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.

"That's the last straw. You're fired."

You may have said those words yourself, but unless you've correctly documented the fired employee's "earlier straws," you may be opening up yourself for a lawsuit.

Maintaining a performance file or log may sound time-consuming, but the time is well worth it at the end of an employee's review period. Rather than relying on memory, you can refer to a long list of concrete examples. Evaluating performance becomes as easy as adding up the numbers.

For many U.S. taxpayers, "March Mad-ness" has nothing to do with college basketball. It's all about dashing around gathering receipts, filling out forms, meeting with your tax guru and hoping you'll emerge victorious in the 1040 game.

This year is a good time to review your overall safety program, especially if your accident and injury rates haven't dropped in recent years.

Manufacturing companies welcomed news last month that the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) plans to thoroughly review and modernize the rules that regulate manufacturing.

Rather than training employees on 'soft skills,' it's best to hire people who already exhibit them. But determining an applicant's soft skills—such as personal accountability and a strong work ethic—is an inexact science.

Ask people who report to you to identify the greatest frustrations they face on the job.

You can reach difficult decisions up to 20 percent faster when standing instead of sitting, says research from the University of California.

Reason: Your competitors are shortening the length of time that new employees are eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan.

Try this test to see where your organization stands.