Internal Transfers: What to Consider

When an employee comes to you and asks to move to another team or transfer out of your department entirely, what do you do?

As their manager, you’ve got some work to do before you give this employee an answer. First, decide if you can afford to let the employee move off of your team and if you can replace them. Then, to see if a transfer is the right decision for the employee and your company, there are a few things you need to consider. Find out why they want to move and how their performance reviews stack up before you reach out to HR and other teams or departments for openings.

You’ll want to hold on to valuable and hardworking employees, so it’s important to consider all factors and how a transfer can benefit the employee as well as your company.

 

Read further for 4 things to do when receiving an internal transfer request:READ MORE

Foster Career Development In Your Staff

When one of your best employees gives notice out of left field, you’ll certainly be wondering why. As it usually turns out, they had been thinking about it for months and consulting with friends and family. The one person they should have clued into that conversation was YOU, their manager. 

Their decision to leave could have potentially been avoided with a real conversation on whether they felt valued or if they felt they had the potential to grow within their role at your company. Unfortunately, this is a crucial conversation managers and employees completely drop the ball on.

LinkedIn research points out that one of the main reasons people quit their job is lack of career advancement; because they feel like they’re unable to do so in their current role. A recent Alight workforce study reports that 78% of employees expect managers to discuss career and learning opportunities with them and that shockingly only 37% of employees feel managers do this well. What do you do when your team members feel like they can’t talk about career development? Block out the time in your already-packed schedule to sit each one down for a real conversation about it.

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Everyone Is Jumping Ship, Should I follow?

Amidst the ever evolving workforce landscape, it’s not uncommon for people to change jobs. But when does it become cause for alarm when a few people leaving turns into a stampede of colleagues headed for the door?

If it seems your company is frequently losing strong team members, it may be time for you to evaluate your situation and ask yourself some key questions. It may be concerning to see colleagues you respect leave, but their departure should not immediately instigate a red flag warning for you. There are an array of factors to consider before making the decision to jump ship or to stay the course.

Keep reading for a few varying factors that can help you navigate a tricky situation: READ MORE

Keep the Holidays & the New Year Flexible

Now, more than ever, employees seek flexible work schedules as well as remote-work options. These enticing benefits can help employees stay more engaged and productive, especially during the holiday season. According to a survey from Accountemps, high stress factors during the holiday season were “holiday events and work obligations (32%), taking time off and coming back to heavy workloads (23%), and having fewer people on the job to help (18%).” While money may be one of the biggest motivators employees seek, flexible schedules and benefits are making their way to the top of the list. As we move through the busy holiday season and into the New Year, keep an eye out on what your employees are really asking for and what new employees require to say yes to your job offer.

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How To Maximize Your Work Day!

Ever find yourself wondering where the day went? You started with a plan of tasks to accomplish by the end of the day, but by the time the workday ends it feels like you’ve barely chipped away at your workload. We get it – we’ve all been there. Managing your time can be difficult, however, it’s the key to having a productive day. So, where do you start?

Try the following tips to help increase your productivity:READ MORE

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?

Read further to see how micromanaging is impacting your team and how you can alleviate some of the stress:READ MORE

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

Multigenerational Workplace: Creating Cohesiveness

From traditionalists to millennials, there is a wide variety of age groups coinciding in the workplace. These generations, which are roughly 50 years apart, share the same workplace and collaborate as team members to keep your company running. Because of the vast age differences, there may be challenges in how multigenerational workers coexist. How can you avoid challenges and manage a cohesive team of multigenerational workers?

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Retain Top Talent; Keep Your Employees Engaged!

The key to sustaining your company’s growth heavily relies on the engagement of your employees. In Gallup’s latest State of the American Workplace Report, only 33% of employees are engaged at work. Your company has successfully hired top talent candidates and in order to retain them you should aid in helping them feel appreciated, respected and worthwhile. What steps can you take to put an action plan into place to keep employees engaged and retain your top talent?

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