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Good ideas? Follow up with 4 questions

04/08/2020
Once your group has brainstormed and come up with ideas to solve a problem, develop a product, etc., you need a way to identify the most profitable suggestions and start developing them. Hold a follow-up session to explore four questions adapted from the techniques of innovation expert Rolf Smith.

With virus, handshakes are so 2019

04/08/2020
What was once a standard and reflexive way to meet, greet, part ways, close deals and congratulate may now be coming to an end.

Help staff tackle tough projects

04/07/2020
Working with your group on a kind of project you’ve never done before presents a special challenge. One way to cope is to use your project status meetings to speed up the learning process for you and your project team—to benefit from your learning as you learn it. Here’s how.

Performance measures steady despite coronavirus

04/07/2020
Only 5% of employers have eased the performance standards they expect employees to meet because of coronavirus-related workplace changes, according to a WorldatWork survey.

It’s your call: You decide which rules are critical

03/26/2020
A basic principle of employment law is that employers—not employees—get to decide how workers are supposed to do their jobs.

Always document why discipline differed

03/26/2020
Here’s an important reminder for supervisors: Before terminating a worker, make sure you take the time to review previous disciplinary records. If you have not fired another employee for breaking the same rule, call a brief time-out.

Make sure employees have the tools they need to work from home

03/24/2020
As concerns over the coronavirus continue to mount, many companies now require employees to work from home. To maximize productivity during this challenging time, employers must ensure that workers have what they need to function in a remote environment.

Say goodbye on good terms when forced to downsize

03/24/2020
If you’re contemplating a layoff, you’ve no doubt given some thought to which employees you want to let go—and which ones you absolutely must retain. But know this: Every time an organization lays off even a few employees, voluntary turnover jumps in response—and the ones who choose to leave are most likely employees you intended to keep.

Poll: Coronavirus effect on work may depend on pay

03/24/2020
Highly paid employees feel the effects of the coronavirus crisis in very different ways than low-wage workers, according to a new Harris poll.

3 challenges for global teams

03/11/2020
Teams consisting of globally dispersed employees are becoming the norm these days. And that kind of diversity can be hugely beneficial to organizations, in terms of innovation, problem-solving and customer service. However, cross-cultural communication can pose significant challenges for team members.