Leading a Healthy Workplace: Part 1

Do you want healthy employees who are more productive, happy and full of energy? As a manager or leader, you not only set an example for your employees, but can also have a great impact on their behaviour.  Creating a healthy work environment starts from the top down.

Most people don’t usually associate their workplace with good health. In fact, many would probably say their job is the source of many unhealthy habits including a lack of exercise and weight gain—especially as work hours increase and free time becomes more and more of a luxury.

Learn how to inspire your employees to get healthy and avoid common workplace health hinderers, by following the tips below.…

Employee Communication Part 2: 9 Steps to Turn Feedback into Action

In the old days, hanging a suggestion box in the lunch room was how companies gathered employee input. And while an idea box can still be an effective tool, it may not always generate the type of detailed information you need. It may also prevent you from targeting the conversation toward a certain issue or item of interest.

Ease the flow of information amongst your team, and turn the ideas of your employees into action by:

  1. Meeting regularly. Use regular staff meetings (i.e. weekly or monthly) to gather input on specific topics or issues.
  2. Going out.

How to Motivate Employees Part 3: Good Communication Skills

In Part Three of our How to Motivate Employees series, we’ll tell you how good communication skills will boost employee morale and productivity in your workplace. I’m sure you’ve felt frustrated by having to try to guess what someone is thinking about; nothing is more frustrating to your employees than having to guess what you expect from them. By making an effort to be communicative and clear about your small or medium business’ direction and vision, your employees can spend less time wondering what you want them to do and more time actually doing it!

Be sure that you follow these four rules for communicating well with your employees:

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How to Motivate Employees Part 2: Clear Job Responsibilities

In Part One of our How to Motivate Employees series, we wrote about the importance of recognizing the hard work of your employees and creating good rewards programs to motivate and reward your employees. This week we’ll discuss how business leaders can reduce employee stress by assigning clear job responsibilities. Job clarity is one of the most important factors in a healthy work environment, and making sure that all of your employees feel as though they understand your vision and strategy will go a long way to reduce any pressure that they feel.

 1. Balancing the Workload

Employees of small and medium businesses are often asked to wear many different hats for the company.…