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Management training isn’t just for newbies and novices – managers and supervisors of all levels and all ages need actionable management practices to bring to their department, division or company. Learn how to be the best boss you can be by expanding your management skills, managing change effectively and bring strong leadership into your everyday management practices.

One important way to judge your success as a manger is by the success of your employees. An effective manager isn’t just a boss who can extract the most productivity from his people, but the one who produces great future managers. How can you be sure that under your leadership managers will blossom?

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How can you increase employee health and decrease health costs? Many of America’s best companies have found that a few best practices do a remarkably good job of improving employee health and controlling health care expenses.
Workers who lose their jobs in a reduction in force may look at those who were retained and conclude there had to be a discriminatory reason for their misfortune. But before they can successfully sue, employees must show some degree of initiative before they can claim discrimination. An employee who never applies for an open position or who doesn’t actively ask about available jobs isn’t going to win a lawsuit.

Many employers have adopted so-called zero-tolerance rules prohibiting any kind of violence at work. The reason: Getting rid of violent employees is crucial to maintaining a safe work environment. But be careful how you enforce the rule. If you ever make exceptions, you’re asking for a lawsuit.

In these hard economic times, lots of businesses are restructuring jobs to cut costs. Sometimes that involves assigning an employee to perform two very different kinds of work. If you find yourself asking exempt employees to double up like that, be careful not to run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Make sure that both jobs being performed fit into one of the exempt categories—though not necessarily the same one.

Plenty of managers feel like they’re between a rock and a hard place because they have someone on their team who produces great results but alienates almost everyone around them. They're prima donnas! If you have a prima donna on your team who keeps playing games, bite the bullet and fire the person. Here's why.

Question:  “I can’t seem to find the happy medium between too much work and not enough.  Although I’ve been doing training for 20 years, I still spend a million hours on my lesson plans and class materials. My experience should enable me to work much more quickly, but if I don’t spend all my spare time prepping for class, I feel like a slacker. I’d like to nurture my creative side by trying out some new hobbies and activities. How can I stop devoting so much time to my work?” — Too Dedicated
When a new position is created, HR professionals typically make a snap decision on a vital issue: whether or not the new employee is eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. Not smart. Employee responsibilities can change over time. He’ll ask himself (and his lawyer) why he can’t earn overtime, too. Audit your classification by following these four steps.

Early riser? Or night owl? Knowing when you crank out your best work can help improve work flow. Start by locating your power times, advises management consultant Karen Leland.

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Almost every management guru has a cute, catchy rule of thumb. But despite all the easy-to-remember gimmicks, the majority of these tools are downright silly.