How You Know It’s Time to Start an Employee Search

Strange as it sounds, you don’t always notice when you need additional workers. When a person leaves, it’s (usually) obvious you should replace them. But an employee departure doesn’t define the only times when you should start recruiting. After all, life unfolds a little bit at a time. You go to work, handle your day-to-day activities, and get by as best you can with what’s available. You don’t always have time for big-picture contemplation or strategic reviews. Conditions can change so slowly you don’t notice at first. But there are signs that point to a need for additional hires. Here… Read more »

Tips for Setting up an Apprenticeship Program

As the price of college educations soar without the promise of gainful employment upon graduation, the trades offer workers an opportunity to earn a good living. The first step to a job as a skilled trade worker is often an apprenticeship. This can benefit your business by ushering in a generation of new workers as you bid farewell to retiring Baby Boomers. How to Set Up an Apprenticeship Program Once you’ve decided to start an apprenticeship program within your company, you’ll need to follow a few key steps. The following are highlights of the step-by-step guide from Apprenticeship USA. Your… Read more »

How to Motivate Millennial Workers

Millennials comprise a massive percentage of the American workforce—roughly 80 million individuals. If you’re an employer unfamiliar with the needs and goals of this generation, there’s nothing to fear! With a little understanding of forces that motivate workers age 18–35, you can make it easier to inspire them to reach new heights within your company, plus build career longevity and avoid turnover. Five Ways to Motivate Millennials It may surprise you that motivating millennials is really quite similar to motivating any generation of employees! They’re simply looking for job satisfaction after a day’s work. Try any of the following: Provide… Read more »

Top Methods to Keep Your Workforce Fresh

The physical and mental well-being of your workforce is critical to productivity. Though work can be strenuous and the week-long, helping your workers live in their best health is an important part of being an employer. You can take steps to provide the support your workers need with a few easy steps. Six Ways to Support Employee Well-Being Now more than ever before, holistic wellness is a popular topic when it comes to managing a company. And you can encourage your employees to pay closer attention to their wellness with the following steps: Provide Education – Depending on the age… Read more »

Easy Ways to Implement a New Company Policy

It could be a new vacation request procedure, or a change to retirement withholdings, or just a new directive about not pouring coffee down the water fountain. Whatever the new policy, how you implement the change is almost as important as the change itself. After all, any workplace runs on habit. A smooth operation involves everyone knowing what to do and when to do it. A sudden, haphazard transition can spark complaints (and even full-on revolt) among front-line workers. A poorly managed shift on a core policy can seriously cut into productivity and permanently damage morale. That doesn’t argue that… Read more »

Are Your Employees Able to Spot Workplace Violence?

Awareness of the danger posed by school shooters has risen dramatically in recent years, fueled by the barrage of tragic headlines we receive far too often. The threat has become something that teachers, administrators, and even the kids have to worry about on a regular basis, punctuated by “live shooter” drills and increased security. So, schools have gotten the message. But have other workplaces? The threat of violence goes well beyond the educational sphere. It can potentially impact any office or factory floor. And while the danger from things like mass shootings prompt the most headlines, those kinds of attacks… Read more »

How Costly Can it Be to Make the Wrong Hire?

What happens when your new hire is a bad hire? Every employer hopes this isn’t the case, but unfortunately it’s a costly mistake to make. When calculating the cost of a bad hire, you need to take into consideration both direct and indirect costs—and they add up! Direct Costs of a Bad Hire When calculating how much a poor hiring choice cost your company, factor in:  The Hiring Process – From advertising an open position to reviewing resumes, interviewing and negotiating an offer—how many hours and individuals were involved to bring the bad hire onboard? Consider their pay per hour… Read more »

4 Major Signs Your Staff is Overworked

Few things bring more joy to the workplace than a set of dedicated employees. It’s heartening (and profitable) to have the kind of staff that will work all manner of overtime to achieve the company’s goals. But just because they are willing to work that overtime, doesn’t mean you should let them. Think of dedication like gasoline for a car. Burn through all the gas in your tank, without stopping at a service station, and eventually, your car will sputter and die. Similarly, if you let your employees burn through their dedication for their jobs, they’ll eventually start looking for… Read more »

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 »