PRODUCTIVITY / PERFORMANCE

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.

Disengaged at work? Probably a business major

10/24/2014
Recent college grads who majored in business are least likely to express strong interest in the work they do now, according to a recent Gallup survey.

Woo VIP sponsor as group champion

10/21/2014
No matter how productive your HR team’s performance, its real impact depends on whether higher-ups will listen. That’s why you need to recruit a team advisor to make sure your group’s work pays off.

Maybe at least the bagels and coffee are still free?

10/09/2014
Underperformers in IBM’s Global Technology Services strategic outsourcing group have been ordered to spend one day per week for the next six months in training—and take a 10% pay cut for the duration.

Employee's performance hit the skids? Find out why with this 6-step inquiry

10/06/2014

When an employee’s job performance suddenly declines, too often managers and HR wait and hope it gets better. Not smart. Whether it’s an issue with management, personal problems or a mismatch between the employee’s job and skills, it’s key to quickly find out why employees are struggling. Here are six tips for this discussion.

Get more done! Sign on to that conference call

09/17/2014
According to a new survey by Intercall, a phone service provider, 82% of employees polled admit to working on unrelated items while on a conference call.

Fantasy football comes at a cost

09/16/2014
Yes, it’s a morale boost, but it doesn’t come free. Employers can expect to “pay” an employee (earning a $40,000-per-year salary) $356 in lost productivity to play a season’s worth of fantasy football on company time.

The power of the doodle

09/15/2014
The little faces, triangles and puppies you've been sketching all these years haven't been for nought.

How to effectively manage workaholic employees

08/29/2014
Suspect you’re managing a workaholic? Here are tips to help the employee find balance, and the organization cut costs and liability.

How to do appraisals for flex-job holders

08/27/2014
What’s the best way to evaluate the work of someone who’s working where you can’t see them? Here’s good advice to pass along to your organization’s managers.

Sitting is the new smoking

08/22/2014
A new University of Southern California study says brain processing speed increases from 5% to 20% when people are standing compared to sitting.

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.
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