How to Discipline Your Employees Without Losing Them

Originally posted on The Advantage of You!:

Holding your employees accountable for their work is vital when you are growing a business; but that shouldn’t come at the drastic risk of losing your talent.

Often senior-level managers can become out of touch. We may think we know what is happening on the floor, but in reality, we have no idea. The mistaken assumption is that expectations are reasonable and achievable when they may be far from it. Being clear about your expectations leaves no room for assumptions and takes the excuses out of the equation when holding employees accountable.YELLING

Instead of finger-pointing and playing the blame game when employees are under-performing try these suggestions:

Be clear about your expectations. When assigning tasks to employees for special projects or implementing process changes, it is important that you clearly discuss expectations. See my blog on implementing change in the workplace. The discussion is not only opportunity to give direction…

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April Showers Bring … Inspection Blitzes

Originally posted on Blaneys@Work:

April showers may bring May flowers, but April also brings with it a wide range of inspection blitzes from Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL). While employers may think of MOL blitzes as focusing more on the industrial and construction sectors, the blitzes beginning this April are far more expansive, and are therefore something all employers need to be aware of. In addition, it is notable that the MOL is now coordinating its Occupational Health and Safety (OHSA) and Employment Standards Act (ESA) enforcement initiatives, meaning that the Ministry is placing a high emphasis on compliance under both statutes in the coming year.

The province-wide blitzes beginning in April 2014 are as follows:

FOCUS Program Sector Date
Internships Employment Standards Marketing/Public Relations, Software Development, Retail, Media, Film, Entertainment April-June 2014
Musculoskeletal Disorders Health and Safety Health Care April 2014-March 2015
Exposures Health and Safety Health Care April 2014-March 2015
Slips, Trips…

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Employee Wellness, Morale, and the Bottom Line

Originally posted on kirenlakhani:

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Keeping your employees happy is a key component to getting the most out of your bottom line.  With a business being ran by a bunch of unhappy campers who don’t want to be there, you can bet that your production rates will decrease as well.  Not every job is glamorous.  As a matter of fact, most jobs are the complete opposite.  However, that does not warrant the assumption that every day has to be a living hell.  Understanding the connection between employee wellness, morale, and the bottom line will help any frustrated supervisor transform their workforce.

Tracking Employee Wellness

Your employees are simply human beings who are trying to make a living.  They do not need or wish to be treated as slaves – machines that can take a beating without uttering a complaint.  Even machines break down; and your employees will as well if you don’t take some time…

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring An Employee

Originally posted on ArtRainer.com:

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I have hired or been a part of hiring several employees. Some have turned out to be great employees while others were not. Over the years, I hope that I have become better at identifying those employees who will be great through continued education and learning from my successes and failures.

I have learned that great employees are capable, hard-working team players you can trust. Before I place an offer on the table to a prospective employee, I try to have four questions on trust answered. Here are four questions to ask yourself before hiring an employee:

1. Can I trust them to do the job well?

Some employees are able to jump into a new position and immediately excel. Others need some ramp up time to learn the nuances of the role. I am fine with either. Like Jim Collins, I believe that it is simply important to get…

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Stress In The Workplace

 

Studies have shown that for every dollar spent on controlling psychosocial hazards, you can save between three to six dollars on your bottom line!

We can learn many things about stress management and how stress management can benefit workplaces. For example, dairy farmers are drastically changing the way in which cows are raised. Dairy farmers have found that creating a relaxing, non-stressful environment for the cows turns into better profits.  Cows no longer are cooped up in small stalls, or separated from their young; instead they roam freely in pastures.  Come milking time, the cows go in a modern, high-tech barn that is designed for maximum comfort. The floors are made of stainless steel, that’s so that the robotic squeegee can scrape all waste matter away to prevent disease. The cows also have access to large “car-wash type” brushes that automatically spin when a cow is present, this is to help the cow get at those irritating itches. Milking the cow is accomplished by a laser guided machine that finds each nipple, all without any person touching the cow.  Once hooked up, the machine monitors the milk for any temperature changes or disease. To further reduce stress the cow is always with their young, even when it’s time for milking.

Dairy farmers say that a happy cow gives more milk, and that the milk is better quality. They are witnessing positive results from their investment in stress management.

How can we apply stress management to everyday workers? We need to first realize that stressed workers are less productive, more prone to accidents, have more sick days, and cost the company many thousands of dollars on the bottom line.

The solution to these problems can come through a good stress management program where employees feel good about coming to work and doing the best job they can. Creating this friendly, non-confrontational atmosphere can be attained through: commitment, desire, and proper leadership. The monetary cost of stress management can be minimal when you understand your psychosocial hazards that exist in your workplace, and you control them.

Over the past twenty years of health and safety management, there has been much study on the term Psychosocial hazard, and, if it really exists in our workplaces.  The Ministry of Labor, W.S.I.B., Health and Safety Professionals, C.S.A and Union Leaders all recognize that psychosocial hazards are real, and that they can be controlled just as much as physical hazards.

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Young Drivers Of Canada

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So it’s my birthday today and I got thinking about my driver training I received when I turned 16.

  • Look ahead
  • Look where you want to go
  • Shoulder check and mirror check
  • Drive, according to the weather conditions
  • Anticipate problems and have room to react

Still no accidents and I can attribute this to my excellent driver training.

We can apply this same train of thought to successful businesses and how to avoid pitfalls or failure. Look ahead, anticipate problems and deal with them before they become problems.

Evaluate your business, look ahead, where do you want to go?

Morale


Morale, also known as esprit de corps when discussing the morale of a group, is an intangible term used to describe the capacity of  people to maintain belief in an institution or a goal.

Right from the start of every military career, esprit de corps is taught to young recruits as an essential part of being in the military.  It is the “Glue” that keeps a unit together, ready for whatever challenge may arise.

Being posted to a warship I know how true this really is, for example, when a ship has a high morale  thing are good; the food is great, everybody is rested and feeling energized.. smiles.. jokes and high fives all around.  Nothing can stop us!

On the flip side, when the morale is low it can be like a jail with no escape.  People are upset, frustrated and even emotionally damaged.  You just don’t want to be there anymore, but you don’t really have a choice because you can’t just get off a ship in the middle of the ocean.

Interestingly enough, the Captain of the ship and how he treats the crew, is the sole reason for good or bad morale.

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Psychosocial Hazard?

 

  When we think of hazards at work, we generally think of physical hazards like: pinch points, nip points, trip hazards and guarding issues.

Psychosocial hazards are just as real as physical hazards at work, and in some cases, if not recognized and controlled they can have a very negative impact on your bottom line.

Many studies have been done on psychosocial hazards, and the impact on the workplace. Dr. Martin Shain and Health Canada have put out a recent study called Best Advice on Risk Management in the Workplace. It simply states that workers with a high demand for production and little or no control, and, or, high effort/low reward are at risk of being frustrated, angry, and stressed, which can contribute to aggressive behavior, sabotage, poor physical and mental health and a general lack of safety. These negative feelings can be multiplied two to three times if the employee perceives the employer as being unfair.

We can come up with many situations that exemplify this research, such as the example of a good marriage. When you ask two people who have been married for a long time “what helped them stay together”; they always say the same thing… “it is a relationship of give and take” which means the effort/reward system is good. On the other hand, ask a divorced couple to highlight the reasons why they got divorced and the answer is mostly…”I gave so much and got nothing in return”, Which means the effort/reward system has failed and so has their relationship.

Oddly enough, the marriage scenario is most like our workplaces. The relationship between employer/employee both have basic needs that have to be met to feel good about the working relationship.

Recognizing that psychosocial hazards exist is the first step in a process set up to control them, and controlling them can put you in Canada’s top 100 employers list where the effort/reward system is working; and it is the main reason why they are considered Top Employers!

How to Keep Workers Happy [Infographic]

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How to Keep Workers Happy [Infographic].

“The Right to Refuse”

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We here in Canada have some great laws that protect the worker’s safety, however,  they’re widely unknown and unused.

The most unused law is the right to refuse unsafe work.  It’s probably the most powerful and important “right” workers have, yet it goes unused.  Just think of all the deaths and accidents that could have been prevented if they had used that right.

Every person I hire starts their fist day with me.  We go through training videos, have a safety tour of the plant at which time I show them all the does and don’t s and what to watch for.  I also explain in detail the right to refuse unsafe work and I encourage them to use it.  By doing this I give them the knowledge and tools to stay safe and go home at the end of each shift.

I encourage you to share a short story about a time when you refused or should have refused to do unsafe work.

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5 Ways CEOs Can Keep Employees Happy | CEO.com

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5 Ways CEOs Can Keep Employees Happy | CEO.com.

5 tips for dealing with workplace anxiety

Originally posted on Ceridian - Transforming Human Capital Management:

employee stressMore than a few human resources leaders out there are worried about employee retention and productivity. There are many reasons why, but chief among them is anxiety among the workforce. If employees are feeling overworked, abused or otherwise emotionally distraught, it can affect them both professionally and personally. In many cases, it will lead to them seeking work elsewhere.

HR Morning recently publicized this growing concern. The news source publicized some alarming survey data that shows the effects of workplace anxiety – in a recent Right Management poll, 83 percent of employees said they would be “looking to make a move” in 2014, and another 9 percent are busy networking because they’re “considering” finding something new. Of the 900-plus workers polled, only 5 percent were confident they would stay in their current positions.

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Motivational Quote George S. Patton

Originally posted on The Daily Go-Getter:

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Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. – George S. Patton

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Forbes Says Happy Employees = Hefty Profits

http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghanbiro/2014/01/19/happy-employees-hefty-profits/.

Finding Sanity in an Insanely Busy World

Is it possible?

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   Is it possible to achieve a high-five slapping, relaxed, stress free work environment? 

We all have worked in places where we had stress from high demands, unreasonable expectations, low reward, gossip and political games that can get pretty nasty!  Some of us have had the privilege of working in an almost utopia of positive reinforcement, personal support at work and home.  Everyone was made to feel welcome and part of a team. You got really excited to go to work and give it all you had.

In recent years, shows like Undercover Boss have shown one main theme.  This is not the only theme, but it sticks out. The C.E.O. does not have a good grasp on what the real situation is like at the ground level.  In the end, the C.E.O. makes some dramatic changes that impact the employee’s, and the company in very a positive way.

So, is it possible to achieve a happy workplace?  YES  only if the C.E.O. is behind it 100%.  Without that clear support from the top it will not have legs and eventually will fade away.

If you are interested in pursuing this kind of work environment feel free to follow me or contact me for advice.

If you build it, they will come!

Workplace Psychology…Simple Stuff

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Heat Stress

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When workers are hot and sweaty they need plenty of water to hydrate themselves to prevent heat stroke.  In the military Commanders give orders for personnel to drink water when it is hot, and believe me, you have to drink the whole bottle.

I have taken this one step further by handing out freezes or ice cream to workers when it is very hot.  I am amazed at the reaction I get each time.  Most of the time I am greeted by a very big smile with many thanks with much appreciation.

Something as simple as a Mr. Freeze or ice cream can give your workers  confidence that you really care about their psychosocial state, which is a very inexpensive investment on your bottom line  gains.

Make it fun, wear a bell or a goofy had and watch the results of a simple approach to heat stress!

Testing for Psychosocial Health

If you are interested in exploring the positive benefits of psychosocial health and how to vastly improve your work environment, this video is for you!

What Do You Want To Do?

I often watch TED talks and found this one very interesting, not because the speaker has the same name as me, but the passion he has for teaching and the way he gives control of the class to his students with amazing results each year!

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