It’s like herding cats. When you’re a small business owner, too much of your time can be spent ironing out what may seem like trivial employee googleygunk. Everyone needs to work together. Everyone needs to stay on task. People have different personalities- some of which don’t mesh. Adults don’t always act like adults. I don’t think many people realize the weight the human element puts on managers and owners.
If you want to get technical, employee engagement is the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and put discretionary effort into their work. Employee engagement is not the same as employee satisfaction.
Employee Satisfaction only indicates how happy or content your employees are. It does not address their level of motivation, involvement, or emotional commitment. For some employees, being satisfied means collecting a paycheck while doing as little work as possible.
When organizations focus on how to improve employee satisfaction, changes won’t necessarily lead to increased performance. Oftentimes, the conditions that make employees “satisfied” with their jobs are the same conditions that frustrate high performing employees. Top performers embrace change, search out ways to improve and challenge the status quo. They expect all employees to be held accountable for delivering results, whereas low performers avoid accountability, cling to the status quo, and resist change.
It’s the season of holiday parties and last minute planning. For our friends in Cleveland, here are some of the best venues for office events, in no particular order.
So you’ve decided to throw a company event, eh? Super! Now let’s make sure it all runs smoothly, shall we? After finding the location, and choosing the menu, probably the biggest decision you will make is whether or not to serve alcohol.
Unfortunately, employers can expose themselves to liability when they serve and condone excessive drinking during company-sponsored events. If employees who have been drinking get in accidents, harm someone or themselves or engage in harassing behavior, the employer could potentially be on the hook. Not good….for anybody.
To have or not to have?…..that is the question! The annual company holiday party is what we are referring to, of course. Whether your office is huge or small, that decision is up to the president of the company. Included in this article are a few reminders in the form of a memo that can easily be adjusted to fit the specific needs of your company. If you choose the party route, we have also included a downloadable snazzy waiver form so you are extra protected in case something unfortunate happens. [Read more…]