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Management Matters is also a New Article series dealing with the issues that arise when managing personnel and how to optimize your current staff in a company.

:: Management Matters Featured Articles ::

New to Interning?
August 1st, 2017

This might have been useful before the summer internship season started, but now you can gear up for 2018 or for your new Fall interns! Every hiring season, there is a new batch of fresh, wide-eyed students and recent grads anxiously hoping to get their foot-in-the door in the professional world. While big companies like Google, Deloitte, and General Electric receive applications in scores, here is how you can attract and retain top talent.

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Is Your Position of Power Going To Your Head?
July 1st, 2017

It’s a story we all know well, somebody you know reaches the position they’ve been striving for throughout their entire career and suddenly your once humble colleague becomes an arrogant manager. Often people in this predicament become increasingly isolated; only interacting with people they deem loyal to them and refusing to switch courses even if the circumstances demand it.

Read More "Is Your Position of Power Going To Your Head?" »

Minimize Wasted Time
June 1st, 2017

Every manager knows that employees are going to spend a little bit of the work day dealing with a personal issue. But a recent study found that workers spend an average of 3 hours each week handling personal business.

Read More "Minimize Wasted Time" »

Employee Critiques
May 1st, 2017

There is a right way and a wrong way to critique an employee’s performance. The right way will lead to positive growth for the employee and the company; the wrong way can lead to a disgruntled employee whose work performance will suffer.

Read More "Employee Critiques" »

Management Hiring Abroad
April 1st, 2017

Some of the largest corporations today in the United States are beginning to shift their hiring abroad. This trend is coming at a time when many people at home in the United States are in need of jobs. Management of these multinational corporations are starting to employ many more workers overseas while also cutting the jobs at home. This shift towards hiring more in other countries exemplifies the important role nations abroad play in the world economy. The Wall Street Journal reported on management shifting their hiring trends and how, “the growing importance of other economies, particularly in rapidly growing Asia, to big U.S. businesses such as General Electric Co., Caterpillar Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc…The data also underscore the vulnerability of the U.S. economy, particularly at a time when unemployment is high and wages aren’t rising.”

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Effective Management Tools 2017
March 1st, 2017

No matter how effective you are as a manger, if your employees are not happy then your productivity is not at its highest. Employee satisfaction with their job, manager, and environment are all essential for optimal employee performance. A manager is only as good as his or her team. Therefore, it is crucial for the manager to gain the respect of their employees.

In Ted Pollock’s article, “Effective Managers Do These Things,” he provides 10 ways for management to improve employee morale:

  • Demonstrate to your people that you are genuinely interested in them and would be glad to have their ideas on how working conditions might be improved.
  • Treat your people as individuals; never deal with them as impersonal variables in a working unit.
  • Accept the fact that others may not see things as you do.
  • Respect differences of opinion.

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New Management Checklist 2017
February 1st, 2017

The move up the corporate ladder has many perils, including when you are the new boss for your former peers. The move may seem easy, but career coach and author Sherri Thomas warns executives of some pitfalls:

1. Beware the two extremes. New managers often fall into one of two categories: Overbearing and power-happy or unable to step up to the plate and manage even the simplest projects. Your former friends can easily turn on you if you adopt either persona.

Read More "New Management Checklist 2017" »

Interview Questions To Avoid 2017
January 1st, 2017

Most managers have a list of questions they prepare for those interviewing for positions at a corporation. However, there’s also a list of questions that interviewers cannot ask of potential employees, according to AllBusiness.com.

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Aiming for Success
December 1st, 2016

A successful manager is only as good as the people that work for them. Training employees, fostering working relationships, and completing projects that have the greatest ROI all fall squarely on the shoulders of those in management.

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Inspiration Equals Success 2016
November 1st, 2016

Inspiration is the wellspring of innovation, both in the corporate world and in life. But, how do you become inspired?

Mike Hugos, author of “Essentials of Supply Chain Management”, recommends that executives look for inspiration in the same manner in which an artist does:

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The Importance of Having a Demotion Policy 2016
October 1st, 2016

When people hear the word “demotion” there usually is a negative connotation that goes along with it. Despite what many people may think, a demotion is not always a bad thing for several reasons.

Read More "The Importance of Having a Demotion Policy 2016" »

Avoiding Age Discrimination While Hiring 2016
September 1st, 2016

Executives need to be aware of shifts in the workplace and the labor pool that makes age discrimination claims an important management issue.

Read More "Avoiding Age Discrimination While Hiring 2016" »

Training: How to make it stick... 2016
August 1st, 2016

Training can seem like an easy answer for managers looking to increase employee productivity. However, many managers complain that the training session did not produce any long term effects or that the training participants did not make any changes in their performance. Why is it that companies spend thousands of dollars on training, and yet employees do not seem to benefit from it?

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Tips on How to Effectively Lead a Multigenerational Workforce 2016
July 1st, 2016

Over the past two years we have been inundated with reports on how the workplace is filled with four different generations for the first time in history. While these reports and their findings are valuable, as a leader it is important to know what you can do to ensure that your workplace is functioning at its highest, even with generational differences.

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Redefining Compensation 2016
June 1st, 2016

Management teams are beginning to restructure compensation packages in order to entice top candidates for positions that may appear as high risk during this economic downturn. Management is utilizing extra amenities catered towards employee retention incentives now that employee stocks in the company are no longer that enticing to the prospective candidate.

Read More "Redefining Compensation 2016" »

Avoid Meeting Overload
May 1st, 2016

Business meetings are too often long, boring and senseless.

However, meetings are also a useful way of giving department heads and employees a forum in which to provide their input.

Read More "Avoid Meeting Overload" »

Employee Critiques 2016
April 1st, 2016

There is a right way and a wrong way to critique an employee’s performance. The right way will lead to positive growth for the employee and the company; the wrong way can lead to a disgruntled employee whose work performance will suffer.

Read More "Employee Critiques 2016" »

Global Skill Sets 2016
March 1st, 2016

With an increasingly more globalized business community, industry must look to extend its reach in new ways.

Tom Travis, author of “Doing Business Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Going Global,” provides six principles he says can “guarantee” success in the global market:

Read More "Global Skill Sets 2016" »

How to Make Effective Decisions 2016
February 1st, 2016

As the hiring manager of your company, have you ever been on the edge about whether or not to hire a potential new employee? How do you make the right decision? When making crucial decisions it is important to look at the whole picture.

Read More "How to Make Effective Decisions 2016" »

Talent Management 2016
January 1st, 2016

In Claudia Lacy Kelly’s article “What Directors Should Ask about Talent Management,” she discusses the impact of the retiring baby boomer generation to the corporate world. Due to the recent drop of investments in retirement accounts, the baby boomer generation may remain in the work force longer, maybe.

Read More "Talent Management 2016" »

Dealing with Conflicts in the Workplace 2015
December 1st, 2015

Conflicts are common place in life and the workplace is no exception. It is very difficult to deal with problems in the workplace, especially when specific individuals do not get along very well, but that makes it even more important.

Read More "Dealing with Conflicts in the Workplace 2015" »

The Next Generation: Hiring New Graduates 2015
November 1st, 2015

With the economy slowly heading toward an upswing, employers are looking at what hiring needs to be done in order to expand their businesses and get back to their pre-recession production and success. During the recession, companies were axing many of their employees, as well as demoting and doubling up on employees’ job responsibilities. The last thing on the minds of many employers during the recession was hiring fresh-out-of-college graduates.

Read More "The Next Generation: Hiring New Graduates 2015" »

The Value of On-Boarding 2015
October 1st, 2015

How can you increase employee retention rate, employee morale, and employee productivity? It all starts from the first day of employment. Studies have shown that the first few days on the job are critical for building a new employee’s loyalty to the company by building relationships with co-workers and managers, putting new hires to work immediately amidst the action, and growing his or her interest in the job position.

Read More "The Value of On-Boarding 2015" »

Becoming Your Own Boss 2015
September 1st, 2015

Ever wonder what it would be like to create your own work hours, hire your own employees, and run your own business? The opportunities are endless, yet that does not mean creating a business is always easy. Most people who attempt to establish their own businesses, whether from their homes or rented offices, are not entirely prepared for the challenges involved and find this adventure to be an extremely daunting task (especially when they are waist-deep in the investment). On the other hand, many people are able to succeed and grow their own businesses without losing too much.

Read More "Becoming Your Own Boss 2015" »

Managing Long Term Growth 2015
August 1st, 2015

Careful consideration, planning and research are as essential to long-term business growth, as it was to the development of the business, according to AllBusiness.com.

AllBusiness.com has developed the “60-Second Guide to Managing Growth Over the Long Haul,” which it advises will maintain an investment in research and analysis.

Read More "Managing Long Term Growth 2015" »

Delegating Tasks Is Essential 2015
July 1st, 2015

Delegating tasks to employees can be as an essential part of an executive’s duties as handling multi-million dollar deals.

“You want to foster employee involvement and employee empowerment to enable your team members to contribute their best effort at work,” said human resources expert Susan M. Heathfield. “These tips for successful delegation of authority will help you help your reporting staff members succeed when they are most empowered.”

Read More "Delegating Tasks Is Essential 2015" »

Dealing with Discrimination 2015
June 1st, 2015

Dealing effectively with discrimination is a twofold process. First, become knowledgeable with regard to antidiscrimination laws. Then, pay close attention to what’s happening in your company.

Here are some general guidelines for managers to follow:

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Avoid Meeting Overload 2015
May 1st, 2015

Business meetings are too often long, boring and senseless.

However, meetings are also a useful way of giving department heads and employees a forum in which to provide their input.

The solution, according to AllBusiness.com, to avoiding meeting overload is to make your meetings more efficient and streamlined.

Read More "Avoid Meeting Overload 2015" »

Climbing the Management Ladder 2015
April 1st, 2015

Developing new skills to help climb the ladder to success should be an ongoing process in any executive’s career, regardless of their level of management.

To keep climbing that ladder, we recommends these tips:

Read More "Climbing the Management Ladder 2015" »

Employee Morale Dictates Profits 2015
March 1st, 2015

Employee morale is linked to higher levels of customer satisfaction which, in turn, is linked to higher profits, according to an industry survey.

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Whose Needs Matter More 2015
February 1st, 2015

Executives face a daunting challenge balancing the needs of individual employees against the needs of the corporation.

Training and developing an employee’s skills can be a value to both the individual and the company when balanced, according to Rana Sinha, a human resources development expert.

Read More "Whose Needs Matter More 2015" »

Business Is Personal 2015
January 1st, 2015

Harnessing emotions can influence the effective management of a department, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal online.

“Managers often think they should be impassive and unemotional, and encourage their employees to be the same. But emotions drive performance, and bosses who don’t acknowledge their own and others’ temperaments can't inspire the best work from their staffs – or even motivate themselves,” advises the article by Carol Hymowitz.

Read More "Business Is Personal 2015" »

Training Sales Force In Business Etiquette
December 1st, 2014

Making a lucrative deal can involve a number of business factors, put improper business etiquette can also damage a deal. Training a sales staff in proper etiquette is as important as their sales training, according to Judith P. Bowman, founder of Protocol Consultants International, a training and consulting firm, and author of “Don’t Take the Last Donut: New Rules of Business Etiquette.”

Read More "Training Sales Force In Business Etiquette" »

How to Build Company Morale
November 1st, 2014

In a time when company layoffs are prevalent due to the economic state of our country, how do managers increase company morale with their current employees? Positive affirmation is an easy and quick way to boost your employees’ sense of value in your company. A simple recognition of a job well done or a pat on the back can give assurance to your employees who may be concerned about their current state of employment. During times when employees feel overwhelmed and buried in work, a simple copy machine problem can seem like the last straw. Companies should have a team that maintains office equipment and supplies in order to not add any additional stress to their employees. If an employee has a computer problem or a simple request for a special pen, companies that take the extra step to provide amenities and have a quick process to take care of technical problems will have a much more efficient and happy workforce.

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Managing The Meeting
October 1st, 2014

How much time do you spend (waste) in unproductive meetings each week?

Put a stop to the black hole of meetings by establishing a clear set of guidelines for yourself, other managers, and employees about how a productive meeting should be run.

Phil Grisolia, an accredited Certified Business Communicator, offers six simple steps to manage meetings:

Read More "Managing The Meeting" »

Dealing with Conflicts in the Workplace
September 1st, 2014

Conflicts are common place in life and the workplace is no exception. It is very difficult to deal with problems in the workplace, especially when specific individuals do not get along very well, but that makes it even more important. We assume that most people spend a minimum of 8 hours a day working and another 8 hours a day sleeping, so the time that an individual spends at work is about 50 percent of the time that he/she is awake. Without a proper plan for conflict resolution, some employees could be spending about half of their waking hours dealing with disagreements. This has a real good possibility of affecting morale and productivity in the working environment. So many people are asking how these conflicts can be avoided, and if they cannot, how can they be resolved?

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Sales Executive Must Knows
August 1st, 2014

Sales executives across all markets and products need to have a basic knowledge set according to an executive at Empliant, Inc. With this knowledge set, executives can effectively train their sales force to increase profits.

According to Mike Owen, vice president of HR, sales, marketing, and business development for Empliant, there are “Four Knows” every executive should instill in their sales force.

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Teach Ethics from The Top Down
July 1st, 2014

Unethical corporate behavior is linked to pressure from upper management to meet unrealistic business objectives and deadlines, according to an American Management Association and Human Resource Institute survey.

Working in an environment with cynicism or diminished morale, improper training and a lack of consequences for one’s actions are all likely causes of unethical behavior, according to the survey.

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10 Tips To Create Stronger Teams
June 1st, 2014

Positive office dynamics add great strength to a business, while strained ones create strife, according to AllBusiness.com.

Managers need to be able to bring team members together to complete projects, and to work together as a single unit.

AllBusiness.com offers theses tips to help managers do just that:

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Employee Turnover
May 1st, 2014

Executives can directly control turnover in their departments by evaluating their own leadership ability, according to a communications expert.

According to Florida State University study, many employees city their company managers and executives as the main reason for leaving a job, particularly if they are poor communicators.

Nearly 2 out of 5 mangers don't keep their word and more than one-fourth bad-mouth employees to coworkers, according to the FSU study. Doing so affects employee morale, productivity and a company's market value and reputation.

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Staying On Top Of Your Game 2014
April 1st, 2014

While most of our “Management Matters” articles have been geared toward what you can do as a manager, this article provides guidance for what to do after you’ve managed. World unemployment is still on the rise and it is clear that workers from every level and every industry have been hit. While most of the major layoffs waves have been entry to mid-level workers, there is no reason why those in a management position should feel safe, or rather, should not be prepared. So whether you have been laid off from your management position or not, there are steps to take to ensure that if the dreadful time ever does arrive, you will be fully equipped to get back in the working world.

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The Stressful Workplace
March 1st, 2014

Unfortunately, the majority of people today wake up in the mornings and dread going to work. This is the case even more today because of the recent economic crisis and due to the fact that people are settling for jobs they are overqualified for. This emotional rollercoaster caused by layoffs and budget cuts has also instilled uncertainty and fear in many people. Addressing these issues immediately is imperative. A change in attitude is a critical way to begin the workday. Because different jobs have various amounts of stress attached to them, it is crucial to figure out the best ways to cope with these anxieties and pressures. It is important to not focus on the downside of each interaction at work. The reality is a positive shift in attitude can happen, but will take some work.

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Strategic Planning Requires Planning
February 1st, 2014

Strategic planning is a popular catch phrase for developing long-term strategies to deal with a corporation’s growth and development – particularly for increasing profit margins.

However, a recent survey found that many executives are unsatisfied with their own company’s so-called strategic plans. If fact, many reported that their companies needed to develop more effective methods for developing a strategy and for implementing those plans, according to The McKinsey Quarterly, which conducted the survey.

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Staying On Top Of Your Game
January 1st, 2014

While most of our “Management Matters” articles have been geared toward what you can do as a manager, this article provides guidance for what to do after you’ve managed. World unemployment is still on the rise and it is clear that workers from every level and every industry have been hit. While most of the major layoffs waves have been entry to mid-level workers, there is no reason why those in a management position should feel safe, or rather, should not be prepared. So whether you have been laid off from your management position or not, there are steps to take to ensure that if the dreadful time ever does arrive, you will be fully equipped to get back in the working world.

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The Dangers of Burnout
December 1st, 2013

Since the 2008 recession, many companies have reorganized to ensure maximum efficiency with a minimum of positions. Between the strain of tough economic times and the extra demands at work, many professionals today risk burnout. ‘Burnout’ is the colloquial term for a kind of pervasive, chronic exhaustion and apathy that is born of overwork but spreads to every aspect of life.

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Creating a Learning Environment in the Office 2013
November 1st, 2013

Although the working day may already be packed with conference calls, emails, meetings, overtime, training, and much more, many employees may feel there is no time left in the day to participate in learning activities. Employees who are growing their minds are growing their productivity. Learning enhances brain activity and promotes problem-solving skills, which is beneficial to all areas of life. Managers who create an environment that promotes lifelong learning will reap the rewards as employees are up to date with local market trends, industry inside information, and are expected to think about problems and strategy progressively. Management teams can intentionally promote an environment where learning is available and encouraged.

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Minimize Wasted Time 2013
October 1st, 2013

Every manager knows that employees are going to spend a little bit of the work day dealing with a personal issue. But a recent study found that workers spend an average of 3 hours each week handling personal business.

The survey, conducted by OfficeTeam, found that employees average about 36 minutes per day on personal tasks – adding up to 3 hours each week of non-work activities.

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New Management Checklist
September 1st, 2013

The move up the corporate ladder has many perils, including when you are the new boss for your former peers. The move may seem easy, but career coach and author Sherri Thomas warns executives of some pitfalls:

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The Key to Hiring Stellar Candidates
August 1st, 2013

In recent years, public opinion towards clean energy has shifted. As pictures of disappearing glacial lakes and stranded polar bears on melting icebergs become daily news, public awareness has reached new heights of concern. The public’s environmental consciousness is making people anxious about the effect our global footprint will have on future generations.

In response to these budding concerns, new “green” industries have sprouted. While most people are familiar with Solar and Wind energy, other industries such as Building Retrofitting, Geothermal Energy and Sustainable Agriculture are becoming more commonplace “green” career opportunities.

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Managing the New and Improved Virtual Office
July 1st, 2013

Telecommuting for the majority of the work week is becoming one of the most popular trends for employees in today’s business world. This way of working is also one of the most hands-off management styles. Whether working from their homes, cafes, or libraries, employees are finding much more satisfaction in their lives. Not only does telecommuting save money with gas and ware and tare on vehicles, but it also allots more time for work, instead of dealing with treacherous commutes filled with traffic, poor drivers, and accidents. A flexible work environment is crucial in counterbalancing stress in today’s world.

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Tips for Improving Your Team’s Productivity
June 1st, 2013

When assigned a roll in a management position, it is very rare that you will be able to hand pick every individual that reports to you. This makes it very important for you to understand how to deal with a mix of personalities as well as the different abilities of your team members, and use this as a benefit to drive the maximum effort out of your team. From here the success of your team resides in your hands. Many managers will pick up and run if things are going poorly, but with these seven simple steps, you will be prepared to handle all of the situations that your team throws at you. Initially it will be important to figure out who the top performers are, the middle performers, and the group that is holding up the bottom of the pack.

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Managing your Retirement
May 1st, 2013

If you are like many Americans today, your once stable nest egg has cracked and crumbled, falling off the wall like the rest of the economy during the recession. Although these unfortunate circumstances had a great impact on people’s retirement and savings funds, it is important to realize that there are things you can do now to save what you have left or recreate what you have lost in the past years. For example, managing your own various retirement and savings accounts can save you a lot of money in the end.

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Hiring an Intern
April 1st, 2013

Here’s some depressing news for all you college students out there: nearly half of the nation’s recent college graduates work jobs that don’t require a college degree. Furthermore, the number of college graduates is expected to grow by 19 million between 2010 and 2020, while the number of jobs requiring a college degree is expected to grow by only 7 million. What does this surplus mean for college graduates? More competition. What does it mean for employers? More talented, young workers. Internships are becoming more and more common these days, as employers are starting to understand the mutual benefits of hiring an intern.

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Management Theory
March 1st, 2013

We live in a profit-driven society. Weather your business provides a service, creates a product, or exists solely to suck some equity out of the global economy, its ultimate goal is clear: make money. Money is like food and water to a business. Without money, it will die. So naturally, the business world is brutal and competitive. It takes strong management to keep any company alive and thriving, especially when the economy is in the tanks. Thankfully the US economy is starting to look up. But, solid management is still as important today as it’s ever been. Over the years, management theory has been written, erased, rewritten, and erased again. It’s the 21st century, and the practice is still evolving. To better understand what it takes to be an effective manager and run a successful business it is important to understand modern management theory and how we got to this point.

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Short Term Goals: Creating Continuous Fulfillment
February 1st, 2013

In a recent interview, British actor and author Stephen Fry said, “One of the worst things you can do in life is set yourself goals.” He explains: “Two things happen. One is that you fail to meet your goals so you call yourself a failure. Secondly, you meet your goal and go, ‘Well, I’m here now what’… Because you’re going for something outside yourself.” There is a lot of truth to what Fry says. Setting goals creates a dissatisfied present that requires constant work to lessen that dissatisfaction. However, this drive is often the only way to satisfy the want and secure the need for your future and your children’s future. There must be a way to chase long term goals without living an unhappy, unfulfilled life.

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Video Calls
January 1st, 2013

Remember all those sci-fi movies and TV shows from your childhood? There was always a scene in which two characters talked live over a video monitor. In a lot of cases those conversations took place on vintage 1970s televisions in cardboard “space ships.” Of course, in the 1950s the old rotary telephone was all anyone had access to. But, everyone expected live video chat technology to be around in the future. Well, they were right! This isn’t the Twilight Zone; this is the 21st century. Tools like Skype, FaceTime, and Google Talk allow people to video chat with others all over the world via the Internet. Every manager should consider incorporating these tools into his or her regular business operations.

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The Season of Giving
December 1st, 2012

The next part of the holiday season is approaching fast. Hanukah starts in about a week and then right around the corner Christmas, Kwanza, and New Year’s Day. We made it though Thanksgiving, so check that one off the list. We loaded up on enough stuffing and cranberry sauce to last until next year, entertained relatives we haven’t spoken to in months, and gave thanks for all we have. Now it’s time to prove how thankful we are with our wallets. But don’t think of the season of giving as an obligation. Think of it as an opportunity.

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Time Management and Goal Setting
November 1st, 2012

Many times it seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. No matter how productive we are and no matter how much free time we wish we had, the clock is always ticking. Think back to what you were doing a year ago. It seems like yesterday doesn’t it? Now think about what you’re going to be doing a year from now. A year seems like a lifetime from now, but it’s not. Time is funny like that. This year will pass by as quickly as last year did. It won’t be long before you’re old, decrepit, and staring death in the face. Yes it’s depressing, but it’s inevitable. You’re time is limited. So, what can you do? It’s simple, make the most of the time you have.

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Can You Learn a Lesson in Management From Your Television?
October 1st, 2012

Do you ever find yourself wondering whether the people highest up in your company really now what it feels like to actually work for their company. The new reality show, Undercover Boss, offers CEO’s the opportunity to really experience the everyday trials and tribulations of their employees. So what can you as a manager take advantage of the lessons this show has to offer.

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Would You Move For The Right Job?
September 1st, 2012

Relocating for a job is a fairly common practice, especially with the low job security of today’s economy. But moving can result in heavy personal costs and should be extensively thought about before leaping to take a job. Here’s how you can best enter a relocation type situation.

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Is Your Position of Power Going To Your Head?
August 1st, 2012

It’s a story we all know well, somebody you know reaches the position they’ve been striving for throughout their entire career and suddenly your once humble colleague becomes an arrogant manager. Often people in this predicament become increasingly isolated; only interacting with people they deem loyal to them and refusing to switch courses even if the circumstances demand it. Suddenly your once successful friend is now seemingly shooting themselves in the foot. So how do you as a manager prevent yourself from undergoing this negative transformation?

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Question not to ask when Conducting an Interview
July 1st, 2012

When interviewing a candidate, the interviewer should refrain from asking the candidate questions that are illegal under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. This act established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces the laws pertaining to the discrimination of employees in the workplace and the hiring of potential candidates. Interviewers need to be cautious about the questions they are asking in an interview process in order to prevent lawsuits filed against them due to violating employment laws. Below are some questions that should not be asked along with some questions that are legal to ask:

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You Can’t Manage Others Until You Can Manage Yourself
June 1st, 2012

Before you try to improve the way you manage others you need to look inward to see how well you manage yourself. If you can’t manage to complete your own tasks on time you’re not going to be able to manage others to do so. If you don’t handle stress well your employees aren’t going to either. Leading by example is an old concept but it is extremely important that you keep it in mind if you want to be a successful manager.

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Recognizing Your Weaknesses
May 1st, 2012

When your career is going well you don’t usually take time to think about what you’re doing wrong. If it appears that what you are doing is working you continue carrying out business as you have been. Be warned, this strategy can be extremely risky and can actually derail your entire career.

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You Want To Be A Good Boss But, Do You Need To Be Harsh?
April 1st, 2012

Every manager has to work hard to balance maintaining a nurturing environment with maintaining a certain level of authority. It is by no means an easy task. Most managers fear that if their employees get too comfortable they make take advantage of the easy going environment and slack off. At the same time most managers don’t want to have to be really cut throat all of the time.

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Don’t Keep Your Employees In The Dark
March 1st, 2012

While there may be a plethora of available future employees considering unemployment numbers, there are some people who are simply irreplaceable. Many employers fear losing their most talented employees as these employees are in direct correlation with their company’s success. There are a few steps that you as a manager can take in order to improve your chances of retaining your top employees.

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Hold On To Your Super Stars
February 1st, 2012

While there may be a plethora of available future employees considering unemployment numbers, there are some people who are simply irreplaceable. Many employers fear losing their most talented employees as these employees are in direct correlation with their company’s success. There are a few steps that you as a manager can take in order to improve your chances of retaining your top employees.

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Keeping Employees Engaged and Ready to Work
January 1st, 2012

Engaged employees are happy employees. They are critical to a company’s success, especially with the struggling economy. Keeping employees engaged is also important for employers because when the economy does make a turn for the better, they will make a move if they are not happy. Motivated employees who are excited to do their jobs and to do them well are extremely valuable and committed, while those employees who become disconnected may demonstrate low commitment, involvement or productivity. While many managers focus on putting in an effort to increase engagement, most employees are missing the underlying issues that hinder their employee’s discretionary effort. With this said, it is extremely important to look at the various ways to keep employees engaged and alert.

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Fostering an Educational Environment in the Work Place
December 1st, 2011

Although the working day may already be packed with conference calls, emails, meetings, overtime, training, and much more, many employees may feel there is no time left in the day to participate in learning activities. Employees who are growing their minds are also growing their productivity. Learning enhances brain activity and promotes problem-solving skills, which is beneficial to all areas of life. Managers who create an environment that promotes lifelong learning will reap the rewards as employees are up to date with local market trends, industry inside information, and are expected to think about problems and strategy progressively. Management teams can intentionally promote an environment where learning is available and encouraged.

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Effective Training in the Workplace
November 1st, 2011

Training in the business realm can seem like an easy answer for managers looking to increase employee productivity and efficiency. Although this is the case, many managers face challenges when the training sessions do not produce any long-term effects on the employees or that the participants did not make any changes in their performance. Some companies spend thousands of dollars on training, yet oftentimes employees do not seem to benefit from it.

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Leadership Skills and Styles
October 1st, 2011

Common leadership characteristics are widely known, but are there specific leadership styles that are more effective in different work environments? The author Daniel Goleman believes so. In his book, Primal Leadership, he describes six leadership styles: ‘Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting, and Commanding.’ A good leader is an all-around persuader, motivator, and cognizant of employee morale. Successful leaders are flexible in guiding teams based on members and external circumstances.

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The Ultimate Management Checklist
September 1st, 2011

The move up the corporate ladder to the management level has many perils, including when you are the new boss for your former peers. This, in addition to the many other challenges that people face when taking their next step up can be extremely overwhelming and cause some anxiety, but for others may seem simple and easy (especially if it was a long transition). Career coach and author Sherri Thomas warns executives of some pitfalls they may encounter along the way:

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Managing your Job Search: The Importance of Your Cover Letter
August 1st, 2011

While most people spend many hours of their lives working hard on creating the perfect resume and becoming the most marketable for their job search, there is another document that is just as, if not more, important for professionals to focus on. This important document is the cover letter. A cover letter serves as the first impression of you to a potential employer. It sells your resume, which therefore sells you as both a person and a professional. A common mistake made by those searching for a job is either forgetting to submit a cover letter with their resume or writing a poor cover letter that reflects negatively on your aptitudes.

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Managing your Retirement
July 1st, 2011

If you are like many Americans today, your once stable nest egg has cracked and crumbled, falling off the wall like the rest of the economy during the recession. Although these unfortunate circumstances had a great impact on people’s retirement and savings funds, it is important to realize that there are things you can do now to save what you have left or recreate what you have lost in the past years. For example, managing your own various retirement and savings accounts can save you a lot of money in the end.

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The Next Generation: Hiring New Graduates
June 1st, 2011

With the economy slowly heading toward an upswing, employers are looking at what hiring needs to be done in order to expand their businesses and get back to their pre-recession production and success. During the recession, companies were axing many of their employees, as well as demoting and doubling up on employees’ job responsibilities. The last thing on the minds of many employers during the recession was hiring fresh-out-of-college graduates. 2011 is proving to take a turn for the opposite. As The Wall Street Journal reported, “Three out of four companies plan to hire recent college graduates, a new survey shows, in the latest sign of an improving job market for the Class of 2011.”

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Management Hiring Abroad
May 1st, 2011

Some of the largest corporations today in the United States are beginning to shift their hiring abroad. This trend is coming at a time when many people at home in the United States are in need of jobs. Management of these multinational corporations are starting to employ many more workers overseas while also cutting the jobs at home. This shift towards hiring more in other countries exemplifies the important role nations abroad play in the world economy. The Wall Street Journal reported on management shifting their hiring trends and how, “the growing importance of other economies, particularly in rapidly growing Asia, to big U.S. businesses such as General Electric Co., Caterpillar Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc…The data also underscore the vulnerability of the U.S. economy, particularly at a time when unemployment is high and wages aren’t rising.”

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Becoming Your Own Boss
April 1st, 2011

Ever wonder what it would be like to create your own work hours, hire your own employees, and run your own business? The opportunities are endless, yet that does not mean creating a business is always easy. Most people who attempt to establish their own businesses, whether from their homes or rented offices, are not entirely prepared for the challenges involved and find this adventure to be an extremely daunting task (especially when they are waist-deep in the investment). On the other hand, many people are able to succeed and grow their own businesses without losing too much.

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Handling Employee Discrimination Claims
March 1st, 2011

Discrimination, whether based on race, sex, religion, or any other facet, can be dangerous territory for employers to tread through. Discrimination claims can be filed against employees’ actions as well as managers or other in-house counsel. It is extremely important to handle claims like these without emotion. This is necessary in order to make well thought-out, informed decisions. Especially if you are an employer, it is critical to make sure all the bases are covered.

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Managing the New and Improved Virtual Office
February 1st, 2011

Telecommuting for the majority of the work week is becoming one of the most popular trends for employees in today’s business world. This way of working is also one of the most hands-off management styles. Whether working from their homes, cafes, or libraries, employees are finding much more satisfaction in their lives. Not only does telecommuting save money with gas and ware and tare on vehicles, but it also allots more time for work, instead of dealing with treacherous commutes filled with traffic, poor drivers, and accidents. A flexible work environment is crucial in counterbalancing stress in today’s world.

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Managing the “Overqualified”
January 1st, 2011

During the recession, many employers were able to afford top talent at a discounted price. Because the demand for jobs was so competitive, even for the best employees, many “overqualified” candidates landed jobs that were way below their talent-level. Grabbing this top talent may have been a positive move for employers at the time, but now that the economy is slowly creeping back its normal state, the overqualified employees are becoming more and more frustrated and bored. Many employees are beginning to search for jobs again, which will put the employers who hired this cheap talent in an immediate bind.

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The Stressful Workplace
December 1st, 2010

Unfortunately, the majority of people today wake up in the mornings and dread going to work. This is the case even more today because of the recent economic crisis and due to the fact that people are settling for jobs they are overqualified for. This emotional rollercoaster caused by layoffs and budget cuts has also instilled uncertainty and fear in many people. Addressing these issues immediately is imperative. A change in attitude is a critical way to begin the workday.

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Managing and Understanding the Workplace Generation Gaps
November 1st, 2010

When people first think about diversity in the workplace, issues of race, religion, and gender generally come to mind. For the first time in history, there will be another dimension of diversity that both employers and employees will have to deal with. This issue is the ever-increasing generation gap in the workplace. The idea that there will be, in many cases, four different generations in the workplace at the same time is a challenge currently facing many employers.

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Employee Morale Post-Recession
October 1st, 2010

With a slow post-recession pick-up, stagnant hiring, and persistent lay-offs, your employees may not be at the most ease in their jobs right now. Keeping your team happy and productive is a tough endeavor in the current economic climate, yet is essential to future growth. Stories of violent outbursts, unusual behaviors, and pessimistic attitudes continue to fill the headlines everyday, garnering employee crisis counseling a priority objective in many companies.

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New to Interning?
September 1st, 2010

This might have been useful before the summer internship season started, but now you can gear up for 2011 or for your new Fall interns! Every hiring season, there is a new batch of fresh, wide-eyed students and recent grads anxiously hoping to get their foot-in-the door in the professional world. While big companies like Google, Deloitte, and General Electric receive applications in scores, here is how you can attract and retain top talent.

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Multiculturalism in the Office
August 1st, 2010

In an increasingly globalized business world, the number of multinational enterprises is exponentially growing, reaching beyond 60,000 today. For these corporations and any company with a multicultural workforce, culture clashes within the office are becoming significantly more commonplace.

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The Importance of Having a Demotion Policy
July 1st, 2010

When people hear the word “demotion” there usually is a negative connotation that goes along with it. Despite what many people may think, a demotion is not always a bad thing for several reasons. Demoting an employee can be used when an employee has been promoted too quickly and they do not have the skill set to perform their new tasks, as an alternative to a layoff, and it can also be used as a form of disciplinary action.

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The Key to Hiring Stellar Candidates
June 1st, 2010

Performing well in an interview is really what makes or breaks a candidate’s potential with a specific company. The interview process is also very important for employers who are not only trying to find a candidate with the credentials to perform, but also the right cultural fit for the company. Although interviews can give employers an idea of how the candidate may perform on the job, is it really letting employers know how everybody is going to perform on the job?

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How to Manage the Virtual Work Force
May 1st, 2010

Over the past few decades technology has changed drastically, and as a result companies have been forced to change with it. As the companies around us change it has become vital for the employees and management to change as well. For the majority of people, talking about change is a whole lot easier then actually implementing it, but it is very important to stay current.

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Tips for Improving Your Team’s Productivity
April 1st, 2010

When assigned a roll in a management position, it is very rare that you will be able to hand pick every individual that reports to you. This makes it very important for you to understand how to deal with a mix of personalities as well as the different abilities of your team members, and use this as a benefit to drive the maximum effort out of your team. From here the success of your team resides in your hands. Many managers will pick up and run if things are going poorly, but with these seven simple steps, you will be prepared to handle all of the situations that your team throws at you. Initially it will be important to figure out who the top performers are, the middle performers, and the group that is holding up the bottom of the pack.

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Making Informed Decisions
March 1st, 2010

As the manager for a company, at any level and of any size, you are forced to make decisions on a daily basis. For every manager, your ability to make appropriate decisions is what landed you in your current management role, so it is obvious that everyone in this role has the ability. Now the real subject in question is how to harness that ability to make great decisions that result in profits for the company that you are employed with.

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Conducting an Effective Employee Interview
February 1st, 2010

Many people view the interview process as a stressful task for only the interviewee, when in reality it can be a difficult situation for both sides. Although it is important for the individual being interviewed to make a positive impression on the potential employer, it is also important for the interviewer to do the same. The interviewer is also making an impression on the candidate as a representative of the hiring company, and it is important for the interviewer to realize that the candidate might have other job opportunities. So in this sense, the interviewer is competing for each and every candidate against other potential opportunities that each candidate might have.

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Dealing with Conflicts in the Workplace
January 1st, 2010

Conflicts are common place in life and the workplace is no exception. It is very difficult to deal with problems in the workplace, especially when specific individuals do not get along very well, but that makes it even more important. We assume that most people spend a minimum of 8 hours a day working and another 8 hours a day sleeping, so the time that an individual spends at work is about 50 percent of the time that he/she is awake. Without a proper plan for conflict resolution, some employees could be spending about half of their waking hours dealing with disagreements. This has a real good possibility of affecting morale and productivity in the working environment. So many people are asking how these conflicts can be avoided, and if they cannot, how can they be resolved?

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The Age of Social Media
December 1st, 2009

Imagine life without the internet. Many of us cannot even remember a time without the unlimited resources of the World Wide Web. What began as a program created by the United States Department of Defense quickly transformed into a social environment where kids could get in touch with friends via online chat rooms. Although many people still use the internet for the same things that they did about ten years ago, it has grown to include a much larger demographic of users. As a result of the high level of traffic seen online many of the companies, that are worth their weight in gold, have a well established website that will allow their customers to access the company from home. With the new age of social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, many other opportunities are arising for companies to reach a whole new demographic of consumers.

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Staying on top of your game
November 1st, 2009

While most of our “Management Matters” articles have been geared toward what you can do as a manager, this article provides guidance for what to do after you’ve managed. World unemployment is still on the rise and it is clear that workers from every level and every industry have been hit. While most of the major layoffs waves have been entry to mid-level workers, there is no reason why those in a management position should feel safe, or rather, should not be prepared. So whether you have been laid off from your management position or not, there are steps to take to ensure that if the dreadful time ever does arrive, you will be fully equipped to get back in the working world.

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To Layoff, or not to Layoff?
October 1st, 2009

Unemployment rates are rising and many unlucky workers are becoming statistics daily. While lay-offs have occurred in all types of organizations across the board, according to about.com, managers may want to reconsider before their organization joins the rest of the pack.

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Avoiding Hiring Mistakes
September 1st, 2009

Although the slump of the economy has created a hiring freeze for most companies, once the market picks back up many open positions will need to be filled. At this time, there will be an over-abundance of applicants and many great executives to choose from. We have been told what to do when interviewing, but listed below are three common mistakes that must be avoided during the hiring process.

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Keeping your employees engaged
August 1st, 2009

Over the past two years we have been inundated with reports on how the workplace is filled with four different generations for the first time in history. While these reports and their findings are valuable, as a leader it is important to know what you can do to ensure that your workplace is functioning at its highest, even with generational differences. A recent article on GoliathJobs.com featured a best practices article for “Managing the Aging Workforce.”

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Tips on How to Effectively Lead a Multigenerational Workforce
July 1st, 2009

Over the past two years we have been inundated with reports on how the workplace is filled with four different generations for the first time in history. While these reports and their findings are valuable, as a leader it is important to know what you can do to ensure that your workplace is functioning at its highest, even with generational differences. A recent article on GoliathJobs.com featured a best practices article for “Managing the Aging Workforce.”

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Layoffs: Are you discriminating?
June 1st, 2009

As many companies are being forced to make layoffs due to budget cuts, HR Managers may be unintentionally discriminating against employees during the decision-making process of who should stay and who will go. When managers are required to make cost-effective layoffs, multiple factors must be considered when making the best decision. However, managers will often make the mistake of reflecting on the employee’s personal life and obligations during the decision-making process, which will blur the line between boss and friend.

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Leadership Styles
May 1st, 2009

Common leadership characteristics are widely known, but are there specific leadership styles that are more effective in different environments? Daniel Goleman believes so. In his book, Primal Leadership, he describes six leadership styles: ‘Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting, and Commanding.’ A good leader is a persuader, motivator, and cognizant of employee morale. Successful leaders are flexible in guiding teams based on members and external circumstances.

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The Value of On-Boarding
April 1st, 2009

How can you increase employee retention rate, employee morale, and employee productivity? It all starts from the first day of employment. Studies have shown that the first few days on the job are critical for building a new employee’s loyalty to the company by building relationships with co-workers and managers, putting new hires to work immediately amidst the action, and growing his or her interest in the job position.

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Creating a Learning Environment in the Office
March 1st, 2009

Although the working day may already be packed with conference calls, emails, meetings, overtime, training, and much more, many employees may feel there is no time left in the day to participate in learning activities. Employees who are growing their minds are growing their productivity. Learning enhances brain activity and promotes problem-solving skills, which is beneficial to all areas of life. Managers who create an environment that promotes lifelong learning will reap the rewards as employees are up to date with local market trends, industry inside information, and are expected to think about problems and strategy progressively. Management teams can intentionally promote an environment where learning is available and encouraged.

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Redefining Compensation
February 1st, 2009

Management teams are beginning to restructure compensation packages in order to entice top candidates for positions that may appear as high risk during this economic downturn. Management is utilizing extra amenities catered towards employee retention incentives now that employee stocks in the company are no longer that enticing to the prospective candidate. Prospering companies are looking to retain their top employees who may be burdened with extra responsibilities due to lay offs, or to allure prospective employees looking for a secure job in unstable circumstances. Top employees who are the most valuable for the company may be feeling inadequately compensated if the majority of their compensation is invested in the company stock options. Businesses are being forced to reevaluate their regulations and management procedures in order to retain their top talent and stay competitive in compensation packages amidst the current economic situation.

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Talent Management
January 1st, 2009

In Claudia Lacy Kelly’s article “What Directors Should Ask about Talent Management,” she discusses the impact of the retiring baby boomer generation to the corporate world. Due to the recent drop of investments in retirement accounts, the baby boomer generation may remain in the work force longer, maybe. Nevertheless, it presents an excellent opportunity for organizations to explore the question of how they are going to manage their talent through proper succession planning. Kelly states that, “there are seven key questions directors should be asking about the companies they govern:

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Training: How to make it stick...
December 1st, 2008

Training can seem like an easy answer for managers looking to increase employee productivity. However, many managers complain that the training session did not produce any long term effects or that the training participants did not make any changes in their performance. Why is it that companies spend thousands of dollars on training, and yet employees do not seem to benefit from it?

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How to build Company Morale
November 1st, 2008

In a time when company layoffs are prevalent due to the economic state of our country, how do managers increase company morale with their current employees? Positive affirmation is an easy and quick way to boost your employees’ sense of value in your company. A simple recognition of a job well done or a pat on the back can give assurance to your employees who may be concerned about their current state of employment.

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How to Manage a Project
October 1st, 2008

With Project Managers heading up our own executive search processes, we know the essential role the Project Manager plays in determining the outcome of a project. The Project Manager is ultimately responsible for the project and held accountable for the outcome. A Project Manager needs to be organized, clear, knowledgeable, and progressive.

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Effective Management Tools
September 1st, 2008

No matter how effective you are as a manger, if your employees are not happy then your productivity is not at its highest. Employee satisfaction with their job, manager, and environment are all essential for optimal employee performance. A manager is only as good as his or her team. Therefore, it is crucial for the manager to gain the respect of their employees.

In Ted Pollock’s article, “Effective Managers Do These Things,” he provides 10 ways for management to improve employee morale:

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How to Make Effective Decisions
August 1st, 2008

As the hiring manager of your company, have you ever been on the edge about whether or not to hire a potential new employee? How do you make the right decision? When making crucial decisions it is important to look at the whole picture. It would be beneficial to know how much it costs per new hire at your company, which will help you evaluate the pros and cons of your decision. Will the new hire be worth the money it will cost to hire him or her? As the hiring manager, you need to look at what the new hire will add to the company. Also look at where your company stands as a whole. Can you afford to take a risk right now? Here are four steps to guide you in the decision making process:

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New Management Checklist
July 1st, 2008

The move up the corporate ladder has many perils, including when you are the new boss for your former peers. The move may seem easy, but career coach and author Sherri Thomas warns executives of some pitfalls:

1. Beware the two extremes. New managers often fall into one of two categories: Overbearing and power-happy or unable to step up to the plate and manage even the simplest projects. Your former friends can easily turn on you if you adopt either persona.

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Interview Questions To Avoid
March 1st, 2008

Most managers have a list of questions they prepare for those interviewing for positions at a corporation. However, there’s also a list of questions that interviewers cannot ask of potential employees, according to AllBusiness.com.

1. “How old are you?” and other age-related questions. State and federal laws prevent discrimination against people over 40. For this reason, you shouldn’t ask any question designed to discover directly or indirectly a person’s age.

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Managing Long Term Growth
February 1st, 2008

Careful consideration, planning and research are as essential to long-term business growth, as it was to the development of the business, according to AllBusiness.com.

AllBusiness.com has developed the “60-Second Guide to Managing Growth Over the Long Haul,” which it advises will maintain an investment in research and analysis.

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Reducing Workers Compensation Costs
January 1st, 2008

Workers’ Compensation Claims are a costly business expense, and have risen 27 percent in the last four years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Dealing with workers’ comp claims and reducing their occurrence and their cost can help cut business expenses and strengthen the bottom line.

Businesses spend an average of $26.86 per hour for each employee on salary, benefit expenses such as health insurance, vacation time and workers’ compensation benefits, according to the Labor Department’s 2006 Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Of an employee’s hourly compensation, about 1.8 percent (.14 cents) goes toward workers’ compensation. Those costs vary depending on an employee’s classification, among other factors.

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Training Sales Force In Business Etiquette
December 1st, 2007

Making a lucrative deal can involve a number of business factors, put improper business etiquette can also damage a deal. Training a sales staff in proper etiquette is as important as their sales training, according to Judith P. Bowman, founder of Protocol Consultants International, a training and consulting firm, and author of “Don’t Take the Last Donut: New Rules of Business Etiquette.”

Teach sales professionals to shake hands
“Even salespeople with the best people skills make mistakes, and showing them how to make that all-important first impression is a powerful training tool,” Bowman says.

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Employee Critiques
November 1st, 2007

There is a right way and a wrong way to critique an employee’s performance. The right way will lead to positive growth for the employee and the company; the wrong way can lead to a disgruntled employee whose work performance will suffer.

In “6 Habits of Highly Effective Bosses,” executive coaches Stephen Kohn and Vincent O’Connell offer five strategies for delivering effective critiques:

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Avoiding Age Discrimination While Hiring
October 1st, 2007

Executives need to be aware of shifts in the workplace and the labor pool that makes age discrimination claims an important management issue.

“Shifts in demographic trends and judicial reasoning have combined to set the stage for a rapid rise in the risks posed by unsuccessful job candidates who fall within the protected class of workers age 40 and older under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act,” states Fay Hansen, a contributing editor for Workforce Management magazine.

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Sales Executive Must Knows
September 1st, 2007

Sales executives across all markets and products need to have a basic knowledge set according to an executive at Empliant, Inc. With this knowledge set, executives can effectively train their sales force to increase profits.

According to Mike Owen, vice president of HR, sales, marketing, and business development for Empliant, there are “Four Knows” every executive should instill in their sales force.

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Delegating Tasks Is Essential
August 1st, 2007

Delegating tasks to employees can be as an essential part of an executive’s duties as handling multi-million dollar deals.

“You want to foster employee involvement and employee empowerment to enable your team members to contribute their best effort at work,” said human resources expert Susan M. Heathfield. “These tips for successful delegation of authority will help you help your reporting staff members succeed when they are most empowered.”

When delegating work, give employees a whole task to complete when possible. If you can’t give the employee a whole task, make sure they understand the overall purpose of the project or task. Staff members contribute most effectively when they are aware of the big picture.

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Employee Morale Dictates Profits
July 1st, 2007

Employee morale is linked to higher levels of customer satisfaction which, in turn, is linked to higher profits, according to an industry survey.

Cross-functional teams have proven to the most effective method - at 60 percent - to engage employees in the corporate environment, according to the “Organizational Strategies for Raising Employee Morale,” conducted by Best Practices, LLC’s Business Excellence Board.

The study found that, in general, large companies increase morale through communication and rewards programs compared to smaller companies, which affect morale by offering flexible career assignments and holding recognition events. Learning about employees’ families and personal lives are highly effective in maintaining high employee morale, noted nearly half of the best-in-class companies in the study.

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Global Skill Sets
June 1st, 2007

With an increasingly more globalized business community, industry must look to extend its reach in new ways.

Tom Travis, author of “Doing Business Anywhere: The Essential Guide to Going Global,” provides six principles he says can “guarantee” success in the global market:

  • Thing outside the border: Understand trade agreements and programs that will impact business deals.
  • Protect the brand at all costs: Protect the company’s image, and its intellectual property. Be concerned not only with piracy and counterfeit goods, but also on human rights and environmental practices to attract the best foreign business partners.

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Whose Needs Matter More
May 1st, 2007

Executives face a daunting challenge balancing the needs of individual employees against the needs of the corporation.

Training and developing an employee’s skills can be a value to both the individual and the company when balanced, according to Rana Sinha, a human resources development expert.

Two questions must be addressed: What is required of the employee in order to maintain his/her employability? And, what practical steps does it require of the employer?

In addressing these issues, Sinha advises that executives focus on the skills development of technical expertise vital to their position, then focus on personal skills such as community, dealing with stress, and time management skills.

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Minimize Wasted Time
April 1st, 2007

Every manager knows that employees are going to spend a little bit of the work day dealing with a personal issue. But a recent study found that workers spend an average of 3 hours each week handling personal business.

The survey, conducted by OfficeTeam, found that employees average about 36 minutes per day on personal tasks – adding up to 3 hours each week of non-work activities.

While managers may look the other way when employees make a few phone calls during the day, the privilege needs to be closely monitored to avoid it being abused, recommends Diane Domeyer, OfficeTeam executive director.

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Employee Turnover
February 15th, 2007

Executives can directly control turnover in their departments by evaluating their own leadership ability, according to a communications expert.

According to Florida State University study, many employees city their company managers and executives as the main reason for leaving a job, particularly if they are poor communicators.

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Managing The Meeting
February 1st, 2007

How much time do you spend (waste) in unproductive meetings each week?

Put a stop to the black hole of meetings by establishing a clear set of guidelines for yourself, other managers, and employees about how a productive meeting should be run.

Phil Grisolia, an accredited Certified Business Communicator, offers six simple steps to manage meetings:

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Business Is Personal
January 1st, 2007

Harnessing emotions can influence the effective management of a department, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal online.

“Managers often think they should be impassive and unemotional, and encourage their employees to be the same. But emotions drive performance, and bosses who don’t acknowledge their own and others’ temperaments can't inspire the best work from their staffs – or even motivate themselves,” advises the article by Carol Hymowitz.

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Strategic Planning Requires Planning
December 1st, 2006

Strategic planning is a popular catch phrase for developing long-term strategies to deal with a corporation’s growth and development – particularly for increasing profit margins.

However, a recent survey found that many executives are unsatisfied with their own company’s so-called strategic plans. If fact, many reported that their companies needed to develop more effective methods for developing a strategy and for implementing those plans, according to The McKinsey Quarterly, which conducted the survey.

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Inspiration Equals Success
November 1st, 2006

Inspiration is the wellspring of innovation, both in the corporate world and in life. But, how do you become inspired?

Mike Hugos, author of “Essentials of Supply Chain Management”, recommends that executives look for inspiration in the same manner in which an artist does:

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Aiming for Success
October 1st, 2006

A successful manager is only as good as the people that work for them. Training employees, fostering working relationships, and completing projects that have the greatest ROI all fall squarely on the shoulders of those in management.

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Teach Ethics from The Top Down
September 1st, 2006

Unethical corporate behavior is linked to pressure from upper management to meet unrealistic business objectives and deadlines, according to an American Management Association and Human Resource Institute survey.

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Avoid Meeting Overload
August 1st, 2006

Business meetings are too often long, boring and senseless.

However, meetings are also a useful way of giving department heads and employees a forum in which to provide their input.

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Climbing the Management Ladder
July 1st, 2006

Developing new skills to help climb the ladder to success should be an ongoing process in any executive’s career, regardless of their level of management.

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Dealing with Discrimination
June 1st, 2006

Dealing effectively with discrimination is a twofold process. First, become knowledgeable with regard to antidiscrimination laws. Then, pay close attention to what’s happening in your company.

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10 Tips To Create Stronger Teams
May 1st, 2006

Management Matters - 10 Tips To Create Stronger Teams

Positive office dynamics add great strength to a business, while strained ones create strife, according to AllBusiness.com.

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