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Category: Employee Management

How to Combat Low Motivation and Performance Drops During a Pandemic

Contributed by: Jen McKenzie

As a manager or team leader, ensuring that your team maintains a high level of motivation is crucial. This is true no matter what industry you’re in since your employees are the lifeblood of your organization. However, this can be easier said than done.

Modern challenges, such as COVID-19 and the move by many companies to remote working arrangements, mean that your team might not all be working in the same location. Research by Harvard has shown that remote teams tend to struggle with motivation. This problem can lead to lower performance and, ultimately, to less growth.

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A Year of Lockdown: How to Help Your Employees Stay Sane

For most of us, life changed dramatically nearly one year ago, in March 2020. As the one-year anniversary of the life-changing pandemic nears, you may find you or someone you know hitting a wall. These are challenging times that require extra grace, kindness, and compassion. As a business owner, supervisor, or manager, riding the waves of the pandemic storm also includes maintaining employee engagement. Here’s how you can help your staff stay sane as the pandemic rages on.

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Improving Your Remote Workforce’s Team Culture

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Commuting to work is a thing of the past. More and more business owners are getting into the remote workforce trend. In fact, it has gained so much popularity that it has risen by approximately 115% in the last decade. Having a remote workforce is great because of its flexibility, but you may run into new issues that you would otherwise not have in an office. You may start asking yourself questions such as “How will I know what my employees are up to?” and “How will I ensure that my workforce still works like a team?” While there are systems to make sure that employees are staying productive, creating traditional workplace bonds between your remote team members will take a little more effort and creativity. 

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Laziness Doesn’t Exist: Getting to the Root Cause of Procrastination

Contributed by: Brad Wayland

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You keep putting off things you know are urgent to focus on busywork or doing nothing at all. As a result, you’re in a constant state of catch-up. The good news is the reason you procrastinate is not that you’re lazy. Instead, putting things off to the last second has more to do with internal fear.

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How to Give Employees Independence

Independence can be a scary word for an employer. Employers may think that independence means that you must give up control. This can cause discomfort because employers are placing the company’s growth in someone else’s hands. Although letting go can be a daunting task, this can really help your business. Independence can be a great asset to your company, bringing creativity and revenue. When you give your employees the freedom and ability to do things in their own way, they will grow creatively and will feel the empowerment they need to move forward. Here’s how you can give employees independence without losing control of your business:

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How to Develop an Employee Training Plan

If you aren’t formally training your staff, you’re not alone. 31% of companies do not formally train their employees. If you are part of that group, you may want to consider implementing a program or plan soon. Training your employees properly is one of the most important things you can do at the workplace. It can improve finances, strengthen employee happiness, improve knowledge among staff, lessen weaknesses that you may have as a company, expand the basic knowledge for all employees, and intensify productivity.

Not only can you expand knowledge and productivity, but you can also use training as a retention and recruitment tool. A study by Udemy showed that 70% of employees agree that training could help them learn to focus and manage their time better. A study by Udemy also found that 51% of employees would be more likely to quit their jobs if they didn’t have proper training. Employees want to be trained and take it very seriously.

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Buddy Punching: Problems With Employee Time Theft

Time theft is common among employees in the workplace and comes in many forms, most of which can be difficult to catch. One of the most common types of time theft, called “buddy punching,” occurs when one worker punches the clock on behalf of a late or missing co-worker. Most managers agree that dealing with attendance problems is hard enough but can be even harder with dishonest employees. With 3 out of 4 companies experiencing time theft from buddy punching, the practice is a serious problem facing most businesses at one time or another leading to poor productivity and lost profits.

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8 Ways to Show That You Respect Employee Work Time

Contributed by: Dennis Hung

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All employers want to have a good rapport with their employees. In order to achieve that, there needs to be mutual respect on both sides. Respecting employees’ time is a key part of this, as time is a valuable commodity at work. By respecting employees’ time, you help them work more efficiently, and you show them that you value the effort they put into their work. Here are eight ways to respect your employees’ time and help them work more efficiently.

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Management Strategies for Improving Team Dynamics

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Contributed by Shachar Shamir

For businesses of all sizes, strong relationships between team members is the most important foundation to the success of team projects. While no one is expected to be best friends with their colleagues, strengthening your team’s ability to collaborate and openly communicate with one another can prevent projects from stalling, while creating a more positive work environment. Here are some of the ways managers can improve team dynamics in order to speed up the workflow, increase overall efficiency, and boost employee morale.

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