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  • 6 Tips for Motivating Employees in a Remote Environment

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    One of the many responsibilities of managers is ensuring their departments are adequately staffed. You must manage and motivate employees in ways that help employees meet deadlines and productivity levels. Technology and globalization may have expanded your role to include a partial or complete department that works remotely. Some employees work from home or in [...]

  • Outsource Your Life and Get More Done

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    If you have an endless to-do list sitting in front of you — listen up. You do not have to do all the things on that list.   It’s true!  Give yourself a break and get a little help.  I’m talking about outsourcing your tasks to get someone else to do them for you so [...]

  • How to Start a Meeting Like a Pro

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    As a business owner, manager or board officer, you may be asked or required to facilitate a business meeting. Knowing how to start a meeting is important yet it isn’t something that is usually taught in school or provided as part of employee training programs. Guessing, coming up with your own format or mimicking the [...]

  • 4 Ways to Onboard Remote Employees Successfully

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    Employees need to feel a connection to their work environment, but this can be a challenge for employees who work remotely. It’s notably difficult for a new, remote employee to know that they are a part of the team if a conscious effort is not made in this regard. As managers, we are the ones [...]

  • 5 Best Online Management Tools for Reaching Project Deadlines

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    Project management tools and collaboration are essential for the success of any business project. The outcome is often dependent on whether you meet deadlines. Of course, this dependency is affected by how well you and your team make initial plans. In some instances, a manual tracking system can inundate your team with the steps instead [...]

  • 4-Legged Coworkers Can Increase Productivity, Study Says

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    My husband and I have been talking about adding a new member to our family. I have tried sound logic like “My best friend and her husband already have three!” and an endless series of YouTube videos to persuade him. As it turns out, I have been going about this all wrong. My new angle [...]

  • Top 3 Tips to Drastically Improve Client Communication

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    Client communication isn’t always cut-and-dry, nor is it always a pleasant experience. Poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, frustration, missed deadlines and even lost clients. It is important to learn best practices for communicating with clients regardless of the situations that arise. Not only does good communication keep things running smoothly, but it also adds [...]

  • The Biggest Mistake Managers Make Right After Hiring

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    It takes time, money and a whole lot of effort to find a great match for an open position. This is especially so when talent and skill requirements are stiff and a cultural fit is a must, as well. Despite the effort that goes into finding great candidates, many managers drop the ball once that [...]

  • What Executives Want to Hear in a Presentation

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    From sales proposals to project presentations, showcasing your information to executives can be a daunting task. However, with a few key rules of thumb, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of presenting to executives. The Proof is in the Pudding When presenting to executives, are you backing up everything you say [...]

  • Jumpstart Your Meeting with These Icebreakers

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    Team meetings can be stressful for some employees who are unsure of expectations and the participation level of fellow team members. In some cases, employees join a team with preexisting work conflicts that could hurt the possibility of building a stronger working relationship. One way to release stress from the unknown is to use icebreakers [...]