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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Differentiate Your Workplace to Attract The Best Employees

In the increasingly competitive pursuit of the best and brightest employees, fostering a workplace that is conducive to innovation, team building and productivity is a terrific way to attract staff that operate at a higher level than your competition.

 

In order to create an environment that allows for brilliance, teamwork and creativity, you have to be committed to organizational change, not simply curious about it. Hosting team building activities such as a softball games or an off site get together, can come across as insincere or contrived to serve ulterior motives.  Savvy employees are often the first to perceive this, so such efforts are made in vain.  If you really want to attain employees with higher levels of passion, here are some of the best methods to reboot things and modernize your organization.

 

Schedule accommodations

While they may come off as yet another “buzz” term, flex hours, afford many the ability to be more productive and more available to their job.  This allows individuals to operate at a higher and often more focused level because they are not distracted by many of the outside responsibilities of life. As well, for individuals who cannot work a standard work week implementing a 4 day work week structure at 80% pay is a solution currently being piloted by the likes of Amazon, Netflix and many other innovative and reputable firms.  Accommodating employees in this way bolsters diversity and commitment which leads to a very powerful team.

 

Working from home

Similarly offering the option to work from home not only allows for great convenience for the employee, but also provides significant benefits to the team and the business. When passionate employees are working from home, they will often work longer more focused hours (e.g. no chatter by the water cooler), allowing for increased amounts of productivity. As well the business requirement or real estate is diminished, resulting in significant cost savings.  Finally, employees who work from home also take fewer days off due to being sick.  Contrary to what you might think, people working from home typically provide a higher output than average.

 

Office Pets

Allowing people to bring elements of their home life to work is a fantastic way to make the work experience more personal for some employees.  Often out of concern for their pet who is home along, many employees feel a bit distracted or guilty about the time at work. Allowing their pets in the office often alleviates this; leading to increased time and focus to work. Pets also often have great character which tends to put employees in higher spirits, allowing for increased energy around the office.  While it may not be conducive to have someone bring in a pet alligator, allowing for smaller – less threatening pets — is a great concept employed by several successful companies.

 

At Bullfrog Insurance, we believe in continually questioning the status quo and pushing the limits of corporate innovation.  Likewise seeking to improve things often causes entrepreneurs to launch a business — but it is their talented staff that keep the business growing and progressing.

 

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