The Savvy Manager

Since you can’t please everyone, please as many as you can

June 20, 2014

“You see, you can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself.” So go the lyrics in Rick Nelson’s 1972 smash hit “Garden Party.” But hold on. You’re a manager. That means your job no longer is just about you, it’s about those you direct. So get off the stage and focus on making things more pleasurable for your employees.

When fear grips the workplace

June 12, 2014

“There’s no finer bilge pump than a scared man and a bucket,” the old adage goes. What does that mean for managers?

6 warning signs you have a bad job candidate

May 30, 2014

Weeding through job candidates is never easy. Not only are you trying to match the person’s skills and experience to the job, you’re also looking for other clues that could give you an indication of what you might be dealing with down the road. Here are six red flags that scream “Don’t hire!”

How not to be a chamomile boss

May 16, 2014

Are you nothing more than a soothing cup of aromatic tea, all friendly and inviting? You’re a chamomile boss and you need to change that fast. Here’s how.

The ultimate manager: Mom

May 8, 2014

Perhaps it’s the hardest, but sweetest managerial job on Earth: being a mom. She got the job with no tricky interview questions, her pay for what she does doesn’t jingle in her pocket and the job never ends, even in her sleep. As a boss, you likely have no employee that tests your patience and the tensile strength of your sanity the way a child does to his or her mother.

Wisdom from … Gilligan’s Island

May 2, 2014

You don’t have to go through all 96 episodes of this classic sitcom: Here some snippets from which managers and leaders can glean lessons. Like in Shakespearean plays, the fools spew the most poignant wisdom.

5 employee types you wouldn’t fire, but boy, are they irritating!

April 24, 2014

There is no shortage of pet peeves. We all have them. And as managers we have a list (or perhaps a staff full) of them. Yes, these are irritating employee types. These are employees who have done nothing egregious enough to get fired. They just make your days seem just a bit longer, and your job just that much harder.

Telecommuting will work if …

April 10, 2014
Here’s the formula to determine whether telework works for you: Count the number of days you telecommute in a month, divide that by the number of times you open the refrigerator door when you’re working from home, and subtract from that figure the number of minutes you pace aimlessly around the house. Add to that the number of minutes you really are working and multiply that by …

An employee’s discontent goes viral

March 31, 2014

A simple note to bosses: Treat employees right. Your workers want honesty and integrity from you. They expect fairness. They want to trust and be trusted by you. They want to respect you, but they want it in return. They also need you to be dependable. Those concepts can build a solid workplace foundation, but as one supervisor learned recently, they’re so fragile.

In search of the perfect dress code

March 26, 2014

When it comes to devising a dress code, employees want to be treated like adults. Who would have thought?