Category "Management & Leadership"

  • Employee Terminations

    Employee separation describes when an employee leaves their employer for any reason. These separations might be voluntary, because the employee chooses to leave, or involuntary, when the employer decides to end the relationship. Some employees simply abandon their job for a variety of reasons, nefarious and otherwise. Organizations also choose to downsize and eliminate jobs within the company by offering early retirements or laying-off workers.
  • Employment Law

    Managers are expected to adhere to much different federal, state,county, and local laws that pertain to how companies recruit, hire, train, promote, terminate, and treat their workers. The general effect of all these laws is that employers are not allowed to discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an applicant’s membership in a protected class.
  • Enhancing Team Effectiveness

    Setting specific team goals is critical to team success, because improving team performance is much more complex than improving the job performance of a sole worker. Organizations can take actions that ensure that team goals result in superior team performance, such as setting stretch goals and selecting the right people to work on the team. Team training is an important element of team effectiveness, because skills developed working alone may not be enough for the team environment.
  • Pros and Cons of Working in Teams

    Work Teams are made up of several individuals who have different but complementary skills, and who hold themselves mutually accountable for working towards a common purpose. Companies are taking a team approach because it has been shown that teamwork leads to happier customers, improved work quality, faster and better product development, higher job satisfaction, and better decision making.
  • Training and Development

    Training occurs when companies provide employees the opportunity to develop the job-specific skills, experience, and knowledge they need to do their jobs or improve their performance. Instructional design is the practice of arranging media and content to help learners transfer knowledge in the most effective manner.  Managers consult on early stages of design, but are often key players when it comes time to train their workers.
  • Types of Teams

    Teams can be classified in a number of ways, with some teams being permanent work groups while others act on a short-term basis. Some believe that the key difference among the types of teams companies use is based on the amount of autonomy possessed by each team. Teams can be categorized along an autonomy continuum based on how autonomous they are in their actions.
  • Employee Compensation

    Compensation is the financial and non-financial rewards that a company gives their employees in exchange for their work, and it is based on three types of compensation decisions: pay level, pay variability, and pay structure.  Pay-level decisions are based on if workers are paid below, at, or above the market average.  Pay variability refers to the extent to which a company pays individuals differently.  Pay structure is related to the internal pay distributions within a company. How well (or poorly) a manager compensates their workers has a big impact on if someone will go to work at a com
  • The Origins and Evolution of Management

    Many seeds of today’s management practices are found throughout history. This course discusses some of the major theories that have led to today’s management practices.
  • Characteristics of Teamwork

    This course discusses the stages of team development, the impact that norms, cohesiveness, and size has on teams, and how to deal with team conflict.  As a team grows and develops they will go through five distinct stages of development: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning (or reforming).  During the first stages of development, teams will create their own informally agreed-upon standards that regulate team behavior, which leads to cohesiveness.  Both the size of the team and how they resolve conflict has an impact on overall team effectiveness.
  • Why Management Matters

    No company will succeed for very long without both good management and good people. Companies that invest in their people will create a long-lasting competitive advantage that is really difficult for others to copy. But even poorly run companies can turn things around by adopting a sound management style and by ensuring managers have the right skillset. This course discusses why organizations need good management.