Posts Tagged ‘business success’

Looking to Add High Performers to Your Organization? Find Candidates with These Traits.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Your employees have a significant impact on whether your business thrives or dies, but building a strong workforce is not an easy task. Choosing the right people to fill your open positions should be done with care and an overall goal of company success. People considered high performers should be your most desirable candidates. These workers are critical for achieving positive business results because they exceed company expectations, serve as role models to other employees, make solid decisions and continually offer innovative ideas.

If you’re looking to build a powerful staff, look for prospective employees with the following qualities:

Energy and Optimism

Top performing employees are energetic. They work efficiently when assigned new projects and are eager to turn in completed work before or by their deadlines. When they finish a project, they quickly move on to the next one. They also remain positive while at work by not harping on mistakes or worrying about unfavorable outcomes. The energy and optimism high performers exude reach other staff members, which helps the whole company boost productivity.

High EI and Great Communicator

High Emotional Intelligence is often engrained in high performing employees. They use their talent to successfully understand and react to the actions of others. They easily make great relationships with their coworkers, and they are able to remain calm and help others stay calm during stressful situations. Another strength they share is strong communication skills. Top employees effortlessly express their ideas and communicate frequently with their supervisors to ensure they deliver desired results.

Self Starter and Continuous Learner

Stronger performers are almost always motivated to do their best. They are autonomous workers who manage their time effectively to  produce high-quality work for their managers and organization. These employees take the initiative to try new workflow processes and suggest ways to improve business productivity. They want to cultivate skills they use regularly and also gain new knowledge in their field. Both of these characteristics will prove beneficial to your company.

When you attract top performers to your organization, work hard to ensure they have the support and resources they need to be successful. Failing to do so will most likely result in their resignation. For more information on finding high performers to add to your staff, please contact a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 33-668-7746.

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Focused Employees Contribute to Business Success

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

FocusDid your week start like this? Your biggest client got the wrong order; your CEO received a company report, which had a high-priority deadline, two-days late; and your accounting department cannot figure out how the organization is over budget for the month already.  Meanwhile, your employees are excessively chatting about their weekends, checking their friends’ Facebook statuses and taking numerous breaks.  If so, your company could be facing a problem with a lack of employee focus.

Ensuring that workers pay attention to details is critical to the success of your organization. Even small mistakes can disrupt business goals if they happen frequently. Instead of punishing your staff members for not staying on task, help them see how their efforts affect the bottom line. Motivate them to perform their best and stay on top of their work assignments with these focus-finding strategies:

Create Goals for the Day

Most employees establish goals for the year and sometimes for the month as well, but focus can be lost quickly with broad goals that stretch over long periods of time. Making daily goals helps employees define and prioritize the assignments they need to complete. To further help employees keep their concentration, have them set a time limit for each project they want to accomplish.

Discourage Multitasking

 Many people boast about being exceptional multitaskers. Although juggling multiple tasks seems like an effective skill, research reveals that creating high-quality products with this method does not work. The ability to focus on details decreases when we tackle more than one project. Working on too many assignments can also create stress, which increases our chances for making mistakes. Encourage employees to complete one item at a time. Once they finish one, they can move on to the next one. 

Schedule Distraction-Free Times

Coworkers can often be the cause of preventing others from completing their projects. Whether teammates want recommendations for good lunch places or help reviewing a spreadsheet, time for employees to focus on their individual tasks gets lost. Prohibiting staff interruptions (unless necessary) during specific work hours can give employees an opportunity to work on their aDistractionssignments without distractions from their coworkers. Time blocks tailored to the entire company or individual worker are both effective approaches.

It is easy for workers to become complacent and careless in tasks that they perform frequently. In addition to the pointers above, consistently remind them that they are integral components of your organization and their contributions assist in making your business a success or a failure. For more guidance on keeping your employees focused, please contact a member of CAI’s Advice & Counsel at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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4 Keys To Success as an HR Professional

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Regardless of company size, an effective HR function is an essential factor in business success. As a strategic management partner and an employee advocate and mentor, the HR professional is in a position to help promote the business, the opportunities for employees and his or her own success by implementing the following:

1.  Positive Two-Way Communication

Excellent communication with employees can make a company great—or break the company when communication is poor. People like to work for management teams who are open and transparent, and the more potential there is for that communication to be a two-way street, the better. Sharing information and business goals with employees builds trust and cooperation among the ranks.

Suggestion boxes, email, company newsletters and open meetings between management and employees are all time-tested communication strategies that work. Make yourself accessible and be involved, and you will be a more successful communicator.

2.  Fair and Objective Performance Reviews

Implementing an objective employee performance review system will go a long ways toward establishing a foundation for career paths, raises and pay structure. To motivate employees, link top performance with bonuses or raises on a merit basis. Often a gift or public recognition of an employee’s accomplishments is as effective as money.

To ensure fairness for performance reviews, alert people ahead of the actual scheduled review if their performance is below par, and give them opportunities to correct the situation. Periodic feedback meetings also help, as does a cross-functional review by more than one manager. Satisfied employees who trust that they are being managed fairly are more productive than unhappy, resentful employees.

3.  Non-Monetary Benefits and Perks

Sweeten the pot with non-monetary benefits and perks, such as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, free parking or health club memberships. Perks and unusual benefits are an area where you can come up with creative ideas that will help attract and retain employees. (This topic is discussed more thoroughly in our previous blog.)

4. Improving The Bottom Line

You will become a company hero if you can use your knowledge as an HR professional to come up with ways to:

  • Reduce expenses for employee benefits such as medical plans or 401K
  • Improve recruiting, hiring and training practices and save costs
  • Increase employee productivity
  • Streamline and ensure compliance processes with federal or other regulatory agencies, such as OSHA

For additional information about how you can ensure your success as an HR pro, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel team at (919) 878-9222 or (336) 668-7746.

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