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.

People are more likely to call in sick when they don't feel their attendance really matters, when they find their working conditions unpleasant or stressful, or when they feel taken for granted. Anything you can do to prevent or offset such feelings will have a positive effect on attendance.

C corporations offer better tax treatment for fringe benefits than S corporations. But don't avoid an S corporation election simply because of fringe benefits.

Office betting pools are like that five-mile-per-hour buffer above the speed limit—technically illegal but rarely enforced.

But while you probably won't face legal trouble for tolerating betting pools at your workplace, you could face other problems, including declining productivity and potential theft from a desperate, compulsive gambler.

Reports about the demise of family limited partnerships (FLPs) are greatly exaggerated.

The federal government is cranking up its workplace safety inspections, especially targeting repeat offenders and companies with unusually high reports of workplace injuries and illnesses.

If your small business offers generous benefits, promote that point hard in your want-ads.

Most states operate on a fiscal year that ends June 30, so state agency buyers typically crank up their spending in the late winter and spring. In many cases, they'll spend unused funds in their budget to justify the same or higher funding for next year.

If you hold sales contests, don't follow the crowd on structuring awards.

Short-term disabilities don't last as long at companies where employees report their disability claims quickly, according to a report by CIGNA Group Insurance.

By definition, a leader stays ahead of the pack. That can mean taking an uncomfortable stance that’s years ahead of its time.