Ten Tips for Managers, from Managers

Managers are often looked upon for advice, which is completely understandable - they got to where they are now because they were able to prove that they have the skills, experience and talent to lead and mentor others. The question is, who can managers turn to when they need tips on how to consistently deliver the results that are expected from them? There are many resources out there, but when it comes to providing insights that have both experience and empathy, few beat those who have been there and done that - and are still going strong.

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Keeping Your Workforce Engaged

No matter what size or how dispersed your workforce is, you want your workers to be engaged and productive. Keeping your employees focused and motivated may not be written into your job description, but it is an essential ingredient to your success as a manager. When you manage to keep your employees engaged, you are giving them the best opportunity you can — the opportunity to prosper and succeed. Here are concrete things you can do to give workers that chance.

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Book Review

365 Ways to Motivate and Reward Your Employees Every Day: With Little or No Money
by Dianna Podmoroff

Looking for inexpensive ways to reward your employees and keep them engaged and happy? Here are scores of novel suggestions for improving morale and increasing productivity. 365 Ways... is a great tool to have in your kit if you are a manager trying to build a challenging, gratifying work environment. It offers more than a cursory look at what motivates various professionals by delving into both the ways and whys of boosting morale and creating meaningful incentives.

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Q. We have an employee who simply won't dress appropriately. Her work is acceptable outside of that, but the clothing issue is disrespectful and intolerable to me. What can we do about it?

A. First, your dress code requirements should be clearly articulated in your employee manual. Make sure that the employee has a copy of that and understands what is required of them. With something like clothing, you may also need to provide examples of what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. It's possible that the employee believes that what they are wearing is in fact office appropriate.


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