Packing Away Your Vacation Anxiety
by Joan Lloyd

Pat worked at such a frantic pace to get ready for her vacation, she came down with the flu and spent her free time in bed.

Wally never takes more than a day or two off at a time, even though he has four weeks of vacation.

While on vacation, Paula calls in to the office at least twice a day and spends hours relaying detailed instructions to her employees.

Vacations are supposed to help you relax and forget job pressures. But getting loose ends tied up before you leave and worrying that the place will fall apart while you're away can cause the opposite reaction.

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Selling Your Company to Potential Hires

During the hiring process as you zero in on a prospective hire, it's vital that you are able to turn up the flame to bring the candidate's interest in your company to a boiling point. You know your company is a great place to work, but this has to be communicated to a candidate. Recognizing this process as a two-way street means putting on your sales hat and selling the virtues of your business to someone who you've determined would be a good fit. The object is to present your organization as an attractive destination and to convince people that they want to get onboard. Here are three methods for making potential employees want to work for you.

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Book Review

Intrinsic Motivation at Work: Building Energy and Commitment
by Kenneth W. Thomas

Figuring out what really makes workers tick is challenging enough. Knowing how to keep them motivated, committed, and fulfilled is the "Holy Grail" for managers. Motivating rationally may seem like the orderly approach, but as Intrinsic Motivation at Work argues, it often strips passion from the equation. And true motivation begins with passion. Citing tendencies to allow workers more "choice and voice," author Kenneth Thomas extols the virtues of self management. Supervisors looking for "quick fix" ways to inspire won't find them here. Those seeking to cultivate long-term, renewable motivation will find plenty of good advice in these pages.

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Q. I heard about something called a 360 degree performance review. What are those, and why would I want to do them?

A. A 360 degree performance appraisal gathers reviews from multiple reviewers. Typically you will be reviewed by your manager, your peers and also by anybody who reports to you. In this way you get a broader sense of your performance and understand how you are performing in your various roles.


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