Archives for February 2014

Need a break? Careful what you ask for …

Spring is right around the corner, right? Right?? Sure it is. So, maybe it’s time to plan a little getaway to recharge your batteries - with the higher goal of making yourself a better and more productive manager. But, researchers warn that you should really put some effort into the planning aspect of your next vacation IF you really want to relax and enjoy yourself. Studies of … [Read more...]

Write it 100 times: Good employees leave bad managers

You are probably familiar with the expression that people are only as good as the company they keep. Well, the reverse is also true. A company is only as good as the people it keeps. And while the workplace has changed dramatically in the past 50 years, this hasn’t: Good employees don’t leave companies. Good employees leave bad managers. And they probably leave them more than we care to … [Read more...]

Want to make your employees miserable?

Unfortunately, there are far too many ways for managers to make employees miserable. So says researchers Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer — she’s a Harvard business professor, he’s a psychologist — who have been studying workplace dynamics for the past 15 years. They outline their findings in a recent book, The Progress Principle. Among the things they commonly found in the workplace is … [Read more...]

Another day in paradise? It’s all in how you spin it

Let’s face it, we all spin – if just a little. If it’s already good, we put a better spin on it. If it’s bad, we spin it back to good, or as close as we can make it. We spin at work, rest, or play. It's all in how you spin it. We fine tune our communication to make things appear as we want them to be perceived, or to make our decisions seem somewhat more valuable, even when they are … [Read more...]

Who is more ethical, employees or managers?

It seems workplace misconduct is at an all-time low. Surprised? Well, at least that’s the result of a new survey from the Ethics Resource Center, a nonprofit focused on ethical standards at work. The ERC found that 41% of about 6,400 employees surveyed have actually observed misconduct first hand in the past year. That’s down from 45% from two years ago, when the survey was last … [Read more...]

Manager gives meaningful performance reviews: 1-2-3-4-5 (Circle one)

Why is it that the current, clunky version of the dreaded annual performance review has stuck around so long? You know the style: Facilitates team communication: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 (Circle one). Manager to self: Um, how about 3? You can't go wrong with average. It’s safer, right? Then, 3 it is. The lack of meaningful performance reviews is so pervasive because companies are too lazy to … [Read more...]