Those in leadership today face more scrutiny and pressure than perhaps ever before. Not only are they expected to be the driving force behind meeting company goals, they now contend with an incredibly more important public image, a world where technology’s rapid advances are changing business conduct almost daily, and a political and global climate never yet seen. That is a lot of responsibility on one’s shoulders. Check out the infographic to see just how much CEOs have on their minds these days with the new expectations of leadership.
We all have a limited amount of time, so how can you make the most of it? It is easy to lose hours scouring the internet for the best marketing strategies. With so much information available at our fingertips, it can be hard to separate the relevant from the irrelevant. Luckily, we have several ways to absorb information these days with podcasts being one of the best. Take advantage of your commute to and from work to stay up to date on the latest marketing information from one of these top marketing podcasts. It is always good to get a variety of perspectives. Save some time and tune in to one of these prominent marketing podcasts this week.
Company culture is big ticket item these days. Everyone is talking about it and with good reason. Culture can make or break you. Employee retention is directly related to work culture. That is why finding a good fit as an employee is so important. 46% of new hires quit or are fired in their first 18 months. You do not want to be a part of that statistic. Take the time to learn not only what companies you are interested in working for but also take time to do some homework. Learn about the company culture. Have lunch with a current employee to get some inside information. Even if the company is great, it may not necessarily be the best match for you. Don’t waste valuable time by making a bad match. Check out these stats to find what aspects you can be looking for in a company’s culture.
Spring has arrived. People are focused on their big spring cleaning around the house, but did you know your business needs the same attention? Spring is a great time to stop, reevaluate, and make sure you are setting yourself up for success the rest of the year. How are those sales goals coming along? Could information be better organized or repackaged? Do your employees need a refresh of training to equip them to better serve the company? Maybe, in the end, you really do need to simply do a deep clean and reorganize. How are your files? Could they be made digital for easier access? Does your building or sign need some TLC? All of these things are important to stop and think about from time to time. Check out these spring cleaning tips to keep your business running like a swiss watch.
A great boss is hard to come by. Anybody who has worked a few jobs can easily tell you what they loved or hated about their previous places of work. Most often, their bosses have the greatest impact on their review. 58% of people would rather have a great boss than a bump in salary. That is saying something. Who doesn’t want a higher salary? It goes to show you that our social desires for connection are quite prominent. Individuals who enjoy their boss work harder, stay longer, and often become great ambassadors for the company to newer employees. Having good leadership skills is imperative. Check out these habits of highly effective leaders. Whether you are currently in leadership or are working toward it, it is never too early or too late to start improving. You and the people around you will appreciate your work!
2021 is off and running. With a new year comes new budgets, new goals, and new timelines, and with all those elements usually comes stress. There are many different ways work can be stressful. For some, there is too much to do and too little time. For others, it is just the opposite. It could be you don’t feel your career is going anywhere, or perhaps you have a rough relationship with your supervisor. Whatever the reason, no one enjoys the feeling of excessive stress. Here are some ways you can relieve the burden and cope within your workplace.
Many employees dread their one-on-one performance meetings, but oftentimes that is due to feeling that they have no voice, are misunderstood, or that management doesn’t really care. This is a waste of time for a company all around. So how can you make sure these meetings are fruitful not only for your employees but management as well? Realize these meetings have a great purpose. This is not only time for top-down communication, but also communication from the bottom-up. Your employee should be allowed and encouraged to express their highlights and lowlights, what they believe is or isn’t working, and what their goals and desires are of themselves and their roles. People want and need to feel valued and are the heart of every organization. Make sure your company is taking advantage of these tips to make your meetings more productive and meaningful for everyone.
Have you ever worked on a dysfunctional team? Morale and production are usually pretty low and watercooler chatter tends to only kindle the negative environment. It’s not enjoyable for anyone and is detrimental to a company. Luckily, with a little TLC, teams can turn from lackluster to brilliant functioning units. Check out these 10 ways to make your team stronger and more successful than ever.
Internal communication is an essential function in every company. Without efficient communication, executive decisions and direction never make it to employees, and progress stalls. In companies of any size, middle management is often responsible for communicating strategy from executives to their direct reports. If the direction that is given by upper-level management is miscommunicated, the manager in the middle may pass incorrect or misguided instruction, delaying progress. This plight of the middle manager is often called the frozen middle.
This delay in transferring information can impact company success and cause frustration for employees. So what can a middle manager do if they get stuck in the frozen middle? JobHero outlines some of the best ways for managers to tackle this communication issue. From providing upward and downward feedback to identifying communication gaps, managers can learn to thaw the frozen middle and propel their company forward.
We all struggle from time to time to stay on task. Keeping or not keeping your focus can make or break you when deadlines are fast approaching. How do you keep your mind from wandering? Even with a keen desire to stay focused, it can still remain elusive. Check out the infographic below to find the reasons why our brains tend to wander and a few ways we can help get them back on track.