Nuts-and-Bolts: Feedback – Effective or Inefficient?

We recently discussed the topic of feedback and outlined some of the basics regarding the importance of providing feedback that aligns with the goals of the individual and the organization. As feedback can often have negative connotations and can be associated with nonconstructive criticism, it is important to learn how to give feedback in an efficient and effective manner that best benefits both the employer and the employee.  (more…)

Horrible Bosses – The Bad, The Ugly, The Terrible

Whether we are talking about terrible managers from the popular sitcom The Office, the pointy-haired inept manager in Dilbert, or Bill Lumbergh from Office Space, horrible bosses have been portrayed in entertainment for years. It’s not so fun when we experience them in real life. Horrible bosses are the ones who nitpick and yell, who are disengaged and inattentive, and who make their employees and coworkers feel unappreciated and disrespected. Bad managers not only affect everyone around them, but the organization as a whole. Mismanaging employees can lead to a loss in productivity, a decrease in morale, and can increase turnover rates. (more…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: EEO Reporting – Who, What, and When

September 30th is just around the corner, which means for many of us that it is time to start gathering the information needed for annual EEO-1 reporting. The EEO-1 Report is a compliance survey that is mandated by federal regulations and statutes. Some of the most frequent questions asked pertaining to EEO-1 reporting include: Who needs to file; What do you need to report and why; and, When do you have to do all of this?


Boost Your Happiness with 5 Easy Tricks!

We all have off days. As we discussed in a previous article, “Check Eeyore at the Door,” there are a number of ways to ensure that your off days don’t negatively affect your work environment. These methods included: Understanding the Outcome of Your Negativity, Looking for the Good, Resisting Sarcasm, and Making Positivity a Priority. While all of these techniques are certainly effective when you are already at work, what can you do to prevent yourself from getting to that negative mindset in the first place? What little things can you incorporate into your daily life to boost your levels of happiness and, ideally, keep you from turning into Eeyore? We recommended five ways to help maintain a certain level of optimism that you can incorporate into your daily life: (more…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: Feedback – Friend or Foe?

The majority of individuals, whether they are just starting out or are higher level managers, want and need to get feedback regarding how they are doing in their jobs. They need to know how they are doing, what they are doing right, what they are doing wrong, and everything in between. A powerful tool for performance management, professional feedback is an important factor in managing a productive working environment. The term “feedback” often has a negative connotation as many associate it with criticism and nonconstructive critique which can be ineffective and doesn’t align with the simple goals of feedback. (more…)