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Employee Appraisal Phrases: Attitude toward Work

One of the most common themes in performance appraisals focuses on employee attitude. Unfortunately, much of the feedback concerning work attitude is marginally useful at best. The problem is that attitude [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Professional Ethics

Ethical issues in the workplace have always been important. With strong feedback on employee appraisal forms, you can prevent unethical behaviors from expanding and contaminating your company. Ethical [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Creative Thinking

One of the hallmarks of successful employees is their ability to think creatively and develop innovative solutions to the vast number of problems they encounter on the job. Identifying, enhancing, and [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Growth and Development

One of the major objectives of performance appraisals is to provide employees with targeted feedback and guidance to help them learn, grow, and develop. Without a developmental component, performance appraisals [more…]

How to Prevent Employee Fraud

Businesses lose huge sums of money each year to fraud committed by their employees. Small businesses and large businesses alike must establish strong internal controls to prevent employee fraud, whether [more…]

Ten Great Ways for Managers to Motivate Employees

Of course, employees need pay rises, but they also need personal thanks and recognition when they do well. Following is the top ten list of motivators for today’s employees: [more…]

Daily Commitments for Managers

The energy, performance and output of your area of responsibility and the people in it starts with you. So remember these tips, and go forth to energise, enthuse – and inspire! And the profits will come [more…]

Management For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Good management is vital to the success of every business but being a good manager isn′t always easy. This Cheat Sheet gives you some of the most important things to remember as you go about your daily [more…]

Project Management: How to Determine Project Needs

As a project manager you should have a full understanding of your project’s needs. The needs that your project addresses may not always be obvious. Suppose, for example, that your organization decides [more…]

Performing a Cost-Benefit Analysis

Whether you know it as a cost-benefit analysis or a benefit-cost analysis, performing one is critical to any project. When you perform a cost-benefit analysis, you make a comparative assessment of all [more…]

What Your Project Plan Should Cover

When you know the goal of your project and you believe it’s possible, you need a detailed project plan that describes how you and your team will make it happen. Include the following in your project-management [more…]

How to Plan Project Execution

After you’ve developed your project-management plan and set your appropriate project baselines, it’s time to get to work and start executing your project plan. This is often the phase when management gets [more…]

Assessing Your Project-Management Skills

An effective project manager has specific skills and talents. Before you begin a project, take this quick self-evaluation to determine your project-management strengths and weaknesses. By answering the [more…]

Project Management: How to State Your Project’s Objectives

Managing a project calls for clear objectives. After all, a project’s outcomes may be the products or services you develop or the results of using these products and services. The more clearly you define [more…]

How to Define Where Your Project Starts and Stops

Sometimes the project you're managing stands alone, but, more often, it’s one part of related efforts to achieve a common result. Manage the project by clearly defining the beginning and end to help you [more…]

Project Management: How to Clarify Project Goals

As a project manager, nail down goals before you start planning project-execution details. In your quest to find out what your project is supposed to accomplish and how it fits into your organization’s [more…]

Project Management: How to Define Project Constraints

Project limitations may influence how you manage your project and may even determine whether or not you (and your project’s drivers and supporters) decide to proceed with your project. Project limitations [more…]

How to Develop a Work Breakdown Structure by Brainstorming

How you develop you’re work breakdown schedule (WBS) for a project you're managing depends on how familiar you and your team are with your project, whether similar projects have been successfully performed [more…]

How to Develop a Project Audience List

As a project manager, consider your project audience list to be a living document. You need to start developing your list as soon as you begin thinking about your project. Write down any names that occur [more…]

When to Involve Your Project Audience

As a project manager you have to decide when it's appropriate to involve the audience you defined in your project list. Keeping the project audience involved is important and can contribute to your project’s [more…]

Maximizing Audience Involvement in Your Project

The project you're managing will benefit if you keep the audience (whether they're groups or individuals) involved through meetings and written communication. To maximize your audiences’ involvement and [more…]

How to Check Your Project Audience's Authority

When you involve an audience in the project you are managing, mistaking a person's level of authority can lead to frustration, as well as wasted time and money. Confirm that the people you've identified [more…]

Four Key Questions to Ask About Organizational Detail

Determining how much detail you need in a work breakdown structure (WBS) isn’t a trivial task. As the project manager, you want to describe your work in sufficient detail to support accurate planning and [more…]

How to Plan a Long-Term Project

Planning and managing a long-term project presents special challenges. Often the work you perform a year or more in the future depends on the results of the work you do between now and then. Even if you [more…]

How to Determine Precedence in Your Project’s Network Diagram

To draw your project’s network diagram, you first have to decide the order of your project’s activities and that means setting precedence. Although some tasks have to be performed in a specific order, [more…]

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