Managers spend more than 6 hours per week handling staff conflicts

Do you know the percent of time Canadian Managers spend involved in resolving employee disputes? The article and survey published in HR Reporter, and conducted by Accountemps puts it at 16%. Our one-day workshops on Resolving Conflicts in the Workplace gives insights into how to be more efficient in handling this, thus freeing up valuable management time, helping to […]

Reducing Conflict in the Office

The Toronto Star featured an article on the five steps to reducing conflict in the office. It states that dealing with conflict in the workplace takes up a huge chunk of time managers and employees could be using more productively. Our one-day workshops on Resolving Conflicts in the Workplace gives insights into how to be more efficient in handling this, […]

The HR Tools the Profit 200 Use to Fire Up Their Employees

Profit Magazine identified the top four tools the top 200 fastest growing companies use. Two of these are where J Watson Training can assist your organization. #2 is Training Programs #4 is Performance Appraisals #1 and 3 are Benefit Packages and Bonuses To view the chart in Profit Magazine click on Infographic: Perks and practices

The Power of Words

Take two minutes to learn a valuable lesson in communication. The subject line of an email is critical. I can make your message stand out and be read widely or be overlooked. Your word choice impacts your readers’ buy in to your message.

Project Management — Ten Defining Questions for a Successful Foundation

Nike came up with an award winning slogan for selling their sporting goods in 1988. But as much as Just do ithas worked wonders for that company, if you are given a project and told to just do it, you should think again. Every year, thousands of world-wide projects end up in jeopardy because of a universal […]

Words Requiring Prepositions – Tip Sheet

Prepositions are words that show the relationship of nouns and pronouns with the other words in a sentence. Some examples ofprepositions are in, on, of, by, with, to, into, between, up, off, between, to and for. Sometimes, prepositions are unnecessary and can be easily removed. Examples Poor: Where is she at? Better: Where is she? Poor: The shift is now over with. Better: The shift is now over. […]

Emails Made Easy

Emails in the workplace can be irritating. They are either too long or too abrupt. Blaise Pascal, the mathematician, once said, “I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short.” I think today you can easily substitute the word “email” for “letter.” Too many writers have a knee […]

Slide Deck Beats PowerPoint — Sometimes

PowerPoint is a wonderful tool. But like many things, it can be overused. I use PowerPoint in my writing workshops that usually have a minimum of 20 people. And I generally follow the standard guideline of no more than six words across the line and no more than six lines to a slide. My font […]

Report Writing: Getting the Length Right

At a recent workshop, one of the participants had a hard time with the idea of brevity. He had been told by his manager that his reports were too short. Therefore, he was looking for tips on how to pad his sentences with extra words. I read over some of the documents he brought and […]

Writing Styles: Academic Versus Business

Why do some people – even though they have gotten great marks in their essays in school – have difficulty when writing in the business world? They may not realize a major factor: There are many different writing styles, e.g., academic, business, legal, literary, technical, and scientific. Each style has its own audience, purpose, and […]