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As 2013 comes to a close, NOBCChE would like to wish our members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. Check out the top 10 most read exclusive content articles from 2013 and stay tuned for more great articles in 2014!


10) 5 tips for successful performance evaluations
By D. Albert Brannen
From Dec. 12: Performance evaluation programs can be immensely beneficial to employers. They can help management improve employee performance and adjust staff expectations. However, if done improperly, performance evaluations can create more legal liability than they help to avoid. This article lists five critical tips for making sure your performance evaluation system is on the right track.
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9) 5 reasons every employer should have job descriptions
By D. Albert Brannen
From Oct. 16: No state or federal law requires job descriptions. However, job descriptions can be helpful tools for employers for both practical and legal reasons. If you do not have accurate and up-to-date job descriptions in place for all of your employees, you should get them as soon as practical. This article will outline five of the many ways in which job descriptions can benefit employers.
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8) A crisis in leadership
By Michael J. Berens
From Sept. 18: Leaders must make difficult decisions that are not always popular. They instigate changes that upend people's lives and shift the balances of power and wealth. Are we too close to our time to recognize truly gifted leaders or to fully appreciate the effects of their decisions? Should we not be concerned about the ostensible leadership vacuum? Perhaps. But I suspect there are other forces at play.
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7) 8 tips for delivering difficult employee feedback
By Liz Murphy
From Nov. 7: Being in a leadership position can be rewarding, but it does require a lot of time and dedication to your people. In fact, one of the biggest responsibilities of a leader is identifying and correcting performance issues. Because an employee's performance can be a sensitive matter, here are eight tips to help you deliver difficult feedback in a way that produces positive results.
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6) Proper holiday decor in the workplace
By Jessica Taylor
From Oct. 31: With the fall and winter holidays quickly approaching, many offices are bringing out their decorations to lift spirits for the seasons. It's also the time for the annual argument of what's appropriate, if anything. Problems generally arise when there are differing opinions of what’s suitable and whose holiday should be celebrated. Since Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination based on religion, national origin, race, color or sex, it's important to know about all of the holidays that are surrounding us in the next couple of months.
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5) Leading millennials: Are you up to the task at hand?
By Jessica Taylor
From Nov. 21: No matter how you look at the business world, things are evolving — from the way businesses are run to the types of employees that are hired. As baby boomers leave the workforce, the millennials are infiltrating your offices. These millennials are becoming successful in their multitasking, challenge-thriving ways, but with that comes challenges. Ask yourself, can you lead a millennial effectively?
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4) 5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
By D. Albert Brannen
From Sept. 11: The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one.
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3) 9 steps to effective business emails
By Joe Latta
From Oct. 24: Email communication is a key part of nearly every project, client relationship and business development effort. In fact, according to a study by the Radicati Group, this year the average corporate employee will dedicate 28 percent of each workday to email, sending and receiving more than 115 messages. Unfortunately, all too often the email messages we create are structured and sent in ways that confuse co-workers, annoy clients and frustrate prospects. That's why we're discussing nine easy steps to make your emails simpler and more powerful.
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2) 5 ways to improve your LinkedIn profile
By Mark Kats
From Sept. 25: When it comes to social media best practices, there are multiple platforms — and countless strategies and tactics — to consider. But before we get into the more advanced tips and tricks, let's make sure we have a few important basics covered. Here are the five things you should check out and potentially update on your LinkedIn profile.
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1) 6 things managers should not talk about at work
By D. Albert Brannen
From Nov. 14: Managers have a special role for employers because they are legal agents. What they say, do and know can be attributed to their employer. Depending on the issue, employers can be strictly liable for the conduct of managers. Several laws come into play here, but there are certain things that managers should absolutely not talk about with employees or anyone else at work. This article lists six of these topics, but by no means is this an exhaustive list.
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