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Productivity / Performance

Employee promotions increase nationwide

03/17/2015
The percentage of employees receiving promotions increased to 9% in 2014, up from 7% in 2010 according to a new “Promotional Guidelines” survey released by the total rewards nonprofit WorldatWork.

You hired them, now groom them

03/04/2015

Here’s a look at some of the most impactful ways you can tweak your onboarding to transform new hires into productive team members as quickly as possible.

Manager quiz: How effective is your team?

03/03/2015
Genuine teamwork in most organizations is as elusive as it’s ever been, says Patrick Lencioni in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Take this quiz to see what is holding your team back from being in perfect harmony

Practice quiet leadership to bring out the best in teams

02/04/2015
The key to team leadership is knowing how to pull back and let the group gel.

How to motivate minimum-wagers

01/30/2015
Once you take on the responsibility of leading those on the very first rung of the corporate ladder, you’ll likely have to turn off your managerial auto-pilot and become more hands-on than you’re used to.

Should employees get copies of reviews?

01/12/2015
Q. We usually don’t allow our employees to read or comment on their annual evaluations. Instead, we perform a performance review one-on-one and have them sign an acknowledgment that they have discussed their performance. Do we need to provide them with a copy of the evaluation?

America’s most depressing job: Driving a city bus

01/09/2015
More than 16% of bus drivers reported being clinically depressed in a recent study that compared rates of depression diagnoses across 55 job categories.

How to uncover employees’ hidden talents

12/31/2014

You love your stars—the smartest, most reliable employees. It’s the other 80% you worry about. Deep down you’ve already decided they’re destined for mediocrity. Wait! Before you stamp most of your employees as average, help managers unleash their potential.

Manage attendance starting with first incident

12/31/2014

If an employee has chronic attendance problems, you can’t rely on company policy to make things easier. Even if the worker’s supervisor follows the rules and metes out punishment fairly, it’s still a distraction from more important matters.

Keep sick workers where they belong

12/23/2014
Every winter we get the same advice from the pros: Don’t come to work when you’re sick! And don’t let your employees do it, either. Managers are the first line of defense against what experts call “presenteeism”—people coming to work impaired by illness and therefore unable to be productive–and worse–infecting ­others. So what’s a manager to do?