How to Ensure Your Production Facility Meets Safety Requirements

~by Kara Masterson~ . Safety regulators are getting more and more strict when it comes to the safety at plants and warehouses all over the world. One of the best ways to ensure you are not in violation is to stay ahead of the game. Here are some ways to make sure your production facility is meeting all of its safety requirements. Do Your Homework Research is huge when it comes to making sure you are in compliance with safety regulations. Make it a weekly task to go through news and other articles concerning safety at production facilities. Get yourself

5 Great Team Building Exercises for Leadership Training

~by Meghan Belnap~ . Leadership teams must be able to function well together as a cohesive team. Unfortunately, that does not happen by mere chance or with time. Rather, with intentional effort cohesion can be developed. Many leadership training courses offer team building exercises and activities to help develop that cohesion. From the silly to the absurd, the range of activities varies as much as the types of companies who use them. When you are planning your next leadership training, consider including one of these. Community Service Community service projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, are a great way to

4 Compelling Reasons to Throw Office Parties

~by Rachelle Wilber~ . The term “office party” can conjure images of lackluster break-room gatherings or stuffy dinners. However, office parties can provide valuable opportunities for you and your employees. There are several compelling reasons for having an office party. New Perspective Office parties can provide new perspectives on your employees. Seeing people in a social setting provides a new perspective on their personalities and behavior. This can be valuable later as new tasks evolve or assignments change. You can learn even more about your team by allowing them to bring guests. Sometimes seeing your teammates with their families can

How to Maximize Your Chances of Reaching Upper Management

~by Anica Oaks~ . Job promotion is seldom an easy and never an automatic process. Even years of hard work at the same company doesn’t guarantee advancement. Past research has revealed that while external hires made 18% more than internal promotions, they were 61% more likely to be fired. But there are some paths for maximizing your chances of reaching upper management. Specific Objectives Set your sites on positions that reflect your own professional experience and strengths: Front line supervisors used to managing smaller teams may seek to constantly increase responsibility and assume gradually larger roles. Functional managers such as

6 Tips for Improved Business Efficiency and Reduced Stress

~by Kara Masterson~ . Removing business inefficiencies translates into profits over the long term. Greasing the cogs of business operations, however, is easier said than done. Due to the nature of business operations being interconnected, it’s fairly difficult to modify some phases of the operation without negatively affecting others. Here are 6 tips for improving business efficiency without much stress. 1. Sell More, Expend Less This is the basic principle of efficiency – to achieve or acquire more with less. If you want to generate more revenues, increase customer base, and grow your market all while minimizing expenses, targeting the

Advice for New Entrepreneurs from Entrepreneurs Who’ve Been There

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . I am so blessed to be part of a community of entrepreneurs and experts in their field. They all have so much to offer, and I wanted to share their tidbits of wisdom with other entrepreneurs — especially for those who are just starting out. So I posted this question in my Facebook group, Women’s Entrepreneur Network: What is one piece of advice you would give to new entrepreneurs? We received so many awesome responses; here are just a few: . Petra Monaco: Create a vision of what you want to create and be clear

Do You Have a Succession Plan for Your Business?

~by Brooke Chaplan~ . Business stock distribution is normally determined early on in a business and is included in either the bylaws, operating agreement, term sheets, or some other formal agreement. Usually, stock distribution is reserved for founding partners, board members and investors. However, business owners should also consider making stocks available to other deserving individuals within the company to include board appointed successors as well. Below are some areas to consider when developing a succession plan for your business. What is a Successor? A successor is a person who follows or succeeds another person within a particular job position.

7 Ways to Show Your Employees You Value Them

~by Emma Sturgis~ . Many workers become dissatisfied with their work environments when dealing with supervisors who don’t seem to take their options into consideration or listen to issues they have. If they feel that their supervisors or managers don’t care about employees’ problems and point-of-views, they will be more likely to look elsewhere for a job. As a business owner or manager, it is important for you to take steps to make your employees feel important. By making an effort, you will ultimately make your company stronger.   1. Employee Input Employees want to be involved with the companies

4 Easy Steps to Becoming a True Business Leader

~by Rachelle Wilber~ . Becoming a leader in your business and industry is much easier than it may seem. The qualities of a true leader are actually present in a very small percentage of business people, making your rise to the top simple and natural. While some people simply are not cut out to be leaders, others will take on leadership roles quickly and easily. If you have the right personality and tenacity, then you can turn yourself into a business leader in four simple steps. 1. Develop a Manager Mindset Many emerging leaders shy away from really showing their

9 Stress Relieving Secrets Every Woman Should Know

~by Dianna Sandora~ Do you ever feel so stressed that you’d just like for the world to stop spinning for a few minutes so that you can get off? I know there are times that is exactly how I feel. Too much to do and not enough time to do it in. What’s worse is – not only does your business suffer, so does your personal life. In this 24×7 go, go, go world, how do you survive?  If you’ve been looking for stress relieving tips, read on… Below you will find my nine closely guarded secrets that I have