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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Only one-third of U.S. workers have a female boss, but they are the nation’s most engaged employees. It could be some companies’ hidden advantage.
During the onboarding process, you do your best to quickly but thoroughly bring new hires up to speed. However, how do you know if new employees are ready to tackle a truly important assignment?
If you want to be a successful manager, it is critical that you make the following activities part of your regular routine.

Soon after Marillyn Hewson became Lockheed Martin’s CEO in early 2013, she packed her bags. Her goal was to meet face-to-face with investors, customers and employees. After months on the road, she met with more than 60,000 staf­­fers.

If you want to be the type of manager who engages employees, motivates them to go the extra mile and keeps them on board, focus on these areas.
So how come the art in your hallways isn’t produced by your employees, or their kids?
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, calls impatience his “greatest fault,” and it posed particular problems for him early in his career. As an employee of IBM, he learned a lesson in tact that he would never forget.
When employees face a serious problem, you want them to open up to you. But what you do is almost as important as what you say.
When Mark Organ co-founded Eloqua in 1999, he was a self-described “maniac” for customer success. He devoted much of his time to accompanying his sales staff to client meetings, looking for every opportunity to delight customers and exceed their expectations. In 2010, Organ launched another tech company called Influitive. As the CEO, Organ still focuses on customers, but he also seeks to curry favor with his employees.
Typically, leaders who want to motivate staffers to enhance their performance start by saying, “Let’s set goals for you to push yourself to improve.” That’s not necessarily a good idea.
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