Being a manager means having or at least needing exceptional communicative, psychological and persuasion skills to “manage” the versatile types of employees you work with. You must have already noticed that brilliant professional skills and lots of experience don’t necessarily mean a great worker. The personality, ability to work in a team, attitude, ability to get into and deal with conflicts are sometimes definitive of the value an employee brings to the company.… Read more
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More and more employers today realize that their revenue depends not only on the number of sales/clients they’ve got, but also to a great extend – on their employees. Or, rather, their productivity. This metrics basically shows how much work is done during the same period of time. While it definitely is different for different employees due to a number of factors, the overall picture throughout the company can be pretty descriptive.… Read more
“Work smart, not hard” – this recommendation may seem sound to some, and nonsense to others. But no matter what you think about it, there’s a fact you cannot neglect – working hard constantly and without breaks for a long time is impossible. It’s like using a car engine for hours at the full capacity – eventually, it will break down. However, if you take care to use it gently, with occasional breaks, it will serve you for years.… Read more
No matter whether you are an office worker, perform your duties “on the go” or work as a freelancer – becoming more productive and better organized will definitely do you good. The good news is, we aren’t going to suggest you any new techniques that mean putting in more efforts. On the contrary, this post tells how to improve your time management by… delegating it to assistants. No, we don’t suggest hiring people to manage your tasks.… Read more
Employee turnover has long been one of the issues that top the list of management concerns. A person who never lost “valuable” employees or was looking for a substitution may find it weird, but seasoned HR managers and employers know the cost of the question. An employee quitting the job means not only the breach in the already smoothed out workflow, but also lost productivity. Finding a new hire, educating and training, then taking the time to ensure the candidate is right for the position can add up into a significant sum.… Read more
Along with the rapidly growing number of employees working on the computers, especially with Internet connections, employers have faced a serious challenge – taking staff activity under control. The traditional means of time tracking software like timesheets or biometric scanners don’t quite do the job, since they only count the overall time a person spent at the office or display the info on tasks and their duration an employee entered into a timesheet.… Read more
When you think about a top level manager, what image typically comes up in your mind? In all probability, this is a talented individual, demanding to him/herself and to others, working under stress all the time, frequently lacking patience and tolerance, prone to anger outbursts when results are below the expected. So, stress and anxiety are the most common traits of a stereotypical executive.
Moreover, people with equal talents, but with calmer disposition and less authoritative behaviour are often left behind when it comes to promotion to the top positions in the company.… Read more
The striving to achieve higher productivity in all business aspects is somehow similar to speed racing. While talent and training are crucial for the sportsman to win the first prize, it’s hard to imagine Michael Schumacher break the tape first driving an obsolete racing car, isn’t it? The point is, even if you’ve got the brightest and most skillful staff, using the newest productivity techniques, but your computer hardware and software are obsolete, don’t expect miracles.… Read more
“Internet surfing of non-work related nature results in up to a 40% loss of productivity each year for American businesses”- this objective statistical data embodies the nightmare of virtually every employer. No wonder everyone’s so obsessed with employee productivity – for the vast majority of businesses, salaries/wages are the biggest expenses. It is only natural for company heads to wish that their subordinates would constantly improve their productivity as their time and efforts are paid for.… Read more
It is very unlikely, or at least happens really very seldom that a person takes up a job with the sole aim to screw up everything. For most employees, their work is the best means of self-realization, and they put in much efforts to achieve good results. However, the lack of willpower, perseverance and patience makes people easy to distract and their desire to work quickly vanishes under certain conditions.
You’ve definitely noticed that some of your employees demonstrate diligence and brilliant work results without any special incentives, while others require constant supervision, extra motivation and sometimes even punishment in order to attend to their direct duties.… Read more