6 ways to lead your team to maximum productivity

October 23, 2008
In tough economic times, organizations must focus on getting the highest possible return on their workforce investment. To achieve that goal, it’s more important than ever for supervisors to motivate employees, challenge them to peak efficiency and create an environment that helps them grow not just as employees, but as people. Here are six ways […]
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Help employees accept inevitable change

April 24, 2008
Employees are constantly facing changes to their work environment. Supervisors who are able to understand the impact of those changes on their employees—and are able to help them through those unsteady times—will earn their employees’ trust and loyalty.
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Controlling wasted time

October 1, 2007
Workplace surveys suggest that nearly one full day of every workweek–up to nine weeks a year–is taken up by unproductive time. How well do you maintain your team’s productivity?
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Give anecdotes, not advice

November 1, 2001
As a manager, you can tell employees what they should and should not do. But telling people what to do often triggers resistance.
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Ask what’s behind broken promises

October 1, 2001
When a peer or employee breaks a promise, that’s a golden opportunity to sort out problems and plan for the future.
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Motivate workers by caring

June 1, 2001
By investing perhaps five minutes a day in getting to know a particular employee and showing sincere interest, you motivate in powerful ways. Take these steps to show you care.
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Get a nitpicker back on track

April 1, 2001
If you manage compulsive nitpickers, then you’ve probably squandered hours haggling with them over minutiae. Try these strategies.
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Avoid over-smiling

September 1, 1998
Everyone likes a cheery, positive co-worker. But don’t overdo it.
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Want someone to listen to you?

January 1, 1998
Praise her sincerely for some aspect of her work that usually gets overlooked.
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