Budgeting and planning for success

It seems that time of year has crept up on us again and the responsibility of formulating and “fine tuning” budgets is weighing heavily on the shoulders of all the Senior Managers and Directors out there.

Some would say planning the 2016 budget, and adhering to it, so it can be easily monitored and maintained, is quite simple … it’s achieving, or exceeding, objectives that’s the real challenge.

In our experience, leaders and people in their organisations sometimes fail to see, and understand, that there is a direct link between how the team think and feel … and their performance. Fully understanding an organisation’s purpose and direction enables them to give their very best day in, day out – a recent survey cited that 83% of British employees who don’t have a clear understanding of the company purpose and direction would describe themselves as dis-engaged.

Apart from a clear direction, it seems that simple courtesy is missing in the workplace, as the same survey shared that less than 1 in 5 of employees received a verbal thank you from their managers in the last 12 months! Employees who feel valued and appreciated contribute 2 or 3 times more towards achieving or exceeding goals and objectives than those who don’t.

If this resonates with you, you need to ask yourself: “is winning the hearts and minds of your people an integral part of your budget for 2016?”. If it is, and it’s done properly, you can reap the benefits of improved performance and sales not only in 2016, but years to come, as quality organisations know employees who are valued and appreciated produce outstanding results and, like anything worthwhile, to achieve these results they need to give the managers and leaders the tools to create an “unstoppable” culture.

When an organisation within the manufacturing industry approached us they were falling short in terms of targets. After finishing their programme with us, however, they saw employees help them exceed their performance targets by 12%!

Changing the way people think and feel is specialist work – work for which we have become world renowned – and, when done effectively, causes seismic shifts in performance and results.

If you’d like a confidential discussion about how we can get your team set for 2016, and beyond, then contact us now on 01244 681068 or email us on tellmemore@sewells.com … you’ll be really glad you did.

PS: Our recent research shows six months after the leadership skills, 83% of employees are still engaged, that’s proof this “stuff” really does work!

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