The Savvy Manager

Grammar and spelling: Why its important

January 21, 2018
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It’s playtime! What’s your policy on bringing kids to work?

December 14, 2017

Does your company allow its employees to bring their kids to work? There are only three options for this issue.

Go ahead, let them move the goal post!

November 13, 2017
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Management myths vs. realities

October 25, 2017
When you step into management, you begin operating under certain tenets of human behavior in a societal cluster known as the workplace. The people in that workplace—your employees—are wired differently, but are all there for somewhat common reasons: to make money, get along as best as possible and remain on the payroll. Which should mean there are certain truths or tricks of the trade to keep them all humming. Not so fast. Here are several myths of management and the realities behind them.

How to get over your fear of conflict

September 26, 2017
What’s the hardest part about being a manager? Confrontation. Especially if you’re naturally averse to conflict.

Employees are ignoring the rules! How to deal with it

August 14, 2017

Generally there are two types of rule-breakers: those who unwittingly break them (a quick reminder will set them straight); and those who knowingly break them (a tougher job for you). Here are some guidelines to deal with the latter.

Employee recognition: 5 rules to get it right

June 8, 2017

If you want to keep your employees plugged into their jobs and coming into work with better ’tudes, you’re going to have to reinforce them somehow. But the question is, how? And when? And how much?

Subtle words that taint your emails

May 12, 2017
Employees expect decorum out of their managers, and are equipped with “decoders” to interpret a boss’s underlying meaning in their words. Those decoders often malfunction, painting you as an uncaring, bulldozing oaf, even though you’re not. (You’re not, right?)That leaves you with one recourse if you want avoid inadvertently sucking the wind out of a worker’s sail—unless that’s your goal. Be careful what you say.

What makes employees whistle while they work

April 14, 2017
Here are things that all workers seek in a workplace, and how those things rate on the “happy” meter.

Read the clues when confronting a worker

March 1, 2017
Cornering an employee to address performance issues is an unpleasant but necessary part of your job. It is, in essence, a closed-door moment where you lay out the person’s shortcomings, give him or her a chance to explain and then agree to a course of action.