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Fact or Fabrication? The Truth About Candidate Resumes and Interviews

Not everyone does it, but it’s a practice done by more candidates than ever. To boost their competitive edge, many job seekers have resorted to lying. They embellish their resumes, fudge on their applications and fib during interviews. What keeps the problem so prevalent is the fact that many of these deceptions go by undetected. So how do you, the hiring manager, make sure that what you see is truly what you get? The key is to understand where and how candidates misrepresent themselves and apply common-sense practices that will clarify or even weed out inaccuracies. More...

Managing and Maximizing Your Personal Productivity

Being able to effectively manage others begins with managing yourself and your own time. At times, we’re all guilty of procrastinating and devoting too much attention to lower priority tasks. Assessing your personal productivity can yield surprising findings that prompt seismic shifts in your day-to-day work routine. Empowering yourself as a manager to get optimum results is a great method of leading by example and will ultimately have positive effects on your team. Here are five tips to get you on the track to prime productivity. More...

Book Review
Leadership and the One Minute Manager:
Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership

Leadership styles vary as much as individuals and anyone in a managerial position will take something away from this brief, informative book. Blanchard explores what he terms “situational leadership” – that is, leadership that is able to adapt according to which style will be the most effective. It covers the four basic leadership styles of directing, coaching, supporting, and delegating, and reiterates one of Blanchard’s key ideas: to get the most out of employees, you do not manage them all identically.

Q: I recently had a number of employees approach me about implementing a 4/40 or compressed work week. I was wondering if you could give me an idea of the impact this type of thing has had on other companies who've implemented it and what we should watch out for if we were to try it for ourselves.

A: As you probably know, a compressed work week is an alternative to the more standard five day work week that is typified by five 8-hour shifts. One of the most common compressed work week configurations is the 4/40 that you mention. With this type of schedule, employees work 4 10-hour shifts. The number of hours worked is the same, but this allows the employee to have an additional day off. More...

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