February 23rd, 2016
Employing strategies to increase the overall health and wellness of your office can be a great way to boost morale and encourage higher rates of productivity, in addition to extending the lives of your employees. Workplace stress can be as dangerous as breathing in secondhand smoke; workers who lack proper ergonomic comforts and sit for all hours of the day can experience body pain, low motivation and are more likely to quit their jobs. Read on for four strategies to boost the overall health and wellness of your team.
4 Strategies for Boosting Health and Wellness at Work
- Encourage Frequent Standing
There’s a new workplace danger akin to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; experts call it “Sitting Disease.” Sitting for much of the day has been linked to all kinds of negative consequences such as heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure. Encouraging frequent standing in the form of upright meetings, stocking sit-to-stand desks and even having standing breaks can add years to your team’s life expectancies. Read the rest of this entry »
February 9th, 2016
How important is workplace fun in your company? Chatting around water coolers and sending email forwards may be classic ways to lighten up the workday, but they may not do enough to form a cohesive team environment with an established culture of fun. If you’re looking for outside-of-the-box ways to engage your team members and get them motivated, in addition to lowering the rate of sick days, consider inserting more fun into the workplace in the form of team building. Here are three strategies to try.
3 Strategies for Boosting Workplace Fun
- Set Goals
Creating a culture of workplace fun starts with setting goals for the quarter or even the full year. How many team building events do you want to hold? What do you want to accomplish during them? Goal setting should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. You should also have clear goals during each fun event you decide to host; plan a project or a problem for your team to solve so they feel a sense of accomplishment afterward. This can help you boost creativity and innovation at work. Read the rest of this entry »
January 26th, 2016
The New Year is a great time to measure, analyze and, if necessary, revamp your employee engagement strategy. Having a solid plan for retention, keeping morale high and ensuring your team is actively engaged is necessary for the cohesion and productivity of your office. Here are four common ways employee engagement decreases, and what you can do to avoid them.
4 Ways Employee Engagement Decreases
- Not Recognizing Achievements
You may forget to recognize your team members for their achievements if it’s all in a day’s work, but if the job has been done well, say so! A little self-esteem boost can go a long way and workers who never hear they’ve done a good job are not likely to stay at your company. The next time you’re impressed with the work your employees have done, tell them! Read the rest of this entry »
January 19th, 2016
The winter months can be a tough time to keep your team in high spirits; even your top-preforming workers can experience a lull in productivity due to the lack of sunshine. It’s important to focus on employee engagement at all times of the year, but especially in January-March. When you can’t hold a company picnic, here are three of the best ideas to get your team motivated and excited.
3 Employee Engagement Ideas for Winter
- Celebrate Holidays
It can be tricky to find holidays to celebrate in winter, when Thanksgiving and those in December are over. After the New Year hits, the next big holiday is Valentine’s Day, so feel free to decorate around the office or hold a potluck. It can also be fun to introduce your team members to non-traditional holidays like Oatmeal Month (January) or Chocolate Cake Day (January 27th.) Read the rest of this entry »
December 29th, 2015
International leaders and managers with diverse workers must have one thing in common: stellar skills for managing a multicultural team. With a variety of backgrounds, worldviews and values, having employees with roots around the world can make your business dynamic, innovative and cutting edge. Here are four tips for managing a multicultural team to deal with the challenges of working across an inter-cultural environment.
4 Tips for Managing a Multicultural Team
- Respect Diversity
Respect is always important in the workplace, but when managing a multicultural team it’s essential. Failing to understand and recognize differences in values and work style can spell disaster for a manager/employee relationship. If necessary, do some research on your team members’ culture so you can understand where they are coming from. Read the rest of this entry »
December 22nd, 2015
Are your employees jumping ship as fast as you can hire them? Have you been surprised when a top-preforming team member turns in his or her two weeks’ notice? There are many reasons employees quit their jobs and managers may not know why or how to prevent it. From tough relationships with co-workers to not being adequately compensated, here are the top four reasons employees quit, and what you can do about it.
4 Reasons Employees Quit Unexpectedly
- They Aren’t Being Recognized
Not feeling recognized and appreciated for hard work is one of the main reasons employees quit their jobs. Be sure to reward your team members regularly to boost their morale and make them feel involved and engaged at the company. Check out this list of great employee recognition ideas for inspiration. Read the rest of this entry »
December 15th, 2015
Free office snacks are generally considered a luxury, offered by companies like Google, and used to boost employee engagement. Many mangers see this as an extra budget item that is hard to justify. However, office snacks can be a valuable tool in transforming your employees’ attitude toward the workplace and aiding in retaining your top team members. Here are three reasons to consider offering free office snacks in your workplace.
3 Reasons to Offer Office Snacks to Boost Employee Engagement
- Creates a Unique Work Environment
One of the best ways to attract and retain top talent is to offer a unique and fun work environment they are unlikely to find elsewhere. Painting the walls bright and motivating colors, creating open office spaces to boost collaboration and having a well-stocked break room with office snacks and other freebies is a great way to do this. Read the rest of this entry »
November 24th, 2015
It’s that time of year again; your boss has scheduled your regular performance review. Instead of getting nervous and anxious for the evaluation, there are several things you can do to prepare yourself. Reviews are usually dreaded by both management and team members, but they can also be one of the most productive meetings of the year. Here are four tips to practice when getting ready for a performance review.
Preparing for a Performance Review: 4 Tips for Employees
- Take Notes Year-Round
You’ll likely be asked what you think about your performance, but many people miss the opportunity to shine because they can’t remember what they’ve accomplished over a long period of time. It can be helpful take notes throughout the year; include big projects you tackled, times you went above and beyond and even items you think you can improve upon. Read the rest of this entry »
November 17th, 2015
Delivering a performance review for your employees can be one of the most dreaded events of the year, but may also be one of the most productive. Routinely evaluating your team members’ overall performance can help them become more aware of what’s expected of them, eliminate bad habits and show your workers you care about their success. Here are four tips for holding a performance review.
Holding an Employee Performance Review: 4 Tips
- Be Prepared
Sometimes managers delay giving regular feedback because they don’t know how to start the process. Prepare yourself properly by determining your objective for the evaluation. Important things to consider are how the employee communicates, developing areas of accountability and whether they are completing basic job duties. Read the rest of this entry »
November 10th, 2015
If you’re looking for ways to protect your company’s reputation online, drafting a social media policy to include in your employee handbook is a good tactic. There are many ways improper social media use can tarnish your brand’s image, but disgruntled employees are one of the most common. Here are five tips for writing a comprehensive social media policy to set reasonable restrictions on your teams’ use of the Internet.
5 Tips for Writing a Social Media Policy
- Read Other Industry Policies
If you’re unsure where to start when drafting a social media policy, an easy way to get on track is to look at other company’s documents. This will help you determine language, set guidelines and figure out what you can mandate, within reason. Read the rest of this entry »