your employees slack off during the holiday season? This article will provide
you with the Top 10 reasons to manage performance year round so that you don't
face the same management problems in the New Year. Whether you're an
executive Cheap NFL Jerseys China ,
a manager or a team leader, the following information will be beneficial to
Ahhh, the holidays. A time for family, parties, good food, football,
gifts and oh, yes – work. It's not last by accident in this list; to the
detriment of organizations everywhere, work often comes last this time of year.
Not that I want to be Ebenezer and dampen anyone's holiday parade. I enjoy the
holidays as much as the next person. But I've seen leaders let up on employee
performance programs during this time of year only to face the same management
problems in the New Year. With neglect, they may even worsen.
So a word
to the wise men and women out there who are trying to do well by their
employees: The right time to manage your employees is NOW, as well as the other
11 months of the year. You will do your best work if you keep employee
performance on the front burner, where it belongs, all year long.
wheels are turning now. Some of you are wondering why you cannot relax for these
last few weeks of the year and even through part of January. After all, you and
your workers have toiled so hard. The answer is that you will toil even harder
later if you put off important tasks today. With a doff of my stocking cap to
all HR professionals out there, here are my Top Ten Reasons to Manage
Performance Year Round:
1. Complacency is a disease that plagues
business. And guess what? It's contagious. The people in one department see
their colleagues in another department slacking off right before or right after
the company party Cheap NFL Jerseys , and
they decide to do the same. Someone meets his goal for November and decides he
can tread water in December. His counterpart takes the cue, whether she met her
goals last month or not. Believe me, this illness spreads — and quickly! –
once it gets started. The only known cure is to wash your hands of it from the
start to keep it out of your organization.
2. Procrastination is
complacency's cousin. The Big P sets in once people are already infected with
complacency. Its symptoms include putting off the most difficult tasks from day
to day, doing the easy things first, and busying yourself throughout the day
with ONLY the easy things. Soon we forget the difficult tasks altogether. The
cure? Control The Big C. If you keep that infection out of the workplace, The
Big P is easier to manage too.
3. Habits are hard to break. That's why we
want only good ones in the workplace. But if you let bad ones grab a toehold,
even for a little while, they might just gain a foothold. Soon they have hoisted
themselves all the way into your business, and the veteran hard worker who
started coming late one Monday now makes a habit of it then and on Fridays too.
Or the manager who "forgot" to use a key recruiting assessment tool once or
twice now overlooks it all the time. One study suggests that given time, bad
habits become learned behaviors, and we lapse back into them when we're under
stress. Since stress is a normal part of the work environment, maintaining good
work habits is a discipline we need to observe daily.
4. Set a good
example for new workers. Bringing in new staff is a regular event at many
places, even during the holidays. Put yourself in the new hire's shoes: How will
she view the office partying the last half of November and all of December? How
do you want her to see YOU?
5. Set an example for everyone. Closely
related to showing the new person how work is done in your office is showing
everyone else – your colleagues, your boss, your direct reports. Adopt a
professional demeanor and it's likely to be viral – in a good way.
Manage performance while other business is less "busy." Perhaps some of the
companies you work with have slowed down production a bit. Turn this external
hiatus into internal productivity. While you have the time Cheap
Jerseys From China , review the things you and your staff need to
improve, then put in place a plan to do so.
7. Control the things you
can. This is closely related to items 5 and 6. You might not be able to do
anything about another department's departure from the day-to-day routine, but
you don't have to join them or beat them. Control your own space by managing
well. Maybe it will rub off on the other guys.
8. Your competitors are
not snoozing, especially if you are in first place and they are in second or
third. If you are not in first place, this could be a good time to redouble your
efforts and get there. If you are in first place, remember that old adage, 'The
bigger they are!
9. Find ways to celebrate all year long. Really.
Successful companies should reward their employees year-round, not just once a
year. Yes, the end-of-year holidays are a special time for families and friends.
But if you take the time to praise and recognize your workforce regularly, your
business will reap the benefits year-round and expectations for unending special
holiday treatment will lessen.
10. It's a kindness to your organization
and to all of your employees to show off a well-managed workforce all of the
time. Consider it a beautifully wrapped gift to everyone, including
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