I am planning a staff retreat that is about 8 hours long- 9-4ish. How do I make the most of this, while also having fun aspects with no "trust falls" or cheesy aspects? We'll be in the home of one of our board members (she'll be gone) with lots of snacks and/or board games or whatever you all suggest. I hope we'll have some structure in the beginning of the day, then maybe games and getting to know you stuff. Thoughts? [more inside]
I am facilitating our staff meeting today. At the beginning of our staff meeting, we always do an icebreaker. I'm terrible at thinking of these. We have a team of 6 people, pretty informal office, sitting all around a big table, about 10 minutes. What are your icebreaker ideas for something fun, informative and not-too-personal? Thanks!
I'm in my first year as a principal at a special needs high school and recently, the school director (above me organizationally) hired a new teacher who isn't quite fitting in. Far too many staff members have approached me and basically, this new teacher is pissing a lot of people off. It's not worthwhile to get into specifics, but it is fair to say that their issues are valid and this new teacher acts like a know-it-all, she's fairly abrasive and dismissive to seasoned staff. These teachers are well-respected in our field and great at their jobs. [more inside]
Our new project leader is making my staff miserable and threatening the professionalism and success of the project itself. Both project and staff are dear to my heart, as well as my professional identity. No one wants to make waves while on the project; I've recently transferred to a different project. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
At work, I need to run staff meetings. Please tell me how to run meetings that are helpful for employees and don’t waste time. [more inside]
An non-profit organization with staff and volunteers has been non-union for its existence. Because of proposed changes by its board of directors, staff have applied to unionize. Some staff perform the same tasks as volunteers, but volunteers perform the overwhelming majority of the core work of the organization. The ratio of volunteers to staff is about 35 to 1. First, can a non profit unionize? And second, if it becomes a union shop, what will be the status of the volunteers?
What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it.
I have a staff member who is driving me up the wall. Please help me to understand what exactly it is that she is doing - and how to deal with it. Much more under the cut. [more inside]
Can you help solve a public official's staff project management woes? [more inside]
Let's pretend I'm rich. Maybe not a member of the 1%, but definitely a member of the 10%: What kind of household staff would I have? What would I call them? And what would they call me? [more inside]
How can I be less strong at work? I am managing equity development for a start-up in Europe. Bad times so please don't bother mentioning it. I have had a good run since I arrived in October and was rewarded with two staff for my department last week. Problem: one of them is the co-founder of my company. He is not capable of working on a project he will not get public credit for. I am at my wit's end with his shirking of deadlines and his "right away" promises. How do I deal with this difficult position? [more inside]
We want to buy something new and shiny, but a direct to dvd camcorder from 2005 seems like the best solution. Do you have any better ideas?
We want to buy something new and shiny, but an ancient direct to dvd camcorder seems like the best solution. Do you have any better ideas? [more inside]
Does this style of of oft-viral video actually have a name? Do you have a favorite? [more inside]
I'm looking for survey results or data on the amount of money spent annually on staff training and development by organizations similar to mine (public sector, Canadian, 1000+ employees). Comparisons to U.S. organizations would be fine too. Is there such a thing as an industry standard for staff training, e.g. $150 per person, per year?
What crazy flag is this?
I am your new boss. How can I get our relationship off to a good start? [more inside]
Many workplaces ban social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and so on. What are some of the reasons workplaces should allow (and even encourage) staff to use social networking sites? [more inside]
Does anyone know what those green lapel pins are that about a third of Obama's staffers seem to be wearing in the photos here? (via)
How can I best support a staff member returning to work after a period off with depression? [more inside]
I had a seriously unpleasant experience with a former employee in the aftermath of his termination, and I have since learned that he is employed at a similar business in another city. Is it my place to warn them? [more inside]
What different traditions and practices are there which combine meditation and active motion? [more inside]
It's time for yet another round of "What is the best project management software!" Come meet the final contestants. Particularly if you have used Microsoft Project or Open Workbench. [more inside]
First day of work at new job, tips please... [more inside]
I'm the Web systems manager at a large financial management company (in the Janus / Nuveen / SEI territory) and I'm having a hell of a time discovering industry-relevant staffing levels. Anybody have references or anecdotes? [more inside]
Turducken said it concisely: "When (most) freelance writers want to have a family or buy a house, they get jobs as... editors." I am wondering just how they (we) do that! [more inside]
What would you do if you were asked to plan the following event for 250 people on a budget of $500?: "... a staff appreciation event celebrating the past year's accomplishments and anticipating future directions. Includes the following tasks: scheduling event, reserving location, setting agenda, arranging for speakers, ordering and purchasing refreshments, publicizing event, and handling setup and cleanup." [more inside]
I'm trying to find an image of note numbers with the corresponding notes on a staff. [more inside]
Is there a rule of thumb about freelance rates vs. staff salaries? [more inside]