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.

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 ...

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.

If you operate businesses in Mexico or Canada, check out a new Web site that discusses the workplace safety rules of each country.

If your employees work long hours and odd shifts, expect more scrutiny into your efforts to keep those workers healthy and safe.

If you work at a central location—say, a company office downtown—and you take work home on nights and weekends, you typically won't qualify for home-office deductions. Reason: Your home office is not your "principal place of business." The downtown office is.

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.

Don't accept your 401(k) vendor's fees lying down: Renegotiate those fees at least once a year.