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Memos to Managers

7 steps for effective, stress-free performance reviews

08/24/2018
Performance review meetings can bring anxiety to both sides of the desk. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right planning by supervisors, the meeting can be a productive, morale-boosting exchange. Here are seven steps for running productive and stress-free performance review meetings.

4 pieces of wisdom Steve Jobs shared in 1992 that still apply to today’s workforce

06/20/2018
Here are some grounding managerial philosophies Jobs shared in a 72-minute speech, and how you can use them to be a more impactful leader.

What to say to pregnant co-workers

05/23/2018
Do you have a pregnant co-worker or employee? Here’s a list of things you should—and shouldn’t—say during those nine, often difficult months.

Onward & upward: How to use career pathing to support employees’ development

03/23/2018
Want to retain more of your top performing employees, increase engagement and productivity, and support their interests and future goals? Introduce your team to career pathing.

How to properly train a new employee

11/21/2017

Good training doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of careful preparation and a well-developed supervisory system.

Help employees connect with their work & workplace

10/26/2017

Gallup has found that just a third of U.S. employees are fully engaged in their jobs. At the other end, 16% of workers are “actively disengaged” in their work.

Meet the new boss: How to approach an existing team

09/09/2017
Whether you’re managing a new team as a result of a promotion, job change or an organizational restructure, stepping in to lead a pre-existing team—and the established dynamics, group norms and expectations they tend to possess—demands a thoughtful management strategy. Here are some tips on how to manage a new staff.

The 4 essential skills of a master manager

09/07/2017
Studies of top managers have found it’s hard to be an effective team leader without having some mastery of these skill sets.

Accommodating religion: What managers need to know

08/12/2017

Say an applicant tells you she wouldn’t be able to work Friday nights due to her religion. Or an employee begins wearing a headscarf to the office. How would you respond? The increasing religious diversity in the workforce is causing more managers to make legal mistakes.

How to confront mistake-prone employees

06/29/2017
It’s never easy for managers to confront an employee whose performance is slipping or who has begun making more mistakes. Here are some key rules of engagement.