It’s not unreasonable to think that a happy employee will be a more productive employee. That’s kind of human nature, isn’t it? If you’re recognized for your hard work and you’re praised for something that you’ve done well, that typically makes you feel good. If you’re completely ignored, no matter how hard you work, or if you feel like your ideas aren’t heard- then you probably won’t experience a sense of self-worth in your position. This is relevant in all aspects of our lives, not just when it comes to employment. It’s easy to forget these simple truths of life when we’re caught up in the daily chaos and hubbub of work, so we’ve compiled a list of things that you should keep in the back of your mind to promote the type of engagement and productivity that you’d like to see from your employees and coworkers.
- Share the wealth. First and foremost, we all go to work every day to make money to provide for our families and ourselves. Do not lose sight of the fact that each and every person in every organization is primarily there to earn a living. Don’t be too stingy. Evaluate your employees regularly and understand if they’re underpaid or are lacking in benefits. One of the quickest ways to alienate employees, lose their respect, and eventually have them leave you is by neglecting raises and promotions, especially if it’s obvious that business is on the incline.
- Listen. When it comes to implementing new processes or considering going after new markets, get the ideas from your employees. The people that actually do the processes every day are the ones that really want to be heard. They want their ideas to be put in motion and they don’t want to be completely ignored. Likely the easiest way to earn respect and increase employee pride and production is simply by hearing them!
- Keep it fun. Even though we’re at work, we don’t want it to feel like work. While that might be a wish and a pipe-dream in some situations, it shouldn’t be hard to offer some sort of fun incentive to promote internal competition. Simply putting a gift card or convenient, dedicated parking spot on the line each week or month is an effective method of increasing production and employee participation.
- Comfortable climate and atmosphere. Where possible, keeping working conditions comfortable in temperature and humidity can go a long way in promoting employee happiness. If you’re in a 90 degree, 70% humidity environment for any length of time, you will likely feel hot, drained, and annoyed.
These are in no way the only ways to promote employee buy-in or engagement within an organization. They’re just some of the easiest and most effective ways to build a good working relationship with your employees. This guide is an excellent document to better understand the science behind employee happiness and the reflection that moral has on engagement and production. Happy employees are more productive employees – so put it at the top of your priority list.
With technology evolving at an alarming rate, businesses of all sizes are being forced to morph their technical infrastructure to meet expectations of their customers, clients, and employees. In order to beat out the competition, it is clear that the most successful organizations across all industries are moving toward cloud solutions to enhance their business practices and provide the best services and products for their client base. If you haven’t considered migrating some of your infrastructure to the cloud, there is a really good chance that you’re already falling behind your competition because you’re missing out on some of the most available lowest hanging fruit to improve your business. Consider these three easy-to-implement cloud solutions to make your company more mobile and the most efficient that it can be:
- Data storage in the cloud is more reliable than those network attached storage systems that you’re utilizing today. Should your internet network fail, a hard drive on the NAS die, or too many people are tapping in to the NAS at one time, you’re going to be dead in the water and the productivity loss is exponentially greater with each passing minute. Cloud-based storage options are often cheaper than purchasing expensive network attached storage units and far more reliable since data centers are almost always replicated in the event of hardware failure, power outages, or bandwidth increases.
- Server administration. If your critical servers are being supported in an external environment, out in the cloud, you’re going to have that amazing replication power at an affordable rate. Live replication will guarantee that your organization will continue to plus along in the event of some sort of failure that you don’t even know about because the 3rd party data center will handle the situation. This will take a lot of stress off of your internal IT group.
- Disaster recovery systems. In the event of a serious natural disaster, wouldn’t it be nice to have all of the critical data and servers off-site? You can be back up and running in the matter of minutes or hours instead of days or weeks. In the event that you get slammed by some form of ransomware and you’re locked out of your own files, wouldn’t it be sweet if you could just live-restore from backups in seconds or minutes instead of having to take down some piece of the infrastructure to recover the data? In some cases, using a cloud software for backups and utilizing the recovery attribute a single time will save enough downtime to pay for the service for 6 months in contrast to relying on in-house IT efforts.
Simply utilizing these three solutions will make your business the best it can be. The benefits of the cloud don’t stop with those listed above. We can help you take advantage of the new-age technology that is available to you and leverage it to make your business the best it can be. After all… It’s a guarantee that your competition is.
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