Six Tips for Overcoming Workplace Negativity [Video Blog]

Posted on Jun 19, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Employees can lose motivation during periods of layoffs, high turnover, economic downturns, and other challenging situations. A negative atmosphere can set in and damage productivity. But all is not lost. You can engage and encourage even the most cynical employees with a few simple strategies.

1. Begin at the top. All senior- and junior-level managers must be on the same page. Employees should be encouraged to think positively, focus on organizational goals, and move past negativity. A consistent message is essential to promoting an environment of togetherness.

2. Make a management change if necessary. Even a top executive should be replaced if not performing to the best of his or her ability. Demonstrating a strong work ethic is key during challenging times at your company. The commitment to exceed potential must begin with company leadership.

3. Find leaders from within. There are always motivated people in an organization. These are employees who continue to perform, despite organizational setbacks or a pessimistic work culture. They should be recognized as role models who can encourage and teach others.

4. Don’t let fear overtake your culture. Remind employees about the positives in the organization’s outlook, even if your company is going through a rough time. Do your best to communicate regularly and honestly with employees.
 


5. Embrace change. Encourage employees to experiment with their methods. Take a look at different ways of doing things. New processes may seem foreign at first, but they can be more effective and efficient in the long run.

6. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to solicit help. Seek out those who are good at conflict resolution, motivating others, and curbing negative attitudes. Ask them for advice on how to turn a corner with employees who are resistant to change.

Overcoming negativity in the workplace isn’t easy. But it is possible. Managing with these tips in mind can help move your organization in a positive direction, even in challenging times.How to Keep Your Employees  Motivated and Productive [Video Blog]
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7 Steps to Creating a Mentoring Program [Video Blog]

Posted on May 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Mentoring programs are a great way to build a knowledgeable, productive, workforce. They’ve been shown to boost employee satisfaction and engagement, and to reduce turnover. Whether it’s to ease the transition for new hires or to develop skills in longtime employees, mentoring makes sense for companies of all types.

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Managing Employees Through Winter Weather [Video Blog]

Posted on Apr 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The science of predicting snowstorms has grown increasingly accurate. Still, meteorologists sometimes get it wrong, warning of "snowmageddons" that never materialize, but whose threatened arrival cause businesses—and even entire cities—to shutter needlessly. So what’s an employer to do when snow is in the forecast?

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Five Childcare Benefits for Working Parents [Video Blog]

Posted on Mar 22, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Time and again, working parents identify childcare as their top concern. As a manager, you recognize that the benefits you offer have a strong effect on how job candidates view your company. Your ability to attract working parents may come down to whether you offer childcare help as a benefit.

Indeed, childcare can be a crippling expense for working parents, with costs for at-home care averaging more than $28,000 a year in the United States. Easing this burden with strong workplace initiatives can help you attract and retain employees. The following strategies can enhance your appeal to employees with children.

1. PTO and flexible scheduling. Paid time off is often used to attract talent, especially millennials. However, it should also be pitched as a family-friendly benefit to working parents. Parents need time off for things like children’s medical appointments, unexpected illnesses, family vacations, and school events. Generous PTO and flexible scheduling make juggling work and home life much easier for families.

2. On-site childcare. This option may be expensive; it will also require considerable buy-in from management. However, on-site care addresses many concerns shared by working parents and could prove to be a “make-or-break” retention benefit for your workforce. Research shows that employees perform better and come to work more regularly when using on-site childcare. Employees also report that on-site childcare improves their ability to concentrate on their jobs.

3. Childcare subsidies. On-site childcare may not be possible. But consider enticing working parents by paying a portion of off-site childcare costs. With childcare ranking as one of largest expenses working families face, offering a subsidy can tip the scales in your favor when employees are weighing career options.

4. Childcare referrals. Even if you can’t afford on-site childcare or a subsidy, you can still help. Consider offering childcare support by establishing a resource network for your employees with children. Gather recommendations and information about local childcare providers and options, and make it readily available.

5. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). Many working parents find it hard to balance work and home life, especially after the birth of their first child. This stress can take a toll on their emotional health and work performance. You can help employees navigate this challenging time by offering counseling through an employee assistance program. An EAP is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees. EAPs address a broad and complex body of issues affecting mental and emotional wellbeing. You can choose the right EAP vendor for your organization’s needs and tailor the program to your workforce. EAPs are usually entirely paid for by the employer. Their benefits are offered to employees as well as their families.

Every working parent is different. No one solution can address all your employees’ needs. But recognizing the importance of childcare is essential. Offering support and solutions can go a long way toward attracting and retaining valued employees.

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How To Keep Employees Motivated [Video Blog]

Posted on Aug 4, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Today, we’ll be discussing employee motivation. Whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the owner of a five-person firm, you know that a motivated team is essential to your success. More than that, a demotivated staff can do serious damage to your business.

So, what are the warning signs of demotivated employees? According to a blog on the professional networking site, LinkedIn, there are three key areas to watch out for: workplace atmosphere, job standards, and employee productivity. If any or all of these are trending downwards, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with demotivated employees.

As a business owner or manager, you need to not only motivate employees, but also help them to motivate themselves. Ultimately, your goal is to create an environment that allows your employees to meet or exceed expectations, do their best, and feel valued.

Understanding what motivates employees comes down to knowing your staff as individuals. Remember, we all have different needs, aspirations, and values…therefore, what motivates one employee may not work for another. That’s why your best strategy is to offer a range of motivators to improve performance, enthusiasm, and retention.

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