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How do you boost employee morale during a pandemic? Three tips are included for your success.

Have you ever accepted a position that you were eager to start and then on the first day you realized that there was little to no employee morale? You quickly realize that you made a mistake in your career move, but you want to help the company with morale prior to giving up? Here's how you can boost the morale of any company with support from upper management.

Tip #1 - Performance Reviews

A company that does not hold their managers responsible for annual performance reviews will leave employees wondering if they are valued and stuck in their position. They should not be reminding management that their anniversary is past, and they did not receive an annual review.

Keep track of your employees' anniversary dates and set your calendar reminder two weeks prior to that; this will allow you to prepare the review at a non-rushed pace with valuable content. Sedlacek Consulting can assist you with performance reviews as your HR Consultant in Lincoln, NE.

Tip #2 - Employee Appreciation

This can mean a number of things that you can do for your employees with multiple cost-points. Organize a bake sale and donate the profits to your employees' choice. Raffle tickets to the local movie theater once a month. Treat your employees to breakfast once a week of their choice. Throw a management served BBQ once a quarter. These have monetary attachment, but praise for a job well done is priceless.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." – Aristotle

Tip #3 - Keep Employees Engaged

What does this mean to you? Do you have touch-base meetings as a company? Level 10 or L-10 meetings by EOS to track accountability? Employees that are left alone for the duration of their employment will feel undervalued, bored and not motivated to do their best. Keep employees engaged by checking up on them and their job progress but more importantly, get to know them personally while keeping it professional. If an employee knows that you truly care, they are willing to produce a higher quality of work at a faster pace.

In Summary

Take great care of the employees that you have, because they are priceless. High quality employees are worth going the extra mile for in order to retain them. If there is no employee morale in a company, your new recruits will not last in your toxic environment -- leaving you with the unmotivated rookies that are there merely for the paycheck producing sub-standard work.

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How much markup should you be applying? Should this be a different markup for labor vs. materials?

Knowing how much your products cost is crucial to ensuring a proper markup on your ever-increasing products. that you are reselling. In order to maximize profitability, it is important to have a system that automatically applies the markup allocated; otherwise, you will be manually adjusting price increases all year.

Your material markup should not be as high as your labor markup. For example, if you sell a $5,000 HVAC unit, you would not want to apply a 150% markup due to price bidding. However, a HVAC installer's labor may be marked up by 150% due to the overhead attached to that installer.

If you are unsure if you are making money on all of your products and need assistance breaking down your profit (loss), please reach out to Sedlacek Consulting for a free estimate. We want to see you succeed and maximize your profits.

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Updated: May 11, 2022

Employee Status-Separation Form
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Are you documenting employee status changes and separations properly with a form such as this? Sedlacek Consulting is well versed in ensuring your business is following all of the proper steps when employee changes are made.

Employee status change forms are sometimes non-existent in businesses as they are not required; however, that usually leads to disorganized personnel and a large cost to the business. Verbal pay raises are in the past; status changes are needed for most employee changes in order to ensure a paper trail of who and why.

Do you need a form such as this example? Sedlacek Consulting can not only create a personalized document but we will train your management team on how these need to be properly filled out to keep the departments running smoothly.

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