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8 Tips for Every First-Time Manager

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Build a Culture of Workplace Flexibility


How time flies!  Ways to build a culture of workplace flexibility. Choices in Managing Time. Flex Time and Flex Place.

Project Manager Success in the First 100 Days

Water Cooler Wisdom

Schoen and Hanford defined project management office, or PMO , as a function designed to facilitate and improve the management of projects through the application and use of PPM disciplines, such as project management and program management. Prepare Phase (Days −10 to 15).

stop setting goals you don’t actually care about, time management is ruining our lives, and more

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Over at the Fast Track by QuickBase today, I take a look at several big work-related stories in the news right now: why and how to stop setting goals you don’t actually care about, why time management is ruining our lives, and more. You can read it here. outside work habits

Microfeedback: The Future of Management

Water Cooler Wisdom

If they don’t hear from their managers frequently, they think they’re doing something wrong and quickly grow disillusioned. Nevertheless, an open door policy in which employees are invited to stop by a manager’s office for extended feedback sessions multiple times a day simply isn’t practical. Maybe once a quarter,” she said.

3 Business Tasks You Should Never Automate

Water Cooler Wisdom

Automating certain portions of your operation will save time, enhance productivity, increase profits and help create a culture in which innovation is valued. Decide on a single task that you can automate without much effort (online employee time sheets, for example). several months at a time. Take Baby Steps. These.

managing a team that resents you

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A reader writes: My manager recently announced that she had been promoted to become a director, and that her position (our department manager) was vacant and that senior management would really like to see someone from our team fill that position. I was excited at the opportunity, and of course applied (as did most people in my department).

What is Your Time Culture?

Water Cooler Wisdom

In her book  The Culture Map , global workplace expert Erin Meyer talks about one particular keynote speech she had to give to an audience in Brazil. Her remarks were slated to last 60 minutes, but the client said she could take all the time she needed. What Is Your Time Culture? Meyer didn’t quite believe him.

Let's End the Collective Death by Conference Call

Water Cooler Wisdom

Rob advises that managers can stagger invitations and plan upfront which topics will be discussed at various points in the meeting. Best Practices Communication Culture Daily Life Flexible Work Life in the 21st Century Management Productivity Project Management Time ManagementHere are his highlights.

Three Master Skills for Managers


By the time managers and small-business owners call me, they’re pretty frustrated and discouraged. They’re a good fit for their job.

manager is scaring her employees with sad Facebook posts

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want to stop the gossiping and to try to separate these posts of hers from how they view her as a manager. See if she wants time off.

my manager said I’m emasculating an employee (or how to respond to gendered feedback)

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A reader writes: I am a first-time manager, but have been with my current organization for four years. I am the only person at my level with a direct report (who started in January) and I have significant concerns about my direct report’s ability to fulfill the requirements of the job. How do I respond to gendered feedback?

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good management: finding out what's NOT getting done

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This works fine if a person’s workload is completely manageable. would love to work for a manager like you, Alison! So try it.

ask the readers: what cultural things do you need to know in a white collar environment?

Ask A Manager

For instance, Tax Nerd wrote that people who are from blue collar backgrounds often feel they have to work 8 hours at a salaried job even when it’s not busy because they’re more used to having their time managed, and that’s something I definitely do. I’m throwing this one out to readers to answer.

What Should Your Priorities Be When Becoming a CEO?

The Undercover Recruiter

His first conversation with me started with him bemoaning his time management – which always raises a flag to me. But the result?

apparently (many) outplacement firms suck — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager apparently (many) outplacement firms suck February 1, 2011 Check out this  Wall St. Service!

6 Travel Tips to Keep You Sane


Given that my work travel season is winding down, I thought I would share a few travel tips that have saved me time, over and over again. Dream.

manager who's bad at numbers is panicking over budget process

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Posted in work habits A reader writes: I am a new manager in a rather large department and am working on my budget for 2011/12. Reply Mike C.

how to fire an employee with a bad attitude — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

In general, if a manager has concerns about an employee that the employee doesn’t know about, the problem lies at least as much with the manager.

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the roots of Ask a Manager… — Ask a Manager

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Once unleashed, I apparently couldn’t stop — and Ask a Manager was born four months later. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

short answer Saturday: another job search edition — Ask a Manager

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By the way, this is the second time this has happened (different companies though). Get an Ask a Manager mug. area nonprofit manager?

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Connect on Facebook — Ask a Manager

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normally they get back to me the same day of the interview to decline but this time i have been waiting for almost 2 weeks. Whats This?

how can I avoid jobs that expect 70-hour work weeks? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager how can I avoid jobs that expect 70-hour work weeks? Get an Ask a Manager mug. Good luck!

Get an Ask a Manager mug … or mousepad!

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager Get an Ask a Manager mug … or mousepad! February 24, 2011 Ask a Manager mugs are here!

Time management is not about tasks | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk

Is this your first time here? Here’s the story. ) My grandma spent a lot of time telling me I was special. Time is not the enemy.

a few random things — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager a few random things January 14, 2011 1. refer to it all the time. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

coworkers can't see past my Russian accent — Ask a Manager

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It sounds like the OP is well beyond the “settle into a new culture&# phase. Reply Ask a Manager January 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm Me too!

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does company's silence mean I didn't get the job? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager does company’s silence mean I didn’t get the job? Get an Ask a Manager mug.

Efficiency Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Water Cooler Wisdom

And productivity is defined in economic terms as efficiency, or delivering work in a time and energy efficient manner. It’s not focused on just perfectly managed minutes of the day. They do what’s asked on time, but they don’t tinker and look for ways to challenge the status quo because that wouldn’t be efficient. percent to 1.0

Are You Ready for Life in the Swarm?

Water Cooler Wisdom

The growth of contract work and the specialization of organizations will spell the end for stable groups that work together a long time. In the near future, reporting relationships will get confusing since work will cross department and company lines and people will have an ever-changing array of formal and informal managers.

Book Review: The Three Signs of a Miserable Job | Cube Rules

Cube Rules

His books have taken a present-day theoretical look at corporate culture and presented them in an unorthodox way: by weaving the theory into a fable.

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Is Open Allocation in Your Future?

Water Cooler Wisdom

In open allocation, employees select how to spend their time and the projects on which they’ll work. In an open allocation culture, employees are accountable to the business and to their peers. Self-Directed, Self-Managed. In an open allocation scenario, teams essentially manage themselves and are only temporary. Github.

The Next Generation of Employee Monitoring

Water Cooler Wisdom

Compliance with regulations such as the Affordable Care Act now involves understanding exactly how many hours full-time and part-time employees are working so that organizations can accurately  classify  them and determine benefit eligibility. Participant productivity jumped 8.5 percent and job satisfaction climbed 3.5

my employee is on personal calls all day long — Ask a Manager

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She manages to deliver all required and assigned tasks. And don’t be this manager. Get an Ask a Manager mug. Whats This?

short answer Saturday: job search edition — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

Lots of companies keep everything electronically, so getting something by fax (or postal mail) requires extra time to integrate it with their files.

job listing asks candidates to submit a headshot — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

Posted in job searching A reader writes: I’m applying around for part-time office work. Get an Ask a Manager mug. Is it a red flag?

Could We Really Make One Day Hiring Work?

Water Cooler Wisdom

By the time your organization gets it together enough to make an offer, a top candidate has gone somewhere else.  Unemployment rates are dropping rapidly, and no one has the time to sit by the phone for months, waiting for the opportunity to interview with you for the third time. We all know that hiring takes too long.

Public Flogging of Those Who Don't Display Your Company's Values.

HR Capitalist

It's not that the values are bad (after all, who could argue with putting the value of integrity or high communication culture on the brochure?),

How to make business travel manageable | Penelope Trunk's Brazen.

Penelope Trunk

Is this your first time here? About this blog | About my company, Brazen Careerist | Penelopes guide to starting a blog How to make business travel manageable Posted to: Productivity | Self-management November 11th, 2009 If I was gone all week, I take off a day from work to have extra time for my personal life.

Gen X-ers Will Have the Best Careers of Anyone

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Historically, we’ve either been ignored or called slackers by pop culture and advertisers. Meanwhile, hiring managers and recruiters are pointing to a "soft skills" gap among recent grads and championing emotional intelligence as a job skill. There's more to it than just timing. You’ve heard of Generation X.