Managing People at Work

“Bagels!?!” you feel like shouting, to no one in particular. “My team is blowing it over bagels?” Yes, indeed …

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With summer upon us, are you planning to take a vacation? Will you enjoy your time off? Or will you worry that work won’t be done — or worse yet, that it will be done and thus prove you’re not indispensable? Here are some tips to help you relax when you take your next vacation:

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“Where are those slides for the Veblen proposal?” “I think they’re on Martin’s desk.” Everything in your office seems to end up on Martin’s desk, because Martin’s never at his desk. He’s been telecommuting for six months — but most of the time, you’re not sure where he is.

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In the wink of an eye, team leaders can find themselves buried under an avalanche of reports, printouts and publications — and be uninformed at the same time. Here are a few tips that can keep you safe and sound:

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Here’s how to create a time-savings plan that will actually let you build the room you need to make changes in your work life:

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What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done as a manager? Whether you’re a novice team leader or the CEO, odds are the answer is “Letting someone go.” Here’s some practical advice to guide you when termination seems the only solution to a performance problem:

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Are your team members feeling hot under the collar? Experts tell us there are more than 1.5 million incidents of anger-related workplace violence in the U.S. each year — and the number’s growing.

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Suspecting that an employee’s performance is suffering due to personal problems is one of the toughest situations a supervisor can face. Here’s some advice that can help:

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There’s a lot we can learn from our employees, and the best way is often simply to ask them. To make sure you get the information you need, however, you need to ask questions that give employees a chance to tell you what they really think — as opposed to what they think you want to hear.

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Many of us find ourselves troubled by our colleagues’ ethical conduct. What do we do?

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