Memos to Managers

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Off-site, but on task

August 24, 2016
Want to get the most from your remote staff? Showing that out of sight does not mean out of mind encourages them to step up their game and contribute to the company’s development.
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The 5-step plan for handling an employee’s 2-weeks’ notice

August 6, 2016
For a smooth exit that’s favorable to both employee and employer, follow these steps for any departure.
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10 common phrases that turn employees against you

August 3, 2016
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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Here comes the summer help!

May 26, 2016
How to welcome, prep and manage those seasonal employees.
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Let’s all play nice! Prevent and manage bullying in the workplace

April 21, 2016
Here are a few simple ways to prevent and manage workplace bullying—for the sake of your staff, and your own ability to be an influential manager.
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NLRB says it’s OK to cuss out your boss

April 18, 2016
A company has been ordered to rehire workers fired for profane notes.
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Don’t add fuel when you fire: 6 tips for terminations

March 10, 2016
If you supervise employees in any capacity, there will come a time when you need to let someone go. Here are some tips for making the best of a bad situation.
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10 FBI tricks for effective persuasion

February 24, 2016
What can managers, executives and leaders learn from the FBI’s techniques?
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Where are we? How to write a status report

February 11, 2016
It happens to every manager: Someone above you asks for a status report on a project you’re leading. If you don’t have a model or template to work off of, gather up all those sticky notes and memos and follow these tips.
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It’s OK to have favorites … just don’t PLAY favorites

December 4, 2015

Studies show that managers often unknowingly give the benefit of the doubt to employees that they like, even employees who are average or subpar performers. In fact, a Harvard Business Review study found that most managers would rather work with “lovable fools” than “competent jerks.” To make sure you’re not unwittingly playing favorites, consider these issues.

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