Do you remember Candyland? You know, the board game with the colorful slides and lollipops. Many of us played it as kids…but have you ever played it as an adult with a toddler? Typically, they start the game off really strong, making sure they are counting the colors on the cards, paying attention to where they are at on the board, and working really hard on not cheating.Read More›
Recent reports have shown that more and more people are finding jobs. And for those of us with an ongoing need to hire great talent, that’s not necessarily good. KETV recently reported that Nebraska’s unemployment rate has dropped to an astonishing 2.7%. So our question is: Do you have a plan to win the war on talent?Read More›
When you think of the word “discipline,” what comes to mind? Do you get a picture of correcting employee behavior? “Adam did something wrong and I need to discipline him.” Maybe you get a vision of a tedious, non-motivating, static environment opposed to change and to be avoided if given an option. “You can’t even breathe in that department. Anything you do that is outside of their discipline is a cause for a personnel action.”
Somehow along the way, discipline has become more closely aligned with punishment or oppression than the original definition (which was to teach or instruct). The fact is that discipline can be a good thing…Read More›
It’s the question every business owner or HR person asks. It’s the question that many businesses struggle with. How can we increase retention and decrease employee turnover? So maybe you have already figured out how to find great people. But the problem for many companies is this: They can’t figure out how to keep them. “New research from Allegis Group reports that 83% of 1,400 employers surveyed believe retaining talent is a growing challenge.”Read More›
Disrupting the Org Chart
During a recent conversation with the leaders of a company, we asked them to imagine that their department was not a part of the overall company, but a stand-alone business having to provide value to its customers and make money to continue. Then we asked the question, “How would you organize the company related to positions, roles, and responsibilities? And how would you measure effectiveness?” This is what we call disrupting the org chart.
Some leaders had to be reminded that every minute someone is working costs money. They then considered how to measure productivity in service-related areas. They recognized that their employees tend to come to work and most are busy. But they’re not necessarily busy with things that are high-payoff or things that move the needle, related to value and time. They came in to do their job.
Also, they recognized that they were not asking their (internal) customers what was needed from them as a department. They simply were doing their job and finding ways to make their job easier; not really considering how it affected others. There was no system in place to continually assess needs and effectiveness as things changed for their customers.Read More›
As we’re rounding out the year, you’re probably going down your list of “to-dos,” making sure you hit all your benchmarks. This one is probably on everyone’s list: DISENGAGE MY EMPLOYEES. We can’t have anyone loving their work! And just in case you haven’t accomplished this one yet, we thought we’d provide you with a few tips.Read More›
For many companies, this time of year is budget season. I know, you’re thinking…oh joy! Don’t remind me. But we bring this up for an important reason: the development of your employees. It’s pretty easy to view employee training as an expense to be managed; as just another line item or as an area to cut to balance your budget.
But do you know the result of this mindset? It can create a reactionary culture of supervisors that wait to act until something negative happens. Or it can result in employees learning to take action after something is a problem, instead of planning to eliminate it. It can create misalignment in your company’s goals, take away from employee engagement, and bring about a culture you’re not exactly happy about.
“Having a functional training budget is a critical component to your corporate strategy.”
A comprehensive training plan and training budget should be viewed as an investment…not just as an expense. Employee training doesn’t have to be cost prohibitive. And it can provide a measurable return on investment that not only justifies, but validates the expense.Read More›
Of all of the tasks required of a supervisor, writing Employee Evaluations is one we hear most often dreaded. Some of the typical complaints we hear are:
- “I don’t know where to start.”
- “There are employees that have worked here for years and there is nothing new for them.”
- “I have several to do at a time and by the end, they all start looking the same.”
Most supervisors have been there…blank employee evaluations staring back at you just waiting to be completed. It’s only marginally better if it’s electronic. You know the benefit of annual evaluations, yet they just keep being placed further back on the burner. Inspiration can be difficult to come by at the end of a long day, and often a kick start can help with the “blank page (or screen) syndrome.”Read More›