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.

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:

Limit unexcused absences

January 1, 2014
When chronic absenteeism becomes a problem, motivate employees by creating a “hooky day” policy.

Request ideas

January 1, 2014
Invite employees to offer three levels of new and innovative ideas.

Fight entitlement mentality

January 1, 2014
Are there people on your team who don’t pull their own weight? Who do and say what they please, no matter what it means for the rest of the group? You may be battling one of the most crippling conditions in business today: entitlement mentality.

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.