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Life is complicated. Employees already have a lot of
responsibilities with work. Just add a spouse, children, ill or
aging loved ones, a less-than-reliable car, college classes or any
number of life’s intricacies. Then things get really
complicated. That’s where workplace flexibility comes in. If
a company embraces flexible working arrangements into its culture,
employees can more easi...
Decisions, decisions. Should you buy a new piece of equipment or
repair the one you own? Which procedure should your work team
implement to solve their problem? Which job candidate should you
As a manager, you regularly are expected to make quick, sensible
decisions. This is difficult enough when you are making the
decision yourself, but when your work group gets involved, it can
Delivering difficult feedback is tough for anyone, but
millennials, especially, have a sticky time with it. You
don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, and maybe you
fear your employees might be defensive, take things personally, or
get discouraged. Our generation likes to collaborate and get along
so bringing up sensitive issues feels a little like rocking the
In our book, Manager...
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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...
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? 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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If you're in a leadership role, you're never at a loss for
problems to solve. But be careful about getting too involved in
problems that don't really deserve your time and energy. Engaging
in the wrong problem is like stepping in quicksand. Down you go.
Instead your role is to help others work together best to solve the
problem. Challenge. Provoke. Listen. Guide. Don't fix it yourself.
When Alan sat down in his chair in my management training course
on recognition, his body language told me he was going to be a
tough man to convince of the value of acknowledging employee
The arguments he would offer were already whispering in my ear.
"Why should I recognize them? They get paid to do their job." "I've
been on the receiving end of recognition. I have plaques,
One of the most frequent questions I get asked by busy managers
focuses upon the need to undertake effective time management.
How can we get everything done within short timescales?
How do we support our teams to deliver effectively, when it
seems that everything which we need to get done should have been
Managing time is a hugely challenging skill, and yet with a few