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Keeping Your Team Productive

Do you work with someone who takes 10 minute breaks every 30 minutes, makes dozens of personal calls during their day, or surfs the web during working hours?

It's not uncommon for an organization to acquire an employee who seems as if they are just going through the motions of their everyday tasks and show little interest in idea sharing and developing ways to enhance the productivity of your business.

In some instances, they may not appear to be employees who are consistently causing problems in the workplace, but they do tend to drag teams down over time. These kinds of employees can be hard to spot at first because they have gotten so good at blending in. Often they will do the bare minimum only to stay off the radar of their manager.

So, the question is: how do you keep your employees productive and continuously contributing to the overall health and growth of the organization?

In a recent article by HRDive.com, they state that the most difficult part to maintaining your employees' productivity is being consistent in your mission for the company. If one employee feels like they are not as valuable as the next, that leaves them with a window to slack off and not show dedication to their position.

An organization can be described to an employee as a well-oiled machine. When the team is hitting its goals, that is because every employee is focused and working together for success. When your team is falling short, there may be a part that isn't working properly that needs attention.

One way you can make sure your employees are clear on their expectations is making sure it is overly stated in their onboarding process. When you hold a high standard of work ethic from the start, the expectations are clear and you can help maintain the swift operation of your organization. Placing importance on your employee training can help strengthen your weak link employees, and keep your success on track.

Company Morale and Its Effect on Your Workplace

Do you ever ask yourself "Where did the energy go?"

What happened to the productive and motivated office you once walked in to?

It's no secret that maintaining the same charisma that pulls new hires in is a daunting task. Over time monotony can consume a workplace, and the day-to-day tasks that employees once approached energetically are now feeling like droning tasks. This leads to a decrease in company morale, which directly effects office productivity.

As a manager, it is your duty to help your team rise above the dreary tasks that make up the average work day and keep the office productive.

First Things First  

If you are looking to significantly improve company morale, go back to basics. Identify the type of culture that you want present at the core of your work space. In what areas can you promote this culture? An upbeat office culture and a common cause are key ingredients in bringing employees together, and both are major influencers over office morale.

A recent article by Forbes.com stated that workplace morale is determined by employee job satisfaction, attitude, and outlook on job function. 

Without a high morale, your company may suffer. In turn, the success of your business will affect the willingness of your employees to exceed expectations and work harder towards organizational goals. Without clearly defined desired outcomes and proper maintenance of company culture, your organization will fail to use its employees to their fullest potential.

Every Employee Has a Purpose

At the end of the day, it is the individual employee who determines whether or not they feel useful and beneficial to the organization. But it is the management team and the senior officers who influence company wide culture, and provide the positive influences that are required to maintain high morale.

Include the importance of each job function in your mission statement; show your employees that they matter and tell them why! The overall success of your company is ultimately dependent on the morale of your employees. What are you doing to improve that morale?

Here's Why You Can't Seem to Hire the Right Person for the Job

What happens when you want to hire a new team member but don’t know if they will be the right fit for your organization? 

Imagine walking into an interview and not having a set of questions ready to go or even a clear job description in front of you for the position you are hiring. Does this sound all too familiar or absolutely unacceptable? Either way, situations like this are the reason why hiring managers don't get the right talent they are searching for and often leads to high turnover rates for the organization. 

When looking for someone to join your team it is necessary to establish a clear and concise hiring process. Enabling your managers to imagine who is and who is not a good fit for any given role should be the goal before they even sit down with anyone. It's decisions based off of personal preferences or biases, rather your organization’s qualifications, that are often the wrong decisions. 

As a hiring manager, it is important to be mindful of the type of person you are wanting to bring on board. Having a concrete example of what the hiring process should look like can provide your organization with a clear understanding of expectations and can even make the process less stressful for everyone. 

Finding a solution that works for your organization is crucial when creating your hiring process, as a helpful way to provide relatable examples of how to conduct yourself in a behavioral interview, Emtrain uses real-life video scenarios that depict the right questions to ask while conducting a behavioral interview and also how NOT to conduct a behavioral interview.  

Your organization can view more of Emtrain's videos by subscribing to our YouTube channel below!

Keep Your Employees Engaged With A Strong Culture

According to a recent HR Dive article, a manager that allows employees to control their work tends to see better results than a manager that feels the need to micromanage all aspects of a worker’s job.

It is no surprise that a pleasant and collaborative company culture keeps employees engaged -  but that is not always an easy thing to do. The key to successful employee engagement is having the time and resources to communicate effectively and efficiently to your team.

For example, Emtrain works hard to create a company culture where communication is supported by managers and ideas are shared fluidly to encourage employees to work to their highest potential and engage in workday activities with good energy.  

As a manager - your role is to be the employee’s touchpoint to company leadership, allowing the funnel of communication to be current and accurate. Good managers acknowledge employee efforts and touch base with their team to recognize when things are working and when they are not.

Every employee wants to be apart of a strong company culture - but there is often times no real recipe to what an engaged workforce should look like.

Like a good chef, you might have to do a bit of trial and error before you find the right recipe that will make your employee experience great. When you feel like you may be struggling to keep your employees engaged, make efforts to analyze the problem before coming up with a new recipe and - try again!

Prepare Your Team to Recruit Top Talent

When searching for the right talent to bring into your organization, it is important to take the time to develop a clear understanding of what type of employees best match your organizational needs, align with your mission and the team they will join.  

During the hiring process it's normal to experience some "hiccups" when it comes to finding the right person for the role you are looking to hire. That is why having an effective interviewing process is the one of the most important things you can have in place when looking to hire great people to strengthen your teams.

Try to think of interviewing like choosing players for a winning sports team - a coach will want to choose players that are not just strong in a particular role, but can also integrate into the team and strengthen his/her other teammates to make winning plays. When it comes down to it, if you want someone who will help your organization win you must take the time to establish a clear vision for who you are looking for and what your team needs from that person.  

Silicon Valley talent management expert and Emtrain people skills expert, Steve Cadigan, explains why effective interviewing is the most important skill you can learn in the workplace and capitalizes on the need for a strong interviewing process to guide your decisions on potential candidates.

Prepare members of your team who will be conducting interviews by sharing Steve’s video on Effective Interviewing during your next team meeting or workplace luncheon.

Watch the video HERE.