• Easy Ways to Become a Better Leader

    It seems there’s always a new book, a new theory, or a new method out there to help people become better leaders. When it comes down to it, though, the things that make a good leader have been consistent throughout the ages. Do you know how to effectively lead your team? Put some of these time-honored tips to work for you.

    • Be positive. Smile! If you want to inspire those you lead, having an attitude of upbeat optimism will go a long way. When the members of your team see that you’re passionate about the work you’re doing, they’ll be more likely to care about helping you reach your goals. Show people you care about the work they’re doing and let them know you appreciate their contribution.
    • Communicate effectively. One-on-one communication with members of your group lets your people know you care about what they have to say. When people feel they’re being heard, and that their input is valued, they’re more likely to want to follow your lead.
    • Alleviate workplace stress. People often switch jobs because of work-related frustrations and stressors. Some of these issues can be easily solved by a leader who is paying attention and working to make the office a pleasant place to work. When you relieve your team members of stress, you’ll find you have less stress as well.
    • Reward achievement. Encourage your team members to contribute to the group by welcoming their ideas, letting them take part in decision making, and rewarding their problem-solving efforts. Help them to feel included, and provide recognition and rewards for achievements.
    • Encourage engagement. Work with your team to set goals, and foster creativity by encouraging them to express themselves and stretch their limits. Promote a sense of teamwork, and create a culture of connection, in which teammates are invested in each other’s success.
    • Promote growth and development. Give your people the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop their skills. Encourage cross-training, and give them the opportunity to learn new skills. Give them opportunities to challenge themselves and put their talents to use in a productive way. Take the time to provide training, taking them out of the office environment periodically and dedicating time to learning and development.

    If you’re looking for a place to hold training sessions that encourage employee growth, it’s important to find a location that’s equipped with the right technology and tools to facilitate learning. 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. For the past 18 years, we’ve provided exceptional service to businesses throughout Houston, and we have the expertise to help you make your event a success. To learn more about Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.

  • Why Employee Motivation Matters & How to Motivate Yours

    Whether you’re trying to recruit new talent, retain employees, or simply boost team morale, it all comes down to one thing: employee motivation. Motivated employees are engaged and engaging, productive and inspired. When people are happy in their work, it creates a ripple effect that’s felt throughout the company. The question is, how can you keep your team happy and motivated?

    • Create a culture of trust. Shifting into a leadership culture that’s more collaborative, trusting in the competence of your workforce, and viewing the workplace from a “we” perspective rather than “I” creates an environment that fosters high levels of performance. You can build trust by being honest with employees during difficult times, recognizing them for jobs well done, giving them the autonomy to structure their own work patterns and habits, and giving them a voice in their own job design. With a work environment in which they feel connected and trusted, where personal work relationships between colleagues are facilitated and team chemistry is valued, employees will enjoy their jobs more, have more empathy for their workmates, and experience less burnout.
    • Communicate Effectively. It’s human nature to want to be “in the know” and employees need complete information to help them make good decisions about their work. With that in mind, make sure to keep team members up to date not just with staff meetings, but with daily communication one-on-one. Encourage employees to come to you with questions, requests for support, ideas about their work, or information about progress on their projects. Encouraging communication between employees and company executives is also a good way to support motivation in the workplace. Talk to employees about work, but talk to them about important events in their personal lives as well, making it clear that you value them as people.
    • Prioritize People. Good leaders know how to balance employee engagement with company success, making it clear that people are more important than profits. This means that in times where cutbacks are necessary, you look for ways to cut areas that won’t directly impact your people. This gives employees a feeling of security, and when people feel supported by their company, they’re more likely to be motivated and engaged.
    • Offer employees the chance to self-manage. Employees who feel they have autonomy and independence are more likely to be engaged in and satisfied with their work. Create opportunities for employees to stretch and grow, taking on higher level responsibilities, heading up projects and committees. Provide the right framework for employees to excel, and they’ll rise to the challenge.
    • Provide opportunities for growth. When you create opportunities to develop their skills and abilities, it boosts morale and helps them to find meaning in their work. Help employees set goals for personal development and help them find opportunities to cross-train with other responsibilities. Invite staff members to important meetings, and take them to interesting and unusual events. Plan workshops and other educational opportunities outside of the office, in order to promote continuing education.

    If you’re looking for a place to hold training sessions that encourage employee growth, it’s important to find a location that’s equipped with the right technology and tools to facilitate learning. 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. For the past 18 years, we’ve provided exceptional service to businesses throughout Houston, and we have the expertise to help you make your event a success. To learn more about Texas Training and Conference Centers, call us at 832.982.1708 or contact us through our website.