Signs of Disengaged Employees

If you have disengaged employees, your business will suffer.  Productivity slows, communication does not flow, and projects come to a halt.  Employees may become disengaged for many reasons, some personal, some professional. That’s why it’s necessary to know the signs of a disengaged employee.
  1. Communication Issues.  If you have employees who don’t participate in meetings, or have decreased productivity due to poor communication with team members, they could be disengaged.
  2. Missing or Silent.  If you have employees who never answer their phone calls or emails, who miss meetings, or are absent from work a lot, they could be disengaged.
  3. Bad work quality.  If you have employees who have a decline in work quality, show up late to team meetings, or are missing deadlines, they may be disengaged.
  4. Burnout.  If you have employees who are tired and inefficient, they may be suffering from work overload (or burnout), causing them to be disengaged.
  5. Impolite and rude.  If you have employees who don’t go that extra mile, who lash out at coworkers or customers, or speak rude to others, they may be disengaged.
It’s important to have consistent communication with your employees, touching base often to make sure they are happy.  Making sure they’re expectations and needs are being met is extremely important for their health, and the health of your business. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Ways to Create a High Performing Team

What management often forgets, is that both sides of a company need to give and take.  The leader and the employee need to work together to achieve great results.  Because engaged employees lead to high team performance, a positive company culture is necessary. Ways to create a high performing team:Build a diverse team.  Employees from different backgrounds and from diverse cultures provide different points of view, which can greatly benefit a company. – The team comes first.  Instead of putting customers first, make the team the priority.  The company team needs to be well put together in order to please customers. – Provide clear communication.  Team members may miss important tasks or become frustrated if communication is unclear.  Make sure they know what is expected of them. – Create an enjoyable environment.  Work doesn’t have to include boring meetings. Encourage employees to be themselves and to have some fun. Don’t create a culture of scared team members, worried about breaking rules and never being allowed to think for themselves.  Companies need creativity, innovation, trust, and motivation.  A happy, healthy company culture is what all leaders should be striving for. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Steps for Success (onboarding for Interns)

Like any other onboarding process, the experience for Interns should be positive and productive.  If your onboarding program is successful, your Inters will feel valued and satisfied, become some of your best full-time employees in the future, and benefit your company in a very big way. Steps for Success: 1 – FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Interns accept positions months before graduation.  They see your program as an opportunity to grow as a professional.  Begin the onboarding process weeks in advance, giving them time to meet employees, ask questions, and to see your company as a great place to work. 2 – COMPANY CULTURE:  Organize a time with the Intern to come to the company for a visit.  Introduce them to the rest of your staff.  Give them a chance to see the company culture, the business in action, the employees hard at work, and your relationship with the team as a whole. 3 – ALWAYS CLARIFY:  Make sure the Intern knows what he/she is expecting to get out of the internship.  Make sure the manager who works with the Intern knows what he/she is expecting to get from the Intern.  Create a work plan with weekly goals, so there is more than just oral clarification. 4 – BE READY TO LEARN:  There are Interns who may have skills that you do not.  Be prepared to learn.  This will benefit your development and make them feel valued and included. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Good Communication = Business Success

Good communication isn’t just about solving conflicts in the workplace, it’s also about building relationships and building a successful business. Good communication helps employees feel heard.  Good communication makes information easy and clear to understand.  And good communication makes people better listeners.  All of these lead to higher customer satisfaction, happier employees, and increased revenue. When employees feel disrespected, or disregarded, there is often tension or conflict that follow.  If there is good communication within the team, employees can express their needs easier.  This leads to increased performance and higher employee engagement.  This also improves connections between team members, leading to a more positive work environment. Good communication helps create better client relationships.  Communication is different between satisfied and unsatisfied customers.  If employees are trained to communicate effectively, they will be better equipped to handle client relationships.  This leads to happier customers, which also means profits increase. Good communication helps build a better company culture, increases sales and production, enhances employee engagement, and creates a positive environment for innovation. Good Communication = Business Success rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Wellness in the Workplace

Would you like to create a healthy culture at work?  Then it’s time to create a health and wellness program for your employees.  When incorporating the following ideas into an organized and structured wellness program, your employees’ health with improve and healthcare costs will go down.
  1.  Prepare a list of healthy dining options close to work.  This way your employees can plan a healthy lunch schedule and even walk to whichever dining option they choose.
  2.  Instead of having break rooms filled with bags of chips and cookies, have fresh fruits and vegetables delivered for employees to eat for free.  Or have a healthy food fund where each employee contributes a certain amount of money each month for healthy workplace snacks.
  3. Provide a bike rack so employees can bike to work.  Include some kind of incentive for those who bike to work more than others.  Have a contest to see who bikes the most to work, with a gift-card for the winner (to a healthy restaurant or for a gym membership).
  4. Challenge your employees to take the stairs (if applicable).  Encourage them to count their steps.  Maybe have a contest for the employee who walked the most steps in a month.  And again, give a tangible (healthy) gift to the winner.
  5. Negotiate corporate discounts for health club or gym memberships in the area.  Employees love discounts on products and services, and it encourages exercise.
  6. Start a smoke-free policy.  Go one step further by providing resources to help smokers quit.
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6 Ways to Engage Your Employees

Engaged employees are happier, perform better, and provide a better customer experience. If you’re looking to engage your employees, increase employee retention, and ultimately improve performance & revenue, then you’ll want to use these strategies in the workplace: 1 – Give your employees what they need.  Help them succeed by making sure they have the needed tools and technology to do their jobs effectively. 2 – Train your employees.  Employees want to learn within their position.  Provide and encourage training.  You will also see a rise in retention rate. 3 – Encourage relationships.  Employees want to connect with coworkers.  It’s important to their job satisfaction.  Social interaction is necessary for engagement. 4 – Lead by example.  Create positive engagement by being a great boss.  Employees will stay at their jobs longer if they have responsible leadership. 5 – Listen to your employees.  They want their concerns, suggestions, and ideas heard.  This will empower them to work harder and more productively. 6 – Celebrate accomplishments.  Show your employees appreciation and give praise when it’s deserved.  Recognition is extremely important and many employees will leave their jobs if they don’t get it. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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8 Simple & Effective Team Communicating Techniques

As a leader, it’s absolutely critical you have effective communication in the workplace.  Communicating effectively helps to eliminate misunderstandings and encourages a healthy work environment.  It also increases work productivity and professionalism. Here are 8 ways to effectively communicate with your team: 1 – Consider having open meetings.  Your team will be able to hear, feel, and see what you have to tell them.  It allows you to communicate your passion. 2 – Send emails.  This allows you to send messages to your team without them leaving their projects/work stations. 3 – Have one-on-one meetings.  Spend time with your team members on a one-on-one basis.  This helps build relationships and better understand each other. 4 – Avoid a tense environment.  You want to provide a receptive atmosphere.  Your team should be able to communicate without feeling afraid. 5 – Train your team.  Communication during team training events can be very effective.  It’s the perfect time to give praise or reward those who deserve it. 6 – Listen to your team.  Don’t just talk to them, listen to them.  Listen more than you speak. 7 – Present information to your team.  Presentations give them an opportunity to ask questions and communicate to other team members. 8 – Encourage feedback.  Give your team members a chance to communicate back.  This can measure the effectiveness of your communication style. Effective communication makes for a happier team, a productive workplace, and a phenomenal team leader. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Keep Employees Engaged During the Holiday

The holiday season is a festive time filled with work parties and other exciting engagements.  But, it’s important to stay focused and successfully keep your staff engaged and productive during this time. Making more sales isn’t the only thing your business should be focused on.  Remember, your employees are stressed from an overload of interaction with customers, and a lengthy to-do-list before the end of the year.  It’s important for leaders to empower their staff this time of year.  Learn to engage your team members, to boost morale and keep a happy culture. Here are a few ways to engage your employees:Listen to your employees.  Include them in important decision making.  Ask for their input.  And acknowledge them for their efforts. – Have regular interactions with your staff.  Remind them they’re part of a team, and this consistency will allow them to stay focused, helping them achieve their goals, boosting their confidence. – Don’t micromanage.  Let them take the lead in heated discussions or customer issues.  Show your employees that you trust and value them.  This also boosts their confidence and makes them feel wanted. These small details can make a huge difference between a successful holiday season and a stressful one.  Proper engagement leads to a positive culture.  Commit to these tasks and you’ll have a winning end to your year, and happy employees too. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Guide to Employee Engagement

Employee engagement indicates how happy/content employees are in their jobs.  It goes beyond activities, games, and events.  Engaged employees see the whole company and understands their purpose/vision.  They also know exactly where and how they fit in. When a company has employees who are engaged appropriately, they get the following: – High levels of productivity – Better retention rates – Better decision making – Increased sense of health and well-being – Decreased healthcare costs – Boost to their bottom line Having engaged employees lead to a great company culture, which can be a powerful way of transforming an organization. Employers should make sure their employees: – Feel that their work is meaningful and makes a difference – Feel valued, trusted, and respected – Feel secure and self-confident An effective engagement strategy and a highly engaged workforce is more likely to retain top performers and attract new talent.  This leads to a more successful organization! rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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The Benefits of a Positive Company Culture

Company culture is extremely important in a business and it affects almost every aspect of the company.  Having a positive company culture will allow employees to find real value in their work, and it will lead to many positive outcomes for the business’ bottom line.  Employees who say their company has a strong culture feel happy and appreciated.  They go above and beyond their employers’ expectations. Some Benefits of a positive company culture: 1 – People WANT to work for the company. 2 – The company has a good reputation. 3 – The company attracts top talent. 4 – Employees foster a sense of loyalty. 5 – Employees retain their positions longer. 6 – Employees enjoy going to work every day. 7 – Job satisfaction remains high. 8 – There is more social interaction. 9 – There is more teamwork. 10 – There is more open communication. 11 – Employees are more likely to collaborate as a team. 12 – Employees have a higher rate of productivity. 13 – Employees tend to be more motivated. 14 – Employees tend to be more dedicated. 15 – Employees naturally feel happier. 16 – Workplace stress will be reduced. 17 – Employee health is boosted. 18 – Work performance is boosted. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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