It’s easy to understand that employees are the hearts and minds of a small company. Whether you believe it or not, they are the cogs that drive your company forward; you’re just along for the ride, managing and tracking their progress, assigning tasks and maintaining a healthy workflow. But how do these “cogs” think and feel? This is something most employers fail to grasp; it’s not you that’s keeping the company afloat, it’s your employees, those busy bees that work and look up to you for guidance. (more…)
Did you know that a key aspect of employee engagement in the workplace is how much emotional intelligence a particular employee has?
Emotional intelligence or EQ for short, is where a person has the capacity to be aware of and to be able to identify their emotions. It also relates to how a person is able to really understand the emotions of other people around them. Why is this important for a person’s career? Studies show that more than two thirds of all competencies that are considered absolutely essential for high performance are associated with emotional intelligence.
To put the job simply, managers strive to motivate employees. A good manager understands what drives their team emotionally in order to foster a happier, more productive workforce. To meet that end, bosses incorporate various management styles and reward systems to encourage every employee to perform at their best.
But with so many ways to influence employee motivation, it can be easy to overlook the basics: Do your employees have what they need in their work environment? While proper ventilation and adequate lighting are definitely issues to consider, they only scratch the surface when assessing employee’s psychological needs in the workplace.
The corporate culture you promote can have an impact on your bottom line. It’s been shown that when employees feel appreciated they’re willing to work a little harder to help the company reach its goals. There are countless ways to show your team members that they matter. Here are some of the most effective employee recognition programs that can help you make a difference in your profit margins and production levels. (more…)
Public speaking is one of the things most people fear; this usually has to do with the worry of being embarrassed or seen as lacking in knowledge on your chosen subject. However, public speaking is a skill; it can be learned and mastered. In doing so, you will shine at your workplace and within your industry. Use the following tips to improve your public speaking skills. (more…)
Our friends at SnackNation had a great article on healthy snacks for the workplace and we decided to bring you a glimpse of it. The full article containing 42 great ideas is available at the bottom of this post.
Eating healthy at work is hard. There’s no way around it. Trying to plan out your meals for the week somehow always fails and you end up scrambling for the nearest fat loaded snack at the office.
So, we reached out to 42 health experts (i.e. nutritionists, dietitians, fitness coaches, doctors, and healthy lifestyle bloggers) and asked them one question:
What are your favorite healthy snacks to keep at work (or wherever you go) and why?
Our customers often ask us for ideas of non-monetary rewards that they can give to their employees. Most companies are on a budget when it comes to recognizing employee effort and they wish to find some original ideas to reward them.
Are you having the same problem where you want to recognize great work but can’t find the right way to reward an employee? (more…)
As a manager you are more than just a leader of a team, you are a role model. Staff will look to you for advice and leadership; they may also emulate your behavior to improve their own chances of success. As a manager it is essential to be aware of how damaging your words or negative attitude can be on your team; this will also affect your productivity. There are certain things you should never say to your staff. (more…)
The “Ignorance is bliss” mentality might work for certain things like, the taste of chocolate or the huge spider underneath your seat. It doesn’t however work in business. The day-to-day of leadership and management seems to leave the plate too full to find out what’s really going on in the hearts and minds of all of those email addresses and badges. Ignoring workforce issues, or not taking the initiative to find them out probably looks something like this…
Having a productive workforce is not only about having the best processes and making sure employees are working every paid minute. As you probably know, many companies find that offering time off and other benefits to employees pays off in the long run. Employee wellness (both physical and mental) has become more and more important with today’s busy lives. Let’s have a look at some of the best ideas we found to keep your employees healthy and happy. Ideas are listed by cost and complexity. (more…)
Here is a compilation of our favorite 10 quotes from leaders on employee engagement. We hope they will motivate you to improve your HR practices and rethink how you do management. Everyone wins when employees are engaged and sometimes all you need is a small idea to spark an innovation. (more…)
Once upon a time, there was a company called Acme* . Acme was based in the U.S. and had 500 employees with an average salary of $50,000.
Unfortunately, Acme had a problem.
Acme was losing money and had no clue why. Disengaged employees were the reason why the company’s numbers were dropping.
For months now the employees of Acme were stricken with different afflictions. It started with a loss of productivity. Disengaged employees were producing on average 7% less than they were the year before. (more…)
I’m sitting at my desk, working through my daily to-do list and trying to decide whether I really need another cup of coffee.
After a moment’s indecision, I decide that I really could use another cup of coffee and an excuse to stretch my legs. As I get up from my desk, my manager, Jim, enters my cubicle.
If you’ve ever read anything on employee engagement than you’ve no doubt come to the conclusion that much of the responsibility for engaging employees lies with leadership.
Being a leader is no easy task, especially when that task includes employee engagement. For that reason, I decided to ask a leadership expert some of the toughest questions I could come up with on how to deal with difficult leadership situations.