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What is Human Capital Management?

Posted by Jimmy English on Mon, Jun 12, 2017

What is Human capital management?

In today’s modern workforce environment it is becoming increasingly important to have an employee tracking and management system in place in your company. Fluid roles, dynamic shift patterns and fluctuating customer demand are all factors that employers are faced with on a daily basis.

 More and more companies are turning to Human capital management solutions to assist them in organizing and optimizing their workforce. Human capital management essentially encompasses the practices of recruiting, managing and developing your workforce.  So what are some of the more common elements of human capital management?

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  1. Time & Attendance.

Time and Attendance is a key aspect of human capital management. Time and attendance solutions allow employers to build a real time picture of employee hours work and to analyse employee performance.

  1. Employee self service and portal.

The employee portal element of human capital management empowers employees by giving them the responsibility of managing their own time and attendance. With employee self service, your employees can also check their work schedules and request absences. Employee self service portals can save your company by placing employee and HR information in the hands of the employee.

By giving your employees the responsibility of tracking their own time and attendance with self-service and honour based timesheets you are building stronger relationships with them that will ultimately result in a more effective and productive workforce.

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  1. Education and skill tracking.

In any business environment or industry it is vital that your employees are constantly learning and upskilling so that your company can maintain its competitive edge. Human capital management skills tracking solutions assist employers to track employees’ skills, training and qualifications and manage their current and future learning requirements.

Human capital management procedures differ depending on the specific industry or company they are being applied. However the principles of the concept of human capital management apply regardless. These are: talent acquisition, talent management and talent optimisation.

 

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Topics: Workforce Management, Happy Workers, Human Capital Management, Time & Attendance

Leave the Office Early

Posted by Jimmy English on Tue, Jun 6, 2017

‘Leave the office early day’

Friday last the 2nd of June marked National ‘Leave the Office Early Day’ . This particular day has been introduced to encourage office workers who usually work more than 40 hours a week to take a couple of extra hours to themselves by leaving work early.  There are many factors that impact on employee productivity.  Often, something as simple as leaving work a few minutes before your normal finishing time can have a huge impact on your outlook and performance.

 Flexible Working Arrangements, or more commonly Flexitime is a proven approach to boosting employee output and satisfaction. Flexitime doesn’t just benefit employees. There are a number of advantages, financial and other that businesses can enjoy from implementing Flexitime.

 

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  1. Reduce Absences and Lateness.

 Employees who are constantly late or absent without approval end up costing your company money in the long run. By introducing flexible working hours for employees, you reduce the scope for lateness and reduce the cost of employee lateness.

  1. Match working hours to demand.

With Flexitime, you can match employee working hours to periods of high or low demand, thereby reducing the costs of having too many staff when they are not necessary.  By matching staff levels to demand you can optimise productivity and reduce costs.

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  1. Happy employees are productive employees.

Employees that are well rested and happy are likelier to have a higher morale and increased motivation to perform their role to the best of their ability.

  1. Inexpensive Implementation.

Flexible Working is an inexpensive solution and can be quickly implemented providing a Return on Investment in a short period of time.

 

Flexible Working Arrangements benefit both your employees and your business. You can find out more about flexible working arrangements in our whitepaper. To download our whitepaper click here. 

How can Flexible Working benefit your company? Request a Live Demo of Softworks Solutions and a member of our team will be in touch to give you all the information you need.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Happy Workers, Flexible Working, Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement

Stop wasting Office Supplies!

Posted by Jimmy English on Mon, May 29, 2017

Workplace Management - Reducing the waste of office supplies

In honour of National Paperclip day, we take a look at how companies can save money and reduce their office stationary spend. 

In today’s business environment companies are more conscious than ever when it comes to minimising costs. And while paper, pens and printer ink are all vital to a functioning workplace environment they must be treated as the valuable commodities that they are.

We all know someone who can’t walk by the office supply room without grabbing a few pens or a highlighter.  Or the colleague who is always printing unnecessarily. These habits are costing your company money and with some simple adjustments to employee behaviour and mind-set your company can start saving money. Here are some suggestions: 

 

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  1. Create wastage awareness.

Your staff mightn’t be aware of the cost of restocking the office. Raising their awareness of how often your company orders printer paper and the cost to the company might encourage them to cut back on their printing. Something along the lines of: “Did you know that last year this company used 2,000 trees? “Is guaranteed to make people think before they print.

  1. Only print when necessary.

In the Digital Business Age and with the advent of the cloud it is becoming less commonplace for documents to be printed. Instead of printing off a copy for everyone attending the meeting, share your document using a projector and email. If it is necessary to print more than one page, try to do so double sided.

  1. Recycle and Reuse!

Instead of throwing out printed sheets when you’re finished with them, use these sheets for note taking and scribbling. 

  1. Assign stationary allowances.

If all of the above fail then it might be time to take more extreme measures. If your employees are required to sign out their stationary and know that their usage is being tracked then they will be more conscious about how many pens they go through. This is by no means an ideal rule to have to impose and should only be a last resort.

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Implementing change starts with Managers, who need to lead by example and encourage employees to follow suit.  Positive behaviour in the workplace comes from the top down.

To find out more about the benefits of Workforce Management Solutions for your business you can download our whitepapers here.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Happy Workers

Motivating the Modern Employee

Posted by Jimmy English on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

 

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Motivating the modern workforce.

It’s the Monday morning after St.Patricks weekend . The odds are that a great weekend was had by all and that spirits are currently a little bit low. With that In mind it is important to bear In mind that employee motivation is probably lower than usual. Employee motivation is a tricky area at the best of times. There are many factors that affect your employee motivation levels ; from issues within the workplace that you can control, to external issues happening outside of work.  It is important that managers focus on the workplace issues that they can control in order to maintain high levels of employee motivation.  How can managers influence employee motivation In the workplace?

  1. Lead by example: If your employees see you working hard then generally they will follow suit. By being a role model to your employees and demonstrating your passion for your work you will motivate them to emulate your behaviour and work ethic.
  2. Communicate: Communication is a vital part of any workplace. Employees must know that their manager is open and available for queries and consultation when necessary. Being available for clarification and feedback shows that managers are interested and involved with an employees work and will encourage employees to maintain high standards. Ensure daily communication with employees and let them know that they are important.
  3. Create a motivational environment: In order for your employees to succeed they must be working in an environment that is conducive to success. Set tasks and attainable progression goals that motivate your employees to work hard. Be available for encouragement and guidance. By assigning responsibility and delegating important tasks you are motivating your employees to step up and realise their potential on their own.

Remember that employee motivation is nearly always influenced by the atmosphere and internal environment of the workplace. If, however, employees are dealing with issues outside of the workplace that are impinging on their levels of motivation then it is the responsibility of the manager to identify and deal with these issues. Ultimately , employee motivation rests on the shoulders of the manager. 

A major factor in boosting employee motivation lies in giving them ownership of managing their time and attendance. By implementing Sofworks Workforce Management Solutions employees will have greater control over managing how they clock in and out, book holidays etc. which will certainly lead to higher levels of employee motivation.

 

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Topics: Work Team, Healthy Workplace, Happy Workers, Employee Retention

Workplace Naps and Employee Productivity

Posted by Jimmy English on Mon, Mar 13, 2017

 

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Napping in the workplace- employee productivity

Does your workplace encourage napping during work hours? Napping is becoming increasingly common and popular in the workplace. Global companies such as Facebook, Google and Hubspot have dedicated nap rooms where employees can catch some quick shut eye during the work day. And while the Irish workplace hasn’t quite fully accepted this trend, there are many tangible benefits to employees taking naps during work. Napping during the working day has been proven to lead to better employee performance and attitude. Some of the workplace performance benefits of napping during the working day include:

-Improved employee mental performance

-Increased alertness

-Increase in drive and motivation

-Boosting Productivity

The average working day is 8 hours. That’s 8 hours in front of a computer screen. It can be challenging for companies to maintain a high level of engagement from their employees for this long period of time. Companies that have introduced napping into their workplace have found that the employees who avail of workplace naps are happier, healthier and more productive. Ultimately, an increased or improved employee output is beneficial to the company. Therefore it is in the company’s best interests to ensure that their employees can function at an optimal output.

Despite the positive evidence towards the benefits of napping in the workplace, there are still negative associations with this relatively new workplace initiative.  There are some studies that suggest that napping during the workday is a sign of laziness and lack of motivation.  However, the employee productivity benefits associated with having a quick nap during the working day certainly seem to outweigh the possible negative connotations.

If you are considering implementing an allotted napping time for your employees then you should consider introducing it as part offlexible working arrangements. Flexible working allows employees to maximise their output within less rigid working hours, and to work when they feel they are at peak productivity levels. Workplace naps could quite easily become part of your company’s flexible working arrangements.

All in all, workplace naps would work best as part of a larger integrated plan to improve employee productivities and efficiencies over a period of time, leading to a happier and more productive workplace!

 

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Topics: d, Work Team, Healthy Workplace, Happy Workers

What does it take to build a strong Work Team?

Posted by Jimmy English on Mon, Mar 6, 2017

 

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Sourcing and recruiting the right employees can be a challenge for companies. An even bigger challenge can be making these new employees feel part of the team. Once your recruiting process is complete, you then need to integrate your new employees into the company environment. A strong team atmosphere in the workplace is a vital component of any company’s success. In the past, companies have focused on developing employees as individuals. Companies are now beginning to learn that exceptional results come from exceptional teams. But what does it take to develop and maintain this team mentality and vision?

  1. An understanding of the company goal(s).

If employees don’t understand the core values and goals of the company they work for, how are they supposed to succeed? Team players work towards a common goal. In order to ensure success, you need to ensure that your employees are committed to achieving these goals.

  1. Strong communication.

The overall team environment of your company is divided into smaller teams that comprise of different departments. Different departments often work side by side on various projects and need to communicate on a daily basis to make sure projects are progressing as expected. Without communication, teams will find it harder to achieve success.

  1. Team Building Activities.

How can team members work together effectively if they haven’t ever met in person?  Particularly in larger companies of 50+, it is a good idea to bring team members together in a social environment. Barriers are down and employees can get to know each other better, leading them to work more effectively together. And while it may not be possible to bring every single member of a company together in a social setting, fostering relationships between employees will have a hugely beneficial impact on team production.

And of course at the core of a strong team environment is market leading Time & Attendance software. With Time & Attendance software from Softworks, you give your team ownership over managing clocking in and out. With your entire team utilizing the same Time & Attendance system, the team mentality is further strengthened. Read more about our time & attendance solutions here.

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Topics: d, Work Team, Healthy Workplace, Happy Workers

A Healthy Workplace Is a Happy Workplace

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Mon, Apr 4, 2016

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With Ireland’s second National Workplace Wellbeing Day approaching on Friday, April 8, we thought it was the perfect time to highlight the best practices to ensure your workplace stays healthy and happy. The National Workplace Wellbeing Day will help to improve employee health through promoting better physical activity and nutrition in the workplace.

Ireland’s workforce wants to get healthier and they believe their employers can play a role in helping them. Behaviour & Attitudes examined how healthy Ireland’s workforce is and their nationwide research found that: 

  • Two thirds (65%) of employees who participated in the nationwide survey recognise their need to consume healthier food and drink.
  • Just 15 percent said their employers provide healthy food choices in company canteens or vending machines.
  • Only one third of employees take the recommended weekly level of exercise for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Four in ten office bound workers say they are not physically active at all during their working day.

Dr Muireann Cullen of the Nutrition & Health Foundation says: “A healthier workforce is in everyone’s interest. Four out of five employees believe there is a positive link between their health and wellbeing and their company’s productivity.”

Our Top Tips for a Healthier Workplace

1. Encourage employees to incorporate healthy activities into their workday

This can easily be incorporated by introducing flexible working in to your business (if you have not already done so!) With flexible working, employees can have more time to attend the gym or go for a walk/run before they even start work or have the ability to take a longer lunch break to fit in some exercise. They will also have the option to finish before rush hour and hit the gym when it is not overcrowded.

2. Ask employees’ for feedback

Conduct an employee survey or questionnaire and find out how employees think the business can improve health. Take all the suggestions on board, even if it doesn’t work it will show employees that their suggestions are being taken on board and in return help increase engagement.

3. Start a (healthy) breakfast club

Once a week or month, start a healthy breakfast club where people bring in food to share with the office that isn’t cake-related. Think actual fresh fruit, homemade scones, smoothies, porridge with fruit/nuts – the list is endless! Nominate yourself to be one of the first to bring breakfast and set the tone.

4. Cleanse the kitchen

If your business has an open kitchen, cafeteria or vending machines, make healthy options more available and remove the junk food. Ask employees what healthy food/drinks they would like to see more of in the kitchen.

5. Invite employees to share their success

Encourage employees to share health-related efforts and success with others. If an employee is taking part in a 5/10K run, ask them to send updates to other employees and ask if anyone would like to take part with them. If your business has an internal newsletter or a newsletter/blog for customers, share the success especially if it is for a charity. This might encourage other employees to share their stories or take part in more activities.

6. Set up a sports team

Encourage health and fitness by setting up a football, tennis, or tag rugby team within your company. Team members can train during the week and take part in matches, weekends away and social activities associated with the particular sport. This can be highlighted on your website and newsletter which will also demonstrate your businesses importance of working together as a team and help increase employee engagement.

Other tips to take on board:

  • Take the stairs instead of lifts/escalators
  • If possible, cycle to work even 2 – 3 days a week
  • Bring your own lunch and snacks
  • Make sure you have a healthy breakfast – make use of flexitime by having a protein filled breakfast to keep you full of energy throughout the morning

Does your company do anything to promote health and fitness in the workplace? If so, let us know, we would love to hear from you!

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Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working, Happy Workers, Healthy Workplace

Top Tips for a Happier Workplace

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Tue, Mar 8, 2016

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We spend so much of our life at work and with today’s tough business climate, there are more challenges and stresses than ever before. Happiness in the workplace is a win-win. Happy, engaged people are healthier, more productive, are more likely to contribute over and above the responsibilities of their job and help out colleagues, and are less likely to be absent. Making your organisation a happy place to work is an essential component to the successful long-lasting business.

So, how can you create a happier work environment? Try these 5 tips to get started:

  1. Be Flexible

Employees are increasingly concerned about work-life balance and organisations which offer flexibility often find increased levels of satisfaction among employees. Flexible working can allow employees to adapt their ways of working to best suit their needs, while still being committed to their careers.

Download our free white paper which includes many business and financial benefits of introducing flexible working in your organisation.

  1. Encourage Health and Fitness

Healthy employees are happy employees. Focusing on healthy employees can help your business be more productive, in turn lowering costs associated with healthcare, absenteeism, and employee turn-over. We have listed a few ways in which you can encourage your employees to be healthy:

  • Set up walking, running or other activity and exercise groups within your organisation.
  • Promote healthy eating options in the workforce – provide free fruit in the office.
  • Promote fitness by providing discounts to gym memberships.
  • Support positive mental health and wellbeing by encouraging employees to deal with stress, personal difficulties and to seek help when necessary.
  1. Communication is Key

Good communication between managers and their employees is essential for a positive and happy workplace. The key to good communication is to be clear and direct. If there are issues, don’t avoid them, address them head-on and discuss how these issues can be prevented in the future. This will also help decrease the level of stress in the workplace which in turn will lead to happier workers. Having a team who are able to communicate freely, both on a personal and professional level makes for better collaboration, productivity and a generally happier environment within the office.

  1. Recognise Success

People love to be recognised when they’ve done a great job. It allows them to take ownership of their tasks and makes them feel pride for working well. It is always a good idea to reward employees who do a great job. Recognising individuals who work hard will show them that they are appreciated within the organisation and that hard work is acknowledged. It will also inspire them to keep up the hard work while encouraging other employees to strive for the same recognition. This can be accomplished in a few ways:

  • Take a few minutes out of meetings to bring attention to employees’ accomplishes.
  • Send out a monthly/quarterly email highlighting achievements within your organisation.
  • Highlight employee’s personal achievements such as completing a run for charity.
  1. Don’t Forget to Have Fun

People work hard and a few light-hearted moments can help ease tension, relieve stress and create a happy atmosphere in the workplace. Every Christmas at Softworks we hold ‘Christmasize Your Floorwhich involves each floor getting in to the Christmas spirit with decorations and games. We also do Kris Kindle which is great fun and everyone in the office receives a gift. We have a social club which includes regular days/nights out. We feel this is a good way for team members to form friendships which strengthen their communication within the office. We recently went to Bruges for a weekend and we are attending Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium for dinner and a race night at the end of the month. Previous events included car racing, meals out, cocktail making classes and visiting Johnnie Foxes – for all of our customers in the UK, Canada and U.S., this is one of Ireland’s oldest, most famous and highest pubs in the country. There is always something fun and exciting to look forward to at Softworks :) 

Remember: Happiness = Productivity!

If you are thinking of implementing a system for the first time, upgrading your current system or simply researching the latest solutions – talk to Softworks, we have a great story to share.

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working, Happy Workers, The Key To a Happy Workforce

Top Five Countries for Work-life balance

Posted by Mairead Walsh on Mon, Jan 18, 2016

 

Balancing work, family, leisure activities and personal commitments is a constant challenge for many of us. In my house we all either work or go to school and evenings and weekends are filled to the brim with a myriad of sports including; Gaelic football, rugby, hurling, soccer, running, swimming and Pilates to name a few. This means constantly running from work to the next activity and hoping to grab a bite somewhere in between. Being able to successfully do everything so that every member of our little family (there’s only four of us!) gets their activity is a constant challenge. That said, we are some of the lucky ones as I work for a company that values work life balance and the benefits it brings to their employees so all Softworks employees have flexible working/flexitime.

According to the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) “Finding a suitable balance between work and daily living is a challenge that all workers face. The ability to successfully combine work, family commitments and personal life is important for the well-being of all members in a household. An important aspect of work-life balance is the amount of time a person spends at work. Evidence suggests that long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardise safety and increase stress.

The OECD report on Work Life Balance ranks its 36 member countries on balancing work and daily living. In their report, Denmark was ranked as the number one country for work-life balance. The key indicators used were share of employees working long hours (50 hours or more per week), time devoted to leisure and comparing the scores with respect to gender.   Let's take a closer look at the top five counties for work-life balance and the secret to their success. 

1) Denmark

Denmark is the number one country for work life balance. According to the OECD, an important aspect of work-life balance is the amount of time a person spends at work. Evidence suggests that long work hours may damage personal health, risk safety and increase stress.   In Denmark only 2% of employees work very long hours, one of the lowest rates in the OECD where the average is 13%.   Obviously if people are working long hours they have less time to to spend on other activities, such as time with friends/family or leisure activities. Furthermore the amount and quality of leisure time is important for people’s overall well-being, and can bring additional physical and mental health benefits. In Denmark, full-time workers devote 67% of their day on average, or 16.1 hours, to personal care (eating, sleeping, etc.) and leisure (socialising with friends and family, hobbies, games, computer and television use, etc.).  The OECD average is15 hours.  

Furthermore policy in Denmark provides extensive financial support to families with young children: public spending on family benefits amounts to just over 4% of GDP, compared to 2.6 % on average across the OECD, and close to 60% of such spending is on family services including childcare. In Denmark 37 hours is the standard working week and they have higher female employment rates and better gender equality within the labour market. Gender employment gaps and gender payment gaps are among the lowest among the OECD and all of this has led to the Danes being satisfied with both their working and personal lives.

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2) Spain  

In Spain workers have as much personal time as their Danish counterparts however a higher proportion of them stay late at work. According to the OECD,  Spanish workers give 16.1 hours, or 67% of their day, to personal and  leisure activities however 8% still work very long hours.

Spain also has one of the lowest fertility rates in Europe and a poor (but getting better) record of female employment, meaning for all that free time, Spaniards haven't yet managed to successfully combine work and family life to the extent of the Danes.  Female rates of fertility have deteriorated for two decades, among the lowest in the OECD at 1.3 children per woman. It would appear that both men and women have worked to establish their careers before considering childbirth.  This has seen a rise in female employment to  51 per cent, a move in the right direction, but still falling short of the OECD average of 57.5 per cent.

 3) The Netherlands

In the Netherlands workers have no interest in long hours. Only 0.5% of workers work very long hours however surprisingly this for some reason does not convert to more leisure time. Dutch workers spend on average 15.4 hours a day on themselves and their families, ranking them 5th among member states. However in the Netherlands, high levels of gender equality mean men and women share work responsibilities and families are helped by generous state benefits.  High literacy levels, low youth unemployment as well as a 93 per cent above average life satisfaction of 11-15-year-olds, coupled with high fertility rates and low unemployment all lead to a very happy country.   

4) Belgium  

Next up is Belgium, where 5% of employees work very long hours, less than the OECD average of 13%. Overall, more men work very long hours; in Belgium 7% of men work very long hours, compared with 2% for women. Workers in Belgium benefit from successful flexible working programmes and a high-level of personal time devoted to friends and family. The Belgian Federal Public Service Social Security has questioned conventional ways of working and this has resulted in them being named as the best employer. Their objective is to find talented people, to retain the right people and to make workers happy. The organisation lets people be in charge of their own life; it does not matter anymore when, where and how they work. Only results are important and evaluated. These new policies have led to a 30% reduction in office space resulting in a saving of 6 million euros per year along with a 55% reduction in the use of paper for printing, and a 60% reduction in office furniture expenditure.

5) Norway

In Norway, 3% of employees work very long hours, again much less than the OECD average of 13% with men working longer hours than women. 4% of men work very long hours, compared with 1% for women.Full-time workers devote 65% of their day on average, or 15.6 hours, to personal care and leisure just over the OECD average of 15 hours. In Norway, men devote approximately 15 hours per day to personal care and leisure, and women 16 hours per day.

Other countries that made the top ten were ranked in the following order

6 – Sweden

7 – Germany

8 – Russian Federation

9 – Ireland

10 – Luxembourg

Out of the 36 countries evaluated, The United Kingdom was ranked number 23, Canada 24, USA 29 and Australia 30.  Turkey was ranked worst coming in at number 36 and is by far the country with the highest proportion of people working very long hours, with close to 41%. If you would like to find out more you can view the OECD's Better Life Index for 2015 via this link   

 

Topics: Work-Life Balance, Flexible Working, Working Hours, Happy Workers

The Key to a Happy Workforce

Posted by Nadine Walsh on Mon, Feb 2, 2015

 

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We all know that saying, find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life. There's nothing I would like more than for everyone I know to be working in a job they love, in a field they are really interested in, surrounded by supportive, talented co-workers. I am generally a positive thinker but the harsh reality behind that statement is that we have bills to pay, the job we love isn't always that easy to find and we all know every office has a nuisance (or two). There are a number of simple steps that will help you on your way to a happier workforce. This one is for you managers, CEOs, presidents and everyone else in charge of someone else's working day. Implement the ideas below now and I promise you will see a difference.

 

1. Introduce Flexitime.

Its 2015. Our lives are crazier and busier then ever. As it is, most of us spend 25% of our week at work and 34% sleeping leaving just 41% of your week to do the things you like. Plus or minus a family, hobbies, exercise, eating we really are short on time. Just the other day I wanted to kill my Iphone. Just this one device allows me to communicate in over 10 different ways; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Viber, Imessage, text message, email, call, Facetime... Yes I am ranting but my point is that there is more to life then work, however much we like our job. It will make such a difference to everyone if they can leave ten minutes earlier so that they can make that appointment or take an extra long lunch if its been a particularly stressful day. Remember that your workplace is made up of people, not machines. Being honest, we could all use a bit more flexibility in all areas of our lives so the workplace is a good place to start.

2. Celebrate Moments and People.

If somebody has been in the building for 20 years today, why not send a mass email to all staff and congratulate and thank them. They are choosing to be here and they wouldn't still be here if they weren't important to your company! Something I love about working at Softworks is that there are so many people working here that unless we were obesity advocates, we couldn't possibly have a cake for everyone's birthday. With that in mind our CEO introduced "cake day" where once a month we get in an array of buns and cakes and enjoy them together. Its definitely in the little things, and there is a great sense of fun round the office once everyone realises it's "cake day".

3. Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

There is nothing worse than your job taking over your life. I remember years of working in restaurants and the problems the messy schedule brought. I knew I had to get out of the shift work world when I had to miss an award ceremony where I was actually receiving a prize because my manager wouldn't let me reschedule my shift. I also missed birthdays of loved ones, my own birthday and lost a few friends because it. For people like nurses, doctors and many more escaping the 24 hour roster isn't ever going to happen. Set up a system where if needs be co-workers can do a swap. A disappointed and sulking worker is of no benefit to anyone.

4. Hand Over the Power

I cannot stress how important I think Self Service is. Employees, in my opinion should always have access to their own records. I want to be able so see how many hours overtime I have done, I want to check my holiday balance and I want to know how many times I was late or early this month without having to ask HR who will usually pass comment or wonder why I am asking. Don't get me wrong I think every company; big or small should have a HR department. A great HR team is fundamental to every successful company but my roster and my holiday details are the business of my manager and I. Get rid of the middle man.

5. Time to be on Time

We all have great intentions. You all know that amazing feeling when you come out of a productive meeting feeling all motivated because you and your team brainstormed tons of great ideas that could really work. Then you look back on the minutes of the meeting a month or two later no progress has been made and most of the ideas have been tossed aside and forgotten about. Start tracking your projects. Once the whole team can see on a shared screen what needs to be done and who needs to do it, the project will be done in no time. Set a deadline, make a task list, assign responsibility and get on with it. A great idea should never be let slide.

 

I would love to know your tips too! Feel free to share

Best,

Nadine

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Time & Attendance, Flexible Working, Labour Scheduling, Workforce Solutions, Work-Life Balance, Performance, Working From Home, Working Hours, Rostering, Happy Workers, The Key To a Happy Workforce