With so much social media, remote working and 24-hour news, you can become overwhelmed with information – sometimes you need to cut it out
As a small business owner your time is precious; it’s all too easy to get distracted by everything that’s going on around you.
What skills and practical concerns do you need to consider when hiring a remote worker?
Hiring a remote worker is a bit different from hiring an office-based employee. With someone who’ll be spending their day in the office, things like their personality and working style are important as you’ll be dealing with them on a daily basis.
With working practices becoming more flexible and the ability to work from anywhere, you might start to get itchy feet in your current position. But how long do you need to stay in one job?
Having a varied career is important for both your personal development and in gaining a mixture of experience and skills to use throughout your working life.
In the last year, the number of staff sick days being taken has risen, despite business leaders doing more to tackle long-term absences.
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), an average of 7.6 days are taken off through illness per employee each year.
However, in the last 12 months, efforts to reduce absences of this manner have actually increased by 20 per cent.
Even so, the CIPD and Investors in People are urging small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) not to become too despondent with the news.
John Telford, the managing director of Investors in People, said: “It will take time for any change to take effect so we should not be discouraged by the fact that sickness levels have increased slightly.”
It is estimated that SMEs lose 140 million days to sickness every year – costing around £9 billion in sick pay and lost time.
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While it’s nice to know that your staff are enjoying the work they are employed to do, apparently this isn’t enough to make sure they stay motivated over the long term.
According to Ixaris’ 2013 Study of Rewards and Incentives, four out of five workers would like to see a rewards programme put in place to emphasise the fact that their efforts are properly appreciated.
Nearly 5,000 employees across five countries were polled on the issue – which aimed to delve deeper into what employers could do to motivate their workforce.
The results are worth reading, too – with almost 70 per cent claiming that they would happily put extra effort into the job that they do if they had the proverbial carrot dangling from the end of a stick.
However, it appears that the carrot shouldn’t simply come in the form of a cash bonus – with over 70 per cent saying that a financial incentive would be treated in much the same way as regular pay.
Similarly, gift cards for a specific retailer don’t go down too well with workers – with the research suggesting that many would feel disappointed if this was presented as their reward.
One option for bosses is that of an open gift card – one which can be spent anywhere as opposed to a single store or chain.
This alternative incentive was supported by two-thirds of respondents.
Similar research recently conducted by the Institute of Leadership and Management found that – contrary to the Ixaris study – job enjoyment was the main motivational factor for workers.
Other elements of work likely to keep staff working hard included emotional reasons, like how well each member of the workforce got on with each other and how they were treated by their bosses.
So next time you think about how to reward hard work, it might not be as simple as it seems.
Posted by the Secret Businessman