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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Chris Rufer has brought innovation to an industry not accustomed to outside-the-box thinking: tomato processing. Rufer views the traditional relationship be­­tween supervisor and employee as “forced” and “artificial.”
Dave Kerpen, a student of all things likeable and author of Likeable Leadership, posts a batch of tips from top managers and CEOs on what you should never say, including these “Office Space”-worthy gems.
When chronic absenteeism becomes a problem, motivate employees by creating a “hooky day” policy.
When it comes to recognition, money isn’t everything. Employees often want other shows of your appreciation—and many respond well to rewards that just might surprise you.
Improve morale on your team by bragging about the employees who have left your team—either through promotions or by leaving the organization. Bragging about individuals who went on to bigger and better things can show just how well you train people to become superstars.
Do your employees jump on assignments with speed and enthusiasm? If you want your team to produce quality work but at a faster pace, follow these tips:
Some employees refuse to put their jobs first—even at work. Job duties take a backseat to personal obligations, and that is often a huge drain on other employees’ time and patience. Don’t let them get away with it.

Marjorie Kaplan repositioned the TV show “Animal Planet” with hits like “River Monsters” that helped make it a top cable channel with men. Yet, even she has had some surprising moments as a leader.

Some of the smartest employees are also the toughest to lead. Their ideas, de­mands and egos can deplete your time and energy. To maximize your most brilliant minds, look for ways to support their success.
As a U.S. Army Reserve Special Forces officer, Chad Storlie learned from great leaders while serving in Iraq and Bosnia. He has applied those lessons to his corporate career as a sales and marketing executive for General Electric and Comcast.
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