Communication, Goal Setting, Planning

A New Year’s resolution is usually a decision to do something differently to bring about a positive change.  Therefore, many small business owners make several resolutions hoping they will make powerful changes in their businesses.

Here are a few possible resolutions you might want to make for 2018:

  • Manage cash flow more effectively.  If you’ve been unable to make enough capital to invest back into your business, or don’t understand the everyday finances of your business, this is a good resolution for you.
  • Increase (or improve) your marketing plan.  Update your website, create a database of all those business cards sitting on your desk, or start an automated email marketing campaign.  It’s time to market your business better in 2018.
  • Become more productive.  If you often waste time on social media or find yourself getting easily distracted and off-track, take steps to become more productive in 2018.
  • Grow your team.  Having more work than you can handle is great for business, but you will need to grow your team.  Don’t try and wear all the hats.  Start bringing in others to help out.
  • Communicate better.  Issues often arise because of misunderstandings due to poor communication.  Help focus on becoming better at communicating with your team.

It’s time to make your 2018 resolutions and create a plan for putting them into action.  Are you ready?

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Appreciation, Goal Setting, Planning

Believe it or not, there are just 4 weeks left in 2017.  It’s always beneficial to start off the New Year fresh.  So, it’s important to wrap up all those loose ends entering into 2018.  And with the holidays approaching, and all the stress it can bring, don’t put off all these tasks.  Try and do them throughout the month, so you can free less stressed during the holidays.

Here are some wrap-up suggestions to finish by Dec. 31st:

  • Start by making a list.  You can’t check things off your list if you haven’t made one.  Include projects you are working on, those that need to be completed, and those that carry over into the New Year.  A list will give you a clear idea of where you are and where you’re headed.
  • Check those documents.  Make sure you have submitted all invoices and expense reports.  Organize, file, and purge any old documents to close out the year.  Get that pile of papers off your desk so you can start the New Year ready to move forward.
  • Reflect on accomplishments.  Take some time to give yourself credit for any accomplishments this year.  Many changes could have had a positive impact on your employees and your business.  Be proud of yourself and remember to set new goals in the New Year.

When you choose your new path (goals) for your business for 2018, make sure they are realistic and attainable.  Choose goals that will help you grow, improve your skills, enhance your career, benefit your business, engage your employees, and make everyone happy!

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Goal Setting, Leadership, Management, Teamwork

The countdown to the holidays can be exciting and stressful, especially at the workplace.  The holiday spirit usually brings energy, creativity, and motivation to employees.  But, managers often have a hard time keeping their team members on task.

The end of the year comes with completion of big projects or milestones, which can be motivating yet difficult.  So, it’s important for managers to have compassion and know that the holidays are part of an emotional season.

Here are a few ways to keep your team going throughout the holiday season:

  1. Celebrate Success – with phone calls, thank you cards, through emails, and through positive reinforcement.
  2. Set Goals – to keep your team members productive and on track.
  3. Encourage Time Off – make sure your employees know that it’s important for them to spend time with loved ones, to have something to look forward to, to recharge their batteries.
  4. Schedule Regular Meetings – keep everyone in the loop, that way they feel important and are less likely to resist authority.
  5. Create an Enjoyable Environment – make sure to create an atmosphere of acceptance, unity, and friendship.  Employees will become more motivated in a positive workplace.

While holidays are hectic, and business is still going on, it’s extremely beneficial to make sure your employees are happy, healthy, and look forward to coming back in the new year.  Productive team members make for great business!

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Appreciation, Communication, Planning, Success

Regardless of where you work, there is always the stress of the holiday season.  That’s why it’s important for both employers and employees to make it a priority to relieve stress, in order to create a comfortable, successful environment.

Here are a few ways to relieve stress during the holidays:

  1. Make time for exercise.  Exercise is a natural treatment for stress.  Try to walk during lunchtime or hit the gym on your way to or home from work.  All you need is 30 minutes a day.  Just taking a short time to exercise can help you remain (and even be more) productive throughout the day.  So, there really isn’t any excuse.
  2. Drink a lot of water.  Coffee and Soda dehydrates you and makes your tired (and unfocused).  To stay alert, you want to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  3. Stay organized with a to-do list.  Even before the holidays we make lists of what needs to get done.  Stay organized and cross more off your list be getting some holiday shopping done before the crazy holiday season.  Consider doing some shopping in the summer during your lunch hour.  It will not only cross off some to-do’s but you’ll get your daily exercise in at the same time.
  4. Don’t take things too personal.  The holiday season can make people very edgy.  If someone snaps at you, try to remember they are probably under the same holiday stress you are.  Don’t take everything personal.  It will only make you more stressed during this already stressful time of year.
  5. Help out more around the office.  Give compliments to others and try to notice when others are helping the company.  This can lift spirits and help lesson the stress of the holiday season.

 

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Leadership, Management, Planning

It’s November and Winter is right around the corner.  Many of us will be suffering from colds and of course, the flu.  There are ways to help prevent illnesses from spreading throughout the office.  Let’s try and make it through this Winter without getting sick.

  1.  Wash Hands:  Everything is touched in the common workplace.  Door handles, laptops, light switches, drawer handles, keyboards…everything is susceptible to our germs.  Wash your hands regularly during work hours.  Your colleagues will thank you.
  2. Don’t Touch Others:  While you can’t stop your colleagues from sneezing or coughing, you can stop the spread of their colds (and yours) by avoiding handshakes.  Keep your distance, if you can, especially during Winter.
  3. Exercise:  Boost your immune system through a healthier lifestyle.  Eat a balanced diet and always get enough sleep.  Try walking during lunch hour or biking to work, if you can.  You don’t have to go to the gym.  Just 30 minutes a day walking is all you really need.
  4.  Take Time Off:  If you’re sick, take a day off work.  Don’t take your illness to the office.  Stay home and get healthy.  It’s better to have 1 person sick than half the office.  If you have deadlines to meet, ask to work from home while you’re under the weather.

This advice is not going to stop people from getting sick, but it could help prevent the spread of germs in the workplace.  Winter is coming fast!  Everyone will be getting sick!  Do your part and help prevent your workplace from spreading germs!

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Communication, Leadership, Management, Teamwork

Poor performance management reduces workplace morale and contributes to employee turnover.  A strategy with little value can come at a high price.  The goal is to make performance management more effective.  How do we do that?

These are all part of a good foundation for performance management:

  • Corporate goals
  • Individual goals
  • Competencies
  • Communication

Some companies don’t partake in feedback methods because they prefer to accept annual performance reviews only.  It’s important to encourage goals to evolve organically throughout the year, and to follow timelines of company projects and initiatives.  Goals should be reviewed and scores as they’re completed, or it can be made part of a weekly or monthly check-in process.  Communication needs to be held face-to-face, either in person or through technology.

Technology can be a crucial part of performance success.  Using a performance management system supports the one-on-one relationships among managers and team members.  It provides access to feedback as needed.  And it provides real-time metrics that help managers make smart decisions with current data.

It’s important for employers to streamline basic conversation because communication is essential to the growth of the workforce.

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Accountability, Culture, Leadership, Teamwork

Experts indicate that accountability has a clear link to:

  1. Higher Work Performance
  2. Improved Competency
  3. Commitment to Work
  4. Increased Employee Morale
  5. Work Satisfaction
  6. Improved Creativity and Innovation
  7. Investment in the future of the Company

So, what is accountability and why is it important?

When leaders/teams empower employees to take ownership, they are then held accountable, and they have a higher level of trust and commitment to the company.  They take initiative and work harder at making the right decisions in the best interest of the business.  It’s about owning the responsibility and not blaming others for the results.  Ownership is about taking the initiative and accountability is about following through and getting it done.  It’s also about recognizing that other team members are dependent on the results of your work.

Lack of accountability can impact other team members, resulting in missed deadlines and unfinished work.  Working as a team should be part of everyday operation.  Talk about it, share ideas, come to a common consensus about what accountability means, and use it as a foundation for everyone to work from.

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Goal Setting, Productivity, Success

As business owners, we all want to make the most efficient use of our time, working smarter and not harder.  This involves planning, patience, and discipline.  Here are some time management tips to help you get started:

Set a timeline and clear goals:  Focus your energy on things you want to achieve.  This allows you to be more productive by planning your schedule efficiently.

Create a daily routine:  The more you stick to a routine, the easier tasks will be.  Plan your tasks keeping productivity in mind.  You’ll respond to repetitive behavior in no time.

Give yourself some down time:  Your brain can focus for about 90 minutes at a time, so give it some cool off time in between tasks.  Breaks are important to stay productive.

Stay healthy:  Keeping your body healthy is important to your well being.  Snack on healthy foods like fruits, nuts, and veggies.  Consider exercising once a day to boost your energy.  And always drink lots of water.

Stay organized:  Keep your work space organized and clean.  Don’t spend half your day looking for misplaced items.  Consider investing in some organizational tools for your office.

Delegate some tasks:  Don’t think you have to be in control and do everything yourself all the time.  Work on the tasks you’re skilled in and ask for help from experts for other tasks.  This reduces your workload and allows you to be more productive.

 

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Culture, Leadership

In this article, 6 Essential Aspects of Workplace Culture, David Sturt (an Executive Vice President at O.C. Tanner), shares 6 aspects of culture that people look for in a great place to work:

  • Purpose
  • Opportunity
  • Success
  • Appreciation
  • Well-Being
  • Leadership

These key areas were identified based on extensive research of over 10,000 companies, derived from an employee’s view point of culture.

  1. Purpose means connecting employees to your organization’s reason for being or the difference you make in the world.
  2. Opportunity means providing employees the ability to learn new skills, develop, and contribute.
  3. Success means giving employees the opportunity to innovate, do meaningful work, and be on winning teams.
  4. Appreciation means acknowledging and recognizing employees’ outstanding work and unique contributions.
  5. Well-being means paying attention to and constantly working to improve employees’ physical, social, emotional, and financial health.
  6. Leadership means connecting employees to purpose, empowering them to do great work, and creating a sense of camaraderie.

To read the entire article and learn some staggering improvements associated with companies that focus on the 6 cultural pillars above, click HERE

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Lead Generation, Marketing, Sales

All businesses should be using lead generation strategies to better meet the needs of their target audience.  To do this, you first have to create captivating content and then use that content to convert visitors to leads.

When visitors come to your website, you need to capture their email address.  But just asking for an email address is kind of like saying “We are going to spam you.” Instead, you want to give them something of value in return for their email address.  Some examples are:

  • A free trial
  • A free webinar
  • A free ebook
  • A free whitepaper
  • A free set of tips

Here are some other lead generation ideas that can help prospects instead of pushing them to buy from your company:

  • Create help videos to solve common problems
  • Provide quizzes as a creative way to learn more about them
  • Create a worksheet that simplifies a process
  • Provide a list of useful tools or helpful resources
  • Compile examples or case studies for them to learn from
  • Host a contest or a giveaway
  • Create an email course the includes in-depth topics
  • Provide a checklist for them to download

The main goal is to “exchange” something of value with your audience for their email address, so you can continue to provide support again and again, in hopes of them remembering your brand and eventually turning to you to solve their problems!

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