Category Archives: Small Business Tips

Should You Really Unplug During the Holidays?

November 15, 2017 | 80 views

Should You Really Unplug During the Holidays?

Should You Really Unplug During the Holidays?

It’s tempting isn’t it? To turn your phone to airplane mode during your holiday feast and keep it that way while you clean up, unwind, and relax with the people you love? Absolutely it is. And if you look to a few experts, this time away from work is also healthy.

 

But there’s a different point of view that might not be considered. In fact, it might make you more stressed out and overwhelmed the more you unplug from your work during the holidays.

 

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How to Avoid Burn Out in Your Nonprofit This Holiday Season

November 8, 2017 | 115 views

How to Avoid Burn Out in Your Nonprofit This Holiday Season

How to Avoid Burn Out in Your Nonprofit This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to feel blessed, thankful, and downright stressed out. Unfortunately, the message of gratitude we’re hearing so loud and clear this time of year falls on deaf ears when our schedules fill up. Add in fewer volunteer hours and more vacation time taken by your team, and you have a recipe for fatigue worse than the tryptophan hangover you’re sure to experience during Thanksgiving.

 

If you feel like you’re on the edge of burning out, here are some tips that can help.

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How Long Should a Lunch Break Be?

November 1, 2017 | 217 views

How Long Should a Lunch Break Be?

How Long Should a Lunch Break Be?

Does this surprise you? A recent survey by Right Management found that less than 20 percent of Americans regularly leave their desk for a midday meal. That means only one in every five workers are actually getting a break during their workday, despite what labor laws require.

 

Does that sound similar to what you’re doing in your company? If so, it might be time to consider how long your lunch breaks really should be and what you’re doing to encourage your employees to get the mental breaks they need throughout the day.

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It’s Time to Prepare Your Retail Business for the Holiday Season

October 25, 2017 | 196 views

It's Time to Prepare Your Retail Business for the Holiday Season

It’s Time to Prepare Your Retail Business for the Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe but pumpkin spice and candy canes galore are about to descend upon us as we welcome the 2017 holiday season. Is your retail business prepared? If not, now’s the time to get moving on your plans for how you’ll meet and beat the high expectations from the wave of buyers excited to spend money with you. Here are a few tips to get you started.

 

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Handling the Influx of Time Off Requests During the Holidays

October 11, 2017 | 249 views

Handling the Influx of Time Off Requests During the Holidays

Handling the Influx of Time Off Requests During the Holidays

It’s October, which means football, the flu, and family obligations are in full swing. Although you might have thought the summer months were overwhelming in terms of time off requests, the Fall is the start of the season when more people call in sick (many times, even when they aren’t physically ill).

 

As an employer, the influx of time off requests during the holidays can leave you short handed. And this can happen at a moment’s notice, forcing you to face unexpected holes in your schedule with limited time to fill them. Here are a few tips to help you cope.

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Don’t Spook Your Volunteers Away This Holiday Season

October 4, 2017 | 388 views

Don't Spook Your Volunteers Away This Holiday Season

Don’t Spook Your Volunteers Away This Holiday Season

If the smell of pumpkin in the air hasn’t made it feel enough like Fall yet, the sight of ghosts and ghouls roaming the streets soon will. This is Halloween season and with it comes promise of fright as night descends. For children, zombies and witches are the big scare this time of year, but for adults, it’s the looming hustle and bustle of the holiday season, which has now officially kicked off.

 

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5 Employee Benefits That’ll Inspire Your Team to Do More

September 27, 2017 | 411 views

5 Employee Benefits That'll Inspire Your Team to Do More

5 Employee Benefits That’ll Inspire Your Team to Do More

Employee benefits extend way beyond the standard 401(k) and health insurance plan. Now, top companies are offering more to their team members in an effort to inspire them to be more productive and loyal to the organization. What can you do to get that same kind of dedication from your team? Here are five ideas.

 

 

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Is the Key to Productivity to do Nothing?

September 20, 2017 | 416 views

Is the Key to Productivity to do Nothing?

Is the Key to Productivity to do Nothing?

The illusive 4-hour work week looks tempting, but how is it possible? How can a person achieve grandiose things without producing? You work hard to achieve inbox zero, but it requires just that – work. How can you be a success without grinding away for hours every day?

 

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Scheduling Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sanity in Business

September 13, 2017 | 523 views

Scheduling Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sanity in Business

Scheduling Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sanity in Business

Managing a business is enough to make even the most grounded person feel frantic with pressure. There are deadlines, projects, people to manage, constant changes, and more.

 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed in your business, here are a few scheduling tips that can get you back to center and help you maintain (or reclaim) your sanity.

 

Buffer in Before and After Time

Every meeting, every appointment, and every task requires you to gear up before you can fully begin to engage. That requires about 15-minutes of mental refocus time before and after each task you work on throughout the day, or each conversation you have.

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What Clorox Can Teach You About Leading a Non-Profit

September 6, 2017 | 473 views

What Clorox Can Teach You About Leading a Non-Profit

What Clorox Can Teach You About Leading a Non-Profit

What does Clorox have to do with your leadership style? Maybe not a lot yet. But when you consider that the CEO of this company was rated in the top 100 by Glassdoor, you might want to take a closer look at what they’re doing to win their employee’s hearts.

 

The Backstory of the Clorox Company

Benno Dorer oversees the Clorox Company, which sells Kingsford Charcoal, Brita water filters, and Hidden Valley salad dressing, among the many other cleaning products it’s well-known for. Although none of these products are quite as eye-catching and attractive as brands, such as Tesla and Apple, have, it’s hard to argue with the success of the company.

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