Category: Staff Management (page 1 of 3)

How To Support Your Employees And Improve Company Culture

 

Company Culture

From changing an office’s layout according to cutting edge architectural principles to ensuring that all staff members get to know each other in team-building sessions, modern companies have shown a willingness to explore the many ways in which company culture can be improved.

It has been proven time and time again that a higher level of employee satisfaction leads to an increase in productivity, not to mention a more pleasant atmosphere in the workplace as well.

In order to achieve these higher levels of productivity however, a company has to put a significant effort into building a corporate culture that supports employees and their talents.

Companies can use different methods to motivate individuals and encourage them to reach their potential. Here are some alternative methods being used in modern workplaces.

Look after their physical and mental well-being

By and large, the contemporary work setting is defined by its lack of dynamism. Most people today sit and work on their computers for hours on end, progressively atrophying their bodies over time. Studies have shown, however, that even light exercise is instrumental for fostering engagement and creativity, which is why companies stand to gain a lot from installing the likes of standing desks and workout rooms. In addition, the mental part of the well-being equation can be addressed by introducing various games in the workplace that encourage creativity and problem-solving.

Consider providing quality meals

You are what you eat. The importance of a healthy diet is undeniable, which explains why so many people seek to improve their eating habits. In the workplace, smart companies have already taken to providing their employees with quality meals, either free or at a discount, in order to encourage proper nutrition at a company-wide level. What’s more, eating together is also a boon for team-building purposes as people bond with each other during their lunch hours.

Foster their entrepreneurial spirit

A company is only as successful as its employees allow it to be. And fewer things are more integral to success than possessing an authentic entrepreneurial spirit. This kind of attitude and approach should be welcomed at all levels of an enterprise. Show that you genuinely strive to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of your employees by encouraging personal projects and seeking their opinion on matters related to the company’s activity.

Encourage them to take time off

Finally, maintaining a high level of productivity has everything to do with knowing when to step back in order to replenish energy. With the ultimate goal of empowering their employees in mind, some companies have started offering them unlimited vacation days, considering that people should judge their own needs for rest and relaxation. However, this approach has also led to the promotion of unhealthy workaholism, as some employees ended up taking less time off than before. Since such attitudes are actually counter-productive over the long run, take steps to teach your employees about the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

As you can see, there are certain things that any company can do in order to support its staff. Ideally, they could all be implemented. However, in the real world, where companies are limited with time and budgetary constraints, it is rare that a company is able to follow each and every of the steps mentioned above. To show your will and commitment to your staff, enacting just one or two can still go a long way towards improving the overall well-being of your employees.

Check Out This Industrial Relations Podcast

If you have an interest in Australian employment law but find it hard to keep up with the latest developments, The IR Simplified Podcast could be just what you’re after.

Hosted by Industrial Relations specialist Cameron Blewett, the podcast is going from strength to strength as it covers a range of employment issues.

The show is relaxed and informal whilst covering a range of industrial relations challenges such as: IR Simplified Podcast

  • Practical application of employment law
  • Sick leave issues
  • Enterprise agreements
  • Union behaviour (and misbehaviour)
  • Organisational change
  • Employee engagement
  • Policy drafting and implementation
  • Workplace investigations
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Organisational development
  • Performance management challenges

You can access the podcast here.

You may want to subscribe and then listen to the episodes during your commute – a great way to keep up to date whilst making the best use of travel time.

Enjoy the podcast.

How To Handle Difficult Employees [Infographic]

Here at HRwisdom we talk a lot about how to find, hire, retain and nurture talented people for your business.

However, sometimes things go a little astray.

For those occasions, we thought you might appreciate this well-presented explanation from Get Voip of the main types of particularly difficult employees.

The Different Types of Difficult Employees [Infographic]

Here’s some of what you’ll discover:

A 2013 study found that in 42% of surveyed companies, low performing employees reported higher levels of engagement than their high-performning peers. They were also more likely to report their company as a “great place to work.

Difficult employees indeed . . .

How to handle difficult employees

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Recommended Online HR Software For Small-Medium Employers

There is an almost overwhelming range of options when it comes to ways of managing your workforce.Our Recommended Online HR Software For Small-Medium Employers

Once upon a time, business owners and managers ran their operations with a trusty pen and clipboard.

As time passed, the growing popularity of Microsoft Excel saw those same business owners and managers setting up rows and rows of data inside very plain-looking spreadsheets.

At the corporate end of town, large employers continue to rely on mega-systems such as SAP or Oracle to manage staffing levels, employee onboarding and offboarding and everything in between.

The rise of tech-based businesses and SaaS (Software as a Service) companies has led to an explosion in the range of options for businesses.

One simple and very helpful SaaS that we like at HRwisdom is the People HR system.

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We like People HR for 5 main reasons:

  1. It is designed with real human beings in mind (if you’ve ever used SAP or Oracle, you’ll know what we’re talking about). The system is easy to use and is attractive to look at – whoa, did we just say that about an HR information system?
  2. Reporting is very easy to do. There are various template reports already set up and ready to be published, emailed or downloaded. You can also easily create your own specific reports based on what you need. Need a monthly report for Headcount By Department and Start Date? Just click those options and it’s done. Even better is the fact that you can pre-schedule the reports to run so all you need to open your email account at the start of the month and click on the report.
  3. It’s all securely online. Out of the office but need to check some details, add a new employee or approve someone’s leave request? Just log in wherever you are in the world and it’s done.
  4. It connects with other excellent software services like Small Improvements (a replacement for the dreaded annual performance review) and applicant tracking and payroll services.
  5. The ‘Ripple’ workflow lets you automate any repetitive manual process, by building your own custom Workflows. Workflows are easy to build, and can perform hundreds of actions using any employee data set..

A report recently shared by Forbes Magazine revealed that companies are wasting about 17 hours per week creating HR reports. That’s more than two full working days.

If you would like an easier way to manage your HR workload, we recommend you take a look at People HR here.

It’s our recommended online HR software for small-medium employers.

Is This The Most Bizarre Interview Process Ever? [Funny Video]

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At HRwisdom we’ve covered a lot of ground when it comes to getting the best out of your people.

We’ve examined world-leading employee engagement practices through to the best (and worst) ways to terminate employment.

We’re fairly comfortable when it comes to exploring new approaches to HR best practice.

So we thought . . .

Below is a wonderful, short video on a completely bizarre and slightly extravagant employee selection process.

We don’t want to give a way too much so, click play and roll camera . . .

The Most Bizarre Interview Process Ever?

How does your company’s selection process?

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The Ultimate Guide To HR Analytics

Ultimate Guide To HR Analytics

The Ultimate Guide To HR Analytics

We’re delighted to recommend to you the Ultimate Guide To HR Analytics.

Good news: it’s free.

The Ultimate Guide To HR Analytics is a well thought-out and well presented resource for any HR professional.

To access the free Guide, Click Here.

The guide is packed full of practical examples, quotes, and useful tools to use in your quest to get the best out of your workforce.

You’ll find helpful ideas and advice on topics such as:

  • The Evolution Of HR Analytics
  • The Hiring Process
  • The Onboarding Process
  • Employee Growth
  • Using Data To Improve Leadership
  • ROI of Employee Engagement
  • Maintaining A Data Driven Culture

Who Is The Ultimate Guide To HR Analytics For?

According to the author at the excellent OfficeVibe, the guide is for HR managers, and anyone responsible for handling employee engagement, retention, hiring, training, and is involved at any point in the employee life cycle. If you’ve heard of the term “big data” but aren’t quite sure what it is, or how it could apply to the HR department, the guide is for you. If you’ve ever wondered how successful companies like Google run their hiring and training processes, and want to learn from them, this guide is for you.

How To Use The Ultimate Guide To HR Analytics?

The Guide is recommended as a go-to manual for hiring, onboarding, retention, leadership training, and learning how to measure and optimize these processes. The goal is to become data-driven, and be familiar with the process of measuring and testing different assumptions to be able to answer important questions about the employee life cycle.

To access the free Ultimate Guide To HR Analytics, Click Here.

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Do Employee Surveys Work For Both Failing and Thriving Businesses?

Employee surveys are widely used by businesses around the world. There is still some conjecture about the question: do employee surveys work? In this article, we’ve turned to EmployeeSurvey.co.uk for a different perspective . . .

Do Employee Surveys Work?

If your business isn’t performing as well as it could be – or even if it is, an employee engagement Do Employee Surveys Worksurvey can be worth its weight in gold. More and more multinational companies and SMEs are investing in employee surveys to get a greater insight into the attitudes of their staff and identify areas which could be improved, so if you’re looking to investigate your company’s performance, it makes sense to put an employee engagement survey together. If you’re not sure how to get the most useful results, it may be wise to get help from an outside specialist company. In any case, an engagement survey can be instrumental in turning company fortunes around.

Investigating Workplace Attitudes

It’s a commonly known fact that staff tend to be happier and perform better when they feel that their opinions count. It’s also widely agreed that companies should act quickly when they are performing poorly rather than hoping for the best and risking things deteriorating even further. Staff can also start to feel despondent and become less productive when they feel that they are being no opportunity to use valuable skills or progress within the company. An employee survey can shed a great deal of light on how your staff really feel.

The Insight You Need

You should ask your staff to be as honest as possible when responding to an employee feedback survey – without actually being offensive, of course. Constructive criticism can be indispensable when it comes to investigating flagging fortunes, so staff certainly shouldn’t feel that they need to hold back. Once the results are in, it’s important to actually do something with them. You could analyse the results yourself and come to your own conclusions or again ask a specialist external team to help you to make sense of them. Staff meetings are usually held in the aftermath of a survey in order for big decisions to be made and changes to take place. You may even be able to identify unforeseen areas of growth whilst finding out what certain team members are actually capable of, unearthing valuable skills that they haven’t utilised whilst working for you before.

A Better Compromise

It can be useful to strike a balance between business and company needs. If all parties are satisfied with the results of any changes made, businesses can thrive and staff can find themselves actively looking forward to attending work. 2-way communication is vital if businesses are to succeed, and staff must feel able to air any concerns that they may have without feeling too intimidated to do so. It’s natural for people to wish to stretch themselves, and staff can start to feel sluggish and uninspired if they feel that they aren’t being challenged or rewarded for their efforts. If you’re hoping to build a more positive, productive and passionate workplace, a staff survey can be the first step towards this becoming a reality. Employee feedback really can be worth its weight in gold.

Employee Feedback Survey can be conducted by an in-house team member or manager which can often prove to be a cheaper alternative. But if the funds are available it is always best to invest in getting an outside agency to conduct them survey as they have years of experience in the field. They know how to get the most out of the available data and can make sure all answer are not effect by any outside influences. Companies like Employee Feedback have years of experience of expertise and know how to get the most out of employee engagement surveys.

3 Free Performance Management Courses

Managing staff can be difficult for many people so today we’re sharing three free performance management courses that we’ve discovered.

Remember, the HRwisdom resources are found and shared for free thanks to the support of CurrencyFair – the best way to send money to another country (you’ll avoid unfair bank fees and dodgy exchange rates).

The Free Performance Management Courses

The three helpful online training courses have been produced by the Australian Government with the intention of improving the standards of workplace communication and productivity. Free Performance Management Courses

The courses are:

  1. Difficult Conversations At Work (Manager Version) – The course is described as follows: Most people enjoy good relationships at work. However, even in the best workplace, disagreements can occur. When this happens it’s best to address the issue early and talk about it with your staff. This course will help to prepare you for a difficult conversation in the workplace, and provide advice on how to handle the conversation well. Remember, if there is something wrong, most people would prefer to resolve it quickly so both of you can get on with the job.
  2. Difficult Conversations At Work (Staff Version) – The course is described as follows: Most people enjoy good relationships at work. However, even in the best workplace, disagreements can occur. When this happens it’s best to address the issue early and talk about it with your manager or supervisor. This course will help to prepare you for a difficult conversation in the workplace, and provide advice on how to handle the conversation well.
    Remember, if there is something wrong, most managers would prefer to resolve it quickly so both of you can get on with the job.
  3. Managing Performance As A Manager – The course is described as follows: Employees are a key part of running a successful business. As an employer, there are simple steps you can take to maximise the performance of your employees. This course will provide you with guidance on promoting good performance in your workplace, and addressing underperformance if it occurs. For specific advice and assistance contact your employer association or legal advisor. While there is no legislative obligation for workplace performance to be managed in a certain way, this course will give practical steps to help you get the best of out of your employees.

Best of luck with your staff management.

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Good HR Video On The Biggest Mistakes Made By Leaders

At HRwisdom we enjoy sharing good information and thought-provoking discussions. Good HR Video

Today we are sharing a good HR video from Harvard Business Publishing on the biggest mistakes made by leaders.

You may also like the follow videos too:

The Importance Of Staff Training (a very funny 40 second demonstration)

Excellent Presentation On What Motivates Employees & What Demotivates Employees

In the meantime, here’s the good HR video on the biggest mistakes made by leaders . . .

Good HR Video

Finally, if you’d like something short and sweet (not a video), you may like to take a look at this light-hearted HR policy development.

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The Importance Of Staff Training (Funny 40 Second Video Demonstration)

The Importance Of Staff Training (A Very Funny 40 Second Demonstration)

The first two steps to developing a high-performing work team are: Importance of Staff Training

  1. Hiring the right people for the right role, and
  2. Training and developing the people to help them succeed in their role.

In today’s HRwisdom Blog post, we are sharing a hilarious video demonstration of the need to hire the right people for the right role and on the importance of staff training.

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  1. Free E-Learning Unit (choose one from a range of units).
  2. Free use of an online LMS system (Learning Management System).

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Now, over to the short video which demonstrates the importance of staff training.

We had to share that one.

Importance Of Staff Training – Free Resources

Again, don’t forget to see the current excellent free bonuses only available to HRwisdom readers.

Click on one below (or both) . . .

  1. Free E-Learning Unit (choose one from a range of units).
  2. Free use of an online LMS system (Learning Management System).

Make sure you take advantage of these offers before they are removed.

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