6 Simple Ways to Motivate Your Team

You believe in your company wholeheartedly and work very hard for both – yourself and your company. However, that might not be the case for your employees or team members. Needless to say that, as a leader, you need proper team management skills in order to motivate your employees.

Sometimes, even best of the managers fail to motivate their teams to the fullest, thereby leading to a lot of conflicts and thereby hampering productivity in the long run. So it’s very essential to think out of the box and motivate your employees. And every manager should take it upon themselves to ensure that he or she is able to do this job with utmost perfection. So, what are the best ways to motivate your team members or employees? Here’s a look:

#1. Give them a purpose

Providing your employees with a good purpose, makes it much easier for them to be able to perform better in an office set up. Once a purpose is set up for them, they find a meaning towards contributing towards the larger measures of the company and works towards measuring them.

#2. Let them know you trust them

Another major factor that works towards motivating employees is the ‘trust’ factor. One of the essential team management skills happens to be the ability to trust your team members with the work assigned to them. A vote of confidence can go a long way in motivating your employees to a great extent and bring out the best in them.

#3. Maintain clear communications

Communication is the key to motivating your team members/employees. Good communication is rated as one of the best-known team management skills Use each and every opportunity to interact with your team members and you will eventually end up uncovering hundred different ways of being more productive at work.

#4. Appreciate and recognize team members

Understand that power comes in with a lot of responsibility. To be able to provide proper recognition and appreciation to your team members also falls under proper team management skills. Due appreciation and recognition for good work is highly essential in order to ensure proper performance of a team.

#5. Give everyone opportunities grow

As a leader, a manager has to give ample opportunities to grow to his or her team members. All professionals look forward to grow in their respective fields and if they do not get this opportunity, they tend to leave their jobs. Therefore, as a manager, do remember to offer them substantial scope for growth so that they continue to work in a particular organization for a long time.

#6. Make sure that the environment is good enough

Managers and leaders must excel in providing a good working environment for his or her team members. To be able to provide a good working environment to team members is also essentially a good team management skill which is in turn appreciated by all.

Becoming a manager might be easy, but being a true leader and motivating everyone is not an easy task. One needs to have proper leadership skills in order to ensure success.


Employer Branding Strategies: Predictions for 2017

While the war of talent continues to govern the world of recruitment, the dynamics have changed considerably. These days’ job seeking candidates hold the cards and are in a position to pick in which company do they work.

Therefore, it is no surprise that organizations need to focus on becoming the employer of choice by implementing concrete employer branding strategies. In trying times such as these, a strong employer branding is essential not only to attract new candidates but also to retain them.

What is employer branding?

According to Universum, an online Employer Branding Academy, “Employer branding is the process of promoting a company, or an organization, as the employer of choice to a desired target group, one which a company needs and wants to recruit and retain. The process facilitates the company’s ability in attracting, recruiting and retaining ideal employees – referred to as Top Talent in recruitment – and helps secure the achievement of the company’s business plan”.


Why employer branding is a necessity?

Employers cannot afford to fade into oblivion if they really want to attract and retain talent. Companies are now realizing how important it is to differentiate themselves from others in the market, with the help of a strong employer brand.

Employer branding strategy of an organization is a long-term effort that permeates every aspect of the employee lifecycle, including recruitment, onboarding, retention and engagement. The most important guiding principle is that companies must deliver what they promise.

Employer Branding Strategies: Predictions for 2017

The paragraphs below highlight five predictions in employer branding strategy for 2017.

#1. Employee branding and employee happiness go hand in hand

As mentioned earlier, that companies must deliver what they promise, organizations consider that having a place where one wants to work is one of the prerequisites for developing a strong employer branding strategy. So, it makes sense that every 9 out of 10 professionals felt that employee happiness and employer branding closely connected. It is suggested that before investing into improving your outer image as an employer of choice, try and focus on the internal domain. The factors comprising employee happiness, (culture, benefits, career growth, work-life balance), all contribute towards the development of a strong employer branding strategy.

#2. Employer branding will continue to rise as a business function

It might come as a surprise, but many organizations had ad-hoc employer branding strategies for years. However, the rules of the game are set to change in 2017. Employer branding is all set to become a proper business function and companies will be investing more in the development of employer branding strategies. On the whole, 2017 will witness the rise of employer branding as a discipline and organizations will be seen giving more importance to evolving employer branding strategies.

#3. Creating an employer branding content would be a challenge

In a survey conducted, it was revealed that one of the most challenging aspect of employer branding would be the content part. Most employers feel that creating employer branding content is a challenging task that definitely needs to be addressed in 2017. This makes sense because creating compelling content is not an easy feat.

Despite all these, a positive sign that looms large is that, most employers accepted that content marketing is an effective tool for their effective employer branding strategy. Needless to say that, 2017 would be a year for content in an organization’s employer branding policies.

#4. Candidate experience would be of significance in employer branding

From sourcing through applying, interviewing, making offers and finally onboarding – there are several aspects of candidate experience. One black spot on any of the above, can have an impact on an organization’s employer branding. 95% of professionals feel that candidate experience influences their brand value to a considerable extent. This trend would continue to remain steady in the coming year of 2017.

#5. Analytics would be vital for ROI in employer branding

Analytics is expected to be used for ROI in employer branding in 2017. Employers are of the opinion that employer branding analytics would be in demand in 2017 that would help in ROI on employer branding. Most employers are of the opinion that; you cannot improve what you don’t measure. Implementation of data can ensure proper decisions, and even fast-track performance when it’s effectively measured and analyzed.

In 2017, employer branding is all set to reinvent itself with employers all set to implement unique strategies.

Author Bio: A digital media strategist and a content marketer, Sampurna is passionate about writing and blogging. Working as a full-time professional writer for more than five years now, she has been lending her expertise to the online world by penning articles and blog posts on jobs and careers, HR tips and the recruitment industry. She also enjoys reading and travelling.





Top 5 Characteristics of HiPo Employees

As companies look to develop the next generation of leaders, it’s important to spot the difference between high performers, and those with high potential. The ability to meet or exceed performance goals is great, but performance doesn’t necessarily determine a great leader.

High potential (HiPo) employees in any organization comprise typically 5-8% of the total employee base and they always stand out in every situation, especially the ones that challenging.

Who are HiPos?

According to CEB, three major features define a HiPO. These include aspiration, ability and engagement. In a nutshell, a HiPo is an employee who has the ability, aspiration and engagement to rise and succeed in senior and critical positions within an organization.

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Characteristics of HiPo Employees

What are the characteristics that differentiate a HiPo from other employees? Here’s a look:

#1. Extremely proactive about their careers

HiPos are extremely proactive and are always on the lookout for new opportunities. They always seek ways and means to grab opportunities to be successful at work. They understand that acquiring new skills are a must in order to reach up to the next level.

#2. Always eager to learn

Instead of focusing on one particular area and specializing on it, HiPos choose to find ways to create values that can create an impact across the organization through their presence. Their adaptability to change, their ability to learn quickly and their willingness to develop others, often leads to new leadership roles and opportunities.

#3. Receptive to feedback and extremely adaptable

While high potential employees exhibit a lot of confidence, they are aware that they continuously need to sharpen the saw. They are not only receptive to feedback, but strive to use it toward self-improvement. The perceive feedback as a stepping stone to further their developments.

HiPos understand that adaptability is the key to survive in the workplace. They not only survive during times of uncertainty but also thrive by ensuring control over the situation.

#4. Committed to the organization

High potential employees are highly engaged, always want to do more and go that extra mile to see a future for themselves in the organization. They show commitment to the organization by being involved in identifying challenges, finding solutions, creating opportunities

#5. Assertive but humble

One of the best characteristic feature of a HiPo employees is that they are assertive as well as humble. They understand that assertiveness is the key that differentiates them, and ensures empathy and sense of purpose.

Author Bio: A digital media strategist and a content marketer, Sampurna is passionate about writing and blogging. Working as a full-time professional writer for more than five years now, she has been lending her expertise to the online world by penning articles and blog posts on jobs and careers, HR tips and the recruitment industry. She also enjoys reading and travelling.


Top 3 Small Business Startup Ideas for the Indian Market in 2017


India is the next business flashpoint after China. While the current demonetization by government has created much hullaballoo, nonetheless investors and businessmen are still keen on taking chance in this growing economy and making profit out of it.

India has already made its mark as a startup nation and  PM Narendra Modi’s initiative of Startup India has further augmented business goals of young entrepreneurs. Small business startup ideas have received recognition and are being implemented with the right actions.

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In a country that boasts of a huge population (1.34 billion, as of Nov. 2016), it is but obvious that business, if conducted in the right path, are bound to succeed. Of late, while in the technology domain, several startups have mushroomed, (especially in the e-commerce segment), other small business startup ideas do succeed to a great extent.

Explained below are a few small business startup ideas for 2017. Take a look.

#1. Real Estate Consultant

Investment amount: INR 25000

ROI: 1-year minimum

While currency ban has its effects on the real estate sector, business is expected to bloom as usual in the following year. To begin with a small business idea of real estate, you have to have a sound knowledge of the sector, current price trends and other associated stuff, related to real estate. You can end up charging a commission of either 1% or 2% and accordingly receive the profits.

#2. Fitness Centre/Spa/Gymnasium

Investment amount: INR 1 lakh to INR 2 lakhs

ROI: 1 or 2 years

The way today’s world is changing, health has become a huge business for all. Digitization has led to people becoming more stagnant (spending hours on their iPhone or laptop) leading to various diseases. This is precisely the reason why we find more and more people are hitting gymnasium and spa these days. Moreover, with the passage of time, young Indians have become more health conscious which is another reason to hit the gym or visit a spa on a regular basis. So, opening up a fitness centre or a spa can actually be a good idea, if you are thinking about launching a new small business startup, launching a fitness centre, a spa or a gymnasium can be a good idea.

#3. Tutoring Services/ Coaching Classes

Investment amount: INR 5000 to INR 7000

ROI: 6 months

If teaching comes to you naturally, then you may consider starting your own business of tutoring services or coaching classes. This is probably one of the most convenient small business ideas and returns are huge, that too within a short period of time. The best part is, you can start off pretty young. Even when you are in college, you can choose to teach high-school kids and make a rock solid income out of it.

On the other hand, you can choose to launch a full-fledged business and provide coaching classes. The trick to success is of course your talent in teaching and once you have established a name for yourself, you can end up earning in lakhs and lakhs per month.

Other small business startup ideas, include starting a tiffin service business, opting for franchise and multi-level-marketing of products or even starting a small restaurant. If you have a concrete business model in mind and succeed in implementing them properly, chances are that, your business will reap lot of benefits.

Author Bio: A digital media strategist and a content marketer, Sampurna is passionate about writing and blogging. Working as a full-time professional writer for more than five years now, she has been lending her expertise to the online world by penning articles and blog posts on jobs and careers, HR tips and the recruitment industry. She also enjoys reading and travelling.