PRODUCTIVITY / PERFORMANCE

What to do when older workers start to coast

08/23/2016
When employees approach retirement, they sometimes go on autopilot. They may think there’s no way their employer will fire them at their age, assuming management will fear an age discrimination lawsuit. Such sudden drops in productivity can frustrate everyone involved, including co-workers and supervisors.

Spot warning signs of chronic absenteeism

08/21/2016
Chronic absenteeism is a chronic drain on the bottom line. Typically, the direct and indirect costs associated with absenteeism eat up 5% to 17% of an organization’s total payroll. Top brass is probably looking at HR for solutions.

Pokémon Go away! Get gamers back to work

08/16/2016
If you don’t have a policy that governs workplace gaming, now is a good time to establish one.

Rosy reviews: 99% of bureaucrats are good at their jobs!

08/12/2016
A new U.S. Government Accountability Office study of performance reviews found that 99% of federal government employees were rated as being good at their jobs, and almost two-thirds do “outstanding” work.

Variable pay strategy: Teach workers to 'manage the boss'

07/20/2016
The biggest trend in employee compensation is pay-for-performance. In many organizations, less employee pay is fixed; more is contingent on performance. In reality, too few managers do what’s necessary to make pay-for-performance work. Solution: Teach the employees to “manage the boss.”

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?
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