Memos to Managers

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A comical take on employee recognition

May 16, 2018
Watch Michelle Pena, senior editor at Business Management Daily, as she bravely endures the loss of the much-coveted Top Banana award. Will this silly video make you rethink how you approach acknowledging star employees?
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Parent power: How raising children can make you a better manager

April 13, 2018
Becoming a parent obviously changes one’s personal life. However, the effects of such a monumental event often extend beyond the home front and into the office.
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6 leaders’ top hiring questions

January 5, 2018

What they ask, and why.

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Help employees connect with their work & workplace

October 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.

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Meet the new boss: How to approach an existing team

September 9, 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.
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The 4 essential skills of a master manager

September 7, 2017
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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Accommodating religion: What managers need to know

August 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.

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How to confront mistake-prone employees

June 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.
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Just do it … or just delegate it?

June 22, 2017
“If you want something done right, you’d better do it yourself.” Managers who successfully used this philosophy to work their way up the career ladder may find it counterintuitive to let go of the reins and start delegating tasks to subordinates.
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Quiz: How to track employee performance and behavior

March 23, 2017
Not only will good documentation help you provide more direct feedback to employees, your copious records could help save the organization in case of an employee’s lawsuit.
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