Memos to Managers

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3 main components of engagement

May 13, 2015
If you want to be the type of manager who engages employees, motivates them to go the extra mile and keeps them on board, focus on these areas.
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Does your workplace pass the freshness test?

May 13, 2015
In the day-to-day grind just to keep up, it’s easy to let the workplace grow stale, and that’s how good ideas get stifled and employees get burned out. Take this self-audit to find out if your organization is pushing hard enough to keep the experience of working there fresh and open to innovation, both on a professional and personal level. Note your answers and score yourself afterward.
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The 4 essential skills of a master manager

April 29, 2015
Studies of top managers have found it’s hard to be an effective team leader without having some mastery of these skill sets.
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10 common phrases that turn employees against you

January 23, 2015
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.
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Documenting performance: 3 most common mistakes

December 22, 2014
In court, clear and specific documentation about an employee’s performance or behavior can mean the difference between a quick employer victory and an expensive defeat.
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Meet the new boss: How to approach an existing team

November 25, 2014
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.
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Managing pregnant employees: Know the law

October 24, 2014
When an employee tells you she’s pregnant, it may bring on mixed emotions for supervisors. While you’re happy for the employee, you’re anxious about the impact on scheduling, productivity—and whether she will quit after the birth. Another important issue to consider: the legal risks.
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How to effectively manage workaholic employees

August 29, 2014
Suspect you’re managing a workaholic? Here are tips to help the employee find balance, and the organization cut costs and liability.
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Are your bad interview habits chasing talent?

July 11, 2014
While the widening pool of potential recruits is good news for managers, it underscores the importance of conducting an interview that attracts the best candidate.
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Self-test: How well do you keep employees on task?

May 23, 2014
Workplace surveys suggest that employees waste up to one full day of every workweek—up to nine weeks a year—with unproductive time. While some of the blame lies with inefficient or unmotivated employees, some can be chalked up to decisions made (or not made) by managers.
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