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Are You Hurting Your Productivity by Allowing Your Employees to Schedule Tasks?

June 21, 2017 | 111 views

Are You Hurting Your Productivity by Allowing Your Employees to Schedule Tasks?

Are You Hurting Your Productivity by Allowing Your Employees to Schedule Tasks?

Productivity. Work/life balance. Freedom in the workplace. These are all things we champion on a regular basis, so when a recent Harvard Business Journal article was released titled, “Why Productivity Suffers When Employees Are Allowed to Schedule Their Own Tasks,” we took notice.

 

The Research Behind the Claims

The research comes from a paper titled, “Discretionary Task Ordering: Queue Management in Radiological Services” by Maria R. Ibanez, a doctoral candidate at Harvard Business School; Jonathan R. Clark, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio; Robert S. Huckman, a professor at Harvard Business School; and Bradley R. Staats, an associate professor at UNC Kenan-Flager Business School.

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Facebook Workplace for Nonprofits: What You Need to Know About This New Way of Collaboration

June 14, 2017 | 74 views

Facebook Workplace for Nonprofits: What You Need to Know About This New Way of Collaboration

Facebook Workplace for Nonprofits: What You Need to Know About This New Way of Collaboration

Have you heard about the recent addition to the world’s largest social network, Facebook? It’s called Workplace and it’s designed to make collaboration within non-profit organizations smoother, easier, and more efficient. It’s a concept we champion here at ScheduleBase, and now that Facebook has hopped on board, we thought you’d like to know about why this new feature is worth your attention.

 

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How to Hire Someone With Authentic Passion

June 7, 2017 | 97 views

How to Hire Someone With Authentic Passion

How to Hire Someone With Authentic Passion

The term passion is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

 

“Intense, driving, or overmastering feeling of conviction.”

 

On the surface that looks like a pretty powerful thing. More importantly, it looks like something you want on your team. You want someone who works intensely with strong drive toward the convictions your business is built upon. Find someone with the same personal convictions as your organization’s and you’ll have the perfect employee, right? Right.

 

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Creating Your Schedule for Both Work and Life

May 24, 2017 | 125 views

Creating Your Schedule for Both Work and Life

Creating Your Schedule for Both Work and Life

If you’re like the bulk of working Americans, your schedule feels overwhelming and at times, out of control. It doesn’t have to be that way. Are you on the quest for work/life balance? We have a scheduling tactic that might help you make that dream a reality.

 

To start, create a schedule for your personal comprehensive calendar. On this, you’ll jot down everything you have planned in your life (and then some). This won’t only help eliminate confusion, but it’ll also help your overall well-being at work (and your employees’). Here’s how.

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Tips for Scheduling Employees Who Are Frequent Travelers

May 17, 2017 | 166 views

Tips for Scheduling Employees Who Are Frequent Travelers

Tips for Scheduling Employees Who Are Frequent Travelers

What’s a surefire way to add confusion to your schedule? Add in time zone changes for the employees who are frequent travelers in your business.

 

When you have a team that travels regularly to make sales calls, you need everyone to be aware of their whereabouts and their availability. But, tracking their meeting times and travel dates can quickly get messy without a proper plan in place. Here are a few tips for how to add frequent travelers to your schedule.

 

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How to Turn Your Customer Service Team Into a Marketing Department

May 10, 2017 | 232 views

How to Turn Your Customer Service Team Into a Marketing Department

How to Turn Your Customer Service Team Into a Marketing Department

Does your firm operate out of different silos? If so, you might miss out on a tremendous opportunity.

 

Cross-pollination of departments in your company is a tremendous way to boost sales and increase customer loyalty. One of the easiest and best ways to accomplish this is to turn your customer service team into a team of marketers. Although they don’t take on the normal marketing functions, the way they engage with and talk to your customer base has a direct impact on how consumers view your brand. In other words, whether you like it or not, your customer service agents are already marketing your business.

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How to Keep Volunteers Engaged During the Busy Summer Months

May 3, 2017 | 219 views

How to Keep Volunteers Engaged During the Busy Summer Months

How to Keep Volunteers Engaged During the Busy Summer Months

Here we go! As the temperatures rise and the flowers start to bloom again after the dark, dreary winter months, we know we’re entering the summer season. For non-profit organizations, this time of year means fewer volunteers. This combination can leave you feeling even more shorthanded than usual.

 

Here are a few of the most common roadblocks non-profit organizations most often face during the summer from a personnel and volunteer perspective, and how to overcome them.

 

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5 Signs It’s Time to Grow Your Team

April 26, 2017 | 219 views

5 Signs It's Time to Grow Your Team

5 Signs It’s Time to Grow Your Team

There’s a strange limbo stage between every new hire. You aren’t sure if you need another person quite yet, but you know your team’s time is stretched to the max. How do you know it’s the right time to grow your team? Here are five signs.

 

1. Your growth rate just skyrocketed.

Sometimes, it takes the right product or marketing campaign to propel your growth rate forward faster than anticipated. Although exciting, it might have you wondering if it’s a short-term spike or if you’re going to have to stock up on manpower for the long run.

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Is It Time to Reorganize Your Office?

April 19, 2017 | 259 views

Is It Time to Reorganize Your Office?

Is It Time to Reorganize Your Office?

How productive is your team? If you feel like you’re caught in a rut, it might be time to shake things up. But let’s face it. The idea of reorganizing your office and operations can feel daunting, so you’d rather continue where you’re at than face office growing pains.

 

Before you get too comfortable with a routine that’s not working, go through these four steps to diagnose where you’re at and how you can best improve with minimal strain on your internal dynamics.

 

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How to Recruit More Engaged Volunteers

April 12, 2017 | 275 views

How to Recruit More Engaged Volunteers

How to Recruit More Engaged Volunteers

The initial start on a project is exciting. Your volunteers are jazzed about working with your organization and excited for what’s in store. Then, as time goes on and the dirty work begins, some volunteer’s enthusiasm fizzles out. Engagement suffers and soon, you’re left with about half the number of people you need to make your cause a success.

 

It doesn’t have to be this way. By recruiting and keeping more engaged volunteers, you can see your projects through and raise the money or awareness you need. Here’s how.

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