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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Setting Reachable Business Goals

It’s important to set goals for your business.  When you have well-defined goals, they will help your business grow, help you achieve your objectives, improve teamwork, improve collaboration, and help everyone understand the direction your business in heading towards. Remember to set SMART goals: – Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Relevant – Timely Here are some tips to help you establish and reach your goals: – Create a clear statement for your purpose. Clear mental images help you see through any setbacks that may come along. – Make sure you consistently go over your goals (monthly, quarterly, or annually).  This helps you keep them relevant and achievable. – Take action.  Be sure to fit the type of action to the scope of each problem.  Some problems may require a longer detailed plan of action. – Keep yourself scheduled, but stick to it.  Use a calendar app to help you, and you’ll see your productivity level rise. – Remember that not everything works out the way you want it to.  Don’t be afraid of failure.  Respond to challenges and opportunities positively and flexibly. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Time Management in the Workplace

If you really want to work smarter and be more productive, then you need to change the way you work.  If you think you don’t have enough time to apply time management into your workplace, think again.  It doesn’t matter which time management tips you use, just make sure you use them consistently. Here are some quick time management tips:
  1. Organize your workday into 15-minute chunks.  It’s long enough to get something done, but short enough to find in your day.
  2.  Shut you door to eliminate drop-in visitors.  This is very helpful when you need to concentrate on large projects.
  3. Eliminate distractions.  Send calls to voicemail and turn off email notification.  Check messages in the morning, after lunch, and then again before you leave for the day.
  4. If you are thinking of a million other things that need to get done, write them down.  This will help you to remember them later and you’ll get them out of your head so you can focus on the task at hand.
  5. Create a to-do list.  Schedule tasks in a calendar and cross things off as you complete them.  This not only gets things done, but it will be satisfying as well.
These are all very simple tips that will greatly improve your efficiency and productivity throughout your workday. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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How to Improve on Productivity as a Leader

Strong management is key to a successful company.  And employees thrive with powerful leaders.  So, it’s worth investing time and resources into developing effective leadership skills. Becoming a masterful leader takes time, but there are some things you can do right now to better yourself in your leadership position. Here are a few ways to increase productivity as a leader: 1 – Set clear goals and expectation for each quarter – this ensures that your employees agree with and understand their objectives. 2 – Take advantage of organizational tools – this way you have the infrastructure in place to support your work, and the rest of your team will follow. 3 – Schedule Short Meetings – long meetings are boring and take up too much of your team’s valuable time.  Schedule 10-15 minute meetings and you’ll be amazed by how much time you’ll save. 4 – Become closer to your team – this will allow you to communicate with them more effectively. 5 – Write everything down – take notes at meetings so you can prioritize your responsibilities and have less of a chance to forget important details. These small chances to your schedule can help you lead a more productive team. PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Time Management for Achieving Goals

Time management is an effective skill that helps you reach your goals in work and all through your life.  The important thing to remember is that it’s not about how much time you have…it’s about how effectively you manage it. If you want to start setting and achieving your goals, you need to seriously avoid distractions and bad habits.  You will have to focus on working hard instead.  So, you’ll need to find a good time management system and stick with it.  Pay attention to how you use your time, and you won’t fail to achieve your long-term goals. Stay balanced.  Follow a system that will help you get things done…one where you can prioritize work, family, and personal time. Here are some helpful time management tips:
  1.  Make sure your goals have a powerful meaning for wanting to achieve them.  If they don’t, then you could fall off track.
  2. Use the four quadrant time management system.  Decide between urgent and not urgent activities, and important and not important activities.
  3. Record your time in a journal for at least a week.  How was your time used?  Was time wasted?  How does this time fit into the four quadrant system?
  4. Tackle your biggest tasks in the morning.  This will give you the biggest momentum to help you through the rest of your day.
  5. Remember the 80-20 Rule.  80% of the efforts comes from 20% of the results.
  6. Develop good habits and get rid of bad ones.  Focusing on good habits allows you to get better at managing your time, making other good habits develop easier!
  7. Take frequent breaks while working.  Work for 1 hour and break for 15 mins (if you can).  Go for a short walk or meditate during that time.  You’ll have more energy and you’ll focus better when you return.
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Successful Time Management Tips

As business owners, we all want to make the most efficient use of our time, working smarter and not harder.  This involves planning, patience, and discipline.  Here are some time management tips to help you get started: Set a timeline and clear goals:  Focus your energy on things you want to achieve.  This allows you to be more productive by planning your schedule efficiently. Create a daily routine:  The more you stick to a routine, the easier tasks will be.  Plan your tasks keeping productivity in mind.  You’ll respond to repetitive behavior in no time. Give yourself some down time:  Your brain can focus for about 90 minutes at a time, so give it some cool off time in between tasks.  Breaks are important to stay productive. Stay healthy:  Keeping your body healthy is important to your well being.  Snack on healthy foods like fruits, nuts, and veggies.  Consider exercising once a day to boost your energy.  And always drink lots of water. Stay organized:  Keep your work space organized and clean.  Don’t spend half your day looking for misplaced items.  Consider investing in some organizational tools for your office. Delegate some tasks:  Don’t think you have to be in control and do everything yourself all the time.  Work on the tasks you’re skilled in and ask for help from experts for other tasks.  This reduces your workload and allows you to be more productive.   PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Best Practices for Your HR Team

Every HR team has numerous responsibilities.  They include recruiting, hiring, training, compensation, termination, benefits, and evaluations.  And, a company’s success is ultimately the result of the people they hire.  It’s very important to avoid mistakes that can be extremely costly for the company. Here are some ways to make sure your HR department provides strategies to benefit management, employees, and the company overall:
  1. Conduct hiring practices that include resume screening, background checks, well-written job descriptions, advertisements, postings, the interview process, and job offers.
  2. Conduct termination practices that include documentation, employee termination evaluations, avoiding litigation, exit interviews, group downsizing, and unemployment claims.
  3. Conduct evaluation processes that paint a clear picture of an employee’s personality, skills, abilities, talents, and their future within the company. Help retain top talent from direct employees before hiring new individuals.
  4. Prevent Harassment by educating managers and other employees about discrimination, including sex, race, age, gender, religion, and more.
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Is Your Sleep Affecting Your Business?

If you are a business owner, you are probably routinely running on very little sleep.  Even though many entrepreneurs view this as a normal pattern for themselves, it goes against the fact that adults need 7-9 hours of sleep, each night. High-achieving people represent a small portion of society, and this small portion of society is probably sleep deprived.  Maybe they are so driven that they can overcome the effects it has on their body and mind. Whether they admit they’re exhausted or not, the fact is YOU NEED SLEEP. Your entire body pays the price when it isn’t well rested.  Some side effects of not enough sleep are:
  1. Unable to focus
  2. Gain weight
  3. Increased exhaustion (burning out)
  4. Under-performed memory
While some of us don’t think we need a lot of sleep, we need to be reminded that sleep is highly correlated to your mood, weight, concentration, and memory.  Don’t let your productivity decline just because you want extra hours (awake) to yourself at night. Get enough sleep! Your body (and your business) will thank you! PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Work-Life Balance: How to Get It

With working professionals having technology accessible 24/7, fearing job loss, and ultimately working 50+ hours each week, it’s clear that stress is common.  But it can also be damaging.   A work-life balance might mean something different to everyone, but it means everything to your health and happiness.  Here are some tips to help balance them: 1 – Detach yourself from your electronics!  Spend some quality time playing a board game with your kids at night. Sit down for half an hour with a book in your hand.  Turn your phone off.  Put your tablet away.  Get rid of the text and email distractions because most of the time they’re work related.  Just unplug for a short time each day! 2 – Exercise!  It’s important to make time in your calendar daily to pump feel-good endorphins through your body.  It helps to lift your mood and tackle your day without feeling sluggish.  Even if you just take a walk on your lunch break (without your cell phone) or go for a walk with your family at night (without your cell phone).  Just make time for some daily 30-minute movement (even Yoga counts).  3 – Stop being an overachiever!  Life is complicated.  As adults, we have more responsibilities.  Often we strive to be perfectionists in out-of-reach situations.  Don’t push yourself so hard.  We are all human.  Work hard, but let your overachieving attitude go. Don’t demand so much of yourself.  It just creates more unwanted stress.  Goals are good. Perfectionism is not. PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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