Effective Refreshers for Employee Training

Everyone learns differently. Some just need to hear information to absorb it, while others require a visual aid or written notes. In any case, your employees will all adopt their own strategies during training sessions. But what about when a month or two passes between courses and you want to hold a random refresher, just to keep everyone on the same page and the business running smoothly? Finding some method that will be beneficial and appealing for everyone in the workplace can be difficult, but your employee training and tracking experts at Conductor have a few ideas to get you started. Game day While you might not normally think of using games as a learning exercise in the office, they can actually be quite effective in helping your employees hang onto vital information passed on during training sessions. A few great options for jogging someone’s memory include group crossword puzzles, hangman, or hosting a trivia challenge. You can even come up with a matching game using simple materials like Post-it notes as your cards. Another way to reinforce key concepts from training using a game is to have your employees do the legwork and come up with the activity themselves. Not only will they be participating, but they’ll have to know the correct answers and details in order to create a game that actually serves its purpose. As long as it helps keep your employees at the top of their game, a little play at work never hurt. Cheat sheets If you don’t have the time to organize a game or two, you can always craft a cheat sheet...

Bridging the Gap in a Multi-generational Office

The modern workplace is continually changing shape, and with more employees choosing to retire later in life, there’s a greater chance of capitalizing on the perks of a multi-generational office environment. But with this great opportunity for multiple perspectives, varying experience levels, and an endless supply of backgrounds and skill sets to draw from also comes the challenge of bridging multiple gaps between coworkers. So if you find yourself heading a team of professionals who all come from different generations, or even if you have just one outlier who happens to be older or younger than the rest, how do you ensure that everyone feels included and up-to-date on work-related matters? With an open mind and a few tweaks to your leadership style, it’s definitely possible, and your business will be the better for a more cohesive working team. Collaborations  In most industries, brainstorming sessions and collaborations are essential parts of getting a project off the ground. You can also use these to bring members of your team together to see how everyone contributes to the work, and therefore get the generations mingling and talking to one another. Things tend to get lost in translation over email or instant messenger, so try to have these activities carried out in person as often as possible with an open line of communication. Flexibility It’s easy to get stuck in your ways when a management style works. But when you’re working with people from different age groups, you’ll find that they respond in varying ways, too. If projects are taking longer than usual to complete, or maybe the quality of the work...

5 Leadership Skills that Help Boost Productivity

As a manager or senior member of the staff, you probably feel a lot of pressure to keep your team motivated and effective. After all, it’s your job to encourage productivity and make both the company and your employees the best they can be, all while doing your part to keep customers or clients happy and loyal to your business. So how do you pull off such a tough feat? It sounds daunting, but you already have the tools you need – otherwise, you wouldn’t be in a management position to start with. It’s time to call on your key skills and use them in a way that keeps your department running efficiently, and lets your employees feel valued in the workplace. To that end, we’ve pulled together five of the leadership skills you need to boost productivity and improve company culture all at the same time. Decisiveness You didn’t get to where you are without making a few tough calls. So when it comes time to be the tie-breaker, don’t hesitate. Your team needs to know that you can keep everything moving by removing the roadblocks, as it were. And when they know that you have their backs, and will support their work on your end, they’ll probably start being a little more decisive on theirs, too. An analytical mind While this skill may not be the one you think of when it comes to connecting with your employees, it’s the one you need to do your part in keeping the machine running. Creativity has its time and place, but as a manager, you deal more in the...

3 Myths About the Weekly Company Meeting

For most office environments, there are a few rituals that get everyone pumped up and happy to be working where they are: coffee in the breakroom, an end-of-week happy hour, staff lunches on special occasions, holiday parties. But, there are also the weekly to-do items that make everyone groan and drag their feet away from their desks, namely internal meetings. Whether it’s to make sure the departments all know what the others are doing that week, or checking in on a particular project, or going over the office budgets and processes, workplace meetings have a bad reputation for being dull and even sometimes wastes of time. The rumors don’t have to be true; in fact, in many cases they aren’t! If you want to improve the way your staff regroups, check out three of the more common myths about weekly company meetings and how you can help change your workplace’s perception of them. Myth #1: A manager always has to lead. If you’re in a leadership position, then you’ve probably been in a position where it felt like you were pulling teeth from your employees instead of asking for a little participation or feedback. So it seems perfectly natural to assume that you will have to be the one guiding all of the company meetings. If not you, then who else? Don’t give your employees so little credit – just because no one volunteers to lead the meeting doesn’t mean there isn’t anyone who could. Instead of making the weekly meetings a general overview of the business, extend the opportunity to one of the senior staff members of a...

How to Personalize a Larger Company

In today’s professional climate, there is no one-size-fits-all work environment. From the home office to a corner desk in the middle of some city’s downtown grind, employees can find a niche and excel at their work from just about anywhere – even from the comfort of their own homes! But that doesn’t mean that the larger companies or corporations have become a thing of the past. And with the rising interest in crafting company cultures to be more inclusive and accommodating, the pressure is on management to make even the widespread team feel like a close-knit unit. So if you work for one of those larger companies managing or operating within a team or department, what strategies can you use to help bring your coworkers together? Besides insightful training systems, Conductor has a few ways for you to bring the whole team up to speed and on the same page! Transparency In any type of work environment, or one that involves a team of colleagues bringing together pieces of a final product or design, it’s important that everyone has a say. Criticism should always be constructive and objective, and to give the best feedback, remaining transparent is key. When you give notes on an employee or coworker’s contribution, be sure to touch on both positives and negatives, and to keep an open mind if you’re engaging in an open conversation about the work with which you were presented. When your colleagues see that you’re willing to see all sides of the coin, and to adapt to a project’s unique parameters based on their interpretations, they’ll feel more appreciated and...