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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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.

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Many leaders use outdated methods of motivation like bribery and dangling a carrot.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.
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