As a leader are you managing your team with metrics, standard scoring and standardized feedback? How’s that working out for you? Odds are low your employees are ready to rock if they are locked in a box full of must do’s with no escape plan to get out of the box. Lack of inspiration can be costly. According to Gallup in 2018 alone, estimates for the cost of poor management and lost productivity from employees in the U.S. who are not engaged or actively disengaged is somewhere between $960 billion and $1.2 trillion. Following are six motivational maneuvers to lower disengagement costs while raising the bar for employee productivity.
1. Train them. Whether you are onboarding a new employee or transferring an existing employee to a new department/project it is import to train them effectively. Does the employee know how to use the software? Are the project procedures highlighted in a clear and comprehensive manner? Take the time up front by making sure the employee has access to the tools, necessary passwords and contact information for reaching out to the proper manpower for assistance.
2. Provide the tools they will need to do their job effectively and efficiently. Different jobs require different tools to get the job done properly. Make sure equipment, software and resources are all up-to-date. Have additional funding available for outside training or online courses that will enhance employee knowledge.
3. Empower them. While a new hire may need oversight and guidance in the beginning, once they have their solid footing, allow them to provide input. Make sure the employee knows they have the freedom to act without getting permission to act. No one wants to be micro-managed.
4. Listen to them. Let your employee feel secure enough to voice their opinions. Team meetings should be a safe place to recommend changes, ideas or voice concerns. Not every concern or idea needs to be addressed or acted upon but the option to express oneself should always be available.
5. Consider their needs for a flexible schedule. For some employees the option to come in early so they can leave early to pick up their children from school is a huge factor in providing relief, thus allowing them to concentrate on work more completely. Allow your employee to work from home when they need to take their car in for repairs or to visit the doctor. If possible allow employees to work remotely one day a week or when weather conditions are poor.
6. Assign a mentor. A mentor is a resource the employee can feel safe reaching out to. A mentor can answer questions about how to best get the job done as well as how to strengthen one’s career path within the corporation.
Notice none of the tips require an increase in salary. Employees won’t work harder or longer just for the sake of it. There’s a quid pro quo and often it is not about money. So drop that stale performance review form and apply these tricks; you’ll see your employees jump through hoops to get the job done right, right on time.
No one likes to think about a chipped or damaged windshield. This is partly due to a misconception that any damage requires a windshield to be replaced and that insurance companies will refuse to cover the cost of the job. In actuality, windshield repair is often the solution to problems and not only is it reasonably priced, it is often covered in the comprehensive portion of auto insurance.
The biggest thing to remember when you’re dealing with a damaged windshield is to get your insurance company involved as soon as possible. Informing them right away that you have some damage, as well as how the damage happened, will help get the ball rolling as far as an estimate and repair work. Many insurance companies require that you use a certain company for the replacement or that you gather estimates from a few local businesses. Understanding their requirements will smooth the way to a relatively easy process.
Chips and small cracks, up to the size of a dollar bill, are prime candidates for windshield repair. Repair jobs can be done quickly and most companies now offer mobile repair units which can come to address the problem without upsetting your schedule. The repair is done by injecting a special epoxy into the crack or chip. This epoxy is formulated to be both strong and clear so that once it dries and if buffed it is nearly impossible to see where the damage had once been. The structural integrity of your windshield is never compromised by a repair done professionally with quality products.
Windshield replacement jobs are much more complicated and this is why so many insurance and windshield companies encourage drivers to get problems repaired quickly. The entire process for a windshield replacement can actually take up to a week since the windshield usually needs to be ordered in before work can even begin. Once the new windshield has been delivered, the old windshield must be removed and all of the seals need to be clean and checked and, in some cases, entirely replaced. Once the new windshield is in place the adhesive used to mount it needs plenty of time to dry. Thus curing process can take several hours or even as long as a full day. Once the adhesive has dried the entire windshield needs to be inspected for safety and authorized by a safety professional before the customer can drive away.
There are those who say do it yourself windshield repair kits are just as good as a job done by a trained professional. In fact, these home remedies – which range from using crazy glue or nail polish to buying kits available online – are not covered by insurance and should the process go wrong or result in further damage, you will be responsible for the cost of the entire job. Additionally, these fixes do not ensure that your windshield will be as strong as it would be if treated professionally and this can place both the driver and any passengers at risk in case of accident or if the chip or crack spreads and weakens the windshield as a whole. Quick fixes may be tempting to try but it’s a gamble that can end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in windshield replacement bills.