Posts Tagged ‘energy’

3 Tips to Transform a Bad Start into a Positive and Productive Work Day

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Or maybe your alarm didn’t go off and you overslept. Maybe traffic is unimaginably heavy because of an accident, making you late for your morning meeting. And you didn’t have time for breakfast so you’ve assumed your energy level for the day will be low. You’ve already predicted that this is going to be a bad day even before you make it to your office

Instead of fulfilling your prediction, try to prevent a bad start from controlling the rest of your workday. You can still achieve a productive day even if the beginning was rocky. The tips below will help you stay positive while also maintaining your productivity:

Eliminate Negative Talk

Nothing can make your day worse than your own negative talk about how you think the day will fare. If you do find yourself cursing the day or lamenting over a missed opportunity, change your mood by switching to a topic that’s more positive.  Negative words from your coworkers can also steer you off the track to a positive day. Tune out their gossip and treat them with kindness so they know you’re not interested in participating in deprecating conversations.

Focus on Being Positive

So we’ve established that the start of your day wasn’t very good, but that doesn’t mean the rest of your day will hold a similar fate. Instead of focusing on what went wrong during your day, shift your focus on all the things that went well or right. You are in charge of your attitude, thoughts and actions. Choose to react to your bad day with positivity and determination that you’ll make it better. Having this attitude will help you end your day well.

Treat Your Body Well

Being negative or frequently complaining is not good for your overall health. Not getting out of a bad mood can increase your stress levels, making you more irritable and fatigued.  Treat your body well to boost your mood and give you more energy. Get a solid amount of sleep each night, eat healthy and exercise regularly to squash a bad mood.

Training yourself to be more optimistic takes time and a conscious effort, however, attaining this goal will significantly reduce the number of bad days you have.

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3 Ways to Increase Your Staff’s Energy and Productivity Levels

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Have you noticed that some of your employees are running low on energy? Yes, employers have had a difficult time withstanding the economic climate over the past few years, but employees have also felt the pressure. Many workers have taken on more responsibility after seeing their coworkers get laid off. Some are also working longer to keep their company running like there’s a full staff. Doing more work and putting in more hours without significant increases in their pay or positive changes in their benefits can drain the energy of your employees.

The economic climate of the past few years made it necessary for many employers to get the most out of their employees, but doing so may have led to decreases in their workforce’s productivity level and job satisfaction. To keep your employees away from the brink of exhaustion, try these three methods to encourage motivation, increase morale and boost work performance:

Workplace Flexibility

If feasible for their position, allow your employees to enjoy more flexible schedules. When employees need a physical or mental break from work, flex schedules help employees maintain work/life balance, which aids them in completing quality work for your company. For additional benefits from flexible schedules for both employees and employers read our post Employers, Reap the Benefits of Telecommuting.

Employee Recognition

Taking time to recognize the contributions made by your employees will improve their work performance and attitude. Your workers want to know that their efforts are affecting your company positively, so letting them know how they specifically contribute to their organization’s success will raise their morale and company loyalty. For different ideas on how to show your employees you appreciate them, please see our blog post 17 Ways to Show Your Employees Appreciation.

Ongoing Training

Your employees are more likely to stay with your organization and produce great work if you provide them with opportunities to expand their skill sets. Most employees are eager to learn new methods to streamline their workflows and new knowledge to assist them in completing projects. There are a number of ways you can help your employees reach their full potential. Check some of them out on our blog post Continuous Education Helps You, Your Employees and Your Business Thrive.

For more tips on engaging and energizing your workforce, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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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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