Throw Your Hat in the Ring and Get Promoted

Your job has started to feel stale and routine. You’re on autopilot. Then an email crosses your screen … about someone else, of course… but still it catches your attention …. “We’re pleased to announce the long-overdue promotion of the talented Michelle H. (or someone else like her) to a new position as supervisor of…

How to Improve Your Brainstorming Session

Ideas have to start somewhere. And many of the best and most innovative ideas come from collective brainstorming sessions. Whether it’s the next best-selling product, a new marketing strategy, or innovative sales technique, the best ideas are usually born from collective creativity. But like any business meeting, brainstorming sessions require proper preparation, execution, and follow-up. To…

How to Confront an Unproductive Employee

Managers may not think of themselves as firemen, responding to crises with disciplined and well-considered action in an effort to contain potentially volatile firestorms. But this is often the case, especially when an employee’s production dips far below the line of acceptability. Ultimately, the workplace requires its team members to conform to uniform and realistic…

5 Tips for Motivating Unengaged Employees

Were you aware that money is not the primary motivation of your employees? While money is a large motivator for many employees — especially in a failing economy — it is often not the primary thing that motivates productivity within the workplace. A 2011 survey conducted by the American Psychological Association showed that 25% of…

Take the Pain Out of Conducting Employee Evaluations

If you absolutely dread conducting employee evaluations, you’re not alone. Most managers and supervisors look forward to employee performance appraisal time with the same enthusiasm usually reserved for emergency surgery – and for good reason. Why Evaluations Can Be a Pain Employees may get upset or argue. The process is time-consuming. There’s lots of paperwork…