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.

Issue: Competition remains tight among 401(k) providers, federal scrutiny is rising, and the stock market is trending up. Benefit: You'll enjoy improved negotiating clout ...
"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.
Issue: The recording industry is increasing the legal heat on illegal downloads, and the businesses that allow it to occur at work. Risks: Musicians can sue for up to $150,000 ...
How do the employees at your organization feel about their compensation? If the answer is "Not good," a bit of explanation from you can calm those troubled waters. Fact: Only 45 ...