Tips and tricks on managing employees and growing teams.

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How to Identify Your Company's Next Generation of Leaders

When looking for your next generation of leaders, it makes sense to cultivate the widest pool you can manage. So why, when thinking about the future, do so many executives limit their options? In fact, when trying to find future leaders, companies tend to fall into three common issues:

Current leaders overvalue job performance, and undervalue character traits. Current leaders tend to promote...
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Managing a Remote Team: How to do it well

Remote teams are the future. Heck, remote teams are the present! Thanks to a host of factors — improved technology, the high cost of rent, a more globalized workforce — more and more companies are choosing a remote model.

Going remotely can pay plenty of dividends. It lets you hire the best employees, without being bound by geography, it significantly cuts down overhead, it helps employees maintain a healthier work-life balance (no commuting time!). When done well, it can...

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How to Harness Employee Competition

There’s little doubt that workplace competition can be both fun and motivating. It's a well-needed diversion from the daily grind, and when done correctly, can get employees to stretch that much further to meet their goals.

Great, right? Well, sort of.

While intra-office competition – over sales goals, customer service, or any other metric – can be a useful tool to stimulate work effort, it can also produce a host of undesired consequences. Like alienation. Or anxiety. Or unhealthy...

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How to Manage Remote Employees

Are you ready to manage dozens, or perhaps hundreds, of remote employees?

The surge in collaborative software and mobile apps have removed the barriers that previously required workers to be on premise for a typical nine-to-five workday. More employees are asking for flexible and remote work options, and more companies are offering it. Telecommuting job listings increased a solid 36% from 2014 to 2015, compared to a 26% increase from 2013 to 2014. These positions are not only...

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How to Prepare Your Managers for the New Federal Overtime Regulations

In the public relations, fashion, media, marketing and advertising industries, a culture of long hours and high expectations for junior employees is the norm. Managers of these employees are in the habit of wanting employees at their fingertips – literally – via email and text, at all hours of the day, including during “off-the-clock” hours.

But this habit could have very expensive consequences to employers when the new federal overtime rules go into effect. As of December 1, 2016, many...

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Employee Performance Reviews and the Halo Effect

There's one thing managers and employees tend to agree on — no one likes performance reviews. They are stressful. They are difficult. And both parties are often unhappy with the results (or lack thereof). Managers Lack Training

Effective performance reviews don't just appear out of thin air. It takes time and mindshare for businesses to set up systems that work well and are appreciated by their teams. This type of training, however, falls distinctly in the unbillable hours category that plagues...