Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Encouraging Quotes

"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."

Author Unknown

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Human Resources-Employee Relations

How well do you know the individuals that work for you? Some of them are not interested in sharing any of their personal lives with you.....but some do want to share. Spend some time with the second group-learn about their families, hobbies, etc. And don't do this in a manipulative way-get to know them better because you really are interested in them as individual human beings.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

HR Humor

"HR Speak":

Profit-Sharing Plan-"Once it's shared between the higher ups, there won't be a profit."

Competitive Salary-"We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors."

Self Motivated-"Management won't answer questions."

Source: The Freeman Institute

Monday, March 16, 2009

Low Cost Ways to Motivate Your Employees

The news media is overwhelming us with "doom and gloom". (As my wife says, they are really at it). We can successfully counteract this in the workplace . One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is in meetings. If you conduct a weekly staff meeting, start out the with something positive-it can be professional or personal i.e. "we just landed a new account, John's son made Eagle Scout, Marshall is a new grandfather". And finish the meeting on a positive note too. What have you got to lose by trying this approach? The results may surprise you.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Low Cost Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Invite a local speaker to present to your employees on useful and timely subjects such as better personal financial management, improving family relationships, or successfully managing stress. This is an effective way to show your employees that you really care about each of them as individuals.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Low Cost Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Include a thank-you note in an employee's paycheck highlighting something great the employee did during the prior week. Make this an on-going, weekly habit-"spread the appreciation around" to other employees.

Employees love to be recognized!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Low Cost Ways to Motivate Your Employees

You are a manager at your organization, and you have employees who are doing extra work because of a recent "reduction-in-force" ("RIF"). Offer to help one of them who is under pressure to meet a deadline. Stuff envelopes, answer the phone, match up accounts payable invoices with corresponding back-up-whatever it takes to show her and others that you've "got their back."

Monday, March 2, 2009

Employee Productivity

Do each of your employees really understand what all of their job responsibilities entail? Could some of your employees be doing more, especially if you have downsized recently? What exactly motivates your employees to do more? Stay tuned.....

In your opinion, which of the following is the most effective way to recognize an employee for a significant accomplishment at work?