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[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Successful companies today are ones that continually innovate and change. Unfortunately, no matter the size of your company, change management is usually anything but smooth sailing. Most changes in organizations fail due to issues like employee resistance and company failure to adequately prepare and communicate clearly.If change is not implemented correctly, results can range from inconvenient to disastrous. Use the guide below as the ultimate change management checklist to effectively lead your company to success: IDENTIFY & DEFINE THE NEED FOR CHANGEAnalyze the current process to determine the need for change(s) Identify required changes and the pros and cons of each Analyze, identify and document the impact it would have on the company Build a case for changeCOMMUNICATE & PREPARE FOR THE CHANGE(S)Communicate plans with key stakeholders and other leaders to ensure you have support from top levels with the right skills & credibility to drive change Solicit feedback and brainstorm options Address concerns Gain buy-in Create Urgency (help the team see the need for change and the importance of speed)DEVELOP A VISION & STRATEGYFormulate a written plan that clearly lays out a roadmap & identifies success metrics Identify resources and timelines Secure required support from top management. Let recognized leaders be change agents Clearly communicate the plan to all impacted individuals and confirm understandingEXECUTE ON THE PLANNED CHANGE(S)Implement the step-by-step plan Provide support to manage resistance with engagement Facilitate & leadMONITOR & MAINTAIN CHANGE(S)Monitor progress of change Continue to communicate and support the changes Remove barriers to make the team successful Ensure new changes are documented and followed Utilize user-friendly tools to support and sponsor the changes (social networks, touch-screen apps, tablets, resources)MEASURE THE SUCCESSCompare old and new changes to ensure effectiveness Identify, document and address any issues Transition ownership of changes Celebrate improvements. Reward and encourage new behaviors to embed into the culture Identify lessons learned[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Successful companies today are ones that continually innovate and change. Unfortunately, no matter the size of your company, change management is usually anything but smooth sailing. Most changes in organizations fail due to issues like employee resistance and company failure to adequately prepare and communicate clearly.If change is not implemented correctly, results can range from inconvenient to disastrous. Use the guide below as the ultimate change management checklist to effectively lead your company to success: IDENTIFY & DEFINE THE NEED FOR CHANGEAnalyze the current process to determine the need for change(s) Identify required changes and the pros and cons of each Analyze, identify and document the impact it would have on the company Build a case for changeCOMMUNICATE & PREPARE FOR THE CHANGE(S)Communicate plans with key stakeholders and other leaders to ensure you have support from top levels with the right skills & credibility to drive change Solicit feedback and brainstorm options Address concerns Gain buy-in Create Urgency (help the team see the need for change and the importance of speed)DEVELOP A VISION & STRATEGYFormulate a written plan that clearly lays out a roadmap & identifies success metrics Identify resources and timelines Secure required support from top management. Let recognized leaders be change agents Clearly communicate the plan to all impacted individuals and confirm understandingEXECUTE ON THE PLANNED CHANGE(S)Implement the step-by-step plan Provide support to manage resistance with engagement Facilitate & leadMONITOR & MAINTAIN CHANGE(S)Monitor progress of change Continue to communicate and support the changes Remove barriers to make the team successful Ensure new changes are documented and followed Utilize user-friendly tools to support and sponsor the changes (social networks, touch-screen apps, tablets, resources)MEASURE THE SUCCESSCompare old and new changes to ensure effectiveness Identify, document and address any issues Transition ownership of changes Celebrate improvements. Reward and encourage new behaviors to embed into the culture Identify lessons learned[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]At a recent leadership conference, a professor evoked a room of laughter with the following joke: “A CEO was asked how many people work in his company: ‘About half of them,’ he responded.” After the conference, several organization heads became more serious and admitted that they too struggled engaging employees who had mentally “checked out.”87% of employees reported that they are not engaged at work in Gallup’s 2016 Poll. Employee’s who solely care about punch-in and punch-out cost a pretty penny for companies across the US. It is estimated that companies collectively lose over $350 billion a year due to low employee engagement. Disengaged employees impact productivity, office culture and ultimately the bottom line.So, how do we fix this? How do we motivate our teams to put their best effort in at work? Here are some ways to enhance employee engagement in the office:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="15098" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]Communicate: One Clear Goal:Company leaders must clarify one clear goal. Many teams fail when there are multiple agendas at hand. Using face-to-face communication, managers should clearly explain how they plan to reach their next objective. Setting aside only a short period of time to discuss before beginning a project helps avoid future confusion and frustration. Leading “in person” assures that a team is on the same page.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="15099" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]Collaborate: Collaborative Work vs. looking out for oneself:People work harder when they know others are counting on them. Employees want to feel connected to their coworkers, managers and organizations. If these ties are missing, employees lack a sense of commitment to their company. Little dedication causes a higher turnover rate, leading companies back to the costly recruitment process.Team building activities are crucial in creating unified office culture and dedication. Employee focus should be directed towards the betterment of the team instead of personal gain. Some team building ideas are:Use ice breakers at the beginning of meetings. Making ice breakers a part of your office culture helps break through barriers and create employee connections. Get out of the office! People tend to open up more outside of the work place. This change of scenery leads employees to speak freely and think outside of the box. Progress stems from creativity- driving your company from what is to what could be. “Take an employee to work day.” For big companies, schedule a day employees can visit other departments to see what they do. This fun-tactic helps eliminate any divisional stereotypes. Make sure that people of all levels in the company participate, including managers and senior executives.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="15100" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]Convince: Highlight PurposeThere needs to be balance between team building and reassuring each employee of his or her individual purpose. Expressing the value of individual roles helps give employees a sense of self-affirmation. By giving their work meaning, employees feel fulfilled by what they do.It is okay to reward an individual employee for exceptional work! If an employee has gone above and beyond, let him or her leave a few hours early on a Friday. Even smaller gestures go a long way- simply pulling aside an employee and congratulating them after a great presentation will be remembered. The more you recognize an employee’s contributions to the team, the more irreplaceable they will feel.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="15101" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]Invest: Invest in your employees:Do more than promote results. Too many companies rely on an outdated system or no system at all to promote employee engagement. Creating a permanent internal communication team or outsourcing professionals is necessary in ensuring consistent employee engagement. When your employees are happy, they are your very best ambassadors.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="15102" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]Promote healthy relationships within the companyRemind employees that you too are part of the team. Making higher ups approachable creates a sense of community. Companies like Facebook and Costco have eradicated walls in their offices, displaying a physical representation of tearing down organizational barriers. Reminding employees that everyone is equal spreads a sense of organizational pride.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="15103" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]Evaluate and IterateEncourage employees to share their thoughts and concerns. You can’t fix something you aren’t aware is broken. Once employees feel a sense of community at work, they will feel confident enough to open up. Dedication to a company causes a drive to make it better.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]You are only as good as your team. Every good leader must motivate, inspire and set the bar for employees. Here are ten ways to lead your team to greatness:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="15095" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]1) Show Respect.Show respect for your team’s dedication and hard work. Internal awards and recognition are important to honor employees for their accomplishments. However, a great leader must go beyond rewards. It is important for employees to know that their opinions and ideas are equally as valued as yours. To create a productive team, you must prove to that you are a part of it. 2) Stop micromanaging.A true leader will step back and let their team members do their jobs- without breathing down their necks. If you were confident enough to hire them, you must be confident enough to let go. Trust your team to perform. When employees know they are trusted to do their job efficiently, they are pushed to excel to their fullest. 3) Lead by example.Your habits and leadership style will rub off on your team. If you are taking two hour lunch breaks and consistently rolling into the office late, you are failing to lead by example. It isn’t realistic to expect the best from your employees while only giving them your “so-so.” Don’t dip below the bar you set. 4) Be personable.Avoid the “big bad boss” persona. A hard-ass business owner will never be able to correctly connect and motivate a team. If your team knows they can come to you with a concern or suggestion, company problems and ideas will be addressed right away rather than pushed under the rug. 5) Stress company purpose.Your employees should feel pride in their work. Making money and deadlines is important, but inspiring your team through company purpose is what will drive them. If you can’t pinpoint an exact “company purpose,” aim to set it. If you already have a company purpose, aim to constantly reinforce it. Your team should know their hard work makes a difference in more than just company revenue. 6) Mean what you say.Don’t mention something you don’t plan on doing. Getting hopes up through false promise is an easy way to lose credibility. Make sure that you mean what you say, and say what you do. A trustworthy and dependable reputation is what establishes an esteemed leader. 7) Express emotion.No one can relate to an emotionless robot. Act human. Laugh, smile and have fun with your team. Positive emotion helps encourage outside-the-box thinking. Your upbeat attitude will set a motivational tone for your office. When your team knows you are happy, they feel happy. 8) Avoid imposing fear.Your team will fail to be inspired if you use fear as their motivator. Great leaders teach and coach their teams- not scream from the sidelines. Be right there next to your employees through tough times and they will reciprocate your loyalty. 9) Cultivate future leadersAs a brand grows, additional leaders will have to step up. Give every team member the chance to advance in their career by empowering them to make decisions (without fear of failing.) Decision-making training is necessary to prepare employees to rise confidently when called upon. 10) Ask QuestionsHow will you ever know your team is happy if you don’t ask? How will you know you’re meeting your employees needs? Even if your company considers you a leader- it doesn’t mean your employees do. Strive to be the leader your team deserves.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Want to make your office a better place to work, without spending a fortune? Be a “workplace hero” by trying out any of these unconventional office trends:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="15105" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_column_text]1) Unlimited vacation:Treat your employees like adults. Modeled after Netflix’s famous policy, “unlimited vacation” is beginning to catch fire at companies like General Electric and Hubspot. By not tracking sick, vacation or personal days, employees are 100% responsible for the time they miss. This sense of autonomy not only lets employees manage themselves but shows that you trust them. 2) Gym Membership:Focus on employee wellness. Company gym memberships are not only a perk for employees but for management. Companies who have implemented this strategic initiative have documented less sick days, higher productivity and a generally happier workplace- in turn costing them less. 3) Birthday Cake:Make every big day special. People hope their birthday will be remembered even at work. By buying a birthday cake for employees, you go above and beyond. A “cake break” highlights your worker and serves as a bonding activity for your office. 4) Share kindles:Try the 21st century version of an office book club. Buy a few kindles for your workspace. Employees will be able to rent them and write “office reviews” for the books they enjoy. Not only will you learn about your workers but they will learn about each other. 5) Paid time off to volunteer:Give employees time off to volunteer. Many people love to volunteer, but can’t fit it into their schedules. Creating a program for employees to give back to the community shows you care about more than the bottom line. It also links your company to a greater societal objective. 6) Flexible schedules:Try a completely free and simple perk. Let your employees choose their own schedules. For example, some workers would rather work 10-6 while others rather 7-3. It is the same amount of hours- just a way to give employees a choice. 7) Company retreats:You don’t need to bring your employees to an “all-inclusive” resort, however a weekend away with your team does wonders. Getting your workers out of the office for a weekend of fun is crucial for team building and increasing company pride. 8) Game rooms:Create a game room. Having a fun break room serves as a reminder to employees that they can take a break and unwind. Whether the room includes a TV, gaming system, darts or foosball table- it’s a place your employees can enjoy. 9) Lunch and learn:Learn something new while bonding over lunch. Cater a lunch and bring in an expert to speak to your employees. Your company will learn something beneficial while dining for free. 10) Company swag:Mobilize your team into ambassadors! Give your employees free company “swag” to boost morale (and get your company name out there.) 11) Pets allowed:Let pets in the office. Employers and employees are acknowledging the benefits in this growing office trend. According to a Virginia Commonwealth University study, employees who bring their dogs to work produce lower levels of stress-causing hormones. Allowing pets also helps get people out of the office. Taking a dog for a fifteen minute walk helps “clear the heads” of workers. 12) Free coffee:Most people need cup of coffee to get through the workday. Many startup companies offer free coffee at work. Coffee in the office not only keeps employees awake and ready to work, but stops them from having to run to the local Star Bucks during the day. 13) Desk swap:Many offices are treating their employees to an interactive game: musical chairs. Reported by Wall Street Journal, shifting employees desks every few months increases collaboration and productivity. Try to scatter those who have the “same type of tasks,” rethinking which departments would benefit by being placed side by side. 14) In house yoga:Keep blood flowing at work. When working a nine to five, people are stuck sitting down for the majority of their day. Exercise is a key ingredient in keeping your workforce happy and healthy. Offering employees in house yoga once or twice a week increases employee morale and positive mental health. 15) Stand up desk:Too much sitting is seriously bad for your health. People who sit for extended periods of time every day are at a greater risk of heart disease, diabetes and early death. Long term sitting is a major problem for office workers, so companies are beginning to give their workers this different option. By buying a few stand up desks for your office, employees have the chance to get out of their seats and keep grinding![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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