PRODUCTIVITY / PERFORMANCE

New boss challenge: Balancing own, others' work

06/13/2016
New managers face a number of challenges, but which is the most daunting?

5 legal ways you can monitor your employees

05/13/2016
There are fine legal lines to watch for when electronically monitoring employees.

Appraising workers in alternative job arrangements

04/28/2016
Alternative work arrangements—flextime, permanent part-time, job-sharing, telecommuting—require managers to adapt in many ways. One of these, often overlooked, is performance appraisal. What's the best way to evaluate the work of someone who's working where you can't see them?

Snapshot: Where do we receive job-related training?

04/22/2016
There are a number of ways employers and employees pursue professional training.

Robots will take over ... but my job will still exist

04/11/2016
Most believe robots will take over some jobs, just not theirs.

Performance reviews: 20 questions for evaluating intangibles

03/16/2016
Make abstract qualities more concrete by answering “yes” or “no” to the following questions.

March Madness: Is work slump a slam dunk?

03/14/2016
The NCAA basketball tournament starts this week, which means plenty of your copier paper will soon be burned up to make bracket betting sheets. But, are there downsides to March Madness?

Warn bosses: Dodge these 7 common evaluation traps

01/27/2016

When training supervisors how to conduct performance appraisals, warn them to avoid these seven mistakes that can taint the evaluation process.

Who's winning the workplace Cold War?

01/11/2016
The weather outside may be frightfully bizarre this winter, but the temperatures inside can be just as difficult for many to adjust to. According to a new Harris poll, 23% of employees say their office is too cold, while 25% are too hot.

The 5 common myths about workplace conflict

12/14/2015
Managed correctly, conflict can be a positive source of innovation and creativity. How do you harness its power?

5 ways to reduce absenteeism

12/10/2015

It may surprise you that the first item on the list of ways to get people to come to work more often is to encourage dissent. 

Give Those Seasonal Part-Timers Your Full HR Effort: 7 Tips

12/04/2015

Today's new payroll numbers show that employers are confident in bringing on that extra employee or two, expecially at this time of year. But too often, part-timers don't get the same HR attention as full-timers. If your organization employes lots of part-timers or seasonal staff, consider these tips ...

It's OK to have favorites ... just don't PLAY favorites

12/04/2015

Studies show that managers often unknowingly give the benefit of the doubt to employees that they like, even employees who are average or subpar performers. In fact, a Harvard Business Review study found that most managers would rather work with “lovable fools” than “competent jerks.” To make sure you’re not unwittingly playing favorites, consider these issues.

Who needs the mall when you can shop at work?

12/02/2015
Next to a credit card with a hefty limit, a workplace computer may be this year’s most essential holiday shopping tool. After a slight downturn in work-based online shopping in 2014, more employees say they’re spending working hours hunting for deals and buying gifts this year, according to CareerBuilder’s annual Cyber Monday survey.

Performance reviews lose their luster

11/26/2015
CEO of GE Jeff Immelt is considering axing annual performance reviews. Instead, it’s experimenting with more frequent performance discussions between managers and staff. The industrial giant is also launching an app for supervisors and employees to share feedback with each other.
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