Where to Set the Bar: How to Create High Standards for Employees

  Goals guide us. They help us prioritize our efforts and know when we’re successful. They help to motivate us—driving us forward. But, set too high, seemingly unattainable goals can be demotivating. Too low, and they can hold us back. Setting meaningful targets—the right expectations, high standards and goals—for employees can take time and be…

Lead and Get Results Without Authority

  Have you ever been in a position where you need to get results from a work group but lack formal authority? As workplaces become more collaborative, your ability to influence and lead—even when you’re not the boss—becomes more important. You suggest a procedure change to your boss and suddenly she puts you in charge…

FLSA Overtime Rule Update

  The 2016 proposed salary threshold increase for exempt employees remains stalled. A November injunction blocked a new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule set to take effect December 1, 2016. This rule would have doubled the salary threshold under which overtime must be paid. Following several appeals by the Department of Labor and corresponding…

How to Reach Workers Who Overestimate Their Competence

How accurately do your employees see their work? If you ranked employees in order of competence, are the employees in the bottom half of your list aware they’re in the bottom half? Do they truly understand your expectations and what outstanding performance looks like? A growing pile of research suggests that a large number of…

Being Assertive Is all About Choosing the Best Words

  Speaking assertively means using direct, positive language. My 13-year-old daughter recently dodged a text from a good friend inviting her to sleep over. She didn’t want to because “she talks too much and always interrupts me when I’m talking,” my daughter explained. On the heels of a 4-day summer camp, she’d reached her tolerance…

Can You Get Fired for Discussing Your Pay? No Way

  You cannot be fired for discussing your salary with a co-worker. A young female friend recently asked for a raise and got it. (But don’t celebrate yet.) Later, when discussing it with co-workers after hours, she learned that she’d actually gotten half the raise a male colleague at the same level received, despite glowing feedback…