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7 Ways You Should Treat Your Employees!

Rhonda Knisley

How well do you treat your employees?  Do you treat your employees well on a daily basis, only when they do a good job, or not at all?

 

Hopefully you are one of those individuals in management who treats your employees well all the time.  There are those that don’t ever treat their employees well and those who do it inconsistently.   It makes me wonder how a manager or supervisor can lose site of the fact that the employees are one of the key elements in the operation of the organization. 

 

Most organizations realize the value of its employees and do many positive things to keep employees engaged.  Managers and supervisors should carry on that same momentum, but many of them don’t.  It’s a puzzle to me why they wouldn’t continue to promote employee engagement within their departments when it’s a management philosophy. 

 

It is easy to tell which supervisors and managers promote employee engagement in their departments by the way the employees act.  The departments where no extra effort has been dedicated to the employees reflects minimal interaction and there is no positive energy in the room.  Employees work individually, and productivity is low. When the supervisor or manager dedicates time and training to his or her employees, you can feel the positive energy as soon as you enter the department.  The atmosphere is upbeat, the employees are working individually and in teams and have ongoing interaction with their supervisor or manager.  Productivity is obvious

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So if you are not treating your employee’s right, here is 7 ways that might help you improve!


  • Build a rapport with your employees – get to know who they are.

 

  • Conduct weekly meetings with your employees – keep them updated on what is going on in the department and the organization.  Ask for their input and answer their questions honestly.

 

  • Define your expectations – employees need to know what you expect and what your limitations are.

 

  • Provide work related training for the employees so they can learn new things and improve their skill set.

 

  • Acknowledge your employees, show your appreciation for doing a great job – have lunch brought in, make sure you always tell them thank you.

 

  • Make sure your employees understand they can come to you – whether they have questions, a problem or suggestions, let them know you are always ready to hear what they have to say.  Open communication is of the utmost importance.

 

  • Be spontaneous and do things to show your appreciation and say thank you for being a great employee.  Be creative and have special days like“Casual Day Friday” and have “Appetizer Afternoon” … you get the idea.

 

The simplest things mean a lot, too.  People want to feel appreciated and showing that you are invested in your employees and their well being lets them know you have faith and trust in them.  Once your employees know you have trust and faith in them, you will see that they will begin to have the same with you.  When you have happy employees, it makes things so much easier.   When you have a positive and happy work environment, you have employees who are productive and want to do the best job they can.

 

You goal is to be there for you employees.  By showing your support, maintaining open communication, and acknowledging and showing your appreciation, you become a supervisor or manager that employees want to work with.

 

There are lots of things you can do for your employees.  These 7 suggestions are ones I think are important. 

 

I’d like to know what some of your suggestions are, so please feel free to share your comments.

~Rhonda

 

HEALTH: Always hungry? 12 reasons you need to take it more seriously!

excessive hunger


Mita Majumdar

You just had a sumptuous breakfast. Within half an hour you get the urge to eat, so you wolf down a pack of chips. Within minutes you are hungry again. You raid the fridge for the leftover cake from yesterday’s party, finish it, and then you are hungry again! And this is not the first time this is happening with you. It has become a regular affair. You are worried that you will put on weight, and rightly so. You think – What could be causing your hunger? And more importantly what could suppress your excessive hunger?

Feeling excessively hungry is normal if you have overdone it in the gym or jogged an extra mile. And if you are pregnant, of course, you will have an increased appetite. You may also tend to eat more when recovering from an illness.  But excessive hunger can be a symptom of different diseases too. The scientific community terms it hyperphagia or polyphagia.

Notice how you have excess desire for food when you are stressed out? Persistent stress and anxiety is a definite trigger for excessive hunger. Whenever we are stressed the brain is triggered to produce corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and adrenaline, which suppress appetite. But if stress persists, the adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol, which increases appetite. If the stress is prolonged, cortisol may stay elevated causing excessive hunger.

Mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder and manic depression associated with an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, hormonal deficiencies, and genetic factors can increase your desire for food enormously. Bipolar disorder is characterized by severe mood swings, very high energy levels and impulsiveness. Depression, on the other hand, is characterized by overwhelming persistent feelings of sadness, low energy levels, and difficulty concentrating. (Read: Bipolar disorder: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment)

Eating disorders like bulimia cause excessive hunger. Bulimia involves binge eating, which means uncontrolled overeating or eating much larger amounts of food than you normally would within, say, less than two hours. This phase of binge eating is followed by purging or self-induced vomiting. A similar eating disorder is compulsive overeating or binge eating. This disorder starts gradually as in a child who turns to food when upset and over time he learns that food.

At times, excessive hunger might also be tell-tale sign of a worm infestation in the intestine. These worms, for example, tapeworm, can live for a long period of time without being detected by you. These parasites rob the body of all essential nutrients leaving you with undesired fats and sugars. You start feeling uncontrollably hungry and tend to overeat. Read 10 tips to prevent hunger pangs and cravings at nights 

Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is another reason why you feel excessively hungry. Hypoglycemia symptoms such as hunger, fatigue, headache, cold sweats, confusion and mild tremors can be caused by over-exercising and not eating enough carbohydrates, starvation dieting, and alcohol addiction. In these cases, the hypoglycemia is short termed, and blood sugar levels are restored when you eat. But if you have liver disease, the hypoglycemia becomes chronic and you have the urge to eat all the time. This is because the body usually produces sugar in the liver to avoid blood sugar levels falling. And if you have a liver disease, your liver won’t be able to produce sugar.

Type-2 diabetes, too, can make you feel hungry constantly. Okay, it is easy to understand why you feel so hungry when you have low blood sugar, but how on earth do you feel hungry when you are overloaded with sugar? That’s what diabetes is all about, isn’t it? Interestingly, high blood sugar does cause hunger, even though you do not need more food. This is because every cell in your body relies upon insulin to get the sugar from the blood. If there is not enough insulin, or if it isn’t working properly, sugar piles up in the blood but it can’t get into the cells where it is needed. So the cells send the signal to the brain to get more food. And because this is happening all the time, you tend to feel hungry constantly. (Read: Diabetes – Symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and complications)

Certain medications such as corticosteroids, cyproheptadine, and tricyclic antidepressants are known to cause hyperphagia.

Food craving is a common physical symptom of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The syndrome occurs during the second half of the menstrual cycle and goes away within 1 – 2 days after the period starts. Other symptoms include bloating, headache, diarrhoea or constipation and breast tenderness. Mood swings, fatigue, and sleep problems too occur during this time. (Read: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – tips to deal with it)

Excessive hunger is also associated with Hyperthyroidism and Grave’s disease, an autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid. The thyroid functions to increase the metabolic rate, so an overactive thyroid shows symptoms of hyperactivity, insomnia, or constant hunger that is unsatisfied by eating. Incidentally, you don’t gain weight here by all the eating; instead you lose weight since you burn calories at a much faster rate because of overactive thyroid.

Genetic disorders such as Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) are sometimes responsible for excessive hunger. The disorder is characterized by excessive appetite with progressive obesity, short stature and mental retardation. PWS is the most common genetic form of obesity, but why it causes excessive hunger is not yet fully known. Researchers think it may due to the presence of high levels of the appetite hormone called ghrelin that could be responsible. High levels of ghrelin appear to make high-calorie foods look more appealing, so it is not difficult to guess why a person with PWS, who has 3-fold higher levels, tends to eat more and become fat.

Chromosomal abnormality, again a gene disorder can cause excessive hunger. It is well known that an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure results in obesity. And a part of the brain, called hypothalamus, regulates these two factors.  Hypothalamus contains numerous small nuclei that produce hormones responsible for body temperature, hunger, mood regulation, and other autonomic body functions. One of these nuclei (paraventricular nucleus PVN) is responsible for regulating hunger. When PVN malfunctions because of structural defect, you feel excessive hunger and overeat.

Adverse intrauterine environment has been found to be the precursor to excessive hunger. Researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, proposed a very interesting cause for hyperphagia. They found that excessive hunger to be a consequence of ‘fetal programming’. It is based on the theory that if there are adverse conditions in the uterus of the mother, say malnutrition, metabolic and hormonal changes occur in the fetus to adapt itself to the intrauterine conditions. If these adaptive responses persist even after the baby is born, it leads to metabolic, cardiovascular and endocrine disorders.

Emotional support from family and friends and sometimes counseling may be required to deal with excessive hunger. Contact your doctor if you have persistent increase in appetite. Failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage.

Source: TheHealthSite

Story: The Man In Trouble




A man was caught and thrown into a pit (A big hole on earth) of about "40 feet" deep, just because he was a stranger. He struggled trying to get out of the pit,but the more he tried, the weaker his muscles became. He said to himself, "I don't know how to get myself out of this. Maybe I should just die instead of enduring these miserable struggles and pains."
Just then, he heard a voice screaming, "Help! Help!! Help!!!" The shouts were coming from another pit, which was 10 feet more deeper than the one he was in.
He thought to himself, "Wow, so there is somebody else like me trapped here too". Listening carefully, he heard some cracking and sand dropping from the wall of the pit of the other victim. Immediately he summed up his courage and with his last bit of strength, started crawling little by little until he made it out of his pit.
MORAL:
That pain you think you are passing through, there are people worst off than you. Always say something sweet to yourself. Always smile at your
pains. Let them be; they are just there for a while and also to challenge you. Today may be your darkest hour, but your joy will come in the morning. Try to encourage yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror, beat your chest and say, "I can make it and I can stand the test of time."
*Always try to face your worst fear because nothing GOOD comes easy. You must be UNCOMFORTABLE to get to your COMFORT ZONE.

Few Best Tips for Living great life.



1. Remember that the only real failure is quitting too early.
2. Smile more often. Your face will thank you.
3. If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.
4. Leadership’s not about a title but about a way of doing things.
5. Eat less food, get more done.
6. All elite achievers are obsessed with being the best.
7. Your daily behavior reveals your deepest beliefs.
8. Sweat the small stuff. Mastery is the result of 1000 tiny victories.
9. Your fears are liars. Your doubts are traitors.
10. Without a daily plan you’re lost in the woods.
11. Have Faith in Self more than on Others.
12. Never Jump into Judgment even it is more to your favour.
13. Avoid argument.
 
 

Need success? Work on your thoughts !







By Junaid Tahir


There is a famous saying that we are the product of our thoughts. That means we become what we think about so I decided to write this article to understand the importance of thoughts, their contributing factors, thought analysis and purification techniques.



During all day we keep thinking about things, events, families, issues, future, money, office and several other stuff. Our thoughts drive us to take some actions and hence we are moving towards our destiny by each and every action. That means our thought is the strongest part of our destiny as it is the root cause of every action. In my opinion, our Thoughts Process primarily consists of following five contributing factors. I will include some of the details of each factor and summarize the Thought Purification tips under each category below:



1.     Education: Education broadens the horizon of our minds. More education means that the mind is exposed to more knowledge and possibilities. Education when combined with experience result in more mental growth as compared to a less educated person. Hence the quality of thoughts are directly linked with the education. So to keep our 'thoughts seeds' healthy we must seek for Good knowledge, the knowledge which freshen up our brain cells, which gives us positive energy and boosts up our mental power. So we must keep learning new things throughout our life in order to synergize.    Article written by Junaid Tahir. Feel free to feedback at mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com


2.   
Desires: This is sometimes a killing factor. For example, If we let our brain running behind our desires blindly, we will end up with considering short-cuts in our life for achievements. These short cuts basically kill the purity of thoughts and consequently bound us doing social evils such as back-biting, lying, deceiving, stealing, fraud, bribery and other forms of corruption. Hence, we have to have sold control on our desires to control this phenomenon. But this does not mean, we should drop our genuine desires. Remember, Positive desires combined with Positive Thoughts and Actions will result in success.  However Positive Desires combined with Negative Thoughts and Action will result in crimes which I just mentioned above.  Article written by Junaid Tahir. Feel free to feedback at mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com


3.   
Brought up: Each one of us has been brought up in a unique way by our parents. Some of us have been grown in very healthy physical and mental family environment. Some have mixed kind of situations both positive and negative in terms of finance, family bonding and social lives. Our mental growth has been based on all the events which have been taking place in our childhood, teenage and even our current day to day life. We can't go back to past to change our brought-up but what we can do is to drop the negative part of our past and tightly hold on to the positive one. It's pretty much straight forward. If we wish to keep the Negative things in mind, that means we are polluting your brain and your 'Thinking System'. So the choice is ours!

4.    Company (family & friends): This is something we can really work on to make our life happy. A mature 'human environment' is an indication of healthy mental growth. We must always try to surround yourself with positive, fun-loving, friendly, optimistic, constructive,  cheerful and bright people so the brain is free from stress consequently brain will automatically start working on positive thoughts.  When with family, we should always endeavour for creating a happy environment by meeting the logical desires of family members, cracking jokes, listening empathically. This helps divert the brain towards positive feelings and hence our upcoming thoughts would be mature, positive and stress-free. Article written by Junaid Tahir. Feel free to feedback at mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com


5.   
Circumstances: Good and bad things happen to everyone but we must not throw ourselves totally on our circumstances. It is said that life is 20% what happens to us and 80% how we react to it. So consider every challenge as a new adventure and try to adopt a positive approach for a safe exit. Control your circumstance by surrounding yourself with positive people, behaving good with others, taking corrective and preventive measures for any mishaps. There are situations when we don't have control on the events happened to us. In this case, we don't have much choice but to live with the situation. However we shouldn't let such things steal our peace of mind. So we need to seek help from others and try to find solution. It is advised not to get involved too much for any situation. It is wisely said by someone that if you can't laugh on the same joke again and again so why worrying on the same trouble again and again! Article written by Junaid Tahir. Feel free to feedback at mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com





Conclusion: You are the product of your thoughts. Quality of your thoughts determines the level of peace of mind. Good thoughts result in good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit. So every seed of thought matters. Always remember: Small minds think and discuss about people, average minds think and discuss about events, higher minds think and discuss about ideas and great mind actually execute & innovate in silence.in , , , , , , , - on 1/21/2012 10:21:00 AM

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Do You Keep People Happy?



By Junaid Tahir
Keeping people happy is one of the signs of God's presence in your heart because spreading and ensuring happiness around you is the a human-nature-based instinct which is concretely linked with Universal principles of God.
Making people laugh for a short span of time is not to be considered as keeping them happy altogether because laughter is just a sub-set of happiness. You might make person giggle or feel good by a joke, a sitcom, a nice instant comment but this feeling is for a very short span of time but keeping people happy for long terms is your real achievement because it indicates a permanent demonstration of your character trait for possessing high degree of care and love for others.

Below are some good assessment points for you in terms of people's behaviour towards you: 

1-    Do people, directly or indirectly, appreciate you for your kind words and deeds quite often?
2-   Do people keep in touch with you by sending text, emails, phone calls etc?
3-   Do people trust in you and discuss their personal problems with you to seek advice?
4-   Do people share their secrets because they consider you as a deep sea who would keep the secret?
5-   Do people consider you as:
a.    Soft-heart person?
b.    An empathic Listener?
c.    A helping hand? 
d.    A conflict solver?
6-   Do people learn new moral, social, financial or ethical lessons when they meet you? Do they consider you as a source of inspiration and positivity?

In case your answer to these questions is No then you need to work on things bringing happiness in their lives which will bring you one step closer to God's blessings. Again, remember the fact that keeping people happy is not about making them laugh it's basically triggering the long lasting feeling of contentment and tranquillity in someone's heart by your persistent loving and caring behaviour.

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About Author: Junaid Tahir is a passionate blogger. He writes articles on leadership, Stress Management and Life Enhancement subjects at his personal blog
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Drop All Negative References of Your Past




One of the most severely limiting beliefs that many of us have is that the person we were yesterday is the person we have to be today.

If you can see how ridiculous and self-defeating this belief is, you can make an instant shift toward success. What prevents us from tapping into this potential is our own mental ties to the past.

Letting go of your past is like taking a set of heavy chains from around your neck.

Our past has no power other than the power we give it. One of the most dynamic and significant changes you can make in your life is to make the commitment to drop all negative references to your past, to begin living now.


 The positive energy you create may shock you. New doors and opportunities will open.
As your past habits creep into your consciousness, simply acknowledge them and let them go.

 Focus on what you can do today, right now in this moment.

SADRU RAJWANI
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