Managing People at Work

According to this myth, all a supervisor has to do is to keep his or her people happy. If he or she does, the work will take care of itself.

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For a quick look at the way your people feel, ask them to answer the following.

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Every manager knows the importance of disciplinary documentation. But what happens if an employee refuses to sign his disciplinary memo? Your carefully prepared documentation still stands, regardless. The question is how to deal with the employee.

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Fortunately it is possible to cut through emotional barriers and tell employees what they need to know about improving their performance. Here’s how.

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Meetings that are unfocused and long-winded are the bane of many managers’ lives.

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There is no hard-and-fast definition of what sorts of behavior create a “hostile work environment.”

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Many office professionals today find themselves in charge of project teams without much coaching in how to effectively lead those teams.

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Although HR usually handles the details when an employee is eligible and takes Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, managers should never be in the dark about what that means once the leave is approved.

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Do you work in an office that is bursting at the seams with people and equipment?

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If your written dress code policies are vague about what constitutes “appropriate” work attire or appearance, you’ll have to make judgment calls.

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