5 Quick Tips To Deal With Office Gossips

February 22, 2017

iStock_000010650382Small_150“Sarah” was a new manager with a difficult situation – one of her employees was an office gossip. As she was getting to know her new team and spending one-on-one time with each employee, Sarah noticed that one person’s name kept coming up, but not in a good way.

The employee being mentioned by others had earned herself the reputation as the office gossip and as someone who was critical of every action taken by the previous manager. The only problem was that Sarah had yet to witness any of this negative behavior. All the comments were from other employees, who had been trying to warn their new boss of “Tracey.” Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways To Be A More Likeable Employee

February 1, 2017

woman-690036_150Are you new at the office and trying to make friends? Or have you’ve worked at the same company for several years, yet are feeling like you still don’t fit in? Maybe it’s time to work on becoming a more likeable employee.

Here are five ways to up your friendly quotient at the office: Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s How To Take The Sting Out Of Receiving Criticism

January 18, 2017

iStock_000012340138Medium_150Receiving criticism can sometimes be a messy situation, especially when it’s unexpected, harsh or given when others are present.

You might feel shocked, angry or even embarrassed by the comments. But before getting defensive, try switching your mind-set and treating the feedback as a gift, rather than criticism. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You A Good Boss? Test Yourself With These 5 Questions

January 4, 2017

workplace-1245776_150Think you’re good at managing people? Most managers, when asked, provide a glowing commentary of their stellar people management skills.

Yet research has demonstrated the opposite. A Gallup study of 7,272 U.S. adults revealed that 50 percent had left their job to get away from their manager to improve their life at some point in their career.

Poor people management skills also negatively affect employee happiness and productivity, with managers accounting for up to 70% of variance in employee engagement scores.

Want to find out how good you are as a people manager? See how many of these five questions you can answer with “yes.” Read the rest of this entry »

Do Your Employees Understand How They Contribute To The Company’s Bottom Line?

December 21, 2016

Young businesswoman explaining report to her colleague at meetingIf you’re a people manager, you might look around at the bustling activity of your team and the looks of intense determination on their faces and assume that everyone understands how their work contributes to the company’s bottom line.

But you would be wrong. At least based on a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey, which found that only 47 percent of workers are able to make the connection between their day-to-day duties and how they impact the company’s financials. Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes The Best Employee Motivation Isn’t With Money

December 14, 2016

istock_000032922910_medium_150It’s that time of year again, when many managers work through the ritual of company-required employee performance appraisals and then will meet individually with each employee in January to discuss their 2016 accomplishments.

But if your budget hasn’t been increased for 2017, what can you do to motivate those on your team (and stay motivated yourself)? Try these six tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Take Time To Reflect On 2016 Before It Ends

December 7, 2016

the future looks greatThe holidays and year’s end are quickly approaching! With events and parties galore, this time of year tends to quickly pass by. So be sure you take a little time out from the holiday cheer to take inventory of your career progress in 2016. Also, start thinking about what you’d like to achieve and improve upon in 2017.

I know this is a lot to consider during the busy season, when we’d rather be sipping hot chocolate and shopping for presents! To help you start, here is a list of questions to reflect on. Read the rest of this entry »