People Management

With some employees, it isn’t a matter of ability, it’s a matter of attitude. And while you can’t control someone’s horrible personality, you can decide how you’re going to respond. Use these scripts and strategies to confront problem employees and effectively manage employee discipline so you can bring motivating back to the forefront of your workday.

The first rule of people management is not to let one bad apple spoil your whole bunch. Difficult people can put a strain on the productive members of your team.

Make the most of your human capital. Browse our articles on the good, the bad and the ugly of People Management…

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Are the dog days of summer taking a toll on your staff’s creativity and productivity? Try one of these strategies to reenergize the workplace.
Here are a few simple reasons to put an employee recognition program into practice right now—and tips on how to do it.
The problem with simply throwing more money at employees is that many—maybe even most—still won’t believe that you are paying them what they deserve ...
An employee walks out the door forever and points to you as the reason he just couldn’t take any more. What can you do to get past that awkward time when you’ve been branded as a villain?
Improving communication and in­­creasing transparency within your organization doesn’t need to be an elaborate, time-intensive process. In fact, Voices.com, a voice-over talent company, has found just the opposite is true.
Staff morale is a key factor in how engaged and accountable employees feel in their roles. But how do you keep spirits high when business waters are clearly troubled?
There’s no shortage of negative employee behaviors that can have an ill effect on the entire workplace. The problem is when the behavior is not so bad where discipline or termination is in order, but managers must do something. And that something isn’t to drop the problem employee in HR’s lap! Help managers overcome some of the most griped about employee behaviors themselves with these tricks of the managerial trade.
Behold Edgar, the loneliest manager, who thought he was leading a staff of wunderkinds—until the ugly truth kicked in.

Leaders who motivate with action, not words, tend to make a lasting impression. Just ask Chad Dickerson. As CEO of Etsy, the e-commerce website, Dickerson urges the company’s 600 employees to integrate their work with their personal life.

If you haven’t been charged with shaking innovation out of your staff, you may soon be. Here's what managers can do to make it happen.
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