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Communication

4 phrases we would love to never hear again on Zoom

01/25/2022
Rae Ringel, whose Ringel Group specializes in leadership development, has had enough of Zoom jargon. In an article on hbr.org, she urges banishing these phrases from online gatherings.

Help managers build trust: 6 best practices

01/11/2022
Good relationships between managers and their subordinates start with trust. Pass along these tips to help managers strengthen the bonds of trust with their staff members.

Writing job descriptions: An 8-question checklist

11/22/2021
Inaccurate or incomplete job descriptions can create costly legal risks. Here are eight questions managers should ask themselves when drafting a job description.

8 tips for having difficult conversations via videoconference

09/23/2021
Remote and hybrid work arrangements will almost certainly remain part of the management landscape in the months and years to come. That means it’s time to formalize ad hoc processes that emerged during the pandemic. Whether meeting with employees yourself or training supervisors how to interact with team members, these tips can make it easier to use Zoom for talking about matters that normally warrant face-to-face interactions.

For good employee relations, ask ‘What would Ted Lasso do?’

08/26/2021
Ted Lasso is everything we need right now to help right the askew ships of our collective psyche. The following Ted-isms sum up the philosophy of Ted Lasso.

How to keep remote workers engaged

07/22/2021
If you have any employees working remotely, it’s vital to take proactive steps to keep them engaged and connected to the organization. Here are steps that software provider Neocase implemented to help keep their remote employees engaged.

Less than half asked about return to work

06/24/2021
As organizations open their doors again, more workers say their employer has not asked for their feedback about return-to-work policies and procedures than those whose companies actually have asked.

Use judicious threats to propel talks

05/27/2021
When you’re working out a problem with employees, vendors, or customers, making threats can be risky. People resent them, and you may decrease the likelihood of cooperation and even risk inciting revenge. Yet, as negotiation experts Adam D. Galinsky and Katie A. Liljenquist point out, threats can be effective—if you follow these three principles.

Here, there, everywhere: Foster harmony and productivity with a hybrid workforce

04/22/2021
Flexible, hybrid arrangements allow for better safety precautions and relieve some of the chaos experienced by working parents with children e-learning at home. For managers, however, the set-up can prove a major headache. How can leaders improve the harmony of a hybrid workforce and perhaps save their own sanity?

Workplace unity: Keeping the peace amid strong opinions and emotions

02/12/2021
What can managers do to promote office peace and lessen the risk of threatening rhetoric occurring?