Time Management Training – An Investment Not a Cost for Your Company

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Many organizations see time management training as something they’ll spend their money on, only if they have to. Usually the first thing a company will do to satisfy their budget will be to cut back on or eliminate their training needs, but this is not something that they cannot a really afford to do and here’s why;

Companies or Corporations have the notion that training is a COST and not an investment. You will invest in a good stock that will pay decent dividends right?  Well this is similar to good training and if you choose the right time management training you will be able to see the dividends that will add to your company’s bottom line. It really doesn’t matter what we pay for an investment. What’s relevant is what we get in return. One of the best ways to jeopardize an organization’s future in today’s world and increase the probability of troubled times it to look at training as a cost and pay the price of not training or provide substandard training that operates only as a band-aid for the training requirements.

A person that is paid $50,000 per year who is wasting just one hour per day is costing the organization $6,250 per year. If through one of our Time Management Workshops that person can learn how to recapture just one hour per day, that translates into a payback to the organization of $6,250 per year! If there is a group of 25 people, the return to the organization is $156,250 per year! That doesn’t even include other benefits like profitability, reduced turnover, improved morale, enhanced teamwork, greater creativity etc.)

In only three years the payback is $468,750. Where else would your organization invest to achieve that return and payback?

Not too long ago, soft skills training was an option for most organizations. Today it is no longer an option. If any of us continue to do what we do the same way, within five years most of us will become obsolete. Why?, That is because our competitors are helping their people to become more effective through training programs.

If we look closely at companies who are doing well in the long run, they almost always have a well thought out training program in place with the understanding that they will recoup their investment many fold.

They realize the price for not training is the real expense of training’.

The most important training or knowledge enhancement you can offer to your employees is in the personal development area. Effective time management is a life skill which affects us all. Depending on how skilful we are at managing our time it can have a major impact on the whole of our life. Our skill levels in this area can greatly benefit us or cause us to be constantly stressed out.

Training is a life- long endeavor. It needs to be ongoing. Life changes constantly and so do our needs and those of our people, the number one asset in every business. Time Management training is crucial for it’s when we learn to use our time effectively that we get so much more done in our lives.

 

Positive Attitude Can Lead To Successful Outcomes

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A good positive attitude in life will make things a lot easier to accomplish whether in the workplace or life situations in general. Most people have the need or want to succeed in both work and life. If you practice a positive mind set you can achieve what you set out to accomplish.

We often get to hear that the power of positive thinking can change and improve our life. It leads to happy living, perfect health and is your key to success. Is the glass half empty or half full? Becoming an optimist is a personal decision and one that has profound ramifications on how we see the world. If we think positively about ourselves, about others, and about the world around us, the world often meets our expectations. Optimistic people achieve their personal and professional goals easily. Continue reading “Positive Attitude Can Lead To Successful Outcomes” »

Consider Team Building Events in the Workplace for Their Residual Benefits

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Many companies look at team building events as an afterthought to spend whatever money they have left at the end of the year mainly because they think of a team building event being recreational.  Granted many team building companies offer Go Kart adventures, cooking events, and alike which are fine to get your personnel to be able to connect and experience fun through recreational activities outside the workplace. These types of recreational events have shrouded the true purpose of team building which is designed to reestablish or mend communication and cooperation that has either broken down in your workplace.

Many companies look for ways to increase efficiency within their personnel that will have residual or long lasting impressions. The companies that have used highly effective well thought out team building activities do see carryovers from the events in their workforce long after the team building events are over. Team building events that do have lasting effects on your personnel should include components such that will reveal or resolve any type to conflict or communication issues that may have been building up or inhibiting progress  among teams, fellow employees or between management.  I had the experience of doing a series of team building exercises for a large national organization that resolved an ongoing conflict with a manager /subordinate for many months and it only took a half of a day to for the breakthrough. During another team building event in which the employees were tasked to work together with employees that they may not to have chose to team up with. One of the participants approached me after the event was over and explained that the team building exercise broke down barrier that she had with another employee and was grateful for the experience!

Properly organized team building events that include problem solving activities, and Training Games with well thought out activities can result in tremendous results for productivity.  Most companies feature a corporate workforce of people that do not know each other well outside of the workplace and therefore are not entirely at ease with each other.  A natural amount of camaraderie will most likely develop between people who interact with each other on a daily basis, particularly those who sit next to or near each other. Team Building Exercises are therefore primarily designed to allow people to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal environment who otherwise would not be given the opportunity to meet each other outside of a professional situation

When in search for a team building event that will have a long lasting effect on your personnel after the event is over you will want to examine and come up with a list of objectives that you will want to accomplish with a particular team building event. Most team building companies will be glad to help you assess and offer a team building event or exercise that will help you address any issues that may be affecting your productivity.

5 Benefits of Team Building Activities

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Having your employees engage in Team Building Activities can be amazingly helpful for nurturing a potent workplace climate within your company. More times than not, employers are always looking for new ways that will help build better communications, enhance job satisfaction, and provide relaxing outlets for expression. The benefits of team building activities can help increase employee retention and boost company morale. Most businesses find that employees become refreshed and rejuvenated following team building activities, a benefit that will surely play a role in improving company productivity and efficiency.

Many organizations that have had team building companies facilitate activities for their employees have seen the benefits of successful team building. Most companies feature a corporate workforce of people that do not know each other well outside of the workplace and therefore are not entirely at ease with each other.  A natural amount of camaraderie will most likely develop between people who interact with each other on a daily basis, particularly those who sit next to or near each other, but people at slightly further reaches of the organization are sometimes left with a faceless impression of each other, sometimes resulting in an unjustified animosity. Team Building Exercises are therefore primarily designed to allow people to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal environment who otherwise would not be given the opportunity to meet each other outside of a professional situation.  Any bonds made during the day can increase the co-operation between employees on an organization-wide level and therefore have a positive impact on the teamwork efficiency of the organization.

Team Building Activities

Any activity that aids in bringing employees together will begin building connections between employees, an aspect of effective team building. Going for bowling or sporting contests, having weekly luncheons with employees, and providing other professional contests that include gift cards or small electronics as prizes can be very helpful for boosting employees’ spirits. Building an effective team requires an atmosphere of positivity, fun, and ease, and these techniques may promote this even further.

Performance

Since fun team building activities provide a natural change of the day-to-day grind, employees may feel rejuvenated  when they come back to the office. High energy and positive team building activities can be a great way to clear the mind and producing a stronger focus on one’s work. Team-building activities can and do play a large role in increasing productivity if implemented regularly.

Employee Retention

Employees who know that they are being supported by their management tend to develop a sense of pride and passion in their work. Building a cohesive team requires engaging with employees, and this often correlates with a low turnover rate. This can save money in the long run, as it often requires money to go through a new hiring process. Plus, hiring someone new drains a company of time, an aspect that can also hinder business productivity. At we have  quarterly office meetings where employees can give their input to solve a problem or save the company and make a suggestion on something that could improve the level of service we provide to a client. Employees feel engaged when they are heard and their ideas are accepted and incorporated. When they feel they make a difference, they stay.

A Valuable Carryover into Personal Life

Today’s employees are looking for a good balance in what they do as an employee as well as personal life. Too much work can be a deterrent to performance and morale. Performing and being involved in team building activities in the workplace can surely carry over into personal life and can prove be a valuable asset for your employees. They may take what they learned during the team building event and apply to family life, and even their involvement and interactions within their community.

Promotes Problem Solving Skills

In the workplace a crisis can happen at any time. Well thought out team building activities that require coworkers to work together to solve problems can improve the ability to think rationally and strategically. Teams that are able to determine when a problem arises and know what they can do about it, can then effectively take charge when a real crisis occurs.

Improving morale within your company can be as simple as providing team building activities on a regular basis for your personnel that will provide a long lasting effect and a positive investment that can yield many years of profitable returns.

How Team Building May Have Affected The Outcome of the Superbowl

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Watching the Super Bowl yesterday I was not surprised of the turn of events leading to the  final outcome even though one team had a considerable lead at halftime. Not that the Atlanta Falcons are poorly managed as a team, but one of the reasons the New England Patriots are and have been so successful is because of the coach Bill Belichick. Belichick is known for having a well oiled machine or system in place. There are a lot of teams that have equally good and maybe even better players but the New England team is a very successful system. Team building is a big part of the successful system that Belichick had built and implemented. Successful team building I believe was responsible for the Pats win in the Super Bowl. The “system” that Belicheck implements uses is a very successful form of team building and that is why they are winners more times than not. It looks like Brady is the star, but it truly is the whole system working together working as a team that makes them so successful

Effective teams must have communication among all members of the group. Effective teams conduct frequent meetings to evaluate the work completed and discuss the status of tasks in process. All members of a team must participate in team meetings or receive updates on how the project stands. When all workers in a business are members of a team, management or owner must ensure that communication is clear and necessary information is available to all.

Clearly defined goals are essential for an effective team. An goal provides all team members with an understanding of what the team is attempting to produce or achieve. For example, a team assembled to reduce scrap rates on a production line can define the project goal to reduce the amount of scrap produced by 10 percent. Goals also set the definition for success. When the processes and improvements reduce the scrap rate by 10 percent, the team has reached the goal of the project successful.

So just as in sports, effective team building practices can lead to a successful and productive workplace environment.