Tag Archives: employee-management
Strictly speaking, it’s not a particularly efficient use of your time to tell people that they are doing a great job. Efficiency is a measure of how much work you put in versus how much you get out. Talking to your colleagues and giving them an attaboy provides no immediate efficiency gains. In fact, it may seem like it … (read more)
This video shares an oversimplified, yet effective, way to evaluate team members, and how to best work with them. If we group job skills into “skilled” and “unskilled,” then divide attitude into “positive” and “negative,” we can loosely identify four types and understand how we may help each other.
S = Skilled, knows the job and can reliably complete tasks … (read more)
The “Sandwich Method” is a tool used to reduce employee defensiveness, anger, and closed-mindedness when given constructive criticism. The key to this procedure is honesty. You begin by sharing what you truly respect about the individual. It has to be real or don’t use it.
The first slice of bread should be a quality, work habit, or character … (read more)
In a recent survey of administrative employees, 66 percent said they would leave their current position if not shown appreciation by their manager. Praise can be one of the truest forms of appreciation.
I’ve seen various surveys over the last three decades demonstrating the power of praise in the workplace. I’m often met with doubt when I claim … (read more)
One of the first signs of spring, at least to me, is when I get that email declaring it’s annual review time again! Has it really been a year already?
This April marks my first full year in a management position, and here are four things I’ve learned:
- 1. Not everyone is going to like you
Being liked and being
Evaluating your team isn’t rocket science, but it can be formulated. When results aren’t achieved, managers often jump to conclusions before gathering and analyzing information. I’ve seen procedures changed that were not being followed, and processes (the act of doing the procedure) micromanaged, when the procedure was flawed — both resulting in little or no improvement.
I worked with a company who set a procedure to … (read more)
The pinch theory of conflict management is based on the idea that conflict can be predicted and reduced. Unresolved conflict affects production, lowers performance and fosters resentment. When expectations between people are not met, this can create a pinch or a breakdown in the existing relationship. Pinches are inevitable, but can be reduced, managed, and avoided.
• Sharing expectations … (read more)
Last week, you were one of the girls or guys, and now you’re the boss. What’s next? If you’re like many promoted managers, you performed well in your previous position, but you’re not totally prepared to be THE manager.
Years ago, I was promoted from sales to my first retail management position. I thought managing was paper work, planning, counting … (read more)
After reading a post @NickiLaycoax retweeted, “5 Lessons To Learn From Web Startups,” I RT’d the post adding, “Fun is # 1.” Nicki replied, “I agree!” So I said, “Let’s write a blog together about fun at work!” I suggested I could write about having fun being productive, and she could write about fun things to do at work … (read more)
Time management is crucial to getting more value out of your projects and improving the quality of your life. To improve your use of time, you must be brutally honest in analyzing your time usage. Interruptions at any time — especially during the “golden hours,” before deadlines are met — should be limited. Determine your most important times of … (read more)