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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Get People to Focus on Details?

September 13, 2011
How can I encourage or motivate my staff to pay attention to detail—without it sounding like a threat, order or demand? Or alternatively, is that the best way to quickly establish control in this matter? —They Misunderstand Me, manager, health care, location undisclosed
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Help a New Manager Manage?

June 13, 2011
How should a new manager approach employees who aren't doing their jobs? All of our employees have job descriptions and written job expectations, yet many come up short when it comes to meeting them. One is a diligent manager who tries hard to create an effective branch—and to help employees develop their skills for possible career advancement. We are concerned she may be overcome by frustration.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Are First-Time Managers Really Better Off With Training?

June 28, 2010
I hear a lot about managers being promoted without sufficient training. The theory is that people are pushed into management without first having the required skill sets. Anecdotally this might be true, but are there any empirical data that prove this approach is leading to a generation of underequipped managers? —Skeptical in Services, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Study Disputes Opt-Out Trend for Women

July 10, 2008
According to a study published in the June issue of the American Sociological Review, less than 8 percent of professional women born since 1956 have left the workforce for a year or more during their prime childbearing years.
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