Management and Training Articles

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    Tips for Promoting From Within

    by on February 23, 2015

    As a hiring manager or business owner, odds are good that you’ve been faced with the following situation: Should you hire an outside employee or promote someone from within? While your first thought may be to widen your job net with an online job posting, t…

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    What to Do When an Employee Asks for a Raise

    by on February 17, 2015

    As a business owner, you understand the importance of having a dedicated and talented workforce. Whether you employ one person or 20, the success of your business depends greatly on the performance of the people you hire.

    Of course, all employees want to fe…

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    3 Superior Strategies to Replace Performance Reviews

    by on February 12, 2015

    My prior post pointed out the pitfalls of annual performance reviews and how they don’t actually increase performance. So the question becomes: What should replace them?

    Although I will attempt to provide a superior replacement, I think the premise of the…

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    How to Measure and Increase Employee Productivity

    by on February 3, 2015

    Employee salaries are often a significant portion of small-business owners’ operating expenses, and that makes it even more important to keep track of your workers’ productivity. In addition, by measuring employee productivity, you’ll be able to get a handle o…

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    The Complete Guide to Employee Discipline

    by on January 30, 2015

    When an employee’s unsatisfactory performance or behavior calls for corrective discipline, small business owners don’t always have a Human Resources department to lean on for guidance.
    It is therefore essential for supervisors at small comp…

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    How to Handle Employee Complaints and Grievances

    by on January 30, 2015

    Every employer hopes that their employees are always happy and satisfied with their work and working conditions. But in spite of your best intentions and preparation, employees may have an occasional concern or complaint that they would lik…

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    Do Performance Reviews Matter? Appraising Performance Appraisals

    by on January 30, 2015

    Appraisal is not the system that drives pay, careers and status; it is an incidental effect of those dynamic systems. Appraisal is primarily the paper-shuffling that sanctifies decisions already made.
    ––Tom Coens and Mary Jenkins, Abolishing Performance A…

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    5 Great Apps for Managing Telecommute Workers

    by on January 20, 2015

    Telecommuting is becoming an increasingly popular option for companies of all shapes and sizes. Along with saving businesses significant money on office space, telecommuting offers a number of benefits, such as greater productivity, reduced overhead and lower …

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