Promoting a More Relaxed Work Space

Deadlines lack of job security an unstable work/life balance. Do any of these ring a bell? Stress in the workplace has been an increasingly huge problem for businesses over the past few decades. Studies have shown that job related stress is a contributing factor in over 120 000 deaths a year and can actually costs companies more money than they might be aware of up to $190 billion annually. So what are some simple ways in which you can create a more Zen environment for your employees?

We’ve got a couple of tips to get your started.

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NO! Don’t You DARE Do THAT!

5 Mistakes That Will Cost Your Company Money

2015 is already looking to be a major year for hiring. The economy is bounding out of the last recession and companies are eagerly snatching up top talent in all departments. This is amazing news. The not so amazing news is that your company might have some glaring holes in your hiring process. According to HireRight’s 2015 Employment Screening Benchmark Report’ more than three-quarters (76%) of employers plan to grow their workforce this year. But not all of the findings were as chipper as that figure. In producing the report, the background check provider HireRight polled more than 3,000 HR, recruiting, security and management professionals to find out what their hiring practices look like. It found some employers are making mistakes that could hurt them down the line. A handful of the most common mistakes:

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So, You Think You’re A Great Leader

There are obvious well-known qualities that all great leaders have in common: The ability to delegate strong communication skills and the passion to inspire others. But what else makes someone a model of exceptional leadership and what practices can you improve on to get you started on the path to success?

Transparency
Transparency plays a key role in employee loyalty and retention. Statistics show that workplaces that have a high level of transparency have an equally happy staff. When a company is able to keep up with employee retention it allows them to ensure long term success and maintain a more manageable and steady workflow. To put it into perspective as an employer you want those who work for you to exhibit high levels of open communication and transparency with you in order to build a more trusting relationship. That being said why should the same expectations not be applicable to those whom you employ? Being honest with those you lead can have a significant impact on both productivity and your work environment.

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Working from Home: PJ’s or Productivity?

3 best practices to keep telecommuting programs productive

With the advent of all of the new technology that makes it possible for employees to communicate effectively with coworkers from anywhere in the world, telecommuting is an option that more and more employees want. However, there are definitely concerns and hurdles that companies have to take into account.

A major concern is that telecommuting is beneficial only to the employee and not the company. Are employees actually productive when they work from home?
ConnectedSolutions, a cloud-based storage provider conducted a survey with hundreds of workers to find out directly how telecommuting has affected their performance.

  • 77% of respondents said they were more productive while telecommuting
  • 30% said they accomplish more in less time
  • 24% said they accomplish more in the same amount of time
  • 23% were willing to work longer hours while telecommuting, and
  • 52% said they were less likely to take off when working remotely, even if they were sick.

3 steps to maintain productivity

Be sure to set up times for regular updates and feedback. Communication is key to being productive in any environment. Make sure that employees and their managers set regular conference calls or skype meetings to go over the status of projects and to have the opportunity to deal with any issues that may arise.

Make sure that the goals and expectations are set ahead of time. Employees that telecommute need to have a clear guideline to follow regarding their projects and what their managers need from them. Also, employees should make sure that they are reachable during set hours if any problems arise. You’ll want to make sure that these guidelines and expectations are put into writing and that both the manager and the employee sign it so that there is no confusion as to what is required.

Hire independent self-starters. As you know, telecommuting’s not for everyone. So if you plan on expanding your telecommuting opportunities, you need to make sure your workforce has the right qualities to use the program effectively. You’ll want to find workers with strong communications skills and the ability to stay motivated without someone looking over their shoulder.”

Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving!

How many of us are guilty of thinking “If I could have only made one more sales call?”

What about “I wish I would have…” or even “I hate that I did or didn’t do…” Time and time again we reflect on the regrets and negative experiences we have had throughout the day. We beat ourselves up and tell ourselves to do better, work harder. Each day the frustration grows and it seems that we can never get to a good spot where we are completely happy with the work we have done and the progress we have made.

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Are You a Happy Employee?

Healthy employees are happy employees

It’s the hottest thing in business. Workplace Health Programs. All the big companies have something in place. On-site gyms, healthy snacks, standing desks, treadmill desk and bicycle desks. Ok, maybe not the last two. But encouraging healthy choices is important. There are benefits for both the employers and the employees.

According to the CDC, adopting healthy behaviors not only reduces risk for developing disabling or life threatening diseases and their associated costs, but improves everyday quality of life. Employers can benefit from workplace health programs through enhanced productivity, decreased employee absenteeism and lower insurance and workers compensation costs.

Here are some ideas that you can implement that don’t require leasing another floor in your building to build a gym.

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Stop Talking and Start Doing

Employee Engagement: Talking About It Isn’t Enough

The importance of employee engagement is something that is coming up more in the work place.
What exactly is Employee Engagement and why is it so important. Employee engagement is the emotional commitment an employee has to the organization and its goals.
Why is it important? Businesses with more engaged employees perform better.
So how do you make sure your employees are engaged?

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Rules and Regulations and Laws OH MY!!

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has released a new report on employee handbooks. You’re going to want to take a closer look at your handbooks and you should do it soon.

It includes examples of recent NLRB decisions and outlines what content is legal and what violates the National Labor Relations Act. Also, it applies to all employers, regardless of whether you employ union employees or not.

The basic gist of the report focuses on content that is overly broad or vague.

Here are some specifics about the new rules.

1. Confidentiality rules.
The feds make it very clear that employees have a right to discuss “wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.” But the feds said it’s OK to have “broad prohibitions on disclosing ‘confidential’ information” to protect “the privacy of certain business information” if certain conditions are met.READ MORE

April Showers Bring…. Spring Cleaning!

In today’s world where some of us spend more time in our office then in our home, it is important to start widening our definition of spring-cleaning to better include all aspects of our life. When thinking about spring cleaning, it is important to include your workplace as well as your closets, garage and car. The workplace cleaning should include the physical workspace as well as digital and mental. All those extra hours logged at your desk can mean clutter builds, food crumbs get lodged into keyboards and dust gathers.

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To Hire or Not to Hire, That is the Question

A major milestone in any company’s life is when they decide to expand to have a human resources team. Usually it is the business owner who initially handles all aspects of HR. From the hiring to payroll to employee relations. However, at some point an owner/founder’s time is much more valuably spent developing the company. This is when you need to bring on someone who is solely focused on all of these issues and more.

So how do you determine when that time has come? Here are some valuable questions to ask to help you decide whether it’s time to build out that team.

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