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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Stephen Crane’s circa-1900 short story, The Open Boat, offers a narrative about the importance of caring leadership.
Motivating employees goes way beyond throwing more money at them. Follow these tips to keep their spirits, morale and motivation high.

You know the type: those employees who accept assignments without comment, but then don’t complete the work as you specified. They drag their feet, do a bad job, ask for extensions at the last minute or convince another co-worker to do the work. Use these tips to put an end to passive-resistance behavior.

When your actions frustrate employees, it lowers their productivity, morale and motivation. That ultimately hurts the bottom line, so you should do everything in your power to avoid annoying them. Here are five things you should stop doing now.
It's the flaw nobody really thinks they have—an inability to delegate effectively. Here's how to do it right.
Grazer, 64, has learned over his three decades in the film business to avoid acting bossy. He has found that telling people what to do risks triggering their resistance. That’s why he prefers asking questions rather than issuing commands.

No one likes to hear that they are failing at their job. However, if you consistently face problems with employees—whether that is poor performance, bad attitudes or even insubordination—you might be the problem. Here are three signs that indicate you need to overhaul your approach to employees.

When you oversee hundreds of employees, it’s tough to ensure they all understand the organizational mission. That’s why you need to personalize your communication so that it sinks in.
It’s hard enough to effectively communicate with the people you see every day in the office. So how do you do it when your co-workers are spread across the globe? Use this advice.
It’s worth pulling alongside drifting employees to discuss how to get more wind in their sails. Here’s how to do it.
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