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What Separates Savvy Managers From So-So Managers?

By Joan Lloyd

You have worked hard to get that job in management. Now, how do you keep it? What makes an employee work harder for one boss than for another? Is it the leader's charisma or because they're so "nice"? Hardly. Smart managers on the rise in any organization know that it takes far more than the right vibrations between manager and subordinates to create a highly productive working environment. ...

How to set up a Pre-Employment Background Screening Process at Your Company

By Michael Klazema

Description: Setting up your company's first-ever pre-employment background check policy? Use these tips to map out the most effective system possible for screening applicants. So you need to set up a pre-employment background check process at your company, and you're not sure where to start. Perhaps you are an entrepreneur whose start-up venture has now grown to a point where it requires a few ne...

Empowering employees is a matter of survival

By Joan Lloyd

Status, power and control. These three brass rings are what American employees have been after for decades; and they have grabbed the prize when they were promoted to management. The language of control is liberally sprinkled throughout the corporate vocabulary. For example, "span of control" describes the number of "subordinates" who "report" to a "supervisor" or "manager." Even the word "...

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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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How to Avoid Employee Burnout

By Liz Bywater

While leafing through the New York Times last weekend, I came upon a disturbing article. Not surprising, I know. Today’s papers are filled with stories of death, destruction and general gloom and doom. This particular article was actually more subtle than all that. On some level, in fact, it was a tale of success. It was the story of a group of bright, motivated youngsters gearing up ...

A Quick Way To Improve Your Performance Review

By Andrew Rondeau

A good Performance Review is a great opportunity if done correctly, to motivate your staff. If it is not motivating them, then both you and they are missing out. To motivate your staff you need to give an accurate review of their strengths and weaknesses, recognising their value to the organisation, as well as their shortcomings. Communicate and Document As a Manager, you will have to ...

Looking for meaning in your work?

By Julie Jansen

In a recent survey of 120 people who are dissatisfied with their work, the number one thing that was identified as a missing ingredient is “meaning.” The difficulty with trying to find meaning in your work is that it can be hard to know exactly what it is that would make you feel as if meaning exists. It is easier to recognize that it isn’t there anymore or perhaps never h...