What are Your Wins

What are Your Wins

Manager discussion forum for comments, questions, tips and suggestions on employee management, employee motivation and performance management.. What management styles work best? 

Welcome. Introductions and Issues

Welcome. Introductions and Issues

Manager discussion forum. Greetings to all new managers, aspiring managers and those wanting to be good managers, please introduce yourself here as soon as you join. 

CONFESSION TIME: Dumbest Things I've Done at Work

CONFESSION TIME: Dumbest Things I've Done at Work

Hi, My first blog post was about how totally ignorant I was as a young manager. Please share your stories with us: What are the dumbest things you've done at work. What are the biggest mistakes you've made or what is it that you regret the most. Those and other stupid work mistakes

FUN: Dumb Things Your Staff Do

FUN: Dumb Things Your Staff Do

Tea and sympathy time. Please share those head-scratching moments with us. Those "why did you do that" employee moments. Boss frustrations etc. 

MEETINGS: Problems with meetings

MEETINGS: Problems with meetings

What are the problems you have with your meetings? What meetings aren't working or are wasting time?

CONFLICT: Your questions and comments on managing conflict in the workplace

CONFLICT: Your questions and comments on managing conflict in the workplace

Conflict in the workplace is unavoidable. Conflict is a natural consequence of people in proximity. Work stress, deadlines, conflicting priorities, different personalities can start and escalate workplace disagreements. Managers often get called in to deal with workplace squabbles. But conflict in itself isn't a bad thing - it's how it's managed that is important

HIRING: What are Your Questions, Concerns and Problems With Hiring?

HIRING: What are Your Questions, Concerns and Problems With Hiring?

Getting the right employee in the right job is the most important thing for a manager to get right. But the hiring process often fails as is evidenced by the high number of disappointing hires and new employees failing to live up to expectations. How to avoid bad hires.

COMMUNICATIONS: Problems with communications, presenting, teleconferencing, obtaining buy-in

COMMUNICATIONS: Problems with communications, presenting, teleconferencing, obtaining buy-in

Workplace communications, effective communications and presentations. Getting your message across in the office is sometimes more important than the message content. Do you suffer death by powerpoint, do you inflict this pain on others? Are you trying to work from home effectively or manage remote staff? Constantly playing voicemail tag, people not understanding your message. This topic is for you.

DISMISSALS AND LAYOFFS: Issues and problems with downsizing and restructurings

DISMISSALS AND LAYOFFS: Issues and problems with downsizing and restructurings

Dismissing staff, employee layoffs, downsizing, restructuring, redundancies, right sizing - these are all words for a very difficult time in a company. Like death and taxes, it's not a question of if but rather when. But don't let the restructuring process end up being the source of more misery and problems. What are your unique circumstances and what issues do you face doing downsizing?

TRAVEL: Forums for work travel, remote staff, dealing with different cultures

TRAVEL: Forums for work travel, remote staff, dealing with different cultures

Spend a lot of time on the road with work travel. As if work isn't hard enough already, dealing with the difficulties of foreign languages, cultures, transport, delays, power sockets, facilities makes life more challenging. Trust me I've faced my share of travel related problems. What are your challenges?

DELEGATION: Common issues on Giving staff increased responsibilities

DELEGATION: Common issues on Giving staff increased responsibilities

"If you want something done right, do it yourself" is not a sustainable business model. Do you end up doing everything, is your work load too much? Are your staff under worked? Are you the hardest worker? Do you have to check work and fix errors. Delegation is the answer to reduce your workload and to get more done in less time but not when it doesn't work and you get let down.

MANAGING & ONE-ON-ONES: How do you build good relationships with your staff?

MANAGING & ONE-ON-ONES: How do you build good relationships with your staff?

Do your employees not respect you as a manager? Worst case maybe even dislike you? Do they listen to you, do they do what you ask them to or do you have to use your authority? Do you wish you had better working relationships with your employees? This forum is for you. Also includes questions on one on ones and staff meetings.