Do you want to increase employee engagement and ownership in your organization?

One of the challenges Plant Managers face is to how to connect employees to the business so they can see how they impact the overall performance.
 
Visuant®, built especially for manufacturing plants, is a simple and inexpensive software tool that gives leaders a detailed look at their entire business.   Visuant® can quickly aggregate data, show where the “hot spots” are and where to focus your attention.
 
Dynamic charts, graphs and dashboards provide the data to answer the question “Are we winning or losing?”
 
Teams are required to take action against underperforming metrics to demonstrate accountability and engagement.
 
No other manufacturing software links corrective actions to red metrics.
 
Organizations such as 3M, Rust-oleum, Rockline Industries use Visuant® for daily and weekly operations.
 
If you are interested in making your organizational data visual, holding employees accountable and driving better business results, we recommend a 20-minute web demo to see how Visuant® can improve your organization. Learn more here.
 
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5 Tips to Improve Employee Engagement

 

5 Tips to Improve Employee Engagement

An astounding 70% of U.S. workers are either not engaged or are actively disengaged, according to a recent survey by Gallup. These actively disengaged employees are emotionally disconnected from their companies and as a result are less productive, negatively influence coworkers and more likely to miss work.

To engage employees means to have them recognize that they benefit from the success of the organization. Once they consider themselves partners in the organization, they will become better employees.  

Here are five tips to improve employee engagement in your organization:

  1. Communicate Expectations Clearly and Consistently – Let employees know the vision of the organization, as well as your goals and expectation.
  2. Listen to the Needs of Employees – Act upon employee concern whenever possible. If you cannot, then let the employee know why.  This demonstrates that you take the employee’s concern seriously even if you cannot implement a policy to address the concern.
  3. Give Feedback on a Regular Basis – This is an opportunity to update your employees of their performance; but in order to motivate, offer more positives than negatives.
  4. Maintain Positive Employee Relationships – Employees work harder for their superiors when they have a good rapport with them.
  5. Invest in Employees – Whether you provide them with the latest technology to make their work easier or provide them with training opportunities to build upon their skills, demonstrate your dedication to them.

 

Engaged employees care about the future of the organization and are willing to invest their time and abilities into the success of the organization.  

Contact us here for more information on how you can improve your employee engagement. 

Engage Your Team with Productive Meetings

To enhance and encourage a culture of engagement, try implementing the following 5 tips at your next meeting:

  1. If you are the team’s formal leader and facilitating the meeting, stop! Changing the facilitator role from the team leader to another team member can create a different dynamic for team effectiveness and participation without limiting the role and authority a leader has to drive business results and engagement. 
  2. Rotate and distribute other meeting roles to encourage more participation and engagement in the meeting process by all meeting participants.
  3. Require preparation for the meeting to include pre-written or typed speaking points and adherence to utilizing pre-read material when necessary for timely discussion.
  4. Establish the expectation that meeting participants will speak for themselves to include status of actions, performance against metrics, etc.
  5. Be mindful of and work to overcome tacit group dynamics imbedded in the work climate, such as employee longevity, titles, physical choice of meeting seats, etc. which may impact participation/engagement in a meeting setting.

For more information on how to improve employee engagement and make your meetings more productive, visit our Meeting Misery page.

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Is Your Team Winning or Losing?

How would your employees answer this question: Is your team winning or losing?

In many companies, employees have very little, if any knowledge, about the basics of business performance in their area, division or overall company. What this leads to is employees not being able to understand if the business unit is winning or losing or how they contribute to the overall success of the organization.

Part of the reason for this disconnect is many organizations focus solely on financial performance to measure success. This is only part of the picture!

Business Metrics or Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are designed to give organizations the ability to make the critical and timely decisions needed to advance the business forward.

To accomplish this, not only should a robust metric system align with the strategic pillars of the organization (i.e. Safety, Cost, Productivity, People, etc.…), but also link with a structured accountability and communication process. These processes are integrated to give an organization the opportunity to not only monitor how the business is performing, but allows the leaders to take control and drive results. By linking to strategic objectives, a business scorecard system tactically deploys strategic initiatives throughout the organization.

If you are looking for scorecard examples to help you get on the right track to success, we have free examples available.

Visit our Scorecard Examples page and choose examples relative to your industry.

The Keys to Drive Accountability [Infographic]

How can you implement a culture of accountability?

Applying the philosophy is more practical than you may think. When used in your weekly staff meetings, your Action Register tool becomes the focal point and driving force in communication with your colleagues.

Additionally, Action Registers used in concert with a scorecard provides each employee with a visible and meaningful connection to the success of the organization. This creates an environment for employees to see how their daily, tactical activities provide meaning and “roll up” contribution to the strategic success of your business. Here are 5 keys to drive accountability in your organization:

Using our Process Based Leadership® methodology and training programs, CSI develops non-negotiable business processes around communication, business focus, expectations and performance. The result is a sustainable culture of shared accountability.

Download your free Action Register Template here.

Contact us for more information on how to implement Process Based Leadership® in your organization. 

Engage Your Team!

Shift from a Leader Driven Meeting to a Team Driven Meeting

To enhance and encourage a culture of engagement, shift from a leader driven meeting to a team driven meeting by implementing the following tips:

  • If you are the team’s formal leader and facilitating the meeting, stop! Changing the facilitator role from the team leader to another team member can create a different dynamic for team effectiveness and participation without limiting the role and authority a leader has to drive business results and engagement. 
  • Rotate and distribute other meeting roles to encourage more participation and engagement in the meeting process by all meeting participants.
  • Require preparation for the meeting to include pre-written or typed speaking points and adherence to utilizing pre-read material when necessary for timely discussion.
  • Establish the expectation that meeting participants will speak for themselves to include status of actions, performance against metrics, etc.
  • Be mindful of and work to overcome tacit group dynamics imbedded in the work climate, such as employee longevity, titles, physical choice of meeting seats, etc. which may impact participation/engagement in a meeting setting.

For more tips on effective meetings visit our Meeting Misery: Meeting Makeover Edition

 

How to Connect & Engage ALL Employees

How to Connect & Engage ALL Employees

Did you know that on average only 4% of problems are known to top managers, while 100% of problems are known to front-line employees. There is a huge disparage of important information between employee levels that is critical to running a business. Problems can’t be solved unless everyone knows the issues and what part they play in the solution. 

There is a tool that can connect and engage all employees while driving continuous improvement. What is this magic bullet? Area Information Centers (AICs). Many organizations have this Low Tech/High Touch Solution in place to increase focus, urgency and accountability. AICs are whiteboards that contain important information for moving the business forward. Here are some elements to consider for your Area Information Center:

The Weekly Plan with visible data collection of the current week’s activities

Team Scorecard that is color-coded red and green so you can immediately see performance trends

Current Projects and Project Prioritization Matrix

General Action Items that contain actions, persons responsible and due dates. 

When implementing your AIC, make sure your whiteboards set in a location where the work is performed. The information needs to be visible to all employees in a centrally located, easy accessible area. You should also use a standard format that is easy to understand and consistent. 

The most important part of the Area Information center is that it is sustained and maintained through the shared responsibilities of the team members. Everyone should have ownership and participate in the data provided on the AIC. Want to learn more about AICs and how they can improve your business? Contact us at info@csipbl.com

 

 

 

 

3 Tips to Transform the Culture of Your Workplace

 

3 Tips to Transform the Culture of Your Workplace

Inconsistent leadership practices within an organization can be one of the worst morale busters for your workforce.   Striving for consistency in your leadership practices can have a transformational effect on your workplace culture.

  1. Make Your Best Practices Accessible – The first step is to document your best practices. Spend some time at your regular management team meeting reviewing key policies with everyone on your team and ask for a commitment to upholding the policies in a fair and consistent manner.
  2. Let Go of Past Habits – Everyone needs take ownership of how things were handled (or not) in the past. There need to be clear communication about how things will be handled from now on.  Let your workforce know why the change is important.
  3. Strengthen Your Management Team – Team members will be more willing to support each other in making good decisions when they are confident that they are all being held accountable to the same standards and that they are all working from the same set of operating procedures.

Contact us here for more information on how you can improve your culture. 

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5 Tips to Engage Your Employees

 

5 Tips to Engage Your Employees

“If you are only doing what you are getting paid for, and doing it no better than the average employee, then your pay is most likely right where it should be.”  Bo Bennett

To engage employees means to have them recognize that they benefit from the success of the organization. Once they consider themselves partners in the organization, they will become better employees.  

 

  1. Communicate Expectations Clearly and Consistently – Let employees know the vision of the organization, as well as your goals and expectation.
  2. Listen to the Needs of Employees – Act upon employee concern whenever possible. If you cannot, then let the employee know why.  This demonstrates that you take the employee’s concern seriously even if you cannot implement a policy to address the concern.
  3. Give Feedback on a Regular Basis – This is an opportunity to update your employees of their performance; but in order to motivate, offer more positives than negatives.
  4. Maintain Positive Employee Relationships – Employees work harder for their superiors when they have a good rapport with them.
  5. Invest in Employees – Whether you provide them with the latest technology to make their work easier or provide them with training opportunities to build upon their skills, demonstrate your dedication to them.

 

Engaged employees care about the future of the organization and are willing to invest their discretionary effort into the success of the organization.  

Contact us here for more information on how you can improve your employee engagement. 

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Business Bootcamp Webinar | December 7th

Business Bootcamp Webinar:

How Successful Organizations are Increasing  Engagement, Execution, and Earnings

December 7th at 2:00pm EST (60 minutes)

Participate in a leadership forum to learn how to drive employee engagement, redefine organizational accountability, and deliver bottom-line business results.

Without non-negotiable systems, organizational leaders will never be able to truly “Transform the Business.”  The ability to collectively harmonize often disparate functions and colleagues into a cohesive team tasked with driving and sustaining clarity of communication, connectivity and ownership of the metrics, and consistency of the daily rhythm of execution is no longer optional.  This session will challenge attendees to examine their current operating system and team functionality, while providing proven and practical solutions for improvement:

  •     ALIGN your organization with shared direction, engagement, and commitment
  •     IDENTIFY practical and effective methods to connect a multigenerational and multicultural workforce
  •     USE the right metrics and GET RID of the wrong ones
  •     SPEND less time in meetings and more time running the business
  •     LEARN proven accountability strategies and how to make them effective and sustainable

Contact Us Here to Register

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