Hiring new employees is always a gamble. It’s hard enough to figure out if a candidate is a good fit from a professional point of view – a list of skills and previous work experience can only tell you so much – but it’s even harder to spot a candidate who might become a troublemaker.
Category: Employee Management
Trust is not automatic. If it were, we could get ourselves into real trouble sometimes. The self-preservation instinct can make us skeptical, especially if we’ve been burned before, but staying skeptical won’t do us any good either. Building trust with workers and developing positive relationships can help a company succeed.
Telecommuting is becoming as much a requirement as a perk these days. With so many single parent households, dual income families, and less help from extended families, taking off in the middle of the day is sometimes a necessity and making up for the time at home is the only way to put in a full week’s work.
There was a time when more women stayed home with their kids. It was their job to do the shopping, pay the bills, cart the kids to sports, and attend meetings and conferences. There were no conflicts with work because this was their work. The kid’s needs were attended to without any interruptions at dad’s workplace.
Every company needs exceptional workers. Your employees are what drives your business and what helps it run efficiently. They have the power to make or break your growth and profitability. Naturally, you’ll want to hire good, talented people who have a demonstrated track record for success. However, don’t forget about your employees after you hire them.
Telecommuting creates new opportunities and new challenges for employees and employers alike. While telecommuting provides employees with more job opportunities and employers with a wider hiring pool, it also provides unique challenges to workplace communication and productivity.
A recent study by Mercer found that 42% of workers today are ready to quit their jobs even though they’re basically happy with them. They may be proud to work for the organizations and have a strong feeling of accomplishment but they are looking for greener pastures anyway. This is more the case with younger workers and senior management than with the older workforce and non-management workers.
Continue reading I Like My Job but I’m Leaving Anyway, Say Young Workers Today
When we wait around for something to happen – waiting for someone to show up, standing in a long line, counting down the minutes till we leave for an appointment, or being on call – we seem to do a little less with our time than we otherwise would. It’s like we can’t get too involved because our activity might get cut short.
Waiting can be annoying, but being on call can interfere with life in a more serious way. If half your week’s schedule is on call, as is the case in many retail environments these days, it can be very hard to move forward or make plans.
Telecommuting seems to be a mixed bag of benefits and problems in the minds of many employers but it doesn’t have to be. If implemented and managed carefully, working from home could offer nothing but benefits for the right people.
We have a lot of experience with telecommuting here at Timesheets.com – many of our employees telecommute and we offer software that makes it easier to manage telecommuters.
Amazon.com has been getting a bad rap in the news lately regarding its workplace policies. Employee monitoring, open criticism, insensitivity, and long hours are some of the controversial practices that are out in the open since the recent NYT investigation.
In the past, no one knew exactly how time was spent at work or even exactly what time employees got in to work but now, with online productivity software, employees can track the time they spend on various tasks or projects so that all of their time is accounted for.
Someone emailed me this infographic last week and, by the title I thought, Oh please, there is so much of this junk bopping around on the internet, I’m not going to post this. But as I looked closer I saw that there is actually some interesting information here.
The graphic is indirectly about motivating employees. It describes leaders by their leadership style and shows ways to become a better leader by becoming more self-aware and broadening emotional intelligence. By so doing leaders have better abilities to motivate employees. I guess that’s why it’s entitled How to Motivate Employees…
Check it out. I think it inspires further reading. Continue reading Types of Leaders and Their Strengths