Managing People at Work

Some managers tend to evaluate team members based on their most recent positive or negative encounter. This hap­pens most often when a manager has no record of an employee’s performance over the past months or year. It’s not a good way to conduct a review, and it’s not fair to the employee. An increasingly popular and easily imple­mented solution is to create an employee performance log.

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You probably wouldn’t be where you are professionally if it weren’t for an attentive boss who took an interest and recognized your special talents. Now it’s time to pass that favor along by recognizing and cultivating talent among your own employees. Here’s how:

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You want to cover as much as possible, but marathon meetings take up valuable business hours and often leave participants frustrated or bored. Achieve better results in less time with these three strategies:

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Have you ever been blindsided by a comment that someone makes— particularly if it’s offensive or not true? How do you handle it? Do you react with a defensive explanation? There’s a better way: Ask a question. It will disarm the critic, give you time to think and allow you to better understand the accuser’s meaning.

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“Most meetings start late, run long and don’t achieve much,” says management consultant Mike Richardson. He offers these tips for developing productive meetings that accomplish your objectives:

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OfficeTime makes it easy to track how many hours each person and the team as a whole have spent on various projects and tasks.

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With every effective team, there comes a time when the person in charge can shift his or her focus from managing to coaching. The transition from manager to coach doesn’t have to be earthshaking, nor does it have to require additional work.

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In today’s trying economic times, falling short of your budget is nothing new for many managers. But how you react to it affects your success moving forward.

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The biggest challenge for an organization is keeping its top talent. Times are changing and so are the attitudes of today’s worker. Here are the top 10 employee retention strategies:

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Aspiring to do the best job possible makes you an asset to your com­pany and an inspiration to your team, but working to the point of burnout doesn’t do anybody any favors.

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