Motivating Employees

An unknown author once said, “If you expect your employees to go the extra mile for your customers, you must prove that you are willing to go the extra mile for them.” Remember, your employees are customers, too; if you don’t take care of them, they will find others who can. Losing a star staff member can mean lowered productivity and efficiency, issues that are bound to affect your company. They can even jeopardize your sustainability and survival.

Certainly, managing human resources is a continuing challenge for business owners. Employees are the backbone and most integral part of every organization. Keeping your staff engaged goes beyond financial compensation. It’s a matter of creating “win-win” strategies. That is, adjusting your management practices to boost employees’ motivation, resulting in improved productivity and profitability.

Having the “3 Rs” in place will help you motivate employees and tap into their potential, which will strengthen their connection with your business, eventually coming to regard it almost as their own.

Reach Out

Just like in marriage, constant communication leads to a lasting relationship. A simple smile and greeting cost you nothing but can mean a lot to your employees. Since they typically want job security and stability, try to be as transparent as possible, and update them on the company’s financial standing and any happenings that could impact their job.

Another way to reach out is to schedule a regular one-on-one session, asking your staff how they’re doing, asking about their needs or concerns, and even addressing any personal matters that they may want to share with you. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, shared that he would always congratulate his staff on their life events, such as welcoming a new baby, celebrating a birthday, a child recently graduating, etc. When your workers feel that you’re aware of what’s going on with them and that you know what they value, they will surely stay with you. Maintaining an open-door policy can be a highly effective feedback mechanism as well, but obviously it needs to be within reasonable bounds. As the boss and leader, your words should have the power to motivate your people and inspire them to be at their best.

Recognize

Everyone likes to feel valued. Your team will appreciate being recognized for their abilities, beyond simply being paid for their work. Keep employees motivated by challenging them and strategically expanding their duties. You can cross-train them or increase their responsibilities (once again, within reason). The key is to head off the possibility of them growing complacent or bored without burning them out.

Another method of non-monetary recognition is to empower your employees the authority to self-manage and make decisions. Give them the opportunity to utilize their skills and expand their horizons. People are motivated when they work with less supervision. Manage your workforce but avoid micromanaging them. Provide room for them to share their thoughts and views on how they could improve their jobs, and the company as a whole. Recognize their suggestions and contributions, such as posting their names on an internal bulletin board or sending them commendation letters and congratulatory notes or emails. Whenever possible, broadcast their achievements to the rest of the team. They will be motivated to continue perform at a high level, and their recognition will inspire others to do the same.

Always acknowledge the value of teamwork. Develop steering committees to work on various organizational initiatives and projects. This can foster co-operation and help drive productivity, as well as create a more positive work environment.

Reward

Your employees will welcome your support and encouragement when it comes to developing and expanding their skills. You can  set them up in training programs that might otherwise be costly to them as individuals, but for you the ROI will prove to be positive for your business. You should also examine your compensation package and consider ramping it up. There are cost-effective ways to do so, such as:

  • Casual Friday or Jeans Day
  • Participation in sport activities such as a charity run (which can also double as an advertisement)
  • Allow telecommuting or working at home, which will help the company save on energy, supplies, and even office space
  • Involve your staff in relevant professional associations, depending on their expertise
  • Health insurance extended to family members

 

Motivated employees are a valuable asset in an organization. Motivation is a matter of coming up with innovative ways to spur your staff on and encourage them to work to their strengths. Designing attractive incentive programs without breaking the bank while still managing to solidify your workforce and potentially improve profits. Be sure to celebrate wins, and remember that the ability to develop a unique corporate culture is in your hands.

 

M. Beltran | DBPC Blog

3 Things You Need to Succeed

Each one of us wishes to be great and successful. But often times due to society’s expectations, we stopped dreaming and just wished to make ends meet. That seed of greatness is still in you waiting to return. Successful people are mostly average individuals who made the average to extraordinary. Have you ever wondered what Bill Gates has that makes him so successful? How about the director/producer, and multi-billionaire T.V. personality, Oprah Winfrey? Or how about the young man by the name of Usain Bolt with humble beginnings who trained diligently to become the fastest man in the world? It is not chance or luck that they are where they are right now. They have these three things that made them rise to the top:

  1. Grit

Grit is the driver of success. It is the incessant desire to keep going especially when the going gets tough. It tests the strength of your character. It starts with a vision of what you want to achieve and makes you work harder than anyone else to achieve it. This is how you become bold by doing what everybody dares not to do. The “Buts” and the “ifs” are not a part of your vocabulary. You simply just do it. Thomas Edison tested a thousand prototypes, wasting a lot of money just to find that one perfect bulb that we use on a daily basis. Imagine if he quit on the third attempt. What a dark world we would live in.

  1. Mindset

To be successful, you need to have the right mindset.  You are in your current situation in life right now because of how you think. If you are not close to achieving your dreams maybe you need to tweak how you see things and how you do things. Be more organized or read more books on personal development. Self-help books on Amazon emphasize the power of the mind. Napoleon Hill popularized this concept in his book Think and Grow Rich. He explains that the mind is powerful enough to make anything a reality. Two important words by Hill: to conceive and believe. To conceive is the ability to visualize to the point that you are almost feeling it on the tips of your fingers, and believing that someday it will be yours. These ideas brewing in your mind need to be put into action. The impact of positive thinking is necessary for success and this shift in paradigm is discussed by Bob Proctor in his famous YouTube videos, that can be your path to success.

  1. Discipline

Once you’ve decided to be a better version of yourself, you need the discipline to continue on that path. Jim Rohn said that success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. And he believed that the key to a better future, is you. Have you ever heard of an athlete waking up at noon? Or have you heard about the diet programs required to stay in shape for competitions? All those sacrifices and time spent to develop oneself are the keys to success. Discipline is your fuel to success. For me, this is the most painful of all the three. We are all creatures of habit. To break free from it is difficult. How much more can you tolerate? Dealing with change or regret?

You have what it takes to be a champion. You have the heart of a winner. Your life has a purpose. Keep dreaming. Success depends on you.

 

 

M. Diaz | DBPC Blog

Cognitive Behaviour

You always work hard on every job or project, no matter what it is. But you always see your co-workers/peers, who appear not to work as hard, get the promotion you want. That’s when you start to think that there is no point to working hard because you are destined for failure. This lack of promotions start to affect your cognitive behaviour, and clouds your perspective – you automatically think negatively about everything.  There is no point in wearing good clothes because you spilled sauce on your favourite shirt, or you shouldn’t diet because you ate fast food. It’s safe to say that negative thoughts cause negative experiences. Your thoughts and feelings will affect your emotions, which, as a result, disrupt the way you behave in certain situations. Experts refer to this as having Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) wired into your brain.

 

ANTs was crucial for humans’ survival in the Pleistocene Epoch (about 1.8 million years ago) because their pessimism prevented them from going out on a hunt when they heard or saw animals that were bigger and stronger than them. They may have starved that night, but they lived to hunt another day. But in this modern era, having ANTs is damaging; all you are doing is hurting yourself because there is nothing to hide from. So, it’s time to stop thinking negatively, and know that you can control your thoughts.  There are several ways to do it, you just need to see which fits your needs the best.

 

The ANT Eater

According to psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Amen, flipping your negative thoughts to positive ones can change your life for the better. Positive thoughts can affect your appearance, energy and enable you to succeed with your diet.  He developed the ANT eater technique, which enables your brain to devour all negative thoughts. He says that you can do this by writing down “what your ANT-eater would say to that ANT to kill it.” This tactic allows you to clearly identify what exactly the thought is. If the thought is clearly identified, you can see if it even holds any truth to it. And if you can prove the thought to be false, then talk back to it, and tell them they are wrong.

 

Enjoy Your Positive Experience

In his book, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, Neuroscientist, Dr. Rick Hanson argues that reminiscing on a positive experience is great for the mind. Even though a “good experience is pretty mild,” one should try to “stay with it for 20 or 30 seconds in a row – instead of getting distracted by something else.” He says that by doing this, you create more positive patterns in the brain (it learns from experience), which builds new neural pathways.

 

Challenge Your Mind

Ever feel that your aches and pains seem to be non-existent when trying to solve a puzzle or memorize a piece of work? Well, use this to your advantage. You can shake off negative thoughts and put your mental focus on something else. Dr. Hanson says a good challenging mind exercise is to “count backwards from 100 in increments of seven,” or randomly multiply two numbers “like 14 and 23 in your head.”

 

There are many other mental exercises to perform that will enable you to overcome your cognitive behaviour. You can slow down your talking and walking, and relax yourself. Or you can become determined to overcome your negative thoughts on your own. But, most importantly, you need to remember there are no roadblocks. There might be stop signs, but they are only brief – you can keep moving forward.

 

M. Policicchio | DBPC Blog

Socializing With Colleagues After Work

People in an office environment typically spend 8 hours a day, five days a week with their co-workers, often longer than the time they spend with family members. Whether we like it or not, our co-workers can become a kind of surrogate family. It is natural to bond with your colleagues, but as with most relationships, this has its ups and downs. Hanging out with co-workers beyond the cubicle can easily translate into better team dynamics and a more collaborative work setting. After-work fraternizing can be fun, but even with all the pros of doing this, there are cons that must be considered as well. These tips can help you decide how personal your relationship with your co-workers should be.

 

Everyone needs positive relationships in their day to day life, whether it’s at work or home. Work relationships are important on many levels, from encouraging teamwork to landing promotions or simply making the work day more pleasant. While all of you may be battling deadlines individually, together you create a constant support system that helps greatly when things becomes stressful. The main objective of seeing co-workers after work, is to gain insight into each other’s personalities and build better teams to improve work performances. Avoid letting these sessions turn into gossip whenever possible.

 

Most companies have an annual holiday party or activity. This is the perfect time to indulge in some healthy office fun. Stepping out of the staid office environment and having the opportunity to relax and socialize with the people around you on a daily basis, can be very liberating. But don’t let your guard down, it is imperative to maintain a level of professionalism in order to uphold your reputation. Be mindful of your alcohol intake, as it tends to loosen inhibitions more quickly than one might think. Having an excessive amount to drink around bosses, clients and your fellow colleagues can lead to negative consequences and regrettable behavior. This can include discussing controversial subjects in front of a supervisor or talking about an employee in an unfavorable light.

 

Part of being a professional also involves conducting yourself appropriately inside and outside of the office. You shouldn’t swear too much. Avoid controversial jokes. A good rule to follow is not to do or say anything that you wouldn’t at the office. Socializing with co-workers has its own set of rules and practices that are far different from hanging out with friends and family, since you still have to work together every day.  It is imperative to understand even if you’re not at work your social life will still impact how you’re seen at the office.

L. Paul | DBPC Blog

How to Overcome the Glass Ceiling

If you ask someone in the workforce what job satisfaction means to them, you’ll often hear it defined by a variety of factors, including culture, pay, vacation time and room for growth; in this instance, we will be focusing on the latter.  Nobody wants to feel like they aren’t able to move up in an organization.  It makes you feel unappreciated and can quickly result you in becoming disgruntled and disengaged.  What many don’t understand is that advancement has to do with a lot more than just being good at your job and that opportunities often exist but you have to proactively seek them out.  Today, we outline some of the best ways for you to seize the opportunities available in your company.

Define your own expertise

The type of work you take on, and the way in which you present yourself will decide how others see you and your role.  Take some time to reflect on areas where you have the most passion/knowledge for and learn to see yourself as a professional with respect to that particular expertise.  If you grow to see yourself as a marketing expert, for example, and constantly describe yourself and take on work in that capacity, then others will grow to view you in that light as well.

Don’t allow yourself to flounder in a role where you are merely performing up to standard.  Find ways to acquire work or assignments that allow you to take full advantage of your greatest strengths and really allow you to showcase your unique value as an employee.

Seek high profile projects that allow management to notice your strengths

A good work ethic is a useful characteristic to have, but it do much for your career if it isn’t directed towards something that the company is paying attention to.  Talk to management and co-workers about important projects coming up, and express your interest in contributing; however, to build the necessary trust between you and the company, you will first need to…

Study your workplace culture

Not all success can be attributed to the quality of your work or the depth of your expertise.  Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of whether people like working with you or not.  Keep an eye on common informal practices and expectations outside of your regular duties.

Network within the company

Very rarely do we accomplish anything completely on our own.  At some point, we all need someone to help open a door for us to walk through, and with that in mind, it is important to cultivate a list of allies at your workplace.  These are individuals who will go to bat for you when it counts and who will vouch for your ability to perform and support your desire to be given more important tasks.  They can also be people to whom you can express a desire to take on new roles.  Your allies will inevitably be a diverse set, running the gamut from co-workers to superiors.

Acquire additional training

Working on more important assignments may require you to learn new skills or expand your current knowledge set.  Take time to acquire new certifications that are relevant to your desired role and inquire about training programs offered by the company.

Landing your dream role or moving into a desirable management/executive position is all about being active.  Promotion tends not to happen if you wait around passively for someone to recognize your hard work.  By actively seeking out ways to make yourself visible to the higher-ups, you create opportunities for your career to keep growing and evolving.

 

Lance | DBPC Blog

How to Establish Your Search Criteria

Finding the right employee can be difficult in even the best of circumstances. Poorly thought out search criteria can make the job that much harder by making it difficult to determine who the best available candidate is. Whenever you’re looking to fill a position, consider the following before you make a hiring decision.

DEFINE JOB REQUIREMENTS OR QUALIFICATIONS

Be careful that your job requirements aren’t exclusionary or discriminatory towards other cultures or religions. For example, a rule that your employees must be clean-shaven. This would prevent you from hiring someone from the Sikh community even if you did not intend for it to do so.

To avoid issues with discrimination, be proactive about designing job requirements in such a way that only the absolute essentials are included: things that are required to do the job. This will ensure that your requirements fall under “bona fide” or government approved territory, and will protect you from lawsuits and unflattering publicity.

PREPARE A DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION

A good job description will communicate the role’s responsibilities as clearly as possible to job seekers. It also allows them to get a better understanding of what their most important duties will be, and how they will be asked to prioritize. Ideally, the job description should also establish how the goals of the position contribute to the overall mission of the company.

A clear, detailed, well-written job description is not only useful for discouraging applications from less qualified applicants, but it can also help hiring managers better identify who has the most desirable characteristics for the job. For example, companies can learn more about where an employee might need more training by gauging their attributes against the job requirements.

TAILOR YOUR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Avoid using the same tired old questions and instead draft specific questions based on the most important criteria outlined in your job description. You want to leave the interview with a good idea about how well the candidate will perform in the role and whether they will be a good cultural fit for your organization. You want to avoid using generic questions, so that they don’t just end up giving you the answers you want to hear.

ESTABLISH EMPLOYMENT TESTS

Thorough background checks will protect you and your company from litigation over negligent hiring or a “failure to warn” if the employee ends up doing something violent or controversial. You have a duty of care to your employees, which means you can be held accountable if you hire someone who harms or threatens them. Aside from running the standard criminal background checks, it’s always a good idea to conduct a Google search for their LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter accounts. By doing so, you may get some insight into what type of personality the candidates have and the kinds of associations they maintain. Some firms also utilize credit checks to better gauge how stable a person is in making important decisions.

Strong search criteria will allow you to quickly identify who has the most desirable traits by providing you with a system where the most important attributes are properly emphasized and the vetting process naturally requires the candidate to showcase the knowledge you need them to have. As your criteria becomes more and more well defined, the hiring process will become proportionately easier as well. Save yourself some work later by putting in the effort to develop the right criteria early.

Salman Allidina
DBPC Blog

Workplace Distractions

No one likes distractions at work or in their personal lives. There are many different types of workplace distractions that can occur, and several reliable solutions for dealing with them.

Minimize interruptions from technology and personal concerns
Limit your technology usage to the essentials, as anything else is basically excess noise and can easily become a distraction. Resist the urge to check your social media or look at your financial accounts. Checking e-mail constantly can also be a large waste of time, as it can distract you from completing your actual work. Instead, try to only check it periodically and focus on completing your present task. Avoid personal calls while you are at work, and in general, avoid mixing with play with work. Keep your personal life away from your workplace as much as it is possible, so that you are not constantly distracted. It can be easy to get sidetracked by online blogs, and news as well, but try to limit your time spent on these things. When doing research, do not surf endlessly to find more information or data. Instead, move on to other task.

Organize your desk, drawer and files on your computer
It is both irritating and frustrating when you can’t find your own things. Say you want to write a memo, or important document on your company letterhead, for example, and you are not able to find your letterheads, this slows down your workday and adds annoyance that can bring down your mood. To make it easier to keep track of things, separate new work into an incoming work tray and keep only those tasks which you are working on for that day. Keep your pencils, pens, calculators and other office supplies in easy to access locations, and make sure your all devices work properly in advance, so that there are no disruptions to your routine once it is underway.

Evaluate the office environment
Do not wait too long to inform your superiors, if you find it difficult to focus because of loud workplace radios, people talking too loud or coworker’s phones constantly going off. If possible, move your noisy devices to far-off corner of your office or disable sounds on said devices. The design of your office workstation also plays important role. The chair should be easily adjustable and desk should provide good ergonomics for a desktop or laptop. The surroundings also contribute to being distracted. Things like cleanliness, wall coloring, furniture and furniture can disrupt or inspire depending on how they are set up.

Breaks and workplace temperature
It is important to have right temperature in the office. An environment that is too cold or too hot can make you tired or irritated. It affects your efficiency as well as the quality of your work. Also, sitting in one place at the office can cause your body to ache. To avoid this, try to get up from your chair and try to move around a little for a minute every hour. Eye strain is also an issue during long work hours. To address this issue, try to look away from the screen and look at something in the distance to remove the strain and re-focus your eyes. In addition, try to take your lunch or break on time as it gives you much needed relief and energy in the middle of the day.

Different opinions
Everyone has their own style and talent and will have different opinion on how work should be done. Those opinions can sometimes be bothersome, but try not to lose your patience, and understand when your methods are the best for getting the job done. On the other hand, be ready to adopt if you find any better work style and try to improve and learn more. But keep in mind that you cannot make everybody happy.

Avoid excess meetings
Meetings in the office are not useful all the times. Try to lightly encourage your superiors to evaluate whether a meeting is necessary before holding one or whether it is relevant that you attend each and every one.

Manage your time and space
If you don’t schedule your time properly, additional work can quickly overwhelm you, causing you to become confused and stressed out. If you need a quiet place for your work, ask for a quiet place or talk to your coworker about giving you some quiet time to finish your task.

There are plenty of distractions at the office, but there can be just as many ways to resolve it!

 

U. Lakhia | DBPC Blog

Factors of Production

In ordinary terms, production is the act of manufacturing a final product. But from an economic point of view, it exists as a combination of processed involved in generating goods and/or services, we call it “factors of production”. Each factors is distinct and separate from one another but they all play an important role in the production process.

Land
Don’t be misled by the word, because “land” refers to all natural resources, and other extraditable reserves (gas, coal, oil), as well as trees and animals. It includes not just what is on the surface but also above and below the earth. In spite of its “limitations,” a country’s “richness” is oftentimes determined by its natural resources. Consequently, the productivity of a piece of land depends on several factors: fertility, improvements and/or developments, location (geography, population and market) and climate. As a resource, it is scarce and passive, which means that it must be cultivated and tilled. However, only land can produce something of value on its own. Its importance can’t be reiterated enough – one cannot establish any business without it and everything we use comes from it.

Labour
All human efforts that result in the creation of a product or service in exchange for a wage or salary are referred to as labour. It encompasses both the physical and mental tasks involved in production. One significant characteristic of labour is that it is inseparable from the worker. As such, its quality is highly dependent on the worker’s skills, education and training. People differ from the other resources as they are independent, with free will and subject to physical exhaustion. Additionally, land, capital and entrepreneurship rely on labour in order to be of value, which in turn gives labourers the bargaining power to demand better working conditions and higher wages.

Capital
We almost always associate capital with money but it also includes factory, property and equipment. However not all financial wealth is capital – only the amount utilized for further production is considered capital. It is used to pay wages, purchase raw materials and machinery and improve the land, thereby enhancing the productivity of land and labour. Unlike land, capital loses its value over time and is subject to wear and tear.

Entrepreneurship
The classical theory only recognizes land, labour and capital as the main factors of production. However, Alfred Marshall introduced a fourth component, entrepreneurship (organization/enterprise). Originally, it was defined as the process of buying and selling at uncertain prices. Over time, it has evolved into a coordinated element that combines, manages or brings together the other factors, i.e., money, raw materials, skilled labour, land and buildings – needed to create goods and/or services.

Every business must have all of these elements in order to complete the manufacturing process. However, having all these factors is not enough on its own. A balance must be created in order to attain optimal production and efficiency.

 

Z. Ricafrente | DBPC Blog

Why Job Enrichment Matters

Known as an employee motivation strategy developed by psychologist Frederick Herzwig, job enrichment has been utilized by employers all over the world. It taps into people’s natural desire to succeed by helping them take advantage of their workflow. Its main focus is creating jobs with meaningful tasks, a range of diverse challenges and consistent feedback and communication between workers and supervisors. While it isn’t suitable for every businesses or every role, it can be a huge boon if used properly with the right people. Below, we outline some of the reasons why you might want to adopt a job enrichment process for your next role and why job enrichment matters.

Reduce boredom and increase engagement
Let’s face it, no matter how interesting it might be initially, performing the same duties day in and day out gets tiresome. Job enrichment allows a single role to take on extra dimensions and become less rote and mind numbing. Engaging work has a tendency to keep people interested, and a more focused workplace is always a plus.

Personal growth
Having a wider variety of responsibilities naturally requires the employee to expand their skill set. This is not only beneficial for the company, but for the individual as well, since it will give them real-world experience performing all sorts of tasks that they might not otherwise have been exposed to. These skills can be key to helping them advance their careers in the future. They will also feel more valued by a company that invests effort into developing in this way. This is especially true when they are offered constant feedback, so that they are constantly aware of what their strengths and weaknesses are. By allowing them to monitor their own progress, they will naturally take a greater interest in where their development is headed.

Increased autonomy
Micro management is bad for business, and job enrichment is a great way to allow workers to slowly develop their role into a more autonomous one. Employees function better when they’re given real responsibility and the freedom to overcome challenges in their own way. Likewise, companies can breathe easier knowing that their employees can handle multiple facets of the business without constant supervision. This enables them to focus their attention on the bigger picture rather than having to supervise every little action.
Be careful not to confuse job enrichment with increased workload. The idea is to attach more depth to a role by allowing the individual to develop on their own. That doesn’t necessarily mean just piling on extra things for someone to do. Also, keep in mind, there is no “one size fits all” with job enrichment. Some jobs and employees just aren’t built for it. There has to be a real desire to stretch the boundaries of a role on the part of both employer and employee for it work. It should never been forced on anyone – especially if the role is already particularly demanding. As long as you keep this in mind, job enrichment can do wonders for both the company and your next hire.

 

L. Wang | DBPC Blog