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Bring Your Pet to Work Day

Posted by Jimmy English on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

 

In the ever evolving world of start ups and millenial employees, what is and what is not accpetable in the working environment is becoming an increasingly gray area. How would you feel if you came in for work on Monday morming to find a puppy or a kitten sitting on your desk?

For many of us this would be a welcome addition to our office. Who wouldn't love to entertain a baby animal instead getting stuck into their work? With 'Bring your Dog to Work Day' on the horizon we take a look at the various positives and possible negatives that could ensue from having a pooch or indeed any sort of pet in the office. pets.jpg

Positives:

  1. Employee mood is up.

Contact with animals is generally thought to improve one’s mood and sense of wellbeing. Starting off your week by playing fetch with a puppy or cuddling a kitten is a sure fire way to not only put you in a good mood but to keep that good mood going all week.

  1. Create a positive and nurturing workplace environment.

An employee’s best work takes place when they are getting positive feedback in an encouraging environment. With animals in the office, there will a natural sense of nurturing and caring. This sense of caring will transfer to the relationship between the company and employees resulting in better work being carried out.

Negatives:

  1. Not everyone likes animals.

Believe it or not, there are some people in the world who don’t like puppies! Shocking, I know. Between allergies, phobias and general unease around animals some of your employees mightn’t be best pleased to be surrounded by animals in their office. One way to combat this is to have one area of your office reserved for pets, allowing other employees to work in peace.

  1. Insurance issues.

Is your company covered to have animals on the premises? What if there’s a bite or a scratch, are you covered for that? Before planning your ‘Pet Day’ make sure your insurance is in order.

 

Having a workplace pet day is a fantastic way to engage with and motivate employees, but does carry some risk.  Your employees can also use their flexitime to spend as much time playing with pets as they want – one of the many benefits of flexible working arrangements.

Topics: Employee Retention, Work Team, Employee Motivation

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

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: Happy Workers, Healthy Workplace, d, Work Team

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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