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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Onboarding Checklist

When onboarding a new hire, there are numerous tasks that need to be done.  To make sure nothing is forgotten, it’s smart to prepare a basic checklist.  Below is a list of things that should be done in preparation for a new employee: Before the new hire’s first day:
  • Set-up the new hire’s office/desk
  • Gather necessary software/hardware for the new hire
  • Set-up an email address for the new hire (and add it to the company database)
  • Set-up a phone/voicemail for the new hire
  • Set-up a time-sheet for the new hire
  • Prepare parking permit paperwork (if applicable) for the new hire
  • Schedule employee photo (for badge) for the new hire
  • Gather benefits & payroll paperwork for the new hire
  • Have the hiring manager and/or team leader email the new hire to welcome him/her
  • Identify an appropriate employee to be the new hire’s coach/mentor
During the new hire’s orientation:
  • Make sure the new hire understand his/her benefits
  • Make sure the new hire understands what is expected of him/her
  • Answer any of the new hire’s questions regarding the position
  • Make sure the new hire knows how to use the basic tools to do his/her job successfully
  • Give the new hire a tour of his/her office and building (introducing to team members and other staff)
  • Make sure the new hire has signed all the required paperwork to begin working
  • Arrange for the hiring manager and/or team leader to meet with the new hire after orientation
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How to Effectively Lead a Team

If you are leading a growing company, you want to deliver desired results and be respected by your team. It is possible to lead a team and maintain a positive environment.  Ideally, you want to become more than just a boss.  You want to become an effective leader. Tips to become an effective leader: 1 – Don’t keep changing methods.  Find a specific strategy and stick to it.  Constantly changing directions can make a team feel frustrated, never knowing when the next time will come when you’re planning to change things up, again. 2 – Have clear goals.  Make individual and team goals, and make sure you track their progress.  This inspires and motivates your team members.  It also helps you improve your results for future projects. 3 – Educate your team members.  As your company grows, those within the company have to grow too.  Provide training for employees.  Team members often thrive on self-development.  Give them opportunities to consistently improve. 4 – Create a nurturing work environment.  From decorations, to furniture, to music, to break rooms, and more.  A comfortable, well-designed work space can improve team performance, which increases production within your company and makes for a content company culture. 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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How Managers Can Handle Stressful Workplace Situations

Managers are often in positions where they face stress on a daily basis.  Stress can be handled in many different ways, and the manner in which they deal with the stress depends on the situation.  And if stress is not handles properly, it can take a mental, emotional, and physical toll on everyone involved. Here are some ways managers can handle stress in the workplace: 1 – Find out where the stress is coming from.  Is it related to the specific work an employee is doing or is it a conflict among workers?  The manager needs to better understand the source before it can be fixed. 2 – Learn how to deal with the stress.  Should there be some type of training that needs to be given?  Should more work be delegated out?  The manager should decide what steps need to be taken to alleviate the stress levels. 3 – Deal with conflicts calmly.  Removing workers who may be causing an issue is a way to handle the conflict without embarrassing or reprimanding them in front of others.  Give them a chance to explain.  The manager should try to work out a solution that both parties can agree on. 4 – Be organized.  A lack of organization can cause stress before stressful situations even arise.  Prioritize tasks more efficiently.  Many managers need to work alone on their own tasks, so organizing and delegating where possible can help lesson their stress levels. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Common Leadership Styles

As leaders, we help our companies grow.  And the longer we lead, the more we change the way we choose to lead.  Leaders have a huge impact on the companies they work for, and the employees they work with. Here are a few common leadership styles used today: 1 – Democratic Leadership:  the leader makes the decisions based the input of every employee. It’s also known as shared leadership.  Each group member participates in the decision-making process. 2 – Autocratic Leadership:  the leader makes the decisions without the input of every employee.  They have control over all decisions.  Advice from others is rarely accepted. 3 – Strategic Leadership:  the leader has the ability to influence others to make decisions.  They motivate and persuade others to share the same vision.  It’s a strategy in managing the employees. 4 – Transformational Leadership:  the leader is always improving, pushing employees outside their comfort zone.  The goal is to develop followers into leaders. 5 – Transactional Leadership:  the leader rewards and punishes employees.  The goal is to keep their employees motivated for the short-term. 6 – Bureaucratic Leadership:  the leader listens to the employees but often rejects their input if it conflicts with company policy or previous practices.  They apply a system of rules for management and decision-making. 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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Proactive Strategy: A Powerful Tool for Success

It’s necessary to take a pro-active approach when it comes to management.  Successful entrepreneurs take charge of their destiny; they don’t allow others to push them around.  A pro-active approach involves: – being fully aware of the dynamics of the market – taking actions that will prepare you in advance for changes that may occur – tailoring your organizational responses to different environmental factors as they change – keeping abreast of new ideas and technologies being introduced to the market – arming yourself with the knowledge that you need to succeed – designing appropriate plans of action that will make you succeed A pro-active approach helps to: – grow your revenue – spend time and money in more efficient ways – save time and money going forward – re-invest into your bottom line – prepare with a strategic plan If you want to have a business structure that is well aligned to carry out your own goals, missions, visions and objectives, then you’ll want to take a pro-active approach in your organization. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Best Onboarding Process for New Hires

Employees leave the workplace for many reasons, some that can be resolved if the new hire is set up to succeed from the start.  That is why the onboarding process is so important. Here are some helpful ideas you can start implementing right away in your business: 1 – Contact the new hire before they start.  Make sure someone is reaching out to them between their accepted offer and their start date.  Perhaps even something as small as having their new manager call and give a brief introduction.  Or have HR email them a simple reminder of their start day/time with first-day instructions.  Either of these can help the new hire feel they made the right choice. 2 – Set up a portal for the new hire.  Give them online access so they can start learning about the company or fill out important forms before they start.  You don’t want them to spend their entire first day filling out paperwork. 3 – Good first impressions will make their first day memorable.  Take them on a tour of the building.  Introduce them to other employees in the same department.  Have their desk ready with everything they need and maybe a small welcome package.  Schedule a lunch with their new manager. 4 – Assign them a mentor who works in the same department.  This gives them a go-to person in case they have questions, comments, or concerns.  Make sure the mentor demonstrates leadership skills. 5 – Set defined expectations.  Ensure the new hire knows his/her new responsibilities and is familiar with the company’s vision/goals.  Communicate clearly with the new hire and make sure their manager checks in with them often to see how things are going. 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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