Category Archives: Management, Supervision & Leadership

8 Simple Activities that Build Employee Engagement

Thoughtfully motivating and engaging employees takes a concerted and systemic approach throughout the organization. That said, there are also simple activities that also support employee engagement — make it a point to do one a day and you will see the benefits in both the short and long term. Say “thank you.” Be specific about…
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Connect to Engage

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As a newly-promoted leader to the position of a project manager years ago, one of the most daunting tasks that I faced was the motivation of my team members. These were my former colleagues. We worked together as peers on project teams, and my technical expertise was recognized by many of them. Rarely were my…
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Health and Wellness: Making Our Workstations Work!

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There are many ways to focus on your health and wellness at work.  One way is to make sure your space is meeting your ergonomic needs.  Many people go to work and accept their workstation as a fixed factor at work — and not something that is particularly flexible. Here are some ideas that support…
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Ergonomic Engineering: What Managers Can Do

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Many supervisors and managers recognize the benefits of ergonomic workplaces and workspaces, but feel lost about what they can do, particularly when it involves physical investments.  Here are some ideas that can go a long way in helping your employees — it often just takes a manager to advocate on their behalf. Ergonomic Workstations. My…
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Change Management for a Healthier You – Incorporating Ergonomics in the Workplace

I have a wonderful employee — Renée. Renée is bright, talented, driven and very aware of ergonomic design, given her recent surgery to address joint problems.  A few months ago, after completing an ergonomic evaluation, Renée installed a piece of software that alerts her when it is time to take a break. This helps her…
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Goal Setting Activities: From Process to Product to Outcome

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One challenge in creating goals is defining what the goal is. We generally have some sense that a goal is a future state or milestone, associated with some good thing. How do we translate that into goal statements that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely? Here’s an example. The CS Company relies on subcontractors…
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Reflecting on Resolutions: How to Achieve Your Goals

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New Year’s resolutions are – for many – a repeated annual ritual.  This year, let’s pause for a process check. How many of those resolutions have you achieved?  If you can look back on past years and name the resolutions you have successfully completed, then good for you! For many of us, however, resolutions are…
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A Goal Setting Worksheet: 9 Critical Questions

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Checklists are wonderful tools for systematically completing tasks. Filling out a familiar worksheet or answering a series of repeated questions helps train our mind to anticipate the process, making intimidating tasks more accessible. With that in mind, here are 9 critical questions to help you with achieving goals. What’s the goal? What is this goal…
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How to Say It: Phrases for a Performance Appraisal

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Performance appraisals can create stress for supervisors, particularly when you need to provide corrective feedback. Even the most experienced managers can find themselves at a loss for words during the conversation.  Here are some phrases to help engage the employee in a two-way dialogue. “The ABC Project was a key area of focus for you…
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