People Skills

Here is a real-life list of actual assignments that bosses have dumped on their workers, according to employees surveyed by CareerBuilder.com.
You can steer others to offer the responses you want by “framing” the questions you pose. Use one of these tactics the next time you’re asking for a “Yes” or other positive reply.
Open offices are all the rage these days and while they have their advantages, they also cause employees plenty of stress and can make it hard to focus. Heidi Hanna, a fellow with the American Institute of Stress, offers solutions to four common open-office irritations.

Keep a remote team on the same page

June 11, 2013 Categorized in: SupervisingTeamwork

If your team isn’t sitting in the same office or even the same state, you may need some new management prac­­tices to keep things running smoothly. Try these tips from Travefy co-founder David Donner Chait.
If your job squares with the Pareto Principle, 80 percent of the results come from 20 percent of your work. So, you’re probably investing much of your time on assignments that yield little return.
A lunch invitation from an executive can be nerve-wracking, but it’s also a great opportunity to connect with and impress someone who could have a major effect on your career. Some tips from self-improvement guru Molly Ford:
Bad news for Brooks Brothers and Ann Taylor: Traditional business attire takes a back rack these days. Comfortable and casual are the watchwords for workplace fashion.
It’s easy to get emotional when a bank makes a mistake and money is at stake, but experts interviewed by personal finance reporter Daniel Bortz say you’re more likely to get your way if you take a measured approach to addressing the issue.
AVG Technologies Digital Diaries project looks at how social networks affect people’s work lives. A study re­­leased as part of the project included 4,000 people in 10 countries and found that more than half felt that workplace privacy has decreased with the pro­­liferation of social media networks.

Do you trust your co-workers?

April 22, 2013 Categorized in: Teamwork

U.S. workers may not trust their boss, but they do trust their colleagues, according to a survey of 475 workers by consultant Lee Hecht Harrison.
While it could be bad for your career to point out every misstep your boss makes, you’re more likely to get a boost if you can kindly communicate constructive criticism when he really needs it, says writer and entrepreneur Jennifer Winter. She offers three tips to help you make sure any feedback you offer your boss is both diplomatic and productive.

Fly in formation

March 28, 2013 Categorized in: Featured ArticleTeamwork

Raising teamwork to the next level doesn’t mean you must hire team-building consultants and send employees on Outward Bound. Take these simpler steps.

Is your team ideal?

March 20, 2013 Categorized in: Featured ArticleSupervisingTeamwork

More is definitely not merrier when it comes to the ideal team. That’s according to researchers who study well-functioning ones.