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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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Now is the perfect time to sit down with employees, assess how far they’ve come—and determine how far they still need to go.
Listening to your employees involves more than running staff meetings and taking a few questions at the end. To maximize each encounter at work, try these four things.
Here are some simple ways you can inspire employees to embrace their roles and think more like leaders regardless of their level of experience or responsibilities.
You invest a good bit of time and money on learning and development opportunities for employees at work. Make sure that the training sticks by following these rules.
When companies expand, very often positions are created that never existed before. Those may be a little tricky to fill because the procedures have not been fine-tuned yet by any employee. Here is some advice in trying to fill the newly minted job.
Use these tips to boost employees’ ability to think critically, for the times you’re not around.
Workplace rules seem to relax as days warm up: Here’s how to handle it all.
You may want to be the anti-micromanager, but that doesn’t mean you can avoid holding employees accountable. Here are some rules you must follow.
Firing employees is part of your job. And it’s never easy. But you can make it more bearable by choosing where and when to do the job.
The first step in formal disciplinary action is an oral reprimand. Before you take this major step, however, be sure of the facts.
Q. I just entered my sixties, and I really feel a distance building between myself and the younger generations. Should I feel ridiculous about wanting to look and act younger, just so I feel like I’m more relevant to the staff around me?
Many people who work in nonprofit organizations find themselves working alongside and supervising volunteers. When working with volunteers, keep these five suggestions in mind.
The summer slump doesn’t have to be inevitable. Your team can remain productive all summer long, if you follow this advice.
Use the following tips to maintain your emotional distance from employees’ problems, while still remaining effective.
Giving feedback is an important management task but certainly not an easy one—especially when the feedback isn’t all sunshine. Fortunately, it’s a skill that can be learned.
Be ready for Q&As when networking ... Skip the auto-signature on internal emails ... Good managers finish last
Everyone means well. Food is fun, and we all grew up hearing that we shouldn’t waste it. But what role should it play in the workplace?
At West Monroe Partners, a Chicago-based management consulting firm, you can meet the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Hot Sauce Officer.
As a leader, you need your employees to accept your guidance and follow your rules, so address the behavior immediately, following this advice.
Media richness theory, introduced by Richard L. Daft and Robert H. Lengel in 1986, holds that some methods of communication reproduce information much more effectively than others.
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