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6 Keys To Linking Employee Bonuses To Company Goals..And One "What If?"

Posted by John Boudreau on Dec 7, 2017 3:16:48 PM

December is the month that many companies hold annual employee performance reviews.

Built into these reviews is an employee expectation that a positive performance review will result in some sort of pay increase or raise. Often, owners have a set amount of money which they have discretion to allocate based on the performance review.

If you search Google for “annual performance review and raise” you’ll notice that the top 9/10 results all focus on helping employees ask for a raise. Only one article talks about how performance reviews and raises shouldn’t be linked.

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Topics: company goals, company financial goals, employee bonuses, employee reviews

Still Using Excel To Track Your KPIs? Here's A Better Way

Posted by John Boudreau on Dec 2, 2017 6:45:00 PM

This blog post is for those dedicated businesses that are tracking KPIs (key performance indicators).

When I say “tracking” I mean that you have a set of meaningful measurements that you are reviewing with your team on at least a monthly basis. You may have multiple Excel spreadsheet or Google Sheets that you are using to keep track of all sorts of critical metrics. 

If you’re not tracking KPIs, I would encourage you to do so ASAP. If you need help determining which KPIs to track, please contact us and we can help.

For example, last week we helped a $12M manufacturing company determine the right KPIs based on their strategic plan.

Please reach out if you need help. If you're not sure why tracking KPIs is such a big deal, please read this post on how we helped one company increase their profit by 135%! KPIs work. 

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Topics: company goals, KPIs, Excel

5 Secrets To Achieving Your Company Goals, The 5th Will Surprise You

Posted by John Boudreau on Nov 23, 2017 10:51:14 AM

I am sure that you agree that in order to maximize business performance, each employee must be in 100% agreement with the company’s goals and vision.

If you're frustrated and feel that your team is not rowing in the same direction and aligned, you’re not alone.

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Topics: company goals, KPIs, company core values

To Drive Greater Results, Link KPIs To Strategy

Posted by John Boudreau on Nov 20, 2017 2:05:35 PM

Tracking KPIs (key performance indicators) is a real competitive advantage for a small business. No business magically drifts into a better version of itself and KPIs can help to ensure your team is executing on your strategy and driving the results you expect.

But what about strategy? But when we talk to small businesses about strategy, the concept can be confusing and strategic planning can sound like a time consuming process to time crunched CEOs.

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Topics: strategy, KPIs

4 Ways Employee Goal Tracking Can Increase Your Revenue And Profit

Posted by John Boudreau on Nov 8, 2017 9:38:56 AM

Looking for ways to increase your revenue and maximize your profit?

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Topics: company goals, employee goals, employee goal tracking

Employee Problems? Your Company Core Values May Be To Blame

Posted by John Boudreau on Nov 1, 2017 3:47:20 PM

I’ve noticed a common cause to many of the employee problems that exist in small businesses, the company’s core values.

Let me explain.

Often, someone in the organization is not doing what is expected of them and as we will see, that behavior is driven by an individual’s core values.

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Topics: employee performance, core values, company core values

How To Crush Your Company Goals With These 4 Simple Steps

Posted by John Boudreau on Oct 24, 2017 12:13:46 PM

As of the date that I'm writing this post we have about 50 business days left to 2017. Are you on track to crush your company goals?

I don't mean to just squeek by. I mean exceed the goals you've set for your company. Everyone wants to win right?

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Topics: company goals

How To Handle Poor Employee Performance

Posted by John Boudreau on Oct 16, 2017 1:33:18 PM

As a small business owner, poor employee performance can have a devastating effect on your business.

This is especially hard from small businesses because leadership is often wearing multiple hats and there is not a lot of time for training and assessing the true root causes of poor performance. This results is higher than average employee churn and stress.

As you read this blog, I want you to think of that one employee who is just not performing. My hope is to give you some ways in which to improve their performance and lessen your stress.

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Topics: employee performance, poor employee performance

How To Select The Right Manufacturing KPIs

Posted by John Boudreau on Sep 26, 2017 4:27:28 PM

Many companies struggle with what to measure to improve the performance of their companies. I've seen some blog posts that just give a long list of manufacturing KPIs for the reader to chose from.

Deciding on your manufacturing KPIs is as important as thinking through your system to track, review and correct.

You are choosing manufacturing KPIs in order to improve your performance. To do so, I recommend companies follow these 4 steps.

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Topics: company alignment, company goals, KPIs, Manufacturing KPIs

How To Make The Most Of The Employee Performance Review

Posted by John Boudreau on Sep 10, 2017 3:06:48 PM

Happy employees are more productive, deliver better customer service and offer a leadership pipeline that allows your business to scale. The employee performance review is one tool employers have to drive employee engagement and results. Unfortunately the employee performance review does not have a good reputation among employees or employers. 

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Topics: performance management, employee performance review