Revamping Your Performance Management System

Companies are ditching their performance management systems and adopting completely new ideas. Adobe replaced its formalized annual appraisal with more-frequent and less-formal check-ins. Microsoft deep-sixed...

Is it Time to Close the Open Workspace?

For the last 20 years, organizations have shifted the design of workspaces toward more open plan environments that support collaboration, innovation, and creativity. “Open plan” is...

Progressive Discipline

Q: Our handbook has a brief section on discipline. A member of upper management is now asking me to draft a comprehensive progressive discipline policy....

Should You Pay Employees to Quit?

We all know the positive effects on the bottom line when a company is full of engaged employees. Productivity goes up, customer service is better,...

What’s Your Style?

Do you tend to think out loud or prefer to reflect and consider your response before speaking? Do you sometimes wish you’d not spoken so...

Micro-Learning

Technology enables organizations to market to and do business with customers all over the world. But competition is international, as well. Add to this the...

Job Descriptions – Not Just a Hiring Tool

Job descriptions can hold a dubious place in an organization’s employment scheme. Many supervisors and HR pros struggle to capture a meaningful, relevant description of...

Managing UP When Times are Tough

If you have ever had a boss, you have practiced “managing up,” whether intentionally or unintentionally. Managing up is no laughing matter, especially when your boss...

March Madness Strikes Again!

Yes, it is that time of year once again when employers can look forward to productivity shifts among their employees. The annual NCAA basketball tournament...