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5 Strategies for Keeping Employees Happy
Leadership 10 min read

5 Strategies for Keeping Employees Happy

Recognition is crucial to ensure that your employees are happy and engaged with their work. In fact, according to an OfficeTeam survey, 66% of workers indicated that they’d leave their jobs if they didn’t feel appreciated. Here are 5 strategies for employee recognition.

How to Create an Incredible Onboarding Experience For Your New Hires
Leadership 5 min read

How to Create an Incredible Onboarding Experience For Your New Hires

So you’ve just hired a talented individual to join your team, and you want to make sure that her initial experience with the company is awesome. You hope she brags to all her friends and family about how amazing her new company is. But when was the last time you assessed — let alone improved — your onboarding? Consider this: your onboarding process is your new employee’s first impression of the inner workings of your organization. In other words, you need to make it count! To help you create an unforgettable onboarding experience for your new hires, we put together this helpful guide. It includes a lot of the best practices that we use to onboard new team members at my company, so I hope it can help you. While these processes work best in person, they are also great to implement while onboarding remote employees — get creative with Zoom and virtual team-building exercises, to ensure your remote hires get the best experience possible. Set expectations before they start working Your new hire’s first experience with your company actually comes before their first working day. You have a chance to wow them before they even step foot inside the building. Give them a breakdown of what they can expect when they arrive on their first day. Where can they park? What are some local lunch spot favorites around the office? What is their Day 1 agenda? What time should they arrive to work? These are all common questions that you should answer to help them alleviate some of that first day anxiety. Make a strong impression on day 1  It really helps your new hire feel comfortable when they sit down at their desk for the first time and they already have everything they need to get started. Here are some things you should have ready at your new hire’s desk when they arrive: Tools they need to perform their job — keyboard, wireless mouse, laptop stand, etc. An onboarding folder — this is a personalized A-Z style guide for working at your company. It should also include the roles and responsibilities of their position, as a reminder. A nice welcome package — company branded t-shirt, wristband, pen, hat, and any other company swag. An onboarding checklist — these are the top 10-15 things about your company that every person on your team needs to know. It should include things like the history of your company, profiles of the leadership team, your company’s mission and core values. Push their start date to a day when you have a team-wide meeting At my company, we have a team-wide meeting every Monday from noon to 1pm to go over important company updates and conduct our personal development training called the “Sensei Session”. We always start new employees on Mondays so we can give them a proper introduction during our all-hands meeting. We typically introduce new hires to the entire org and try some virtual icebreakers — we ask them to share their name, their role, where they're from, and one weird or interesting thing about them. We also add a little extra flare to our introductions. Our Director of Talent Acquisition plays the background music from the 1996 Chicago Bulls starting lineup intros and uses a bullhorn to introduce each new hire as if they’re about to run out on the court at the United Center. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw Give them time to meet with each department head During their first week on the job, it’s important that your new team member has a chance to learn the roles and responsibilities of each department. That way, they’ll get a much better understanding of the different moving parts inside your company. Schedule back-to-back 15-minute meetings with every department head so your new hire can learn who works in which department and what they do on a day-to-day basis. Organize a lunch with an executive during week 1 There have been more and more examples of companies achieving success with a flat organizational structure. A flat structure empowers individuals to become leaders and make decisions. In order to achieve this, employees need to have open and consistent lines of communication with the leadership team. One amazing way you can promote a flat structure at your company is by having the CEO or President take out your new hire for lunch. This will give them a chance to create rapport with someone on the executive team and show that each member of the team is valued. Give them a "Core Values" quiz at the end of week 1 If you put an emphasis on culture, everyone on the team should know your company’s core values inside and out. Write a core value quiz that your new hires must take and pass at the end of their first week. By the way, if you haven’t yet defined your core values, you absolutely must. Here’s a quick, 5-step guide to get you started. Create check-in points along the way There can be unforeseen challenges that arise when someone starts a new job. They might not get along with a coworker, or their direct manager may not giving them enough training. You can get ahead of these problems by holding check-in meetings. Your Hiring Manager or Head of HR should have a check-in meeting at the end of week 1, month 1, and month 3. The purpose of this meeting is to see how things are going, hear about challenges that they might not have discussed with their manager, and provide professional feedback so you can help them succeed. Author Bio: Sean Kelly is the CEO of SnackNation, a healthy snack delivery service for offices across America. Sean is also the Founder of AwesomeOffice.org, an association dedicated to helping companies maximize employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing.

How Do You Hire the Best People? (Work Management Roundup)
Leadership 3 min read

How Do You Hire the Best People? (Work Management Roundup)

Welcome back to the weekly Work Management Roundup where we bring you the week's best reads in business, work, productivity, and management. This week, we take a look at startup hiring and how the search for the best is fraught with the best intentions but because we use the same old playbook, we often overlook more obvious ways to find the best, most creative talents. Plus we have tips on pitching to investors, and strategies for being more creative. Read on! We Hire the Best, Just Like Everyone Else (Coding Horror): Interesting opinion piece by Jeff Atwood on how all startups say they're hiring the best and yet, statistically speaking, 80% of those startups will likely fail... so how do you measure "the best?" And how do you ensure you don't turn away people just because of hidden biases? Perhaps the objective should be: hire the nuttiest risk junkie adrenaline addicted has-ideas-so-crazy-they-will-never-work people no matter where they are in the world? You Must Chill! 4 Ways to Keep 'Social Road Rage' Out of the Workplace (Entrepreneur): If you've ever argued about politics on Facebook, then you know what "social road rage" is. But how do you keep this type of incendiary misunderstandings from happening at work? Here are 4 tips for communicating and especially delivering feedback online. Creative People Say No (Medium): A Hungarian psychology professor once invited 275 creative people to be interviewed for a book he was writing. And a full third of them said "No" -- often with the best responses possible. The truth is, we have to say No to some things in order to stay creative for our real priorities. Tips for Producing the Best Investor Pitch (Tech.co): Here are three major tips for when you're ready to pitch your company to investors — based on what top VCs and successful entrepreneurs advise other young companies. If you want your team to work at velocity, then Andrew Schrage, CEO & Co-owner of Money Crashers suggests: “Clearly designate who is responsible for each segment of your project. Your staff needs to know exactly who is in charge of what, regarding the project in question. That way, they’ll know who to go to for help and who to follow up with as they move towards project completion.” #wrike Copy and paste the URL into your browser to read more tips for teamwork in the full blog post:------->>>>>>> http://bit.ly/18TeamTips A photo posted by Wrike (@wriketeam) on Feb 25, 2016 at 6:47am PST More Work Management Reads Think About This: Top Agile Marketing Resources: 50 Examples, Training Resources, and More (Docurated) Google Ventures On How Sketching Can Unlock Big Ideas (FastCo Design) The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Bitly: How a Free Link Shortener Became a Real Business (Medium) Go Try This: Become a Super Connector: How to Work With 1,000+ Influencers (Sumo Me) 3 Super Simple Gmail Hacks to Boost Productivity Now (The Next Web) 10-3-2-1-0 Formula to Get More Done (Early to Rise) Browse The Work Management Roundup on Flipboard If you use Flipboard on your mobile device, then you can check out these links via The Work Management Roundup magazine. View my Flipboard Magazine.

Learn How to Use Wrike Effectively With Wrike Discover
Collaboration 3 min read

Learn How to Use Wrike Effectively With Wrike Discover

Learn how to use Wrike with our new learning platform, Wrike Discover. This online training tool offers courses on how to use Wrike in teams and for project management.

3 Ways Startups Can Speed Up the Hiring Process and Lose the Personal Bias
Leadership 5 min read

3 Ways Startups Can Speed Up the Hiring Process and Lose the Personal Bias

Hiring the right people is one of the secrets to building a killer company, but most companies have broken and biased process. Here's how to optimize your process and find the best candidates.

How to Optimize Your Onboarding Process With Wrike's Onboarding Template
Productivity 5 min read

How to Optimize Your Onboarding Process With Wrike's Onboarding Template

A solid onboarding process can help you save both time and money. Find out how to optimize your employee onboarding process with Wrike’s onboarding template.

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