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Work Flexibility Helps Ease Life’s Complications

By Jeana Quigley

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...

Managers Need Structure For Group Decisions

By Joan Lloyd

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 hire? 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 real...

Have Managerial Courage, Millennials

By Courtney Templin

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 boat. In our book, Manager...

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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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Confronting Problem Employees

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: Have you ever done an article on how management people hire someone who turns out to be a problem employee, but they won't eliminate the person during the probationary period, even when the problems are obvious? I have seen this happen myself and know of a situation now, where a person, who is totally incompetent and also universally disliked because of personality disorders, remains on...

For Anyone Who's Ever Scoffed at Training

By Dan Bobinski

When it comes to attending workplace training, those who really need to usually don’t want to. Perhaps you know the type: “I’ve been here a long time—what will that class teach me?” Often such words come from a seasoned manager, but it’s common for all adults to scoff at training, so perhaps you’ve said such words yourself. I can’t say I blame...

Implementation & training key to success with new performance review process

By Joan Lloyd

Question: We are starting a new performance review process in our organization after many years of doing a brief "check the box" kind of review. Everyone agrees that we need to do something more meaningful, so employees hear feedback on their performance and can have a good discussion with their managers. During the design of the new review, the design committee decided to include a component for ...