Keys to Employee Training: Be Consistent

What is the value of clear communication? It helps your training stick in the minds of your new employees! Training is a valuable part of any new hire’s first experiences with your company—helping them learn more about your company, their role and what you expect. So to make your training efforts the most effective, it’s good to be consistent. Four Ways to Keep Your Message Clear During Training Keeping a constant message during the training process is key to helping your new employees learn and stay motivated. To do this, follow these top tips: Map Out Your Program-Don’t conduct training… Read more »

Keep Growing: Why Team Education Helps Everyone

How much time do you spend training your employees? Before labor staff begins a new job, they’re trained on their individual job roles. But ongoing education is also important to help your worker stay productive. Changes in processes and technology require follow-up training so workers stay up-to-speed, and reminder training is also a good way to help your policies and procedures stay top-of-mind with your workers. Five Advantages of Regular Employee Education You may be concerned with the price of training because it takes time and money—but can your business afford to live with the consequences of not training your… Read more »

Simple Steps to Managing a Team that Doesn’t Get Along

The more diverse your workplace, the more you’ll have differing opinions. This can be good because conflict—when resolved positively—can lead to improvements in products, services, communication, and company culture. If you have a team that just doesn’t really get along, you may notice conflicts popping up frequently, and this can add to tension in your workplace. But you can take steps to help manage your team through all conflicts. Five Steps to Resolve Conflicts Between Employees No workplace is perfect and people are bound to disagree. You can help to smooth things over and build peace with the following: Stay… Read more »

Three Non-Traditional Ways to Find New Candidates

Doing things the same old way leads to the same old results. Also, it represents a good way to get left behind. When you dig yourself into the current standards – never experimenting, never introducing new elements – you doom yourself to eventual obsolescence. You strive hard not to let this happen to your products. Don’t let it happen to your hiring techniques either. And it’s not just a concern for the future. An overreliance on traditional recruitment techniques causes an immediate problem in a time of tight labor markets. Unemployment rates are low. Workers are primed to move, looking… Read more »

How to Set Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace

Your management style is directly linked to the performance of your employees. And if your style leans more towards “hands-off,” it can be very empowering for your workers—the less you micromanage, the more it builds trust and helps your staff develop their own decision-making skills. When Freedom Works Best For Your Staff If you want to implement a more hands-off management style, it’s important to first assess the capabilities of your workers. Less micromanaging works best for skilled workers who clearly understand their role and what you expect. Within these boundaries, you can allow them the freedom to do their… Read more »

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 »