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 »
April 5th, 2016
Spring is a wonderful time for employee appreciation; the warmer weather and return of sunshine help boost your team’s morale! After working hard all winter long, your employees deserve some kudos. Read on for four great ideas to show your team you’re grateful this spring.
4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Spring
- An Outdoor Event
A picnic, scavenger hunt or challenge course can all be great activities to treat your employees this springtime. After spending 40 hours a week cooped up indoors, an afternoon outside can do wonders for their morale, energy levels and sense of team spirit. Read the rest of this entry »
March 8th, 2016
While hiring a new team member often comes with loads of paperwork, it is also a unique opportunity to shape an employee into a great asset. Successfully onboarding and introducing workers to company values, practices and day-to-day activities can help ensure employees stay engaged and committed to their jobs during their tenure.
What is Onboarding?
Onboarding is the process of familiarizing new employees with the company culture, history, values and mission. This can include an introduction to ongoing projects, community activism, the business’ brand and current objectives. The training process can last up to one year from the worker’s hiring date. Read on for three tips for effectively onboarding new team members.
3 Tips for Onboarding New Team Members
- Prepare Their Space and Materials
Nothing is worse for a new employee’s morale than feeling like the company was unprepared for their arrival. Appearing flustered or as if training them is a burden, not knowing where they will sit or having incomplete paperwork packets can all make a new team member feel unwelcome at the company and may set them up for failure in the future. Before a new worker arrives, be sure to have all necessary forms ready and an area picked out that they can call their own. 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 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 »