Productivity

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Encourage honesty

April 1, 2014

Your employees’ desire to please you could cause them to overpromise, sugar-coating their abilities to complete tasks. To avoid that, tell employees to level with you.

Cut back business travel

March 1, 2014
Make a list of five reasons why you need to travel, and contrast those against five ways in which you would benefit by traveling less or not at all.

Let staff share their wins

March 1, 2014
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner has an interesting strategy for keeping weekly staff meetings positive: He requires each member of his staff to share one personal and one professional accomplishment from the previous week.

Best times to be creative

March 1, 2014
A recent study showed, surprisingly, that “night owls” had better luck creatively solving problems during the day while “morning people” were more successful tackling thorny scenarios at night.

Success with flexible schedules

February 1, 2014
How you communicate can make the difference between success and failure when it comes to allowing flexible work arrangements within your department.

Deliver happy people–and results

February 1, 2014
You can create a culture where people are happy and engaged—and still meet your performance goals and quotas. Follow this advice:

Conquer frustration in one minute

February 1, 2014
Employees may complain to you that their jobs are too difficult. However, a little probing usually reveals they’re referring to stumbling blocks that, in total, constitute only a small part of their workdays.

Well-timed feedback

February 1, 2014
When is the best time to tell employees that their performance doesn’t meet your expectations? As soon as you notice problems.

One great way to motivate

February 1, 2014
Employees usually see tickets to sports and entertainment events or gift certificates as great rewards. Make those rewards even more meaningful by including employees’ significant others in the fun.

Speed up a team slowpoke

February 1, 2014
Every team has at least one employee who is slow to deliver work. The person almost always is the reason the team falls behind or fails to meet goals. Ramp up the energy and output of a slowpoke with these tips:
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