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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To spur innovation, it takes more than promoting outside-the-box thinking. You need to cultivate a spirit of openness and inventiveness among your staff.
Money is still pulling its weight in the world when asked to do the grunt work of retaining good people long-term, but little by little, as workers have become empowered enough to demand something more, it’s losing ground to other factors. Here's what you need to do to find and hold onto the stars of your staff.

Before Randy Nelson, 53, co-founded and ran two big companies (Orion International and NSTAR Global Services), he spent six years in the U.S. Navy, including serving as an officer on a nuclear submarine. He’s now an entrepreneur and coach in Clayton, N.C., and author of The Second Decision. He advises entrepreneurs in areas such as evaluating risk and advancing from startup phase to growing the organization.

When employees take a leave of absence, it’s difficult. While you want employees to take the time needed to heal either physically or mentally, their absence has left a void on your team. Follow this advice to handle this sensitive situation.
What do Toyota, IKEA and The Walt Disney Company have in common? In their strong organizational cultures, people instinctively react properly to change. Here's how to reach that level.
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.
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