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Employees and Productivity: How to Avoid the Afternoon Slump

August 15th, 2018

Help employees avoid the afternoon slump with these tips.

For many employees, there’s something that happens most afternoons and you may have come to expect it: an energy crash.

The afternoon crash not only affects employees, it can also have a negative impact on overall company productivity and quality of work.

What can you do to avoid the afternoon slump and keep energy levels up? Keep reading to find out.

Employees and Productivity: Avoiding the Afternoon Slump

  1. Encourage Going Outside

Going outside, getting fresh air and sunlight can wake employees up, even in the middle of the day. Sunlight during the day can have the same effect as getting sunlight in the morning – it wakes the body up. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Keep Employees Healthy All Year Round

August 8th, 2018

Keep employees healthy during the summer with these tips.

During the middle of the summer, you may not be as worried about a cold or flu spreading to employees. That happens in fall and winter, right? While August is typically not considered part of cold and flu season, keeping employees healthy should always be a priority.

Here are a few tips from the Huffington Post to keep your employees feeling good year round.

How to Keep Employees in Good Health

  1. Wipe Down Desks and Computers

Even though people around you may not be constantly coughing and sneezing, germs and bacteria still survive on commonly used surfaces. Take some time out of the day, provide an appropriate cleaning solution, and encourage employees to wipe down their mouse, keyboard, phone and any other surfaces they touch often. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Reward Exceptional Employees

June 14th, 2018

How do you reward your employees?

When it comes to employee appreciation, it’s important to reward them. Your budget may not allow for bonus checks or lavish gifts, however it is still important to acknowledge hard work and dedication.

What are simple ways to reward employees? Keep reading to find out.

How to Reward Employees

  1. Give Specific Compliments

The Muse recommends offering specific compliments over generic ones. For example:

Good: “Thanks for your hard work, Cathy!”

Better: “Thanks for putting in so much hard work to win over that new client, Cathy!”

Best: “Cathy, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your hard work to land the new Smith account. We’ve been after that account for several months, so you really stepped up to close an important deal. This is a huge win for you, our team, and the entire company.”

This will let your employee know you see they are working hard and are paying attention to them and their efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

Do You Annoy Your Co-Workers? How to Bring Peace to the Workplace

June 7th, 2018

Do you annoy your co-workers?

Whether you work in a traditional office or in close proximity to people, there’s a chance you may annoy your co-workers from time-to-time, or they may annoy you.

There may be obvious offenders like cooking fish in the breakroom microwave, but there are also small, everyday things that people can find annoying.

Are you guilty of annoying your office? Keep reading for five of the common workplace behaviors that made the list of 34 Things You Do That Annoy Your Co-Workers (but They Rarely Tell You) from Inc.

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How To Increase Productivity in the Office

May 15th, 2018

Limit office clutter for a productive environment.

Sometimes the office can be a boring place. You show up at the same time every day, likely do the same work day in and day out, and are out the door like clockwork.

For employees, an unexciting day at the office can decrease productivity and may even impact quality of work.

How can you make your workplace more suitable for productivity? Keep reading for business environment tips and ways to make the day a little better for your workers.

Designing the Perfect Office

As Lifehack reports, “It’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your productivity about 20 percent. However, despite the studies and statistics, nearly half of the employers interviewed don’t consider workplace design a good business investment.” Read the rest of this entry »

How to Write a Professional Email

April 17th, 2018

Use these tips to write a professional email.

For many industries and companies, email is one of the most common forms of communication, whether it’s used for a quick response or a longer detailed message.

Since this method of communication is used often, there is a lot of room for error, which can negatively impact yourself and your business.

Here are a few tips to remember when writing and sending emails that could save you a lot of grief.

4 Email Etiquette Tips

  1. Proofreading

While many email provider offer editing services, they may not catch the wrong word if it’s spelled correctly; if you write “ant” but mean “and” the editor may not catch it. While this may seem like a simple mistake and the email recipient will likely know what you are trying to convey, it can make you look less professional.

Take the time to read and then re-read your email; there’s no point in losing credibility over an easy to catch error. Read the rest of this entry »

3 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Office

December 26th, 2017

2018 is upon us and we hope you’ve had a productive year! From showing your employees you appreciate them to ensuring your workplace is as healthy as it can be, this past year has been a great opportunity to improve your company. What resolutions should you set as goals in the coming year? Read on for three ideas.

What New Year’s resolutions have you made for your workplace?

3 Workplace Goals for 2018

  1. Host Regular Performance Reviews

Not all companies offer performance reviews, and while they take time, reviews offer a real benefit to both your organization and your employees. Employees who regularly receive feedback produce higher quality work and are more committed to their jobs; learn how to prepare for a review in this blog post.

  1. Encourage Workplace Health and Wellness

Could your office be healthier? If you want to see your team members’ productivity increase and your health bill decline, make this your focus in 2018. Encouraging frequent standing in the form of walking meetings, offering sit-to-stand desks and even having dedicated team standing breaks can add years to your team’s life expectancies and also boost their on the job productivity. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Increase Health and Wellness in the Workplace

November 28th, 2017

We’re coming up on the season for New Year’s resolutions, when both workers and employers make a conscious effort to change aspects of their life with health and wellness in mind. Are you looking for ways your office space could be improved?

Are you focusing on workplace health and wellness?

Employing strategies to increase the overall health and wellness of your office can be a great way to boost morale and encourage higher rates of productivity, in addition to extending the lives of your employees. Workplace stress can be as dangerous as secondhand smoke; workers who lack proper ergonomic comfort and sit for all hours of the day can experience body pain, low motivation and are more likely to quit their jobs. Read on for a couple of strategies to boost the overall health and wellness of your team.

2 Strategies for Boosting Health and Wellness at Work

  1. Encourage Higher Water Consumption

How much water do your employees drink in a day? Is it enough? Healthy water consumption is important for health and wellness; it regulates body functions, helps with alertness and encourages a more positive attitude. Read the rest of this entry »

Motivate Your Team with These Non-Monetary Incentives!

September 19th, 2017

It’s almost fall, which is a great time to show your workers you care about them, and provide incentives to keep their work the best it can be. If you’re looking for ways to reward your team members without straying from a tight company budget, non-monetary incentives are the way to go. Although money is a motivator for many people, most use it to pay bills instead of doing something fun, and you may see what was meant to be a reward turn into just another paycheck. To help retain top talent and keep them motivated, try one of these four non-monetary incentives.

Want to motivate your team without spending lots of money? Read on!

4 Best Incentives that Don’t Break the Bank!

  1. Offer Continuing Education

This incentive is a great way to improve the quality of work from your team members and make them feel appreciated and invested in! Workplace education or paid certification courses will help your office soar to new heights and encourage your workers’ talents. Try night school classes, on the job training or other continuing education options.

  1. Reward Them in Small Ways

You don’t have to give your workers extra vacation days or swag items to motivate them. Small (and free!) benefits like a dedicated parking space, picking an employee of the month or a more relaxed dress code can all have the same effect as cash. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Maintain a Positive Workplace Environment

July 18th, 2017

Do you feel morale beginning to wane at your company? Even if you don’t, it’s important to create a positive workplace where people feel happy and comfortable on the job. While everyone has bad days and sometimes may not want to come to the office, there are things you can do to make your space more inviting, fun and productive. Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment your team will be proud to be a part of.

Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment.

Create a Positive Workplace with These 4 Characteristics

  1. Meaningful Work Assignments

Even if employees are lower on the executive totem pole, they should be given relevant, meaningful work assignments. Offering a sense of ownership over their projects give your team members pride in their work, which can make them feel more committed to the company overall.

  1. Transparent Communication

Open communication can go a long way in creating a positive work environment. Employees who feel information is being withheld from them can be less trusting and have lower engagement on the job. Always keep team members in the loop on relevant projects and consider holding open office hours or asking for feedback on a regular basis.  Read the rest of this entry »