Employee Performance

When it’s time to train, follow these 8 tips

October 16, 2017

An important part of supervising is training employees to do the work—or to do it better. Here are some ways to make the training process easier and more effective for all concerned.

Consider the ramifications of denying a good worker a small pay raise

October 13, 2017
Q. Our organization seems to have an unofficial policy that in order to get a raise, you have to show you’ve been doing more work than usual. But what do I tell a worker who’s just looking for a 3% cost-of-living raise after four years of steady but unspectacular output?

Employee set to bolt? Read the signs

September 22, 2017
Given that recent research by the Society of Human Resources Management indicates just 38% of employees in the United States are very satisfied with their job, there’s a good chance your employees may be unhappy at work—despite what they share verbally.

No rest for the weary: The risk of “presenteeism”

August 11, 2017
Employees who make a point of being at work every day are a manager’s dream, right? Not so fast. Beware the cost of employees who never take a day off despite being ill.

How to monitor a worker

July 27, 2017
Here are six points to help guide you when you tell an employee that you will be monitoring his work.

Telecommuting: A search for equilibrium

July 20, 2017
Even as the overall numbers of telecommuting employees rises, some companies are reconsidering their telecommuting policies. The fluid situation suggests that there is no one-size-fits-all policy that covers the who, how and when of telecommuting.

Conduct appraisals fairly and accurately

July 14, 2017
Many supervisors are sensitive about rating their people on the basis of a generalized standard or in terms of a numerical scale. Use these tips offered by Elwood N. Chapman in his book, Supervisor’s Survival Kit, to decide on ratings that accurately and fairly reflect workers’ performance.

5 cues to promote that worker

July 5, 2017
Here are five signs that employees are ready to climb the ladder.

The art of the employee one-on-one

June 21, 2017
Employee one-on-ones are critical meetings leaders can leverage to understand employee interests, strengths and weaknesses; to build a sense of mutual trust and respect; and provide the support employees need. But like most meetings, there are some basic guidelines you and your employees should know and adhere to.

Trust and train your people

June 18, 2017
How can ordinary people perform effectively in complex and dangerous situations?