Fixing Business Mistakes

www.RuthHaag.com Recovering From a Bad First Impression Our company is comprised of several businesses. One is our monthly newspaper, A Sandusky Bay Journal, which is supported by the ads that it sells. I was teaching business seminars at a college, and decided that...

Why Projects Fail

www.RuthHaag.com It seems that a capable leader, a trained staff and a goal with a clear simple message should make any project successful. Yet, we all know that some projects fail. Why? Could someone want them to fail? Two-Thirds of Us Want Success When we think...

Getting Along in the Office
Regal People

www.RuthHaag.com People behave in predictable ways. If you study your co-workers for several years, you will begin to notice patterns in their behaviors. You will find that your co-workers are either: Mostly concerned about procedures Mostly concerned about people, or...

Getting Along in the Office
Regal People

www.RuthHaag.com People behave in predictable ways. If you study your co-workers for several years, you will begin to notice patterns in their behaviors. You will find that your co-workers are either: Mostly concerned about procedures Mostly concerned about people, or...

Rewarding Employees Without a Reward Program

www.RuthHaag.com Have you noticed that the Employee of the Month parking places at many department stores are remaining empty? I can only assume that this particular reward program has been disbanded, but no one thought to remove the sign. Many reward programs are...

When is it OK to be Rude?

www.RuthHaag.com The title of this column is a question that I often ask the attendees at my management training classes. Normally we are discussing how to discipline problem employees. My answer is: It is never OK to be rude. I often find that the person who...

Success and Failure of Holiday Office Parties

www.RuthHaag.com Holiday office parties area tradition for most companies.  Along with celebrating the holidays, they can provide a relaxed atmosphere in which employees can find out more about one another, and their families.  However, if parties are poorly managed,...

Getting Along in the Office – Adapting to Change

www.RuthHaag.com The work climate today is much different from what it was 50 years ago. A person who was born in the early 1900s could expect to get a job and keep that same job until retirement. A person born in the mid-1900s could expect to have at least two...