Getting Employees Focused

 

Get The Most Out of Your Employees
Employees are the most crucial component of your business.  With new technology coming out every other day it seems, it can be difficult and feel impossible sometimes to get employees to embrace it all and still continue to be productive. Employees of your business are the ones who provide service, create your products, regularly interact with new and current clients and customers – some would say they are the face of your company!

Hiring the right people to do the job and training them properly are serious tasks for managers, but making sure your current employees are staying engaged is just as important. These employees who work with a sense of purpose and real interest in your business and their work, are essential to your businesses success. If they aren’t engaged at work, it will lead to poor performance and could ultimately hurt your business bottom line – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

With new technology coming out all the time, there are multiple different innovative tools that can help increase employee engagement, productivity and overall improve your businesses profits.

 

Update Your Tech

If the technology your employees are equip with are slow and outmoded, they’ll likely get irritated and annoyed with it quickly. No one likes to sit at a desk with an old desktop computer that freezes up every 10 minutes when they have a faster piece of technology at home. The time spent waiting for a large file to download, or while having to reboot their desktop yet again, will almost certainly make them less engaged.

If you invest the money into good technology and building faster networks that can handle the larger data files that your business requires will ultimately boost productivity levels in the workplace. Smartphones, tablets and laptops can also help raise engagement levels in the workplace. If your technology and networks move as quickly as your employee does, they’ll definitely remain productive and engaged.

 

Innovative Collaboration Tools

There are so many different tools that are available to help your employees collaborate together in and out of the office. By having an application or software where your employees can share information and ideas, work together and discuss projects will increase their level of productivity and engagement. Slack is a great tool that can provide a venue for employees to stay engaged and contribute to team projects when working remotely.

 

Good Job

One of the most powerful things a manager can do, is recognize an employee for a positive performance on a project or task. By rewarding your employee with a congratulations or job well done, it will increase their engagement levels substantially. Globoforce is an application that can help managers track employee productivity and contributions. It helps to effectively recognize and reward positive actions.

 

One of the most essential aspects of management is keeping your employees engaged in their work. By leveraging technology, it can keep your team happier, more productive and most of all, more engaged.

 

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5 Things Your Business Doesn’t Need

“You have to spend money to make money” seems to be a quote that many business people are fond of saying.  While it’s often true, a lot of small business owners saying this are often stretching their budget needlessly.  Whether you’re just starting your small business, or things are humming along, it’s important to allocate money wisely. You may not realize it, but you probably don’t need to be spending your money on certain items:

 

All New Stuff

When you’re in the beginning stages of starting a business, it’s tempting to purchase new furniture, clothes or maybe even a new computer. Be patient, use the equipment you already have and set your concentration on marketing and developing great products first.

 

Advertising

Advertising is something every small business feels the need to do. Often however, entrepreneurs become enamoured with their own marketing ideas when a more measure, strategic approach is needed.  Be sure not to fall into this trap by thoroughly researching what is driving sales and making sure that informs your marketing strategy.

 

Expedited Shipping

Let’s be honest, you can probably afford to wait another day or two for that box of inventory and supplies. Think about the money you’ll save by avoiding high shipping charges when you just wait an extra 48 hours. Unless you absolutely need them the next day, pocket your money on this one.

 

Buying or Renting Space You Don’t Need

If you can work from a desk in your basement, do it. It may not be glamorous but just think of the money you’ll save on rent!

 

Promotional Items That Don’t Translate into Sales

Personalized t-shirts are cute, but will they sell and make a good profit? Will they convince your customers to buy more of your products now that they have a t-shirt with your business on it? Promotional items can work, but you must select the item(s) carefully, be mindful of your budget limits and have a plan for placement and distribution, even if it’s just on your website.

 

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Millennials and Small Business

Millennials at Work

Ah those tech savvy, free-spirited millennials. If you don’t have a millennial already working for you, then you probably will soon.  While generation Y, is inundated with student debt and the prospect of a recession strained economy, they are the backbone of many companies rising companies and present incredible potential for small businesses.  Millennials exhibit many traits that can be an asset to any small business plus they are attracted to many workplace features that small businesses can offer them.

 

Put Me In Coach

Millennials love to be coached. Millennials want to be guided, trained and know as much as they can about something. They’ve been receiving feedback and advice on everything they’ve been doing and have done since they could walk – the outcome is simple; they thrive on frequent communication and collaboration. A recent Microsoft survey says that 65% of millennials prefer to communicate face-to-face with their managers. This face-to-face preference and desire for personal interaction is a well liked facet of small business.

 

Customization is key

Not too surprising, millennials love customization in their personal life and workplace as well. The drive for personalization for millennials also manifests itself for their desire to use their own technology devices in the workplace. If you want to attract top talent, business owners need to think about the technology that will enable their employees to do their best work; not just get the work done. Small businesses can be a great fit for millennials as you can be agile and adjust their roles and responsibilities to suit each employee’s skills and interests.

 

Work-Life Integration

People talk about flexibility or unlimited vacation schedules, but its about much more than the sum of hours people work. Millennials want to bring their authentic selves to a workplace that reflects who they are. Today’s younger workforce has an independent mindset; they’re drawn to a company with a strong mission statement and even stronger values. Millennials gravitate to organizations that trust them to deliver – that’s where they thrive and put forth exceptional quality.  As small businesses continue to increase their hire of millennials, they will also need to adapt to the way this workforce operates in order to get the most out of them.

Be sure to visit the Bullfrog Blog often for more tips on marketing, productivity and risk mitigation.