One-to-One Meetings are Critical for Employee, Team & Business Success

Posted by Employer Flexible on July 2, 2021

One-to-one meetings are more important than ever as many companies continue to guide a workforce that is remote or transitioning to a hybrid model with limited time in the office.

“Distance creates a new set of challenges that leaders must acknowledge and conquer so they can connect with and inspire their people. Maintaining relationships with your people—and strengthening relationships among your people—needs to be a primary objective,” writes William Arruda in Forbes.

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Topics: Productivity, Leadership

COVID-19 Crisis Spurs U.S. Employee Engagement to Record Highs

Posted by Employer Flexible on March 9, 2021

It seems that all the business rules changed in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and that includes employee engagement in the United States.

Despite a shift overnight for many companies to a remote work model, employees reported record-levels of engagement during the year.

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Topics: Productivity, Working Remotely

SWOT Analysis: Why and How to Perform One for Your Company

Posted by Employer Flexible on February 11, 2021

The origins of SWOT analysis are murky, but the strategic planning technique first became popularized in the early 1970s by Albert Humphrey at the Stanford Research Institute just as Silicon Valley was incubating into a global tech hotspot.

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Topics: Productivity, Human Resources, small business

Establishing Company Goals in Uncertain Times

Posted by Employer Flexible on February 4, 2021

During these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic we are reminded of former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s “known knowns” quote which is popular in corporate strategic planning.

Rumsfeld said: “[A]s we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

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Topics: Productivity, performance

Scorecards & Measuring Performance are Important for Company Success

Posted by Employer Flexible on September 21, 2020

It is no secret that professional football is big business, but some people would be surprised how much NFL teams have in common with big companies such as Google and Amazon when it comes to measuring performances and using scorecards to target success.

Take the NFL 2020 season opener between defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans, for example.

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Topics: Productivity, performance

Hosting an Effective Virtual Company Meeting

Posted by Employer Flexible on September 10, 2020

Most people have a love-hate relationship with meetings. They love productive meetings, but hate time spent away from their desks.

Then there is humorist Dave Barry, who has a hate-hate relationship with meetings, saying: “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.” With apologies to Barry, meetings are not going away any time soon.

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Topics: Productivity, COVID-19, Remote Work

How to Prepare Your Business for Flu Season

Posted by Employer Flexible on January 13, 2020

Flu season is here. Unfortunately, far too few businesses have invested heavily in combating the flu season as part of their risk management plans. One case of the flu where an employee comes to work while infected can spread through your entire staff like wildfire — eradicating productivity and making your office look like a ghost of Christmas past.

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Topics: Productivity, Employee Benefits

Is Your Business Prepared For 2019?

Posted by Employer Flexible on October 17, 2018

Each year there are new advances that seem to change the game for businesses, small and large. Whether the latest trends surface in social media, the marketing department, or in new regulations for the finance department to wrestle, success in the new year means being prepared for the upcoming trends.

In 2019 we'll see some evolution that is completely new. You'll also notice that some of the things you've already started to master will continue to be important in the upcoming year. Here are some of the trends to keep your eyes on.

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Topics: Productivity, Human Resources, HR

Employee Reviews

Posted by Employer Flexible on July 24, 2018

Critics of the performance review have long pushed for its extinction. And it's easy to jump on the bandwagon. When implemented incorrectly, performance reviews can feel outdated, cumbersome, and outright disingenuous. But when handled strategically, the performance review can bring benefits that far outweigh the cost of the process.

Here are five key reasons to keep and perhaps upgrade the performance review for your organization.

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Topics: Productivity, performance, Human Resources, HR

Employee Benefits Can Benefit Employers Too

Posted by Employer Flexible on April 23, 2018

All businesses are bound by law to provide at least the legal minimum of employee benefits. What qualifies as the legal minimum varies by state and your company's size. Regardless of the legal minimum for your company, however, it makes good business sense to offer employee benefits beyond the basics.

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Topics: Productivity, performance