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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Rather than ignoring tough situations or automatically getting rid of “difficult” employees, it’s better to learn techniques to effectively manage those situations.

Like any enlightened leader, you encourage feedback from employees. Just make sure to handle their objections with care. Follow these techniques after you hear objections.

While it is OK to be a friendly boss, being a "buddy boss" is quite another kettle of fish. Learn the best ways to create boundaries.
Is your team's pace too slow? Do you frequently urge team members to work faster and harder to meet project deadlines? Your good intentions to spur people into action can often achieve the opposite effect.
When it comes to decision-making, the process is almost as important as the results and involves your hands-on participation with team members.
The statistics most often used to evaluate performance, such as sales, may have only a flimsy connection to true success. More useful statistics persist over time and show cause and effect. Choosing the right metrics is a four-step process.
Every manager faces employees who exhibit below-standard performance. These aren’t terrible employees who should be shown the door, but they’re not achieving the quality or quantity of work they’re capable of. According to an OnPoint Consulting report, here are the five best ways to give below-standard workers a performance boost:
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.
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