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 Maintaining Your Company’s Vehicles

Your vehicles are important company assets that allow you to get work done and meet customer needs. So keeping them in top shape is critical. When your vehicles operate at peak performance standards, they also help you manage the safety of your workers. So to run a safe, effective workforce, vehicle maintenance isn’t an option, but a necessity. Five Tips For Vehicle Maintenance Vehicles that are well cared for are safer for your workers to operate, plus they last longer—saving you on the cost of replacements. To help your employees help you, consider the following four maintenance tips: Clearly Define… 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 »

Do You Have a Workplace Bully? Here is How to Manage Them

You thought it disappeared from your life after junior high, along with school dances and lunch money. But here you are, a full-fledged career person, fending off a bully. Besides flashbacks to your 12-year-old nightmares, facing an aggressive and overbearing co-worker can damage your near-term career prospects. It creates a distraction that is difficult to ignore and saps the confidence you need to succeed. Not to mention the emotional toll of dealing with the bully from day to day. In the junior high days, a fight by the bike rack might solve the problem, one way or another. That is… 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 »

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 »