The guilt around vacation time

Americans are work-aholics. It’s proven in study after study. We are a dedicated bunch of people committed to productivity and achievement at our careers. I take pride in my work and many of you do too! But time is ticking in this calendar year to take time off. Don’t feel guilty about vacation time. Use […]

Motivation killers – Are you this manager? 

I am one of those employees who’s a great asset to the business I support. I work hard. I try my hardest to be a good manager. I make every effort to be accurate with my work. Because of those things I sometimes lose my motivation. I feel under appreciated. Misunderstood. Frustrated. Worst of all, […]

Employment concerns – Some? None? Or All of the Above? 

Recently I met with a client who said he needed a quick review of his handbook. As this is the typical first step in getting to know a new client, I was happy to take on his request. His company had a great handbook! It was updated fairly recently and seemed to reflect everything he […]

Pro-vacation managers are part of the Culture Puzzle. 

Take vacations! Disconnect!  Those words are not often said on corporate America. Badges of honor are more often given for working long hours and saving vacation time for year end payouts or rolling over time until retirement. This article from Harvard Business Review shows how encouraging employees to take time away from work can help […]

Catching up with your team

I’m curious – Is your year going well? How are your team members performing? The middle of the year is a good time to catch up with your team members on performance. Here are some topics for you to include in your discussions: If you set annual goals, talk with your team members about the […]

Compensation Strategy – A piece of the Culture Puzzle

Compensation challenges are some of the most difficult to sort out at a company. Let’s face it, pay is the reason most people work so it’s a personal thing to your employees. This time of the year many companies are thinking about annual raises – who gets them, why should employees receive increases, “Oh my […]

Performance management – the tough talks

You’ve decided that this year is the year. This is the year you’re going to incorporate performance discussions into the cadence of your team. Congratulations! You’ve just endeavored to show interest in your team members, support them with achieving their goals (and by the way – your goals too!) and you’re committing to fill in […]

Performance management – preparation is key

Tell me if you have experienced this before … You are sitting at your desk, let’s say around lunch time. Your manager swings by and says, “Hey, Bob, do you have time to talk about your performance in the last six months?” Choking on your tuna fish sandwich you think, Um, no! But you say […]