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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Training budgets in many organizations were cut during the recession for all but the most basic purposes, such as bringing new employees on board. Now that the talent war has heated up again, it’s time for companies that are seriously committed to retaining their best people and attracting more like them to invest in training. Here are three reasons it’s worth the time and money:
Many leaders use outdated methods of motivation like bribery and dangling a carrot. Perceived as manipulation, these methods backfire by creating mistrust, passive-aggressive behavior and inaction.
When hearing the news that someone on your staff is pregnant, don’t be surprised if you experience a mixture of feelings. While you may be genuinely happy for the person, the announcement might generate concern for the future of your team.
Despite the shift from telecommuting at some companies, research suggests that allowing it is advantageous to the employer. According to Washington State Univer­sity psychology professor Tahira Probst, PhD, studies confirm a positive correlation between telecommuting and significantly higher levels of job satisfaction and perfor­mance, and reduced turnover and stress.
Engage others and orchestrate a lively dialogue by blending four types of questions.
Research shows that employees’ “best days” occur when they make progress on projects viewed as “meaningful” to their employer’s mission. If they feel that they are contributing to bottom-line success, they become more driven to excel.
Here’s why stay bonuses are the worst kind of retention tool.
What skills does a great leader possess? Charisma tends to fade over time. And strong-willed bosses who try to intimidate may seem formidable at first, but employees often resist tyrants. Nine traits of effective leaders:
Americans spend up to 20 percent of their waking hours on social media sites. According to Mashable, use of social media at work is costing companies up to $650 billion in profits per year, so employers have good reason to be concerned. But how can a company protect itself while maintaining good relationships with its employees?
How many times have you heard someone say, “He was the best boss I ever had”? Team members are motivated working with a boss whom they like and admire.
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