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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...

The Best Managers Are The Best Leaders

By Joan Lloyd

What do managers do all day? Put their feet up on the desk and think deep thoughts? Spend the day keeping track of everything their subordinates do? Make broad policy decisions and command whatever resources are needed? Surely, life must get less complicated as the manager moves up the pyramid. Ask any upper level manager and you're likely to get a long, low chuckle. Most of them will quick...

10 Reasons to Run a Pre-Employment Background Check

By Michael Klazema

It goes without saying that every time a business needs to fill an open work position, there are a few steps that need to be taken. The job description needs to be published online, for instance, so that interested parties can submit applications for consideration. The employer then needs to sift through these applications, pick out qualified candidates, and set up interviews. Some employment proc...

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Organizational structure can be underlying cause of workplace issues

By Joan Lloyd

Organizational structure, much like a human skeletal structure, determines what shape an organization will take. We don't spend much time thinking about our skeletal structure until something breaks, and so it goes with organizations. How an organization is structured basically means how the reporting relationships and work teams are organized. It reveals a great deal about the culture, function a...

A Hard Look at the Soft Stuff

By Janine Moon

With some clarity I remember hearing my Mother say, "That's why they call it work!" The comment usually was in response to a complaint about a seemingly difficult or distasteful task. Work, then, became synonymous with anything but play. Always difficult, and something to be suffered. While I've since discovered that "fun work" or "engaging work" is not an oxymoron, many workers have not. The res...

What questions can employers legally ask?

By Nick Reddin

Question: What questions can employers legally ask? When dealing with background checks, are there limits to how far back they can go? Are they just looking for felonies or misdemeanors too? I hate answering these questions. I am in the process of getting an assault charge cleared from 12 years ago that was a false charge to begin with. This is a great question that a lot o...

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Do Your Customers View You as Trustworthy?

By Debra Schmidt

Because I attend so many events, I have the good fortune of meeting and chatting with a wide variety of interesting people. Sometimes these conversations lead to friendships. Other times, they lead to frustration. The frustration occurs when I discover that someone hasn’t been honest about his or her intentions. For example, I met a woman at a conference a couple of years ago. We chatted ov...

My kids (employees) are perfect

By Joan Lloyd

Good leaders build teams that are loyal, but when it is overused, it can have negative consequences for the leader and staff, alike. Like parents who believe that their kids are better than other kids, the leader who treats his or her team like their precious, perfect children, are going to run into trouble. Here are some situations I've seen and how it plays out in the workplace: A manager who t...

Tips for sharing information without appearing to be a "know-it-all"

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: Just wondering if you could send some information to help me. I am the employee you describe in your article [about a know-it-all]. We have received a new computer system within our traffic department. I have picked up on it extremely well. The result of that is that I have helped our sales, creative, programming and our own traffic department in understanding different aspects of the s...