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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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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...
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...
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 ...