Management Skills: Productivity in the Workplace

Written by Dina Giolitto

Most people just want to be appreciated. If you're a manager, that's something to seriously think about as you setrepparttar tone for maximum productivity.

Ever work for someone who preferred a 'bullying and intimidation' managerial style? This type of bullying doesn't involve spitballs and shiners inrepparttar 138430 schoolyard, but it might as well because it producesrepparttar 138431 same feelings of inferiority, worthlessness and mistrust among peers. It turns workers disloyal, dishonest, and downright disgusted. The bullying managerial style is way out of fashion, and for a reason: it doesn't work! What DOES work? Positive reinforcement. Why? When you reward your workers, they perform better.

Ever notice how every big company works in 'teams' these days? The notion ofrepparttar 138432 corporate team model was dreamed up by someone who realized that all folks really want is to be appreciated for their talent and ability. If you team up four or five well-selected people, each with a unique, highly-developed skill; cheer them on and reward them for all their accomplishments... what you're going to get is some jacked-up productivity and a stellar team that will follow you torepparttar 138433 ends ofrepparttar 138434 earth.

What are some ways to let your team members know how much they're valued; and in doing so, spur them on to success?

Accentuaterepparttar 138435 positive. Is there a way that you can put a positive spin on a negative criticism? As a manager, this is such an important skill. Let's sayrepparttar 138436 writer you recently brought on board isn't 'catching on' torepparttar 138437 company's prescribed way of creating headlines. You may feel frustrated and tempted to chastise this person, but what will a thoughtless reprimand do for her productivity inrepparttar 138438 long run? Instead, soften your critique and infuse it with a positive message, maybe something like, "You did a great job catching all of those typos but I'd love for you to give me a couple more headline options before we hand this in." Tread lightly on those fragile young egos; pride is such a delicate thing!

Openrepparttar 138439 lines of communication. As a manager, you're busy dealing with people onrepparttar 138440 outside, which means you may not always be aware of what goes on behindrepparttar 138441 scenes. Encourage group discussions where your workers can air their grievances. When there's a conflict, let your employees hash it out while you act asrepparttar 138442 calm and rational mediator. Sometimes all it takes is a few words hittingrepparttar 138443 air to clear up a misunderstanding. If you give your people a little more control andrepparttar 138444 benefit ofrepparttar 138445 doubt, they'll feel appreciated, depended on, and willing to go that extra mile.

Always play fair. A biased judge can't make objective decisions forrepparttar 138446 good ofrepparttar 138447 group. You may feel more personally connected to one team member over another, but how is that relevant torepparttar 138448 job at hand? It isn't! Just because you were chumming around onrepparttar 138449 golf course with Chad last week doesn't mean his poor performance should go unnoticed at review time. And even though Nerdy Nancy says things at lunch that make you cringe, it doesn't give yourepparttar 138450 right to criticize her onrepparttar 138451 job when she's doing everything correctly. If you show favoritism, your workers WILL notice... and this will make them feel EXTREMELY unappreciated. So play fair, coach!

Job Search Tip for College Students

Written by Bill Dunigan

Job Search Tip for College Students

Bill Dunigan

Today everyone is looking for that special job that will suit their exact needs. In this day and age we all have circumstances, situations, obligations, etc. that make demands on our time and energy. In most cases students will get a job that will give them enough money to pay forrepparttar fuel for their car and a few nights out, assuming they even have a night off.

Why should any student who is studying hard and working hard, and building up a huge debt inrepparttar 138429 process, spend what little available time they have left slaving away for someone else with minimal payback? The answer is simple. That'srepparttar 138430 way it has always been. Employers know that they can get cheap labor that can add and subtract, converse if necessary, sell, stock, clean, and on and on for very little pay or benefits. This is becauserepparttar 138431 jobs that pay more and offer more are only available to someone they think will stay with them for a while and not be a transient for just a few months.

However, today there is a way around this dilemma faced by thousands of students everywhere. It really is possible to makerepparttar 138432 money they need, have time to study, develop a social life, and atrepparttar 138433 same time build something for their future. That last one is something they can't even begin to think about in their current job situations.

OK, so just what is this super magical answer you ask. Well it's nothing that new or different. It simply isn't usually thought of as an answer for students. However, I believe that it is perfectly suited forrepparttar 138434 situation. Students who are reliable, honest, and serious arerepparttar 138435 very ones who are geared up and ready to takerepparttar 138436 initiative of settingrepparttar 138437 wheels of their future in motion while taking care of today's needs. They are already multitasking on a daily basis.

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