Performance reviews lose their luster

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.

What (or who) keeps telework from working?

Resistance from senior executives is the primary reason more employers don’t institute a regular telework plan, in which employees work remotely at least once a week.

'I got stuck under my bed' and more priceless absenteeism excuses

CareerBuilder has learned that some employees take their excuses to the next level, from claims of poisoning at grandma’s hands to the urgent need to dumpster dive. Real-life bosses no doubt cringed when they heard that a subordinate missed work because he or she ...

Analysis paralysis? 4 tips for making better decisions

Your ability to make sound business decisions swiftly—even when they involve ambiguity and risk—is a major factor in your ability to guide and manage a successful team. Here are some simple ways to help you make better decisions.

Sobering statistic: The hidden business cost of hangovers

Binge drinking and the resulting hangovers cost U.S. employers $77 million in lost productivity at work, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The employee, not the job, is what makes telecommuting work

What should the rules of telecommuting be—and who is it really working for?

Should you swap performance reviews for a feedback app?

Some companies, including General Electric, have begun replacing traditional performance reviews with web- and mobile-based apps that let employees provide real-time, 360-degree feedback of one another.

Mentorship: Take the time to pay it forward

Tania Basheer of Blue Sky Coaching recommends a number of actions you can take to help a new employee grow in his or her career.

Deal with workers who've 'mentally retired'

An older employee isn’t untouchable. You can demand the same level of productivity from all employees and discipline them accordingly. Just be prepared to take special steps to stay away from age-bias claims. Here’s how to handle employees who are nearing retirement but who have already “mentally retired”:

How to write performance goals: 10 sample phrases

Well-written performance goals help energize employees and point them in right direction. But some managers and HR pros have trouble finding the right words. Here are 10 phrases to adapt, from 2600 Phrases for Setting Effective Performance Goals by Paul Falcone.

Back to school: 4 teacher tactics to use with your staff


Teachers are some of the first “managers” that people ever encounter. Teachers organize each day to get maximum results from their charges, and they must deal with a wide variety of skills levels, motivation levels and communication challenges along the way. Here are four ideas worth borrowing from teachers to bring to the workplace.

'Kinetic' furniture: A long walk to nowhere?

It's showing up in more workplaces, but are the benefits just an illusion?

How employers respond to the big productivity killers

Technology keeps finding ways to distract, making employers find ways to get people back on task. Here's a snapshot of those distractions and the workarounds some are attempting.

How to keep new employees productive & engaged


When employees quit shortly after being hired, the departure is a gut punch to productivity and adds unnecessary costs. Plus, it can send unsettling shock waves to employees. Managers set the foundation for good employee relationships during the hiring process and in those first weeks on the job. Here are tips to keep newbies onboard, productive and engaged.

Tips to help bosses manage 3 kinds of problem employees

There’s no shortage of negative employee behaviors that can have an ill effect on the entire workplace. The problem is when the behavior is not so bad where discipline or termination is in order, but managers must do something. And that something isn’t to drop the problem employee in HR’s lap! Help managers overcome some of the most griped about employee behaviors themselves with these tricks of the managerial trade.
1 2 3 4 ..........65 66 Next