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Keeping Employees Engaged in a Boring Job

5 Things to Do

Not every job is interesting all of the time! Especially jobs where employees start right out of school and may be serving as a junior customer service representative or doing phone support. After a while the job seems boring and tedious. As a manager, however, it is important to keep employees […]

Challenges Managing Virtual Teams

In a survey Abudi Consulting Group did of 50 managers who lead virtual teams, the following top three challenges were identified:

Communication issues: communicating across time zones as well as lack of appropriate technology to enable for virtual communications Cultural differences: understanding cultural backgrounds and managing in a way that enables for increased effectiveness on […]

Problem Team Members

Are any of these folks on your team?

We all have problem team members! Here are some of the folks I have had on project teams:

“My way or the highway!” Individuals who keep pushing until they get their way. They will wear you down and keep talking until you finally give in. “Wanderers” Individuals […]

Managing a Negative Employee - Part II

A mini case study – a plan to address the situation

In Part I of the story we learned that Jack needed to address issues with one of his team members, Sam. Jack realized he should have handled this situation with Sam much sooner, certainly before it became so obvious to others outside their department […]

Managing a Negative Employee - Part I

A mini case study

Consider this story:

Jack manages a staff of 4 people in the accounts payable department of an IT company. The group has been working together for at least 8 years. In the last 4 months Jack has noticed that Sam has been really negative. At first, no one seemed to notice […]