Productivity

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:

Personalizing recognition

January 1, 2014
When it comes to recognition, money isn’t everything. Employees often want other shows of your appreciation—and many respond well to rewards that just might surprise you.

Push through to spark creativity

January 1, 2014
Don’t lose hope if you haven’t experienced a “Eureka!” moment when it comes to your next big idea. The discovery of new ideas doesn’t come to you out of the blue.

Speed up employees’ output

January 1, 2014
Do your employees jump on assignments with speed and enthusiasm? If you want your team to produce quality work but at a faster pace, follow these tips:

Protect employees’ time

January 1, 2014
When employees complain that they have too much work to do or that they’re wasting time on meaningless tasks, do your best to eliminate unnecessary jobs. However, also establish a plan for how employees will use the newfound time—so that they aren’t wasting it.

Pick the right solution

January 1, 2014
How do you know when you’ve chosen the best solution to a problem? Test it.

Manage a team of dreamers

January 1, 2014
Is your team strong on ideas but weak when it comes to action? You may be managing a group of idealists. Harness their energy and commitment with these strategies: