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Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

Customer service is an integral part of the success of any organization. Studies estimate that two out of three customers are willing to spend more with businesses where they have received top-quality service. Here are some strategies to keep in mind as you improve your organization’s customer service. Develop Relationships with Customers Small businesses have…

Giving Back Virtually

Giving Back Virtually

Giving back to your community is a great bonding experience, but with social distancing at the forefront of interactions this year, you can still make a difference virtually. Here are some great ways to give back. Speak with Seniors The past year has been an especially hard time for senior citizens who are living in…

How to Encourage Creativity at Work

How to Encourage Creativity at Work

When employees are inspired to be creative, they can become better problem-solvers, help grow the business, seek new opportunities for the organization, and improve sales. Thinking outside of the box is a tremendous tool to have in business, and when the atmosphere your employees work in stimulates creativity, your organization will prosper as a result.…

Designing an Employee Development Plan

Designing an Employee Development Plan

When it comes to growing your organization and fostering greater employee engagement, an employee development plan may be the solution. Consider trying these steps and see if an employee development program would be beneficial to your colleagues and overall business. Create Opportunities To help an employee reach their full potential, make sure to provide them…

Benefits of Stand-Up Meetings

Benefits of Stand-Up Meetings

Stand-up meetings are a daily or weekly 5 to 15 minute meeting where one team member speaks at a time while everyone stands. The purpose of standing is to encourage shorter, more efficient meetings on a regular basis. This helps to ensure everyone is working together, but isn’t wasting valuable time sitting in an hour-long…

Step into Spring

Step into Spring

Last month we asked you to tell us which season was your most productive. The poll results showed some people found no difference between seasons, a handful preferred winter and fall, however, an overwhelming majority chose spring as their most productive time of year. We compiled a list of ways to bring spring into your…

Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Workplace stress is oftentimes an inevitable part of the job, but when you feel more stressed than productive, it may be time for something to change. Here are some helpful ways to stress less and achieve more. Find Quiet Time During the Day A great way to reduce stress is to carve out time throughout…

The Importance of Constructive Criticism

The Importance of Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism can sometimes feel disheartening, but the truth is it can be a great way to elevate your career. Feedback and criticism can help you improve various facets of your professional life. Here are some of the reasons why constructive criticism can potentially be a great gift. Gain a New Perspective When you receive…

Why Going to the Gym Before Work May Be Right for You

Why Going to the Gym Before Work May Be Right for You

Following a routine, particularly during the work week can be tremendously helpful when it comes to your overall health and wellness, as well as your work performance. While going to the gym before work has many benefits, it does have some pitfalls. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide if going to…

The Value of Buying Locally

The Value of Buying Locally

When it comes to your shopping needs, buying locally is the answer. Offering a whole host of benefits, including great customer service, incredible prices, custom orders, and much more, when you buy locally you help yourself and your community, all while supporting the dreams of small business owners. What could be better? Top Notch Customer…

Helpful Microsoft Word Shortcuts

Helpful Microsoft Word Shortcuts

It’s likely that you’re already familiar with Microsoft Word, but you may not know about the myriad of shortcuts available to save you time and improve your work and overall efficiency throughout the day. Here are some shortcuts that could improve your workflow. General Shortcuts Create a new document Ctrl+N Open an existing document Ctrl+O…

The Value in Creating an Inclusive Office Culture

The Value in Creating an Inclusive Office Culture

When it comes to office culture, it’s important to make every employee feel included and part of the team. Not only can this help everyone feel happier while working, but it can also improve each employee’s work ethic and the overall success of the organization. Keep reading to learn the simple but powerful ways that…

Show Your Coworkers You Care

Show Your Coworkers You Care

Last month we asked you to tell us the best way to show your coworkers a little love. While the minority chose small gifts, the majority chose words of affirmation, with sweet treats falling in the middle. No matter how you choose to show your coworkers some love, the ultimate goal is to help your…

How to Become Your Best Advocate

How to Become Your Best Advocate

When it comes to elevating your career, self-advocacy is integral for success. When you focus on speaking up for yourself, reaching out when you need help, and becoming an active champion of your own needs, you help shape your career into what you always envisioned. Here is a list of some ways to speak up…

Wellness While You Work

Wellness While You Work

Whether your employees are remote or in the office, incorporating wellness programs whether virtual or in person is key for keeping yourself and your colleagues engaged, healthy, and motivated. Here are some ideas for ways to implement health and wellness into your own organization. Start a Health Hub A great way to inspire employees and…

Benefits of Businesses Partnering with Charities

Benefits of Businesses Partnering with Charities

Partnering with a charity can help build brand awareness, target a new set of customers, and help make a difference in your community. Here are a few reasons why partnering with a charity can help your business succeed. Build Brand Awareness When a business partners with a charity, it boosts the awareness of both organizations.…

Music to Listen to While Working

Music to Listen to While Working

When it comes to boosting your productivity, listening to music might just be the answer for you. No matter where you’re working, music can help give you the boost you need to stay focused and efficient throughout the day. Here are some tips on how to create a playlist for work. Avoid Vocal Music Studies…

How to Welcome New Employees to Your Team

How to Welcome New Employees to Your Team

Hiring someone new can be very exciting, but ensuring they experience a warm welcome is paramount to their future success within the company. Whether in person or remote, here are a few ways to welcome a new employee aboard. Host Company-Wide Calls One of the best ways to ensure new employees feel welcome is to…

Poll Results: How New Year’s Eve was Celebrated

Poll Results: How New Year’s Eve was Celebrated

In January through a poll, we asked how you celebrated the New Year. The majority of responses were practical where people chose to stay home and go to bed by 10, the second most popular answer was keeping it sensible celebrating at home, while the smallest majority chose to go out and countdown to midnight!…

Give Back By Donating Blood

Give Back By Donating Blood

The holiday season may be behind us, but giving back to those in need never goes out of style. In honor of January being National Blood Donor Month we compiled a list of some of the ways blood donations can make a critical impact on your community and even offer helpful insight into your own…

How to Eat Healthy While Working From Home

How to Eat Healthy While Working From Home

It’s a new year and a goal for many people is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, for the many people continuing to work from home, keeping your nutrition in check can prove to be a difficult challenge. Here are some strategies to ensure you sustain healthy eating habits throughout the workday. Make a Plan…

Bring in the New Year with New Customers

Bring in the New Year with New Customers

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to attract more customers? If the answer is yes, then you’re in luck. Here are a few tips to bring in new customers to help your business prosper throughout 2021 and beyond. Discounts and Promotions New customers can be attracted to your company with a good deal. Offering…

Creating Growth in the New Year

Creating Growth in the New Year

The new year is a great time to reflect on the past while simultaneously looking ahead to the future of your business. Here are some ways to jump start growth and prosperity for 2021. Learn from the Past Last year was a difficult year for many organizations. Keep this in mind when reviewing the successes…

Your Guide to Asking for More Responsibility at Work

Your Guide to Asking for More Responsibility at Work

No matter what phase of your career you’re in, there is always an opportunity to grow and take on more responsibility. If you found yourself mastering all of your tasks and feeling comfortable in your position, it may mean it’s time for you to ask how you can best grow within the company and take…

The Benefits of Shopping Local

The Benefits of Shopping Local

Supporting local businesses is important, especially now as the world recovers from COVID-19. There are many ways shopping locally can improve your community and your own life. Check out these reasons why supporting small businesses is a great decision. Improve Your Local Economy and Create Jobs When you choose to shop locally, you’re actively putting…

How to Write Effective Emails and Why It Matters

How to Write Effective Emails and Why It Matters

The ability to communicate effectively over email has continued to remain an essential business skill since its creation. In fact, 86% of professionals are said to prefer email over other forms of communication. Here are some ways to write an effective email and why it matters. Keep it to the Point In today’s world of…

Best Practices for Data Backup

Best Practices for Data Backup

As some people continue working from home, securing the data on your computer is as important as ever. Here are some data backup strategies to adopt to help keep company information safe and secure. Start a New Routine Although backing up your data regularly would typically be enough, you still run the risk of data…

How to Prove Your Value at Work

How to Prove Your Value at Work

When it comes to proving your value in the workplace, it’s integral to show your colleagues and boss that you are dedicated, hardworking, and care about the business’ success. Consider these stepping stones to show your worth and help climb the corporate ladder. Support Company-Wide Goals One of the best ways to show that you…

How to Help a Struggling Coworker

How to Help a Struggling Coworker

As the world continues to shift and adapt with the times, productivity and priorities can become an increasingly difficult challenge for some people. If you noticed a coworker struggling with their deadlines and workload then check out these steps to help them get back on their feet. Enter with Empathy When you first notice a…

The Gift of Giving

The Gift of Giving

‘Tis the season for giving, and while the world may still be adjusting to its new “normal” there are still countless ways to give back to those in need this time of year. Here are some creative and socially distanced ways to make a difference this holiday season. Give the Gift of Knowledge One of…

How Randomly Assigned Conversation Can Boost Productivity

How Randomly Assigned Conversation Can Boost Productivity

As many people continue working remotely, opportunities to have organic conversations with your coworkers have slowed significantly. Enter the latest trend in productivity: randomly assigned conversation. This concept is when two people within a company have a random conversation over video conference call or by phone for a specific amount of time. While the concept…

How to Network During A Pandemic

How to Network During a Pandemic

Since the start of COVID-19, the art of networking has changed tremendously. Lunch meetings and networking events have been replaced by phone calls and virtual meetings, forcing professionals to reconsider their approach to making connections in their industry. Luckily, it’s still possible to build authentic relationships while maintaining a social distance. Follow these steps to…

Innovative Ways to Give Back

Innovative Ways to Give Back

In today’s world giving back has never been more important. Here are some innovative ideas on how your organization can make a difference in your community. Host an Auction Hosting an auction is a great way to give back, even if it’s a virtual event. From teaming up with local artists or auctioning off some…

How to Show Your Coworkers You Care

How to Show Your Coworkers You Care

While working 40 hours a week, it’s inevitable that coworkers become a big part of your life which is why it’s so important to value those relationships and create solid bonds with them. Here are some simple, but meaningful ways to show your colleagues you care. Be There to Help One of the best ways…

The Art of Cell Phone Etiquette

The Art of Cell Phone Etiquette

Whether you’re working from home or in the office, when and where you use your cell phone can directly impact your performance at work. Here are a few rules to follow when it comes to cell phone etiquette. Out of Sight, Out of Mind Using your cell phone while at work can significantly impact your…

Virtual Team Building

Virtual Team Building

In the age of social distancing, many in-person meetings have been replaced by virtual conference calls, but that doesn’t mean that team building has to be put on the backburner. Here are some of the best ways to bond as a team while continuing to social distance. Meet For Coffee Maybe the breakroom won’t be…

How to Remain Productive During Virtual Meetings

How to Remain Productive During Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have become the new normal for many people, but ensuring that the meeting remains productive can be a challenge. Follow these tips to ensure you and your team are getting the most out of your virtual calls and achieving maximum productivity. Plan Ahead Make sure that before the meeting starts you’ve gathered all…

How to Master Video Conferencing From Home

How to Master Video Conferencing From Home

In today’s world, virtual meetings have replaced most in-person meetings and conference rooms, regardless if you work from home or at the office. Mastering the techniques surrounding this newer model of communication can be tricky, but have no fear! We’ve compiled some of the best ways to look like a professional while video conferencing. Plan…

Creating Strong Relationships in the Office

Creating Strong Relationships in the Office

Office culture is unique to each company, with some being more rigid and others being more laid back. Regardless of the style of office culture your organization follows, building meaningful relationships with your colleagues is integral to team building and employee happiness. Here are steps we suggest to create strong relationships in your office culture.…

New Spins on Classic Productivity Hacks

New Spins on Classic Productivity Hacks

When it comes to productivity, there is no shortage of tips to get you working efficiently. Depending on the person, certain ideas may work while others may fall short. The good news is that there are a plethora of options available. Here are some of the lesser known ways to boost productivity. Find Your Golden…

The Importance of Small Businesses to Local Economies

The Importance of Small Businesses to Local Economies

Small businesses embody the spirit of entrepreneurship, but what some people don’t know is just how much they help their local economies function. Here are a few ways small businesses make your community great. Contributions Small businesses comprise a total of 99.7% of all employer firms, a significant number when considering that small businesses operate…

Building an Employee Recognition Plan

Building an Employee Recognition Plan

Employee Recognition Programs give organizations an opportunity to reward and congratulate employees on their hard work and success. But how do you get the plan in place? Check out these steps to help integrate a recognition plan into your company. Gather Input Conduct conversations with your colleagues around their preferences and ideas for the program.…

Ditching Digital Clutter

Ditching Digital Clutter

Work documents have a way of introducing a new kind of clutter into your life: digital clutter. It can be hard to manage all of your notes, documents, PDFs, and more, while they all reside on your desktop. That’s why we created a list of how to ditch the digital clutter and keep your tech…

Career Advice: What You Need to Know

Career Advice: What You Need to Know

No matter what phase of your professional life you’re currently in, advice can help propel your career, whether it’s your first job out of college or your own company. Check out these expert tips and consider implementing them into your own professional career. Find Your Own Personal Board of Directors Finding your own personal board…

Tips for Cleaning Your Workspace

Tips for Cleaning Your Workspace

Whether you work at home or in the office, your workspace collects bacteria, which means cleaning it properly is essential. Follow these tips to ensure your work area is as germ-free as possible. Clean High to Low Start by cleaning anything on the walls, like paintings, pictures, shelves, and more. Remove dust and debris with…

Could the Secret to Happiness Be Helping Others?

Could the Secret to Happiness Be Helping Others?

From a young age we are all taught that it’s better to give than to receive, and that advice still holds true in adulthood — but could giving back also be the key to happiness? Scientific research says it is. Here are some tips on how you can effectively give back, and be happier as…

Key Components of a Digital Workplace

Key Components of a Digital Workplace

The past 20 years have seen workplaces transform alongside technology, and as the world continues to recover from COVID-19, there has been a significant spark in digital workspaces. Whether you work from home or at the office, consider implementing these tips to create an efficient, supportive, and productive digital work culture. Prioritize Mental Wellbeing A…

How To Tackle Your Biggest Projects

How To Tackle Your Biggest Projects

What are Big Rocks? They are your main priorities, from tasks and projects to large scale goals you hope to accomplish. However, Big Rocks can sometimes feel daunting. Here are the common issues that come up with Big Rocks and how to tackle them like a pro. How Can You Balance Your Priorities? It’s easy…

The Power of Change and How it Benefits Company Culture

The Power of Change and How it Benefits Company Culture

It’s no secret that change is an integral part of company development, but at times, change can come with slight resistance from others. Here’s how you can help encourage and guide your colleagues through times of change and help transform company culture. Make Sure to Involve Everyone When it comes to change, including employees of…

Presentation Skills for Workplace Success

Presentation Skills for Workplace Success

No matter what position you have in a company, developing your presentation skills is an evolving task that can play an integral role in climbing the corporate ladder. Follow these tips to help ensure your next presentation is your best yet. Preparation When preparing for a presentation, you can start by conducting research related to…

Small But Mighty Ways to Give Back

Small But Mighty Ways to Give Back

As the world continues to adapt to a new normal from the Covid-19 pandemic, companies around the world have been finding new ways to give back to their communities. Here are some small, but mighty ways to give back to your community and do your part, whether by yourself or on a larger scale. Contact…

How to Give Effective Feedback

How to Give Effective Feedback

Employees make mistakes, but what happens after that can be what determines if they can learn from it and grow professionally. That’s where corrective action can be applied. Corrective action has the potential to influence, change, and oftentimes improve employee performance through giving effective feedback. Consider following this model of corrective action when confronted with…

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Food has the power to transform your life, from enhancing your mood, helping you sleep better at night, and even boosting your energy and productivity levels. That being said, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life it can become difficult to make conscious and intentional choices when it comes to food. Remove the research…

The Importance of Cybersecurity

The Importance of Cybersecurity

Whether you’re an employee, manager, or CEO, cybersecurity has never been more important in business, which is why we’ve compiled a list of ways to protect your company’s sensitive data. Consider implementing or speaking to your leadership team about implementing these strategies to keep the company safe, even while some employees work from home. Implement…

Completing Projects Effectively

Completing Projects Effectively

No matter what the subject, every project goes through a series of phases from initiation to completion. Consider using these steps as a framework for tackling your projects to make them more approachable and your work more efficient. Initiation Project initiation allows you to lay the groundwork for all the future stages of your project.…

Improve Productivity for Remote Teams

Improve Productivity for Remote Teams

Since COVID-19, traditional office spaces have evolved. While some workers have returned to the office, others are still working remotely, and some may be working remote permanently. Many companies are now wondering how productivity will be affected as a result. Here are a few suggestions to help master remote team productivity. Integrate Communication and Management…

Workplace Tech: Where to Begin?

Workplace Tech: Where to Begin?

In today’s world, technology continues to grow at a rapid rate. As soon as one new product is released, a brighter, shinier option swiftly takes its place. When it comes to technology in the workplace, understanding the best ways to implement new technology can be a tricky task. Before you make any purchases, carefully consider…

Everything You Need for an Ergonomic Workstation

Everything You Need for an Ergonomic Workstation

It’s no secret that many people suffer from aches and pains after long periods of sitting at their desk, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Using an ergonomic workstation keeps your body in a neutral position and will allow you to sit at your desk for long periods comfortably. Here are some tips…

Tips for a Successful Food Drive

Tips for a Successful Food Drive

In today’s world, hosting a food drive can be more helpful to your community than ever. Here are some good tips to follow when developing an office food drive. Plan Ahead Make sure you have a group of people in charge who can help plan the strategy, theme and length of the food drive. Then…

How to Make Decisions Faster

How to Make Decisions Faster

The average person spends their day making many decisions. From what they will have for  breakfast to important decisions throughout the workday, we are all forced to make choices in our lives, but is there a way to speed that up? The answer is yes, and it will save you precious time and energy in…