Posts Tagged ‘scheduling’

Is A Virtual Office Right For You?

Friday, July 24th, 2009

virtual officeThere have always been professionals who earned their living by working from a home office, but these were usually writers or other entrepreneurs. Recently however, more and more people are choosing a virtual office as their main place of work, even running large companies and multi-million dollar businesses without the benefit of an actual office site other than their computer in their own home. Is this the best choice for your business?

Of course, each business owner is unique, and only you can decide if working outside the confines of a physical office will work for you. The benefits of reduced overhead cost, no maintenance, and the ability to easily work at whatever time of day you choose make a virtual office seem desirable. This assumes that you are a self-motivated individual who works well on your own without others to drive you to get your work done! If so, you may enjoy a virtual office and the freedom that it gives. You may also prefer to hire employees who work from home, as you are then able to seek workers from nearly any part of the country and thus increase your available pool of talent.

Working at a distance from your employees can pose challenges with insurance benefits, schedules and deadlines, so you must stay on top of things if you hire employees at a distance. But if all goes well, you might be glad you chose a virtual office for yourself, your company, and those in your employ.

Keep Your Turnover Down By Keeping Employee Satisfaction Up

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

employee satisfactionKeeping your employees happy isn’t always easy, but it is always important. A happy employee is likely to put his or her best work forward when he or she is happy in the position they hold. Studies have often shown that money is secondary to feeling needed and appreciated by the boss and the company. If the employee is unhappy, the amount of money you pay won’t make them do a better job or put in more time.

The first thing is, to know the employee’s name, there’s nothing worse than feeling like a number or feeling insignificant enough that the boss doesn’t care to know your name. They are an individual first, then an employee.

Take your employees needs and desires into consideration when doing scheduling. That doesn’t mean that you have to follow their schedule, just that you’re taking it into consideration and will explain to them why their schedule may not work. It feels good to at least have the importance to be considered.

Give your employee quarterly evaluations. Let them know how they’re doing. If they’re doing well, let them know and reward them. If they need improvement, tell them constructively. Everyone feels better when they know where they stand.

If a higher position comes available and you have an employee qualified for it or with some training will be qualified for it, promote from within. Just because you have an employee that is very good at their job, doesn’t mean they don’t want to move up. Give them the choice and the chance.