Memos to Managers

Management skills checklist: Which do you do well?

January 25, 2019
The most effective managers demonstrate a very specific set of skills and behaviors in the workplace. New research by MindTools and the London Business School identified these core skills that the best managers master.
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Burnout! Four main causes of employee stress, and what you can do about it

August 24, 2018
You’ve put in the long hours to build a relationship with your team, and to better understand their strengths, weaknesses, motivators and goals for the future. While these are all key components to a successful relationship with your staff, it’s for naught if you can’t proactively prevent employee burnout.
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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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Onward & upward: How to use career pathing to support employees’ development

March 23, 2018
Want to retain more of your top performing employees, increase engagement and productivity, and support their interests and future goals? Introduce your team to career pathing.
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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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