Get Employees Off Right in 2015

It’s a new year and, as one of the leading staffing agencies in Dade County, Future Force knows there’s no better time to make sure your employees get off on the right foot in 2015. The following tips can help ensure your team is fit, productive and ready for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Offer plenty of feedback.

How much feedback do you give your employees? If you don’t offer it on a weekly basis, then you’re not giving enough. Or, perhaps you’re like many managers, only offering positive input and avoiding the awkward conversations about poor performance. Or offering constructive criticism, without any praise. Either way, it’s a recipe for unhappy employees.

Instead, in 2015, commit to giving plenty of feedback – both positive and constructive. When you do, you’ll go a long way in improving the results you’re seeing from your team.

In addition, when you’re regularly checking in on employees, you’ll open the door to more communication from them. They’ll feel comfortable coming to you when issues, concerns or questions arise. So make 2015 the year where you enhance feedback, so employees know what they’re doing well and areas in which they can improve.

Evaluate last year.

Take a look back at last year’s projects and evaluate what was done well – and what areas could use some improvement. You don’t want to make the same mistakes twice and you want to repeat successes.

Where do you start? Evaluate strategies that worked or didn’t work, policies and procedures that hindered productivity, and potential areas of opportunity that you didn’t have time to explore last year. Get your team involved in the brainstorming process so you don’t miss anything. When they’re a part of the conversation, your employees will feel more invested in the company and its success. Once you know the details, you can create a roadmap for this year’s goals and how to overcome potential obstacles.

Look at your own performance.

It’s easy to simply focus on your employees. But what about your performance as a manager? In what areas could you improve or enhance your leadership skills? And don’t just look at your top employees. Look too at your underperforming employees to assess your overall performance.

Vow to hire right.

One bad hire and productivity can take a big hit. When you’re hiring in 2015, invest more time and effort to ensure you hire right, even if it takes longer than you anticipated. Many managers make the mistake of rushing the process simply to fill the position and cross the “hiring to do’s” off their list. But any time you save will be lost when you hire the wrong person and they leave after a month or two.

Instead, invest the time and resources necessary to hire the right people, including amping up screening efforts and conducting thorough personality and skills testing.

If you need help with the process, call the staffing experts at Future Force. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Dade County, we’ve helped thousands of clients find qualified and reliable talent on a short-term, seasonal, and full-time basis. And we can help you too! Contact Future Force today to learn more.