This is a post originally shared by our partner, The Jeff Havens Company, on jeffhavens.com here.
It’s finally happening. After over a year of living with some quite unexpected and unprecedented constraints, the world is finally, slowly opening back up. Whether we return to a fully open state tomorrow or several months from now – and also regardless of whether you think it should have happened yesterday or should be put off until tomorrow – it is happening. The long-awaited return to normal is coming.
But as a million others have already said, “normal” won’t exactly be normal right away. Whatever the post-pandemic future looks like, there will be an adjustment period between the way we operate now and the way we’ll operate then. How we handle that adjustment is going to be a big deal.
So, to that end, here are a few things to keep in mind as you, your family, and your business begin to work their way toward the bigger and busier world we’ve kept in the closet for the last year.
So, you’re sick of videoconferences. You’re not alone. Healthy percentages of us – between 25% – 35%, depending on which survey you read – are zoning out on calls, or doing other things, or simply staring at the wall and waiting to hear our names so that we can say, “Uh-huh” or “I agree” and then hope that what we agreed to is actually something we agree with. It’s also physically exhausting to stare at a screen, looking at people’s noses or cheeks and wondering why nobody ever looks you in the eyes, which is when you remember that you need to look at your camera and not at the giant heads on your screen. That tends to work for about 15 seconds, and then you’re right back at the screen where nobody is quite looking at anyone. Then there’s the people who forget to mute their microphones, the camera switching every time someone coughs, the….
The best-run, best-performing companies aren’t just groups of people working toward financial gain. Top organizations are driven by a vision that reaches all levels and departments. Uniting around this kind of purpose and elevating your own business’s operations may seem daunting, but there are tools to help you take these steps. Among these tools are training materials directly dealing with company vision.
Using employee training to boost the most consequential areas of your business is an eternally relevant strategy, and it can be easier to get started than you may assume. Rather than committing to long seminars or classes, you can use a digital learning platform to give your team members access to targeted microlearning content, quick-hit lessons that deliver immediately actionable takeaways.
One group that can benefit from this approach is your sales team. Each individual aspect of the selling process takes a slightly different set of competencies to handle effectively, and there are training courses aimed at every one of those concepts.
While there are numerous conditions on a construction job site that prove hazardous — and they are all worth protecting against via adequate equipment and employee training — a few risk factors stand out from the rest. These are the top causes of injury, the potentially fatal dangers every construction worker must look out for.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is especially emphatic about ensuring contractors protect their employees from the top four risks, sometimes known as the “Fatal Four.” When developing a safety training program, you should make sure these risks are covered.Continue reading →