Team building games are often met with a groan. Nobody wants to spend time doing awkward activities with coworkers, especially so if it feels pressured.
But the thing is – team building doesn’t have to be boring or unpleasant. The right team building activities can help your employees bond, which in turn boosts engagement and productivity.
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You love your job as a manager. It’s stressful and challenging. No one day is the same but it’s incredibly rewarding.
You love working with people, mentoring them, and getting the best out of those on your team. You’re riding the wave of happiness, seems everyone loves working with you—until today.
Your team hired three new developers. You hit it off with two of them. Plans were made to go out for tacos this week. But the third developer, not so much.
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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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Employee motivation in 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.
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 a 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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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 3 min