PRODUCTIVITY / PERFORMANCE

Manager quiz: How effective is your team?

03/03/2015
Genuine teamwork in most organizations is as elusive as it’s ever been, says Patrick Lencioni in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Take this quiz to see what is holding your team back from being in perfect harmony

Practice quiet leadership to bring out the best in teams

02/04/2015
The key to team leadership is knowing how to pull back and let the group gel.

Should employees get copies of reviews?

01/12/2015
Q. We usually don’t allow our employees to read or comment on their annual evaluations. Instead, we perform a performance review one-on-one and have them sign an acknowledgment that they have discussed their performance. Do we need to provide them with a copy of the evaluation?

America's most depressing job: Driving a city bus

01/09/2015
More than 16% of bus drivers reported being clinically depressed in a recent study that compared rates of depression diagnoses across 55 job categories.

How to uncover employees' hidden talents

12/31/2014

You love your stars—the smartest, most reliable employees. It’s the other 80% you worry about. Deep down you’ve already decided they’re destined for mediocrity. Wait! Before you stamp most of your employees as average, help managers unleash their potential.

Relocating your office? Steps for success

12/18/2014

At some point, your office will likely need to pull up stakes and head out to unexplored territory, moving the staff and everything else. Your preparations will fall into two categories: (1) ticking off the absolutely-must-do’s and (2) solving the hidden issues that can trip up an otherwise orderly relocation.

How to set up a mentorship program to drive career development

12/18/2014
Sure, it's a great tool that gives employees a proactive boost—but it can also thwart career-ending mistakes.

Yet another argument against Monday morning meetings

12/15/2014
For 90 days, Google analyzed the relative search volume for “hangover cure.”

Email/Internet Usage

12/15/2014

HR Law 101: Employers have any number of legitimate reasons to monitor employees’ email and Internet usage. Beyond personal productivity issues, you risk significant loss should an employee download a virus or other damaging software or engage in illegal activity conducted on company computers ...

Just say it: I'm going home at 5:30!

12/12/2014
The best way to restore sanity to your schedule, see more of your family and still get your work done is simple, says Cal Newport, a Georgetown University business professor and author who also takes seriously being a good parent and partner.

Light their fire: How to get your employees to think like owners

12/04/2014

You’ve heard so much about the need for employees to be “en­­gaged” and “empowered” that your eyes glaze over those words. Sure, it’s vital. But how do you actually make the culture shift to build that spirit?

Where time gets wasted at work

11/26/2014
Today’s knowledge workers spend only 45% of their time on primary job duties. The other 55% is squandered on meetings, email and administrivia. Here’s what workers say causes lost productivity.

Follow 3 C's to deal with underperformers

11/14/2014

Productivity and morale are the main casualties when organizations retain people who clearly aren’t doing their jobs. The Harvard Business Review suggests managers follow these three C’s to deal with an underperformer.

A rock-star employee leaves: Now what?

10/28/2014

The hole left when an outstanding employee departs can seem big enough to swallow up the productivity of that person’s whole department. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are four tips to maintain order and productivity when a top employee moves on

5 principles for creating a culture of positivity at work

10/27/2014
Positivity is what keeps a workplace ticking. It all starts with supervisors. And all they have to do is treat employees better.
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