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Memos to Managers

Start the day right by … eating a live frog?

11/03/2015
Here are six amazingly simple productivity routines practiced by some of the world’s greatest business minds—that could just change the tone of the entire day.

Analysis paralysis? 4 tips for making better decisions

10/26/2015
Your ability to make sound business decisions swiftly—even when they involve ambiguity and risk—is a major factor in your ability to guide and manage a successful team. Here are some simple ways to help you make better decisions.

What managers need to know about sexual harassment

10/01/2015
Here’s a primer on what sexual harassment is and how to react when you see it.

What to do when an employee quits without notice

09/23/2015
Though you can’t control the actions of the employee or force him to stay in a job, you can mitigate the aftermath with a few smart steps.

Back to school: 4 teacher tactics to use with your staff

08/28/2015

Teachers are some of the first “managers” that people ever encounter. Teachers organize each day to get maximum results from their charges, and they must deal with a wide variety of skills levels, motivation levels and communication challenges along the way. Here are four ideas worth borrowing from teachers to bring to the workplace.

How to keep new employees productive & engaged

07/22/2015

When employees quit shortly after being hired, the departure is a gut punch to productivity and adds unnecessary costs. Plus, it can send unsettling shock waves to employees. Managers set the foundation for good employee relationships during the hiring process and in those first weeks on the job. Here are tips to keep newbies onboard, productive and engaged.

Discipline and discharge: 5 do’s and don’ts

07/06/2015
We live in an era when employees have more power than ever—which has made it more legally tricky to come down on them when you need to send a message.

How to manage your staff through a crisis

07/01/2015
Staff morale is a key factor in how engaged and accountable employees feel in their roles. But how do you keep spirits high when business waters are clearly troubled?

How to avoid making legally binding promises when hiring

06/01/2015
Employee lawsuits can erupt when promises made in interviews aren’t kept or job offer letters inadvertently oversell the potential for monetary rewards. Here are four key questions to ­consider.

Managing the legal way: Lessons from the courts

03/26/2015
These four court cases exemplify core concepts—and traps—in employment law.