Posts Tagged ‘CAI list serve’

8 Ways to Motivate Your Employees When Funds Are Low

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

carrrotsMotivating employees to be more engaged and productive is a common concern for employers. Organizations will often reward employees with raises or promotions for their previous good work in hopes that they’ll be even more productive. While raises and promotions are good incentives for increasing engagement and efficiency, the funds or new positions are not always available.

So what can employers do to motivate employees when funds are low? Several things! Research shows that money and job titles are not always top motivators. There are other ways to show your staff members that their contributions matter.  Below is a list of ways to boost morale and productivity without blowing your budget. Try incorporating some at your workplace:

  • Give your top employees an extra day of paid time off
  • Whether it’s in writing or said out loud, make sure you thank your staffers for their efforts
  • Schedule lunch and learns to explore topics that are of interest to your employees
  • Start committees to improve your workplace community and invite your high potentials to serve as committee members
  • Purchase gift certificates to a movie theater or restaurant and give them to deserving employees
  • Invite your green employees to shadow under or be mentored by your high-level managers as a form of professional development
  • Throw invitation-only appreciation events for employees who completed big projects or took on more work
  • Coordinate a food or ice cream truck visit at your workplace and treat your employees to free food or dessert

CAI members provided many of the tips above through CAI’s list serve, a member benefit that enables participants to ask peers at member companies for advice, recommendations and best practices for their organizations. Recent topics members have discussed on the list serve include vacation policies, executing performance reviews, short term disability coverage and many more. For additional information about a CAI membership and signing up for the list serve, please contact an account manager at 919-878-9222 or 336-667-7746.

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3 Elements to Consider When Creating Job Titles

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

best bossBruce Clarke, CAI’s CEO, tackled the issue of employee titles in a recent CAI list serve discussion. He said:

Titles can be a hot topic in a company, with some believing they do not matter and others believing they are very important.  I’m not sure I ever met anyone who truly did not care at all about their title, even in tech startups.   It is useful shorthand for what you do and where you fit.   It is also true that titles have both internal and external purposes.

How do your employees and senior management view titles at your organization? Can employees work to elevate their titles or are they permanent identities? There is no right or wrong way to judge titles. Whether they describe what a worker does or show authority in an organization, titles should share a few common elements. Do your titles incorporate the three points below?

Define

First and foremost, a company job title needs to define the employee’s role at the organization. There are many reasons why descriptive titles are important. They eliminate confusion by helping coworkers recognize and identify who does what in the workplace. Clients also know who to reach out to when titles are clearly defined.

Empower

Create titles that give your employees power over a certain area (small or large) of your organization. Titles that are carefully selected can help workers feel valued, encouraging them to produce their best work to represent themselves and the company. Weak titles can create employee resentment, which tends to lead to poor performance or turnover.

Relate

Make sure your titles actually relate to the position, experience, authority and knowledge of your employees. A title that does not do this can undermine the talent and success an employee has achieved in his or her career. Avoid offending your employees by spending adequate time developing their job titles.

Members discuss several HR-related issues on CAI’s list serve. As a member benefit, the list serve enables participants to ask peers at member companies for advice, recommendations and best practices for their organizations. Some topics recently discussed by members include strategies to boost employee morale, time off for the birth of a child and internship guidelines. For additional information about a CAI membership and signing up for the list serve, please contact an account manager at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

Photo Source: Kumar Appaiah