Your work environment affects every aspect of your business. When your culture is negative, it can affect your employees’ productivity, engagement levels, and mental health. You may also struggle to reach your own company goals, improve performance throughout all departments, and grow your business.  If your company’s culture is struggling, there are several changes you can make that will create a more positive work environment. Here are four of them. Prioritize Work Spaces Employees should have a workspace that they feel is their own. It should be someplace where they feel comfortable, can focus, and that boosts their creativity levels. This can look...

Burned-out employees are common in all industries, companies, positions, etc. According to a Gallup study of 7,500 full-time employees, more than 23% of employees reported feeling burned out often and 44% reported sometimes feeling burned out.  As a team leader, how can you help your employees overcome these feelings? How can you help employees who currently feel burned out? Encourage Breaks and Vacations Your employees need a break from work. They need a chance to refresh and rejuvenate their minds. To do this, they need to make their breaks a priority and take some time away from work. Encourage your employees to take...

One of the greatest challenges when working from home is staying productive. It is easy to be distracted by household chores, TV, social media, etc. You may also struggle to find the motivation to get up and get going, particularly with no boss standing over your shoulder. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are several things you can do to become more productive and achieve work-from-home success. Set a Schedule One of the best and easiest ways to increase your productivity when working from home is to establish a schedule. Set working hours that you must follow each...

With many teams working remotely on both a temporary and permanent basis, it can be difficult to build team unity. When outside of the office, employees do not have the same opportunities to socialize and collaborate as they do when in an in-office setting. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t build unity, engagement, and purpose as a team.  By hosting team building activities that are well thought out, have a purpose, and are enjoyable, it can reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in remote workers. It can boost engagement levels, strengthen communication, and remind employees of why they love their...

Video conference technology makes it easy for teams to work remotely, to limit travel, and to save time. However, for these virtual meetings to be productive, video conferencing etiquette must be followed by all participants.  Here are a few rules you should always follow for a successful virtual meeting. Be on Time Just like a typical, in-person meeting, it is important that you are punctual. Strive to sign in to your meeting three to five minutes before the scheduled time. If you do not feel confident with the technology you are using, log in even earlier to work out any tech issues...

In the past several months, virtual presentations have become the new normal. Unfortunately, many individuals are not familiar or comfortable with this technology, and giving a virtual presentation can send you into a bit of a frenzy. However, with the right presentation skills and a little know-how, you can maintain a captive audience, relay important information, and feel confident during these business meetings.  Here are five tips to help you give an incredible virtual presentation.  1. Watch the Time You do not want to spend all morning presenting on the computer. Research shows that during lectures or presentations with only one individual speaking,...

A crisis can happen to any company. It can occur at a moment’s notice or it may slowly arise with time. These situations may only affect your business or it may be a worldwide pandemic like COVID-19. Regardless of what the crisis may be, a leader must be ready to keep the company afloat and their employees engaged and worry-free.  Here are a few ways that leaders can remain strong during a crisis.  Make Decisions Quickly A strong leader cannot be an indecisive leader. During a crisis, the situation can change each day. For example, consider the COVID-19 pandemic. Within days, entire cities...

No matter if you live out of town or a company is trying to limit their staff’s exposure to the public, you may be asked to complete a telephone interview as you search for a new job. Unfortunately, telephone interviews can be nerve-wracking. You must make an impression on the interviewer and often, you have little time and are limited in how you can accomplish this task. Plus, small verbal mistakes, such as talking too fast, mumbling, or excessive rambling can drastically hurt your chances of landing the position.  To ensure your telephone job interview is a success, here are a...

When situations arise such as COVID-19, your company’s leave policy becomes one of the most important documents in your company. A leave policy is a set of rules, guidelines, and procedures that employees must follow to take time off of work. Creating these rules is no simple task and many factors must be considered. As you work on your company’s leave policy, here are four items you may want to include. Leave Considerations Your leave policy should let employees know under what conditions they can take time off of work without the time affecting their employment. This is not as simple...

As states are slowly opening up around the country, employees are beginning to leave their comfy home offices and head back to work. For many companies, face masks may be highly encouraged or even mandatory when at work. However, for face masks to be effective at limiting the spread of viruses, there are certain guidelines you need to follow.  Here are a few of the dos and don’ts for wearing a face-covering while in the workplace.  DO Provide Instructions or Training on How to Wear Face Masks It may seem silly but many individuals do not know how to properly wear a face...