How to Keep Your Star Employee Motivated When You Can’t Offer a Raise or Promotion

You want to reward the high-performing employee on your team and let them know that their contributions are valued. There's only one problem: You don't have the resources to offer a raise or a promotion. Here's how to reward that person in other creative and more cost-effective ways.

The Ultimate Guide for Managers Who Have to Respond to Raise and Promotion Requests

If you’re a manager, one of the trickiest situations to navigate is a request for a raise or promotion from your direct report. But remember that this is an opportunity to show your employees you value them or help get them on track for next time.

This Is How Smart Bosses Retain Employees Returning From Maternity Leave

Companies that can’t retain working parents lose in the cost of recruiting and training new talent, as well as in high-performing and well-skilled employees. And bosses can make all the difference in how a person performs at work after returning from maternity leave and whether or not they stay.

Ask a Candid Boss: What Should I Do if I Don’t Like Being a Manager?

You were promoted to a leadership role and it's the first time you're in charge of people. There's only one problem: You've realized you don't like being a manager. Now what? Do you step down and stomach the pay cut? Or can you make this work for you? Here's the advice you need.

7 Career Conversations Good Bosses Have With Their Employees on a Regular Basis

Nobody is perfect, and even the best managers struggle to be “on” all the time when it comes to being the best boss ever. But one of the easiest ways to instantly improve your relationship with your own direct reports (and your overall team morale) is through communication—simple, we know.

Quitting My Job to Travel Was a Crash Course in Becoming a Better Boss

For me, traveling wasn't quite as relaxing and blissful as Instagram influencers portray it to be. But my time away from the office navigating unfamiliar territory did make me a better boss when I returned to work. And my experience can make you a better one too, no passport required.

The Recap Shelf: How a Growth Mindset Can Transform Your Career (and Life)

The Muse is reading some classic and influential career books for you. Our second pick—"Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck—is about how your fixed or growth mindset “can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”

5 Mistakes Bosses Make When Onboarding New Hires

No one wants to feel hung out to dry from day one. And as the boss, you play a critical role in ensuring your new employees are set up for success. Here are five mistakes bosses most commonly make when bringing on a new team member.

Managers: This Is When Your Constructive Criticism Is Needed (and When It’s Not)

You know that giving your employees feedback is crucial to being a good manager. But where and when you give it is just as important as your feedback itself. Here’s how to know when you should give positive encouragement or constructive criticism one-on-one—or not at all.

The 2-Part Parental Leave Plan That’ll Make Your Life Easier

Through a bit of trial and error during my own pregnancy, I created a two-part system that made my transition and parental leave so much easier, and which I highly recommend any expecting parent use before taking time off.