We all know the benefits of looking after our staff. It increases employee retention, saving us time and money on training and recruitment. It means that our staff are happy and motivated and that morale is high. Taking care of your team means that they can work better and that they are loyal to you and your business.Read More
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You work within your office, of course, but your office needs to work for you as well. It needs to have all the right equipment and technology and space and functionality you could ever need in the business world, and if it doesn’t, you can feel rather trapped and a bit limited. And that isn’t a good start for a small, owned business that should have a great future ahead of it!Read More
The importance of choosing premium quality furniture and carefully considering the design of your office space cannot be overlooked. The furnishings you choose, the colour palette you select, and the features you incorporate can make a massive difference in terms of your brand image, employee morale, and productivity levels. To ensure that this is a positive difference, read on for some suggestions.Read More
There’s something quite important about having your own office, especially if this is where you run your own business from. It’s a room of power, of tactical thinking, and of your most dense innovative efforts. When running a small business, you can outfit your office how you like. You’re no long beholden to the rules of a larger corporation. But does this mean you should turn the room into a ball pit and relax with a laptop all day?Read More
We can all have a bad day at work, and there are times when we won't get along with our boss or coworkers, but there is a difference between having the occasional bad day and working in a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment is characterized by persistent abuses of power, unfair and antagonistic behaviour, and bullying and harassment. Any one of these factors can undermine how we feel at work, cause us to feel stress and anxiety, and give us reason to quit our jobs.Read More
Conflicts in the workplace are numerous, too numerous to count. And with conflict comes a conflict of interest. From the perspective of the employers, when there is a member of staff who is struggling, performance wise, when they didn't before, it's their responsibility to get to the bottom of this. But what if the underlying issue is, not just a personal problem, like stress, but it's something that’s incredibly damaging, like substance abuse?Read More
Thinking about the overall image of what business is, it's easy to picture great big office buildings with lots of people of different ages and backgrounds working together, showing off their talent and competing against different businesses. It's also a battle of ideas because certain products sit better with customers than others. There’s also a battle of wits, personalities, and characters. Being involved in business is a great life and even more so when you run your own business. However, whenever the topic of health and safety comes up, we start to yawn and try to stay awake.Read More
Working from home is one of those situations that most people would be glad to say is theirs. But that is not to say that it is always the best way to go, or that you won’t be able to outgrow it at any point in your life. If you are a freelancer or a small business owner and you run your business solely from home, there might come a time when you are no longer able to do so quite as effectively as you would hope. When that happens, it becomes necessary to make sure that you know how to move the officeRead More
When the time comes for your business to move into a new office space, it’s usually because your business needs to grow and its needs have changed. So on the one hand, this is a very exciting time for your business. But it’s also a daunting prospect because commercial moves can certainly be stressful, especially if you don’t approach them in the right kind of way. Here are some things that’ll help you get your move right.Read More
When you first set up your small business, you only usually have to take charge of yourself. There’s a great sense of control and independence in this. You can choose exactly what happens and when. You also only have to worry about taking care of yourself. But when you start experiencing success, you’re going to have to start taking on employees. Employees will be able to keep the cogs of your business turning while you focus on more progressive areas like developing new product lines and coming up with new marketing campaigns.Read More