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Cal Butera

Avoid a trip to the courtroom to deal with an ADA accusation by creating a job description that concentrates on these 7 components.

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What’s the right temperament for a good manager? Here are 5 ideas and techniques to help you become an assertive manager:

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An employee with a history of poor performance is transferred to your department. What do you do? Here are four steps to provide a positive transition.

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Here are scenarios which most—if not all—managers will encounter in the course of their careers. How do you score on the effectiveness scale?

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Here are some of the common contributors to employee burnout, and how you can work to prevent it.

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Do you know anyone in your workplace who has the following traits? If so, they just might be a bully.

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Here is a list of words and phrases that all too often are stuffed into the job ad for no other reason then, well, it wouldn’t be a job ad without them. Maybe it’s time to retire these terms, in the name of making the job sound a little more desirable and a little less trite.

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Turnover rates are expected to continue rising to record-high rates fueled by a number of economic, demographic and social factors. The good news for businesses is that most turnover is preventable.

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You may be excited for the opportunity to do something new—and showcase your talents—but just make sure that it doesn’t end up being a big waste of your time and energy. Follow these tips.

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Here are some actions you can take (or not take) that would be surefire C-suite pleasers.

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Two months into his once-promising career, Bam! The new hire’s co-workers are grumbling to you about his ineptness, his work is shoddy and often turned in late. And his attitude is about as appealing as the forgotten lunches in the break room fridge. What happened? There are only two things, and you only have control over one of them.

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Here’s what I learned from the game and its trimmings that I can put to use in my quest to be a better leader.

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Does your company allow its employees to bring their kids to work? There are only three options for this issue.

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When you step into management, you begin operating under certain tenets of human behavior in a societal cluster known as the workplace. The people in that workplace—your employees—are wired differently, but are all there for somewhat common reasons: to make money, get along as best as possible and remain on the payroll. Which should mean there are certain truths or tricks of the trade to keep them all humming. Not so fast. Here are several myths of management and the realities behind them.

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What’s the hardest part about being a manager? Confrontation. Especially if you’re naturally averse to conflict.

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Generally there are two types of rule-breakers: those who unwittingly break them (a quick reminder will set them straight); and those who knowingly break them (a tougher job for you). Here are some guidelines to deal with the latter.

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If you want to keep your employees plugged into their jobs and coming into work with better ’tudes, you’re going to have to reinforce them somehow. But the question is, how? And when? And how much?

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Employees expect decorum out of their managers, and are equipped with “decoders” to interpret a boss’s underlying meaning in their words. Those decoders often malfunction, painting you as an uncaring, bulldozing oaf, even though you’re not. (You’re not, right?)That leaves you with one recourse if you want avoid inadvertently sucking the wind out of a worker’s sail—unless that’s your goal. Be careful what you say.

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