3 Employee Morale Busters that Disrupt Productivity

By Corey Hastings

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Ask any successful business owner the importance of workplace morale and they’re sure to highlight its place on their list of priorities. The attitude employees display throughout their workday can make or break a company’s success. According to the world’s leading positivity psychologist and NYT best selling author Shawn Anchor, “Your brain works significantly better at positive than at negative, neutral or stressed. Every single business and educational outcome improves when we start at positive rather than waiting for a future success. Sales improve 37% cross-industry, productivity by 31%.”

Morale can be difficult to maintain. So what can you do to keep spirits high and productivity soaring? Start with ridding your workplace of the 3 employee morale busters we’ve outlined below. Once you’ve established a clear path for positivity, you’ll see a meaningful boost in morale and an overall higher quality of work.

1. Placing blame and singling out

It’s inevitable that mistakes get made. It will only work against you to blame an employee when they slip up. Bosses or managers often have trouble accepting responsibility for mistakes and end up singling subordinates out, creating a timid and fearful environment. No matter what, avoid laying into the supposed culprit. Despite how bad of a mistake was made, take a deep breath and try to understand why it happened, how it can be resolved, and how it can be prevented in the future.

2. Poor communication and unclear goals

To further avoid mistakes being made, you must be completely clear about your expectations. Properly communicating your goals and what’s needed from each task will help you avoid frustrated employees who don’t exactly know what they’re working towards. While self-starters make strong employees, no one should be asked to operate with vague to no guidance. Make sure to allot time in your day to explain and clarify with a positive and helpful tone. By doing so, your employees will accept your guidance and leadership and learn to operate more productively, thus freeing up more time for you to focus on your own tasks.

3. Lack of trust and micromanaging

Lack of trust often leads to micromanaging, and almost nothing is as demoralizing than managing your employees’ every step. They were hired for a reason, so once you’ve properly and clearly communicated what you need from them, trust in their abilities and let them take the reigns. As hard as it may be, let your employees finish their assignments unencumbered. Remember to always encourage them to ask questions when they arise, and keep your office door open for anything they need that might come up. Let them understand that coming to you won’t incur negative repercussions. This is how employees will learn exactly what it is you want, making them more apt to complete tasks faster and better in the long run.


The Cost of a Bad Hire

By Corey Hastings

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Time, effort, energy, and money – All the precious things you invest in hiring can come crashing down with one bad hire. Though no one intends to make a bad hire, the reality is that it happens. And it will cost you in many more ways than one.

Taking time to understand your miscalculations is the first step to ensure you don’t get caught with the wrong employee again. We’ve compiled the costs, financially and beyond, that you incur when a bad hire is made to help you understand how to avoid similar mistakes in the future.

Loss of productivity & retention

In a survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com, 41% of companies worldwide said they lost worker productivity with a bad hire. A mis-hire can result in not only a loss of productivity for their specific department, but can negatively impact the productivity of the company as a whole. Whether they’re in a leadership role or not, a bad hire will bring the morale of the whole team down if they can’t properly execute responsibilities, or don’t fit in with your specific culture.

With the negative impact on their work environment, great employees may leave due to a bad hire. Establishing a thriving company culture is vital to any company’s success, and is highly dependent on the camaraderie and work ethic amongst employees. If a new employee is bringing the team down, jaded employees will seek other opportunities, resulting in turnover and potential jeopardization of your reputation.

To ensure you’re bringing on the right hire, know your team and how they operate, inside and out. Include them in your initial conversation about the open position’s required roles and responsibilities, and bring this knowledge to the conversation when interviewing. If you’re transparent and honest about what you’re looking for, the right candidate will do the same. By managing expectations up front, you’ll have less room for error.

Financial losses

The financial losses of hiring a bad employee are, quite honestly, staggering. The amount of factors that a bad hire impacts, direct and indirect, add up to more than you may believe.

Direct factors, including hiring costs, compensation, and severance are obvious losses. But indirect factors you may not have accounted for can add up. These indirect factors can include support costs, like office space, expenses, and the HR department’s time. The cost of poor performance, including poor execution, missed opportunities and potential lawsuits, are also on the table, as well as the cost of potential turnover due to low company morale.

According to research conducted by SS&C’s Joe Vona, Sr., the net average of the bad hire can result in a loss of up to 14.6 times the base compensation.

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The next time you’re in a rush to hire, take a step back and look at all the factors that affect the numbers. While your decision may be urgent, you’ll save more than just money by taking the proper time and effort you need to find the best candidate for the job.

Looking to make your next great hire? Let us help.


4 Habits of Successful People

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No matter how lucky a person may seem, those who succeed weren’t born in a hot air balloon, floating to the top of their industry without so much as lifting a finger. Successful people invest the proper amount of energy into setting themselves up for the accomplishments they achieve. They work hard for their visions, and they plan for their futures. Below, find 4 habits of successful people, and how you can incorporate similar traits into your daily life.

1. They’re self-starters

Success starts with taking initiative. If you’re waiting for someone else to tell you want to do, when to do it and how to do it, you may be waiting forever. To truly advance in your career, strive to be a self-starter who creates success, not one who hopes success comes knocking.

Steve Jobs or Oprah Winfrey didn’t achieve success overnight. The most accomplished businesspeople of our time took their ideas and implemented hard-work, drive and focus to develop their visions. And while they certainly had an equally hard-working team by their side, their personal perseverance never faltered.

2. They minimize distractions

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – oh my! If you’re easily distracted, you’re not alone. But those who can find the will to close those browser tabs and hunker down with their top priorities are those who will come out on top.

Social networks may seem like an easy distraction, but emails can serve as an even bigger interruption. Instead of responding to every email as soon as you hear your mailbox ding, designate certain times throughout your day to respond. With the burden of constant response out of your mind, you’ll be able to properly divert your time to the tasks at hand, just be sure to turn your email notifications off for a few hours.

3. They plan their day

Speaking of distractions, it’s easy to lose sight of your responsibilities without a plan. Successful people take time at the top of each day to prioritize the day’s tasks. Without proper organization, you’ll steer more and more off course as the hours tick by. Make it a habit to formulate a plan for your day.

4. They stay active

It’s a fact – if you’re stressed, you’re unproductive. Some days, stress seems inevitable. But by staying active throughout your day, you can relieve the tension. Take it from the American Heart Association, who notes that, “Physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, and anger.” The next time you’re feeling stressed, put down your pen, shut your laptop and head out for a lunchtime walk, or even a brief 10 minute stroll. With the temporary shift in environment and fresh air, your stress will dissipate, allowing you to refocus. And while this may seem difficult, we suggest leave your phone at the office. To fully embrace yourself in mindful activity, we recommend fully disconnecting…if only for a few minutes.