Many of us become immersed in our work, busy, tired, and/or stressed, and unwittingly, are perceived as unapproachable. Here’s what you’ll miss:
Take the time to look up from your work, smile, say hello, and be present.
Want to create a culture of wellness in your company? Let’s start by walking the talk. Spring time is upon us and the anticipation of warmer days can bring us all out of hibernation. And getting outside could be just what your employees need to clear their head and get re-energized for the workday.
If you are looking for a quick, cost free way to support health and wellness in your business, why not try the walking meeting? Employees spend 8 more hours a day sitting at a desk, behind a computer or attending meetings in a conference room.
The next time you have a 1:1 meeting with your employee, why not suggest a walk around the block? A change of scenery often gets those creative juices flowing and creates a more relaxed environment for discussions. And you will add to your step count each day. And who knows, you may even get a little walking competition started.
Have you ever thought about retiring your written performance reviews? Sounds like a radical idea, doesn’t it? After all, how will employees know how they are performing if they don’t have a piece of paper and an assigned performance rating?
Companies and employees are evolving, growing and changing at a rapid pace. So why not adapt a performance management process to match that cadence? Instead of a once a year event, why not engage in ongoing quality performance conversations. Instead of reading words on a piece of paper, why not set your employees up for success by describing the experiences you and others have had working with them. And while you are at it, why not invite your employees to provide feedback on how you are doing?
Social media is reinforcing a culture of immediate feedback. As an employer you have an opportunity to shift your culture and performance management process to match this sense of urgency. So here’s your invitation to join the performance conversation party.
Tell your employees what is going well, how they are contributing to the success of the company, how they can build on their strengths, where you experience gaps and inconsistencies and how you will support them to succeed. Every day and every conversation is an opportunity to set your employees and your company up for success.
Let’s say you are a hiring manager and you have a stack of resumes to go through to fill a key spot on your team. Human Resources has vetted these for you based on your qualification preferences and now you need to determine who makes the first cut.
What is your decision-making process? Do you sort them by relevant experience and education, then make selections? Most likely, yes. What this will probably yield are candidates that are in a similar role, at a similar pay rate in a similar industry. Note: similar. This might be an okay hire for the short term, but are you focusing on the right things?
For the past six years, I had the good fortune of employer-sponsored CPR and First Aid training, optional for some, mandatory for others. At each biannual recertification, there were always some little changes, but this time around I noticed a change due to the times we live in with the addition of “Active Shooter Awareness”.
In this day and age, unfortunately, Active Shooter Awareness is spot on, not only for Human Resources professionals but everyone. Some of the items discussed were obvious, like run, if you can. Other advice included to deny access to the room or building by barricading the doors with whatever you can, staying away from windows and doors, and to cover them to keep someone from seeing into the room.
Studies show safety committees offer an excellent mechanism for employers to show their commitment to safety, improve their safety culture, and increase communication surrounding safety issues.
However, there is no federal requirement for safety committees in the private sector and individual state workplaces. However, many states require them, including New Hampshire.