Working better means working smarter, and there are many ways to achieve this, from being more organized to learning valuable time-management skills. Additionally, today’s ever-advancing technology offers employees, managers and business owners a plethora of tools, resources and apps that are designed to help businesses work smarter in all areas, helping them to cut costs, improve productivity, save time, and improve communication.
Searching through the thousands of tools and apps to find the best ones for your business can be a trying, time-consuming, stressful tasks, which is why we’ve created this short list of tips and tools you might utilize and take advantage to transform your entire business into one that works smarter, from top to bottom. Using the tips and tools listed below will help you improve organization and subsequently increase productivity and profits within your small business. Continue reading
Sometimes the work day just flows naturally. Everything seems to be going your way; you’re thinking quick on your feet, checking tasks off left and right and making major progress on your most important projects. These are the days when you’re excited to get started in the morning and maybe even a little disappointed to leave at the end of the day.
Why can’t every workday be that perfect?
On other days, you feel like you’re fighting with a fog just to stay on task. You’re working slowly and beating down distractions like a game of whack-a-mole. What gives?
The answer may not lie with how you are working. Instead, it might actually involve what you’re doing when you’re not working. Rest — ranging from a mental recharge that might be as brief as 10 minutes to a full night’s sleep — is integral to a productive workday. Even if you’re already taking breaks and putting in your eight hours, you still have room to improve. Here’s how:
Take Better Breaks
If you’re not taking any breaks during your workday, now is the time to start. Expecting your brain to perform at peak level for eight hours straight is like trying to run a marathon without pacing yourself. You may be fine at first; you might even do a passable job for weeks or even months! But sooner or later, you’re going to burn out. What used to feel easy will feel insurmountable. Don’t let this happen; pace your workday with brain-refreshing breaks.
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.
Business profitability moves in a cyclical pattern. Typically, the first quarter of the New Year is the slowest, and is often the most difficult to survive, particularly for small businesses. It’s natural that sales taper off during this time of year – customers are recovering from their holiday spending, they’re preparing to pay Uncle Sam what they owe and the winter doldrums have set in as well. However, there are a few things that you can do to help ensure that you keep your business moving forward.
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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: Continue reading
Training new employees should never be the rudimentary process consisting of a used manual, a few words of encouragement and a “here ya go” send off. Whether your business has 10 employees or is a 1,000+ strong, the training methods should be oriented in a way that excites and enlightens, while being streamlined all the same.
Skills should be seasoned; regardless of how well-qualified a candidate is from the onset. And there are many ways to make the introductory training programs adaptable and accessible for each and every employee.
Here are a few tips towards achieving not just a well-trained employee, but gaining better perspective on your company’s productivity for the long run. Continue reading
BOO! Halloween is here! Time to break out festive decoration and the office candy jar. When decorating for the spooky season there are a few things to keep in mind. Although you may want to turn the office into a haunted house complete with ghouls and goblins, too much décor is probably not the way to go. Consider the following tips before you decorate the office. Continue reading
Whether your office is big or small there’s a good chance that you encounter daily office chatter. This can take place between people’s desks, in the break room or in the hallways. Although workplace comradery is generally encouraged, how much chatter is too much? What is the line between appropriate discussion and becoming a pair of chatty Kathy’s? Before you strike up conversation, consider the following questions: Continue reading