good management

micromanaging: not always a dirty word

Most managers dread being called micromanagers – “micromanagement” has become the dirty word of the workplace. But there are times when managing closely (see how much more flattering that sounds than “micromanaging”?) makes sense. In those situations, managers do themselves and their staff members a disservice if they shy away from being hands-on out of […]

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my employees are monitoring my schedule

A reader writes: My director supports me on this and is on my side, but didn’t offer any assistance, so I’m seeking your advice. For the last year and a half, I have been working as an IT manager for a large corporation, and oversee multiple locations throughout the Midwest. The company just restructured, and […]

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should managers ask or tell when assigning work?

A reader writes: When dealing with people that work directly for me, should I ask them to do things or tell them to do things? Does telling someone to do something in a work environment come off as harsh? I always ask them to do things, but I’m starting to feel like asking them kind […]

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how to get employees to take vacation — and why you should

When’s the last time you pushed an employee to take a vacation and meant it? Too often, managers cringe when they see employees will be out on vacation for a week – who will cover their work, what will get delayed as a result, and what about that important meeting scheduled while they’re gone? But […]

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what to do when you inherit a struggling team

So you’ve started a new management role and inherited a team who someone else hired. Hopefully they’re all good at what they do — but what if that’s not the case? At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about what to do when you inherit a team that isn’t performing at the level you […]

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how to get a staff member ready for promotion

One of the signs of a great manager is that her people move on to bigger and better things – because great managers hire strong people and develop them well. Too often, though, when employees get promoted, they don’t get much training for the next step – which can make for rocky transitions. At Intuit […]

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how much guidance should interns need?

A reader writes: We have a very small company and recently took on our first (paid) interns, and we’re having some issues managing. There is regular last-minute calling in/not showing up, other types of behaviors that are not ideal (falling asleep in a “boring” meeting). They also regularly press for permanent jobs, which we directly […]

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