You may have been hearing a lot of talk about a blended workforce, but what exactly is it? A blended workforce is a mixture of in-office employees which are in a traditional setting with offsite freelancers. The benefits to this type of workforce are many, and it’s becoming an increasingly frequent arrangement in the workforce. So, what’s so great about this type of arrangement? Some advantages The advantages of a blended workforce are good for...
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At times, an employee that you’ve hired may seem to be the perfect fit for your company culture. But then little issues crop up, and you wonder if you have made the right choice. Or, an employee that you’ve had working for you for a good while starts to act inappropriately or shows signs off discontentment. What do you do in situations like this? Small employee problems that can get out of control If your...
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It’s important to have good communication skills when working in an office environment. Miscommunication can cost a company money or a lost client. Good communication skills are especially necessary among team members. So, what are some things that can be done to improve communication with your team members? Communication problems First one of the main issues in not communicating properly is the failure to listen properly. This especially so because co-workers will often interrupt each...
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In the workplace, there are basic common sense rules which every employee should practice. From good manners to other rules being followed, these things make everyone’s work life easier. Another point is that following the rules can help to advance your career opportunities. Rules for good manners Everyone should know what good manners are and what they aren’t. But you would be surprised at how many co-workers don’t use them. A refresher course is listed...
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It’s your first day at the office, and you’re nervous. You’re not too sure of the office protocol, you don’t really know where your desk is yet, and you almost feel like it’s the first day of school. But there are the same day to day challenges and other stressful situations of a job that you are expected to handle. So below are some suggestions to help you deal with the challenges of your first...
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Getting your sales team motivated can take effort on your part. Especially if your sales team is disengaged where they don’t seem to have any motivation. So, if you change your incentives and your strategy, then your sales team will start to put forth more effort. Below are some suggestions to invigorate your sales team again: Let them know what’s going on: Your sales team should be in the know about how sales are doing....
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The workplace has changed over the years from having fixed hours with assigned desks or specific workspaces. Now, employees have more freedom not only to negotiate what hours they want to work but where they want to work from; this is called Workplace Flexibility. What does Workplace Flexibility mean? Workplace Flexibility enables your employee to have more choices when and where to work. It can also mean that your employee works part-time or as a...
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Handling a dissatisfied customer can be one of the most frustrating aspects of owning a business. Some customers who aren’t satisfied can become hostile too. This can affect your sales staff’s motivation and self-confidence.  So, teaching your staff self-restraint and how to handle an angry customer is necessary. Steps for dealing with a difficult customer One of the first things to know about dealing with a difficult customer is not to be forceful. This will...
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When you run a business, there are advantages to teamwork and advantages dealing with the individual performance model outside of teams for your business. There are pros and cons on either side of the coin and depending on the situation; this best decides which method will work best for your office workspace. Teamwork Working in teams is a common business practice. Most job ads will list teamwork then as one of the required job skills...
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There are different reasons why annual reviews are being replaced with continuous reviews. Many businesses are doing away with annual reviews because the continuous reviews are more effective and bring better results. There are other reasons why these changes are being implemented as well and why annual reviews aren’t working anymore. Annual reviews Annual reviews are now considered outdated and inefficient with fewer positive outcomes. Not only is their preparation time-consuming but the time spent...
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