Six Ways to Reduce Waste in the Workplace

Six Ways to Reduce Waste in the WorkplaceIn recent years, large corporations are becoming more aware of the dwindling natural resources and are doing their part to conserve energy and reduce the amount of waste they produce. Intel has become the largest purchaser of green power in the United States are the company has greatly reduced the amount of energy used to run the business. Other popular companies like Kohl’s deparment store and Starbucks coffee have followed suit. If you want your company to be part of this environmentally-conscious movement, then follow these six steps to reduce waste in the workplace.

1. Stop Printing So Much

One of the most wasteful things that many companies do is excessive printing of documents. Not only does this waste paper, but it also wastes a lot of energy and ink. If you want to take an instant step to reduce waste in your workplace, then encourage everyone in the office to transmit documents electronically whenever possible. Many people print documents, read over them, and immediately shred of recycle them. This is an unnecessary use of paper. Only print what you actually have to have in paper form.

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4 Tips for Successfully Planning and Executing a Company Event

4 Tips for Successfully Planning and Executing a Company EventPlanning an event for your company can be tough work, and if you’re in charge of the entire event, you’re likely to be feeling some pressure to make the event perfect. Pulling off the perfect event is no easy task no matter how big or small your company is. As the event planner you have to consider every detail including where to hold the event, seating arrangements for the guests, what kind of food to serve, whether or not to serve alcohol, and many more odds and ends that need to be taken care of. No matter the occasion, with careful planning you can pull off an amazing event – creating a good name for your company, as well as for yourself.

Start Planning Early

The moment you know you are having an event, you should begin the planning process. The earlier you start, the more organized you can be and the more you can accomplish. Depending on the size of the party will greatly determine the length of which you should begin preparing. For smaller events with anywhere from 50-150 guests, consider beginning at least two months in advance. And for larger parties with the number of guests ranging from 150-300, or even more, six months in advance is the norm.

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5 Employee Productivity Hacks Every Workplace Can Benefit From Right Now

5 Employee Productivity Hacks Every Workplace Can Benefit From Right NowThe most important element to improving employee productivity in the workplace revolves around creating an atmosphere where an employee feels most at home. We recently noticed a huge upswing in small business owners embracing the start-up culture aesthetic – by this, we mean wearing flip flops to work, bringing pets along for the ride, and the controversial “work from home” policy. And truth be told, all of these definitely work in giving employee productivity the kick it needs. However, the most important element that business owners often overlook is the importance of ensuring that everyone gets along and here are a few hacks that can help workplaces out right now.

1) Setting The Thermostat At The Right Temperature

Nothing distracts an employee more than when others hover around them trying to fix the thermostat. For some, it may be too cold and for others it may be too hot. How do we set the right temperature? We recommend erring on the side of caution: research shows that when there is a cool atmosphere, employee productivity dramatically improves. Which means a business owner is better off creating a cooler atmosphere over a heated one, and recommending sweaters and blankets for employees who might find it too cold. This also means making sure the business has a working air conditioner and regular maintenance checks.

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7 Steps for Simple File Management

7 Steps for Simple File ManagementFile management may be one of the most mundane tasks when it comes to administrative duties, but properly organizing and storing documents and files will save a lot of time and manpower in the workplace. Occasionally you may need to retrieve a large number of files to check back on records if problems come up or to file a tax return, and being able to locate those files as soon as possible will help you to complete the task quickly and easily. The following tips will help you to effectively manage your files.

1) Keep Personal Expense Accounts Separate from Business Accounts

Personal expenses are not currently tax deductible, so you can save yourself time in the future if you keep all personal expense records separate. What exactly constitutes as a personal expense can sometimes fall into a grey zone, but an accountant should be able to help you out with extra advice.

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How to Shortlist the Right Candidates When Reviewing Resumes

How to Shortlist the Right Candidates When Reviewing ResumesHiring is an exhausting process, especially when you’re a small business owner. You don’t have a Human Resources department to do the legwork for you; instead all you’ve got is a small team that has to wear many hats while trying to expand.

You’ve got to write out a job posting, get it up on the right job boards and career sites, and then wait for the applicants to trickle in. Now more than ever, thanks to the internet, even small businesses can get hundreds of applicants for one role. So your life just got harder.

You already don’t have enough manpower to look through all of the applications, but just to hire someone new you need to spend hours reviewing resumes and conducting interviews to figure out who that “someone” is. That’s why you need to approach the hiring process like a recruiter looking for the right candidate.

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6 Things to Consider When Moving Into Your First Office

6 Things to Consider When Moving Into Your First OfficeFor any entrepreneur, moving into your business into its first office can be a daunting task, especially as there are a range of issues to keep in mind that can range anywhere from logistical to legal.

Any office relocation should be strategically planned and executed to prevent last-minute hurdles. This blog post will help you examine some of the crucial issues that come with moving and how to deal with them as well as access the following six areas.

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3 Home Office Design Tips to Help Keep You Productive

3 Home Office Design Tips to Help Keep You ProductiveWorking from home sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? You can sleep in late and come to “work” in your PJs. You don’t have to answer to anyone, and you can take as many breaks as you want. While all of these things are true (to some degree, anyway), there’s a price to pay for treating your home office more like home and less like an office. Often, the cost is decreased productivity. Sure, you should be comfortable, but you’re still running a business – be sure to keep the space around you reflecting that!

Keep a Dedicated Room – No Distractions

You should have a dedicated room for your office. Don’t use the living room or breakfast nook in the kitchen. A lot of people do this. It’s a huge mistake. Huge. Why? Because there are so many distractions around you.  Spouses, kids, and even normal household items like ticking clocks, pets, the temptation to turn on the TV while you work, and even the UPS delivery man stopping by periodically throughout the morning.

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How to Give Good Feedback

How to Give Good FeedbackGiving and receiving feedback is essential if you want your business and the people around you to evolve. Constructive feedback should be welcomed and if you’re tiptoeing around worrying about hurting somebody’s feelings, you’re probably doing it wrong.

The feedback process is definitely delicate and you need to be sensitive about how you project yourself. Done right, it can help the person become even better at what they do instead of sending them into a shame spiral of anxiety.

Why are you giving feedback?

One of the most important things you can do when giving feedback is to understand why you feel the need to give it.

Are you after a particular result? Is it for the benefit of the person you’re giving it to? Some people can get defensive when they’re receiving feedback so make sure you’re thinking about the end result and how it benefits the recipient. You can end up with a breakdown in the relationship if you’re giving feedback based on personal preference.

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How to Motivate Your Employees When Benefits Aren’t an Option

Employee motivationFor many employers, benefits are often relied on to retain the company’s most qualified employees; insurance packages and paid holiday/sick leave are ways to show workers that their hard work is time well spent, and it also helps a business hold onto their valued staff members as losing those benefits would be a major drawback for most individuals. However, not all companies are in a position where they can offer an extravagant benefits package; start-ups just starting out often lack the proper funding that would allow them to do so. If your business is in a similar boat but still wants to attract great talent, here are few ways to motivate your employees to stand by your company’s side.

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5 Easy Time Management Tips For Small Business Owners

Time Management Tips For Small Business OwnersWhen I first started developing my business I was not sure which way was up and which way was down. As I struggled with trying to figure out everything on my own, I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t have to be this way. As a matter of fact, small business owners can eliminate some of the hard work, simply by adjusting our schedules a little bit.

Depending on the size of your operation (for the sake of this argument we are going to say that it is not very big) you can apply a whole assortment of strategies to better utilize your free time. Why do I say free time? As an entrepreneur, you are in charge of your very own enterprise. And since that business is yours, it allows you the ability to explore different approaches to solve both mundane and specific problems at the workplace.  Here are a few of my tried and true tips on how make time management easy in doing so.

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