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As summer unofficially begins this Memorial Day weekend, use these helpful hints for managing employees' summer vacation schedules and maintaining productivity.
New leaders often assume they must make a big splash from the outset. So on their first day, they enact dramatic changes or issue bold announcements. Levelheaded leaders, by contrast, resist the urge to rush.
Ah, the “halo effect”—the practice of inflating an employee’s annual review to increase morale and avoid the unpleasantness of pointing out underperformers’ weaknesses. Too bad the halo strategy sparks legal risks.
A great personal network isn’t necessarily one with a lot of connections—it’s one with quality connections who will refer clients to you or endorse you in a way that helps advance your career, says Joanne Black, author of No More Cold Calling.
Watch out for the old adage that the customer is always right. Take it too literally, and you could be courting employment law liability. Handling customers who ask you to violate the law is tricky.
Don’t want your child lounging around this summer while school's out? If you're a business owner, it doesn’t have to be that way. Strategy: Put your child to work for your company as an official employee.
Before you give a live media interview, prepare to answer questions on your terms. Rehearse what you’ll say if you’re challenged to defend yourself or your organization.
Now that everyone is spending more time texting, a few rules of the road might be in order. Geoffrey James, writing in the Sales Source column for Inc., has come up with his unwritten rules for business texting.
What skills does a great leader possess? Charisma tends to fade over time. And strong-willed bosses who try to intimidate may seem formidable at first, but employees often resist tyrants. Nine traits of effective leaders:
There’s only so much an organization can do to help em­­ployees with their work/life balance. Some of it has to be up to them. Five simple steps:
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