Letter From the Editors
Welcome to the first edition of The Manager's Minute!
We know March can be a rough month to be a manager. The weather is starting to improve and spring fever is setting in — and when people start to feel cooped up, it’s easy to become restless and tempers can be short! But spring is also a time of fresh beginnings — which makes it a great time to revitalize your team and renew your own commitment to excellence.
In the spirit of spring, this issue focuses not only on techniques for keeping the workplace calm and running smoothly, but on creating new goals, incentives, and motivations for your team. Have a great — and productive — month!
Tracy Benbrook & Brian Frederick
Many companies have been hit hard by these economic times — and as a manager, you know how rough it can be for your team’s morale to find out that benefits are being cut, salaries frozen, or even that some positions may be in jeopardy. read more
Creating a Highly Motivated
and Productive Team
As a manager of a team, you know how important it is that the individuals on the team are all motivated, involved, and productive. But no matter how great the people you hire, outside factors can create obstacles — and it’s up to you to help resolve them! Let’s look at some steps you need to take if you want your employees to give it their all, all the time. read more
Conflict in the Workplace
Conflict is an unwanted but inevitable occurrence in most organizations. When you bring together people with different personalities and value systems, personality clashes are bound to arise. And it’s your job as a manager to smooth over these rough patches and ensure that teamwork isn’t affected by personal spats.
Crossing the Generation Gap
Once upon a time, the oldest employees in any organization were the executives. The management team was slightly younger than them, the team leads even younger, and so on and so forth until you reached the bottom of the ladder, where the new graduates, the youngest people in the company, were lodged. When this was the case, generational differences weren’t very noticeable, because each person’s boss was only a few years older than his or her team. But it’s not so anymore. read more
Question of the Month:
Dynamic Delegation Tip:
What’s the strangest excuse an employee has given for an unexpected day off?
Please share now.
Always delegate to the lowest level of competence! It may initially take a little longer, but you won’t risk wasting the time and resources of your most experienced employees — and you’ll help the rest of your staff grow.
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“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.”
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