Posts

Implementing A Performance Improvement Plan

Image
At some point in time, almost every manager is going to encounter an under-performing employee. In some cases, a manager may simply terminate the employee, but in other cases, there may be a greater benefit in investing some additional effort to try and help them improve. A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is one way to do this. Just creating a Performance Improvement Plan will not help on its own. The PIP needs to be implemented properly to work effectively. Here are 3 keys to successfully implementing a PIP. Addressing the Right IssuesDeveloping a PIP should be a collaborative process, not a series of directives. Too many managers make the mistake of assuming they know why performance is lagging without ever taking the time to consult the employee experiencing the lag. Instead of simply telling the employee all the many ways they are failing, make sure you are really listening to what they feel the obstacles are to their success. For any PIP to be successful it needs to address the…

Promoting Creative Work Environments

Image
When people think of creative jobs, they often think of artistic fields or endeavors. The truth is, however, that creativity is simply the means by which you imagine new solutions to old problems. Creativity is, at heart, nothing more than outside-the-box thinking, which is important in any business or industry. Here are 3 ways to cultivate and promote a creative work environment. Balance Collaborative Opportunities with Quiet TimeToo much of a good thing generally isn’t good. While remote workers often lose out on the collaborative opportunities afforded in an office, office workers don’t have as much ability to create the same interruption-free zone that remote workers can. Innovation requires a delicate balance of input from others to fuel creativity and quiet time to put all the pieces together. To get the most from employees, businesses have to create an environment where both needs can be met. Foster Ongoing Learning and ExplorationSome of the most wealthy and successful people in…

Developing Your Soft Skills

Image
There is a growing need for people to develop their soft skills to successfully compete in the workplace. Employers look beyond the obvious hard skills that are necessary for a job and value mastery in areas of communication, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, time management and conflict resolution. A lifetime of habits and attitudes can be difficult to change, but it can be done. The first hurdle is identifying the weak areas one wants to improve. There are serval ways for a person to improve their soft skills. Take a ClassMany local colleges and worker training organizations offer classes and workshops for enhancing communication, leadership and other important skills. There are also a variety of online courses that make learning easy and convenient. Websites like LinkedIn LearningedXUdemy and Coursera offer courses in a variety of topics. Download an AppThere are apps available for helping with time management, leadership development and a plethora of other subjects. There a…

Tips For Female Entrepreneurs

Image
Female entrepreneurs have been growing at an increasing rate for the past couple of years. Advocates for female entrepreneurs are pushing for more women to take charge and start their own business endeavors. The growing number of businesses run by women should result in a net increase in jobs being created and productivity rising simultaneously. In the midst of this business upswing, there will be challenges as there is for any entrepreneur. Here we will talk about how to face entrepreneurial challenges to ensure female-run businesses thrive and flourish in modern culture. KnowledgeA key point in keeping your business thriving is to constantly be learning. Being curious about business trends, innovation, customer experience, and other aspects will keep you moving forward and growing. Stagnation or too much comfortability can destroy innovation and curiosity. Acquiring more knowledge as you move through the phases of your business is crucial as an entrepreneur and as a professional. Th…

Overcoming Interview Anxiety

Image
Going to any job interview is stressful. The thought of putting yourself out there for people to critique and evaluate in the hopes of working for them is intimidating. Everyone has suffered from interview anxiety at one point in their lives. Fortunately, there is a way to curtail your job interview anxiety and ensure that you put your best foot forward when meeting potential employers for the first time. PreparationBeing prepared for an interview is a great way to help reduce stress and anxiety before an interview. Preparation includes brushing up on your knowledge of the company and overall position you are applying for. You can also ask colleagues, friends or family to help you with a mock interview to familiarize yourself with that kind of atmosphere. Colleges and Universities offer a number of resources to students on how to prepare for job interviews. Research common interview questions and think about how you may answer them if you are asked. IntervieweeAn interview can be a chan…

The New Workforce

Image
The layout of the workforce has been changing for years. Millennials outnumber all other previous generations before them and have continued to take over the job market. With the changing landscape of employees, CEOs and business owners are trying to keep up with the changing job trends. Here we will cover some ideas and courses of action that business professionals have taken to help with a diverse set of new employees. DiverseMillennials are coming into the workforce with unique expectations of what a professional environment should look and feel like. A majority of millennials look for careers that will offer them development in a diverse set of skills with benefits to match. Having a variety of leadership and management styles will prove beneficial in retaining millennials and giving them an opportunity for growth. Another option for keeping the workplace diverse is having the ability to change up the layout of where you work. Try to remain flexible with the placement of workstatio…

Building a Positive Company Culture

Image
Building a Positive Company Culture It has been proven time and again that happy employees make a huge difference to a company’s bottom line. Joyful employees are statistically up to 20% more productive, with the sales industry showing an even greater impact of 37%. Today’s job hunters don’t just look for placement, they also research employee reviews of businesses and look at published listings of “best places to work”. From the recruitment stage all the way to employee morale and performance, a happy team is crucial to the success of a business. People tend to stay longer, collaborate more and feel less stressed in a happy work environment. A positive company culture is described as an environment where every team member feels engaged and motivated and valued. Whether you’re running a small business or a large corporation, there are inexpensive ways to build a positive foundation for your workers. The most important thing is to let your employees see you putting in effort and time …