Past Issues

Management


Smart strategies: Strengthen your management with staff meetings

I sit right next to them. We don’t need to have a staff meeting.

I used to have staff meetings, but we stopped having them. Nobody had anything to talk about.

We have enough meetings. We certainly don’t need another.

For a myriad of reasons, many managers don’t hold regular staff meetings. Furthermore, most who do don’t get the most they could from them, and that’s too bad.

Good staff meetings can focus a team, energize employees and engage them in ways ad-hoc interactions don’t.

So how do you turn a halted or ho-hum approach to staff meetings into a high-functioning management tool? (more…)

Smart Strategies: How to get better rest as a busy entrepreneur

For the millions of Americans who own and operate a business, getting enough rest is an essential part of staying successful, yet it can be difficult to do.

Busy schedules mean you’re always on the run, while all the details of running a company can keep you up at night worrying and planning. Without good rest, however, you’ll suffer decreased performance and judgment, as well as a decline in your memory function. (more…)

Smart Strategies: Leadership that inspires a response

As a nurse, Elaine was a patient’s dream: Compassionate, funny, resourceful and tough, she had no trouble forging emotional connections with those under her care.

It wasn’t that she didn’t know her protocols; to the contrary, she could easily rattle off the names and recommended dosages of a wide range of medicines. It’s just that she had a heart that set her apart—for better and for worse.

You see, Elaine was an “R.” (more…)

Stop Hunting for Unicorns

The next time you’re driving around town, take a close look at all the businesses with “Now Hiring” and “Help Wanted” signs on display. The number of jobs available seems greater than the pool of candidates who can fill them. (more…)

Top 5 Mistakes When Maintaining Employee Personnel Files

As you hire employees in your company, you will end up with a significant amount of information about them. It is important to know what information should be documented and retained—and how best to handle those records. If you don’t do it right, your company may be in danger of federal or state enforcement actions and civil suits.  (more…)


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