Managing People at Work

Are you a good boss… who still lies?

November 24, 2021
“I won’t call you on your day off.” Have you ever fed an employee this line? And did it, at some point, prove to be a bit of a lie? Writer Jason Notte identifies some more frequently-heard managerial fibs for Cheapism. Here are a few to watch yourself for.

5 tips to get the most out of employees’ annual evaluations

October 28, 2021
How do you handle a performance review that involves some news employees won’t necessarily welcome?

6 ways to break toxicity’s grip

October 22, 2021
Here is a basic roadmap of steps to take if you’re seeing signs that you’re running a toxic environment, before it turns from toxic to downright hostile.

Lights, gifts, food … this is gonna work!

October 8, 2021
While likely not as packed as your pre-pandemic social calendar, look for the 2021 holiday season to include some invitations to on-site gatherings. Obviously, these holiday events might look and feel different than in the past. With forethought about safety and commitment to making it work, however, they still can be very enjoyable.

Are you ghosting applicants?

September 10, 2021
Hiring policies are worth examining, because gaining a passive-aggressive reputation isn’t doing your company any favors.

When you should (and shouldn’t) change the way an employee works

August 27, 2021
Asking an employee to reform more than one or two behaviors at a time can quickly overwhelm and demotivate them, no matter how calm and accepting they may seem. Here, then, is a checklist to use when deciding if employee behavior needs change.

The quitting epidemic is real

July 23, 2021
Over 25 percent of the workforce is planning to leave their current employer as the pandemic recedes, a survey says. What’s driving this mass exodus? A lack of gratitude from management, says Michele Bailey, author of The Currency of Gratitude: Turning Small Gestures into Powerful Business Results.

A guide to fireable offenses

July 23, 2021
Some acts are grounds for termination regardless of industry, company or position.

Measure twice, cut once

July 23, 2021
It can be difficult to convince staff that your product or process must undergo prolonged testing before it’s launched. You’ve got to overcome both burgeoning optimism and the sense that a project must get underway now. But heed the experience of the former president and COO of Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Horst Schulze.

Recover from a career misstep

July 23, 2021
Career mistakes come in many forms. Maybe you took a chance on an opportunity that didn’t pan out, signed a contract that turned toxic or lost a huge client. In the aftermath of such a crisis, it’s tempting to shut down, to become bitter or afraid to take more chances. Here are some guideposts to help you navigate the big mistakes.