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Productivity / Performance

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. 

Two workers locking horns?

12/07/2015

It’s a common scenario in the workplace: An ongoing dispute between two employees. Left unchecked it can split your whole unit into factions. And your workers may be looking at everything you do in terms of which side you seem to favor. Here are some guidelines that can help you address employee conflicts in a positive, effective manner.

Give Those Seasonal Part-Timers Your Full HR Effort: 7 Tips

12/04/2015
Today’s new payroll numbers show that employers are confident in bringing on that extra employee or two, expecially at this time of year. But too often, part-timers don’t get the same HR attention as full-timers. If your organization employes lots of part-timers or seasonal staff, consider these tips …

It’s OK to have favorites … just don’t PLAY favorites

12/04/2015

Studies show that managers often unknowingly give the benefit of the doubt to employees that they like, even employees who are average or subpar performers. In fact, a Harvard Business Review study found that most managers would rather work with “lovable fools” than “competent jerks.” To make sure you’re not unwittingly playing favorites, consider these issues.

‘Tis the season for online shopping on-the-clock

12/02/2015
Next to a credit card with a hefty limit, a workplace computer may be this year’s most essential holiday shopping tool. After a slight downturn in work-based online shopping in 2014, more employees say they’re spending working hours hunting for deals and buying gifts this year, according to CareerBuilder’s annual Cyber Monday survey.