Managing Employees

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Giving Constructive Feedback

Performance feedback can be given two ways: through constructive feedback or through praise and criticism. Don't fall into the trap of giving praise and criticism on employee performance. [more…]

Recognizing (and Avoiding) Common Management Mistakes

Mistakes are nature's way of showing you that you're learning. As a manager, you will make mistakes, but you can avoid common managerial errors by knowing where the common pitfalls are. [more…]

Differences between Work Groups and Teams

Teams definitely are forms of work groups, but not all work groups are teams. In fact, plain work groups are much more numerous than teams.

Work groups function on three levels: [more…]

Resolving Conflicts on the Team

Conflicts among team members will occur from time to time, and team members may struggle to positively resolve conflicts that arise. Finding out with your team members how best to deal with conflict situations [more…]

Building Teams to Self-Manage and Grow

Self-directed teams — sometimes called self-managed teams, empowered work units, or autonomous work teams — function in their truest sense without supervisory authority. Team members are interdependent [more…]

Preventing Bar Staff Theft

Theft means stealing, pure and simple. If a dishwasher pockets silverware from the restaurant, that's theft. If a bartender gives a drink away to a customer without ringing it up, that's theft. If a prep [more…]

Getting the Most Out of Your PR Hired Help

You've looked at your checkbook, looked with dismay at your current promotion campaign, and made a major decision: You want your promotions to be first class, and you've decided to get professional help [more…]

Watching for Illegal Accounting Practices in Your Business

Fraud, embezzlement, and misappropriation can occur in every size of business. Such illegal accounting practices require manipulation of a business’s accounts. Keep your eyes open for these kinds of illegal [more…]

How to Listen to Your Employees

Listen to your employees. If your employees feel you’re not listening, they won’t come to you with feedback, suggestions, or even status reports. Employees are a company’s most valuable asset. They’re [more…]

How to Criticize Employees with Care

Constructive criticism should be an ongoing part of your interaction with employees. When you offer criticism to an employee, remember to keep your criticism strictly professional. Most people know when [more…]

How to Field Employee Complaints

When you receive complaints from an employee, listen first.. If your employee is complaining about some aspect of the business or workplace, find out why. After you listen, you should also [more…]

How to Encourage Your Employees to Take Smart Risks

If you want a creative, motivated employee workforce, you need to accept some smart risks. An employee's truly innovative idea, although it comes with risk, can spark your team to pursue a new adventure [more…]

How to Counteract the Employee Grapevine

A grapevine exists among your business's employees (every business has an employee grapevine). But you can limit the grapevine's potential for demotivating employees by feeding it accurate information. [more…]

How to Empower Your Employees

Empowerment for your employees involves delegating responsibility with authority. When you empower an employee, you give him or her, the responsibility to make decisions about a project and decide how [more…]

How to Give an Employee Performance Appraisal

When giving an employee a performance appraisal (which you should do at least once a year), it needs to include feedback to the employee — and that’s not always positive. But a performance appraisal needs [more…]

How to Set a Salary Scale for Your Employees

You need to establish a salary pay scale for employees within your business. Don't hire employees and offer them salaries at random. The salary scale you decide on can influence your business, so choose [more…]

What Benefits to Offer Your Employees

Offer desirable employee benefits if you want your business to retain its employees. Although a full range of employee benefits from your business aren't required, you may need to do so to attract and [more…]

How to Make Temporary Workers Feel Welcome

Temporary workers, also called contingent workers, work for your business on a temporary basis, such as during busy periods. Temporary workers increasingly fill businesses' staffing needs. [more…]

How to Deal with Problem Employees

Problem employees require you to follow some general steps when handling any difficult situation with them. You must deal with a business employee who's either unintentionally or willfully acting against [more…]

How to Handle Late or Absent Employees

You have to address chronic lateness or absenteeism from an employee. If your employee comes in to your business late every morning — or is absent, or taking personal day after personal day — you'll soon [more…]

How to React to Threats and Potential Workplace Violence

Take steps to prevent workplace violence and prepare your business and employees to deal with workplace violence if it does occur. Provide your employees with a safe, secure workplace where violence is [more…]

How to Cope with Employee Burnout

Employees experiencing burnout often feel like they’ve lost control, and an employee that's sick of the workplace may experience exhaustion and even illness. If you have an employee that shows signs of [more…]

How to Encourage Workplace Diplomacy

Office politics refers to how employees interact in your business. Help your employees become diplomats in your business's office environment. Business diplomacy can help employees operate effectively [more…]

How to Keep Business E-Mails Professional

Although sending e-mails from your business e-mail address may feel informal, you need to keep those business e-mails professional. For the sake of your business, set a few e-mail guidelines: [more…]

Copyrighting Your Business's Creations

A copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and [more…]

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