How to Motivate Employees to Track Time and Improve Productivity

How to Motivate Employees to Track Time and Improve Productivity Productivity precedes profit. Thus, every business manager needs to improve productivity and keep their employees productive. Some create lavish break rooms equipped with game consoles, snacks, and cold drinks. Others resort to scrutinizing behavior and applying constant pressure. However, there are cheaper and friendlier ways to improve your employees’ day-to-day productivity. Chief among these is time tracking. In this post, you’ll learn how you can track employees’ time without insulting … Read Entire Story

Enhance a New Co-Worker’s First Days: 5 Ways to Speed up the Onboarding Process

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Image via Flickr by Andre Charland Enhance a New Co-Worker’s First Days: 5 Ways to Speed up the Onboarding Process The onboarding process is equal parts paperwork and making a good first impression. In addition, plenty of policy-reading and some training exercises are thrown in for good measure. To make the most of a new co-worker’s first days, you need to maximize the parts that benefit the office and minimize the time used to sign and date. Bringing the office into the 21st century helps, in no small part … Read Entire Story

The Man Who Taught Me How to Invest

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“Holding a grudge is a symptom of not knowing how you want to spend the gift of the day.”  – Mike Maples, Jr. Mike Maples, Jr. (@m2jr) is the man who taught me how to invest. He’s one of my favorite people and a personal mentor. He is a partner at Floodgate, a venture capital firm that specializes in micro-cap investments in startups. He has been on the Forbes… Read Entire Story

Keys to Greatness (or Just Getting More Great Stuff Done)

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This week, we have lots of pragmatic advice for you on how to be a happier, more productive person. Because you’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and gosh darn it, this joke has now been permanently rendered un-funny. On Monday, Morgan Dix (he happens to be one of our Certified Content Marketers) revealed what meditation Read More… The post Keys to Greatness (or Just Getting More Great Stuff Done) appeared first Read Entire Story

4 Ways to Build Remarkably Strong Connections with Your Employees

4 Ways to Build Remarkably Strong Connections with Your Employees If you expect to run a successful business, you probably can’t do it alone. Employees who love the company and want to work hard for its greater good are not only desirable, they’re essential. The question for you is: Are you building strong, healthy relationships with your employees? Or is it more likely they regard you as just someone they report to? RELATED ARTICLE: 5 WAYS FLEXIBLE WORK OPTIONS BENEFIT EMPLOYEES—AND YOU Four … Read Entire Story

Inbox Zero: Manage Your Email Inbox Effectively

Inbox Zero: Manage Your Email Inbox Effectively Inbox Zero is an achievement that a lot of business people long for. It is the ultimate productivity benchmark. But is it necessary? The first to coin this term years ago was Merlin Mann. Here is the way he initially described it: “[Inbox Zero is] about how to reclaim your email, your attention, and your life. That ‘zero’? It’s not how many messages are in your inbox—it’s how much of your own brain is in that inbox. Especially when you don’t want it to be. That’s it.” RELATED ARTICLE: 5 PRODUCTIVITY ISSUES YOUR SMALL BUSINESS MIGHT BE IGNORING But afterward, people created their own definitions of Inbox… Read Entire Story

Why Quality Customer Service Always Starts with a Smile

Why Quality Customer Service Always Starts with a Smile Customer service is tough. However, every business owner knows that excellent customer service is essential to their business success. And customer service that’s delivered with a smile can work wonders. While some of us relish the challenge of customer service, many of us simply cannot take the onslaught of abuse, day in, day out. But regardless of how it makes you feel, there’s no denying that taking on the role of customer service can provide a viable stepping stone to greater… Read Entire Story

2017 Content Excellence Challenge: The November Prompts

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It’s time again for our pair of Content Excellence prompts! All year, our community has been working with these each month to create better work, and to create more of it. This month’s prompts could potentially be swapped, because they’re both ways to do better work and more work. They go together like (dare I Read More… The post 2017 Content Excellence Challenge: The November Prompts appeared first on Copyblogger. Related… Read Entire Story

Balancing the Responsibilities of Being a Startup Entrepreneur and a Parent

Balancing the Responsibilities of Being a Startup Entrepreneur and a Parent Many a startup entrepreneur is also a parent. However, when we talk about business and parenting, it is not easy to keep everyone satisfied. That’s because these two areas of life can both be overwhelming and demanding. If you’re both a startup entrepreneur and a parent, you might be looking for advice that can help you to balance these responsibilities. We hope this post helps you to simplify your life. RELATED ARTICLE: STEVE WOZNIAK’S WORDS OF WISDOM FOR NEW AGE ENTREPRENEURS Stay Connected Through Different Media Make sure that you have several ways to stay connected with your family as well as your business. If you keep only … Read Entire Story

5 Productivity Issues Your Small Business Might Be Ignoring

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5 Productivity Issues Your Small Business Might Be Ignoring The only way a small business can be successful is by maximizing productivity. The problem with that is that as your small business grows, you will have to hire on more employees to lighten the workload. And the more employees you have to manage, the harder it will be to keep track of productivity levels. This is why investing in things like software programs designed to maximize your workforce productivity is important. Before investing in a software program, however, you will need to do a great deal of research to ensure you are making the right decision. Here are … Read Entire Story

Need Employee Training ASAP? Why Online Training Is the Best Solution

Need Employee Training ASAP? Why Online Training Is the Best Solution You rarely find something of great quality that’s also cheap. The same principle applies to hiring a workforce. While hiring trained professionals might a little too pricey for you, a good alternative would be hiring people and training them yourself. Moreover, it might not be a matter of giving them basic training but one of furthering their existing training. Either way, if you want your employees to do a good job, it seems like you’ll … Read Entire Story

7 Ways Exercising Can Help You Succeed as an Entrepreneur

7 Ways Exercising Can Help You Succeed as an Entrepreneur Neglecting our health on the road to success is like throwing money down the drain and expecting to get rich. It just isn’t going to happen. Forgoing proper diet and sleep in the name of grinding out one more hour is a recipe for disaster, often because doing so makes you crash into a wall a lot sooner. However, there is one way to make sure we’re performing at our prime optimum levels, though, and that is through exercising. Here are 7 ways everyone (especially entrepreneurs) will benefit… Read Entire Story