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TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More

We have all heard the famous saying: TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More, but this company has taken the concept to the next level with humour and wit! Enjoy!

5 Things bosses can do to Improve their employees’ performance

As a leader within your company you have to wear a lot of different hats. One of them is as the Human Resources Director. Here are 5 things you can do to help improve employee performance.

#1 Enhance Communication

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Communication is one of the most important tools for ensuring success. When (problem) issues arise, it’s most likely because one or more employees weren’t properly informed about something. To make sure that hiccups arise as little as possible, when you hold your regular meetings to talk about their performance, ask them if something is happening that shouldn’t be. You’d be surprised at how many suggestions you will get by asking for a solution rather than blaming or pointing a finger at the employee(s). they are on the front line and if they need additional information (training), make sure they get it.

#2 Talk About the Big Picture

Similarly, talking to your employees about the wider scope of the business can enhance their performance in many ways. Surprisingly, many employees admit they aren’t aware of the wider aspects of their company beyond their role or division. By introducing them to your overall strategy, goals and business plan, each person can then understand his or her role and contribution to the company’s outcome. Otherwise you will suffer from a disjointed, uncoordinated group of people rowing in different (often opposite) directions.

#3 Provide Training

If it appears that some of your employees aren’t reaching the performance standards you require, consider using additional training. It’s easier for you to work with people that you know,and are easy to work with, than to look for new employees and start from scratch. If you don’t have a career development plan for your employees, they will have one for themselves which will be to work for someone else!

#4 Raise Morale

Enthusiasm and morale within the workplace are essential for employees to  feel safe, comfortable and ultimately, enthusiastic to reach their/your goals. This doesn’t have to involve expensive, time consuming planning and effort, often a casual and friendly approach with staff, treating them like your friends is usually sufficient within the realm of professionalism. Being too casual or informal can be counter-productive.

#5 Stay Open to Criticism

During regular performance reviews or general staff meetings, open the table for discussions and give everyone a chance to contribute. Ultimately, to ensure the enthusiasm of your employees, regularly ask them to voice any complaints they may have about the company and the way it is run. But allowing them to be open and honest about the way that they feel, you open the gates for constructive discussion that may have previously been barred due to fear or uncertainty about the consequences.

Always remember your employees’ performance is a direct representation of your performance as their boss. If you’re doing your job properly and sincerely care for your employees, your business should run smoothly. However, if things aren’t working as well as they could be, consider these 5 things to improve their performance. For more information about ensuring success and your role as an employer visit axcelerate.com.au.

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The Top 5 Traits of Toxic Teams

Toxic Teams, Toxic People, Low Performance Teams, TeamworkAt one time or another chances are you’ve worked in a Toxic Team

You know what I’m talking about don’t you?

One of those teams where the week feels like this:

MOANday
TEARSday
WASTEday
THIRSTday
FIGHTday

Seriously though, there are some common traits that are alive and well to some degree in all Toxic Teams and the reason I’m giving them to you is because sometimes you’re in a Toxic Team and you don’t even know it!

As human beings we are very good at adapting to our environment so what this means is, we can sometimes not only endure highly stressful or demoralising situations BUT actually trick ourselves into thinking what’s happening is ‘okay’ or ‘normal’.

So here are The Top 5 traits of Toxic Teams you need to know about:

  1. Favouritism – It is very clear to you that there are some people who have somehow been anointed and are part of the ‘in’ group.  These ‘special’ people get preferential treatment, the best performance reviews, the biggest bonuses, taken to lunch with the boss and when they underperform the manager looks the other way.
  2. Snakes in Suits – The manager hardly ever acknowledges you or anyone else in the team for that matter for the great work they do because they’re too busy taking credit for everyone else’s hard work.  You sometimes wonder if the boss even knows your name… The bottom line is, these managers have no time for anyone that cannot further their OWN career and when things go well they’re right there to accept the kudos and when they go badly they’re Missing in Action.
  3. Mind Numbing Meetings – You dread the meetings and will do anything to get out of them because they’re disorganised, start late, always run over time, are dominated by grandstanders, no one ever follows through on agreed action items and last but not least… They’re BOOOOOOOOOOORING!!!!!!!!
  4. The Mirror Treatment – “We’ll look into it.”  You know this one don’t you?  Every time you need something fixed, need some action taken or waiting to hear the outcome of an important decision you get that famous throwaway line, “We’ll look into it.”  Funnily enough these are the same managers that invite your suggestions or feedback for improvement only to ignore them!  Sometimes there’s even a nice little box where you can put your comments… Just to give you a bit of false hope that things may change.
  5. The YES Man (or woman) – If you’re working for a YES Man it’s excruciatingly frustrating!  They won’t make a decision, they’re always REACTIVE because of poor planning, you don’t know if you’re coming or going due to constantly changing priorities and you end up with work from other departments because your boss CAN’T SAY NO.

Now the good news…

If you’re stuck in a Toxic Team, there is a way out – outperform and outproduce your way out of it!

Seriously.

I mean that – if you can totally outperform your toxic team members, someone who come and snatch you away – either another department of better yet – a headhunter (recruiter)!

The key is to document what you’re doing so you have PROOF of your PERFORMANCE and results and making sure it’s as public and noticeable as possible – so the interested parties who are searching for talent can find you.

Some bad news…

Chances are if your team’s toxic, there’s not much you can do to change it – you want to LEAVE it as quickly as possible, either within the same organisation or another company.

Toxic Teams are like cancer – once they infiltrate their way in, there’s almost no chemotherapy available to eradicate it.

Sorry, but that’s the truth.

Together Everyone Achieves More?

I am not sure this team really understands the concept of TEAMwork… Not exactly what you’d call a high performance team…

T.E.A.M. = Together Everyone Achieves More?

T.E.A.M. = Together Everyone Achieves More?