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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...

7 Must-Have Qualities of the Best Project Managers

By Alexandra Levit

The best of the best project managers are part people-master and part data-head. Over at the American Management Association, Tom Kendrick, author of 101 Project Management Problems and How to Solve Them, asked readers how to assess if they have what it takes to be successful project managers (PMs). What qualities do the best PMs most frequently display? Extroverted The best project managers ar...

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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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Leading or managing?

By Gary Cohen

Am I leading into the future or am I managing the present? David McLaughlin, former Chairman of the Red Cross and past President of Dartmouth College, said that he always knew when he was leading or managing. It was simply a matter of time. If he was handling issues that were one-to-five years on the horizon, he was leading. If the problems were closer to the present, he was managing. Leaders are ...

Employees Doing the Right Thing ...Just Because

By Jeana Quigley

As a child, your parents probably encouraged you to do the right thing. When you were smaller, they guided you in the right direction, encouraging you to “say thank you,” “ask nicely,” or “be kind.” As we grew, our parents expected us to still do the right thing, but they gave us more freedom to decide what the right thing was. Sometimes things were black and wh...

Flex policy isn't very flexible

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My company has recently instituted a flexible schedule policy. Any employee wishing to go to a flexible schedule must get the approval of his/her immediate supervisor, as well as the department head. I have the approval of my immediate supervisor to begin working a compressed workweek (four 10-hour days), but our department head has denied the request. His reaso...