Manager's Midweek Minutes

When is the Right Time to Hire?

When is the Right Time to Hire?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average cost for each bad hire can equal 30 percent of that individual's annual earnings.

This is not a decision taken lightly by any experienced manager, but is an understood necessity in growing a successful organization.

In this article, we will provide insights on key questions/indicators that suggest it is time to bring on additional employees and important steps we should take before making any hiring decisions.

How To Effectively Handle Other Peoples' Emergencies

How To Effectively Handle Other Peoples' Emergencies
How often do you find yourself dealing with an emergency that had nothing to do with you but became your problem? How many times have you received a crisis phone call that turned out to be no more than an issue due to poor planning on that individual’s part? If you have spent any time in the business world, you will have encountered this from individuals inside and outside your organization. So how do we effectively handle the emergencies that other people drop in our laps?

3 Tips To Get Better At Saying “No”

3 Tips To Get Better At Saying “No”

You are absolutely slammed, rushing between emergencies, trying to get any of your million tasks done, and wondering how you will make it through this day. Then, someone asks you to handle a project you definitely do not have time for and you say “yes”. Immediately you hate yourself and are asking why in the world you ever agreed?!?

This is a common story for so many managers. We worry about the perception of others if we claim to have too much on our plate. At being perceived as lazy, or as if we do not have everything under control.

In this article, we will discuss confronting these feelings and the vast benefits of that one magic word "No".

How To Effectively Maintain Positive Habits

How To Effectively Maintain Positive Habits
Starting positive habits is an endeavor all successful people undertake at some point in their life. Historically, individuals recognize a desired habit, excitedly start the habit, and then fail to maintain it. Over a yearlong study, it was discovered 64% of people quit a new habit after one month and at the year milestone, 86% of people had failed to maintain their new positve habit! These percentages staggeringly show how the best plans can falter without proper implementation. In this article, we will discuss steps to avoid the pitfalls of implementing a new habit into your daily life and ensure that new positive habit remains in your daily routine.

The Business Rising Podcast - Getting Stuff Done When Your Hair Is On Fire

The Business Rising Podcast - Getting Stuff Done When Your Hair Is On Fire
If you are reading this article, you're likely a productivity addict. You love to get things done and constantly strive to improve the quality of tasks that receive your attention daily. 

More often than not we as managers are faced with an unhealthy work-cycle where we wake up having more on our plates than we did the day before and battle interruptions from 8 to 5 rather than completing our work.   

If you are struggling with a constant stream of emergencies on top of an overwhelming workload and are just looking for some relief, give this episode a listen and/or read through the below summary of this podcast feature of The Manager's Journal.

When is the Right Time To Fire an Employee

When is the Right Time To Fire an Employee

The act of firing an employee is never easy. Even the most experienced managers lose sleep over it. It’s almost impossible to eliminate emotion from these difficult decisions, even when they make all logical sense. 

This can be softened by implementing one truth: An employee should never be surprised at being fired. Read that again. This is the largest point and lead domino for the article. If we fail on this front we expose not only an issue with our management skill but also problems with our company systems.

In this post, we will cover some policies that can be implemented to make this process more cut and dry for managers as well as some of the signs that indicate it may be time to let that "good enough" employee go.

Work-Life Balance Vs. Blending

Work-Life Balance Vs. Blending

We all struggle at life from time to time, often more than we care to admit. We go through times where we feel we are failing at one or more aspects of life. If we succeed at work, we are neglecting family. If we are being great family people, we are finding no time for friends/hobbies. And if we are spending time with friends, we just can’t get in that simple workout we want…

No matter what we try “work-life balance” seems to be just out of reach. That illusive experience. We just haven’t found that perfect 50/50 blend yet. It should be just over the next obstacle.

“Work-life balance” is a flawed principal from the start for two main reasons. 1.) It is impossible to truly separate life into individual pieces. 2.) To do so immediately puts them in opposition to one another eliminating any possibility of “balance”.

What are we to do with this information? How can we live happier lives in conjunction with these facts rather than in spite of them?

Setting Goals for the Life You Want

Setting Goals for the Life You Want

According to research by the University of Scranton, a shocking 92 percent of people that set new year's goals never actually achieve them.

These unachieved goals take a toll on people. If you are reading this article, you are likely a "Type A" personality focused on achievement, like most in The Manager's Journal community. We are wired in such a way that hard work is typically our go-to tool and failing at anything is a fear that we live with and, at times, feel the sting of.

For these reasons, we can consume all the articles set in front of us on the subjects of increased productivity or technical information to improve our abilities at work. However, if we are not taking to heart a deep understanding of purpose and goal setting, our personality types lead us to utilize this additional time and knowledge to load in more and more work.  

In this article, we will address tips and tricks for better improving your goal setting and achieving abilities. Further, we will discuss the concept of aligning goals for the big picture in your life. This is the only way a "Type A" personality can prevent defaulting to a cycle of ever-increasing workloads.

How to Control Decision Fatigue

How to Control Decision Fatigue
We, as decision makers, are faced with a countless number of choices to make daily. We are depended on by our teams to process and make the best decisions for all. It is a scientific fact the more choices you process, the more fatigue you experience, and the worse your decisions become. Take this cost to heart, and find in this article the process of eliminating low return decisions, automating required decisions, and maintaining an airtight routine that is second nature. If you can do this, you will experience a more calm, satisfying and successful lifestyle, that will not only be a benefit to you, but also to any organization you serve.

Eliminate Information Overload

Eliminate Information Overload

According to recent research, the average adult makes approximately 35,000 decisions a day. These range from small average decisions like what clothes to wear to, in the case of business managers, large decisions such as what assets to acquire or how to restructure our organizations to maximize potential. 

Each decision made requires information input for the best conclusions. So, it is vital to maximize the data-to-decision process and understand the effects information overload has on decision-making, learning/retention and overall well being.

How To Use Batching To Increase Productivity

How To Use Batching To Increase Productivity
If simply reorganizing your current workload could gain you an additional 2 hours a day, wouldn't it be a no-brainer to do so? From the first time "batching" was introduced to me, I have been fascinated with the return on time that comes with doing nothing more than dedicating blocks of time to similar tasks. No extensive steps, no special training, and no added burdens. If you follow these short techniques in organizing and completing your tasks, you will receive one of the lowest cost returns you have gained in a while.

Can You Multitask?

Can You Multitask?
Do you believe you are good at completing multiple tasks simultaneously? Do you think you are better than most other people at “Multitasking”? You may want to think again. New research has found that our brains do not complete tasks simultaneously, as we thought. We actually just force our brains to switch tasks quickly. Each time we move between typing an email and trying to have a conversation or completing an important task and checking the notifications on our phone, we cause a stop/start process inside our brain. Below we will provide insight on the implications of this stop/start process on our quality of work and answer the big question: Do we really save time by “multitasking”?