Our CEO to be a panelist at Geekapalooza!

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Alisha Gardner will be joining the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and Metro Family Magazine for both Women in STEAM sessions at Geekapalooza (Session 1 – 11 to 11:30 a.m.; Session 2 – 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.)!

With 10 years of real estate experience, Alisha developed her abilities to understand needs and serve people, and she brings this knowledge to Easy Time Clock both in her management style and in developing lasting client relationships. Alisha has a selfless, kind spirit, and she is always the first to step in and help however she can. Alisha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science just before the birth of her son, Hunter; she intended to become a science teacher.

Watch our CEO’s interview with the Local Okie

On the 26th episode of #TheLocalOkie, I spoke with the CEO of Easy Time Clock and LilyPad, Alisha Gardner.We discussed their Easy Time Clock management solutions for employers as well as LilyPad, their all-in-one product for in-home care providers.

Posted by The Local Okie on Friday, June 15, 2018

 

Learn about Easy Time Clock, The HR Insider, MyLilyPadApp and whats on the horizon for the Easy Time Clock team!

Tips on Successful Team Building

Team building is one of the essences of any company’s culture. If employees are not respectful to one another, and if they do not get along well, this can have a negative impact on successful running of any company.  A negative working environment can hamper the overall productivity of a company. Unity is strength!  If employees cannot work together as a team, a company can soon fall apart. Therefore, to promote and encourage team work, it is important to have team building programs in the company.

Here are a few tips on successful team building.

Never take a side 

As a part of human resources, you cannot be biased. You have to be willing to hear both sides, and it is your job to remain a harmonizing influence. Minor disagreements between employees are common in any working environment, and whenever such a situation arises, you have to play the role of a mediator. Try to find a solution that is acceptable to everyone.  The best way to resolve the conflict is to tell the employees to think about the greater goal, and have them meet at the middle with an idea that works for the both of them.

Act as the leader

Do not waste time, establish yourself as a leader right away. You don’t want to be the type of leader that inspires fear and is too stoic. You just want people to know that you’re in charge to solve the issues, that all they have to do is follow you, and they will be alright.

 Choose the right activities

You need to be able to choose the effective team building activities specific to your company. If you are going to talk values and mission statements, remember that they cannot be general. They have to be exact, and the employees should remember that they are all aiming toward one goal. You have to unite them, and make sure that you are actually team building.

Be trustworthy

People want to know that their leader is someone they can trust. Encourage people to communicate and share information. You want all of the employees to talk to each other, so that they can actually work together.

You have to be the one that guides them through that. Remind them that you’re there as a person they can trust, and that they can discuss things openly.

Keep everyone in check

Though the employees in the company understand what their responsibilities are, it is your responsibility to keep everyone in check. One of the best ways to do this is with a time clock app and cloud based attendance.

This ensures that you have everything stored and organized for easy access.  The way that time clock apps work, depending on the specific app you use, is you set it up so people can check in and out of the app, and all the data syncs to the cloud.

You get to track overtime, all clock-ins, and you may even get alerted if somebody doesn’t show up for work or is late.

Easy Time Clock™ is a cloud-based time and attendance system that provides a comprehensive, accurate, and affordable solution allowing employees to clock in and out with a computer, mobile device, or biometric reader.

Your Guide to a Promotion

Many workers aspire to move up in their company’s ranks as time goes on. This is usually associated with additional perks such as a higher title, higher wages, better benefits, and more. If you are looking for ways to increase the chances of you earning a promotion, see this as your guide to a promotion.

Network

Networking is the best method to familiarize yourself with those above you in management. The more you are able to familiarize yourself with those above you and leave a good impression, the more likely they are to choose you when an availability opens.

To accomplish this, be on the search for networking activities. Go to office parties and other work events that already have social expectations attached to them. However, do not limit yourself to these opportunities alone. Lunch breaks or just passing someone in the hallway can be your opening to familiarize someone with your name and face.

Get to Work Early

Punctuality is important for the workplace. In an economy where time is money, taking some more of your time and dedicating it to your workplace can help increase your chances of earning that promotion when the opportunity arises. By getting to work early, you can put yourself in the best state of mind to work efficiently. You are potentially able to get quick, mundane tasks out of the way earlier and be ready to work. Your increased performance will increase your chances of being noticed by management and get promoted.

Dress Up

Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. This saying is the clearest way to express this point. What you wear is a reflection of yourself, so dressing for the career you want gives you an air of professionalism and ambition. It may seem like a small touch, but it can make the difference when the time for promotion comes.

Minimize Weaknesses

Show off your strengths and work to improve your weaknesses. Take some time to discover what you do well and what needs improvement. By working to better yourself and your abilities, you make yourself a more well-rounded worker that still has distinguishing strengths that will be noticed by those above you. For example, if your current or desired position requires an amount of public speaking and that is not an area you are comfortable in, putting yourself in situations that allow yourself to improve your weaknesses will help you as a person and employee.

Work to Improve Company Inefficiencies

Think outside the box and look for ways to improve the company. Try to solve problems before and as they arise. By voicing these types of ideas that would benefit the company, you appear as an invested and innovative employee that can continue to improve the company, increasing your odds of being promoted.

Conclusion

Promotions do not come easy; you need to work for it. If you are looking to work to a higher position in your company, utilizing some or all of these strategies is a universal method of increasing your chances of getting promoted. Whether it be coming up with ideas to improve the company, showing up early, or just talking to people, familiarizing yourself with those making these promotional decisions and putting yourself in positions to come across as professional and invested are solid starting points for you to earn that new position.

Easy Time Clock™ is a cloud-based time and attendance system that provides a comprehensive, accurate, and affordable solution allowing employees to clock in and out with a computer, mobile device, or biometric reader.

HR Insider: Season 2- Episode 1 Geekapalooza!!

Join Easy Time Clock, Metro Family Magazine and the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma at this years Geekapalooza!

 

June 23rd

9 am to 4 pm (2 sessions)

Oklahoma School of Mathematics and Science

1141 N Lincolon Blvd

Oklahoma City, OK

 

You can find more about the event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561321387277116/

 

Would you like to volunteer? You can sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d4aaaa92fa7fb6-geekapalooza 

How to Properly Onboard Your New Employees

Making a strong first impression and properly integrating a new hire into a new position is imperative if you wish to inspire loyalty and high morale in new employees.

Often, businesses may be forced to terminate an employee immediately or an employee may leave a business without giving the business ample time to replace the departing employee. In these cases, it can be tempting to forego the traditional on-boarding process in an effort to fill the vacant spot as quickly as possible.

If you’re interested in promoting peak performance and encouraging loyalty and high morale amongst your staff, then it’s important to make sure that your employees know that you’re invested in them and their success. Here are some best practices on how to properly on-board an employee:

A Proper Introduction  

            The first step of the on-boarding process should involve a formal introduction and meet-and-greet with direct managers, coworkers, peripheral staff and, if possible, having a high level executive take the time to meet each new hire.

Policies, Procedures and Company Values

            At an early stage in the on-boarding process, it is important to set the right expectations for new hires. Take some time to highlight important policies, standard procedures, expectations.

In addition to highlighting key policies and procedures, be sure to give your employees a copy of the employee handbook that they can peruse or reference at their leisure.

Training

            It is essential that your new hires feel confident that they will be able to perform the job that you need them to do. There is, however, only so much that a person will be able to absorb through training.

What’s most important is that you follow up with employees regularly in the weeks and months following training to make sure that they are acclimating to the position.

Successful on-boarding cannot be done in a 2-3 weeks. Proper on-boarding should last a year.

Easy Time Clock ™   is a cloud-based time and attendance system that provides a comprehensive, accurate, and affordable solution allowing employees to clock in and out with a computer, mobile device, or biometric reader.

How to Deal With Employees’ Requests for Raises

As an employer, you control the financial well-being of your employees. When it comes down to the finances of the company, it is often finding the balance between what is best for the company and what is best for its workers. For example, look at benefits that employers offer to their employees such as dental insurance. These are costs to the business that exist for the purpose of better retaining employees. By retaining the workers, the company is able to make more money by reducing turnover.

Keeping this in mind, an employee comes into your office requesting a raise. The final decision is up to you as the employer, so it is important that you weigh the relevant factors and proceed in a logical manner to the employee’s request.

Listen to what the Employee Wants

An important first step in response to the employee is to listen to their entire request and ask questions to gain further information. Why are they requesting this raise? When was the last time this employee received a raise? By gaining related information as to why this request is coming to you in the first place, you are better able to respond with a solution everyone will be satisfied with. Cutting off the employee without actually listening to their request is the quickest way to make them feel they are not valued at the business, and they will likely look for work elsewhere. 

Consider what the Employee Brings to the Table 

This stage is where you evaluate the employee to decide if they should receive the requested raise. This stage asks a lot of questions about the employee and their relationship to the company. Has it been enough time since their last raise that the request feels justified? Have they been outperforming their coworkers? What does the employee contribute to the company financially? What does the employee bring to the business other than finances? These are the types of questions you should ask yourself to evaluate whether or not the employee should get a raise.  By conducting an internal or official performance evaluation of the employee, you are better able to make an informed decision. 

Consider what May Happen if You Say No 

If you are unsure if you should give your employee the raise, ask yourself what could happen if you deny the request. Will the employee still want to stay with the company? If the employee was asking for the raise for personal reasons, will their personal lives affect their quality of work? Will it cost more to replace the employee than to give them the raise? These types of questions can help guarantee you have come to a conclusion you are satisfied with no matter how the employee may respond.

Be Honest 

Being honest with your employee is crucial, especially if the answer is no. Be careful not to say that you will take it under consideration if you have already come to a firm conclusion. If your response to their request is no, you should most likely explain why. If the employee can earn that raise by doing more, try explaining that to them. By maintaining honesty with your employee, you are more likely to get a satisfying conclusion for everyone.

Be Willing to Negotiate 

Sometimes the business can’t afford the full raise that the employee is requesting. Be willing to negotiate with your employee. If they are asking for raise x and you can only afford amount y, then negotiate with the employee so that everyone walks away with a satisfying result.

Conclusion

Employers hold the financial stability of everyone involved with the company. Being fair to your employees is important. If you are a business owner and an employee come into your office asking for a raise, remember to hear them out, consider what they bring to the table, what may happen if you say no, to always be honest, and be willing to negotiate. By keeping these factors in mind, both you and the employee are more likely to achieve a satisfying result.

Easy Time Clock ™   is a cloud-based time and attendance system that provides a comprehensive, accurate, and affordable solution allowing employees to clock in and out with a computer, mobile device, or biometric reader.