Tips for Managers

Employee resigns at a bad time?

January 25, 2018

Employees resign. It’s a fact of life, and one you will face. However, when a critical employee resigns right dab in the middle of a high-profile project or busy time, it can threaten your team’s success. Follow these steps to manage this tricky situation.

3 bad behaviors you may be missing

December 22, 2017

Negative employee behavior doesn’t have to be truly egregious (e.g., abusive or insubordinate) to hurt your team. Seemingly minor or innocent actions can cause big conflict. Here are three common—but often ignored—problem behaviors.

Become a stronger coach

December 22, 2017

Make a point this year to invest time in coaching your employees to both improve performance and take it to the next level. Follow these tips.

Motivate disappointed employees

December 22, 2017

When your team experiences a big setback or outright failure, they’ll undoubtedly feel disappointed. Don’t ignore it. Instead, gather your team to reflect on the situation so you can move forward.

When employees abuse work time

December 1, 2017

As a manager, you must hold employees accountable if they abuse workplace policies. Follow this advice.

6 signs you’re a micromanager

December 1, 2017

No one wants to believe they are one, but if you exhibit these six signs, you are probably a micromanager.

Handle a workaholic

December 1, 2017

Workaholics can be overly demanding, expect you to pull the same long hours, or make you feel like you aren’t doing enough—even when you are. If you work with one, follow this advice.

Bring civility back to the workplace

December 1, 2017

Dr. Jia Wang, associate professor of human resource development at Texas A&M University, calls workplace incivility a full-blown epidemic. What can you do to rein in incivility and foster a culture of respect and politeness?

Reasons to announce change early

November 13, 2017

While you may want to wait as long as possible before you break bad news to your team, you’ll reduce resistance and increase support for the change if you announce it early.

2 activities they won’t hate

October 25, 2017
Suggest a team-building exercise and employees may groan. However, here are two activities that even your most cynical employees will find valuable.