8 Tips for Every First-Time Manager

Ms. Career Girl

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


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.

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

Ask A Manager

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.

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

Beware of Interview Liars: A Warning

Ms. Career Girl

I would be a leader who built out a department, launched the company into new markets and eventually oversaw several managers. You can’t possibly expect me to believe that the leadership team didn’t realize times were tough before they hired people.

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?

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.

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 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.

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

Three Master Skills for Managers


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.

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.

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

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

Penelope Trunk

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.

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

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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

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.

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. 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

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. 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.

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.

Gen X-ers Will Have the Best Careers of Anyone

Water Cooler Wisdom

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. I got into Northwestern University despite far-from-perfect SAT scores and missing the valedictorian spot by one grade. If I were a millennial, I would have had much longer odds.

Succeed in Doing What is Necessary: There is No Try


Too little time to do it all in. There are millions of time management tips we can read, review, and try to follow, but it all comes down to sheer will and follow-through. Determine to make a difference every day. I finished my day yesterday unfinished.

3 Ways To Decide If The Position Is Right For You

Career Realism

Any job is better than no job, and that is especially true if you are managing a ton of debt from going to school and getting your degree in these times of high tuition rates. Will there be room for advancement over time? Time Management: 4 Keys To Avoiding Work-Related Stress.

The Magic of Working from Home

Ms. Career Girl

But when you’re connected to your coworkers via Skype and you all live in different time zones, you have to learn to communicate in a new way. The post The Magic of Working from Home appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. You've heard about working from home. You even know some people who do it.

Is America Getting Killed by Overwork?

Water Cooler Wisdom

We take our devices to bed so that they can interfere with our sleep and relaxation time. As a culture, we don’t leave the office while the sun is still up, we don’t take extended leave for any reason, and it’s just fine if work interferes with our personal lives. Attitude & Motivation Best Practices Current Affairs Daily Life Flexible Work HR Issues Life in the 21st Century Productivity Technology Time Management Troubleshooting

3-rules for the 10-best of anything

Cube Rules

3-rules for the 10-best of anything Written by Scot Herrick on October 9, 2007 in Task Management 0 Comments - Leave a comment! How the “right&# way to do career management is this and the “right&# way to do time management is that…but none of the articles out there agree on the same 10-things to make your life more productive? The management challenge.

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.

Time Is Life

Learning Voyager

with Phil Gerbyshak Management Craft Manager Tools Mass Bay ODLG McArthurs Rant - Human Resources, Organisations and HR 2.0 Cognitive Dissonance Designing a Positive Workplace Culture On 9/11. For me, there is no better opening thought for a Time Management seminar.

Tips and Tools for Virtual Collaboration

Ms. Career Girl

Use a Project Management Interface. However, you can make everything much simpler for everyone by using a project management tool that allows you to set milestones, assign tasks and give due dates everyone can see — not just the people working on a certain task.

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How To Look For A Company’s Employer Brand

Career Realism

Since 1997, when Tom Peters first introduced the concept of brand management for individuals, we have known that we should take responsibility for the way we present our individual brands to the world, both in person and online. Time Management: 4 Keys To Avoiding Work-Related Stress.

How Career Changers Can Identify Transferable Skills

Career Realism

For example: As a sous-chef, Jon was responsible for prepping the kitchen, managing inventory, and supervising the kitchen staff, among other things. Time Management. Project Management. Budget Management. Doing so may help prospective employers see him as a potential future manager. Looking at her experience traveling, she has found the following transferable skills: Budget Management. Cultural Awareness. Time Management.

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Book Review: A Vigorous Mind, by Ingrid E. Cummings - life@work


A Few Career Blogs Worth Your Time Bailey Work Play Career Hub CareerDiva Dan Erwin Blog Escape from Cubicle Nation Pongo Resume Susan Strayer The M.A.P. This truth operates as a confession because I know I live in a culture that educates, values, and demands specialists.

3 reasons workplace negotiations fall apart

Cube Rules

People feel pressured by management. This happens all the time. Management is on the call, looking for you to say everything is okay and ready to go. Here is where your company culture makes all the difference to your answer and determines if you agree or not.

It’s your life. It’s your career. Stop apologizing.

Write Solution

Three times this week, (and it’s only Wednesday), I’ve had clients say to me, “If only I’d …”, or “How am I going to explain this gap in employment?”, He made astute investments and managed his money wisely.

Why SMART Goals Are Sometimes Dumb


If you’ve ever been to a leadership workshop or time-management seminar, chances are you’ve heard all about goal setting. And along with goal setting comes the sacred cow of today’s work culture: SMART goals! Now you’re wasting time AND resources.

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Six (FREE) Apps Every College Student Should Download

Resume Bear

Use your available time wisely, with apps that help you effortlessly stay organized, up to date, and prepare you for the future. This app is an all-in-one schedule, time management tool, and planner that helps manage your to-do lists. Other cool features: IPQ’s index allows you to easily review questions that you feel may stump you (such as “Describe a time…” or “Do you think…” questions) and allows questions for a quick and easy way to find the help you need.

7 Ways NOT to Impress Your Boss

The Undercover Recruiter

Take a moment to think back to the last time you spoke to your supervisor directly or did something that received a high level of recognition. It might be time to boost your self-awareness and reevaluate your actions in the workplace. Career Management boss impress Promotion

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

Ask A Manager

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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40 Best Career Counselor Blogs for the Brand New Graduate

Resume Bear

Transitioning from college into full-time work is rarely an easy journey. There’s a lot to learn about office culture, time management, keeping jobs and even about what you really want out of a career. Recommended Post: “ Six steps for first-time job hunters.&#.

New Year’s Resolutions For Job Seekers [Top 10]

The Undercover Recruiter

What better time than now to start making your resolutions? By spending some time focused on exactly what you want to get out of your job search, you’ll avoid taking the wrong job and getting stuck on a career path which doesn’t fulfill you. 7) Focus on Time Management.

How to handle those tough interview questions

Mildred Talabi

Tough interview question 2: “Tell me about a time you faced conflict in the workplace…”. Tough interview question 3: “Tell me about a time you failed at something on the job…”. It taught me a valuable lesson about time management and organisation, and I haven’t had an issue since.”.