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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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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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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Tips to Build a Great Company Culture

All business owners want their employees to love coming to work.  Employees should not dread their jobs every day.  They should find it very hard to leave, but that’s not always the case.  Most of this is because of workplace stress, created by leaders, co-workers, or challenging projects.  Company Culture should ease some of this stress because culture is supposed to sustain employee enthusiasm. Here are some tips to help business owners build a great company culture: 1 – Hire only people who fit into the current company culture.  Many qualified individuals may have a solid performance, but if their attitude clashes with the company culture, it can be detrimental to the business. 2 – Make sure all employees are in line with the company’s values and mission.  Those who are passionate about what the company is doing, become more dedicated and strive harder to accomplish goals. 3 – Help the team members feel like they’re part of a team, not just an individual.  Individuals can break down during conflicts and become ineffective.  Team members work together and work best when they are feeding off each other.  Teams get things done! 4 – Allow all the team members to help in decision making.  If employees just go to work and do what they’re told, they are only helping someone else achieve their dream.  Involve all employees in making company decisions.  They want to have a voice that creates meaningful impact within the company.   rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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How to Engage for Success

How attached are you to the way you run your business?  Are you willing to do things differently?  Are you able to organize your day differently?  If you want your employees more engaged, you may need to make several changes that you are currently not comfortable with.  Can you do that? As the leader of your company, it’s necessary to get out and talk to your employees.  Help them when necessary.  Ask them about their families or about something that interests them.  How much do you really know about them?  How much do they really know about you? What about future plans of your company?  You may know what your visions are for your business, but do your employees?  They need to know how your plans will benefit them, or cause them problems.  Do you ever really listen to your employees?  Do you hear what they really have to say?  Are you developing a team who all know and envision your future plans for your company? If you are not working together with your employees for success, celebrating achievements and sharing rewards, then you will want to rethink how you engage with them. Set aside some time on a regular basis to talk to your employees about how, together, you can improve the business.  Find out what ideas your team has.  Actively listen to what they have to say.  What could you all do differently, as a team, or individually, to improve your service or to increase your business success?  What is really worth investing in? Working with your team, engaging them with conversation, working towards company goals, and increasing individual success, not only improves business but will help you retain your best employees, but it will reduce turnover and make a huge difference to the success of your business! PJ's New Pic (smaller)ActionCoach-logo
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Keeping Employees Engaged During the Holidays

The countdown to the holidays can be exciting and stressful, especially at the workplace.  The holiday spirit usually brings energy, creativity, and motivation to employees.  But, managers often have a hard time keeping their team members on task. The end of the year comes with completion of big projects or milestones, which can be motivating yet difficult.  So, it’s important for managers to have compassion and know that the holidays are part of an emotional season. Here are a few ways to keep your team going throughout the holiday season:
  1. Celebrate Success – with phone calls, thank you cards, through emails, and through positive reinforcement.
  2. Set Goals – to keep your team members productive and on track.
  3. Encourage Time Off – make sure your employees know that it’s important for them to spend time with loved ones, to have something to look forward to, to recharge their batteries.
  4. Schedule Regular Meetings – keep everyone in the loop, that way they feel important and are less likely to resist authority.
  5. Create an Enjoyable Environment – make sure to create an atmosphere of acceptance, unity, and friendship.  Employees will become more motivated in a positive workplace.
While holidays are hectic, and business is still going on, it’s extremely beneficial to make sure your employees are happy, healthy, and look forward to coming back in the new year.  Productive team members make for great business! PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Creating a Positive Work Environment

It’s important to make sure your entire team feels encouraged, accepted, and happy. When they experience a positive work environment, they become more motivated and perform better. Take time to create a workplace that results in dedicated performances by your employees. Nurture your team using these tips:
  1.  Ask your team members what their immediate goals are.  Find out their project interests as well as their career objectives.
  2. Communicate “in person” not through email or text messages. People respond well to the real thing.
  3. Give their work a sense of purpose.  Show your appreciation by complimenting your team members.  Or simply say “thank you” for a job completed.
  4. Don’t always stick to protocol.  Listen to what your team members have to say. Take their ideas seriously, as they may view a more productively way to carry out a project.
  5. When delegating, trust your team members.  Let go and let them own the task you give them.  Letting them make decisions also communicates trust.
  6. Allow time for fun. Have some laughs over topics that have nothing to do with work.
  7.  A well-connected team often results in respect and acceptance. Collaboration helps everyone work toward the same goals.
Remember, everyone plays an important role in making sure the workplace environment is positive. PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Effective Change Leadership

Often change in leadership is necessary for business growth. But, it’s hard to get employees on board.  Employee resistance and lack of engagement sometimes deter new directions for businesses. Management is about control and maintenance.  Change leadership is about empowering people.  It’s important to help employees realize that changes in leadership can be a positive thing. Here are a few tips for effective change leadership:
  1. Communicate Properly:  Make sure all employees know, in advance, what is changing.  Perhaps adopt a more efficient communication system to accomplish this.
  2. Answer Questions:  Employees want to know what is changing, how these changes are going to occur, and what’s in it for them.  Make sure you present the company’s vision when answering these questions.
  3. Don’t Avoid the Unknown:  It’s alright to step outside your comfort zone. Encourage your employees to embrace change. Teach them not to avoid the unknown.
  4. Be Committed:  Build trust in your employees and be committed to the changes. They won’t commit unless you do.  They need to trust that you can (and will) change before they feel comfortable to do it themselves.
Create a strong and more collaborate culture.  Change is good when everyone is on board. It can turn into success if managed effectively. PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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