Tips for Managers

Confront a source of conflict

January 1, 2015
Conflict is inevitable in the workplace, but when one employee seems to be the cause of several people’s anger and frustration, what do you do? Use this strategy:

Identify problem employees

January 1, 2015
In most cases with some patience, coaching and training, you can turn most employees into high performers. That said, some employees are incorrigible, and nothing you can do will turn their behavior around.

Avoid the snowball effect

January 1, 2015
Don’t underestimate the power of open and honest communication. Bad communication creates a snowball effect that can bring down the energy and morale of the entire organization.

When it’s smart to micromanage

January 1, 2015
Most management experts warn that you shouldn’t micromanage employees because doing so can stunt their creativity and lower their accountability. However, here are four cases when it might be necessary for you to micromanage staff:

5 reasons to stay calm

January 1, 2015
You are only human, and you will experience days when employees test your patience. However, even when a blowup feels warranted, here are several reasons for you to watch your temper:

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6 ways to engage a new employee

December 1, 2014
Successfully welcoming a new hire increases retention rates and can go a long way toward building employee engagement. Here are six ways that a company can successfully bring a new hire on board.

Head off unnecessary questions

December 1, 2014
Fielding employee questions is an unavoidable part of any manager’s role. However, a daily bombardment of questions could indicate poor leadership. Take these steps if you hear too many questions.

Hire that stellar candidate

December 1, 2014
When you want to hire that top prospect, seal the deal with one simple trick: Put the job offer in writing in addition to extending it verbally.

Keep decisions current

December 1, 2014
Your team’s decision can be out of date before it’s even made. Best bet: At each stage of the decision-making process, review the conclusions you have made thus far.