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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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One of the most popular motivational techniques is celebrating team victories. But if you’re going to host an employee-appreciation party, make sure that everyone leaves happy.
Every workplace seems to have that one employee who's nothing but a perpetual fountain of gripes, and challenges management’s patience and its authority. Here are some suggestions for disciplining a chronic complainer.
If you’re replacing a bad boss, top performers who haven’t already left may be about to quit. To regain employee trust after you’ve replaced an awful boss, take these steps.
Turn disengaged employees into company advocates.
For more than 50 years, Disney has been known for the exceptional connection between its employees and guests. Creating and maintaining this bond is the subject of Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal and Customer-Centric Employees by Doug Lipp, a longtime Disney leader and internationally acclaimed expert on customer service and change management.
Fostering a culture of innovation is easy if you run a small business with a handful of employees. But at larger organizations, midlevel managers may not en­­courage their support staff to innovate. The solution: Eliminate the “Bozone layer.”
HR people at Google noticed a couple of problems some years back. They used data to solve them both.
Even if you’re not particularly demonstrative with your emotions, follow the lead of Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, and look for opportunities to convey gratitude to your team.
In every workplace and on every team, all people have the innate desire to feel appreciated and valued by others. Leaders of teams—and team members themselves—should work to encourage a culture of appreciation.

Team leaders can get ensnared in their own good intentions. The result can cause an admirable effort to backfire. Here are four mistakes team leaders need to avoid.

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