Category Archives: Communications

Do You Know: The Importance of Active Listening

As teams work together, one of the most important skills for members is listening. Too often, this is a very underutilized tool. I had a colleague who described listening as the time you spend trying to figure out what you … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Trends in Labor-Management Relations, 2017 – Part Two

A couple of weeks ago we began to take a look at some of the trends we see coming in 2017 for labor-management relations and collective bargaining. This time we want to continue to look at these issues and the … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Trends in Labor-Management Relations, 2017 – Part One

The most popular post on our blog in 2016 dealt with trends in Labor-Management relations and collective bargaining. Since its publication in March 2004 it has been one of the most often read articles every year. It is time to … Continue reading

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Do You Know: How to Deal with Conflict in a Meeting?

We have written a number of articles about the interest based-problem solving process and why we believe it helps groups resolve difficult problems while reducing the likelihood of disputes. However, sometimes issues and individuals can lead to conflict in a … Continue reading

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CALMC Membership Meeting Review

On December 2, Columbus Area Labor-Management Committee conducted our final membership meeting of 2015. Over 40 members and guests attended the session which featured presentations on legislative issues facing employees and employers. The speakers for the program were Ohio State … Continue reading

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Did You Know: What Can Cause Teams to Fail?

Teamwork is a powerful thing. It enables organizations to move forward and resolve difficult issues that could not be handled using any other strategy. We have seen groups use the power of teamwork to resolve problems and remove roadblocks in … Continue reading

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More on the Impact of Millennials and Unions

A couple of weeks ago we began to look at the impact Millennials may have on organized labor. The answers were surprising. In that blog entry, we looked at the successful organizing efforts of employees in electronic publishing, computer, and … Continue reading

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Another Look at Millennials in The Workplace

A few weeks ago we wrote about the disconnect between managers and employees classified in as Millennials, ages 18-35. We know people in this age group look at things differently than more veteran employees, but we may not realize the … Continue reading

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There Are Two Kinds of Companies: Those That Change and Those That Disappear.

In the last blog entry, we discussed some of the remarks by Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service mediator George Albu of the at our recent CALMC Membership meeting. This time, we will continue to look at his comments about trends … Continue reading

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What Would Your Employees Say About Your Employee Engagement Teams?

Last week, the blog dealt with assessing your employee engagement teams and Labor-Management Committee. I asked what a visitor to your meetings would observe. This week, I want to consider another assessment. Suppose I came into your workplace and began … Continue reading

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