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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What's your office's flip-flop factor? In any business, dress that is too relaxed can set a mood unconducive to productivity—and violators may see career repercussions.
The 9-to-5 No-Negativity Challenge nearly spelled the end of Donna's sanity; what would it do to yours?
Quiet politeness—when co-workers refrain from speaking up because they don’t want to offend others—can keep them from pointing out problems with ideas or plans. Here are three tips to prevent quiet politeness from wreaking havoc on your team.
Between you and the highest overlook stand five employee issues some claim are unsolvable. Ready to conquer each one on your way up?

Research shows that introverts represent about half of the population. That means you probably lead your share of quiet, focused types. To communicate more effectively with introverts, follow these guidelines.

Taking over a team? Leading for the first time? Take this advice from seven-time CEO Jack Sweeney.
To spur innovation, it takes more than promoting outside-the-box thinking. You need to cultivate a spirit of openness and inventiveness among your staff.
Money is still pulling its weight in the world when asked to do the grunt work of retaining good people long-term, but little by little, as workers have become empowered enough to demand something more, it’s losing ground to other factors. Here's what you need to do to find and hold onto the stars of your staff.

Before Randy Nelson, 53, co-founded and ran two big companies (Orion International and NSTAR Global Services), he spent six years in the U.S. Navy, including serving as an officer on a nuclear submarine. He’s now an entrepreneur and coach in Clayton, N.C., and author of The Second Decision. He advises entrepreneurs in areas such as evaluating risk and advancing from startup phase to growing the organization.

When employees take a leave of absence, it’s difficult. While you want employees to take the time needed to heal either physically or mentally, their absence has left a void on your team. Follow this advice to handle this sensitive situation.
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