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How to Win Friends and Influence People: HR Edition

By Ben Eubanks

Want to be a true HR leader within your business? Learn to influence others. When you think about it, there are few decisions that HR makes with ultimate authority. A significant portion of what we accomplish comes through the influence, coaching, and guidance of our peers, executives, and staff. I’d even go so far as saying that the majority of what we are proud of as HR leaders comes from ...

Take advantage of summer months to boost morale

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I work for a small business as a supervisor. We have 75 employees who are very dedicated and we work hard all year. A few of us were talking recently about how hard it is to concentrate during the summer months. We live in Michigan and when summer comes, it's hard to come to work when it's so nice outside. We were trying to think of some things that we could do that would be fun t...

Peer Accountability: Policing Yourselves So the Boss Doesn’t Have To

By Laura Stack

Have you ever attended a meeting as a guest but couldn’t tell who the leader was, because multiple people asked their teammates tough questions? I’ve been to a few where if I hadn’t already known the leader, I wouldn’t have been able to guess. Those meetings were attended by high-performing teams where peer accountability was firmly entrenched. Everyone expected the best of...

Today's Manager is a Just-in-Time Coach

By Joan Lloyd

Managers have been getting a lot of attention lately. They've been the subject of hundreds of books on leadership, teamwork, empowerment and excellence. They've been struggling to find their place in the new order of things. It hasn't been easy. In years past, when a manager said, "Jump!" employees said, "How high?" Today, when a manager says, "Jump!" employees say, "Why?" because they want to und...

Methods of Motivation: Adding Team Incentives to the Mix

By Laura Stack

One of the eternal quests of the modern business leader is the search for the Holy Grail of worker motivation—as if there’s just one secret, one formula or recipe, that will instantly and permanently push a team’s productivity through the roof. It’s a nice fantasy, but you quickly learn that nothing works for everyone. Fortunately, most people respond well to intrinsic rewa...

Promises for the Future: 5 Ways to Set Goals as a Team

By Laura Stack

Team wide goal setting is crucial if you expect to maximize and maintain your productivity. Your team members must always be clear about what your goals are, and how you’ll get there; that should be a given. But realize that some of your team members will have a better understanding of goal-setting than others, so it’s up to you to make sure they all stay on the same wavelength. Star...

Building a Brand By Building a Culture of Positive Reinforcement

By Ron Thomas

“All their training is based on positive reinforcement. We keep fish throughout the area and as part of our training routine, we reinforce and reward with a fish. This is how we train them to master a maneuver.” This comment was from the trainer that trains the sea lions at SeaWorld. I’m a big fan of certain channels such as Animal Planet, Discovery and my all time favorite, Nati...

Respectful Creativity: Encouraging Different Viewpoints on Your Team

By Laura Stack

Effective teams are most often led by leaders who expect innovation and therefore encourage diverse viewpoints.This is no secret, despite the fact that—as cynics will surely point out—we rarely practice the concept adequately. However, we also let pettiness, bureaucracy, groupthink, disengagement, laziness, and other failings hinder our creativity and slow us down. Business as usual ru...

Avoid These Common Performance Review Mistakes

By Joan Lloyd

For many managers, the end of the year means performance review time. A performance review discussion can leave the employee feeling motivated and appreciated, but if it is poorly handled it will do just the opposite, and it will damage the relationship. Here are some common mistakes and how to avoid them: Mistake: Only focusing on the last few months or on a specific incident. Solution: Keep an e...

Be Thoughtful about your Company Holiday Party

By Jeana Quigley

I’ve heard a lot of people grumble about having to go to their company holiday party. If you’ve seen The Office, then it’s no surprise why. But the point of a party is to be fun. So why do people hate going to their holiday parties? Well, I for one actually like going to my company’s holiday party. And I’m here to say that if your people hate the holiday party, then y...

Is this Scrooge-like Manager's Behavior Unethical?

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I work for a small department of a large employer who frequently receives holiday gifts from vendors with whom we do business, as a thank you, at the end of the year. However, when we receive the gifts, we aren't allowed to open them to enjoy. Rather, our boss tells us not to touch them because we will re-gift them to other people in order to save money. These are sometimes other depart...

How to Motivate and Coach Your Team To Success

By Brad Karsh

It is no easy task to motivate, coach, and inspire your team, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Even today’s most prominent business tycoons admit that the most difficult part of their job is coaching and training their people. Take Steve Jobs, for instance. Jobs obviously made extraordinary contributions at Apple, but he spoke openly about his struggles in his role as C...

At Thanksgiving Remember Work 'Family'

By Joan Lloyd

The holiday season begins next week as families get together to celebrate Thanksgiving. It's a time of laughter and reflection. A time when we pause from the hectic pace of our lives to give thanks for everything we have. The workplace is a lot like family for many of us. In fact, some futurists even call it the new neighborhood, probably because we spend more time there than in our own backyards....

Cure Poor Work Habits With Feedback

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am a manager in a small manufacturing firm. I would like to know your thoughts on how to address under-performing employees that have not been dealt with and have been tolerated for years. Answer: An employee whose poor performance has been tolerated for years is a festering sore in a work group. The infection is likely to spread to the rest of the area. Stopping the spread of ...

Yes, Great Employee Engagement Can Turn Into Great Customer Service

By Ron Thomas

When I took my first foreign assignment as a Chief HR Officer, I was told by one of the senior executives. “You know the change we all notice in HR? It is the sound of laughter.” When you walk in now, everyone is smiling, laughing and joking with each other. At one time you hated to come down here; now it is a respite to walk into a friendly environment—especially all the...

Keeping It to Yourself: Five Things a Wise Manager Never Delegates

By Laura Stack

As a leader, you know you must delegate many of the tasks for which you’re ultimately responsible, if you’re to be successful in meeting your goals. You know you can’t do it all yourself. Typically, under-delegation is more common than over-delegation, and most leaders should give more away. That said, there are some things leaders should never delegate. Some tasks obviously shou...

10 Reasons Why Company Meetings are Invaluable

By Jeana Quigley

Every six months, everyone at BambooHR gets together (even all our remote and out-of-state employees) for an all-hands-on-deck company meeting to motivate and recharge our team. This is a great time to get everyone on the same page about the progress we’re having and the direction we’re headed. There’s good food, fun and hard work. Here are ten great reasons why company meetings...

Should Others Put Their Trust In You?

By Bob Roth

Why should someone trust you? That is an important question. Once you let someone down, they may never completely trust you again. In college and throughout the rest of your life, the people around you will listen to your words and observe your behaviors. The accumulated information becomes your reputation. Based on their experiences, your friends, acquaintances and coworkers will put you into a c...

Is it time to retire annual reviews? Effective alternatives to consider

By Molly Moseley

If it’s time for your annual review, it probably goes something like this: you meet with your supervisor in a private room, he or she rates your performance using a variety of scales, you talk about where you need to improve in the future, and at the end you learn if you get a pay increase. It’s no wonder most workers dread this process! Beyond being ineffective, annual reviews can act...

Do your colleagues see you the same way you do?

By Dale Kurow

Have you heard the saying that goes something like this: "if you don’t know who the office jerk is, it’s probably you?" You might be a well-intentioned manager that feels like a team player, but there might be something about your approach that prohibits your employees and colleagues from agreeing. Columbia Business School suggests those who are rough around the edges at work don’...

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