The Savvy Manager

Through the unreliable eyes of a hiring manager

January 28, 2016
It’s human nature to judge, especially in the high-stakes game of hiring. Here are job-seekers’ idiosyncrasies that play with your mind, and can twist your judgment.

4 employee types that drive you nuts

January 11, 2016
Most workers understand that if they don’t get their jobs done they could ultimately be replaced. That’s a concept easily grasped. But every workplace has one employee-maybe two, or even more-who is downright difficult to manage.

An Office Carol, or, How Some Holiday Sense Was Knocked Into the Boss

December 16, 2015
The following is a short Christmas play. Written in five staves, the play teaches a “what comes around … goes around” lesson to a wayward boss who discovers the true meaning of Christmas one strange, magical night. With apologies to Charles Dickens …

Step right up and get your Employee Palm-Reading Chart!

December 2, 2015
Their true accomplishments revealed, their deepest secrets told with just one reading—that is, if you really do want to know them …

Holy macaroni, Batman! Do we have to accommodate a pasta strainer?!

November 17, 2015
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all at work, here comes Stan to start his shift with what looks like a sieve on his head. That’s right, a sieve. But before you put a stop to it, there’s a recent news story you need to consider.

6 huge mistakes rookie bosses make

October 8, 2015

We all make mistakes. From the CEO down to the worker bees. Most errors can be fixed and almost all forgiven. But as a new manager, there are six major mistakes that can quickly define you as an ineffective leader.

7 classic horror flicks haunt your workplace

September 17, 2015

If you’re a manager, you’ve got workplace horror stories. You know, that new hire from hell that chased away your biggest account. The budget cut that torpedoed your six-month-long project. That sweltering July when the building’s air conditioning system decided to retire. But it gets spookier. You can deal with those one-time scares. There is, however, an ever-creeping shadow that dims most workplaces at the worst times, and it permeates at will. And all the sinister shenanigans that go on in the workplace, strangely, are preserved on film. Here are the classic horror flicks whose scenes can be found where you work.

Dazzle your friends and bamboozle your bosses with our Build-a-Job-Title Kit!

August 14, 2015
Looking to impress on social media or in your email signature? After a great picture comes your title. Don’t really have one or need a better one? Look no further. You can customize your own with our handy Build-A-Job-Title kit.

You may be a bully and not even know it

August 11, 2015

There are subtle ways a boss can bully his workers that are not so apparent to him or even his superiors. But the workers feel it. Those would be the little idiosyncrasies or habits that he picked up on his way to bossdom that begin to alienate his staff and chip away at morale. Here are four things that make you monster lite, but nonetheless repulsive.

Workplace inferno: A manager’s 9 circles of hell

July 23, 2015

Here is a look at the heat that lies beneath the surface of that cool management job you just landed. Without further ado, take Virgil’s hand and descend into the nine circles of management hell.