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Staying Ahead of the Competition: Ideas for Savvy Entrepreneurs

~by Eileen O’Shanassy~

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With technology upgrades and updates and companies coming out with something new every year, it’s important to stay ahead of your competitors, ensuring yourself a profitable business. One of the biggest reasons why businesses fail is because they refuse to use current technology and don’t take advantage of the benefits it can offer their business. Luckily, there are a few ways you can stay ahead and keep your business on top.

Research Trends

Do exactly what the competition is doing: research current trends in business. Popularity among both consumers and other businesses will help you work your way to the top if you’re not already there. Check out social media or use the internet to find what will work for you. Make sure it’s a program that will be compatible with what your customers already use.

the competitionBe Innovative

No matter the size of your business, it’s important to brainstorm new ideas. These discussions can have you leading the trend, receiving constructive feedback on what to fix, and how to make things more efficient. The best people to listen to are the people who will be buying your product, and your employees. They know how the business works at the most basic levels, and will have some good ideas on how to improve.

Watch Your Habits

It may sound different, but use your security system much like your home security system. Any system that you have for security at your business will likely have a few cameras, which is useful on multiple levels. You can also use your security system to do a quick research of your facility. As well as keeping your place of business safe, it also is good to watch yourself work, or see how the employees work from time to time. Identify the least productive hours, how quickly customers are getting helped, and what habits slow you down. It’ll help you know where you need to go by seeing where you’ve been.

the competitionAudit the Competition

Find out what the competition is doing by checking up on them periodically. When you do, it’s best to devote full attention to it and look at all aspects of their business. Complete a thorough analysis of their web page, what they offer, social media profiles, and any other sites they might use. Even looking at their advertising is a great way to get an idea of where they stand, and where you want to be. 

These are some of the most basic ways to get ahead and stay ahead when it comes to your business. There are few things that will always be important to business regardless of what the industry is, including the consumer, new technology, fixing shortcomings, and watching the competition. Once you get those things done, then is a good time to stay innovative, explore a new market and expand.


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Eileen O'ShanassyMeet the Author: Eileen O’Shanassy

Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking and kayaking. Check her out on Twitter @eileenoshanassy.


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Why You Should Hire a Multi-Generational Workforce

~by Cari Samalik~

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The possibility of having a multi-generational workforce isn’t new. The era of industrialization introduced many entrepreneurs and businesses to the same dilemma. However, since times have changed because of the advent of the internet, it seems that the gap between generations of workers has widened, and problems of communications and stereotypes have gotten worse.

The internet is a big catalyst and game changer when it comes to how companies run their businesses and excel in their respective industries. Since the Millennials were the first to experience the rise of the internet, a lot of employers choose them over older or younger applicants because of their compatibility with office functions that require internet literacy as well as experience.

Although this is a good choice, judging by the age and experiences that millennials can contribute to the company, there are always good reasons why you should hire Baby Boomers and people from Generation X and Generation Z.

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If you want to know how each generation works and how they can complement each other, let’s get to know them better.

Baby Boomers And Their Desk Addiction

Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. Their ages are between 53 and 71, and thousands from their generation are retiring every day.

Advantages:

  • This is the generation of dedicated workers. They like working in offices, and they base their productivity (and promotion) on how long they stayed with the company.
  • They are loyal. 
  • They maintain an excellent attendance record and are less likely to call in sick. They would be great office secretaries, who finish a task down to the very last bullet.
  • They are obsessed with perfection.
  • They are parents who know how things are done right in the home and you can expect that attitude to be visible in the office.
  • This is a generation that strives to settle down, and they are at the stage where they look for stability. They don’t have high demands, but would expect to receive all of their entitled benefits.
  • They are on the lookout for the best opportunities to build their families and have better homes. Mortgage lending is something that they are very concerned about right now, and they would rather have bigger lawns than live in high rise buildings.
  • They are mostly overworked, but that doesn’t matter. Because they have few short years left until they retire, they don’t take risks or resign, unless of course if they have plans to retire early.
  • This generation knows how to value time, waiting and careful processing.
  • They appreciate their work and would dedicate their lives to it.
  • They are decisive and sure of their undertakings.

Disadvantages:

  • They don’t work as fast as younger workers, but they finish their task polished and can have better work quality than most younger employees.
  • They like to communicate via phone calls, personal emails and through printed paper. Trying to cope up with social media and other messaging apps.
  • Will probably have a know-it-all attitude and be hard to teach because they think their experiences are their teacher. Having a millennial leader is going to crush their spirit, but they can manage as long as they’re treated with respect and as counsels.
  • They often feel they need to contribute something like a legacy, so they want their ideas to float above everyone else’s.
  • They value stability, so they might not be able to adjust to changing roles and responsibilities right away.

Famous people from their generation:

Steve Jobs — The legendary founder and former CEO of Apple and NeXT.

The workforce of this generation will do anything to keep the company afloat and will not stop at mediocrity. When you want a loyal workforce, they are what you need.

Gen X and Their Skeptical Nature

Gen X workers were born between 1965 and 1979. Their ages are around 38 to 52 years old, and they are known to be the skeptics. They are naturally skeptical about authority and the people leading them.

Advantages:

  • They gain trust by being independent most of the time — their greatest asset so far.
  • They can work with minimal supervision.
  • Generation X workforce knows they have to work their way to the top and have to fight with two different generations just to be promoted.
  • They take pride in their work.
  • They have an innovative spirit and are hard and smart workers at the same time.
  • This generation encourages diversity, and they make up most of the small and medium enterprise owners since there were job shortages in the U.S. at the time they graduated.
  • All they want is appreciation and recognition for their job well done.

Disadvantages:

  • They don’t like micro-management — something Baby Boomers are known to do (and they disdain them).
  • They don’t spend long hours at work. For them, 8 hours in the office is more than they can take. They like to leave work right away to have more time to themselves or to spend with family. They value productivity over working hours and would rather head home than listen to boring board meetings.
  • A skeptic by default. They are naturally skeptical about their leader’s capability — but if you prove yourself worthy, they will be loyal.
  • They are not loyal to employers because they will never sacrifice work-life balance.
  • Although their skeptical nature makes them leave jobs and be disloyal to their employers, they know one sure thing — their diplomas and degrees don’t guarantee them a job right away.
  • They have a competitive spirit because they want to be promoted over the millennial.
  • They challenge younger leaders and those who have a controlling nature.

In fact, it is this generation that opened the doors for a better and connected world — the internet. They were the catalysts of the interconnected world that we live in today and it is their greatest achievement.

Famous people from their generation:

Larry Page and Sergey Brin —  Founders of Google, the largest search engine in the world.

Although the people who invented the internet didn’t come from their generation (but from that of the Silent Generation), it was they who worked in the IT world to develop the web that we have today. The millennials were roughly around five years old when the internet was first invented and their teenage years were made happier by their Gen X parents who changed how things were run.

Generation Y And The Rise Of Millennial Fame

The Millennials were born between 1980 and 1995. They are about 22 to 37 years old, and will be replacing the Baby Boomers, who are expected to retire in less than a decade.

What makes a millennial interesting?

multi-generational workforceAdvantages:

  • They value work-life balance above everything else.
  • They are passion-oriented people. They are also entrepreneurial, and most got themselves a social media account or blog where they share a part of themselves.
  • They are young and willing to take risks. (Great for startups with an innovative idea)
  • They are also perfectionists.
  • Results-oriented.
  • They work hard and play hard, and they love diversity.
  • Mostly open-minded individuals who wouldn’t criticize gender orientation, race, color, or life perspective.
  • They always aim to be independent and love to work from wherever they are comfortable. (Results-only work environment)
  • A millennial who works for you because of passion is guaranteed to stay in the job.
  • Millennials have an innovative and creative spirit, so don’t put them in a shell where they can’t move, think and be creative.

Disadvantages:

  • They don’t stay at a job for long if they think that work-life balance is lacking.
  • They are notorious job hoppers because they know there are plenty of opportunities more worthy of their time and talent.
  • They are the extremes of employees. Experimental, yet optimistic.
  • Since they are also perfectionists, they become indecisive and they put too much pressure on themselves.
  • They are exposed to part-time jobs and would probably juggle 3-4 part time jobs while being a full-time employee at one company.
  • They have a high-class standard of living and want only the best for themselves.
  • They won’t hesitate to leave work if they get discouraged.
  • They only leave their jobs if they get (easily) discouraged by leadership issues.

Famous people from their generation:

Mark Zuckerberg — Co-founder and CEO of Facebook, the largest social-networking site.

Generation Z

The Generation Z workers were born in 1995 up to the present. They are about 22 to 37 years old and will be the largest part of the population in a decade’s time. A part of this generation already joined the workforce, but they are expected to lead the workforce by 2020.

Advantages:

  • They can adapt to the work environment faster.
  • Great multitaskers.
  • Always updated.
  • Versatile and can learn tools easily and faster than anyone else.
  • Will bite any opportunity to learn. They believe actual work experience teaches better than sitting in a classroom.
  • Enthusiastic and adventurous.
  • Can work anywhere. 
  • Work with devices only. Hate papers and will probably transport messages electronically.
  • They don’t like ad-click baits, so they’re going to teach you advertising better than their predecessors.
  • They adapt well with social media and couldn’t live without it. Great word-of-mouth bearers and “likes” are their definition of sales.
  • They are great influencers and networkers.

Disadvantages:

  • They will probably have a shorter attention span.
  • They can be less focused because there’s just too much distraction that can affect a Gen Z baby — like viral social media videos.
  • Will probably be less academically educated than anyone else when they join the workforce because they don’t believe so much in school education. They think they can learn everything online. Don’t mistake them for being stupid; they search everything on the web and probably know better than you.
  • Will have higher expectations.
  • They don’t trust easily. They can also have pseudo-personalities online and personally.
  • They will probably show the good side of themselves in adverse situations and then vent online.

We don’t know much about how Generation Z will be in the workforce, but their generation will surely be a game changer. Expect them to be naturally active in social media and instant messaging.

Famous people from their generation:

Patrick Finnegan — Marketing consultant; one of the most influential networkers of his generation helping big business firms and celebrities grow their social media reach.

Takeaway:

Having a multi-generational workforce is great because they can complement each other’s weaknesses. When you have great people leaving the company, you should have in line a leader that knows how to handle employees from different generations. It is best to be open, less traditional and open-minded about what your employees can do.

In the age of the internet, no one can set limits to what one can reach. You may not see their potential yet, but when they see they’re planted in solid ground, they’ll surely find ways to own their space and grow.


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Cari is a Michigan based entrepreneur and Mom and the CEO & co-founder of Livnfresh – a state related T-shirt brand. Previously, she worked in healthcare and the food and beverage industries before marrying into a screen printing business.


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Focusing on Your Employees’ Mental Health Can Increase Productivity

~by Rachelle Wilber~

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If an employee broke his or her hand or suffered a serious open wound, you would want to make sure that he or she was treated right away. This is because an injured worker is one who won’t be as much value to the company. The same is true of a worker who may be battling a mental health issue. Addressing and resolving the issue as soon as possible can help that person get back to peak productivity.

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Mental Health Affects Focus

An individual who is dealing with a mental health issue might be more focused on outside distractions instead of the work that he or she is paid to do. In addition to getting less done each shift, he/she may pose a danger to others. This is because a distracted person may be more likely to forget to turn a machine off or forget to clean a work area that has been contaminated with chemicals. In such a scenario, you may have to spend more time tending to the injured worker or making a work area safe for use again.

Those With Mental Health Issues May Feel Unvalued

If a worker is depressed or is suffering from symptoms of depression, he or she may not feel valued at work. This may occur even if that person has been recently recognized for his or her contributions or is otherwise liked and respected at work. When an individual doesn’t feel cared for or respected, he/she may stop working as hard or may not show up for work at all. The result could be a larger workload for everyone who does show up to work each day. Over time, they may suffer from burnout and experience symptoms of depression themselves. Therefore, it is in the best interests of an employer to deal with a worker’s mental health issues before they have a negative effect on morale within the entire company.

employees' mental healthTaking Care of Employees Can Increase Loyalty

Let’s say that one of your workers was charged with DWI because he or she tried to drive home after spending all night at the bar. By showing your support for that worker, he/she may come to see you as an ally in the legal and personal battles that he/she may have to face in the future. Recommend that they talk with a DWI attorney to help them through the situation. Voicing and showing support for a worker going through a hard time may provide enough hope for that person to turn his or her life around. If successful, that person may then tell others about the employer that doesn’t give up on people when they have challenges in their lives. That message could boost morale within the workplace and make your people work harder for you.

Some Employees Are Unaware of Their Mental Health

In some schools of thought, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health issue that may cause problems for both children and adults. However, that doesn’t mean that a person with this condition is a bad person or a bad worker. It just means that he or she was either never diagnosed with the condition or didn’t know that an adult could suffer from it. In some cases, a single pill a day or other modifications can turn an employee who was once thought to be unreliable into an asset for the business.

Today, a progressive employer is one that addresses both the mental and physical health issues that its people may deal with. Spending time and money on mental health issues may increase productivity as well as reduce violent outbursts or other dangerous situations that your workers may be exposed to.


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Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym.

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7 Benefits of Going Green in Your Business

~by Tess Pajaron~

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Many businesses today are struggling with the idea of changing the way they do things to get on board with green initiatives. It looks like it will cost quite a bit of overhead to get things in place, and the idea of having to train employees on new technologies or procedures can seem overwhelming. What many business owners don’t realize is that there are many benefits to their company going green that may make it worth the transition in a very short time.

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1. Reputation

Today’s consumer is bombarded with choices about what to eat, wear and buy. Moreover, today’s consumer is very concerned with their own environmental impact and their carbon footprint. When offered a choice between two products, many people are now opting to spend a little bit more to support a company that they feel is socially and environmentally responsible. When you opt not to go green, you can eliminate this entire segment of your market, basically handing potential customers to your competitors that have chosen to go green.

2. Archiving

Switching to digital technologies not only reduces use of paper, it means that you can keep a record of absolutely everything that transpires. Emails, memo’s, chat messages, invoices; you name it, it’s backed up on the “Cloud”. There is the added protection of knowing that your data, customer records and record books are all safe in the event of a disaster.

3. Cost Savings

While there may be an initial expense in going green, there will be long-term savings realized when you do. LED lights are expensive, but they last practically forever and use minimal electricity. Going digital will cut down on the money you spend on paper, pens, tape, staples, and other office supplies. Even updating your building with energy efficient products will save you money on your power, water and heating bills.

4. Tax Breaks

This is a big one. There are numerous tax incentives for businesses to go green. Whether it’s a deduction for building improvements or a credit for upgrading a system, this is often where businesses find the most gains. Look into your local tax codes to find out where you might catch a break, and even if your local government can advise you.

5. Marketing

going greenAs stated above, today’s consumers are interested in finding businesses and products that not only meet their needs, but that share their values of environmental sustainability. Being able to market your business as one that cares about protecting the environment and preserving the earth for future generations can really boost the traffic that you see.

6. Employee Wellness

This one is overlooked by many people. Removing harsh chemicals from any of your products or just from your building maintenance can improve the health of those working around you. Getting rid of harsh overhead lighting, switching to cleaner-burning fuels and many other green processes can actually help your employees to avoid illness and stay positive. Even things like incorporating “walking meetings” can have multiple benefits. It keeps you from using energy resources while sitting in a conference room, while at the same time giving the benefits of exercise to everyone involved.

7. Recruit Fresh Talent

Just like today’s consumer, today’s talent is interested in working for a company that shares their values and makes them feel as though they are contributing to more than just the bottom line. Young graduates will take the job at the green company over a traditional competitor, even for less money. The very fact that they are working for a green company that values the environment over profits is considered a benefit. You can’t go wrong there.


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Tess PajaronMeet the Author: Tess Pajaron

With a background in business administration and management, Tess Pajaron currently works at Open Colleges, Australia’s leading online educator. She likes to cover stories in careers and marketing.


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Employee Education: The Importance of Improving Your Workers’ Skills

~by Kara Masterson~

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Education is the key to the futures of your workers and the company in general. Workers who educate themselves are able to think more critically and increase their performance rates. When they perform better, they contribute to the growing success of your business. There are many reasons why education is an important asset to have in the workplace.

Employers Promote Continuing Education

employee educationContinuing education is a common term in the workplace. Continuing education in the workplace is essential to success for many reasons. Many professionals can only keep their licenses by taking continuing education courses. Even though they have graduated and are no longer enrolled in school, they retake certain courses to stay up to date in their industry. Nurses retake certain science courses to refresh their memory about parts of the human body. Licensed professionals who apply for renewal must retake classes in fields such as management, marketing and math. Many courses are provided online for free or at regular cost.

Education Ties into Financial Security

Keeping your employees informed means keeping the company safe. Many e-commerce companies are involved in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which is designed to protect credit cardholders’ information. There is no use being a part of the system if your employees are not fully trained in its practices. Whether you hire cashiers or accountants, order that they undergo quality PCI-DSS training. The main purpose is to protect sensitive credit card information that passes through the data system. When it is time for an audit, know that your employees understand the main compliance requirements without any concerns.

employee educationEmployees are Made More Aware

With education, employees are made more aware of the competitive world in which they live. Many employers do not consider job applicants who do not meet certain educational standards. When they hand out promotions, they tend to favor workers who are better qualified with more credentials. Gaining skills is the only way to move forward in the workforce. Education is a boost to the resumes of all working individuals. They are better able to do their jobs and have more opportunities open up for them.

When workers think about improving their skills, they dread the thought of going back to school. Employers should remind them of the many benefits associated with education, such as improved work performances and advancements to higher positions. In the end, maintain the efforts to improve your workers’ skills and create good, long-lasting results for your business.


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Kara MastersonMeet the Author: Kara Masterson

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family.


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From Leader to Expert: Transitioning to Freelance Consulting

~by Jessica Walter~

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Is it time to take a step back from the day-to-day running of your business? Stepping out of business leadership does not mean stepping out of business altogether. Instead, it offers leaders such as yourself the chance to branch out into new fields, to turn your expertise and decades of experience into a lucrative, but flexible money earner. The advantage for the business owner is multifaceted and includes securing the longevity of the business you created and grew, creating flexible, challenging and rewarding gigs, and more time at home with the family or to devote to hobbies, interests and traveling. It is possible to have it all.

Succession Planning

freelance consultingBefore retiring or taking a step back, you want to ensure a smooth transition for the business. Succession planning is one of the trickiest elements for a business leader to undertake. There are also multiple financial and legal elements as well as business strategy elements to put in place first. And this brings you to the most important leadership question in the history of your business – are you going to pass it on to your children or are you going to sell the business?

According to Kennesaw State University in Georgia, only 33% of family run businesses remain stable after being passed down to the next generation. In addition to this, only 5% of businesses make it as far as the third generation. This represents the creative-destructive nature of capitalism, as well as the ebbing and flowing of money between generations. It also proves Plato’s belief in Republic that the tyrant (let’s say business leader) will be a success, but his children will not. The reason for this is that the 2nd generation grew up with the business already made. They did not have to make it themselves, so they are more used to the trappings than the striving.

Ensuring Your Financial Security

When taking a step back from a business, you need to be financially secure. This means either still receiving income from the business or selling it at value to fund your retirement. Putting your financial ducks in a row means it is vital to consider mortgages, pensions, tax burdens, and income levels for 3-4 decades post retirement. It also means being fully prepared for the costs of passing away, meaning that the costs of estate taxes, burial costs, charitable donations, gift giving, and outstanding debts are all covered. In having the business taken care of and all financial liabilities planned for and covered, you can then embark on your new life as a subject matter expert.

Branching Out into Freelance Consulting

freelance consultingNow you have time and energy to do more interesting things. If you enjoy speaking, writing or mentoring people, then there are a wealth of opportunities for you to take advantage of. It is possible to leverage your vast experience and get paid for it too. There are two main types of consulting work: paid and unpaid.

Paid: Working for a publicly traded or privately held business for gain. You may also be able to get paid for consulting work with state and federal agencies, but this is rarer.

Unpaid: Informal advisory work for startups, friendly companies, NGOs, or positions on community and charitable boards.

Both paid and unpaid consulting work can be achieved through networking, while others require volunteering, applications and elections. This can range from consulting on a specific element of the business related to your expertise, be it recruitment, strategic planning, P&L, product development, client relationship management, logistics, or a host of other areas. Alternatively, it can cover a single project within the business which you can help bring to fruition, a start-up needing a guiding hand to maturity, or a formal position on a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board.

Building Your Thought Leadership

Like any business, to develop a consulting career you need a business plan and a strategy to build yourself up and get yourself out there. It may require unpaid work to begin with, but one thing will lead to another.

Alternatively, you can develop a reputation for being a thought leader within your chosen field(s). Thought leadership is best demonstrated through speaking, writing articles, and even books – self-publishing makes this all the easier nowadays. There are countless industry, business and training seminars and conferences in which to get a speaking role. The same goes for blogs, magazines, newspapers, and so on. In addition to this, it is possible to work with local educational institutions to give guest lectures, run modules, do training sessions, and provide mentoring. All of these can go on a resume and really build your thought leadership.


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Meet the Author: Jessica Walter

Jess Walter is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets.


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4 Great Team Building Activities to Help Your Business Operations

~by Brooke Chaplan~

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If not approached with caution and with a sober mindset, the benefits of team building activities become non-existent. Being one of the most important investments an organization can make for its workers, team building must be fun and adventurous. It should be something that your employees look forward to.

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If you are planning a team building retreat for your employees, you may want to borrow these four fantastic and engaging group team building ideas.

Scavenger Hunt

Divide the team into two or more groups. Using a pen and paper, develop a list of amusing tasks for each group to perform, such as shopping for particular items in a specified store, locating and taking a picture of a given building, and so on. Attach a deadline to the list of tasks that must be completed, and reward the fastest group. The scavenger hunt is a team bonding exercise good for breaking up office cliques. It encourages employees to work with people from other departments and teams.

The Barter Puzzle

This fun and exciting group game demands the availability of four small groups or more with an equal number of members. There should be enough jigsaw puzzles for all the groups. All the jigsaw puzzles must have the same level of difficulty. The first group to finish the puzzle wins, but the real challenge is in finding missing jigsaw pieces that are mixed in the jigsaw puzzles of other groups. Group members must devise a way of getting those missing parts whether by barter or espionage. It’s important that teams work together and make decisions together throughout. The Barter Puzzle instills problem-solving and leadership skills in your workers.

Human Knot

team building activitiesHuman Knot accommodates groups of 8-20 people, and no tools are required. Ask the members of the team to stand in a circle, shoulder to shoulder. Instruct them to stretch their right arms and grab a random hand of someone from across. Instruct them to do the same using their left hands. Without releasing their hands, ask them to untangle the knot of arms – within a stipulated timeline. If you have a large team, separate them into small groups of no less than eight people each, and make them compete. Good communication and teamwork are critical success elements in an organization. This group activity comes in handy for developing these traits and showing employees how much they can achieve within a short amount of time if they successfully handle a task or project together.

Escape Room

A growing trend in group and team building activities is the Escape Room. These rooms are complex puzzles that require everyone to contribute and look at things from different perspectives to reach a common goal. Ranging from small to large groups, there are sizes and difficulty levels for any size team. Facilities like Houdini’s Room Escape even have different themes and special accommodations specifically for team building. As Escape Rooms become more popular you’re bound to find one in your area to try out.

Effective team building can be extremely beneficial to both the employees and the company. It offers a great channel for mitigating conflicts, building trust, encouraging smooth communication, and increasing collaboration. It helps employees become more actively engaged, which enhances not only organizational performance but also the company culture.


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Brooke ChaplanMeet the Author: Brooke Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.


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How to Dress Like a Smart and Successful Entrepreneur

~by Jenny Park~

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There are times when we try to look witty we tend to do unfortunate stuff that makes us look stupid instead. Some people tend to experiment with unusual words and even put on an excellent poker face when speaking, which, based on studies, can blow you up straight in the face.

successful entrepreneurWe have this feeling that we can be successful, that we can make our small ideas big. Those may bring you millions, and eventually, you will get famous because of your innovative ideas. Do you feel this? Do you expect it to happen because you want it? Are you someone who has the guts to push this?

If you answer yes, then that’s good. That’s a powerful trait that a successful entrepreneur should possess. Courage, patience and goal-setting — these are what a successful businessperson should have for him or her to achieve what he or she wants.

No matter how we keep on saying that we should never judge a book by its cover, sadly, we humans still tend to do so, and what’s worse is that it’s becoming one of our bad behaviors.

Unfortunately, not dressing appropriately may give people the impression that you’re somewhat ordinary instead of seeing you as a successful entrepreneur as you are in real life.

So, in this article we will give you tips on how to dress like a boss and get your business partner’s trust and respect.

The demand should depend on the situation

Opening a new business may not require a very formal dress code during office hours, but never underestimate it. There will still be times when you should dress formally. Make blazers, pencil skirts for women, tailor-fit men’s suit, part of your investment. Just make sure you’re not taking a whole day off to find the perfect match of clothes for you to get to work.

Anyway, you can still partner those formal clothes with a soft color blazer or half-lined blazer, and substitute a pair of jeans instead of wearing trousers if you want to have that not-so-formal look.

Choose the best color, not your favorite color

You may look good in any color you wear. But let me ask you one real question… Would you even want to wear a neon orange t-shirt in a closed door meeting with your clients? Would you even risk your reputation just for doing that? No, right?

By choosing the right clothes, you are mainly representing yourself as a well-known entrepreneur. So here’s one great tip for you: Try experimenting with different colors.

Choose colors that would make you look like someone capable enough to make a difference. Darker shades than usual like navy and black show dominance and firmness. Wearing lighter shades of pink, peach and yellow may express friendliness.

Ask for professional help

Wearing a branded suit like Brioni is an excellent opportunity to show people how stylish and smart you are without uttering a single word. But, if you wore something that is too sloppy on your shoulders or something that is too tight-fitting for you that you can’t even stretch the button into its hole, then you’re doing it inappropriately.

That is mainly the reason why successful people hire personal tailors for them to make sure that their sizes are precisely measured. Keep in mind that knowing the right size and wearing tailor-fitted formal clothes would surely make a difference.

If you wear smart attire, wear it intelligently

successful entrepreneurSurely, wearing a Bluetooth earpiece all the time is not cool. And equipping yourself with a pair of shades at night is not smart either. Be someone who knows the right accessories that would fit. For example, why not try a smartwatch that is not only stylish but would also be helpful in your everyday tasks.

Aside from that, it would also make you look like someone who is not behind when it comes to the latest in modern technology. Smartwatches should not only be smart. They should also be slim and sleek, and may offer you almost everything that a computer can do.

For girls, though, yes it is best to shine bright like a diamond, but you should never take it literally. Avoid dangling earrings and glittery, shimmering jewelry.

Don’t cut costs on your shoes

Don’t fall into the trap of wearing a formal and well-created suit with shoes that do not match it. That is a common mistake; we tend to disregard the shoes we wear because we’re too busy preparing for what to put on top. 

Unlike women, this is way easier for men, as they can just pick one pair of shoes that will go with anything they wear. For women, it’s a whole lot different. It is a great challenge to wear an extravagant pair of heels without putting your comfort in jeopardy.

Yes, heels are painful and will make you uncomfortable sometimes, but there is something about heels that boosts women’s confidence.

Some businesswomen may opt for wedges with open toes for better fit and more comfort. The more comfortable it feels, the less pain you’ll feel.

Takeaway

It may be an unspoken rule to wear corporate suits and ties for you to be an official and accomplished entrepreneur. It may still play a vital role in determining your partners’, clients’ and most especially, your co-workers’ respect towards you.

If you want to look like a successful and smart entrepreneur, start acting like one. Do you have anything that you would like to share with us? Your opinion, your personal experiences? We would love to hear from you. Write it down in our comment box!


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Jenny Park loves fashion and style. She travels around the globe to get ideas and inspirations with the latest trend and craze of fashion in men and women’s clothing. Aside from being an in-style woman, writing is her passion and has also been her first love. Whatever she discovers when she travels, she always writes about and shares with her readers.


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What Makes a Working Environment Truly Safe?

~by Lillian Connors~

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No matter where you work, you might be exposed to some safety and health hazards. If you sit in an office, behind a computer, you are much less likely to be exposed to any negative elements, though it can’t be said that nothing could go wrong.

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On the other hand, those operating heavy machinery or working in an unpredictable environment are much more prone to accidents. Since most accidents that occur could have been prevented, it’s of great importance to recognize potential risks and take necessary steps to avoid them.

Falls

Though it may seem surprising to many, falls are the most common type of work injuries. In order to minimize the risk of tripping and falling, make sure that walkways are free from clutter at all times. Rugs and thresholds are particularly dangerous in that respect, and so are tiled surfaces, which are quite slippery when wet.

Next, you should avoid standing on chairs, particularly rolling ones; use a stepladder instead. Finally, many falls occur at blind corners when two people don’t see each other coming until it’s too late. That’s why some companies have had convex mirrors installed at intersections.

Dangerous objects

Another potential danger is objects that could hit you. For example, overloaded cabinets or those with extended drawers are a great hazard. Similarly, it’s vital that heavy items are stored properly so that they can’t be knocked over. People may get seriously hurt from these types of accidents. It’s best to keep all heavy objects as close to the ground as possible and never exceed the load capacity of shelves.

Importance of ergonomics

Many injuries, particularly in offices, happen because of inappropriate posture or repetitive movements of employees. In order to prevent such injuries, managers need to consider individual cases and provide adjustable chairs, monitor stands and other equipment, so that each employee can arrange it in a way that they find most suitable.

If you think such investments are unnecessary, just consider how much you might end up paying after health claims from workers. Not only that, but you also have to incorporate the cost of replacing the absent worker, loss of production and similar problems.

Light

working environmentIt’s well known that staring at a computer monitor is not good for your eyes, but many people have to spend hours every day doing exactly that. In order to help them, designers or managers need to insist on having appropriate lights installed at each work unit, and no bright spot should be present in the employee’s line of vision to prevent serious damage to their eyesight.

Fire safety

There is probably no need to stress how dangerous fires are. What makes these matters worse is that a fire can be started in many different ways. Still, in most cases it can be easily prevented if everyone is aware of the potential hazards.

For example, damaged, ungrounded power cords are the most common cause of fire, which is why they need to be inspected regularly and thoroughly. Cords can also be overloaded, which is also potentially hazardous. Another potential danger are heaters, which might be located near combustible materials, or they might simply be tipped over.

All employees need to be aware of the location of reliable, tested fire-fighting units closest to their office so that they can use them should such a need arise. Fire sprinklers must not be blocked in any way, and there should be at least 50-60 cm of clear space below. Finally, escape routes need to be free from obstacles and clutter, while fire doors must not be held open by objects such as chairs or trashcans.

These are just some of the most important concerns that every manager and employee have to be aware of regarding safety at work. Just as with many other things in life, it’s always better to act preventively than to deal with consequences. The issue of people’s health must not be taken lightly, and all necessary steps need to be taken in order to prevent any harm that may occur at the workplace.


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Lillian ConnorsMeet the Author: Lillian Connors

As the Co-Editor of BizzMarkBlog, Lillian Connors believes that the question of business goes far beyond the maximization of profit through different money-grabbing ploys. Instead, she likes to think that ethical principles should be at the core of every commercial venture, paving the way for much more balanced distribution of wealth on a global scale. 
You can check her out on LinkedIn.


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3 Surefire Ways to Make Your Corporate Events Excellent

~by Brooke Chaplan~

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corporate eventsWhile the world of business is usually one that focuses on work above all else, it’s important to take time out during the year to celebrate. Your teams have worked hard and your investors have kept the faith even during hard times – so it’s up to you as the person in charge to reward them. If you want to create great corporate events, you’ll want to take the three tips below into consideration.

Make the Space Special

One of the best ways to make an event special is to use a special space. If you have a large company, for example, it may be possible to have your event at a large event like a sports stadium. It may sound strange, but venues like Metlife Stadium have plenty of time and space available in both the on and off seasons for corporate events and parties. If you look around, you may be surprised by what types of venues are available for rent. The better the space, the better the overall event will be, so try to book the best spot in your area. It’s amazing what a good venue can do for your event.

corporate eventsDon’t Cut Corners

When you go into the planning of a corporate event, make use of your budget well, but don’t cut corners. Your employees and other guests will certainly appreciate the fact that you don’t have an infinite amount of money to spend on the event, but they will also notice when you have been cheap. As such, it’s better to do less if it’s high quality than to do more with obviously cut corners. Put on the best event you can with what you have instead of trying to fake your way through the night.

Put Fun First

Perhaps more than anything else, try to make sure that your corporate event is fun for everyone. While it’s certainly a good idea to push your brand and to make the relevant remarks to your team, don’t use your event as a chance to conduct business in an overt way. If you must have a speaker, make sure that he or she is both effective and entertaining. A memorable corporate event will be an event that puts the corporate side of things second and the human side of things first. Make sure your guests have fun and their memories of the event will be hard to forget.

Taken together, these three tips will help you to create a corporate event that is both fun and memorable. When you celebrate, make sure to do it well. This kind of event will engender good feelings throughout the rest of the year, so make the most of it.


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Brooke ChaplanMeet the Author: Brooke Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.


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