People Management

How to set up subcommitees

July 9, 2020
Heading a committee or leading a project team is quite a job to begin with. When the group’s work gets heavy or complicated enough that you have to appoint subcommittees to handle specific areas or tasks, your job can become even tougher. These four tactics should help.

4 tips to be a better persuader

July 9, 2020
Yes, you can order your employees to do what you want, but you’ll get better results by persuading them that you know what you’re talking about. Persuasion is a skill that can be developed with practice. Here are four tips.

To reward employees, get personal

July 9, 2020
Finding good work to reward employees for can be easy; deciding how to reward them is tougher. Yet clues are all around.

Remove 4 barriers for your people

June 10, 2020
Empowerment isn’t about “giving” power to employees, but removing obstacles that prevent them from using the power and skills they already possess. As a leader, remember that empowerment works best when you eliminate these barriers to success.

Which workers are potential leaders?

June 10, 2020
Employees become leaders when they combine passion for achievement and the confidence to motivate others. Loren Slocum, an author and motivational speaker, suggests that you help your employees build a leader’s passion and confidence. Urge them to ask themselves the following questions at the beginning of each task or project.

Make working from home work for everyone

May 14, 2020
Q: Before the coronavirus hit, our company had less than half of its employees working remotely. Now everyone is working off-site and many people have been struggling with it. What are your thoughts on a strategy to make this work for all involved?

Tell the truth, warts and all?

May 14, 2020
Q: Our company took a hit financially. So far, no layoffs, but I don’t know what the future will hold. Should I just be blunt with staff about our tenuous position and risk further damage to morale, or should I be silent and hope that we’ll pull through?

How to respond to crying

May 14, 2020
Employees’ tears are difficult to deal with, perhaps even more difficult than their anger. Yet both often derive from extreme frustration, and the way you counsel angry employees can be adapted to crying ones.

Keep group history alive

May 14, 2020
It can be awkward to talk about employees who have been laid off, but doing so can be a positive experience.

Made a decision? Good! How to announce it

May 14, 2020
When you announce a decision to your employees, you have two basic choices on how you present the information. Read on to learn how and when to use each.