Are You Creating a Culture of Innovation or Follow the Leader?
Establishing a culture of innovation, a popular phrase these days, is something many companies these days are interested in doing. After all, who doesn’t want to create a climate similar to Apple, where staffers feel empowered to change the world with their ideas? But how do you get people to think different, to use an Apple-ism and yet fulfill your business vision? Here are some tips:
How to Get the Most From an Average Employee
The workforce is full of different types of employees. You have the overachiever who tries to take on a variety of projects at once, the slacker who barely skates by and the average employee. The average employee does their job, maybe a little more, but is more than content to be average. Here are some ways that you, as an employer, can get the most out of your average employee and turn them into a stellar one.
Group Brainstorming Exercises for More Effective Idea Generation
The generation of new ideas is vital for the success of any organization, whether it is a business trying to come up with new product ideas or a non-profit organization trying to raise more funds for its cause. Ideas can come from many places and group brainstorming sessions can be one such avenue when done correctly. While you may think of brainstorming as just shouting out any idea that comes to your mind, it usually needs to be a lot more involved than that to come up with ideas that may actually be good. When brainstorming in a group, there are certain techniques that may help generate a greater number of quality ideas.
How to Deal with Employee Apathy
Are your employees like dead ducks at their desks? Do they look like something the cat dragged in when they arrive in the mornings, only to get progressively worse throughout the day? Is there more thumb twiddling and Facebooking than productivity? These problems aren’t uncommon in today’s work environment, as job dissatisfaction is on the increase. This causes many people to either become fed-up (and simply hand in a letter of resignation) or to become apathetic (and die a slow death at their desks). The ones who stay can spread their negativity to other colleagues and your whole office can be affected by I-just-don’t-care. Here are some what causes of apathy and things that you can do about it.
How Small And Medium Sized Companies Can Manage Absence Effectively
Small and medium sized companies do not have a large pool of employees to manage their affairs. As such, each employee is valuable to the companies, and the absence of one or two employees may have serious implications. Managing absence in such companies is an important aspect of the business.
Proper absence management will help the organization to:
- Avoid recruitment and training costs
- Avoid legal charges being instituted against the company
- Ensure prompt and smooth return of employees to work
- Keep the business running in the absence of some employees
- Improved working relations achieved through well coordinated leave
Staff could be absent from the workplace for different reasons. Some, like annual leave are predictable and can be easily planned for, but some circumstances are beyond an individual’s control. Even then, they have to be properly managed and accounted for so as to prevent crippling the business.
Boost Morale and Profits with an Employee Incentive Program
Great employees are hard to come by, so when you have a few good ones on your team you need let them know that you appreciate them so that they will stick around for the long haul. Rewarding your employees with an incentive program is a great way to show your employees you value the work that they do.