Are you ready for the 4th Quarter?

We are excited for the return of our weekly PC Pointers filled with valuable information that we know can benefit you and your business. We recently took a sabbatical to regroup and get ready for the 4th quarter. This time of year can be challenging with wrapping up goals for the current year and resetting for next year.

With less than 90 days left in the year it is again the time to sit down with your management team and your staff to review the progress of their current year goals and what you can do to ensure that they will achieve these goals for 2015.

There is still time to create opportunities for success. Goals are not just ideas. They are tangible measurable events in your life or business.  They are markers on your path to success.  Goals tend to be more like marathons than sprints. There is preparation and planning the executing of ideas and the successes and failures along the way. Your 2015 goals were a large plan broken down into smaller steps in order to get from where you were to where you want to be.

Did you write your goals down? 

Studies have shown that those who right their goals down and have shared them with someone are most likely to accomplish their goals.

Is your team struggling to meet their goals?

They might be stuck in a comfort zone. Often that is not the right place to meet (or beat) your goals especially during this challenging time of year.

I should know I ran my first 5k race last year.  It was not easy to get out of my comfort zone. I had never run such a long distance before but I was determined to achieve my goal to complete a 5k. This coming from someone who has trouble going to the gym on a regular basis! I chose to run in the May Diva race hired a trainer to get me in shape and hit the ground running.

While it was challenging I ran the entire race and received my boa and medal of accomplishment. I could not have done it without the support of my family and the expertise of my trainer. It is the same for you and your team. They can’t meet their goals without help from others like you.

How to Help:

By acknowledging the goals that they have already met and asking how to help your team reach their year-end goals you are giving them opportunity to succeed.  Here are some ways you can help your team implement their plans:

· Meet with your management team to review both department and company goals.

· Review employee job descriptions. Ask your employees to outline their daily routines and match their outline to the current job description. Based on their outlines it could be time to write new job descriptions.

· Take note of who is performing well. It might be time for performance bonuses and promotions.

· Ask managers where they are struggling.  If the accounting department cannot get invoicing done on time your business may be straining financially. You might consider adding an employee to this team in order to keep your cash flow moving in the right direction.
· Create opportunities for teams to learn and grow. Employees want to feel like they matter to the overall success of the company. Employees that work as a team perform better than those struggling just to get the job done on their own.

You cannot truly know where your business is struggling or succeeding if you never ask your managers and team members the right questions. With just under 90 days left in the year this is the perfect time to take the pulse of your organization. You still can create opportunities for success.

Your business has taken time to build up to where you want it to be. Likewise your team takes time to build up to where they need to be within your organization to ensure positive growth and success.

That’s where PC Placements can help!

We’re inviting you as the team leader to review your firm’s job descriptions current job performance and conduct a salary survey in order to enhance your team’s performance goals.