Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How to Gain Impact as a Business

How far are you hoping to go with your business? Do like where you are now or are you hoping to one day be a high-impact business like Apple, Google, FedEx, Starbucks, McDonald's, etc.? Being a high-impact means becoming a producer of jobs and products that are actively sought out and often widely recognized. Most businesses dream of providing not only services to their clients but inspiration and innovation on a larger setting.

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Getting to that high-impact state, however, takes dedication. Additionally, making it big requires a few key factors that most major businesses not only foster but encourage. Check out the following tips that will help you succeed as a high-impact entrepreneur.

  1. Like the business you’re in. The entrepreneur needs to have a positive attitude about the business they have or wish to have. If you do not like the business or it does not fit well with your interests or ideals, then you are already off to a bad start. When entrepreneurs betray themselves in this way, he or she will never get the business they always dreamed of.
  2. Empower yourself. Entrepreneurs should know the importance of seeking information and training their employees well enough so the business runs well. If you want it to grow fast, you need to devote double the preparedness. This starts by having a staff you can rely on to help you reach your goals and delegating properly.
  3. Never be “common”. Common for high-impact entrepreneurs is usually a sense of permanent dissatisfaction. For these entrepreneurs, the business is never quite good enough.
  4. Innovate. Besides not having to settle, high-impact entrepreneurs should always keep innovating their products or services. Even within the company, high-impact business men and women strive to have the best, whether that's up-to-date time clocks or the best project management system.
  5. Be honest. This goes for all sorts of activities. Do not try to grow with shortcuts and ethical misconduct.
  6. Be an example. Conducting business honestly is not only a legal requirement for high-impact entrepreneurs, it should be a way of life. Leading by example helps establish not only credibility but also helps foster a connection to your clients as well as your staff.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Big Companies Strategies for Success

Big companies have plenty of secrets when it comes making things work out for the best. For new entrepreneurs just discovering the chaos of owning a business, the best way to pave the way for success is to take a few pointers from big businesses.

One way big business ensures that they have the tools they need to succeed is by taking care of their work force. Happy employees make for more productive and dedicated ones. These classic tips have helped big businesses establish a solid, productive work environment that their employees can grow in, and ultimately, help the company grow as well.
  1.  Productivity Incentives. Most businesses will give their employees some kind of incentive for getting work in on or before deadlines. These can range from days off to gift cards.
  2. Professional Development. Ensuring that your employees are constantly learning is a smart move for any business.
  3. Employee Support. Wellness centers or on-site daycare are perfect for any size business. As long as your employees see that you are making an effort to cater to their needs, they will work harder than they have before.
  4. Employee Engagement and Trust. Ensuring that your employees trust you just as much as you trust them is hard work but it is possible. Give them work that is important and communicate goals to show them that they are important to the company.
  5. Work Life Balance. Make sure you allow your employees the possibility to juggle their work life with their personal life. Be flexible with work schedules but also offer free trips or paid sabbaticals for good performance.
  6.  Fun. Work doesn’t have to be boring. You can always have some kind of “fun day” or build a sports room.
  7. Pay and Benefits. Try to offer your employees extra benefits or incentives. This is a good time to update your time clocks as well to help ensure payroll accuracy and employee accountability.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Beating the Flu

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When flu season strikes, companies don’t want sick workers punching in on the time clock and infecting the rest of the work force. In fact, it is best for ill employees to stay at home when they have the flu or any serious sickness. By taking a structured, organized approach to the flu, your company can be a step ahead, and not have to worry about one person infecting the entire crew.

One very inexpensive way to fight the flu virus is to install brass fixtures. As opposed to plastic and stainless steel, brass and copper actually stop many pathogens from spreading. It has to do with the chemical properties of the metals. Even when infected employees have not yet shown signs of the flu, brass and copper light fixtures and doorknobs will help cut down on the spread of the virus. Brass and copper will cost a bit more than stainless steel or plastic fixtures, but will likely pay for themselves by keeping your workforce healthy.

Giving disinfectant sprays and gels to your workers is much cheaper than losing valuable worker time to the flu virus. When several sick employees are unable to punch time clocks due to the flu, you might wish you had made free disinfectant gels and sprays available sooner. This is perhaps the least expensive way to stop seasonal sicknesses in their tracks.

Staying home when you are sick is the single best way to avoid making the absentee problem worse. Sick workers should not be logging in at time clocks, or anywhere on company property. If someone’s expertise is necessary for a particular project, consider working over the phone or online until the worker is well. It is also a wise policy to encourage all workers to stay away from company grounds when they are ill or think they are about to come down with something.

The flu virus is a serious illness and should be dealt with rapidly and effectively.  Do yourself, and your work force, a favor and be strict about preventing the flu at work.