PRODUCTIVITY / PERFORMANCE

Teach employees to ask for feedback from reluctant bosses

08/19/2014
Why is employer-to-employee feedback in such short supply? The answer is simple: Managers rank it among their most difficult duties.

Summer 'blahs' or burned out? Find out and fix it

08/12/2014
Burnout can lead to depression and diminished performance. Plus, it’s contagious, spreading through the team unless you act early and decisively to head it off. Here’s how.

Simple idea for boosting productivity: Interdepartmental job swapping

08/05/2014
Do you think productivity gains come only from grand transformations? Sometimes, small, no-cost changes generate the greatest impact.

BYOD programs create risks beyond information security

07/28/2014
BYOD programs have taken off, but they come with greater information security concerns and legal issues.

Is it time to terminate your formal annual review process?

07/24/2014
Many companies—including Adobe and Netflix—have abandoned formal annual reviews, adopting a more agile approach that focuses on continuous performance management. Could this process work for you?

Personal tech rules when it comes to wasting time

07/23/2014
American employees are ingenious wasters of time. A new poll has identified the worst workplace time-sucks.

Let them butt heads! How to inspire healthy conflict

07/01/2014
Good managers want employees to constructively challenge their ideas because it produces better decisions and problem-solving.

Even legal marijuana takes a hit among co-workers

06/24/2014
Regardless of marijuana’s legal status, 46% of U.S. workers would lose confidence in colleagues who smoke pot on their own time. That’s according to a new poll by Workplace Options, a wellness consulting firm.

How to identify promotable employees

06/19/2014

For many organizations, promotions are random decisions left to managers. That’s a mistake … and a common one. Use these tips to choose the right people for advancement.

Changing job assignment soon after hire? That may be deemed a demotion

06/16/2014
Here’s a cautionary tale about changing a new employee’s job duties soon after hire. He or she may claim the real reason is discrimination if the change happened soon after a new boss discovered the employee belonged to a protected class.

Happiness matters: The 10-step prescription to a more content, productive workforce

06/10/2014
A recent Healthways Gallup Well-Being Index study showed a direct connection between employees’ well-being and their performance. The key tenets to a positive culture: Invest in employees’ relationships with managers. Cele­­brate strengths. Build a culture of positivity. Here’s how to do it.

Former superstars aren't immune from scrutiny

05/19/2014
The best approach to dealing with declining performance is careful and meticulous record-keeping showing expectations and how the employee isn’t meeting them. Objective facts trump the employee’s feelings that she is being discriminated against for some reason.

How to keep trouble-makers from ruining your meetings

05/15/2014
You’ve prepared the meeting agenda and presentation materials and secured all the necessary participants. But how do you keep the meeting on track when a few bad apples threaten to derail the gathering? Here is how to swiftly and professionally handle disruptive meeting attendees.

Is team leadership actually important to team success?

04/14/2014
Po Bronson—The New York Times best-selling author of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing—is a big fan of using small teams to tackle big projects. But surely the smaller the team, the more critical the role of the team leader, right? Wrong.

Treat every workday like it's a Tuesday!

04/07/2014

We reported last year that 39%  of HR managers think their organization’s employees are most productive on Tuesdays. How can you get workers up to speed the other four days of the workweek? Pass along these tips.

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