Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Loosing Employees before you get them

Once we had an employee that made it through our lengthy and though screening process only to never show up for work. Read the rest of the story here...http://mikestrawbridge.com/blog/2011/01/do-i-need-a-job-before-applying-for-a-loan/


Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dealing with Closed Minded employees

Sometimes getting your point across to your employees is tough. You may feel like the are resisting you and your ideas. But you must remember that you cannot control how your employees think. You can however control how you think and how you speak to them.

Steve Pavalina offers an excellent method of dealing with people who disagree with you taken from the example of Ben Franklin.

Read the article here:


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

How to create a safe and productive workplace

Many times it seems that the only way to create a safe workplace is to send every one home and close the doors. Potential hazards abound in all places where goods are produced and services are rendered.

Here are five simple steps for creating a safer and more productive work environment.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Try EFT for employee performance problems

One thing I have learned about EFT is to try it on everything.

If you don't know what EFT is then click here to go tot the main site and download the free EFT primer.

Basically EFT is tapping on certain acupressure points to relieve emotional pressure. Now you probably can't go tapping on your employees to get more performance. Taping employees is considered hostile in own modern world.

However the great secret in EFT lies in the fact that our outer world is a reflection of our inner world. If you wan tot improve the performance of your employees, then changing your own attitude will give them a real boost.

I know this is hard for some people to believe but my suggestion is to give it a try. I does not take long and it is totally free.

To learn how to apply EFT to areas of you life like making more money and improving relationships, see Carrol Tuttle's site. She has lots of interesting articles and Cd's that give a wide range of uses.

Last night I used something similar o her money clearing exercise and I got a spike in sales on one of my web sites today. I'd say it worked.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Getting employees to work together

This weekend I got a great lesson in how to work together to achieve a goal. For the complete story see: http://mikestrawbridge.com/jeep-offroad-harlan-ky.shtml

The lessons learned was that even a group of virtual strangers can pull together and achieve a goal if everyone knows what needs to be accomplished.

By focusing entirely on the goal of getting that last truck safely up the hill and then the group safely back to camp, this small band of adventurers was able to form a team that was able to accomplish the task at hand.

So in the working world, you can apply these lessons by making sure your employees know exactly what the task is. If they know exactly what needs to be accomplished they can pool their resources to accomplish what needs to be done by working together.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Safety Training, Workplace Safety

One of the best things you can do to improve the performance of your employees is to provide them with a safe working environment.

No employee can perform to his full potential if he fells unsafe. If he is constantly worried about getting hurt, sick or fired, he will not be completely focused on his job performance.

I have added a new section to my web site covering Workplace safety and Safety Training. I will be adding more references and resources so check back often

Also, if you need some custom designed safety procedures or just some ideas on how to keep your employees safe contact me to arrange a consulting agreement.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Your expectations of employee performance

Your employees will always respond to what you expect from them. Especially your negative thoughts.

If you are trying to improve your employee performance you must first work on your expectation of your employees.

If you expect your employees to steal from you, then you will find that you have an employee theft problem. If you expect them to be lazy, you will find some who are.

If you expect them to be late for work, just install a time clock and collect your evidence.

As a good manager, you should always consider potential problems and develop solutions to the problems before they develop. Don't waste your time worrying about what might happen because that is the surest way to create that problem.

Sometimes I wish it was not so easy to turn my thoughts into reality. Read more here...