When Management Feels Their Role is Overlooked

I recently spoke with someone who made a very telling statement: "Management has the hardest role within an organization." It was an interesting observation. It's usually said that the high-level, C-suites have the toughest job, as they are steering the ship. In retrospect, those in managerial levels are tasked with ensuring the engine is running, …

Keeping Employees Motivated Throughout the Week

The job of a leader is to keep workflow processes moving so that organizational goals are achieved. But an important function of this role is to nurture the people who perform this week. A challenge becomes keeping these workers motivated as the week moves on to the end of that week: Monday brings a high; …

Clarifying Work Goals for High Productivity

Goals are a daily fact of life, both personally and professionally. Ensuring that goals are given well and then understood will lead to higher productivity and engagement of them. How can you, as a manager, know that you were clear when conveying them? employees get down to business and work easily employees are happily doing …

Can a “Bad” Manager Turn Things Around?

I came across a quote today that gave pause: "A bad manager can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation." (author unknown) Bad managers, unfortunately, exist in all industries and at all levels. What happens that someone becomes bad at leading people, …

Leaders: Creating a Happier Workplace Culture

We all want to be happy; however, many struggle with maintaining this state. No truer is this statement than in the workplace where many drudge along and don't seem to find any positives in their work environment. Workers want to go to an organization that is relaxed, fun, open, i.e happy. They don't want to …

The Highest Rated Skill Organizations Want You to Have Today

If you've been following the news (or my blog), you've no undoubtedly been seeing that leaders want workers who possess specific job skills, and that is what hiring isĀ  all about these days. But, I think the important skills get overlooked, particularly the soft - or people- skills; you can possess great technical skills but …

How to Career Path Employees Who Don’t Want Upward Mobility

Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of career pathing and how it helps with employee engagement, and as a strategy in succession planning. It's the way to identify high potentials and filling leadership positions that open up as Baby Boomers leave the organization. But, I also mentioned that not everyone wants to move up the …

The Perils of Blocking a Worker’s Job Movement Within the Organization

The question of the day: is it a wise decision for a manager to block, or prevent, a worker from making a job move within the organization? This can be answered from different perspectives, both pro and con. But the real question is, what is the long-term effect this will have on the worker in …