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Engage Employees in Ways that Promote Peak PERFORMANCE

With accounting and finance unemployment rates hovering between one and two percent, businesses are focusing on innovative means for engaging employees. It is a given across economic sectors that when staff is motivated, it shows in their performance. Use that word, though long, as an acronym to guide steps for promoting an engaged workforce.

Proactive

Create a workplace that is positive, taking steps to promote staff upskilling, while advancing system efficiencies. One outcome, that goes along with this performance enhancer is heightened customer experience.

Encouraging Performance

Leadership and managers are encouraging with their staff. Support work efforts throughout the business, seeking employee input and fresh ideas.

Reflective

Coach employees to reflect on their career paths. Offer them work time to explore learning options that support skill advancement. Have managers schedule meetings to reflect on projects, bringing forth quality improvement ideas.

Fun

Welcome moments of levity and spontaneity, knowing that fun and humor lighten the day. Survey staff to learn their suggestions for fostering workplace camaraderie.

Opportunity

Offer growth opportunities. Ideas include professional advancement, continuing education, on-the-spot learning options, or work exchanges for skill development.

Recognition of Performance

Recognize staff contributions. It may be unwavering attendance or support of coworkers. Express gratitude or spring for a team buffet. A ready smile and head nod are acknowledged for what they are, genuine appreciation for good performance.

Mastery

Decide the next steps you’ll take to further develop your supervisory skills. Let managers and staff know about your interest in mastering the art of innovative leadership. Consider if your management team will benefit from participating in the experience with you.

Assets

Assure that employee onboarding processes and performance evaluations focus on assets. Highlighting each employee’s abilities supports engagement and promotes advancement readiness.

Novel

Encourage and recognize innovation and novel ideas. Whether it’s related to work systems or new products, promoting novelty stimulates enthusiasm and motivation.

Culture

Design a workplace culture that flourishes on your business’s mission and values. Create spaces for informal meetings, walking and talking, and where creativity is welcome.

Engaged

Infuse your organization with the above, plus the desired mix of perks and benefits, and you are sure to be surrounded by engaged peak performers.

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Office Designs that Boost Productivity and Satisfaction

Employee retention, productivity, and satisfaction are foremost in every business owner’s mind. Miss on any of these success factors and profit margins sink. As does morale for employees who remain.  Up-to-date benefits and perks, plus managers who are adept with interpersonal skills, help with employee retention. Another area being touted as boosting both productivity and employee satisfaction: office designs.

Look into Office Design Results

As large, high profile corporations have moved toward elaborate, engineered spaces, there is the temptation to do likewise. Some are converting to primarily open spaces to encourage interaction. As it turns out, too much of a good thing can have mixed results. How is your leadership team going to select the right layout for your organization?

  • Consider the work functions of your various teams.
    • Do tasks require more collaborative or individual work?
    • What is the desired frequency of group-think time?
  • Look at design options that suit the work styles of different personalities and work styles.
    • Investigate the workspace needs of introverts, extroverts, and those who are a blend.
    • Consider the potential distractions of noise and lighting that may require other adaptations, such as headphone use.
    • Are there spaces for quiet minutes or a personal call?

Decide on Work Uses

Take a close look at what makes your team work well. Their days at the office can be long. Learning what makes staff feel respected contributes to engagement and productivity. Have managers and their teams describe what happens when:

  • Space and time allow them to have stimulating conversations.
  • Tasks require detail work with uninterrupted focus.
  • Employees have time for social interactions.

Is Noise Level Harming Productivity?

According to recent studies, productivity drops as much as 66% in a chaotic office filled with background noise.  Thankfully, there are ways to mitigate this. Acoustics can be adjusted through sound-absorbing ceiling tiles. Private offices can give employees quiet space that shuts out the distractions.  Consider the office layout, too. Are desks located near high-traffic areas where employees gather? Consider moving these desks closer to windows and/or farther from high traffic areas. Create barriers from the traffic for a more focused work environment.

Create Space and Policies for Varied Uses

Space design with varied use options supports work functions and individual preferences. Craft policies such as a headset or personal device use that contribute to productivity. Select Design elements that:

  • Offer convertible space to accommodate individual or small group use.
  • Bring employees together for spontaneous innovation sessions or casual conversation.
  • Allow for quiet time.
  • Add the benefits of natural light, walking space, and plant/garden areas.

Beacon Resources matches employers with highly qualified finance and accounting professionals. Click here to get us started helping you fill your newly designed office space with top-notch accounting and finance professionals.

 

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How to Overcome a Career Slump

A career slump can happen to the best and brightest of us. Your enthusiasm for work has faded, along with opportunity to advance your career. The feeling of being overcome by job ambivalence even finds its way into your personal life. Here are some ideas to overcome a career slump, giving your morale a boost in the process.

Teach a Class; Take a Class

Put your skills and interests to work for you. You may not think of yourself as a teacher, yet the ability is there for anything that you are passionate about. As you delve into teaching, you learn more about yourself and the subject. Perhaps it’s about bookkeeping for entrepreneurs or rock climbing for outdoor people. Let your slump take a backseat as you share skills with others.

Take a class to gain new skills and knowledge. Select a topic that expands career options, or something that fires up your enthusiasm. Either way, you’re sure to feel reinvigorated.

Engage in a Community Activity

Participate in your community. This can range from running for an elected office to volunteering with a community event or group. Doing so broadens your network as it gives your confidence a boost. Be sure to add it to your portfolio!

Request a Special Work Project

Step forward with that idea you have for workplace improvement. Making the commitment to something you value adds new meaning to your efforts. Your idea may be to implement practices that benefit employees. Or it may be how to boost customer relations. Watch as your actions make you feel more engaged.

Take a Well-Deserved Vacation

Plan a vacation that broadens your perspectives. Going someplace new, or vacationing in a different manner, opens you to new insights and life opportunities. Planning can be half the fun, offering you the unique vantage point of the armchair traveler. On the road, your view of your community and work gains clarity to bring you out of the slump.

Step Sideways From Your Career Slump

Take a lateral move to broaden career options. It may be within your current workplace, or with another. Select choices that offer you chances for skill development, such as delving into human resource management or another aspect of financial management. Choose one that offers meaning and moves that slump to the shadows.

For more career productivity tips, check out Becoming A More Productive Employee

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When is it Time to Raise Employee Salaries?

When employees quit, there is an inevitable disruption in productivity. Other employees will be pulled away from their tasks to fill in the gaps until you find a replacement; when you do hire a new employee, they will need time to learn your business.  Maintaining employee morale, keeping productivity high, and reducing turnover are important to keeping your business running smoothly. A crucial part of employee retention is routinely reviewing your company’s compensation packages and awarding raises as  the market demands. Competitive salaries can be key to encouraging employee loyalty, as it shows them how much you appreciate their efforts.  If you are looking for the right time to increase employee salaries, here are some tips to consider.

The Company is in Good Financial Health

If your company is experiencing noticeable success,  it is be a critical times to reward your employees with a raise.  When your company is doing well, the employees also know it.  Failure to consider this factor may cause employee morale to quickly plummet.

Employees are Asking for Raises

While a single employee asking for a raise may not be indicative of your employees’ satisfaction with their pay, you should pay attention when you get requests from multiple employees.

There is an Increase in Responsibilities

It is often incredibly important to recognize when you have employees that go above and beyond their normally required work. Additionally, if you have employees that have started to take on additional roles so regularly that you might think that they are just doing their job, it’s probably time to consider giving them more money. Responsibilities can also increase as a company matures. Just ensure that you aren’t asking people to take on more for the same amount of money.

Employees are Leaving for Similar Jobs With Higher Salaries

Occasionally employees find positions that are better suited for them with another company, and there is just nothing that you can do. While these moves are often out of your control, be mindful of why they are leaving. If employees regularly reference better pay in their exit interviews, it may be time to roll out the raises.

Salary can be a complicated issue to negotiate for employees. Hopefully, considering some of these factors can help make that decision easier for you to manage.

 

For more employer tips, check out Why Are Employees Quitting?

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Becoming A More Productive Employee

Most people are not as productive as they would prefer for two reasons: They have negative habits that interfere with their productivity, and they are reactive instead of proactive. Causing them to spend much of their time trying to keep up with fires.

The solution is to replace negative habits and reactive patterns with positive habits that will allow them to be proactive and take charge of their work days.  The goal is to think of productivity or being “effective” in relation to you and the habits you choose to adopt.

Here are a few habits to try.

Walk Away from the Task at Hand

Effective people often leave a task incomplete for a while. Yes, you read that right! They walk away mid-sentence, or before the spreadsheet or meeting agenda is complete.

Why does this work?

  • The task’s process continues, even as you clear your head.
  • You’ll get fresh insights as your energy is revitalized.

Manage Your Time and Attention

The human mind works in cycles. Research suggests that our days are driven by 90 minute to 120 minute cycles that affect our alertness and productivity.    In the beginning of the cycle, we feel  energetic and focused, and towards the end of the cycle, we begin to feel  fatigued.   Learning what your cycle is can you help you work more efficiently. Use your peak times for projects that involve problem-solving, complex thought, and critical decisions.  If you attempt these projects when you’re not in your peak time, you will struggle and not work as effectively.

To learn what your cycle is first, record what you have accomplished in an hour.  Secondly, rate your energy levels.  Lastly, repeat this for three weeks to get a reliable read of what your cycle trend is.

Set Small Productive Goals

Having several large projects on our calendar can feel overwhelming. However, if you break-up  each large project into smaller tasks, you will be more in control and productive.  Those bigger projects will seem less overwhelming.

Stop Multi-tasking

Research shows that multitasking is incredibly inefficient.  Each time that you switch it takes your brain a moment to refocus entirely on the new project.  This  makes multi-tasking an extremely inefficient method of completing projects.

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