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15 Ways to Become a Better Manager and Leader

How can leaders become better people managers?

To help you adopt the best ways to manage people as a great leader, we asked CHROs and experienced people managers for their best insights. From showing genuine care for your employees as people to inspiring curiosity in your team, there are several things leaders can consciously do to develop themselves and their people management skills to become better managers of their workforce.

Here are 15 ways these leaders used to become better people managers:

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I’m Struggling… Get “Back on Track”!

In the movie “We are Marshall”, there is a scene where the new head football coach comes to recruit an assistant coach to join him as they rebuild a football program after a horrible plane crash that devastated the entire community. The asst coach being recruited was having a hard time and felt hopeless since the crash while working on his house. While the new head coach was there, he heard a train whistle and asked if that was the same train that went off the track years ago. Then followed up...

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Addressing Healthcare Workforce Shortages Through Micro-Credentialing

By this point, it’s clear to hospitals and healthcare organizations that the pandemic revealed a need to rethink licensing and credentialing for caregivers in the healthcare sector. The result has been a worrying number of health care workers leaving their professions since 2020. There are many ways to stimulate entry into the profession. One way is to facilitate onboarding through credentialing requirements. Employing the use of skills-based trainings and micro-credentialing is one way to address this aspect of the shortage.

Addressing credentialing is specifically relevant given the areas where the losses have...

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Six Ways To Recession Proof Your Career

As companies try to decipher the economy’s mixed signals, the hiring picture has remained surprisingly buoyant. However, we are starting to see cracks in the armor with recent reports of a slowdown in August hiring. If we know anything, it's that change happens quickly. So how do you thrive in your role if unexpected surprises happen, and the labor market heads into a downturn? We can recession proof our career by taking daily actions that make us more valuable to our employer.

Commit to Life Long Learning
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Ask an Advisor: Pointers on Having Difficult Conversations

As an HR Knowledge Advisor, I often receive questions on how to go about having a difficult conversation with an employee. The reason why this topic is so popular is because many HR professionals feel uncomfortable when faced with having to speak to employees about matters ranging from performance issues to internal investigations.

I would like to share some methods that have helped me in planning for and conducting these types of conversations.

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Don't Schedule Another Team Dinner Until You Read This

Early in my career, I accepted a position heading HR for a growing medical office. The owner and CEO was a doctor and, while he envisioned himself as a business-minded entrepreneur, he did not understand what it took to keep employees engaged or create a company culture by design. Which is why he needed me.

During my interview, he explicitly told me one of the main reasons he wanted to hire in-house HR was to “turn the culture around.” Once in the position, it didn’t take long to see why the turnover...

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16 Ways to Honor National Hispanic Heritage Month in the Workplace

What is one way your business is honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15 - 10/15) in the workplace? What is one strategy that other businesses should implement to best honor this observation?

To help you best honor National Hispanic Heritage Month in the workplace, we asked HR managers, CEOs, and business leaders this question for their best plans. From developing a themed virtual trivia event to recognizing Hispanic employee achievements, there...

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Reducing IT’s Shocking Gender Gap

Remote-first model, focus on wellness key to gender diversity

Technology has always been a driver of progress, but rarely have we seen anything like the current era’s breakneck disruption, with whole sectors eliminated, lifestyles upended and the very psychology of humans at times seeming to be scrambled. So how smart is it that this revolution has overwhelmingly been carried out by only men?

The numbers are shocking. According to Statista, women account for under a fifth of U.S. software developers, computer programmers, systems administrators and support specialists, and just over a mere...

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Parting Gifts: Eight Strategies to Make Exit Interviews Pay

Employees leave. It’s a fact of working life.

It’s up to you to decide how to handle those goodbyes. You can be angry and hurt and take it as a personal rejection. Or, you can turn every departure into an opportunity to learn about, and maybe improve, your workplace.

If your goal is the latter, there is a simple tool you need to...

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Q&A with Sophia A. Nelson by Emily M. Dickens

September is Self-Care Awareness Month. To learn more about self-care and what it means for the workplace and public policy, I sat down for a Q&A with award-winning author and journalist Sophia A. Nelson. Her new book is titled Be the One You Need: 21 Life Lessons I Learned While Taking Care of Everyone but Me.

SHRM is working to see that employers are able to address employee mental health. This issue is urgent. Of the nearly 53 million U.S. adults with a mental illness, only 46 percent...

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