Tips from the Top ® - The Alternative Board San Mateo County
One way to show employees you care is to invest in their professional development. Make sure you understand their career goals and then send them to classes, make online classes available to them, start a company library with books or audio/visual resources that they can borrow. Also make sure you forward employees key articles or other information that you receive that will further their development. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot in return. Employees will appreciate the effort and this will go far in making them more loyal to you and your company.
Several years ago, we moved into a new building. We were trying to decide how to decorate the blank walls. An employee had an idea to use photographs from company staff to give our office a personal feel. We established an internal contest where employees could submit "gallery type" photographs with the content to be landscape, travel, urban, etc. We received over 150 entries for 25 spots! We enlarged them and had them framed, with the top three vote "getters" being super-enlarged and having prominence in location. The entire company was very proud of the space, and we intend on renewing the art using this method annually. We continue to get positive comments from our clients with some wanting to try the idea in their office.
If you have to deliver bad news to your employees, such as layoffs or benefit reductions, remember to cover three areas in your speech or memo, as follows.
- Deliver the bad news up front. Don’t make it the last thing you talk about.
- Offer hope for the future. Talk about how you’ve taken the action to secure jobs and security going forward.
- Finish with a call to action. Remind your employees that it takes commitment by everyone to succeed going forward.
It does not matter if we are talking about sports, music, sales, military, or business teams. The ingredients that produce great teams are identical. All world class teams have these five elements in common.
So, you are thinking of acquiring a partner in your business. Maybe you want a partner to spread the workload or liability. You could have differing areas of expertise and want to become a “one-stop shop.” Or maybe you’re looking for someone to take over when you retire.
Either way, think before you get “engaged” and sign those final papers! As Lamar Curtis of IAG put it, “a partnership is like a marriage without the good parts.” Before moving forward, consider these suggestions.