Category Archives: Employee Management

7 deadly sins & heavenly virtues of employee management [Infographic]

It’s no secret that you need a highly motivated team to achieve great results in any business. However, being a likable boss and a successful manager at the same time can be a very challenging task. In order to deliver the desired results for your business while keeping a positive karma score, find out the 7 deadly sins and 7 heavenly virtues of employee management in this infographic.

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Motivating your employees – what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it

Employee motivation at the workplace seems to be a problem nowadays.

A study on employee engagement has found that 70% of employees are disengaged at work. For a manager whose success depends on the productivity of their employees, these statistics don’t exactly inspire confidence.

The chances are that your employees are counting down the minutes until they can shut down their computers and call it a day. That’s quite the opposite of the vision you have for dedicated, passionate employees who will stop at no ends to guarantee the success of your company.

Look:

Research from the University of California found that demotivated employees are 31% less productive, are 3x less creative and 87% more likely to quit than motivated employees.

And it gets worse:

It was calculated that every unmotivated employee costs the business an estimated $2246 a year. Now, imagine your company employs over hundred people, out of which 70% dislike their job… That’s a LOT of money they’re losing.

The question is: if 70% of all employees say they are disengaged and unmotivated at work, then what the heck are managers doing that terribly wrong?

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How to fire a problematic employee

10 step process for dealing with problematic employees – from warning to firing

Let’s say your business is doing well. You are constantly growing, increasing revenue. You have the best people on the team, dedicated to the same goals and vision as you are.

Sounds perfect, huh?

But then…

It comes to your attention that some of your employees are chitchatting behind people’s backs, and some seem a little resentful.

You notice that some of your workers are taking advantage of your good heart and are deliberately being difficult:

Some may not be as punctual as you’d want them to be. Some are cheating your time clocking system. And you may think it’s something offensive only to you, but consider your other honest and hardworking team members. Is this fair to them?

As a manager, it’s your job to take notice. Because good office environment has a huge effect on your employees’ work capabilities. Unfortunately, so does a bad one.

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6 problematic employee situations and easy solutions [infographic]

I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

The most important tasks for a company owner or manager are to make sure that work is getting done, and everyone is moving in the same direction.

Each employee is like a cog in a complex machinery, and everyone has to be doing their job to reach the common goal.

However, all too often, managers and owners alike run into the challenge of dealing with unmotivated employees not doing their jobs. That can range from not coming to work, taking leisurely lunch breaks, not clocking in or out, and ultimately, cheating the system.

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5 Tools to Make Meetings More Productive

We all know what it’s like to be stuck in a meeting and helplessly watch the second hand on the clock tick impossibly slowly. You feel as if time has completely stopped and you gradually lose focus as you listen to coworkers debate an issue that could have easily been resolved in an email. No matter how good the intentions, some meetings are an unproductive use of your time (and painful to sit through).

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5 Reasons Why CEOs Use Time Tracking for their Small Businesses and Why You Should, Too

Do you run a small business? How do you keep tabs on your employees? Many small businesses don’t have an HR department; it’s up to you, the CEO, to monitor staff workflow and productivity. It’s a good thing that in this day and age, there are myriad tools to help. One way to complement your HR initiatives is through time tracking tools like DeskTime.

But don’t take our word for it – we surveyed 2000 DeskTime account owners and administrators to find out why they use our tool. Here are the top 5 reasons why they use time tracking and how your small business can benefit, too.

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Build a culture of high performance – start looking at your staff’s needs

This is a guest post from Christopher Austin from PeopleInsight.co.uk

Several years of practice and research have been devoted to improving performance management in companies worldwide. However, the conventional understanding of the performance review process is inefficient in the eyes of employees, managers, CEOs and company owners. Studies have shown that annual reviews are not helping increase employee engagement and performance; what really makes employees happy is the day-to-day process of offering feedback, leveraging talent and communicating expectations.

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5 easy ways to get more from your employees

When establishing your own business, one of the biggest challenges is cultivating an effective managerial style. Here are some techniques that you can implement to develop your managerial presence, while motivating your employees and improving productivity at the same time.

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1. Create self-esteem incentives

If your employees feel appreciated and respected, they’ll be more motivated and are more likely to work efficiently. Build incentives that will impact your employees the most. That might be empowering and employees by putting them in charge of an important project or presentation, or giving them the opportunity to train in another department. As a result, your employees will feel that their skills, and themselves personally, are valued by the company and thus your workforce will be happier and more productive.

2. Streamline expectations

When assigning a project, it’s important that there is a clear primary goal. If you add other minor goals to a project, that can often detract from your original purpose and reduce employee efficiency. By channeling the majority of employee effort on accomplishing your main goal, they’ll remain focused and will better understand the task at hand. As a result, your employees will deliver a better end product and will also have more time and energy to devote to the next important project.

3. Define employee roles

Within a working environment, structure is key to success. Provide clear communication to your employees regarding what you expect them to do, and what they can expect other people to do. Therefore, your employees will work on their individual roles more competently, and will know who to turn to when they need information or help in a specific area. If all employees know their specific roles and aims, as well as those of others, then your company will have the effective structure necessary to make smooth progress. Moreover, it gives employees an opportunity to exercise responsibility and take pride in their specific roles.

4. Use an internal communication system

Regardless of the scale of your business, it’s fundamental that you provide your team with adequate online communication tools such as instant messaging and project management resources. This will enable them to remain connected and informed immediately of any project updates or changes, no matter where they are located within the framework of your business. Internal Communication Systems are particularly popular within public services where communication is vital, such as the UK NHS where Premier Patient Line provide internal communications systems.

5. Provide constructive and meaningful feedback on a regular basis

Feedback is fundamental to an effective management relationship with your employees. Aim to offer regular and helpful feedback to employees in a way that encourages them to work harder, rather than criticisms which are likely to reduce their motivation. Your feedback doesn’t always have to be positive, but is does always need to be constructive – working towards a goal. Always seek to encourage employees; if they have not achieved a goal, show them methods in which they could improve or assign them help, rather than simply berating them. This way, employees are more likely to come to you if they need help. Moreover, they are more likely to work productively if they feel their work is appreciated and held in high regard.

AuthorThis article was written by George Campbell a freelance writer from Birmingham, England. George has been a teacher for four years and he loves writing about education but he is versatile and he also write across a variety of other topics. You can connect with George on Twitter and Google+.

How Office Security Can Boost Productivity

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At first glance, it might seem like workplace security measures would hinder productivity. After all, security measures block access to certain websites,require the generation of complicated passwords and often necessitate training sessions for employees.

But upon further examination, business owners are likely to find that security measures can actually increase productivity and improve overall employee performance. Rather than being viewed as a necessary evil, security measures – just like breaks – should be used to help workplaces operate more efficiently than ever before.

Here are a few examples of how office security and productivity go hand in hand. Although implementing these measures may require a little work upfront, they are likely to pay off over the long haul in terms of safety and efficiency.

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How to explain time tracking to your employees

To managers it’s obvious – time is money. So, it’s important to make the most of the work hours, and that’s probably the reason why you use time tracking to keep up with your employees.

And you’re not alone.

A new study found that 80% of major companies in the USA monitor their employees’ use of email, Internet or phone. The most common reasons for employee monitoring is productivity and attendance tracking, as well as to prevent misuse of the company’s property. Read more 4 min