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Memos to Managers

Worried about a new hire? ‘Salvage operation’ tips

01/25/2023
Most managers have faced this dilemma at least once in their careers: A candidate looks great on paper and gives a knockout interview; but two weeks into the new job, you’re less than enthused. You now have a choice: Cut your losses or run a salvage operation.

How to spot and prevent burnout

12/20/2022
Everyone has a limit. When walking into work (or taking the few steps to the home office) becomes a challenge, your employees are probably on track to experience burnout. The ability to spot and—more importantly—prevent burnout can save great workers from absences or the pursuit of greener pastures.

Onboarding questions to ask over 30/60/90 days

11/22/2022
Transitioning new hires into your department involves multiple cascading events that occur over time, both for the manager, the new hire and the organization. Much more than simply enrolling people in benefits and setting up their payroll, it’s your first chance to make a good impression and truly integrate the individual into your culture.

8 tips for keeping workplace messages from turning toxic

10/26/2022
The best time to address negative issues is before they become a major plague—or a lawsuit. Here are eight strategies for us all to employ.

Ten things great bosses do every day

09/29/2022
We’ve all heard the adage, “People don’t leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.” On the flip side, great bosses change us for the better. They see more in us than we see in ourselves and help us learn to discover our strengths. Look at these ten characteristics of great bosses to know where you rank—and, more importantly, how to improve.

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.