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It’s about time … to consider switching to 4-day workweek

A recent experiment sought to test whether a four-day workweek at full pay would be popular with employees and their employers. The results are in.

Should that Zoom call really have been an email?

With all the options, existing workplace etiquette and conflicting preferences, it can be surprisingly difficult to decide the best way for an admin to get in touch with their executive and colleagues. These tips will let you know the best communication method for each workplace situation to help admins save time.

Are your employees happy?

Tomorrow is Employee Appreciation Day! So it’s a good time to assess whether employees are happy. Not skipping down a rainbow happy, but happy at work and with their work. Maybe happy-ish would be a better description. If you want to know whether employees are happy, ask them.

Emotional rescue: How to help angry employees vent

Say one of your employees walks into your office all red-faced and angry. How should you respond? Follow these do’s and don’ts to help em­­ployees vent about stressful work problems and think about solutions:

Want to annoy your staff? Use these words

Let’s face it. As a manager, you are going to annoy some of your employees at least some of the time. A recent survey performed by Preply helps you annoy them a little less. They surveyed a thousand people to learn the most annoying buzzwords. Try to keep these from popping up during your next meeting or one-on-one conversation.

Decided to terminate? Don’t wait to act

Once you have made the decision to fire a worker, try to carry out the firing promptly. Delaying can backfire. If you must wait, write a memo memorializing when and why you made the discharge decision. That documentation can help you later if the terminated worker files a lawsuit.

How HR can equip managers to drive high employee performance in 2023

It’s no secret that employee engagement and performance are at all-time lows, posing significant challenges for managers and HR departments. Dubbed the “quiet quitting” epidemic by the mainstream media, employees across the country are disengaged, only putting forth the minimum effort not to get fired.

Plants at work could help reduce errors

Participants in an experiment made 43% fewer errors when performing stress-inducing cognitive tasks in rooms outfitted with “air-purifying green walls” covered with plants.

Plan ahead to apply PIPs consistently, fairly

When employees aren’t living up to work standards, consider placing them on a performance improvement plan that spells out what they must do to keep their jobs. While each case will be unique, it’s important to set up procedures for implementing PIPs in advance.

Worried about a new hire? ‘Salvage operation’ tips

Most managers have faced this dilemma at least once in their careers: A candidate looks great on paper and gives a knockout interview; but two weeks into the new job, you’re less than enthused. You now have a choice: Cut your losses or run a salvage operation.