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Workflow Optimization: The Ultimate Guide to Process Improvement

McDonald’s is the master of workflow optimization.

They sell 2.36 billion hamburgers annually. While at college, I estimate I made at least 200,000 when I worked for them. Every one of those burgers was a process involving many tasks. In the kitchen, we had lots of processes. They were difficult to forget, and I’d often wake up shouting, “How many nuggets do you want?!”

McDonald’s processes are continually improved and optimized to be smoother and more efficient. I once discovered a technical – yet easy – process that saved me a lot of work. What was it? At the end of the article, I’ll tell you how I used a 5 step process to complete it.

In the meantime, let’s look at how Process Street can help optimize your workflows. To use workflow optimization, you need to know:

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How to Keep Your Flight-Risk Employees From Taking Off

How to Keep Your Flight-Risk Employees From Taking Off

25% of employees are at risk of leaving their job this month due to unhappiness at work. 

Not taking into consideration the financial, labor, and time resources required to replace a single employee, what would it cost to lose 1/4th of your workforce right now?

How quickly could you replace them?

More importantly: How quickly could you replace their unique knowledge and skills?

Probably not before the next 25% walked out the door. 

Sure, this is all a bit hyperbolic. That 25% is spread across companies and industries but it drives the point home.

Replacing even one employee isn’t cheap, quick, or easy. To rephrase my previous question: How many employees can you afford to lose per month?

No worries. Process Street has you covered. This post will go over everything you need to know (plus a few free templates) to keep those flight-risk employees grounded:

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6 Templates for Each Stage of the Employee Life Cycle for Long-Term Retention

A company is only as good as the employees it hires. We all know this, but let’s take it a step further.

The employee life cycle is the bloodline for any organization. You need to take proper care of your employees to reap success. To do this, you need to understand each stage of the employee life cycle and where your employee stands in it. 

When implemented correctly, effective employee life cycle management boosts long-term retention. Your employees are happy, so they remain longer and continue adding value to your business. 

That doesn’t mean this management is easy, though. That’s why, in this Process Street article, I’m taking you through each stage with a free template. 

Let’s dive right into it!

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How to Succeed with Human Resource Planning: A Step-By-Step Guide (+11 Free Templates)

Human resource planning

The term planning is imbecilic; everything can change tomorrow.

That was a quote made by a French manager, straight after the 1973 oil crisis.

He’s right, of course. Everything can change tomorrow. We’re living in a world where we see changes every day. Ground-breaking technology, product innovations, and medical breakthroughs.

But does that mean “planning is imbecilic” though?

The truth is that planning can be ineffective and damaging if it’s done badly.

Good planning, on the other hand, can minimize the uncertainty brought on by change.

Don’t believe me?

Take the 1911 race to the South Pole, for example. The race was between two explorers: Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott. They each had a similar amount of experience and were the same age. Both faced 1,400 miles of gale-force winds, blizzards, and minus temperatures on their expeditions.

Amundsen meticulously planned his trip for several years. Scott didn’t.

Guess which expedition tragically failed?

Amundsen was already sailing back to Norway when Scott’s team finally gave up hope.

So, now we’ve established that planning is sensible, and not ‘imbecilic’, let’s find out why human resource planning is one of the most valuable processes a company can follow.

To do this, I’ll cover:

Let’s get on with helping you to plan for success!
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The Pros & Cons of Flexible Work Models

Choosing the right flexible work model – and there are many these days – can be daunting – nay, terrifying, even.

There are a string of what-ifs to contend with and the experts can’t even seem to agree on whether flexible models are more productive than traditional ones. Even employees are divided on which they prefer, so you’re uncertainty is definitely warranted.

That’s okay: With a little creativity and the tips in this Process Street post, you’ll be able to make your work-life work well.

We’ll cover:

Let’s get right to it!

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Onboarding New Hires: The Early Intersection of Retention

HR Transform 2022

In early 2022 the Process Street team attended HR Transform at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

We had a great time hanging out with customers and touting the benefits of process over project management.

Our CEO also got to sit on a thrilling, standing room only, panel about employee onboarding.

The panel was headed up by Kevin Grossman of Talent Board.

The attendees were:

  • Vinay Patankar, CEO and Co-founder of Process Street.
  • Danielle Monaghan, VP Global Talent at Uber (now Google)
  • Greg Russell – Head of Talent at Snapdocs

The focus of the conversation was “prioritizing onboarding to help boost retention“.

Below we pulled out some of the most interested parts of the discussion:

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The Small HR Team Onboarding Guide (+6 Free Templates)

The Small HR Team Onboarding Guide (+6 Free Templates)

Smaller teams generally have lower capacity. If you have a small human resources team, you’ll know that already. You’ll also know retention is a big problem – and hits harder – when you have fewer HR employees (and less time).

This post explains how small HR teams can save time when onboarding. We’re built a bunch of custom HR templates for you to use. Learn how Process Street can make optimizing your small HR team a breeze. 

This article covers:

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Mentoring New Employees: The Secret To Reduced Churn?

Think back to a time when you stepped into unfamiliar territory. Can you remember how intimidating it was? That’s the dilemma each new employee faces. 

They need to acclimatize to a new culture, a new team, a new role, and new responsibilities. It’s daunting having to walk into an environment where everyone except you knows what they’re doing. 

Mentors are responsible for offering a support base for the new hire to get settled in their role quicker. These mentors use their past experiences to offer sound guidance, helping build the new employee’s confidence and skills from the get-go. 

Mentoring new employees happens during onboarding, but how can you make the most of it? In this Process Street post, I’m taking you through the mentoring program and how it can be your secret weapon to reduce new hire churn

Follow me to the mentoring machine! 

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How The Onboarding Revolution Can Prevent The Great Resignation Regret

The Great Resignation has sent top talent searching for a better work-life balance. The Remote Takeover has made the job market exciting because the talent pool is the widest it’s ever been. 

If you can’t give this migrating workforce the flexibility they want, you’re going to miss out on better productivity, improved well-being, and charged organizational performance: The Great Resignation Regret. 

It’s easy to see why you don’t want this opportunity passing you by. So, how can embracing the Onboarding Revolution help prevent this from happening? That’s what we’re looking at in this Process Street article: 

Let’s get down to business!

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Create a Knowledge Management System to Win Your Key Results

Knowledge management system

Business is forever changing and evolving. The things you need to do to stay up to date can be daunting. Yet, the alternative is falling by the wayside. This occurs when knowledge management is overlooked.

Plus, when 78% of millennial customers won’t give you a second chance, your day-to-day interactions count more than ever. That’s why you need a solid knowledge management system. 

Knowledge management is the only way to reliably manage the resources available to your team. It also helps everyone to perform to the best of their ability.

So, today on the Process Street blog, we’ll be covering:

Let’s get you on the road to improving your resources!

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