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Objective measures are most persuasive, so focus on performance criteria

09/02/2019
Remind supervisors to always focus on performance—not intangibles like “attitude”—using as many objective measures as possible. If an employee later alleges some form of discrimination, you’ll be able to demonstrate that you kept things professional by focusing on what really matters: doing the job.

Fantasy football could cost employers $9 billion

08/29/2019
An estimated 12.5 million adults will play fantasy football this year, according to 2018 data from Nielsen Scarborough. With an estimated total of nearly two-thirds of those adults employed, that means over 7.5 million workers will be researching their teams during work hours.

Write memos that people will read

08/28/2019
If a subject is important enough for you to write a memo, take the time to write it in a way that people will read it through. Deliver effective messages with these actions.

Dropping ratings doesn’t mean better feedback

08/22/2019
While the number of companies that don’t use performance ratings and rankings has doubled in the past six years, only 15% of companies globally have eliminated them, says a new Mercer report.

Track every disciplinary action in detail

08/14/2019
Document all the details when you discipline or terminate. That way, you can review past discipline and compare it with currently proposed action. Similar conduct should result in similar punishment.

4 ways managers can cultivate intrinsic motivation

08/14/2019
Intrinsically motivated employees want to succeed because of the internal benefit they experience—like pride or perhaps the internal satisfaction of simply feeling they’ve been productive.

Heck yes it’s Monday! Let’s get to work!

08/06/2019
Some workers go to bed Sunday nights dreading the workweek to come, but Mondays and Tuesdays—especially in the morning—are when employees are most productive, suggests new research from staffing firm Accountemps.

It was just a meeting, not false imprisonment

08/02/2019
An employee whose supervisor ordered her to take a seat in a conference room has lost her request for a trial on charges of false imprisonment.

How to deliver bad news to employees

07/30/2019
Even when business is good, HR occasionally must do the organization’s dirty work by delivering bad news. The next time you have to pass along bad news to employees, remember these pointers.

Out of the doldrums: How to reignite your employees’ passion

07/29/2019
Just as partners benefit from checking with one another to gauge fulfillment levels and figure out how to grow together, managers who take an interest in maintaining a passionate staff reap great rewards.