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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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We  often think of “discipline” as “punishment.”  But it means more than that. Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines it as “training that develops self-control, character, or orderliness and efficiency.” Keeping this definition in mind can help you separate the myths about discipline from the realities.

"Our generation wants to feel like they’re a part of something and participating in a bigger success, not just clocking in and clocking out," says this 29-year-old leader. What's his key to attracting great people?
Here’s what all leaders should know—and take special note of two eye-opening statistics.
With 1 in 3 workers now over the age of 50, and a “brain drain” coming in which there are simply not enough younger people to fill jobs vacated by retirement, the time is now to boost older employees to maximum productivity as they segue slowly out of the company.
In her recent webinar, Marie McIntyre, Ph.D., outlined for the audience the most bone-headed mistakes leaders and managers make when it’s time to shake things up.
To boost the innovative output from your employees, create an environment that’s conducive to creativity. Here’s how.

One of the most sinking feelings a manager gets is when a good, solid performer utters these words: “I’m going to have to give you my two-weeks’ notice.” And the truth is, many of them leave for one of these four reasons—all preventable.

What can managers, executives and leaders learn from the FBI's techniques?

To showcase your leadership, make bold decisions that send a message. That approach works for Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $2 billion capital equipment and engineering consulting firm.

Is there a germ of sad wisdom in this cartoon depicting a manager's suggestion box follies?
In the all-out battle to recruit and retain the best qualified, most highly motivated and loyal workforce, more organizations are experimenting with taking a radically flexible approach to monitoring employees’ vacation and personal leave—or even abandoning such tracking entirely.
Change in itself doesn’t lead to success, as 70% of reorganizations fail. A common culprit is weak communication from the top.
Need a bit of inspiration as you prepare for the holidays? Here’s what a variety of workers had to say when asked to name the best gift they ever received from an employer in any season.
What should the rules of telecommuting be—and who is it really working for?

If you don't read the results of a staff engagement survey correctly, you might be doomed to the same fate as the clueless manager in this true story.

You don't wake up every day worrying about developmental coaching. It's the remedial variety that can make or break a manager. A recent webinar offered some approaches for these tricky conversations.
Stephen Crane’s circa-1900 short story, The Open Boat, offers a narrative about the importance of caring leadership.
Motivating employees goes way beyond throwing more money at them. Follow these tips to keep their spirits, morale and motivation high.

You know the type: those employees who accept assignments without comment, but then don’t complete the work as you specified. They drag their feet, do a bad job, ask for extensions at the last minute or convince another co-worker to do the work. Use these tips to put an end to passive-resistance behavior.

When your actions frustrate employees, it lowers their productivity, morale and motivation. That ultimately hurts the bottom line, so you should do everything in your power to avoid annoying them. Here are five things you should stop doing now.
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