Tips for Managers

A pat on the back goes a long way

March 13, 2013
Employees need positive reinforcement and incentives to perform at their best, and a little recognition goes a long way toward enhancing employee motivation and loyalty. Here are some suggestions you can pass on to team leaders and super­­visors to get them started.

3 no-cost ways to engage employees

July 1, 2012
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6 questions to align your team

May 1, 2012
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Give oral reprimands that serve a purpose

June 30, 2011
You already know to scold employees in private. You don’t want to embarrass them at the same time that you’re criticizing some aspect of their performance. But reprimanding in private doesn’t excuse you from speaking diplomatically.

Truly get what employees mean

November 1, 2010
Your employees won’t always come right out and tell you what is on their minds. Ensure that you fully understand the message behind someone’s words by following this advice.

New rules for the flexible workforce

January 1, 2007
At some large firms, as many as 30 percent of the workforce are temps, contractors or other types of contingent workers, supplied by outside staffing firms or in-house employee pools.

Help workers ask for what they need

January 1, 2004
Every manager’s dealt with demanding and unreasonable employees. But every manager’s also dealt with workers whose demands are reasonable — but who are afraid to ask the boss (that’s you) for what they need. Here are some ways you can help:

Give anecdotes, not advice

November 1, 2001
As a manager, you can tell employees what they should and should not do. But telling people what to do often triggers resistance.

Get a nitpicker back on track

April 1, 2001
If you manage compulsive nitpickers, then you’ve probably squandered hours haggling with them over minutiae. Try these strategies.

Cut Noise Pollution at Work

July 1, 1997
Stroll through your workplace and listen. What do you hear?