Posts Categorized: Project Management Best Practices

Important Employee Performance Management Tasks

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When supervising employees, don’t forget these important performance management tasks: 1) Be sure to align your workers’ goals with your company’s goals. As you create SMART (specific,  measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals for your workers, be sure you align these goals with your firm’s vision and objectives. By doing so you’ll help employees understand Read more »

Developing Business Ethics in Your Employees

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As the country reels from several business scandals of the past few years, the idea of training employees in business ethics is gaining traction. The idea is to help staffers and managers examine their own ethics and come up with approaches for handling the occasional “sticky wicket” on the job. Yet to really get your Read more »

Telecommuting Better Than Working in Office

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A study conducted by Brigham Young University and published this past summer in the Journal of Family Psychology reported that employees who were able to work from home said they had a better work/life balance than their office-based colleagues — even though the telecommuters worked much longer hours. The study took a look at almost Read more »

Getting Employee Feedback

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Many companies in the United States are not taking advantage of a key resource – their employees.  A recent survey has shown that companies are not taking the time to listen to feedback or ideas from their workers. Nearly half of the companies contacted in a recent study did not use employee surveys.  Moreover, almost Read more »

Failure as a Learning Opportunity

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Companies that have recovered from major failures have learned more from the experience and have become more successful as a result, according to research from the University of Colorado Denver School of Business. The knowledge that came from success didn’t seem to carry as much weight as the knowledge that came from failure, which was Read more »

Dealing With Employee Turnover

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Retaining good employees consists of more than providing a good benefits package and high salary. It also consists of creative incentives and a positive working environment that allows the employee to feel both appreciated and a valued member of the organization. The more focus a company puts on its employees, the more success the company Read more »

Workforce Planning: What is It and Do I Need It? (Part 2)

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We gave a short primer last week on what workforce planning is. This week’s post will discuss how a company may want to implement a strategic workforce plan. Once you’ve decide you need to implement a workforce plan, you’ll need to get buy-in from your company’s executives and managers. You’ll need to present them with Read more »

Workforce Planning: What is It and Do I Need It? (Part 1)

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You may have heard of workforce planning — the process by which your company makes sure it can find the right employees when needed at anytime in the future — and wondered what it is and if your business needs it. Here’s a short primer (part 1) on strategic workforce planning that will explain this Read more »

Motivating Temporary Employees

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As a business owner or manager, you’re undoubtedly using more temporary employees at your company for both short- and long-term assignments. In addition, you very well may be using highly skilled temporary workers, such as accountants, human resource managers, even project managers, technical writers, and document control technicians. Here are some ideas to help you Read more »

Getting Employees to Set Personal Goals

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Employee accountability and empowerment are all the rage in human resources circles today. And they are good ideas. Yet how does one really get employees to set personal work goals? Here are some tips to help your employees set personal goals: Make surethe  goals your employees set are obtainable, can be measured and challenge the Read more »

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