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Help! I Don't Like My Boss!

Help! I Don't Like My Boss!
Let's face it you will not always work for a boss that you like (respect, get along with, agree with, think is competent etc.). In your career you are bound to work for someone (or have someone in your chain of command) that you have issues with. Surveys tell us that approximately 70% of people who voluntarily leave their jobs do so because of their boss. Surveys also tell us that a high percentage of people would make either a lateral move or take a pay cut to work for a company with a better work culture and environment.  What do you do if you find yourself now working with someone that you don't like? Well, before you quit, or send passive-agreessive (or just downright aggressive) signals that you're unhappy, or try and change your boss to the way that you think s/he should be, or complain about your boss on social media for all of the world to see, I'd like to offer you some things to think about... The Golden Rule Mr. Barron, my high school history teacher often told our class his version of "The Golden Rule" and it went something like this, He who has the gold, makes the rules.  I have worked with an awful lot of people who've forgotten that they work for their boss and NOT the other way around. When you work with a boss you don't like, don't make the situation worse by forgetting that whatever your concerns, point of view, and......
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Creating a Culture of Success: Part One

Creating a Culture of Success: Part One
Peter: “The thing is Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy…it’s that I just don’t care!” The Bobs: “Don’t care???” Peter: “It’s a problem of motivation…” From: “Office Space” _______________ If you’ve watched the movie Office Space you know that Peter is NOT happy at his job! He’s done dealing with a corporate environment filled with “TPS reports,” fax cover sheets and reporting to eight different bosses. Now, he’s so over it that he’s just doing enough “not to get fired!” Doesn’t sound like a culture designed for success, does it? The sad part is this doesn’t just happen in a movie-it happens in the workplace, every single day. Gallup says that 70% of employees are disengaged-and that disengagement costs companies $2,000 per employee! YIKES! For multifamily housing companies creating a high-performance/high-engagement culture is so important because this industry burns people out. I mean, how many times have you thought about quitting, or tried to quit the multifamily industry? I know I tried a few times in my career to leave the industry and I definitely thought about it many, many times, because there were so many times I felt it just wasn’t worth it.  ManagInc just released it’s 2017 Benchmark Study on “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Multifamily Industry” and within the report are two statistics indicating that while the average national employee turnover rate is 19% (2016 SHRM Human Capital Report), within the multifamily housing industry the turnover rate is 32% (National Apartment Association.)  Multifamily housing is NOT for the weak! And as leaders in this industry it’s crucial that you recog......
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You Deserve a Break Today!

You Deserve a Break Today!
When I first became a community manager I thought that being committed to my job meant that I rarely took breaks! After all there were so many things that I needed to take care of in a day from leading my team, to supervising operations, to responding to customers, managing our budget etc. that I felt that I just needed to plow through my day, even if that meant NOT taking any real breaks.  So, I would often not have any kind of substantial lunch, relying on coffee and granola bars to fuel me through. Sometimes I’d do a quick run to the gas station and grab a hot dog, Cheetos and soda (yes, I know) and come right back to my office to eat it. And yes, even though I was officially “out to lunch” I often found myself doing work while eating at my desk.  I thought I was being productive. I thought I was multi-tasking and being more efficient. Turns out, I was not. And you’re not either if you’re doing this on a daily basis! Turns out that we NEED to take periodic breaks throughout the day to maintain our productivity. Studies tell us that people who take one break an hour, and this could include something as simple as grabbing a cup of coffee or tea, taking a quick walk, stretching, or having a quick snack, are more productive than if they just kept working.  (No, this doesn’t mean you work for an hour and take a break for......
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#TreatYoTalent!

#TreatYoTalent!
Think about the last time you walked out of a store due to poor service. Was the employee helping you a grouch? Unhelpful? Due to employee dissatisfaction, you, the customer, ended up dissatisfied as well. Some people can power through a bad work environment, true, but ultimately if your employees aren’t happy, then chances are your customers won’t be happy. How do you fix this? One of the best ways is to stop treating employees simply as ‘employees,’ and seeing and engaging them as the talent instead. It’s not that hard to do and can be as simple as treating your talent with dignity and respect. Here are some tips to help the talent feel more satisfied. More open space. No matter how many anthropomorphized animal movies you see, animals people are not, so don’t cage them up. Cramming too many cubicles in one space creates the feeling of cattle trapped in a pen. And with too many chatty co-workers, it can sound like one too. So give your talent room to breathe, think, and move around. When they feel free, their mind will be free to function at full capacity. Break Rooms. Everyone needs to get away from their desk at some point, and it’s recommended you move around every hour1 to decrease chances of obesity and to keep up mental and physical health. So having a break room with a pool, ping pong, or foosball table gives your talent a place to go to and decompress before they get overwhelmed. Employee Perks. While I’m still discovering what exactly the perks are o......
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