Managing Employees

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How to Provide Positive Employee Recognition

One key to career development is keeping employees motivated. It’s not always easy for busy prospective leaders to take time out to acquire new skills as part of a formal professional development plan. [more…]

How to Administer an Employee Recognition Program

Even an established employee recognition program doesn’t run itself. You need a capable administrator. If you’re handling your company’s HR function, that point person may well be you. If not, it’s helpful [more…]

Qualities to Look for when Hiring for Leadership Positions

Leadership development is a natural subset of career development. If you think about it, many employees who are good at attending to their overall career development would naturally like to segue that [more…]

How to Develop a Leadership Development Program

Employees can develop leadership abilities entirely on their own initiative. But it is more likely to happen if you create a comprehensive leadership development program. Like career development itself [more…]

How to Measure Leadership Development Program Progress and Success

You’ll want to know whether your leadership development efforts are paying off. Here are some questions to ask your employees and yourself to help with that critical measurement: [more…]

Ease Work/Life Conflicts to Attract and Retain Top Employees

Today’s employees want flexibility. To attract and keep top performers, more and more companies are striving to be what’s called employee-friendly. Essentially, this means that your scheduling and general [more…]

How to Launch an Employee Appraisal Program

When you set up a new performance appraisal system, you need to gather input from both senior management and employees. You also need to make sure that the program is workable and well communicated throughout [more…]

Pros and Cons of Different Employee Appraisal Approaches

The basic ingredients in all employee appraisal systems are pretty much the same: setting performance criteria, developing tracking and documenting procedures, determining which areas should be measured [more…]

How to Develop Employees to Take Over Key Positions

In a way, succession planning of employees is the culmination of career and leadership development. It’s where you identify — from among your developing leaders — individuals who have the most potential [more…]

How to Pinpoint Employee Succession Candidates

Businesses manage employee succession in different ways based on their individual cultures. Most businesses agree that the primary goal is to create a pipeline of talent by offering top performers extra [more…]

How to Develop Interactions with Employees as Succession Candidates

Companies handle their interaction with employees who are succession candidates in different ways. Some hire and promote people with the message that they’re being groomed either for a specific position [more…]

How to Assess Employee Succession Outcomes

A succession plan is important, but it’s not enough. That’s because a plan doesn’t develop your employees. They need experience, advice, mentorship, and feedback from you. [more…]

Why Mentoring Can Be a Good Tool for Employee Growth

Mentoring among employees can be a great tool for fostering overall career development for your staff. It provides an eye toward career development that can last a professional lifetime. That means using [more…]

How to Implement an Employee Mentoring Program

Developing and implementing a mentoring program takes more than the best of intentions. First, pinpoint your specific goals and make sure that they align with the organization’s goals and will benefit [more…]

Factors of a Good Employee Training Program

Employee training can take many forms. Here are some of the factors that most often influence the effectiveness of a program, regardless of which form it takes. [more…]

Pros and Cons of E-Learning for Employee Training

The use of computer-based and online technology to deliver employee training content has become commonplace throughout corporate America. The great payoff of e-learning is its flexibility and speed, delivering [more…]

Employee Development through Conferences, Seminars, and Mentoring

Employee training should be an ongoing process. As new employees get acclimated to your company, they should continue to develop skills and take on new responsibilities. There are many ways to provide [more…]

In-House Classroom Employee Training

Figuring out which programs to offer employees used to be fairly cut and dried. Most corporate training was delivered the old-fashioned way: through instructor-led, classroom training. Today, more than [more…]

How to Assess Employee Training Needs

A growing number of consulting companies and individuals specialize in helping clients identify the training needs of their employees. If your company is large enough, and you don’t have the time or resources [more…]

How to Track Employee Morale

In many cases, particularly if your company is small, you don’t have a hard time getting a good read on the general atmosphere among employees. But if your company is larger, periodically conducting a [more…]

Popular Perks for Employees

A workplace that’s designed to keep employees happy and productive helps pay for itself in many ways, such as greater retention and a sense that the company genuinely values the people it employs. Although [more…]

Low-Cost Perks Any Company Can Offer Its Employees

Smaller companies can’t afford all the employee perks larger firms can provide, as a rule. But attractive employee perks don’t have to expensive. Here are some inexpensive but no less appealing perks: [more…]

Make Alternative Work Arrangements for Employees

A company’s ability to attract and retain employees with the expertise it requires relates increasingly to the human side of the day-to-day working experience — the general atmosphere that prevails in [more…]

How to Make Alternative Arrangements Work for Your Employees

In theory, alternate work arrangements offer a win-win situation for you and your employees. Many studies have shown that flexible scheduling policies improve morale and job satisfaction, reduce absenteeism [more…]

The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing

Outsourcing is the practice of turning over an entire function (shipping, payroll, benefits administration, security, computer networking) to an outside specialist. In many cases, the outside firm’s employees [more…]

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