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?

Employees are your company’s most valuable asset and making sure each employee is focused on the right things is critical for revenue growth and profitability.

A recent study indicated that over 50% of all employees don’t know what is expected of them and only 30% feel involved in the goal setting process.

One way to drive focus, clarity, engagement and ultimately productivity, is through employee goal tracking.

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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 for 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

How To Create SMART Goals For Your Small Business

Posted by John Boudreau on Aug 26, 2017 1:35:04 PM

In this post on SMART goals for small business I would like to:

  • Give a little history of SMART goals
  • Define what SMART goals are
  • Make the case for why SMART goals are so important for your small business
  • Lastly, give you a template for ensuring the goals your set for your business are indeed "SMART" goals

I've seen many small businesses struggle with goal setting and the "SMART goals" framework can make the process less painful and much more productive.

Let's get started...

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Topics: goal setting for small business, smart goals

A 4 Step Process To Seriously Reduce Your Small Business Owner Stress

Posted by John Boudreau on Jul 28, 2017 3:32:30 PM

Stress is a major problem and can cause all sorts of health problems. Small business owners have it worse than the general public. Studies show, small business owner's stress is two to four times higher than non business owners.

Life is stressful, so you're not going to eliminate stress completely, but there are certain stress relievers you can apply to reduce the amount of stress you experience with while running your small business. I've found that many small business owners get stuck in what I call the "stress cycle" which keeps them stressed and prevents them from truly enjoying their business.

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Topics: small business stress, problem solving, learned helplessness

How To Hold One-on-One Meetings With Your Employees

Posted by John Boudreau on Jul 19, 2017 4:03:10 PM

I've blogged about small business meetings before.

Meeting on a regular basis with your employees is a critical mechanism for reducing your stress and creating a profitable business. One-on-one meetings can be one of your greatest tools for improving performance. A lack of communication can be one of the biggest profit leaks in your business.

There is also a significant external dynamic happening today. According to the Harvard Business Review blog , there is a performance management "revolution" happening.

Companies are changing the way they manage employees. Many are moving away from the annual review process toward more frequent check-ins where feedback can be given and received. According to the Harvard Business Review article, "Employers are finally acknowledging that both supervisors and subordinates despise the appraisal process—a perennial problem that feels more urgent now that the labor market is picking up and concerns about retention have returned."

A tightening job market is making hiring and retention a major problem for small businesses and the process of providing feedback is seen as a major component for driving retention.

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Topics: performance managment, one-on-ones, feedback

3 Ways To Reduce Your Stress As A Small Business Owner

Posted by John Boudreau on Jun 20, 2017 4:19:31 PM

We've all heard that stress is bad for you.

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can give you headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach and sleeping problems.

Stress can also affect your mood causing you to be anxious, restless, lack motivation, irritable, overwhelmed or depressed. If you find yourself "just having a bad day,"stress may be the reason why.

Stress can also affect your behavior in a negative way. You may overeat, have angry outbursts, abuse alcohol or socially withdraw. Again, all things that in the long-term will hurt you and the ones you love.

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Topics: Increasing Profit, small business stress, reducing stress