We define an engaged employee in three ways. And while I believe this definition still works, to help us all during these challenging times We’ve added a bit more detail as well as some things to keep in mind as you continue to focus on and drive employee engagement.
1. An engaged employee understands and believes in the direction of the company
An engaged employee understands the company’s direction, their purpose and mission, and believes in how they’re getting there through their company values.
In this new world of work, we need to ensure that we are continuing to drive the business and engagement through our purpose, mission and values, not casting them aside, but using and interpreting them in different ways to face new challenges.
Keep in mind…
Communication is critical
Communicating how your company is doing against your purpose and mission is critical in these times of uncertainty. It helps reduce fears and confusion, and at the same time, helps your employees understand how you’re continuing to drive your purpose and mission, which helps create some sense of stability.
And if anything changes, which it most certainly will, communicating in an open and honest way is even more critical. For example, if you’re putting a hold on recruitment, explain why you’re doing this, how it will support the business, and what it will mean to them personally. Don’t leave it to employees to guess and interpret, for most of the time they won’t get it right.
Continue to live your values
Your company values are what you’ve determined will help your employees and business succeed. So even in challenging times, it’s important to make sure that they remain prominent in how decisions are made and the behaviors that are expected in your leaders and your workforce.
There have been some lovely examples of how companies are living values such as care, integrity and respect in how they’ve adapted their people processes and policies.
2. An engaged employee understands how their role contributes to the success of the company
An engaged employee clearly understands how they personally contribute to the company and how they help it succeed. This is even more important now with roles and processes changing as businesses operate in different ways.
Keep in mind…
Address how roles are changing
Face it, all if not most roles will change in some way in the short-term. It’s important to address this now, having managers discuss and agree these changes with their employees, helping them clearly understand their new role and their new expectations. And since our businesses will continue to face change, it’s important that these conversations happen on an ongoing basis.
Continue with recognition
Recognition helps our employees feel appreciated and at the same time helps them understand how what they’ve done has helped the company succeed. So even in challenging times, recognition needs to continue as both your employees and business need it. And, as I always say, recognition doesn’t have to cost anything, so don’t feel that since you may have to pinch the pennies you no longer can recognize one another. Remember, a simple thank you costs absolutely nothing!
3. An engaged employee genuinely wants the company to succeed
An engaged employee will do what it takes to help the company succeed through not just hard work, but through innovative thoughts and ideas. This is even more important now, for new ways of work and new ideas are what will help our companies survive in these challenging times.
Keep in mind…
Focus on results
As many of our employees will be working from home, we need to encourage managers to clearly and openly agree and discuss milestones and results, stressing that these are how hard work is measured. This will not only keep everyone on track, but will add structure and remove some of the confusion and uncertainty which may pop up for many who are new to working (and managing) from home.
Share new ideas
Some of our people will easily come up with new ways of working, while others may struggle with this. We should encourage our teams to share new ideas, with us facilitating this throughout the organization. Get everyone excited and open to sharing, maybe even having competitions for the best new ideas.
We hope this has helped you as you continue your engagement journey on this new and bumpy path that we’ve all been led to. Let’s continue to share and care, for our employees, for our businesses, and for one another in the HR profession.
Great teams work together to accomplish great results. Every company in its unique characteristics can grow is teamwork is considered fundamental in the company development process. When workers of a company work together, the following will happen.
1. Fosters creativity and learning
Employees are particularly a bit fond of workplace creativity. Creativity inspires employees to thrive together and work together in a team. When the team has new ideas they can sit together to brainstorm ideas to create more effective solutions. It can be fun to be creative and more enjoyable to work for your company. Working together for a human is a more productive process than working in isolation. Teamwork also maximizes the chances of learning from each other experiences the things that you can use for the rest of your career.
2. Idea generation
Working together on a project will raise the enthusiasm for the whole team to bring out more ideas and foster both individual and team knowledge. The inspiration and ideas that can result from team discussions can never be replaced by any other method. When working in a team it also makes the ideas visible and tangible so everyone knows the efforts that you are making.
3. Share the workload
It can be sometimes a bit challenging for teams working together towards a common goal to perform up to the mark always. But sharing the workload on Project Management Software with a team will make things quite easy for the team. When working in a team, the team members can do the part they are good at and for what they are qualified and they enjoy doing. Using project management software, managers can assign work to each team member and the team can be more open to trying new things. Teamwork also allows for helping another team member to share the workload. When everyone is working towards the same goal, the amount of hard work is a lot more. So, a manager should always know the strengths of an employee and delegate the work in a team accordingly to ensure maximum efficiency and high-quality output.
4. Gaining a new perspective
When working in a team, people go through long discussions and group interactions that give them a chance to get a new perspective to analyze various situations. It gives a chance to look at things from an entirely new perspective. When you work in a team you get into different situations in your work culture that will get you to observe how the work is done. Teamwork simply makes you more open to different things and implies that you get new ideas and learn new things from other members of the team.
5. Makes work more fun
To live a work-life stress-free, what we need is a little fun at work. And teamwork will create a little more fun at work. Working in a team is inspiring, fun, and brings pleasure. It brings humor and promotes friendship. By making your work environment a happy place, you will automatically spur productivity and a positive attitude to work. Try team building activities like icebreaker activities, go out together on team lunch or dinner to boost team spirit, and bring about positive attitudes. Celebrate small wins and share your memories, encourage hobbies at work, and see how working in a team will make work more fun.
6. You get to play to your strengths
When working in a team there is a division of work in each member which allows them to focus on the skills they have and on whatever each individual believes they can handle. Team members will have the freedom to decide on which part they are comfortable to work and what they can swap with their colleagues. There is no stress as the work is distributed in a defined way and you can simply look into something you want to work with.
7. Brings in various personality types
Understanding the different psychological shapes and sizes of different people is another important part of teamwork. In teamwork, different people who excel in different areas can work together for a strong team-building… The whole team can benefit from the creative thinkers in the group and let the team be more productive. Each person can focus on something they are good at and their different personalities will build the right kind of workplace.
8. Better service
When talking about customer service, the company can have a huge benefit as the whole team will bring their best skills to provide a flawless service to customers. It also leaves a good impression on customers as they will build a better trust relationship with employees who demonstrate a strong work ethic. Teams that work well together will provide improved service and that will meet the needs of customers.
9. Boosts Productivity
Considering all of the above, shared workload, better service, gaining new perspective, idea generation, and more creativity, working with a team will boost productivity for the business on whole. With more hands-on-deck, productivity increase greatly.
10. Risk-taking can be a step
When it comes to bringing new business in it involves various steps that involve varied risk. So, when the employees are working in a team, it becomes pretty easy to take more risks for the entire business. Conversely, the success can be shared by the whole team producing revolutionary ideas without hesitation.
11. Strong work ethic and team spirit
The team is a way that demonstrates a strong work ethic and team spirit as everything goes in sync with the ethics of the company.
Taking over the benefits of working in a team, let’s promote a productive working style by bringing in teamwork. Teamwork is vital to the success of your business to produce some amazing results.
Have you been working for long hours recently? Do you feel the workload is heavy on you? Is your work not engaging or challenging? Are you battling with job insecurity and conflicts with co-workers or bosses? Take a pause and learn about the way out because this is a very serious issue that looks simple from the outside… -Work-related stress can cause a drop in work performance, depression, anxiety, and sleeping difficulties. REMEDIES -Take time to recharge. Give yourself a treat this weekend. Do something you have always love to do far away from the office work -Get some support. Accepting help from trusted friends and family members can improve your ability to manage stress -Adopt Healthily Habits. Eat a lot of fruits, drink a lot of water, exercise, and listen to soft and inspiring music. -Reactivate your motivation. Self-motivation is the ultimate when it comes to handling challenging tasks that end up stressing you up.
5 Reasons to Work with CDS Human Resources Ltd. as a Recruitment Partner in the Oil and Gas Industry in Africa (Cameroon)
The oil and gas industry is one of the most important sectors for Cameroon and other African Countries. We have been at the forefront of the sector for many years. Oil and Gas as one of the major industries supported by us, we provide our clients Oil and Gas manpower recruitment services in Cameroon and other African Countries with all their staffing needs under a single roof. We have a proven track record of successful placements of manpower across different profiles, ranging from experienced Project Managers to skilled labor in the Oil and Gas Industry in Cameroon. Below are 5 Reasons why you should consider CDS Human Resources Ltd. your Recruitment Partner in the Oil and Gas Industry in Africa (Cameroon) 1- We make it easy for you and we ensure you have staff on the ground in the country you want to do business. 2- We have experience working, and managing compliance with labor and immigration laws.
TIPS ON RECRUITING AN IDEAL ENGINEER FOR YOUR COMPANY The process of recruiting an engineer can be more daunting than one can envisage at first sight. However, knowing what it takes and following some key guidelines can make the task rewarding for a company. -You can make the task even easier if you contact and HR firm specializing in the recruitment of workers in the Engineering Industry like CDS Human Resources Ltd.
To better address this topic, we will be conversational and practical with examples and this conveys us to the question; IS A CANDIDATE WITH WORKING EXPERIENCE FROM MORE THAN 5 COMPANIES THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR A JOB? Looking at the question above, the answer seems to be an obvious YES! One may be fast to conclude that, the more experience a candidate has in a particular field the more he or she can be considered as the suitable candidate for a vacancy owing to the fact that, working experience is one of the key factors a hiring manager takes into consideration when recruiting. However, this question entails critical reasoning and analysis in line with the hiring objective of a particular company before an answer can be provided which must not certainly be a direct YES or a NO. PRACTICAL SCENARIO AND DETERMINING FACTORS Before diving into the foremost factors that will be taken into consideration to provide a binding answer to the question, let’s welcome you into the Recruitment Department of CDS Human Resources Ltd. Our intension is to illustrate to you a practical recruitment scenario and the bases upon which the company’s recruitment team resolves whether or not a candidate with working experience from more than 5 companies the best candidate for a job. CASE STUDY The recruitment Team of CDS Human Resources Ltd wants to recruit a Commercial Agent for a Company. Out of 730 Applications received, 3 candidates are shortlisted at the end of the rigorous pre-selection process. The first candidate has worked for 6 different companies within 13 years of a professional career. The second candidate has worked for 6 different companies for over 10 years. And the third candidate has worked for 5 companies over a period of 7 years. Inasmuch as the 3 candidates have worked for over 7 years for more than 5 companies, is it a major justification for their pre-selection? The answer is YES! However, it is a major justification but not enough as will be discussed further. JUSTIFICATIONS -For a Commercial Agent Job, the duration of service and working experience from similar companies in the same industry is inextricably linked to the performance of a commercial Agent on a new job. The working experience acquired from several companies by one commercial agent is an indication of his or her mastery of the sector and the market which is a prerequisite for success. – This does not mean if a candidate has less than 5 years of working experience and has served in 1 or 2 companies he or she cannot make a good Commercial Agent on a new job. -Others Factors far from working experience are taken into consideration when considering a candidate for a commercial job. When the candidate proves to be a goal-driven person, outspoken, defensive, dynamic, and fluent, he or she is considered as a choice for the position. A naturally curious person who is willing and able to go way beyond the ordinary wins a stamp of confidence from the recruitment team. -Also, since money is a very sensitive aspect within the Commercial sector, persons who are transparent and trustworthy are also taken into consideration. -A very crucial aspect that the recruitment team of CDS Human Resources Ltd uses as a backbone to draw final conclusions on a candidate’s profile is the results of the investigation carried out on the candidate. -The Investigation could be from the very obvious things that you can imagine like a background check on academic certificates, past employers, reputation, motive for leaving the previous jobs, to the very little things that you cannot imagine like the person’s favorite activity during the weekend and last thing he or she regularly does before going to sleep. All information gathered serves the team in knowing exactly what to expect from a candidate and how the candidate can handle a role. CONCLUSION It is important to note that, Every Job profile requires a different methodology in selecting the best candidate as such, a requirement that may so much matter for recruiting a Commercial Agent may not be at the center in recruiting a Lawyer or a UX, UI Designer. This is why, having full knowledge and understanding of recruitment concepts and procedures, CDS Human Resources Ltd is bent on going the extra mile to innovate and implement existing and new methodologies that help every client to have the best employees for every vacant post.
5 Major Tips for Employment and Career Development during this ‘Stay-at-Home’ period Quarantine, Isolation, social distancing, whichever of these is your reality due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, this is the time for your creativity to be at its peak. 1-Make a good CV for yourself: If you haven’t got a CV, this is the time to make one and if your CV is not up-to-date, go ahead and spend some time on it. 2- Learn more about Job Search Techniques: Knowing where and how to look for job will make the process of job search easier for you when you need one. Research on all job portals that often publish jobs in your domain and make it a duty to receive job alerts from them on a weekly basis. This will make your job search swift for you after COVID-19. 3-Apply for online Jobs, Volunteer programs and other openings:
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 many online jobs and volunteering opportunities and grant programs have been open to the public. This is the time to serve your nation and mankind through several UN and other Volunteering opportunities out there. 4- Take Free Online Courses and Certification Programs:
Nothing is holding you back now! You are at home and you have more time for yourself. Use this time and take courses online and improve on your professional knowledge in your field of work. 5- Learn a new skill:
There are a lot of things you can learn during this stay-at-home period. You can try acquiring basic or profound knowledge in something you have never done before: Why not try blogging, video editing, graphic designing, using a new App, using Microsoft excel or writing a book. These skills will serve as additional value when the world become busy again and you take up on your job or another.
What Employees must do to successfully work from home in Cameroon? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a period of working from home is becoming increasingly inevitable for many companies. For a number of employees, the experience is not only new, but it’s also puzzling. Nevertheless, the supreme flexibility of the working situation cannot be denied but to succeed in completing daily tasks as an employee, the following measures have to be taken into consideration -Self Discipline: Employees must be conscious of the overall company goal and what they must do to achieve it. This means that every employee must know his or her daily objective and ensure it is attained under little or no online supervision from hierarchy. -Do not consider confinement as annual leave: So far, workers in Cameroon are falling into the temptation of considering this period of confinement as rest period. It is the first time in the world’s history work routines have been interfered by a pandemic and most workers of Cameroon are taking the opportunity to carry out more of personal duties than company work. Create an office Space in your home: An office space in your home could be in the kitchen; the bed room; study room or the sitting room: It is any space that will permit you preserve office materials and your laptop such that your kids or other family members have direct access to it without your permission. -Dress for work: Make a deliberate effort to dress for work daily. It will keep your working mood activated and you will look presentable whenever you have taken a conference call or attend a meeting online. -Give feedback to your hierarchy on work done: This deliberate effort of communicating or giving account on work accomplished will make you conscious of accomplishing your work every working day.
10 Steps Employers Should Take to Maintain a Safe Workplace in the Face of a Public Health Emergency (COVID-19 OUTBREAK)
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is spreading rapidly across the globe. Accordingly, employers should keep track of rapidly emerging developments and consider taking the 10 steps discussed below in order to maintain a safe workplace and to reassure their employees that management is appropriately monitoring and responding to the situation. Having a carefully coordinated and well-thought-out approach to the coronavirus should help mitigate risks for employers while reducing many employee concerns.
- Educate Your Workforce and Communicate Regularly with Employees
Employers should communicate openly and often with the workforce so that employees have the information they need to help keep themselves educated and updated about the coronavirus. Communicating regularly with your employees regarding company policies and procedures related to good hygiene, business travel, quarantines, working remotely, safety precautions and screening visitors is an effective method to demonstrate to your workforce that you are monitoring the situation and working to keep everyone healthy and safe. Soliciting direct input and suggestions from your employees, particularly on hygiene issues in your specific workplace, may help further reduce the risks of transmission of the virus. Regular communication helps not only to educate employees on best practices in the workplace but also to dispel myths and unfounded rumors, about the coronavirus itself and its potential impact on the workplace. In addition, employers that do not communicate with their employees may be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as ill-prepared to handle the outbreak and uncaring about the well-being of their employees. Such employers may also experience a greater number of potentially unnecessary employee absences. Employers should communicate in as many ways as possible, depending on their technical proficiency (e.g., global email, voicemail, text, phone tree, etc.).
- Monitor Developments on a Daily Basis
The coronavirus situation is highly fluid. Both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) frequently update the information on coronavirus on their websites.
- Appoint a Cross-Functional Coronavirus Emergency Management Team
Unlike weather-related crises, which often permit businesses to engage in some level of advance preparation, the coronavirus has the power to disrupt business operations significantly and without any warning. Employers need to be prepared to act quickly if the coronavirus enters their specific workplace. Consequently, employers should appoint a central point of contact and cross-functional emergency management team (“EMT”) to address all of the issues arising from the coronavirus outbreak in the workplace, including employee health and safety; internal and external messaging; medical and sick leaves; workers’ compensation; short-term disability. Where feasible, the EMT likely should include, at minimum, representatives of the HR, communications, IT, and legal departments.
- Reinforce Good Hygiene Practices and Take Related Safety Precautions
Employers should remind employees to take basic preventive measures and safety precautions that may help to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus or spreading it in the workplace, including; Frequently washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol; Avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth; Covering sneezes or coughs with tissues, if possible, or else with a sleeve or shoulder; Avoiding close contact with people who are sick; Staying home when sick; and Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects. To facilitate these practices, employers should ensure that they maintain adequate supplies in the workplace, including tissues, soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, and hand wipes. Encouraging good hygiene practices extends beyond employees themselves. Employers that rely on staffing services for contingent or temporary employees should ensure that those services are taking appropriate precautions for workers sent to the employers’ premises. Employers should also review their cleaning operations to ensure that frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, elevator buttons, phones, keyboards, workstations, and countertops are routinely disinfected.
- Actively Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home and Immediately Send Sick Employees Home
Consistent with CDC guidance, employers should actively encourage employees to stay home if they are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, and to remain home until they are free of a fever, signs of a fever or other symptoms for at least 24 hours. This is especially important for employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness. In fact, CDC guidance specifically recommends that employers send home immediately any employees who appear to have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness. As a practical matter, employers who show flexibility with sick leave and attendance policies may facilitate more transparency by employees about their health. This, in turn, can help reduce the risk of exposure among the broader workforce. For example, employees who have exhausted their sick leave may be reluctant to disclose symptoms of coronavirus and/or miss work for fear that missing additional time will jeopardize their employment. Further, because medical providers may be busier than usual as a result of the coronavirus, employers may desire to be more flexible with employees about when employees must provide certification of a medical condition that renders them unable to work.
- Suspend or Limit Business Travel
Employers should consider prohibiting or strictly limiting business travel to countries and regions that pose a high risk of transmission of coronavirus. In that regard, the CDC has established geographic risk stratification criteria in order to issue travel health notices and guidance for public health management decisions about potential travel-related exposure to the coronavirus In the event employees refuse to travel for work, employers should consult with counsel before taking any steps, particularly if a group of employees jointly makes such a request, as the employer’s response should be tailored to the specific circumstances.
- Quarantine Potentially Exposed Employees, Even if They Do Not Exhibit Symptoms
When deciding whether to quarantine any employees and when dealing with employees required by governmental authorities to be quarantined, employers may need to address how to compensate such employees, particularly those who cannot work remotely during the quarantine period. Generally, subject to any contractual obligations that an employer may have, employers are permitted to require employees to use paid time off, provided that they do not work during that time. As the coronavirus spreads, employers may also encounter an increasing number of employees who wish to self-quarantine or self-isolate to protect themselves from workplace exposure to the virus. To the extent employers have the flexibility to allow employees who wish to self-quarantine to do so, that may go a long way to show support for employees in an obviously stressful and evolving situation; however, not all employers have this flexibility, and they also have to focus on keeping their businesses operating.
- Consider Having Non-Essential Employees Work Remotely
In the digital age, it may be possible for employers to encourage many employees whose presence in the workplace is not essential to work remotely. Employers should consider the security risks of allowing employees to work remotely and should also take steps to provide IT support and equipment for employees who may be able to work remotely but have not historically done so. Employers should also ensure that they have a mechanism in place to ensure that such employees are paid for all hours worked, particularly with respect to nonexempt employees, and that they are provided or reimbursed for all necessary work-related expenses in accordance with applicable laws. Employers may well see increases in absenteeism in certain locations, particularly if schools remain closed for periods of time and employees have young children. Employers should consider whether cross-training essential job functions among employees may help to alleviate the effects of increased absenteeism.
- Be Mindful of the Interplay between Sick Leave Laws, Policies, and Workers’ Compensation
When dealing with the coronavirus, as with any instance of employee illness, employers should keep in mind that many different laws and policies may be implicated. If an employee communicates that he or she or an immediate family member has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, the employer generally should follow its existing sick leave, medical and other leave and workers’ compensation policies.
- Screen Visitors to the Workplace
Employers have a duty to protect visitors to the workplace from hazards that are not open and obvious. If an employer is aware of known cases of coronavirus infection among its employees, the employer may have an obligation to notify visitors. By the same token, visitors to the workplace, including vendors and delivery persons, should be screened for exposure to or symptoms of coronavirus and should be excluded from the workplace if they exhibit symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK: MANAGEMENT OF CDS HUMAN RESOURCES LTD DISTRIBUTES HAND SANITIZERS TO KEEP ALL WORKERS SAFE
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK: MANAGEMENT OF CDS HUMAN RESOURCES LTD DISTRIBUTES HAND SANITIZERS TO KEEP ALL WORKERS SAFE Globally, as of March 17, 2020, 184,037 persons have been tested positive for COVID- 19, 79,927 recovered and 7,182 total confirmed deaths due to CORONAVIRUS (Last updated: Worldometer Last updated: March 17, 2020, 10:15 GMT). As of the 12 of March 2020, there are 147 confirmed cases in Africa in 15 countries, and four COVID-19-related deaths (Statistics from WHO). 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Cameroon by the Minister of Public Health MANAOUDA Malachie. The steady increase of victims of the deadly virus has called for an increase in preventive measures. In Super Markets, Hotels, Shops, and Cinema Halls, users are obliged to use hand sanitizers and/or wash their hands at all entry and exit points. CDS Human Resources Ltd, one of the leading Manpower Supply Companies in Cameroon, Central, and West Africa is taking stringent measures to ensure the protection of all its workers (Internal and External) from the wild spreading CORONAVIRUS. This Monday, March 16, 2020, the Management Team of CDS HR Ltd and its Health Consultant have distributed hand sanitizers to all its staff and sent to all external staff on the company’s payroll system working for other companies. Two hand-washing points have been installed at the office headquarters in Douala so that visitors and staff can properly wash their hands with soup before interacting with each other. Workers have been advised to keep a distance of at least 1 meter when conversing with each other or any guest who visits the office premises. These measures the general manager insists, are not to stigmatize one another but to ensure that all persons around the premises of CDS Human Resources Ltd stay Safe from the deadly COVID-I9. CDS Human Resources Ltd is calling on all companies to take similar measures so that their workers can be safe; for a healthy worker is a profitable worker.