For small business owners, what’s the biggest challenge when it comes to running an organization? It’s not innovating new ideas, developing creative marketing campaigns, or even selling products. The single biggest challenge is managing human capital. In other words, it comes down to hiring and leading the right people. (more…)
As fall is quickly approaching, all of the kids are headed back to school! Similarly, small businesses are also getting back to work after summer vacation. The summer is often filled with employee vacations, varying schedules, and shorter work weeks, but now that we’re headed into fall and the holidays are just around the corner, it’s time to get back to business.
We asked our small business experts how they’re getting back to work after a summer of fun. Here are our favorite answers: (more…)
Incentive travel can help to motivate employees and increase productivity. Many people often struggle to understand what incentive travel programs are, and how they work. The idea of an incentive travel program is that you reward employees for reaching specific goals that are set, by sending them off on a vacation for meeting those goals. (more…)
If you’re the leader of a small business, you’re probably an exceptionally focused person. No doubt you’re keen to draw maximum value from your most expensive resource – your employees. After all, if you can get each individual to produce exceptional results, your employees will benefit from an environment that’s highly profitable and full of opportunities. It’s a win-win! (more…)
The 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.
Many businesses are still struggling to find their way after the recent economic downturn. Some want to offer better perks to their employees since they cannot yet justify big bonuses and long-term salary bumps. It leaves small businesses thinking outside of the proverbial box to look for ways to show appreciation for their hardworking employees without breaking the bank in the process and turning to additional perks in the workplace is usually the answer. These are just a few great incentives businesses of any size can adopt and make their own.
Nobody likes going to work in a bare office with white walls, formal cubicles, and no hint of refreshing or energizing colors in sight. Some people decorate their desks, but desk decorations can’t convey an overall atmosphere of productivity or positivity throughout the entire office. When you’re renovating or buying an office, you need to be able to consider the importance of interior design.
There are many advantages to focusing on interior design when you design an office. You will create a productive, efficient atmosphere and help keep employee morale up. You want your office to be the kind of place people look forward to going on Monday morning, after all.
Guidant Financial’s 8th annual Office Olympics were celebrated this past week. It’s an event that consistently brings our teams together by promoting intra-company friendships through healthy competition and some ridiculousness.
This year’s theme, “Time After Time” covered some of the most famous eras of our past, present and future. Each day, a new challenge was brought to the table for a chance to win points. The top three teams with the most points at the end of the week were awarded with gold, silver, and bronze medals (as well as Amazon.com gift cards).
Day 1: Tango of Time
On day one, after the opening ceremonies, the competition kicked off with Tango of Time, also known as musical chairs. Choosing one valiant member from each team, nine individuals went head-to-head as the sound system belted out tunes themed to “time.” Teams also had a chance to earn spirit and style points, which lead to some creative dancing and intense cheering.
Running a business involves juggling so many moving parts—and so much stuff—that keeping track of everything can seem like a full time job of its own. But there’s much more to operating a well-stocked office than simply having enough desks, chairs and computers for everyone.
From cleaning supplies for the break room to foot rests for each desk, from paper towels and toilet paper for the bathroom to pens and printer cartridges, running out of certain items can have a ripple effect on employee productivity, motivation, morale and even retention!
Here—in no particular order—are the top 5 business supplies to never, ever forget: (more…)