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Memos to Managers

8 steps to writing a winning remote job description

08/25/2022
While a job description for a remote job includes much of the same information as any job description, there are also some remote-specific elements you should include. According to a recent FlexJobs report, here are eight elements to consider including in job descriptions for remote positions.

Accommodating religion: 6 commandments for managers

07/28/2022
The increasing religious diversity in the workforce is causing more managers to make legal mistakes. And a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may cause confusion about where managers can draw the line on religion and prayer in the workplace.

The 5 worst interview questions & what to ask instead

06/24/2022
The interview remains a hiring manager’s most effective tool for evaluating job candidates. Unfortunately, managers too often rely on a list of standard interview questions for which most applicants have canned responses. Here are five common questions to avoid, as well as suggestions for more productive queries that will help you make the correct hiring choice:

Here comes the summer help!

05/26/2022
How to welcome, prep and manage those seasonal employees.

10 things your employees are dying to hear you say

04/28/2022
Only about a third of employees these days say they are “engaged” in their jobs. But in the midst of everyday chaos, it’s hard for managers to think about big-picture issues like employee morale and motivation. Here are 10 phrases or questions you can use with employees to build respect, gratitude and trust, according to a new book by Todd Patkin, Finding Happiness.

10 common phrases that turn employees against you

04/28/2022
Managers are human. You’re bound to make some unfortunate word choices now and then. But employees will give you a pass on those annoying expressions for only so long. Spew these 10 phrases at your peril.

5 questions to ask yourself just seconds before you fire someone … and 5 to ask yourself just seconds before you hire someone

03/24/2022
Are you really sure you want to press that button just yet? Run a few things through your mind before picking up the phone … or making the long hard walk down the hallway.

Is your staff suffering from FORTO?

02/24/2022
Make them see the office as an inviting place to come back to.

Should you take that worker back?

01/14/2022
2022 may be the year of the boomerang employee.

Power rankings—for managerial skills

12/20/2021
Here are the top 10 qualities they all must have.