Managing People at Work

How to deal with managing the constant complainer.

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Leading from the top down no longer makes sense in the rapidly changing workplace. The most effective management style includes meaningful, ongoing collaboration between managers and employees.

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Management tips to ease stress in the workplace: As a team leader, you’re uniquely positioned to influence workplace conditions and keep the people in your unit as productive as they can be. Here are tips to reduce stress levels.

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For managers, trust is a vital professional component that defines their ability to inspire others. Employees who do not trust their managers also do not respect them, and this can lead to a variety of acts of insubordination, from disdain to apathy to outright rebellion.

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Effective communication starts with you, the manager, and the tone you set in the workplace. It may require some time and effort to get it right, but you’ll see the benefits in outstanding performance and support.

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“Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas,” says Keith Sawyer, a psychologist.

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Setting ambitious goals for your unit and rallying everyone to follow through helps you lead effectively. Just don’t get carried away.

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In the year since an earthquake and tsunami triggered Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, employees around the world are more aware of the dangers of radiation.

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Many managers equate coaching with showing employees a better way to perform a task. But even if you do a great job demonstrating the “right” technique, there’s no guarantee observers will copy it successfully. Broaden your definition of coaching to include other, more motivating tools to produce better performance.

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Sonia, a manager at an insurance company, updates us about her efforts to motivate an employee who seems perpetually bored with his work.

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