• Tips for Introducing New Products to Your Colleagues

    Introduce New Products to Colleagues

    Innovation drives business, so as your business grows and thrives, new products will come into play. Whenever there’s a new product to launch, you’ll have to introduce it to your colleagues before you take it to the public. Using a few best practices, you can promote the success of your launch, while keeping your colleagues engaged and interested.

    • Make sure the innovation is relevant. Sometimes, companies make the mistake of coming up with something that doesn’t fill a preexisting need. Innovation for the sake of innovation is typically unsuccessful, so look for a problem that needs to be solved or a need that must be met, and create something to fill a void, rather than trying to create a market for something after the fact.
    • Be prepared with a promotional strategy that will grow your customer base and engage on social media. Before you introduce your new product to your colleagues, have a plan in place for introducing it to your customer base. Help others to see your vision by showing them how you will promote it. Ideally, you want to strike the right balance of traditional and social media marketing, so that each medium drives customers toward the other, and your return on investment comes from both directions.
    • Maintain engagement by keeping presentations brief. Think of it as a performance: start with something that will grab your audience’s attention, and find ways to hold that attention throughout your presentation. Get to the point quickly, and try not to let the presentation lag. Plan for interaction, and find ways to actively involve your colleagues in the process.
    • Welcome feedback. Don’t cling so tightly to your vision that you miss the opportunity to incorporate the ideas of others. Collaboration can be the key to success, and you’ll gain more support from your colleagues if you demonstrate to them that their ideas are valuable and their input is encouraged. Don’t wait for colleagues to volunteer information: plan part of your presentation around soliciting feedback to ensure that you have an understanding of your colleagues’ thoughts and ideas.

    Whether you’re launching a new product, providing employee training, hosting a convention, or holding a board meeting, you’ll find the facilities you need at Texas Training and Conference Centers. We’ve got spaces designed to accommodate public and private events and groups of any size, and all the latest technology to make your rollout or training class easy and effective. To learn more about the Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.

     

  • Five Successful Secrets to Keeping Employees Engaged

    Engaged Employees

    What makes a job a good job? Is it the salary? The benefits? Of course, compensation plays a large role in keeping employees happy, but more and more, experts are learning that the paycheck isn’t what keeps them engaged. Employees need to feel a connection to the company and to its mission. They need to feel heard and encouraged. What’s more, they need to understand what’s expected of them and receive feedback on their contribution to the company. With all of these factors necessary for job satisfaction, what can employers do to keep their employees engaged?

    1. Set clearly defined, attainable goals. In the short-term, make sure that employees know what’s expected of them, and find ways to successfully measure their effectiveness. Giving employees tasks that can be accomplished quickly gives them the confidence to reach for more achievement, and an atmosphere of support in confidence promotes engagement. Over the long-term, employees need to understand the company’s mission, in order to understand the purpose behind their work. Employees who are fully engaged in the company’s strategic vision are driven to pursue excellence because they understand that their successes are important to the overall mission.
    2. Provide the tools your employees need to succeed. Don’t assume each employee has the training, skills, and support necessary for success, but check in to find out what they’re lacking. Create a culture of learning in your business, encouraging employees to learn new skills and gain certifications, in an atmosphere of fun and productivity.
    3. Prioritize connection. Blend work and play in your workplace, using humor to keep employees happy and engaged. Employees who are happy, growing, and learning, they feel energized and encouraged. Create team building opportunities, and don’t be afraid to relate to your employees as a human being.
    4. Give feedback and incentives. Checking in with employees on a regular basis allows you to assess their progress and provide feedback on their performance. Training sessions, regular memos and email communications, and meetings can help you positively engage with your employees and let them know where they stand, how they’re succeeding, and what needs improvement. Along with clear and concise feedback, offer incentives to keep your team competitive and show appreciation for a job well done. Reward good work immediately, rather than waiting for a set time to recognize good work ethic, skilled performance or excellent results.
    5. Communicate effectively. Just as important as communicating well is communicating often. An environment of transparency encourages dedication, respect, and loyalty, and managers who are transparent and forthright, with good follow-through and an openness to the ideas of others will earn their employees’ trust. This trust leads to respect, and when employees respect their managers they can more successfully contribute to the shared mission.

    Sometimes, it helps to take your employees out of a familiar setting, in order to introduce new concepts or reinforce existing goals. Occasional off-site training gives you a chance to connect with your employees, get them engaged in planning and decision-making, and teach new skills to help them do their jobs better. Finding a place that’s comfortable and well-equipped, with advanced technology and superior support, can make a world of difference in the success of these offsite training sessions.

    At Texas Training and Conference Centers, we pride ourselves on the high-quality equipment and exceptional service you’ll find at our training facilities. Our computer labs and other spaces come equipped with internet accessibility, printers and fax machines, Wi-Fi setup, on-site tech support, full projection systems, workstations, whiteboards, and computers furnished with the most cutting edge technology, to ensure that your training event is a success. Soundproof rooms, continental breakfast, and optional catered lunches are just a few of the other ways we provide the little niceties that make a big difference for your event. To learn more about the computer specifications and other information about Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.