Hiding in Plain Sight? How to Spot – and Fix – Unproductive Employees

Have unproductive employees who spend their work day napping? Show up to work dressed in their bathrobe? Do nothing but shuffle papers or walk in circles for eight hours? Not likely, right? Chances are, most of your employees appear busy – because unproductive workers don’t want to be found out! If they’re caught procrastinating or […]

Ouch! Could Those SMART Goals Be a Dumb Idea?

Most managers are familiar with SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound) goals. In fact, for years they’ve been widely regarded as a sound performance management tool. But have we been misusing them all this time? According to the results of this Leadership IQ study, that may be the case. Their research showed that: Merely 15% […]

Employees Mentally Checked-Out this Summer? Here’s what to do about it

The warmth. The sun. The flowers. The vacations. Who doesn’t love this time of year? One word: Bosses. If you’re finding that the “school’s out for summer” mentality has crept into your workplace, you’re not alone. Summer is a notorious time of year for productivity slumps – but that doesn’t mean you have to accept […]

10 Performance Management Tips to Drive Your Bottom Line

Want to create top caliber performance in your organization? Who doesn’t?! Use these 10 tips to get people to stop making excuses and start delivering exceptional results: Stop accepting excuses. Are you too tolerant of excuses?  Don’t be.  An excuse means the job didn’t get done and accepting excuses allows failure to persist.  When you […]

Performance Management: Tips for More Action and Fewer Excuses

“It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.” — Harold S. Geneen If you’ve ever managed a single person, then you know that employees make excuses.  They procrastinate, miss deadlines and blame others when they fail. So how do you get […]