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How often do you have team meetings? A best practice of successful managers involves meeting with the team regularly. The research shows that meeting weekly keeps energy high, increases productivity, and keeps employee engagement strong. Key Elements for Success These meetings must contain certain key elements in order...

Do you know the names of your direct reports' immediate family members? A recent survey of a thousand managers done by BetterManager revealed that only 24% of managers knew the names of their direct reports’ immediate family members. The best practice for this is 100%. The...

Mutually Agreed-upon Development Plans Employee Development Plans are part of today’s organizational scene. They are slightly different than performance management plans, which are organized by the company and performed monthly, quarterly or annually. These plans include not only what you, as the manager, deem to be...

How often do you struggle to manage your emotions when things get tough? In our recent 1000 manager survey, we asked this manager resilience question. Over 53% said they struggle to manage their emotions more than the best practice of “quarterly.” There’s nothing wrong with showing your...

How often do you have one-on-ones with your direct reports? Sitting down with for a one-on-one with direct reports regularly is something that BetterManagers regularly do. Expressing genuine interest in a direct report’s well-being -- both personally and professionally -- is paramount to building an engaged workforce....

Whether you are a high-level executive or a new manager working your way up the corporate ladder, you are likely being pulled in many different directions. This means that you have to be thoughtful about how, when, and in whom you are investing your time...

New employees need to contribute to the organization’s mission--and help shape it--as quickly as possible. Here’s how managers can fast-track conscious evolution. (Hint: This works for not-so-new employees, too!) Why it Matters Onboarding new employees goes beyond an orientation session and an explanation of projects and processes....

by guest blogger Sofia The role of any manager includes establishing—and attaining—goals, communication, motivating, and coaching, all towards supporting the overall success of the organization. We know that employees don’t leave companies: they leave managers. So how do I ensure that my employees don’t leave me? My...

Better teams are the engine that drives an organization’s success. Successful teams are driven by the norms that propel teamwork, chemistry and high performance. The major role of a leader is to create and nurture those norms. This was a major finding of the Aristotle Project...