Managing Your Manager

Someday, I’m going to write a paper on techniques for people to “Manage Up” – that is, how to manage your manager. It’s just as important as your ability to manage your subordinates.

A Cardinal Rule of Managing Your Manager is: tell your boss when you screw up!

Firing For Fun & Profit?

Why is it that the first resort of employers in trouble is to fire their employees?

Termination should always be your last resort – always ask yourself: Did I do everything I could to help this employee’s success?

And terminating employees to show a quick fix to your stockholders is – at best – unethical.

Employee Internet Access

Good news for California employers – you might not be liable when your employees use your internet access to do dumb things.

But play it safe – it’s wise to include a policy in your Employee Handbook indicating that e-mail and internet access is for business use only.

Overtime Without Permission

If an employee takes overtime without permission, you must pay him or her.

If (and you should) you have a policy in your Employee Handbook that prohibits overtime without prior approval from a supervisor, you still must pay, but now you can impose discipline for violating a company policy.

The High Maintenance Employee

Virtually every manager I’ve known (including myself) prefer the ‘low-maintenance, high-production’ employee over any other category. The toughest to managers are the ‘high-maintenance’ employees – even if they are highly productive. They sap your energy and your time.

But ignore the ‘high-maintenance’ employees at your own risk…

Leadership – You Don’t Have to be Perfect

Michael Josephson is one of my heroes. His commentaries on ethics and character – particularly as they relate to managers and leaders – are dead on.

One of the principles of managing people is to establish your personal standards of ethics and always adhere to them – even when others question you.