How to Grow Better Workplace Relationships

Many companies are moving towards collaborative work environments and away from those that are competitive. Why? When employees feel they are working together to reach a common goal, it helps to build teamwork and creativity—and enhances communication and productivity. Instead of competition, which can be exhausting to employees, working together helps your team appreciate everyone’s skills and contributions. This is very empowering! Five Team-Building Tips As you strive to build a more supportive and inclusive work environment, consider the following: Choose activities that appeal to a wide range of interests. Bowling is fun, but not everyone is good at it.… Read more »

Top Tips for Improving Company Morale

Staff meetings have become a sea of slumped shoulders and dead eyes. Your calls for suggestions and feedback elicit only blank stares and uncomfortable silence. Sick days have spiked. No one volunteers for overtime. It’s become difficult to do any more than the basic office functions. Morale is becoming a problem. It may sometimes seem like the smushy-feely hobby horse of motivational speakers and self-appointed business gurus with a book to sell, but morale can have a very real impact on day-to-day operations. Bad morale leads to higher turnover and lower productivity. In short, it impacts the bottom line. Maybe… Read more »

What Does Employee Turnover Say About Your Management Style?

There exists a myriad of reasons why someone would leave a job, and most of them are out of a manager’s control. They can leave for more money. Well, there’s only so much in your budget. They can leave for family reason or to go back to school. Neither of those have anything to do with you. But there are departures that could have been prevented. Quirks in your management style might push certain employees out the door. If the effect gets pervasive enough, it can contribute to high turnover and lower productivity. Here are some of the flavors of… Read more »

Could Phone Interviews Be the Best Way to Cut Out Bad Applicants?

The hiring process can be arduous. From identifying candidates, to interviewing, screening and finally extending offers—you want to take steps to be as swift as possible. Phone interviews are one way to easily weed through candidates without the time sacrifice of an in-person interview. Your interview process As a first layer to the interview process, a phone interview can help you determine if you’ll need to meet further with a candidate in person, or if they just won’t be a good fit. Some companies conduct multiple interviews depending on the position for which they’re hiring. Your interview process could include… Read more »

Mental Health: The Newest Workplace Safety Topic

As an employer, the push for better mental health management has taken a front seat in today’s workplace. Sometimes, mental health issues can go undetected until it’s too late, and serious consequences occur—placing the person and others in danger. Beyond extreme situations, simply helping to boost the mental well-being of your workers will help improve job satisfaction, productivity and the mood of your work environment. Five Guidelines to Improve Workers’ Mental Health You can help to make yours an inclusive and supportive work environment with the following: Keep an open door. Let your workers know they can always talk to… Read more »

How to Keep Your Young and Talented Employee

Imagine draft night. Your favorite team has the first pick. They select the teenage hot shot tearing up the college ranks. The air suddenly fills with hope and anticipation. Fast forward to three years later. Your budding superstar has turned around the team’s prospects. But it’s getting to the end of his rookie contract. Now, tension and doubt pervade every report. His every statement is scrutinized. Will he re-sign? Is he moving to greener pastures? When these kinds of stories happen in the sports world, they drive endless conversations and garner top-ranked positions on news sites. But a smaller version… Read more »

Keeping Workers Safe in the Digital Age

Technology makes the world go ‘round. Most of us rely on smart phones and mobile devices to connect to the world around us, and these devices make life a lot easier in many ways. However, on the production floor, cell phones can be a distraction that puts workers in danger. Since careful attention must be paid to operating tools and machinery, a ringing cell phone can quickly shift a worker’s focus and lead to injury—to themselves or others. It’s important to develop a workplace technology policy and then mandate all supervisors and managers enforce it. Cell phone and mobile device… Read more »

Motivating 2nd and 3rd Shift Workers

You’ve built an unbeatable machine…an efficient, well-motivated productivity machine. It’s the business equivalent of Seal Team Six or the 2016 Golden State Warriors. Well, at least that’s true about your first shift. On the second and third shift, things are a little less well-oiled. The energy and camaraderie dissipates at five o’clock every afternoon. Not that things are listless or unproductive overnight. Just a certain verve is missing once the traditional work day is over. Don’t blame the employees on the second or third shifts. It’s difficult to stay motivated in the overnight period. But it’s not an impossible task.… Read more »

Working a Staffing Company Into Your 2019 Budget

Budget battles can get nasty. Every year, heads of departments enter the Game of Thrones-like competition for resources, figuratively trying to slit each other’s financial throats at a series of Red Wedding-style meetings. In that environment, it’s difficult to ask for more money for any new project. Which might make you squeamish about suggesting your company add a staffing company to your 2019 budget. But don’t be afraid to push for the services of a recruiter. Rather than putting a strain on resources, the long-term cost savings and efficiency gains garnered from using a staffing partner make it an excellent… Read more »

Help Your Employees Manage Stress at Work With These 3 Strategies

You can see it starting to take hold. Usually upbeat and chipper employees start to tense up. Conversations get terse. Pretty soon, there’s a blow up in the breakroom over who left a dirty cup in the sink. In some circumstances, stress can be a good motivator. It’s the old “fight or flight” mentality at play. Put a little pressure on people and get their “fight” instinct going. However, sometimes you get the “flight” instinct instead. If you run a stressful workplace, you’re rolling the dice with burnout and higher turnover. It can also play havoc with employees’ health, manifesting… Read more »