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.

U.S. workers have stayed put, waiting out the recession. Now, 40 percent of workers plan to change jobs this year, according to a Careerbuilder.com survey. Some tips to lure the best:

Small businesses spend a lot of time and money on employee training, but they rarely measure their return on investment (ROI). And while it's not easy to measure your training ROI, it's important to make sure the money you're spending actually boosts the bottom line.

Companies usually are liable for injuries caused by workers who are "acting within the scope of employment." You're not liable when they cause injuries on their own free time. But what about gray areas, when workers run personal errands while on company business?

You know that some employees slack off at work by cruising the Web. But did you know that some Web sites actively encourage it—and give users ways to deceive their bosses?

To see how well your company deals with customers' orders, questions and problems, invest an hour each month "walking in their shoes."

Before employees begin leave for jury duty, ask them to show you a summons or other proof of service. Don't just take their word for it.

It's not a topic you can ignore anymore.

Don’t simply put all your talented people on a problem-solving team.  

You’ve now got the staff to do the work you once did yourself, but you’ve been a workhorse for so long that you don’t know how to steer the team.


Your organization downsized last year, closed its telemarketing center and hired an outside call center instead. This year, sales slumped 6 percent. Around the water cooler, folks are saying it’s because “management” fired the experienced phone reps.