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Relational Power is the New Currency of Hybrid Work 

Relational needs at work typically begin with the manager-employee relationship. In this June 2022 article from the MIT Sloan Management Review, the authors’ research “revealed that to be successful in the new world of work, managers cannot depend only on hierarchical position as the basis for providing leadership. They must also recognize the role of […]


How Fast Feedback Fuels Performance

Gallup provides helpful data insights on trends in the workplace, including this piece on feedback at work. In a recent survey, Gallup found that employees who receive more regular feedback are more engaged. Additionally, this article reveals that the most effective feedback is timely and relevant.


16 Tips to Transform Employee Performance Evaluations in 2022

With so many employees working in both remote and hybrid office environments, many managers are thinking through what performance reviews should look like in the year ahead. In this article from Forbes, human resources professionals offer up tips for managers on how to approach the employee performance evaluation process.


The Best Leaders Are Feedback Magnets – Here’s How to Become One

In this article from First Round, Shivani Berry gives advice for leaders and managers (really for all of us!) on how to solicit and receive feedback from colleagues and employees. Berry suggests that there are two specific reasons why feedback is critical for leaders: 1) Feedback is the only way to see your blind spots, […]


Scaffolding Skills for Effective Management

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University Beyond the actual work tasks, the product you’re churning out, and the measurable goals you and your team are working to achieve, there is a critically important role that all managers play: helping their new professionals (in particular, […]


Great Managers Matter More Than Ever

Research has demonstrated that effective management is critical to people’s job satisfaction and overall health and well-being. And, overwhelmingly people report that that most stressful aspect of their job is their manager. Is it any wonder that people are looking to leave their jobs (if they have not already)? Effective management isn’t hard. But it […]


How Managers Can Help with Impostor Syndrome

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University When new employees join your organization, they have a lot to learn, right off the bat, ranging from where to park to when they are expected in the office to how to do work successfully. And, they’re navigating […]


Managing the New Professional: Setting Boundaries

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University Historically, there has been an unwritten rule that the boundaries between work and life should be clear and impermeable: you leave your life stuff at home and don’t bring it to work (though not, for some reason, vice […]


What It Means to Uphold Boundaries

During these pandemic times, when burnout is so rampant we have coined the term “the great resignation” to describe the number of people who are quitting their jobs, it’s more important than ever for both individuals and managers to pay attention to boundaries. This isn’t work that can be done alone, after all. We each […]


Managers: Do Onboarding the Right Way

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University If you are in the people management business, chances are you might be onboarding some new graduates right now. With the best of intentions, we all have had the experience of bringing on new people and forgetting to […]


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