It is easy to become comfortable with your current position in the workplace. You know what is expected of you, the tasks you need to complete, and the people to turn to when you require a helping hand. However, when you become complacent and settled in your current position, you do not allow yourself to grow. You prevent yourself from progressing and improving in both your personal and professional life.  There is no reason you need to hold yourself back. Here are four ways to step out of your comfort zone in the workplace and find success. 1. Tackle a New Assignment Is...

Research shows that if you want to retain employees, you must begin with the onboarding process. Approximately 69% of employees are likely to stay with a company for more than three years if they experience great onboarding. However, the onboarding process can be a challenge when you work remotely. Luckily, with some great ideas, work, and time, you can create a virtual onboard program that will help all of your new hires reach their full productivity and performance levels. Here are five tips to help you create a successful virtual onboarding program.  1. Find the Right Tech There are all types of tech...

During the COVID-19 pandemic, video conferencing became all the rage. Many companies turned to video conferencing applications such as Zoom to communicate with their employees and to help their businesses survive. Even schools, charities, volunteer organizations, study groups, and churches turned to these applications. Unfortunately, this extensive use of video calls caused many individuals to experience zoom fatigue. What is Zoom Fatigue?  Zoom fatigue is how you process information over video calls. It is how you demonstrate that you are paying attention and processing the information being communicated to you. During video calls, it is easy to stare out the window,...

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...