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8 Tips for Every First-Time Manager

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The post 8 Tips for Every First-Time Manager appeared first on Ms. Being a first-time manager is exciting and scary. As a first-time manager, you alienate yourself from your employees when you don’t put yourself in their shoes. Work first-time manager

Build a Culture of Workplace Flexibility

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How time flies! The Society for Human Resources Management created a guidebook for understanding workplace flexibility, or “workflex” (as coined by SHRM), called Workflex: The Essential Guide to Effective and Flexible Workplaces. 7 Ways to build a culture of workplace flexibility.

Project Manager Success in the First 100 Days

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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. Determine that the PMO can (mostly) meet these expectations inside the current culture, its proposed organizational location, and the political climate and organizational maturity.

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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 may also like: can I improve our office culture with games and cook-outs? stop setting goals you don’t actually care about, time management is ruining our lives, and more was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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. Why can’t the idea of microfeedback be extended to performance management? Imagine that your direct report gives a status update in the departmental meeting for the first time.

3 Business Tasks You Should Never Automate

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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). staff can now manage 10 per hour instead of five, that’s likely a. software tools to make your bookkeeping and financial management easier. several months at a time.

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’ve worked on some very complicated projects and senior management felt that the type of work I’m doing is the type of work they want to see, so they thought I should lead the team through these changes. good management

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. Meyer took 65 minutes to give her Brazilian speech and had a great time responding to questions from an appreciative audience. What Is Your Time Culture?

Three Master Skills for Managers

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By the time managers and small-business owners call me, they’re pretty frustrated and discouraged. While each struggle is unique, there are three skills that every new and seasoned manager can fine-tune for better results: Take decisive action.

Let's End the Collective Death by Conference Call

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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 ManagementAccording to new InterCall research on workplace conference call behavior, 82 percent of employees admitted to focusing on other work or non-work distractions while on a call.

manager is scaring her employees with sad Facebook posts

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager manager is scaring her employees with sad Facebook posts March 3, 2011 A reader writes: I own a small business and one of my managers is Facebook friends with me and all her staff members. See if she wants time off.

good management: finding out what's NOT getting done

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager good management: finding out what’s NOT getting done March 28, 2011 Someone told me recently that I was his only manager who ever asked him to specifically report on what he wasn’t getting done. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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. However, he is concerned that because I am very good at my job, I may be emasculating my direct report (I am a female manager, with a male director and male direct report). I’ve done that once to my director via a former female manager who then called him out on it.

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

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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. A reader asks: Thank you for writing this amazing blog.

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. I genuinely believe people blame time management, when the management of time is not the issue.

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. Reply Ask a Manager February 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm Right, you don’t want someone who sucked at hiring. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager manager who’s bad at numbers is panicking over budget process March 31, 2011 A reader writes: I am a new manager in a rather large department and am working on my budget for 2011/12. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager how to fire an employee with a bad attitude January 3, 2011 A reader writes: I have an employee who has been doing her job OK but has a bad attitude and is dragging everyone down. Reply Ask a Manager January 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm I so agree!

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the roots of Ask a Manager… — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager the roots of Ask a Manager… January 24, 2011 Just came across this and thought you guys might find it interesting. Once unleashed, I apparently couldn’t stop — and Ask a Manager was born four months later.

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

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager short answer Saturday: another job search edition January 29, 2011 We did a job search edition of short answer Saturday last week , but the questions keep piling up so here’s another one. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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. Reply Ask a Manager January 26, 2011 at 11:37 am Weirdly, it never occurred to me to put AAM on Facebook until last night. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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? And my entire team of about 30 works those hours so it’s not poor time management on my part. Say something like this: “What are typical hours in your culture?

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! Posted in Uncategorized Ask a Manager mugs are here! Reply Ask a Manager February 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm Done!

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. If you want to nominate Ask a Manager for about.com’s Reader’s Choice Award (in the career resource website category), you can do so here. I refer to it all the time.

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

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Is this your first time here? About this blog | About my company, Brazen Careerist | Penelopes guide to starting a blog Time management is not about tasks Posted to: Management | Time management September 17th, 2010 Del.icio.us It’s just time.

6 Travel Tips to Keep You Sane

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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. Travel time management tips that really work and are practical are hard to come by. Check flight times and reservations 24 hours in advance.

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

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager coworkers can’t see past my Russian accent January 14, 2011 A reader writes: I come from eastern Europe, specifically from Russia. It sounds like the OP is well beyond the “settle into a new culture&# phase.

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? I responded by emailing the hiring manager, politely reiterating my interest in the position: nothing. By that time I already had two other (better) job offers.

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

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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. While the orientation is for managers, I think the stronger lessons are for employees. The management challenge.

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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. You won’t always understand the culture or perspective your new colleagues are coming from.

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. Attitude & Motivation Best Practices Creativity & Innovation Culture Current Affairs Life in the 21st Century Productivity Time Management

Is Open Allocation in Your Future?

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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. As long as they can show that they’re contributing value, they can switch assignments whenever they want – there are no  managers  or rules about headcount to hold them back. Self-Directed, Self-Managed. Github. Gore & Associates. Treehouse. Valve.

The Next Generation of Employee Monitoring

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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. Telematics is essentially hardware and software that facilitates real-time employee monitoring. Communication Culture Current Affairs HR Issues Life in the 21st Century Management Technology Time Management

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

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager my employee is on personal calls all day long January 18, 2011 A reader writes: I have an employee who is always on personal calls. She manages to deliver all required and assigned tasks. And don’t be this manager.

short answer Saturday: job search edition — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager short answer Saturday: job search edition January 22, 2011 It’s short answer Saturday: six short answers to six short questions. I emailed him back thanking him for the time and asked for feedback. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager job listing asks candidates to submit a headshot February 1, 2011 A reader writes: I’m applying around for part-time office work. Posted in job searching A reader writes: I’m applying around for part-time office work.

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.  First, a great deal of assessment and vetting of the candidate must take place before the day in question so that you can ensure he is a good fit skills and culture wise.

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?), You're promoting values that aren't real inside your culture, or. Read on: "soft culture matters as much as hard numbers.

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 Del.icio.us I know I want to spend time with the Farmer , spend time with the kids , be around for dinner invitations , and tooth-fairy moments. If I was gone all week, I take off a day from work to have extra time for my personal life.

what should a resignation letter say? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager what should a resignation letter say? I’ve written them before and it’s easy when it’s a simple reason for leaving – but it’s a little complicated this time. Reply Ask a Manager January 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm Yes!