Posts tagged employee management

The Management Mistake Everyone Makes (and How to Fix It)

We know, we know: You’re incredibly busy, and your team is supposed to help you meet the goals you’ve set to keep your business operating like a well-oiled machine. But don’t forget: Your team is made up of people, not robots. If you find yourself barking orders more often than not, there’s an easy fix:

Set up individual, once-a-week check-ins with each of your employees or, if your company is too big for that, with each of your direct reports. If you dedicate 30 minutes every week to meet with each of your team members, you’ll be able to guide them as needed and stay on top of what’s happening with them on the work front.

Read on for four more ways to fix common management mistakes.

Everyone knows that work meetings can be the worst. At best, they’re an effective use of everyone’s time and efforts, but really, how often does that happen? Thankfully these five rules for productive meetings will make everyone a little happier when they see a staff meeting on their iCals.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday. 

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, announces a management move for the innovative company that heralds the end of bosses as we know it. 

Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, announces a management move for the innovative company that heralds the end of bosses as we know it

When you work in an office, tons of personalities are coming together. And it’s no surprise that sometimes they clash. There’s even evolutionary reasoning behind those flare ups, according to organizational psychologist Ben Dattner:

“As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.”

But while personality conflicts make for an easy explanation, they’re not always to blame for office drama: employers are. Learn how you could be to blame for workplace tensions on OPEN Forum.

When you work in an office, tons of personalities are coming together. And it’s no surprise that sometimes they clash. There’s even evolutionary reasoning behind those flare ups, according to organizational psychologist Ben Dattner:

“As human beings evolved, our survival depended on being able to quickly identify and differentiate friend from foe, which meant making rapid judgments about the character and intentions of other people or tribes. Focusing on people rather than situations is faster and simpler, and focusing on a few attributes of people, rather than on their complicated entirety, is an additional temptation.”

But while personality conflicts make for an easy explanation, they’re not always to blame for office drama: employers are. Learn how you could be to blame for workplace tensions on OPEN Forum.

Seems like Americans aren’t happy on the job: apparently 70 percent of the American workforce is disengaged on the job, according to a Gallup Poll. To cut down on high turnover and low productivity, many businesses are investing in their company culture to keep their employees happy, according to a recent LinkedIn article. And it seems like the more out there, the better:

1. Video Game Day
We run a remote company with more than 50 employees, so finding a time to have everyone just hang out is rare. Therefore, we implemented a video game day when everyone can come together and play online. So far, it has been a great success and really helpful with inter-division communication.
-Liam Martin, Staff.com

Read 14 more “crazy company culture perks that paid off” on LinkedIn.

Seems like Americans aren’t happy on the job: apparently 70 percent of the American workforce is disengaged on the job, according to a Gallup Poll. To cut down on high turnover and low productivity, many businesses are investing in their company culture to keep their employees happy, according to a recent LinkedIn article. And it seems like the more out there, the better:

1. Video Game Day

We run a remote company with more than 50 employees, so finding a time to have everyone just hang out is rare. Therefore, we implemented a video game day when everyone can come together and play online. So far, it has been a great success and really helpful with inter-division communication.

-Liam MartinStaff.com

Read 14 more “crazy company culture perks that paid off” on LinkedIn.

How do you define your company’s corporate or small business culture? It has a big impact on hiring, employee morale, and business perception.
This infographic dives into what some of the most popular companies are doing to define their corporate culture.

How do you define your company’s corporate or small business culture? It has a big impact on hiring, employee morale, and business perception.


This infographic dives into what some of the most popular companies are doing to define their corporate culture.

This year’s annual “What’s Working” study just released by Mercer, a global HR advisory firm, might be more aptly named “What’s Not Working.” It reports that almost a third of U.S. employees are seriously eyeing the exit. And the survey found that more than half of senior managers are among them.

If your hope is to replace the retiring boomers on your staff with some of your up and comers, think again. More than 40 percent of employees 34 and younger are tweaking their resumes, too.

Sixty-one percent of paid interns working at for-profit companies received a job offer; only 38 percent of unpaid interns working at for-profit companies did. And paid interns netted higher starting salaries.

That’s Jean Chatzky, writing in Newsweek, on why students shouldn’t take unpaid internships. (via newsweek)

Have you ever hired an unpaid intern? Have you ever been an unpaid intern? Weigh in!

3 Undervalued Employee Virtues

                        

As a boss, you may dislike or undervalue virtues of your employees. However, when exercised wisely, certain traits may be extremely useful in propelling your business forward. Consider the value of these three virtues.

  1. Occasional imprudence
  2. Practical inventiveness
  3. Integrated thinking

Julie Rains explains why you should value these traits here.