July 19th, 2016
In today’s fast-paced business world, flexibility has become a desirable perk to offer your team members. Today’s workers not only crave flexibility in terms of on-the-job hours in order to spend more time with their families, but they also are seeking a flexible physical environment in which the stuffy confines of traditional office cubicles are lifted. This creates a new workspace trend called open offices; read on to learn about the pros and cons of this new approach.
Does your workplace have an open office floor plan?
3 Pros of Open Offices
- Allows for a More Cohesive Team
According to Inc., open offices ensure quick collaboration. “Employees can quickly scan the immediate area and locate fellow team members who are hard at work alongside them. By eliminating the need to send emails or wander the office searching for people, organizations are sure that teams will collaborate more, benefiting their bottom line.” Read the rest of this entry »
July 5th, 2016
Outdoor meetings are a great option to insert fun and excitement, in addition to increased health and wellness, into your workplace. As they are especially popular in the summertime, read on to learn about four benefits of going for a walk and hosting outdoor meetings.
Take your next meeting outdoors.
Why Hold Outdoor Meetings? 4 Benefits
- Break down Barriers
If you’re looking for ways to build the connection between management and lower level employees, outdoor meetings are the answer; getting out in nature puts everyone on the same level, from CEO to Junior Team Member. The more relaxed environment makes it easy to get to know the boss and company culture will improve when workers feel valued individually. Read the rest of this entry »
March 1st, 2016
This post shares strategies for holding a successful employee engagement survey in the workplace. Having disengaged or disgruntled team members in your office isn’t just bad for morale, it can negatively impact your business’ bottom line; finding a way to assess your team’s happiness, strengths and weaknesses on a regular basis can help to turn their frustration into productivity.
Sample Questions for an Employee Engagement Survey
The following questions are great for assessing the needs of your team, determining their employee satisfaction, and for coming up with great new ideas to keep them engaged:
- Do you have the tools to do your job effectively? Why or why not?
- Do you feel like there are more days you want to come to work than the days you don’t want to?
- Choose a couple of words that you feel describe your state of mind when you come to work.
- Do you feel inspired by your manager?
Have you ever tried holding an employee engagement survey in your workplace? Read on for three tips for success. Read the rest of this entry »
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 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 8th, 2015
According to top psychologists, there are three unique elements that influence your relationship with the person you are communicating with: your verbal speech, the tone of your voice and body language. Surprisingly, body language accounts for at least 55 percent of the message you are conveying. In a workplace, these elements are very important to master and notice because they can have a big impact on your day-to-day work life. Here are three ways to use body language to enhance your career.
3 Ways to Use Body Language to Enhance Your Career
- Practice Your Handshake
One of the first things you do when meeting a new person, whether in a job interview or on your first day is shake their hand. This chance for a first impression is an opportunity to use body language to your advantage. Practice the handshake on friends and family; it should be strong enough to convey confidence, but not too strong or you’ll come off as aggressive. Read the rest of this entry »
October 13th, 2015
One of the easiest ways to keep the employee morale high in your office is to discourage annoying and common workplace habits. By making your area a pleasant and respectful place to be, your team will be likely to come to work on time, do a good job and feel more committed to the company. Here are four annoying office habits to discourage in your workplace.
[Employee Morale] 4 Annoying Workplace Habits to Avoid
- Leaving Problems for Others
One of the easiest ways to annoy co-workers and decrease general employee morale is to leave problems or messes for other people to solve. Drinking the last cup of coffee and failing to brew a new pot, leaving dishes around the communal sink without cleaning or rinsing them or jamming the copier and not trying to fix it all top the list of habits co-workers may commit without thinking about others. Encouraging self-reliant behavior at work is a good way to ensure your whole team is happy with their environment. Read the rest of this entry »