Four Ways Bosses Cause Stress in the Workplace

I am currently working with someone that is having a “boss” problem.” I thought it might be appropriate to replay this post from several years ago. We always talk about problem employees and how to solve those issues. We don’t spend as much time talking about problem bosses unless they are violating some law such …

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From the archive: The importance of having the right supervisor

I have been receiving emails from workers who have read my blogs asking me what they can do about a horrible supervisor. That prompted this repeat of a post from 2016/ As a long time HR practitioner I have learned that most companies get in trouble not for what HR does or for what employees …

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Avoiding lawsuits is as simple as a little bit of training

An office cleaning company found out that just providing supervisors with a little bit of training would have been a much cheaper solution than paying a $16,000 settlement because of discrimination. Scoliosis gets in the way According to the EEOC a Michigan based company that provides corporate cleaning services will pay $16,000 to settle disability …

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Lack of Supervisory Training costs a company $277,565

As an HR consultant I often find that companies often provide the least amount of training to the one group of employees who most need it, supervisors. I am not talking technical skills I am talking people skills. Most people are promoted into supervisory positions because they are often technically talented. By giving them the …

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So What? Improvement through questions

I try to improve myself all the time because, frankly, I need it. For this reason I am reading Think Smarter by Michael Kallet. The subtitle of the book is Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills. It has been a thought-provoking exercise. Kallet talks about the value of asking questions. One question I …

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5 Ways to tell a new employee they need to improve

My experience has been that managers, supervisors, and HR people dread having to tell an employee that their work is not up to par or they need to improve or they need to change something that is disagreeable. Here are 5 ways to tell an employee they need to improve. Avoid it in the first …

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Three reasons supervisory training is so important

  My consulting practice is geared toward small and midsize businesses. One issue I find that is common to many of those companies is a lack of supervisory training. Of course that is unfortunately all too common with larger companies as well. We promote people to those positions often without any preparation. It is as …

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7 Reasons you have Toxic employees.

  I was reading an article on ways to lower your workplace stress, written by David Posen. Number 5 on Posen’s list was: identify problem people and deal rid of them. As he said “Abusive people wreak havoc in the workplace, keeping coworkers on edge and distracted. They kill engagement, morale and productivity.” I agree …

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Knowing Your Employees is more Important than You Think

  I have written on the importance of knowing your employees beyond their company existence. This means you know the communities the employees live in. This means you know your employees families. This means you know their wants and desires. You may ask “Why do I want to do that?” The answer lies in what …

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Why Multitasking is Bad for Productivity

  How many of us multitask our way through the day? How many of your employees do? In today’s world with all the distractions our attention is diverted with an email arriving or by a received text message. It has an effect, and not a good one. Here is why multitasking is bad for productivity. …

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