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Leaders & Managers

From the nitty gritty of daily management to addressing your aspirations of leadership, this section for leaders & managers tells you how to make strong leadership decisions, build effective teams, delegate and stay above the everyday management muddle.

Get tips, strategies, tool and advice on: performance reviews, preventing workplace violence, best-practices leadership, team building, leadership skills, people management and management training.

"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.
Issue: Some supervisors believe in a "No complaints, no problem" motto. Risk: By ignoring blatant harassment or discrimination, supervisors open the organization to "negligent supervision" lawsuits. Action: Educate supervisors ...
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.
Issue: Noncompete agreements are more easily signed than enforced. Risk: One sure way to crush your noncompete's legality is to include overly restrictive time and geographical limits. Action: Make ...
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:
You may have heard that the federal government rewrote the rules in 2004 that define which white-collar employees are eligible to earn overtime pay. Here’s a primer to help you answer employees’ questions: The nation’s main wage law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), says employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek [...]
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.

What is RFID? If you don't know, you'd better learn. It may not be long before a large business customer asks you to start implementing it into your inventory for easier logistics management.

The long wait is over. Now, it's time for you to act.

You don't want to play den mother to your employees, but a new trend gaining publicity may put you in that role. So-called "workplace bullying" is no longer something you can shrug off. If you see it, you'd better try to stop it.