Are you stressed? Micromanaging makes it worse!

Have you ever found yourself continuously anxious at work – feeling like you constantly ask your team members for progress updates, have the need to be a part of every meeting and every email, or feel you need to do everything yourself for fear it won’t be done correctly? You probably think it is because you are a control freak or an extremely hands-on leader. However, in reality, you could be experiencing work-related stress resulting in micromanaging your employees. While you are responsible for your staff, you have a well-chosen group of employees for good reason – to help you and to assist in making sure your organization runs smoothly. While it may be hard to admit, over-controlling the process is most likely limiting the growth of your team and yourself. What can you do to limit stress and step back from micromanaging?

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Flexible Hours: The New Must Have!

Millennials are now making up most of today’s workforce and are projected to reach up to 46% of it by 2020. It is crucial for companies and organizations to understand what motivates them as employees in order to retain workers. Millennials seem to think of the traditional Mon.-Fri. 9a-5p schedule as a thing of the past. Furthermore, having a flexible work schedule is no longer just a trend, but a new fundamental factor in retaining top talent and attracting new employees. Compared to five years ago, 40% more companies in the US offer a flexible work option. It is widely documented that a happier work place results in higher productivity among staff. Shifting a healthy focus onto employee wellbeing and allowing companies to incorporate options for flexible hours and telecommuting days just might be the missing link to higher productivity and an overall positive company culture. How can you stay with the latest workforce trends and develop and implement a flex work option at your company?

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How to Manage Counter Offers

You have worked hard to create and maintain a cohesive team of successful, strong, and smart employees with a company culture to match. Each team member is a valuable asset and the last thing you want is to lose top talent. If one of your valued employees approaches you to let you know they have received a job offer from another company with higher pay, you may find yourself confronting the tricky process of counter offering. How can you manage counter offers to keep your employees happy and retain top talent?

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How to Keep Learning Without Going Back to School

Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk wondering how you could better yourself in your career and as a person? You’ve gone through training at work and you tend to devour new ideas and concepts, but you’re still craving more! Learning current and emerging skills will help progress you at work as well as in life. Fortunately, with our growing digital world, there is a plethora of resources for you to dive into and expand your knowledge in your downtime.

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Summer Team Building Activities

Summer might be coming to an end, but there is still time for some fun, summer time team building activities! See below for a few ideas to keep the summer office vibes going just a tad longer!
  • Popsicle making contest, provide employees with popsicle trays and leave the rest up to them!
  • Sand castle contest with fake sand to build in office
  • Ice cream sundae bar, with dairy free options, of course (you may want to pass on any nut based toppings based on employee allergies)
  • Hawaiian shirt contest, let employees bring their best tropical attire into the office
  • Team happy hour for alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks, leave work an hour early and one drink is on the boss! (goes great with Hawaiian shirt contest day)

 

Contest winners can receive anything from gift cards to a PTO day. End the summer months on a high note leaving your employees excited for next year’s office activities

Feeling Isolated at Work?

The modern day workplace has introduced a plethora of social platforms changing the way employees and managers interact and communicate with each other. It would come as no surprise that employees, or even yourself, can go an entire day without engaging with a colleague in person. Even in a bustling open office environment, overwhelmed employees can inadvertently shut down and withdraw from genuine connection. This can have a negative impact on company culture, causing employees to feel isolated and lonely. According to a University of Pennsylvania study, “employee loneliness led to poorer task, team role, and relational performance.” This loneliness can trigger an employee to be emotionally withdrawn and detached from their work and their peers. With a surplus of personalities in the office, it may be challenging to create an environment where each employee feels welcomed, appreciated, and a part of the team. How can you create a more cohesive work environment and disrupt potential isolation?

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Addressing Employee Gossip without Getting Sucked-In!

Allowing gossip to enter the workplace can negatively impact company culture by bringing down employee engagement and productivity. Office gossip can take many forms: company changes, employee salaries and promotions, personal affairs, and managerial problems. According to a study by Equisys, a business communications company, the average employees spends 65 hours a year gossiping at the office. When employees, especially managers get caught up in gossip, problems are less likely to be addressed, diminishing relationships and trust amongst co-workers. As managers it is our job to coach our teams and provide the best possible working environment we can. How can you avoid alienation and negativity among team members?

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Are You Guilty of Poor Communication?

Communicating with your staff members is pivotal to achieve company goals, deliver direction, and boost company culture and team morale. It is the job of management to be able to create an environment where employees feel comfortable, inspired, and ready to hit the ground running. However, more often than not, managers need their own coaching in their roles as mentors. Without it, employees are potentially left feeling neglected, lost, or unappreciated. This can lead to high turnover rates and unmotivated staff members. Cultivating a workplace where employees feel appreciated and motivated can stem from the verbal communication that happens within the office.

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Friends & Family Hires & Internal Referrals

With the unemployment rate dipping to record lows, it has been difficult for businesses to fill open positions. Management and HR may lean more heavily on Employee Referral Programs to fill these positions, or even hire friends and family members. These two options may seem like a no brainer; it saves time and money. However, it is important to note the risks of these particular hires and furthermore, how to manage them once they go through the on-boarding process.

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Summer Work Attire

As the temperature rises in the on-going summer months, it is hard to not want to throw on a tank top shorts and sandals. Even if it’s 100 degrees outside, you should not dress like you are going to the beach at work. It is important to continue to maintain your professional appearance in the office. You can incorporate work appropriate summer wear into your wardrobe without overdoing it!

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