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How Managers Can Raise Their Performance: 3 Uncomplicated Questions

11949849751056341160traffic_light_dan_gerhar_01.svg.medHaving a healthy, open dialogue between employees and their manager is the cornerstone to employee engagement and productivity. While the focus is often on the employee’s performance and steps needed to raise the bar on their performance, attention must also be directed on the impact the manager’s action have on it.

Managers can quickly get a sense of their impact by asking their employees, individually, 3 simple, uncomplicated questions:


  1. What am I doing that you would like me to STOP doing?
  2. What am I not doing that you would like me to START doing?
  3. What am I doing that you would like me to CONTINUE doing?


 Watch the reaction as you first pose these probing questions. Most employees will be initially reluctant to respond. Being honest can have negative consequences. But with time and trust, they will respond and their responses will allow the manager to reflect upon his style, allowing him to manage better.

To remember the questions, think of a traffic light. Red for STOP, yellow for CONTINUE, and green for START.

Give it a try, and then let me know how it works out for you by responding in the comment section below.

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Unemployment Compensation: How To Win Claims

13414408-bag-with-unemployment-benefitI frequently get questions on my HR HelpLine on how to prepare for and win an unemployment claim.  Here are some tips:

Unemployment Compensation provides individuals who have lost their jobs a temporary source of income. Administered by each state, employees who have been let go due to a lack of work (lay off) or performance are generally able to collect.

Though the rules vary by state, there are generally four reasons to disqualify an employee from collecting:

  1. Fired for misconduct
  2. Voluntarily quit without good cause attributed to their employment
  3. Not available or able for full time work
  4. Not a citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.

Though the disqualifying reasons are clear, employees who would not normally be eligible to collect, do. Many times it is because employers make mistakes either prior to the employee filing a claim or after a claim has been filed. Here are the common mistakes: Continue reading

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Merit Budgets For 2012 Up

Salaries will increase by a median of just 2.8% in 2012, up slightly from 2.6% in 2011 and 2010, according to Towers Watson Data Services.

 Analysts for several other research organizations also predict moderate wage growth. For example, researchers for WorldatWork and Hay Group expect a median increase of 3% next year. Analysts for the Society for Human Resource Management’s custom benchmarking service project a median salary increase of just 2.3% for 2011-12. Expect greater increases for star performers.

 Merit increases will vary depending on geographical location and position in the company. Begin addressing your compensation plans for 2012 now.

What is your company planning?

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