Why you need weekly status reports

  • September 27, 2010

Doing weekly status reports for your boss is a good idea for four reasons: It forces you to think about what you accomplished; allows you to toot your horn regularly;...

Writing performance reviews: What NOT to say

  • December 23, 2009

Say you manage Kevin, a 55-year-old employee whose productivity drops over the year. Instead of citing specific, measurable examples of this decline in his performance...

8 keys to effective performance appraisal

  • November 13, 2009

It happens to every manager: You sit down to prepare a staff member's review and realize you can remember only what the person has done the past few weeks. Supervisors...

Dump the slump: 14 ways to energize staff

  • June 09, 2009

The recession has plenty of employees distracted and anxious—about their jobs, their 401(k)s and their monthly bills. That’s not good news at a time when you...

Must we call back laid-off workers first?

  • May 24, 2009

Q. Are we required to call back an employee who’s been laid off? The person wasn’t a responsible employee and called off often. Are we obligated to call...

How to Document Employee Performance

  • May 18, 2009

White Paper published by The HR Specialist, copyright 2009 ____________________ It happens to every manager: You sit down to prepare a staff member’s review and...

How should I develop goals for my job?

  • April 28, 2009

I work as an HR professional in a nonprofit company. I was asked by my boss to write goals and a mission statement for my job. I'm lost! How should I get started on this...

The importance of initiative

  • March 02, 2009

America’s foremost business philosopher, Jim Rohn, says the biggest mistake people make is thinking they work for someone else, rather than themselves. When you...