As a hands-on manager, you’re in the perfect position to fight boredom at work. This means you can head off the mistakes, missed opportunities, absenteeism and turnover that result when work becomes too routine. Here are some techniques to try:
If your people feel overworked, does it matter? And what can you do about it? The answers are “yes” and “more than you may think.” Some insights and ideas:
We all know how terrified most people are to speak in public. If you want your team members to master this fear and become effective group communicators, try these techniques:
When Dominic, your manager, calls you into his office with that “serious” expression on his face, you can’t imagine what’s up. “Are you aware that Wanda has been seeing Blaine socially?” Blaine had been your team’s shining star for more than five years before leaving six months ago …
When good workers seem to be simply going through the motions, it may be because they’re riding on the career merry-go-round—wanting to try something new, but unable to get away from what they’re already doing. Here are some questions to ask them:
You’re an enthusiastic manager of the new school, which means you do everything you can to encourage your team members to be self-starters and make decisions on their own. But ever since Lana came on board, you’re wondering if the old “do as you’re told” management strategy didn’t have something to recommend it.
Over the years we’ve come to realize that if there’s a perfect performance appraisal system, nobody knows about it. Here’s some expert advice to help you avoid problems that seem to vex many managers:
Good managers plan for success in life as well as in business, and part of that planning should be setting personal goals and objectives that are important enough to motivate us to work hard and focus our energies. Assess your goal-setting strength with this quiz.
When team members’ personal problems affect their work on an ongoing basis, it can spell disaster for team morale and productivity. Here’s what team leaders can do when such problems are affecting their results.
Horror stories about negligent hiring and subsequent legal liability have prompted many managers to go the background-check route. But now, new horror stories about identity theft, scams and bad data in the files might make some managers think twice.