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The importance of time management

“It’s only a 5-minute job”.

A sentence many have heard time and time again from either a client, or even internally from a colleague.  The one sentence you dread to hear. But how long really does it take to complete a certain task or project? It’s sometimes hard to explain how long something can take, especially when it’s creative or technical. It may look from the outset that it’s a simple task, but the process can be longwinded and time consuming. I recently saw a video (which I will share later, so keep your eyes peeled) on LinkedIn that demonstrated the importance of recording your time and it made me think of how we can manage it better.

Justifying time spent on tasks or projects can be a difficult. It’s imperative to record your time whether you work for a company of 5 or 5,000. Attending meetings when actions haven’t been completed can be a nightmare, especially when you end up feeling like you haven’t succeeded in what you were ‘supposed’ to have done because other priorities have taken over, but how do you justify this? Managing expectations is essential, but being able to provide a valid time line for a task is imperative so clients can understand the work involved. You must also remember, clients can come in all forms. A client isn’t just someone who is paying the organization you’re working for. A client is also a work colleague who is relying on you for a task to be completed.

What’s the solution?

There is never enough time. Time is money. You’re also judged on time as an employee, or business. Delivering on time is essential if you want to gain a positive reputation, and retain your clients. Clients pay for time. If you can’t record your time accurately when billing, you’ll either get under paid, or clients may be charged more, and invoices questioned.

To resolve disputes regarding time, organizations should use a time management tool to record how long a project takes. Not only this, but by recording how long certain projects take can help in projecting costs and resource for future workloads. It can also make organisations understand where and when resource is needed, and where resource is being underutilised.

You may already have a solution for recording your time, but is it something that others can view and access? OrangeHRM has something quite exciting that may help in managing time just that little bit better. If you’re interested, let us know by emailing us.

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How to stay motivated in 2018

The new year is already moving pretty fast, and many of us will have already thought of how we want to improve this year. But how do you stay motivated to achieve success, especially at work? Here are 4 ways to help to stay motivated…

1.) Make a realistic list – making a list will give you guidance on what you would like to achieve per week, but lets be realistic, there’s no point putting 10 million items on a weekly list. If not completed will make you feel like you haven’t achieved your goals, because you’re setting unrealistic expectations. You not only have to set clients and colleagues expectations, but also your own. In order to be able to manage your task list, it’s probably easier to write one each day as well, dividing them up into more manageable chunks. At the end of each day, you can tick your completed items off which is not only rewarding, but it will give you a sense of accomplishment each day, and week.

2.) Take breaks – it’s really easy to start a new year with heaps of positivity and motivation. You could be raring to go on a specific project, and end up not leaving your desk for the entire day. If you end up doing this for the entire week, or longer you will end up feeling lethargic, unmotivated which in turn will lead to a decrease in productivity. Try and take at least 20 minutes during the day to leave your desk – get some fresh air, or even talk to a colleague.

3.) Start a new hobby or activity – why not start a club at work? Or do an after work run club for example? Having activitives outside of work will boost your productivity when you sit down and do your work. If your organization has an HR Management Solution such as OrangeHRM, they will have a community page, where you can advertise for team members, or share your 2018 ideas with the rest of your organization. Communicating with colleagues in this way will help build relationships, and also encourage others to join in.

4.) Set yourself a challenge – Having a goal at work will boost your motivation. Whether it is a small task, to take part in training or gain a promotion – this will not only be positive for your own self motivation and confidence, but it will also show your organization you want to grow and progress. Setting yourself a career pathway is a great way of managing your own personal development. Within most HR Management Solutions, employees have the ability to do this. Using OrangeHRM you can explore your personal development plan, and look at your objectives to see what you can work towards in this new year.

Motivation is something that is easy to want, but a challenge to keep unless you have a plan. How do you keep yourself motivated? And do they think technology can help in doing so? We’d love to hear your thoughts. If you’d like to find out more on how we can help your organization stay motivated by using our HR Management solution, please get in touch.

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Happy employees = Happy clients = Successful organization

Why does it matter if your employees are happy?

Before even thinking about your clients who generate revenue for your organization, your first client is your employee. Employees when feel valued, are your biggest asset. They are the face of your business, the individuals that sell your product or service, and are the voice that can either make or break a deal. But how do you ensure they are happy? Monetary rewards are sometimes not enough. Having an HR Management solution in place that tracks employees progress, feedback and encourages employee engagement is a must if you wish to ensure your employees keep those smiles on their faces :)

Happy employees mean:

Loyalty to the business – promoting a positive working environment will follow through when dealing with prospects and clients. They are more likely to want to work with you if your employees portray a positive attitude towards the business and what they are selling.

Talent retention - talent is the most sought-after asset, and in an ever-increasing competitive market, organizations struggle to not only attract talent but keep them. By keeping your employees happy, will ultimately mean retaining that much needed talent your business needs to survive – leading to…

Profit and reaching business objectives – if you have a talented happy workforce, innovative ideas will exude especially in a positive working environment. If your employees are disengaged, or feel undervalued, creativity and motivation will lack – affecting business profit and reaching those much important business objectives.

How to do this?

Offer consistent and continual feedback – all employees need feedback, constructive and continual comments on their projects. Using trackers or feedback tools within your HR solution provides employees the chance to continually feedback on other colleagues work, and these can be viewed at any point – and are especially useful when it comes to  the performance review. Not only this, but receiving positive feedback on work can lead to…

Motivation – employees need to know they have room to grow. They need the reassurance that if they want to progress, there is a plan in place for this to happen and you value them as an individual employee. Offering a career pathway for each of your employees offers a roadmap of where their career can lead to. Having a goal to achieve within a job role such as a client project is short term, but having longer term goals within a business in regard to personal development will motivate your employees to work harder, and help business grow.

Employee engagement – make them feel valued – Did you know that most employees leave their workplace because of their managers? Most employees stay due to their relationships they have with their colleagues. Offering a forum where employees can engage with each other regularly about work, but also personal achievements allows employees to grow relationships with colleagues they may not deal with daily, or in a global company, may have never met. For example: within OrangeHRM, there is a ‘Buzz’ community within the OrangeHRM system– where employees share photos, successful projects, videos and even #throwbackthursday.

Although this blog is only a snapshot of why happy employees make a happy business, there are many ways organizations can achieve this. If you’re interested to find out more about how OrangeHRM’s solution can encourage employee engagement and overall workforce happiness, we would love to speak to you, get in contact with us today here! Or if you have other ideas on how you manage positivity within your organization, please comment below.

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How do you know that your message is being communicated and read?

Following on from my previous blog ‘The importance of communication and real time feedback in the workplace ’ it made me think how else OrangeHRM help organizations manage and encourage employee communication. It also made me ask the question ‘how do we know that our messages are being read?’.

The situation
A new company policy has come into force and you need all employees to understand what it is. Sending out an email may fall on deaf ears or just get lost in the 1 million other items an employee may have in their inbox. How do you know for sure, and accurately your message will be read? Or what happens when a new starter joins?  They need to understand company procedures – do they have to read a lengthy paper brochure, which – they never end up getting to because other priorities take over?

Now there’s an easier way. We continually listen to our clients and understand what their unique requirements are, and constantly look at how our HR Management solution can help make their lives easier. And here’s how…

We have learnt that it’s important for organizations to be able to not only communicate effectively with their employees, but also have a record of who has, and who hasn’t received and read messages. Tools that can help track this information, and record data is a must have if you want to remain not only efficient, but compliant (especially if you’re an EU organization and complying with GDPR in the forthcoming months).

OrangeHRM provide an ‘acknowledgments’ tool that organizations can use to help record who is and who isn’t reading their communication. It’s as simple as a tick box, and automatically records this data into the system for employers to login and access quickly and easily when they are notified.

The importance of acknowledgments

Remain compliant
For organizations with staff in the EU, GDPR will be coming into force in 2018 (starting from 25th May 2018 to be precise). GDPR draws particular attention to the need to have employee consent for various aspects of data protection policies. Acknowledgments allow a quick and easy method to keep track of when employees have provided their consent with organizational policies and procedures.

Consistent and accurate communication
Organizations will be able to ensure messages are being read and that their workforce is all ‘on the same page’. Employers are also able to send specific messages to defined groups, such as individual departments, or groups of employees like new starters.

Simple, yet insightful reporting
The ability to access data quickly and easily is a must in any organization. Using acknowledgments mean the HR team can now report, for example, on the number of new starters that month who have read the company handbook and accepted the policies. It means organizations can be rest assured when it comes to audit time because these reports are easily accessible and exported when required.

How do you manage your communication and know that your messages are being read? Do you have a specific process in place? If you’re interested in learning more on how OrangeHRM can help you communicate effectively and remain compliant, talk to us or why not watch our video here on the Acknowledgment tool?

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The importance of communication and real-time feedback in the workplace

I recently read an article on LinkedIn regarding emoji’s in the workplace for communication. It made me think about how we communicate with our colleagues and clients.  The article suggested that using emoji’s ‘de-valued’ an employee’s worth or expertise, and that they should be carefully considered before communicating either internally or externally.

My argument – whilst working in a geographically disperse team, where I have only met two of my colleagues, we use many tools to communicate globally. Group messages, online chat, and our online community page ( company intranet)  through our HR software solution allows our global company to share not only company achievements, but personal stories and activities. We also use emojis in these stories regularly as it’s great to express emotions without a multitude of words.  Without emoji’s, photos, or continual feedback we are mere machines. Our emails are meaningless, and messaging may not come across as planned, especially when talking to employees or clients who do not speak your first language.

Whether you work in an organization that is globally disperse, or if you’re sat in an office 40 hours a week together, communication is key. Sometimes, employees are afraid to voice their opinion in a meeting or via email in case their message is ‘incorrect’ or worded wrongly. The ability to communicate and give real time feedback on a daily or monthly basis allows employees to feel not only that they have a voice, but their work is valued.

What has this got to do with HR solutions?

The article made me realize that our HR Solution encourages communication and feedback within teams. Not only do we have a company intranet where employee’s can login and see updates, which helps to bring individuals closer as a team, we also use ‘ trackers’ in our performance module. This is a great tool which allows for continuous feedback all year round. We can set it so the whole company can comment on each other, or just each other’s teams. This means when appraisals happen, there is collective feedback from the previous term which the employee can also see accumulating throughout the year. Whilst the Trackers do not allow for emoji, they certainly help to give us a stronger picture of an employees performance throughout the year, and another example of continuous communication.

If you’re interested in talking more about how our HR Management Solution can help communication between  your teams, and offer real time feedback for employees, please visit

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Incentives to Fight Worker Poaching and Promote Employee Engagement

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley 1 Comment

We discussed ways to improve employee engagement through company culture.  Companies with high employee engagement are more profitable, innovative, and enjoy greater employee loyalty—reducing turnover and labor poaching by competitors.

How damaging is poaching?  Very.

Poaching high-value employees is commonplace, especially in high-tech fields.  Tech giants Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe Systems were sued for conspiracy when they allegedly agreed not to poach talent from one another.  A federal judge gave preliminary approval to a settlement of $415 million to compensate engineers who lost promotion and compensation opportunities due to the secret agreement among companies.

In another high profile case involving poached tech talent, ride-sharing biggie Uber hired 40 top research scientists away from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) to build an autonomous automobile.  While Uber had earlier announced a partnership that allowed the company to benefit from NREC’s well-regarded robotics research team, the company went ahead and hired away the scientists, using vast investment funds to offer salaries NREC could not match.

Whatever your area of industrial specialty, it is a key HR function to oversee programs to retain top and trained staff.  Incentives are a time-honored way to increase job satisfaction and build loyalty to bolster against a potential brain drain as experienced by NREC.

Lucrative compensation, flexible scheduling, and bonus pay make a clear difference in convincing influencers in your company to remain.  But to many, money is not everything.  If the dollar figures are close, relationship matters.  Improve and nurture relationships with your talent through low-key but high-impact incentive programs.  Motivators include:

Recognize ideas:  Innovation is important in any field.  Whether it is a product design, or a new way to increase safety on the job, recognize efforts of workers who look around their workplace and find a way to do it better.  Offer conference opportunities to employees looking for networking and training opportunities.

Share the love:  Institute peer-to-peer recognition programs that allow and encourage employees to recognize the talents, moments, and efforts taken by fellow workers.

Support reality:  Integration of work-life balance is becoming increasingly important.  Steer clear of a company culture that prohibits workers from attending important events in the lives of children and family.  Plan company events that allow kids—and parents—to play.  Offer scheduling flexibility when able, and reach out with support when the unexpected happens.  More than money, people remember how employers behave during a family or other crises.

In addition to institutional incentive programs, try a flash rewards programs, or mobile gamification.  Offer gift cards, time off, employee recognition, redeemable tokens, travel or other unique incentives.

An engaged workforce is an intangible asset for any company with plans for longevity. Manage, inspire, and engage your human resource with the right culture, incentives, and recognition.

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Should You Be Thinking About Employee Engagement?

Posted in General  by Shaun Bradley 1 Comment

A recent survey revealed 70 percent of American workers are not engaged in their work, or workplace. As an HR professional, it is your job to recruit, on-board, and retain a high-quality workforce. What can you do to keep employee engagement—and retention—high?

In an update of its State of the American Workplace survey, Gallup found only about one-third of employees are satisfactorily engaged on the job. Although management and C-suite executives appear to have a higher level of engagement, a disengaged workforce means declining profit, reduced productivity, and increased employee turnover.

A comfortable company culture is a factor increasingly considered by potential hires. If your employee morale is low and turnover high, take steps to improve your workplace experience.

Before you hire a consultant to investigate and realign your environment, consider these simple—but meaningful—tips for effective workplace engagement:

  • Communicate the basics: Ensure employees, at all levels, understand the expectations of their job, introductions are made, necessary training is received and all on-boarding checkpoints are covered.
  • Reduce segregation: When managerial and regular workforce employees work in proximity, relationships are built, communication flows, and productivity usually follows. The cubicle environment of twenty years ago does not lend itself to innovation, or idea-sharing. When needed, be sure your working environment is designed to support team and group work.
  • Flexibility: Flexible schedules and remote work are fast becoming highly valued features in attracting and retaining valuable personnel. Mobile time and attendance management helps employees—and you—track time wherever your employee is deployed.
  • Authenticity: Not surprisingly, employees in all cohorts want to know their work is valued—and they are valued for the work they do. Entertainment giant, The Walt Disney Company laid off 250 skilled employees in October, 2014, after outsourcing their jobs to a managed service provider. Personnel laid off were given the opportunity to earn 10 percent severance pay to train their replacements. While Disney saves a bundle replacing highly skilled workers with immigrant outsource workers, the Magic Kingdom loses luster in the American workplace.
  • Effective HR management: HR personnel are usually the first and last point of contact for most employees. Through recruiting, training, scheduling, and professional development, ensure your on-boarding and off-boarding is smooth, welcoming, and in compliance with company and other regulations. A well-designed digital HR platform saves you time, money, and paper—while increasing employee engagement throughout their tenure with your company.

When companies are engaged with their workers, employees return that investment. Reduce turnover, and increase profit, by making the right hires—and keeping valued personnel aware of their importance to you. Should you be thinking about employee engagement? The answer is yes.

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