As a manager one of the best tools you can use is a to-do list. A list of any task, objectives and goals you need to prioritize and complete. They help keep your management tasks organized and on track.
Humans are visual creatures so it is not surprising that we use so many visual tools to communicate with. One of the best visual tools in your office is a dry erase … [Read More...]
Do you have social loafers? People who come into work each day and hook up with their friends to chat about what they did last night or over the weekend? Social loafing in the workplace is a problem that can spread and will eat away at the morale of your productive employees.
The concept of social loafing in the psychological world is when a couple of team members do all … [Read More...]
eBooks have become very popular with devices such as the Kindle and the new iPad. You can get applications for your smart phone to read PDF files and eBooks from most popular book sites. There ia a large choice of eBooks and many are free.
Amazon has a collection of free eBooks for their Kindle reader so be sure and check their site. You don’t have to buy a Kindle to read … [Read More...]
Have you ever wondered how your salary ranks among fellow professionals in your area? Robert Half Technology has added a salary calculator for information technology professionals. Knowing the average starting salary and salary range for a specific position is useful information.
Enter your zip code, select your area of IT, then select professionals to find salary data for … [Read More...]
As managers we must deal with a lot of paperwork and information from a variety of sources. Without a good information management system you can have a hard time finding something when you need it. The system detailed here will take all the data on a specific subject and put it in one easy to reach and portable place.
Project meetings, staff meetings, vendor meetings. Think … [Read More...]
To reach your goals or your vision of success you need to get people onboard your bus, not run them over on the way. Don’t be so hard-charging that you actually run over your employees and colleagues on the way to your destination.
In the movie “Speed” they could not slow down or the bus would blow up. If you are a motivated and driven manager or leader you may feel this … [Read More...]
One of the best ways to develop your rising employees is to delegate tasks that will improve them. They benefit from learning new skills and overcoming a challenging task. You benefit from an improved employee who can help you with your own workload and further the career of a rising star.
One of your goals as a manager is to develop your rising stars. You can delegate … [Read More...]
Stress at work is a killer. Many studies have shown stress can have a detrimental affect on your health. When you are stressed at work you are less productive and more likely to make mistakes. Stress can't be eliminated, but it can be controlled. Learning what causes and stress management is the key.
The main causes of stress are work, home, and personal problems. Some … [Read More...]
Do you feel your work has taken over your life? Work can seem like a giant time sucking machine that will take as much time as you give it. There is always something to do and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done.
Learning to manage your time, set your priorities and set limits on what you take on can help you get back to a reasonable work-life balance. … [Read More...]
To-do lists, task list, don’t forget lists. We all use lists of some type to remind us and organize our tasks. Learning how to create and better use these lists will make them more usable to us and more efficient to create.
Gina Trapani author and founding editor of Lifehacker wrote an excellent article for Fast Company. Work Smart: How to Write a To-Do List first shows you … [Read More...]
A 5S System is a low-cost system that is easy to put in place and has many benefits to your company or department. If you have thought of implementing a 5S System Spring is the perfect time. Everyone is used to “spring cleaning” so the mindset is already in place.
Start by doing Gemba Walk to see how people work and obvious areas for improvement. Kaizen is about daily … [Read More...]