The Savvy Office Manager

Cal Butera is the editor of Business Management Daily’s Office Manager Today, Manager’s Legal Bulletin, Managing People at Work and Communication Briefings newsletters. He has been with Business Management Daily since 2007 and worked 22 years for midsize daily newspapers as sports writer, news reporter, layout and design editor, copy editor and city editor.

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It’s the ultimate punch in the manager’s gut because it’s taken as a direct affront to the boss’s authority. You’ve been challenged.  Undermined. Dissed. Ouch!
Why are there no operator manuals for managers to properly handle employees? Well, now the problem is solved. You no longer have to wing it.
Perhaps you’re lulled into thinking that you, the manager, in loco parentis, need to step up and deliver accolades and the unconditional hugs to your millennials. Not so fast. Here are the three trophies millennials do need.
Here are things many bosses unwittingly do that damage and ultimately chase away their good workers.
Here’s a line you may toss at your employees that seems reasonable at the outset, but could have downstream consequences when it comes to productivity, and worse, employee motivation and self-improvement: “As long as you get your work done.”
Here are the top mistakes hiring managers make that lead good job candidates to wonder whether they really want to work for you.
It’s a place you don’t want to enter. And unsurprisingly, many supervisors find themselves there. “There” is the shady side, the underhanded side, the dark side of running the workplace. Whether it’s because of  habit, survival or just a case of “I don’t know why I went there,” it’s a place you need to get out of—quickly.
It’s human nature to judge, especially in the high-stakes game of hiring. Here are job-seekers’ idiosyncrasies that play with your mind, and can twist your judgment.
Most workers understand that if they don’t get their jobs done they could ultimately be replaced. That’s a concept easily grasped. But every workplace has one employee-maybe two, or even more-who is downright difficult to manage.
The following is a short Christmas play. Written in five staves, the play teaches a “what comes around … goes around” lesson to a wayward boss who discovers the true meaning of Christmas one strange, magical night. With apologies to Charles Dickens …
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