Deciding Who To Layoff: Ask Yourself These 10 Questions

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What to Consider When Downsizing Your Team It might be the most delicate and sensitive topic that you as a manager will face in your career: selecting the names of those people to let go or make redundant.  The context here is reducing the size of the organization to maintain profitability, or improve efficiency, not firing someone due to misconduct.  From

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Justifying More Staff: Avoid These 9 Mistakes

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  One of our most popular articles here at MRH discusses a basic strategy that we’ve used to justify an increase in staff.  And it’s no surprise: based on our research, 50% of managers say the biggest challenge they face is the size of their staff.  We’ve said it many times, but will mention it again.  Between salaries, benefits, insurance and other

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3 Ways To Plan Resource Levels

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3 Resource Planning Methods to Help Predict Staffing Needs Most businesses and organizations go through an annual headcount planning process for the upcoming year.  We all know that such activities are important to running a productive organization.  And yet, while resource management is critical, doing it well and doing it right is easier said than done. There are a number of methods

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7 Ways to Reduce Cost in Your Business

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  As all business leaders know, when a company becomes strained and pressed for cash, we need to look for ways to reduce our costs and expenses.  While cost control is always important, we naturally spend more during periods of growth to support the increasing size and momentum of the organization.  The challenge comes when growth slows and we need to figure

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5 Inexpensive Ways to Pay for Training Employees

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How I Cut the Cost of Training My Employees in Half   Many managers are familiar with the old 70, 20, 10 Rule for employee development.  The last 10% of the 70, 20, 10 Rule, of course, is training.  However, since formal training only makes up a small part of employee development plans, many managers push it off entirely.  After all, training employees takes

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Managing a Layoff – Part 1

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A Detailed Account of Downsizing a Team By One Manager at a Fortune 500   EDITOR’S NOTE: The following comments chronicle a layoff event that occurred at a Fortune 500 Company, as recorded by a manager in the organization.  This is the first in a 4-part series.  Key details are omitted to keep it anonymous, however the timing, details and commentary are factual. 

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9 Employee Engagement Killers by the Modern Manager

9 Ways You’re Hurting Morale… And Don’t Even Know It   It should come as no surprise that today’s workforce wants to feel their contribution is valued, be part of something great, and be able to manage their own careers. In management circles we refer to these wants as employee engagement. We can more accurately define employee engagement as the

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5 Business Cases for Justifying an Increase in Headcount

Employee Performance Reviews

    One of our most popular articles here at MRH described one approach to justifying an increase in your staff level.  Fighting for resources is a problem we’ve all dealt with as managers and one that can be extremely frustrating to overcome. So, I wanted to take the topic one step further and give you some more tools and

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How to Justify A Need for Training

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Is Your Training Plan Being Cut Year After Year?  Read On… It’s a battle out there, folks.  Between a fragile economy, steep competition, and the rising costs of business, its understandable that the first form of cost cutting comes in what is known as discretionary spend.  If you think you’re the only manager whose budget for training and employee development is routinely cut,

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Budget Planning: Tips for How Managers Need to Approach Their Budget

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Planning Your Budget If you are a manager whose responsibilities include maintaining a budget, I feel your pain. I’m pretty sure that the one thing that brings managers of all types together is the universal pain, headaches and aggravation introduced by budget planning. As I near the end of my own budget planning cycle, in preparation for next year, I

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Managing Project Risks: Allocating Funds, Not Just Numbers

In a week long project review meeting recently, an executive asked “Why am I writing this check?  We don’t have the money.”   He was referring to the fact that as part of a partnership with a customer, we had to increase funding for the project by $6 Million dollars.   No one likes writing a large check that they didn’t expect.   It doesn’t matter if

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Is Your Research and Development Under House Arrest?

I recently read Borderless World by Kenichi Ohmae in which he discusses technology growth and research investment by firms.  Ohmae highlights the differences between companies that truly flood the pipeline with investment, and those that play the betting game with a handful of specific projects.   The book reminded me of a dinner meeting I had with an executive at a former company,

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