affects a good portion of your life.  There is academic research that links job satisfaction with personality types, with economic factors, and a variety of other factors.  But job satisfaction is individual – what makes you happy in the work place can be very different fro... More...
JUN
11

Firing Employees: The Last Resort!

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Firing Employees: The Last Resort! Fired.  Terminated.  Let go.  No matter how you say it, the concept of losing one’s job is incredibly frustrating, depressing, and life changing.  There could also be some legal complexity with the ending of employment, which is why a lot of employers think long and hard about going through the process.  But if an employee’s performance has been continuously unsatisfactory, despite numerous discussions, or even illegal... More...
JUN
07

Hiring Employees: Advertising, Interviewing and Training

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Hiring Employees: Advertising, Interviewing and Training   Hiring employees can be a daunting task, both if you get a lot of applications, and if you get very few to none at all.  There are entire books on the topic, so there’s no way I can cover everything here, but I’ll give you some basics, and then list some titles on the subject.   Advertising To get qualified people to do the job you want them to do requires that your job ad be fairly ... More...
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