I am pursuing a second Masters and I was sitting in class last night on personnel law.  The professor, who is also an attorney specializing in personnel issues, was telling us that most employers do not tell the truth on the performance appraisals … what?  Really?  Then how the heck do you hope to work together to address things for both parties to move towards success?  He said it all comes down to not wanting to deal with hurt feelings, possible anger issues and so on.  It takes guts and courage to speak the truth (the good, the bad and the ugly) – speak it in love and speak respectfully and speak it often!

Human Resources

Tips and Tricks-Supervising Others by Sheri Mazurek

Posted: 20 May 2012 04:34 PM PDT

This is the first in a new series called tips and tricks. Supervising others is one of the most difficult jobs one can have; it is also one of the most important. Below is a list of tips for supervising others that I picked up along my career path. What can you add?

☺ Give Positive recognition immediately

☺ Meet individually with your employees to discuss their career goals and identify the skills they need to achieve these goals

☺ Evaluate yourself; ask “What do people have to do to get positive feedback from me?”

☺ Give immediate feedback on poor performance.  Silence is acceptance.

☺ Maintain a development file on every employee.  Track progress through out the year

☺ Focus feedback on behavior.  Be more descriptive and less evaluative in your feedback.

☺ Recognize development efforts, not just results.

☺ Help your employees build their skills by having each employee work on improving one development need at a time.  Be specific about the steps he or she can take to meet his or her goals.

☺ Identify your replacement and develop them to do your job.  If you don’t have a replacement, hire one.

☺ Rotate people through key positions to develop their skill set

Sheri Mazurek is a training and human resource professional with over 16 years of management experience, and is skilled in all areas of employee management and human resource functions, with a specialty in learning and development. She is available to help you with your Human Resources and Training needs on a contract basis. For more information send an email to smazurek0615@gmail.com or visit www.sherimazurek.com. Follow me on twitter @Sherimaz