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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Lack of trust in management is one of the main reasons employees disengage from their work and seek jobs elsewhere. Here are 10 ways to keep them on board.

The summer months, when most people take vacations, can be trying times for managers. A number of problems seem to get worse during the summer—absenteeism, tardiness, inattention, horseplay. How do smart managers avoid these summertime blues? Primarily by planning. Here are some approaches to try.

Management is a technology—a technology from the 1850s. Few 19th century technologies are still in use. And no matter how you cut it, management is designed purely to get compliance. So how to replace compliance with engagement?
Though some employees leave for reasons you can’t control, you can proactively eliminate many of the factors that lead to a job change.
Basketball star Pete Maravich (1947-1988) revolutionized the game with his ball-handling skills. But it didn’t happen by accident: Pete’s father blazed his son’s path to greatness with great care.
The headquarters of SAS Institute doubles as a self-contained world of ­innovation. Housed on 300 acres in Cary, N.C., the tech giant’s campus offers its 14,000 em­ployees a chance to concentrate on ­creativity with a minimum of distractions.
Tele­­commuting can offer employers some potential advantages, but successful management of off-site employees takes some special consideration.

In most manufacturing plants, a supervisor oversees the work of a few dozen people. But at General Electric’s jet engine facility in Durham, N.C., more than 300 employees report to the plant manager. These 300+ people thrive in self-directed work teams.

As the New York Jets’ head coach in the 2011 season, Rex Ryan faced a bruising challenge. With a background as a defensive specialist, he lacked the same familiarity running an offense. As a result, he delegated—a bit too much.
If you have good but temperamental people working for you, you know the problem: Your constructive criticism is often taken as a personal attack. Here’s how to offer suggestions to keep your workplace running smoothly.
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