Employees are feeling the pinch of the double-dip recession, putting in longer hours and skipping lunches. However all of these extra hours are not making employees more productive; instead they are worn out and disillusioned by the mounting work.
One of the key factors to the success of any business is how hard its employees work to surpass the goals of the company. In order for this to happen, however, the company’s employees should have a high level of accountability for the work they are doing.
There are the questions every manager should regularly be asking of themselves: how can I coach my employees to perform at their peak every day? What approach do I take to ensure my staff are playing to their strengths and addressing their areas of weakness?
Business owners and HR professionals are under tremendous pressure when hiring candidates for open positions. It’s imperative to bring in the right people for the right positions regardless of age because, as most employers realize, hiring the wrong candidate can be detrimental to productivity and profits.
If you have a tendency towards micromanaging your employees because you think that you are being helpful, or because you feel that you know better, you are negatively impacting your employee’s morale. Listen and learn why.
Here’s an interesting observation that I’ve encountered regularly from my years in the trenches as a Human Resources professional:
There is a disconnect between what the supervisor is thinking abut a particular workplace situation, and how their employees perceive the very same situation.
Are you sending your best employees to your competitors? In the average small business, six out of every ten employees are ready to take a job somewhere else.
Do your employees look forward to their performance appraisals, or do they cringe and procrastinate around review time? With a few tweaks, your appraisals can move from punitive documents to positive tools for employee career success.
Managers who want to stay ahead of the 8 ball when it comes to strategies for improving employee retention will find the article from USA Today, “Training is Key to Worker Retention, Company Competitiveness” a “must read”.
In the post “Workplace Violence: Forget the Myths and Get the Facts” I highlighted that every employer, no matter the size of the company, needs to prepare and think proactively as it relates to violence in the workplace.