Every week, I read dozens of articles about management, human resources, and employee development. I look for advice grounded in reality that small and large companies can easily use to help people engage, perform, and improve. I’ve pulled the best ones from this week so you can get right to the good stuff.
How to Give Negative Feedback Over Email
If you manage a remote team or ever need to coach an employee over email, it’s important to provide negative feedback in the most positive way possible. Without facial expressions, voice intonation, and body language, email is often viewed less positively by the receiver than by the sender. This article from the Harvard Business Review has several practical tips on writing negative feedback effectively. Read more.
Instructional Design Tip: How to Simplify Instruction
If you provide any formal training, you are a de facto instructional designer, which means you organize and present information for your team to learn. So even if you’re not a full-time trainer, you’ll be able to use these great tips on ways to make information easier to understand and digest. Read more.
Five Golden Rules for Effective Mentoring
Mentoring is one of the most effective ways to help employees improve and progress, especially for new managers or specific job roles. This article provides five tips for setting up a good mentoring program at your company. The second tip, “Make it appealing,” is particularly important and easy to overlook. Read more.
3 Signs Your Employee Development Program Has Gone Stale
If you’re wondering whether your training program needs a revamp, take a look at this article. It will help you decide. Or if you’re trying to convince management that it’s time for a tune-up, here’s some good information to back you up. Read more.
4 Training Tips to Ensure Employee Cultural Fit
Employees who do best in your company have the values that align with your mission. In fact, cultural fit is so important, some experts advise hiring more for the appropriate values than specific skills. However, if some of your folks are struggling, you may be able to help them adopt those key values through training. Here are some tips to get you started. Read more.
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