Employee Performance

Fix performance: 3 steps

February 12, 2021
How you deal with employee performance problems says a lot about your skills as a manager. Take a positive approach with these three steps.

The ABC’s of documentation

February 12, 2021
Many managers don’t enjoy documenting employee performance, but it’s crucial if you have to defend a decision to terminate an employee, or recommend him or her for promotion. Don’t take any chances with your record-keeping responsibilities. Here’s what to keep in mind.

Don’t let excuses slow you down

December 23, 2020
Excuses don’t get results. Though employees may occasionally have legitimate reasons for not successfully completing their assignments, be on the lookout for these common types of evasions.

Improve productivity in and out of the office: 5 tips

October 29, 2020
It’s more important than ever to create an environment that engenders engagement and improves productivity for all of your staff. These five tips can help you do just that.

Evaluations are vital—now more than ever

October 9, 2020
Employees’ performance reviews are important every year, but especially so in 2021. With layoffs a very real possibility, your crew will want to make sure their accomplishments are known and their shortcomings seen in perspective.

Master the principles of persuasion

October 7, 2020
You get better performance from employees with persuasion than force—more commitment, greater engagement, and a positive attitude. Effective persuasion relies on behavioral principles that may not be obvious, though. Become a master persuader by learning how these factors work.

Got a workaholic on staff? Time to intervene

September 11, 2020
In the short term, workaholics can be quite productive, but long-term they may put your organization at risk for shoddy work, unnecessary overtime, and health and disability costs.

What you must know about performance

September 10, 2020
You’re not managing effectively if you’re not tracking each employee’s performance. Every week, spend some one-on-one time discussing these questions.

Promoting an employee? Look for 3 basic qualifications

September 10, 2020
Imagine that you have an opening for a supervisor in your group, and you’d like to promote someone from the ranks of your employees to the position. Several of your employees seem qualified, but none of them has a track record as a manager. What should you look for in a supervisor candidate?

Fire a worker or switch his duties?

August 28, 2020
You’re beginning to think about firing an employee when someone suggests changing the requirements of the job, or switching jobs, to fit the employee’s strengths. You think you might be able to create a job that the employee could do, but you wonder: Should you?