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Employee Appreciation

The month of November is often thought of as the month to Give Thanks. As an employer, are you remembering to thank your employees and recognizing their achievements? Showing your employees appreciation for all they do can help boost productivity and morale, and that is always good for business! Here are just a few ways to Give Thanks to your employees this Thanksgiving season…

Treat your employee(s) to lunch

Hand written thank you notes for a personal touch

Awards: maybe a traveling trophy, a nice clock, any type of award that the employee can display in their office space.

Notice In Employee’s File: If an employer wishes to recognize an employee in this way, he should add the note, but also tell the employee he is doing so, so the employee knows he is appreciated.

Kudos Column: If your workplace has a newsletter, add a column where employees are recognized for outstanding efforts and achievements

Simple spoken words of Thanks can go a long way.

Gift Certificates

Implement an employee of the week program

Vacation – yes even a few hours of extra paid vacation time is a big reward for most employees

Ice Cream Sundae Party at the office

Night out at the ballpark for a team of employees

Give the employee a membership or subscription to a journal that relates to their work

Happy-Thanksgiving

Halloween Workplace Humor

Why wasn’t the vampire working?

He was on his coffin break.

Why was the mummy so tense at work?

Because he was all wound up.

When Count Dracula isn’t on his coffin break, where does he usually eat his lunch?

At the casketeria.

A little workplace humor to lighten your day. Check us out by clicking on the picture above or here.

Costuming Concerns Plaguing your Office?

Halloween not the only time of year your employees stray from the dress code? HR Strategies can make sure that their “costumes” stay in line with your company’s policy.

Company dress codes can be laid out in a variety of different ways. For instance, your employee handbook can state that your employees’ should wear Professional Business Attire. Casual Attire would be the opposite extreme. Or, you may require your workers to wear a certain uniform, for example khakis and a company polo. Very common nowadays is Business Casual, which coincidentally is what we wear here at the HR Strategies’ main office. Our internal employee handbook defines Business Casual as “A comfortably relaxed version of classic business attire, with no sacrifice of professionalism or personal power.”

How does your company handle the dress code policy? Generally, one of the overarching types of dress codes (listed in the first paragraph) is specified, with a few extra pointers. You can choose to give examples of what is acceptable, and have your employees work around that. Or, you can list things that would not be unacceptable if worn, such as athletic wear, torn or tattered clothing, and flip-flops.

Other types of dress codes may revolve around safety. Some companies require employees to wear steel-toed boots, close-toed shoes, hard hats, or masks to keep them safe while doing their job. What type of dress code do you have in place? When was the last time you updated it? Have you checked to make sure that your appearance policy is compliant with all discrimination and safety laws? These are small changes that can greatly reduce your risk of unnecessary legal headaches!

No matter what type of dress code, appearance policy, or “costuming” your company requires; HR Strategies can personalize your Employee Handbook to fit your business’ needs.  Call us today at (770) 339-0000 or check out our website at http://www.hr-strategies.com/ for more information!

Inspiring Quotes for Boss’s Day

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

-Mahatma Gandhi

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.

-Sam Walton

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

-Voltaire

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business

Happy New Year's from HR Strategies! Yes, so January 1st has already passed, but it’s never too late to make a resolution for positive change.

So often we begin the New Year making a list of personal resolutions to better ourselves or our circumstances. What about our businesses? Why not resolve to better them and their circumstances? After all they are our livelihood; the very entity that allows us the opportunity to then better ourselves. It’s easy to look at the obvious personal resolutions: exercise, diet, etc. Resolutions for a business may be a bit harder to think of; how about resolving to one or more of the following? After all, even one positive resolution is sure to bring on further positive change.

  1. Review 2012
    • Look at the past year. What worked? What didn’t? Where did you gain the most profit? Where did you lose the most? Resolve to look at what does and doesn’t work in your line of business, and to learn from it.
  2. Set Goals & Strategize
    • Resolve to set aside time daily, or at least weekly, to review where your business is at and where you want it to be. Then make a plan to get it there! Reviewing throughout the year will allow you to change course as needed, and by utilizing weekly business planning sessions you can continually keep on track with your goals.
  3. Make Sure Your House is in Order
    • Resolve to be organized from the start with your books and taxes. Keeping your finances in order from the start, including your taxes, bills, and payroll, will help you to avoid the stress of facing an audit unprepared. In addition, go ahead and replace any equipment or necessary supplies that are in disrepair and making productivity harder.
  4. Invest In & Reward Your Employees
    • You hire the best, most talented employees in order to grow your business. Now resolve to keep them motivated and morale high by investing in and rewarding them. Offer training to continue their growth within your company. Remember to reward good work and to identify them for going above and beyond. Use positive constructive motivation and your results will be ten-fold.
  5. Forge New Partnerships / Networks
    • Resolve to join a networking or business organization to forge new partnerships and networks. These can be of immeasurable value to your company. Through new contacts you may spark new business ideas, or gain referrals.
  6. Market
    • Resolve to promote your business regularly and consistently in a variety of ways. Not sure about social media? 2013 is the time to really give it a shot, as it is becoming more and more important in both marketing and research. Also, don’t forget about reaching out to the customers you already have, they can be of great service in referrals and testimonials to use. And lastly don’t forget to keep your website up to date and appealing!
  7. Consult & Serve Your Customers Well
    • Take the time to listen to your customers. Their insight can really help you identify what you are doing right, and what you need to improve on. Resolve to really take into account their comments and recommendations and to implement change from them.
  8. Delegate
    • Handing over tasks and relinquishing control can be one of the hardest things to do. However, it can also be just the thing to help spur growth in your company. If you are always consumed with the administrative tasks of payroll, benefits, etc., you are not focusing on bringing in revenue. Why not resolve to hand over some of the burdensome administrative tasks to HR Strategies and focus on why you really went into business?
  9. Schedule YOU Time
    • Business can be consuming. As the “boss” you must make sure that you find time to schedule in your own down time. After all, who else is going to do it? Not leaving time for you away from the office and running the business is asking for burn-out, and disaster. Resolve to give yourself that pat on the back and some time away for the great job you’re doing. In doing so, you will be more motivated and inspired.
  10. Give Back
    • Make a difference in your community. Remember that those who give also receive. Take the time to find an organization to help, someone to mentor, serve on a committee, or volunteer. By growing goodwill you will also be growing a name for your business. So make a resolution to find a cause in your community that matters to you, and start making a difference.
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