How Managers Can Cause Low Employee Morale at Your Company

low employee morale: dilbert knows how much trouble managers can cause

Are your employees happy? Do you feel like they’re performing at a level equal to their skills and potential? Or do you find getting good work from them like pulling teeth? Do some of them have one foot out the door (or have already left)? We are all responsible for our own thoughts and attitudes. […]

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5 Common Mistakes Managers Make with Remote Workers

Remote Workers deserve attention and input that leads to buy in as well

While some companies like Yahoo and Reddit have banned remote work, many other companies are embracing having remote workers due to a variety of benefits. Unfortunately, as this becomes more common, it also presents a series of challenges, especially for managers. Managing remote workers is not the same as managing someone who is in the […]

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5 Awesome Ways to Give Feedback to Your Team

motivating employees means giving feedback like Ken Blanchard suggests

If you want your team to perform well, you have to give feedback to them regularly. If they don’t know your standards or expectations, it’s very unlikely they’ll meet them consistently. Unfortunately, the most common way managers give feedback is the sh*t sandwich.  Before you give the critical feedback, you open with something positive about […]

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How to Be a Better Leader in 2016

be a better leader and learn rhythm like marissa meyer suggests

New Year’s Resolutions are overrated. For a lot of reasons that research has validated, and surveys support, they tend to fail to deliver the results we hope for. Are we doomed to never change then? No. Instead, focus on one small change you can make today, and watch as that impact reverberates through the rest […]

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Why Your Open Door Policy Fails and What To Do Instead

Ed Catmull learned an open door policy didn't work

“Do you have a minute?” This is the dreaded question that can leave you as a manager paralyzed with a difficult choice: you either can’t finish focusing on what you were working on (or about to run to), or you end up shutting down whatever important thing is on the mind of your team member. […]

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How to take notes in your one on ones in any situation

One on ones are a unique, individual meeting. Depending on the situation, how to take notes the best way can vary. Managing is not one-size-fits-all. You need to adapt to not just your team and culture, but what fits each person. It’s why understanding Task Relevant Maturity is so important. But it doesn’t stop there. […]

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Why You Should Build Rapport with Everyone You Manage

Build rapport by showing you care about your people according to camille fournier

If your team is shipping, hitting their numbers, or otherwise executing as needed for the business, your work is done as a manager, right? Maybe not. If you want to retain your team over the long term and take advantage of motivators that last, then there’s more to the job of leading your team. One […]

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3 Simple Secrets to Motivating Employees You Can Do Today

Mary Kay Ash knew motivating employees meant giving praise

“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” – Dwight Eisenhower, 5 Star General in the US Army in WWII and 34th US President “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that […]

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5 Ways to Improve the Employee Performance Review

Employee Performance Review - Good managers communicate verbally according to Paul English of Kayak

With the end of the year fast approaching, many companies will be starting their employee performance review processes. Often, this will mark a moment of dread and discontent, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many reasons the employee performance review is not a time that anyone looks forward to. If you’re […]

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