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How to Motivate Your Employees

How employees look at their jobs greatly affects their performance in the workplace. Low job satisfaction leads to high turnover which can cost the company up to 150% of an employee’s yearly salary. High job satisfaction can lead to increased productivity and behaviors that exceed the call of duty. By motivating employees in the proper ways, employees are more satisfied in their jobs which is positive for all parties involved.

Meet Employee Needs

It is important for employee retention that their needs are continually met. An employer should assess what an employee’s needs are and try to accommodate them. In relation to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, an employer should try to help an employee meet their esteem and self-actualization needs. Other needs also include the need for achievement and affiliation. These needs, when met, increase job satisfaction and motivate employees to do better work.

Keep Employees Satisfied

Keeping employees satisfied is based on increasing motivators and decreasing negative factors. By giving employees opportunities for achievement, recognition, stimulating work, responsibility, and advancement, they become satisfied with their work, increasing job satisfaction.

On the flip side, what is potentially even more important is decreasing negative factors that could hinder employee satisfaction. Negative factors such as poor company policies and administration, salary, interpersonal relationships, and working conditions can severely hurt work productivity.

Treat Employees Fairly

Fairness is determined by comparing equity ratios of outcomes to inputs. This can be illustrated in equal pay for equal work and keeping ratios equal. But another factor to keep in mind is it is perceived fairness over what is reality that affects employee performance. Perceptions of unfairness lead to less motivation, anger, and dissatisfaction. Managers should proactively manage employees’ perceptions of equity and fairness. This applies to how resources and rewards are distributed, how procedures make allocation decisions, and the quality of the interpersonal treatment people receive when procedures are implemented.

Manage Employee Expectations

Managing employee expectations comes down to convincing them of the relationship between effort, performance, and outcome. If your employees put in the effort, their performance should increase, therefore, the long-term outcome should be positive. This can take shape in rewarding employees who have been exceeding expectations by putting in the effort and demonstrating strong performance levels.

Help Employees Set SMART Goals

Employees should be encouraged to set goals for themselves that follow the SMART acronym. Goals should be Specific and quantifiable; it should be clear when the goal is met. Goals should be Measurable, meaning progress should be measurable throughout the process. Goals should be Attainable and realistic; make sure they are possible. Goals should have specific Results in mind. Finally, goals should be Time-bound; there needs to be a deadline in order that the employee is always working towards it. These five guidelines help set SMART goals that increase workplace performance.

Conclusion

Employers need to motivate their employees in the proper ways in order to maximize employee potential. By meeting employee needs, keeping employees satisfied, treating employees fairly, managing employee expectations, and helping employees set SMART goals, a manager can encourage exceptional performance and reduce turnover. Everyone benefits when an employer motivates their employees the proper way. By working to follow these motivational guidelines, you can increase your employees’ motivation and create a better working environment for everyone involved.

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.

The Importance of Life Insurance

What is insurance?  This simple question is a baseline of why it is so important to have it.  Insurance is a financial safety net for when bad things happen.  We insure our vehicles, our homes, and our health so that we do not have to pay as much out of pocket when things go wrong.

But life insurance is different.  We purchase life insurance policies for the benefit of others, not ourselves.  There are no bills after death, only for those left behind.  Life insurance is an important risk management tool that will allow your loved ones to be more financially stable after your passing, especially if the you bring income into the home.

Life insurance can help a family pay for medical expenses.  Often there are medical expenses associated with one’s final days, whether it be medication or hospital stays.  Life insurance can help keep these types of expenses manageable for a family.

Another set of expenses that need to be kept in mind are the costs of the funeral and place of burial.  These have a wide range of prices, but life insurance can help ensure that the family does not have to pay out of pocket for the services associated with paying last respects.

What many parents also like to have covered by their life insurance policy is an inheritance for their children.  Leaving something behind it important to many people, and a life insurance policy can help ensure that something is being left behind for the children.  Depending on the age of the children, this can help save for their higher education or their own life expenses as adults.

There is also just standard living expenses for a family that has lost one of the breadwinners.  Expenses such as mortgages, food, and clothing are all important to keep in mind.  A life insurance policy can be an important safety net to bring peace of mind.

Bills don’t care if we are dead or alive.  Life insurance policies are important because they help those that are left behind take care of final expenses and life expenses moving forward.  We don’t buy life insurance for ourselves, we do it for those that we love to spare them unnecessary financial burden.  If you are an adult without life insurance, greatly consider purchasing some to help those around you.  If you do have life insurance, give it a second look to make sure that it is enough.  The sooner you do, the easier it is for everyone involved.

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.

Insurance Benefits Companies Can Offer to Their Employees

There are many factors that we consider where we would like to work. Other than directly getting paid, the benefits they offer can be one of the greatest incentives to go work for a particular company. Benefits can help a company look more attractive to potential workers by lowering their expenses rather than offering higher pay. These are some of the insurance benefits you may come across with potential companies.

  • Health Insurance

In regards to insurance benefits, nothing is more common as an incentive than a company offering health insurance. It is tax deductible for the business and lowers costs for their employees. Everyone benefits.

  • Dental Insurance

Dental insurance is less common but highly sought after. Whether you have a high immune system or are constantly getting sick, everyone knows it is recommended to go twice annually for check-ups. Dental issues that go undetected and untreated can turn into major issues which is why this insurance benefit is seen as quite valuable.

  • Vision Insurance

As we get older, our eyesight begins to deteriorate. This can have a significant impact on our work. Even minor vision issues have been shown to slow work productivity by up to 20%, so this is an insurance benefit that can keep efficiency in the workplace high.

  • Life Insurance

The life insurance benefits companies offer is usually equal to a percentage of or equal to a year’s salary. This is the one benefit no one wants to cash in, but it is a considerable benefit to have some of those related costs be covered by the employer.

  • Short Term Disability & Long Term Disability

If you get hurt off the job and will need time off to recover, this is a benefit that will lessen the blow of not being able to work. Short term disability usually is offered for leaves lasting 3 months to a year and still offer around 70-80% of regular pay.

Long term disability can be offered for 1-3 years of leave with 60-75% of what you make. When you aren’t able to work, it can feel like you will lose control of your finances. This benefit from employers can make that seem much more manageable.

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.

The Skinny on Net Neutrality

Net neutrality has become a hot topic in the news in recent months as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai repealed a 2015 decision to change how the internet was handled on the federal level. While this issue affects every internet user, many in the public do not fully understand what has happened and what state the internet is currently in.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the concept that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data equally. Under net neutrality, ISPs cannot slow down, also known as throttling, or charge internet users differently based on how they use their data or what services they use online. The FCC is the official government body that oversees this issue.

For example, in 2004 The Madison River Communications Company was fined by the FCC for restricting access to the website of rival company Vonage. This demonstrates a violation of net neutrality because the company was not allowing their users unregulated access to all websites.

Legal History

As the internet began surging in popularity in the late 1990s and into the 2000s, it was largely an unregulated wild west where ISPs could provide whatever services they saw fit. By default, the internet fell under Title I of the Communications Act of 1934, classifying it under general provisions. This classification is what left most internet regulation to the free market.

This changed in 2010 when the FCC issued the FCC Open Internet Order. This set a standard of four net neutrality principles:

  • Transparency, meaning consumers have the right to know basic performance characteristics of their network
  • No blocking, meaning an ISP cannot block websites discriminately
  • A level playing field, meaning websites cannot pay for higher web speeds from ISPs
  • Network Management, meaning networks are still allowed to offer different tiers of internet speed that still follow the universality of net neutrality

These would be watched by an internet advisory committee to make sure ISPs were compliant.

In 2014, the U.S. court of appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of Verizon Wireless in a lawsuit against the FCC. The court found that the regulations under the Open Internet Order could not be applied to the internet because it was still under Title I. To enforce the provisions, the internet would need to be changed to be regulated under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, placing it under common carrier.

In 2015, the FCC made that change. By changing the internet’s classification to that of a public utility, the FCC could enforce their net neutrality regulations. The recent decision at the end of 2017 reversed that decision, causing the internet to revert back to Title I and leaving the majority of its regulation to ISPs. The internet is currently in the state it was prior to the 2015 decision.

Arguments for and against Net Neutrality

Supporters of net neutrality claim to want to ensure the FCC regulate the control of data ISPs have, maintain digital rights and freedoms for all, prevent blocking or throttling of certain websites (especially that of competitors), and ensure equal treatment on the internet for all.

Those against the regulations claim that they choke technological investments, deter competition by hindering the growth of small ISPs, and add unnecessary costs that are passed to the consumers that come from unnecessary regulation.

Conclusion

The internet is currently the same service we have immensely enjoyed the last couple decades. The internet did not come crashing down when these regulations were rolled away. Aspects of net neutrality still survive; the federal government is just much less able to regulate. It is now the responsibility of us as consumers to be cautious of internet service providers to ensure that the internet remain fair for all and that the level playing field be maintained.

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.

Sight Saving Still Shows 4 Years Later

Words from CEO Alisha Allen Gardner

My nephew, Phoenix, was born November of 2011 with terrible vision.  Through testing with Vizavance, formerly Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, we were able to get the right direction for Phoenix’s vision. Had we not done his screening and been diligent with his eye care, Phoenix would have gone blind in at least one eye by the time he was a teen.   Enjoy our journey video from 2014 and you can see from his picture below, Phoenix is all boy and excelling at life with great vision!

 

Easy Time Clock is a proud supporter of Vizavance! If you want more information on this sight saving program, check out their website at http://www.Vizavance.org

Best Practices: Managing Employer Health Insurance

In today’s working environment, offering a competitive employee benefit package is essential for companies who wish to recruit and retain high quality employees. However, it is also important that business owners control the costs associated with competitive healthcare packages. Business owners often experience difficulty settling on a package that offers the optimal balance of affordability and ambition. The following best practices will outline the ideal approaches for employers who wish to offer optimal healthcare packages to employees, while controlling the costs associated with those packages.

A Proactive Approach

The number of times that employees visit the doctor’s office is directly correlated with the cost associated with employer health insurance premiums. Employers can address this cost by encouraging employees to take a proactive approach toward their health. Employers can offer gym memberships or discounts on gym memberships, provide employees with healthy diet information or even provide healthy lunch options for employees.

Further, employers can address this issue within the structure of the healthcare package. Employers can limit the number of visits to health care providers that are not considered medical necessities. For instance, employers can limit the number of times that employees are eligible to visit chiropractors or other physical therapists within a given time frame. Addressing the structure of the package without altering the key coverage area standards allow employers to offer health care packages that adhere to the Affordable Care Act guidelines while still controlling cost.

Consumer Driven Health Plans

Many businesses are saving money by offering their employees consumer driven health plans (CDHP). CDHPs allow employees to maintain flexibility of their health coverage and shift much of the cost associate with employer health insurance to the employee. These plans are high deductible health plans with low premiums. Employees who choose these plans often pair the plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA). HSAs are savings accounts that employees, and their employers, make monthly contributions toward to pay for medical expenses.

The benefit of CDHPs with HSAs is that employees who take advantage of these options often give more consideration toward the treatment that they choose to receive. If employees are controlling the amount of money that they’re contributing to their medical care, they’ll be more considerate of the amount of money that they’re spending on treatment and, perhaps, more discerning.

By following these best practices, business owners can continue to recruit high quality employees by offering competitive healthcare packages and also controlling the costs associated with those packages.

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.