Summer 2015 Managing Smart

Jul 6, 2015
Summer 2015 Managing Smart

How to Tackle ‘Time Bandits’

E-mails, meetings, bosses, co-workers, phone calls, noises, pop-up screens, computer problems. All of these can become what Edward G. Brown, president and founder of time management consulting firm Cohen Brown Management Group, likes to call “time bandits”—his favorite term for the daily interruptions that he says can rob employees of three to five hours every workday.

Fundamentals to Keep Business Running Smoothly

If you’ve ever felt alone and frustrated with the way your organization is operating, you’re not alone. Many managers feel they need to follow up on things they usually shouldn’t, otherwise they may not get done, or get done properly. A couple of fundamentals can make a world of difference to you and your employees.

Engagement Is Important for Hourly Workers, Too

Hourly employees, by their very definition, may convey a sense of impermanence, with their compensation tied directly to the amount of time they work in a given week or day. But with nearly 60 percent of the workforce being paid by the hour, how can managers develop relationships that will foster a sense of loyalty and commitment to the company?

When a Highly Creative Worker Tends Toward Neuroticism

It’s likely that many companies want to hire highly creative people. They tend to be productive, energetic, imaginative and pioneering. But many studies have linked the highly creative personality with neuroticism, which begs the question: Does any organization really want to take on a neurotic employee? Sure, say some management and personality experts. It’s just a matter of knowing how to channel a so-called neurotic’s energies.

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