June 14th, 2018
How do you reward your employees?
When it comes to employee appreciation, it’s important to reward them. Your budget may not allow for bonus checks or lavish gifts, however it is still important to acknowledge hard work and dedication.
What are simple ways to reward employees? Keep reading to find out.
How to Reward Employees
- Give Specific Compliments
The Muse recommends offering specific compliments over generic ones. For example:
Good: “Thanks for your hard work, Cathy!”
Better: “Thanks for putting in so much hard work to win over that new client, Cathy!”
Best: “Cathy, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your hard work to land the new Smith account. We’ve been after that account for several months, so you really stepped up to close an important deal. This is a huge win for you, our team, and the entire company.”
This will let your employee know you see they are working hard and are paying attention to them and their efforts. Read the rest of this entry »
June 7th, 2018
Do you annoy your co-workers?
Whether you work in a traditional office or in close proximity to people, there’s a chance you may annoy your co-workers from time-to-time, or they may annoy you.
There may be obvious offenders like cooking fish in the breakroom microwave, but there are also small, everyday things that people can find annoying.
Are you guilty of annoying your office? Keep reading for five of the common workplace behaviors that made the list of 34 Things You Do That Annoy Your Co-Workers (but They Rarely Tell You) from Inc.
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May 15th, 2018
Limit office clutter for a productive environment.
Sometimes the office can be a boring place. You show up at the same time every day, likely do the same work day in and day out, and are out the door like clockwork.
For employees, an unexciting day at the office can decrease productivity and may even impact quality of work.
How can you make your workplace more suitable for productivity? Keep reading for business environment tips and ways to make the day a little better for your workers.
Designing the Perfect Office
As Lifehack reports, “It’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your productivity about 20 percent. However, despite the studies and statistics, nearly half of the employers interviewed don’t consider workplace design a good business investment.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 17th, 2018
Use these tips to write a professional email.
For many industries and companies, email is one of the most common forms of communication, whether it’s used for a quick response or a longer detailed message.
Since this method of communication is used often, there is a lot of room for error, which can negatively impact yourself and your business.
Here are a few tips to remember when writing and sending emails that could save you a lot of grief.
4 Email Etiquette Tips
While many email provider offer editing services, they may not catch the wrong word if it’s spelled correctly; if you write “ant” but mean “and” the editor may not catch it. While this may seem like a simple mistake and the email recipient will likely know what you are trying to convey, it can make you look less professional.
Take the time to read and then re-read your email; there’s no point in losing credibility over an easy to catch error. Read the rest of this entry »
December 26th, 2017
2018 is upon us and we hope you’ve had a productive year! From showing your employees you appreciate them to ensuring your workplace is as healthy as it can be, this past year has been a great opportunity to improve your company. What resolutions should you set as goals in the coming year? Read on for three ideas.
What New Year’s resolutions have you made for your workplace?
3 Workplace Goals for 2018
- Host Regular Performance Reviews
Not all companies offer performance reviews, and while they take time, reviews offer a real benefit to both your organization and your employees. Employees who regularly receive feedback produce higher quality work and are more committed to their jobs; learn how to prepare for a review in this blog post.
- Encourage Workplace Health and Wellness
Could your office be healthier? If you want to see your team members’ productivity increase and your health bill decline, make this your focus in 2018. Encouraging frequent standing in the form of walking meetings, offering sit-to-stand desks and even having dedicated team standing breaks can add years to your team’s life expectancies and also boost their on the job productivity. Read the rest of this entry »
November 28th, 2017
We’re coming up on the season for New Year’s resolutions, when both workers and employers make a conscious effort to change aspects of their life with health and wellness in mind. Are you looking for ways your office space could be improved?
Are you focusing on workplace health and wellness?
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 secondhand smoke; workers who lack proper ergonomic comfort 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 a couple of strategies to boost the overall health and wellness of your team.
2 Strategies for Boosting Health and Wellness at Work
- Encourage Higher Water Consumption
How much water do your employees drink in a day? Is it enough? Healthy water consumption is important for health and wellness; it regulates body functions, helps with alertness and encourages a more positive attitude. Read the rest of this entry »
September 19th, 2017
It’s almost fall, which is a great time to show your workers you care about them, and provide incentives to keep their work the best it can be. If you’re looking for ways to reward your team members without straying from a tight company budget, non-monetary incentives are the way to go. Although money is a motivator for many people, most use it to pay bills instead of doing something fun, and you may see what was meant to be a reward turn into just another paycheck. To help retain top talent and keep them motivated, try one of these four non-monetary incentives.
Want to motivate your team without spending lots of money? Read on!
4 Best Incentives that Don’t Break the Bank!
- Offer Continuing Education
This incentive is a great way to improve the quality of work from your team members and make them feel appreciated and invested in! Workplace education or paid certification courses will help your office soar to new heights and encourage your workers’ talents. Try night school classes, on the job training or other continuing education options.
- Reward Them in Small Ways
You don’t have to give your workers extra vacation days or swag items to motivate them. Small (and free!) benefits like a dedicated parking space, picking an employee of the month or a more relaxed dress code can all have the same effect as cash. Read the rest of this entry »
July 18th, 2017
Do you feel morale beginning to wane at your company? Even if you don’t, it’s important to create a positive workplace where people feel happy and comfortable on the job. While everyone has bad days and sometimes may not want to come to the office, there are things you can do to make your space more inviting, fun and productive. Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment your team will be proud to be a part of.
Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment.
Create a Positive Workplace with These 4 Characteristics
- Meaningful Work Assignments
Even if employees are lower on the executive totem pole, they should be given relevant, meaningful work assignments. Offering a sense of ownership over their projects give your team members pride in their work, which can make them feel more committed to the company overall.
- Transparent Communication
Open communication can go a long way in creating a positive work environment. Employees who feel information is being withheld from them can be less trusting and have lower engagement on the job. Always keep team members in the loop on relevant projects and consider holding open office hours or asking for feedback on a regular basis. Read the rest of this entry »
June 20th, 2017
The warmer days of spring and summer are upon us, and surely your office is buzzing with extra excitement as employees share about summer plans, vacations and time outdoors. While your workplace might be extra busy in the summertime, it’s still important to encourage a healthy work life balance for your team members. Here are four strategies for keeping them happy, engaged and productive.
4 Ways to Increase Work Life Balance
- Get Employees’ Opinions: If you’re implementing a work life balance initiative for the summer months, how do you know what to include? The best way to find out is to directly ask your team members. Host an informal survey to find out what perks your workers are seeking.
- Allow Some Flexibility: While a flexible schedule may frighten employers because they worry employees will come and go as they please, adding flex time doesn’t have to be so scary. Offer a late-start or early workday release during the summer, and have employees sign up so you are aware of their schedule in advance.
- Host Outdoor Meetings: If you can’t let your team members off early for some outdoor activities, you can at least encourage this behavior during the workday. Take your next staff meeting outside so workers can enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.
- Be a Role Model: As a manager or employer, your actions set the tone for the rest of your workplace. Remaining on email even while on vacation shows your team members that you expect them to do the same. If you truly want your employees to foster a healthy work life balance by taking paid time off and going on vacation, you also need to check out when you’re out of the office.
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May 16th, 2017
Does your company offer regular performance reviews for your team members? Not all companies do, and while they take time, reviews offer a real benefit to both your organization and your employees. How can you prepare for them and offer a positive, productive experience? Read on for details.
Here’s why performance reviews matter.
Preparing for an Employee Review: As an Employer
- Properly Prepare Yourself: Sometimes managers delay giving regular feedbackto their team members because they are unsure how to start the process or hold a formal review. The best way to prepare yourself is to determine your objective for the evaluation. Is it a regular annual review, or are you assessing the success of a big project? Focus on these areas: how does the employee communicate with other workers and supervisors, are they completing basic job duties and can they be more accountable in the future?
- Let Employees do the Talking: Are you taking up most of the conversation, or are you letting your workers do the talking during performance reviews? Have your team member fill out a self-review form before the review, so you can see how they choose to evaluate themselves. This can illuminate areas that need improvement, and make them feel more engaged and in control of the process.
- Give Employees Clear Guidance: Use performance reviews as an opportunity to give your employees additional guidance and support by using the evaluation to provide constructive criticism. Make sure your expectations are clear; workers who are given explicit instructions are more likely to produce quality work and stay engaged.
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