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Productivity / Performance

Performance reviews: 20 questions for evaluating intangibles

03/16/2016
Make abstract qualities more concrete by answering “yes” or “no” to the following questions.

… on-the-job socializing gets out of hand

03/14/2016
Usually, it takes just a few employees to set the bar for over-socializing in the workplace. But such banter can seriously interfere with productivity.

March Madness: Is work slump a slam dunk?

03/14/2016
The NCAA basketball tournament starts this week, which means plenty of your copier paper will soon be burned up to make bracket betting sheets. But, are there downsides to March Madness?

Designing a Progressive Discipline Policy

03/07/2016
White Paper published by The HR Specialist ______________________ The most reliable way to protect your organization from wrongful termination charges is to establish and enforce a system of progressive discipline. Having such a structure in place, and making it clear to all supervisors that they are expected to abide by it, is your best defense […]

Warn bosses: Dodge these 7 common evaluation traps

01/27/2016

When training supervisors how to conduct performance appraisals, warn them to avoid these seven mistakes that can taint the evaluation process.

Who’s winning the workplace Cold War?

01/11/2016
The weather outside may be frightfully bizarre this winter, but the temperatures inside can be just as difficult for many to adjust to. According to a new Harris poll, 23% of employees say their office is too cold, while 25% are too hot.

Have you nailed down the rules of telecommuting?

12/31/2015
Speaker and author Jay Forte is a results-oriented kind of guy, so he doesn’t think you have reason to worry that remote workers might become underperformers—as long as everyone knows what’s expected from day one.

Tips to speed up slower workers

12/31/2015
There is sometimes only a thin line between diligence and delay—but you can always tell when employees have crossed it.

The 5 common myths about workplace conflict

12/14/2015
Managed correctly, conflict can be a positive source of innovation and creativity. How do you harness its power?

5 ways to reduce absenteeism

12/10/2015

It may surprise you that the first item on the list of ways to get people to come to work more often is to encourage dissent.