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What to Do When Your Employees Are Slacking

When you run a small business, you eventually have to take on employees. They will help your business to grow and expand and they will ensure that all necessary tasks are completed to keep everything up and running as it should be. But regardless of how good your employees are when you initially take them on, you are going to have to monitor their progress and behaviour to ensure that standards don’t slip. Here’s everything you need to know if your employees do start slacking.

Determine the Cause of Slacking

First things first, you should determine why employees are slacking. There may be genuine reasons that you can help with. Perhaps they are experiencing illness or injury and need a little time off to recover properly. Maybe they have personal issues that they need time to focus on and overcome. Maybe you’re not supplying them with the right equipment or software to complete their work to the standard that you expect of them. Determining the cause of slacking can help you to create a solid plan to improve working conditions and help to guide workers in the right direction fairly!

Dismissal

If you find that an employees’ behaviour becomes unacceptable and that they are not changing their ways or improving, you may be able to dismiss them. However, it is important that you only ever dismiss an employee fairly and on legally acceptable grounds. Take a look at the infographic by Harper James Solicitors below to determine whether this could be an option for you.

 


Infographic Design By Harper James Solicitors

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The Helpfulness Of Strangers: Bringing New People In To…

From time to time, there are going to be instances where you need a little something extra, something that you’re not able to complete in-house. As such, having someone come into the fold and getting them to work on your project can be an asset, but also a difficulty. What can you do to ensure that they are welcomed into the team, but also that this “stranger” is able to keep up with your demands?

Working With Credible Resources

Outsourcing is a common component of modern business, but if we are to have someone fill the gaps in our knowledge, we’ve got to make sure that the resources are, the very least, credible ones, depending on the tasks. When it comes to digital marketing agencies, there are many out there, Herdl.com being one that works on different aspects of marketing, from PPC to web design and SEO. But you need to ensure that the resources come highly recommended. Credible resources, especially as there are so many poor ones out there, are like gold dust these days.

Working On Your Integration

Sometimes, a person coming into the environment can feel like they are out of their depth. It’s important that you, as an employer, but also as a professional, employ your soft skills. If you are a business that’s not used to working with external resources, consider making a bit more effort to integrate them into the environment. Not only will this make it easier on them, but it will also result in better work.

Alerting Everyone To The Changes

Whether it’s your customers or the employees that work remotely, if there are going to be changes in process or there are people coming on board that will make considerable alterations to the fabric of the company, it’s your duty to keep everybody in the loop. Alerting everyone to the changes is common courtesy.

Helping Them Focus On The Work

If they are integrated, now you have to ensure that your needs are met. It is important that you treat them as you would your other employees, that is, ensuring they follow everything accordingly. If they are on board to do a short-term task, it’s important that deadlines are met. Not only is it for the benefit of the business, but it’s a service you’re paying through the nose for so it’s in your best interests to implement deadlines. There are some tips on Lifehack.org to help you meet deadlines in an effective manner, but when you are integrating someone new into the organisation, you have to allow a little bit of time for them to get used to the environment, but then it’s time to work!

Bringing someone new in to work on a project, whether it’s short-term or for the foreseeable future, can show us what we are lacking, not just in business, but also in terms of our processes. That extra person onboard can provide us with unique insights into pretty much everything, but it’s also beneficial because they get the job done. And even if it is a short term task, don’t feel that this person is just a “temporary” worker. You need to treat them with the same respect as you would your permanent employees.

 

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Going An Extra Mile In Their Shoes: Making Employees…

Running an efficient business isn’t without its challenges, not least when it comes to your employees. You need to ensure that you motivate them in the right way, but if you micromanage, or become more dictatorial in your dealings, this will backfire on you. What is the priority for your employees? Making them feel secure in the organisation and within their roles. This isn’t as difficult as you would think. In fact, it takes a handful of simple components that work together as a whole.

Ensuring You Know What You’re Doing!

No employee wants to feel like they’re working in an unstable organization. It all stems from you, not just in terms of how you lead, but providing everything that adds up to show you know what you’re doing. In small organisations, we can make mistakes on a regular basis, but what’s important is that we learn from them. When it comes to regulatory compliance or the legal rules, we can find them to be a frustrating aspect that we have to pay lip service to. But there are so many resources out there that can help you. Websites like QuestCover.com provide health and safety training services, so it’s not just making sure that you keep on top of the compliance, but also this can contribute to a feeling of security in your employees.

Making Them Feel Special

Your employees need to feel that they are part of the team. If you have an employee that’s not secure in their surroundings, this will filter into their work and productivity and will develop a negative mindset. It’s important that you recognise your employees for their efforts and ensure that they are doing it for a real purpose. Go out of your way to show your appreciation; it’s a little thing, but it works wonders.

Honesty And Integrity

Nobody likes being lied to. It’s important for you as a leader, and for the business as a whole, to bring a sense of honesty and integrity to everything you do. An open door policy is one of those things that go a long way to help with this. You can find out more information on establishing an open door policy on Insperity.com to get you started. And an open door policy from the perspective of an employee shows you are a boss that’s hands-on. These days, a holistic method of operating is essential and this is one component that pushes you in that direction.

Providing Them With Progression

While it’s important to provide your employees with the perks of the job, they want to feel within the organisation that there is actually scope for progression. It’s very rare that employees decide that they want to stay where they are for the rest of their career. People join an organisation in the hope that they can progress up the ranks, and it should be a natural part of their life in your business because nobody wants to stay stagnant in one role for 20 or 30 years.

It’s not just about peace of mind; it’s about showing your employees that you’re willing to go that extra mile so they will stick by you, especially when times are tough.