Occupational or work-related stress is something most of us have to face each day in some way or form. Heavy workloads, extra hours spent in the office, or even taking work home, and the pressure of impending deadlines can push us closer to the edge. Did you know that absences from work attributed to stress multiplied between 1995 and 2004, and that most heart attacks occur on Mondays.
People can get stressed on work for variety of reasons that may include their job roles, tasks that require more time spent on the job, bad interpersonal relationships within the team, poor management style from those in charge, environmental factors or career concerns, like job insecurity. These stressors lead to a less satisfied and ultimately less productive workforce.
It is important to take stress seriously and to try to find a way to alleviate stress that suits you best. Here are a few simple techniques that can help you to relax and focus better.
Here at MyCorp we’re always happy to see businesses succeed and love to hear about the keys to their success, which more often than not includes making good decisions and repeating them in the days, months, and years to come for the company. As we wrap up the end of the year, today we interviewed 13 business experts to get their feedback on the best business decision they made in 2013 – and how they plan on repeating it in 2014.
1. “The best business decision I made in 2013 was joining EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization), a global business network of about 9,500 business owners with a very personal flavor. It’s something I’ll definitely stick with for 2014. I am a partner in a 13-year-old boutique advertising agency in New Jersey, and we have reached a steady size and comfort level, but we know we can be more. EO has a unique component called the ‘Forum,’ which is a small group of 6-10 business owners from different disciplines. Forums meet monthly and grow very close, which among other things enables them to serve as a de facto board of directors. Forum members hold each other accountable for business and personal goals, provide feedback and insight, share experiences and sometimes just offer emotional support. The monthly influx of ideas and enthusiasm is invaluable, especially for an entrepreneur like myself who started a business with professional experience but without business training. In addition to the Forum experience, EO holds learning, inspirational and just outright fun events that continuously sharpen the tools I need to be a more effective leader in my company.”
- Adam Schnitzler, Chief Creative Officer, The S3 Agency
2. “Outsourcing is the best decision I’ll remake. Outsourcing web development and SEO this year freed up time to explore other investment opportunities and meet with prospective clients. I’ll continue to invest in outsourcing in 2014 as a means to be able to focus on activities that allow us to continue to grow our business efficiently.”
- Michael Lallana, CEO, Mila Venture Group
It is not uncommon for businesses to feel overwhelmed when trying to create an effective brand. There are so many factors that play a role in your brand’s growth that it might seem like there are too many little things to worry about in the process before you get to the more important areas. But never fear – focusing on these five things will help you stay on track when it comes to your brand.
1. Get a Logo Design
Having a logo design created is one of the first and most important tasks you should focus on when developing your brand. The logo will be the face of your business and will either stick in consumers’ minds or be easily forgotten. Work with a professional designer to come up with a design that will speak to your target audience and represent your brand well. Continue reading
As small business owners become increasingly uneasy about the removal of tax breaks, increased taxes and potential new costs for employee health care benefits, there are a plethora of articles cropping up everywhere on how to tighten the belt on the budget. Cutting costs on your insurance policies, voice and data plans, and credit card processing are always advised on the “to do” list and companies are often told to avoid cutting costs on customer service, marketing and employee perks.
These are all viable ideas, but they all miss the target. Instead of only concentrating on reducing expenses, why not focus on what you can do to shift your mindset over to increasing revenue? Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. Time to make your New Year’s resolution, or resolutions. Most of us make the usual resolutions, to lose weight, save money or go to church more frequently. Personal growth goals are certainly a great idea. However, what about resolutions you can make for your business? Taking a step back and evaluating your 2011 performance can help you move successfully forward into 2012. Here are a few tips to get you started.
If you have been thinking about starting a business, or starting another business, now is a great time to do so! Business typically picks up a great deal during the first of the year. Use this momentum to help you realize your dream of owning a small business. Take time during your holiday vacation to create a business plan. Talk to friends and other entrepreneurs who have gone through the process to help you get started. When you’re ready, give MyCorporation a call. We can help you incorporate your business making your entrepreneurial dream a reality! Continue reading
Wellness means being healthy in mind and body. We all know the importance of wellness in the office in that without it performance, productivity and our overall health suffers. Knowing this, the question then becomes, how do I keep myself balanced in the office? We get it, Sarah keeps changing the office thermostat, Marty slurps his coffee and Karen is constantly on the phone speaking at such a high volume the entire office can hear. Despite all of the distractions, it is important to find ways to stay focused and calm, providing stability for both your mind and body. Here are a few tips to remember to help you center your inner chi while at work. Continue reading