They say that employees who feel appreciated perform better than those that don't.
But maybe the reason they are appreciated is that they are performing better.
Which came first, the appreciation or the performance?
As an employer, can we still appreciate the efforts of our employees, even if they aren't performing to our expectations?
That's a trick question. And a rhetorical one.
If your employee isn't performing to your expectations, don't get mad. First, consider your role in the breakdown.
Were your expectations clear?
No, really. Were they crystal clear?
We see people who are “overnight successes” or people who “made it big” with their careers. It seems like they just magically burst onto the scene without any prior effort. They got “lucky,” or they got “discovered.”
We believe in the prince charming effect. One day, you’re sitting around, minding your own business, and BAM! suddenly you are kissed by a prince and your rags are now evening gowns and you’ll never scrub another floor in your life.
Or, in a business sense, one day you’re sitting around, possessing this amazing talent or skill but not really spending much time on it, and BAM! someone calls you up and wants to pay you gobs of money to utilize your amazing talent or skill, and suddenly you’re rich and famous.
We do this with people who have great, amazing, envy-inducing artistic careers. But we don’t do this with athletes. We don’t look at LeBron or Serena and say “wow, what an overnight success!” because while we know they have amazing talent, we also know that they are training, and working, and putting their daily sweat into becoming the legends they are.
Now that you've written your annual plan, you're probably wondering how you're supposed to accomplish it all. Sure, you've broken everything down into daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, but your days are BUSY. You're creating products (or need/want to be), managing people, making sales (hopefully), filling orders, and generally just putting out metaphorical fires all. day. long.
But fear not! Thanks to modern technology, time-saving tools are literally at your fingertips. Here is the list of my top three ways to help you be more efficient, every day.
Last week we discussed our 2017. Did you spend some time with your Balance Sheet Comparison? Were you pleased with the results?
Last week we also answered these questions. If you’re just joining us, feel free to answer them now.
- What went well last year?
- What can be improved this year?
Now that review’s over, it’s time to set some SMART goals.
I’m not shouting. That’s an acronym.
I had good intentions.
On December 5 I wrote all of my Hattie Rex newsletter emails for the remainder of the year. It was more emails than normal because it's Christmas, and during the time of the year that you make more sales than any other time, you send out more emails than you send out any other time. I was prepared. I was being proactive.
Knowing that my marketing emails were scheduled (and segmented, too!) made me feel relieved and empowered. The rest of the month I could focus on other necessary items and allow me to leave for my vacation knowing that I had done the work ahead of time, so now I could play.
The only way to improve your performance is to be aware of your weaknesses. I know that my sense of direction is poor, so I try to put systems in place to help myself out. When I'm in a new city (also my hometown), I use Google Maps to take me where I need to go. I don't blindly start driving and assume that I'll land at my destination. I've proven to everyone that I can't even go to the bathroom alone without getting lost.
So why do we do that with business? Why do we start with an idea and an Etsy shop (or FB page, or whatever) and expect that in a year or so we'll suddenly end up with a successful career without committing to a plan on how to get there? Without even making a plan on how to get there?