Archive for the ‘ Employee Management ’ Category

Managing Employees Poorly

Most medical professionals receive training in emergency first aid.  Not only do they receive training during school they need to receive continued training every 2-3 years by attending a course and taking a test to receive their emergency first aid card. Not much has changed in the course for years, but the need to have […]

Be More Optimistic

If you asked 100 people if they would like to be happy at work what do you think they would say? I am sure they would love to be happy every day at work. I try to promote happiness each day at the office. If I had to work in a place or for people […]

The Goal is What?

I was reading a supervisor’s guide by Skillpath Publications the other day and found some good advice in a chapter called “How to achieve goals and improve quality.” It stated that many companies have slogans throughout their building about “Doing it right the first time,” Strive to be error free,” and “Make customers loyal.” Posters […]

Terminating Employees Is Never Fun

Recently I had to terminate a couple of employees. This is definitely not my favorite managerial task to do. When I was a younger manager and had to do this task I would get very upset and flustered, which hindered my communication.  I worried that there would be confrontation and I would be nervous, which […]

Who Makes You Look Great?

I posted this story about Charles Plumb’s parachute a long time ago, but felt it was worth repeating as a reminder that it is not us alone that makes our office, department or business a great one.  Say, thank you today to those who have worked alongside you all week-long. As a business owner, manager or […]

When An Employee Turns Out Bad

Have you ever thought you had hired the right employee for the job only to find out as time went by that this great employee has turned out to be not so great? Did you actually hire the wrong person for the job?  Did they do such a good job of fooling you during the […]

Too Many Office Policies “What a Scary Thought!”

How do you create operational policies that everyone will be willing to follow? Many offices that I have worked with have had an office policy manual that would take a year to read through. I have always been of the thought that a business can run successfully with having only a few good company polices […]

Seeking Employee Opinions

Having worked in a management position for almost two decades I have had the opportunity to learn and grow right along with my co-workers. At times it has been hard when I have had to say, “I am sorry, I made a mistake,” or “I don’t know what is the best thing to do.”  Yet […]

Team Building Strategies

Great workplace teams do not just happen even when you have hired the best people to be on the team.  Great teams are built over time.  It takes the people on the team time to get to know and trust each other.  They need to be able to understand who each team member is and […]

Search, Expectation & Opportunity

SEO… Search, Expect, Opportunity… So often we spend much of our time thinking about us, the way things are affecting us, and what we want to happen. What if we each took today, just to look at those we spend time with and admire something about them.  If you search I am sure you will […]