September 23rd, 2014
From entry level to the executive suite, almost every employee is vulnerable to burnout. Identifying the signs early can help employers to address the problem right away, either by taking steps to relieve excess stress, or if it can’t be remedied, letting the employee go.
Work quality can quickly go downhill when an employee begins to feel burned out. When you first notice that they are not meeting expectations or reaching goals, pull the employee aside to discuss the issue. Hear them out and offer what help you can. Be sure they are taking their vacation time, remind them of any counseling or other services your company offers and monitor them closely for improvement or further decline.
Lack of Participation
Employees who are burned out often “check out.” They stop speaking to colleagues as often, going to lunch, or participating in group activities. Not every employee spends a lot of time with their co-workers, so don’t be alarmed by naturally introverted employees, but watch for the reduction from former interaction levels that can indicate burnout. Read the rest of this entry »
September 16th, 2014
Even when your company is fully staffed, you can suffer skills gaps that can prevent you from maximizing your bottom line. Creating strategies to identify and address these gaps can ensure business success.
Where are you now?
Determine whether your current are goals being met. Do you have enough employees — and are they the right people? Do you need to hire new people or can you offer training to your current staff to ensure that their skills are up-to-date?
Where are you going?
Do you have enough staff for future plans? Can you cover any expansion of your territories? Decide what skill sets anticipated product launches, new technologies or initiatives will require so that you can add people to your team that have the background and skills you require for success.
How can you address any shortfalls?
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September 9th, 2014
Making the right hiring decisions is critical to your business. But is it more important to find someone who comes to you with natural talent and experience or is it better to hire a trainable hard worker?
Work ethic cannot be trained for. Hire someone with a strong work ethic and you can count on them to always go beyond expectations. If you offer them the training they need to succeed on the job, their determination means that they will devote the same attention to their training as they do to their work. You end up with a well-trained, dedicated employee who is likely to stay on the job in the long term. Read the rest of this entry »
July 30th, 2014
Not all employees function equally – no matter how much managers and executives would like them to do so. In any successful organization, a large base of steady, capable, focused individuals support a much smaller group of “superstars,” who tend to produce the innovations that drive the company forward.
You can’t survive without the “steadies.” But you can’t maximize your competitive stance without thriving top talent. How do you create an environment that nurtures both – keeping your steady staff secure while freeing top talent to thrive?
Know Your Talent
Not all top talent-whether established professionals or “rising stars”-is created equally. But top players tend to share certain characteristics. These include: Read the rest of this entry »