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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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If you ask a sampling of employees, "What are your top three priorities for which your manager holds you accountable?," would they know? Or would they guess?

The hard-driving, ruthless boss may fit the stereotype of today’s most successful corporate executive. But the most effective workplace leaders are honest, caring  and flexible. Six profiles show the full spectrum of supervisory skill—as rated by employees.

When it comes to disciplining problem employees, managers often find every excuse to procrastinate. But as an outsider from HR, you can provide the kind of focused intervention that gets results ...

Q. If we suspect an employee is violating a company policy prohibiting harassment, can we monitor the employee’s e-mails? ...

Most workers love money. But that doesn’t mean it should dominate your attempts to motivate them. Peter Drucker believed that money is a short-term motivator at best.
Refocus employees who get bogged down during problem solving. Remind them of the long-term organizational objective.
Health care costs are expected to increase on average 10.6% in the next 12 months, the lowest percentage increase since 2001. Here are the stats you need to make smart business decisions about the health plan  you choose for your employees.
Employees who are fired frequently sue, alleging some form of discrimination. A fired employee may say, for example, that she was treated differently than her male co-worker who allegedly committed the same workplace offense. Smart employers keep careful track of all disciplinary actions and use progressive disciplinary programs to differentiate among employees ...
Are you unhappy with an employee’s sloppy performance? The problem probably won’t take care of itself, so you need to raise your concerns.
In rough times, managers need to motivate more than ever. From soaring gas prices to the threat of layoffs, swirling negativity can crush your employees’ spirit.
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