How to Motivate Your Employees During the Holidays

Posted by Kathi Guiney on November 30, 2017, Management Issues | 1 Comment

December has arrived, and with it comes office holiday decorations, party plans, and visions of sugarplums dancing in just about everybody’s head. And let’s face it—the desk doldrums just can’t compete with the shiny appeal of snowflakes and tinsel. But finishing the year strong is important to any business’s productivity! So how can you keep your employees engaged during the holiday season? (more…)

The ABCs of Managing Different Personalities

Posted by Kathi Guiney on September 27, 2017, Management Issues | No Comments

The person who always has an idea. The person who shouts when they’re excited. The person who wants to lead every meeting.

Your office is a melting pot! Each person thinks, acts, and interacts with others through a predictable set of personality traits: you know them as personality types A, B, and C. Social nature, temperament, and even the jobs people enjoy all fit under these personality profiles. Managers and HR professionals who understand these personality types can adapt strategies for recruitment, management style, motivation, and job assignments, that make the most of their human resources.

To get started, let’s look at the three personality types, how to best manage them, and examples of roles well suited to each. (more…)

How to Manage an Unhappy Employee

Posted by Kathi Guiney on June 7, 2017, Management Issues | No Comments

Whether you’ve noticed the signs or they’ve flat out told you, you have an unhappy employee—and if you don’t adequately address their unhappiness, that employee will soon be reaching for the door. And you’d hate to lose what, with a little TLC, could be a top performer. So what can you do to manage an unhappy employee? (more…)

How to Spot an Unhappy Employee

Posted by Kathi Guiney on May 31, 2017, Management Issues | No Comments

You’ve had an inkling one of your employees hasn’t been happy at work. Maybe it was a comment, a look, or even a vibe, but the seed has been planted and you want to know more before scheduling a sit-down. This can be challenging, because while some employees shout their unhappiness from the rooftops, some work hard to conceal it. So what should you look for? (more…)

So Your Direct Report Is a Pain…

Posted by Kathi Guiney on March 29, 2017, Management Issues | No Comments

We know you’ve felt it—someone at work you just don’t gel with, so much that you’re barely able to stand in their presence without feeling exasperation or disgust. But what if that person reports to you and you have to manage them? How can you overcome your negative feelings for the greater good? (more…)

4 Tips for an Effective Skip-Level Meeting

Posted by Kathi Guiney on February 22, 2017, Management Issues | No Comments

As an organizational leader, it’s easy to get caught up in high-level activities and lose sight of what’s happening at the ground level. What are you missing from on high? A skip-level meeting can help you find out. (more…)

4 Skills That Will Make You a Better Manager

Posted by Kathi Guiney on February 15, 2017, Management Issues | No Comments

Promotions aren’t about seniority anymore, or even who is best at what they do! Whether you’re a manager now or you want to become one, you’ll need to develop the soft skills that make a strong leader. Working on these four critical areas will help you lead your employees to success. (more…)

Human Resources Managers’ Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Kathi Guiney on January 6, 2017, Management Issues | No Comments

Hey there, 2017! We are so happy to see you after the year many of us had. We’re grateful for this fresh start—365 blank pages to write a better story for ourselves, personally and professionally. And for those of us in Human Resources, we’re also using those pages to write better stories for our team. If you’ve already set some amazing goals for yourself, you’re halfway there! Allow us to suggest some New Year’s resolutions to improve your team’s success and stability. (more…)

The Four Hardest Human Resources Conversations

Posted by Kathi Guiney on October 12, 2016, Management Issues | No Comments

As Human Resources professionals, we are superheroes! We signed up to tackle some heavyweight tasks that impact our company and its precious human resources. We get to seek out fresh talent and develop a benefits package that encourages loyalty! We get to organize team-building events and lunchtime book clubs! But like all superhero work, it’s not always glamorous—we also get to handle grievances and performance issues, and deliver unsavory news to employees. (more…)

Bosses: Is Your Behavior Making Your Employees Quit?

Posted by Kathi Guiney on September 21, 2016, Management Issues | No Comments

In the last YES! Your Human Resources Solution blog, we taught you How to Talk About Your Bad Boss in a Job Interview. Half of us have quit a job just to get away from a boss we couldn’t handle anymore. If you’re in a supervisory role, right about now you might be thinking, Is that me? (more…)