Why Team Building is Necessary for a Good Working Culture

If you care about having a great working culture, Real Simple’s Maggie Seaver shares that you need to ensure that every employee feels a sense of belonging — and one great way to do that is through team building. And with everyone from the world’s largest corporations to the smallest of startups investing in team building, is all the hype about it justified?

What is team building?

At its core, team building is any action or process that aims to turn a group of employees into a cohesive team. It helps with the employees’ transition from having an individualistic to a collaborative mindset. And this is important because when employees focus on tasks and results on an individual level only, Forbes points out that the whole organization misses out in terms of productivity and effectiveness.

Team building ranges from small activities like bowling or a game night, to big activities like a sportsfest or a three-day retreat at the beach. However, it still has a bad rap for a lot of employees, many of whom see it as some mandatory “fun” activity where they must put on a happy-go-lucky face. But if done right, it doesn’t just serve as a stress reliever for the whole team. It also brings serious benefits and advantages to the whole organizational culture of the company.Continue reading

Keeping Your Employees Happy: a Guide

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

For some companies, employee satisfaction is too far down on the priorities list. Some businesses may forfeit contented employees for a high-pressure work environment or a cheap-to-run workforce. Keeping your office happy is not just about empathy or wanting others to feel pleased about their job (although those are both important), but it stops your company losing both money and time. Constantly putting out job adverts and interviewing new candidates will inevitably cost your business money through wasted and unproductive time.Continue reading

Benefits That Come from Implementing A Smoke-Free Workplace Policy

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

In the early days, smoking used to be commonplace in areas that it is strictly prohibited nowadays. Offices, hospitals and even airplanes. Were not spared of this common, everyday habit. Today, this has changed. People are getting increasingly knowledgeable and aware of the negative impacts tobacco products have on one’s health. More and more people are quitting smoking or are not committing to it at all. Same goes for office space and any other enclosed spaces. Employees are expressing their annoyance and dissatisfaction with tobacco emissions. Ones that never have, nor were going to smoke are particularly vocal about the negative effects of second-hand smoke. Which is understandable, since this group of people used to be forced to inhale someone else’s smoke. All of that has changed but the employers were faced with a dilemma. How does one promote a healthy working environment while offering a space for more passionate smokers? Here are some of the benefits a smoke-free working environment offers to our employee and the collective in general.Continue reading

Easy Tips For Keeping A Productive Office

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

In the working world, making sure you run a productive office is essential if you want to garner results and turn your business into a profitable, hardworking enterprise. Below are some easy tips to keep your office both a productive and welcoming work environment.

  • Consider the layout

The layout of an office can have an impact on the overall workflow. With correctly positioned desks, you can encourage collaborative discussion, or singular work when necessary. Maximizing on the space you have to ensure a comfortable flow in the office will help employees feel relaxed. Plus, in an environment where they can feel comfortable, employees are less likely to get distracted and can get on with the tasks in hand.Continue reading

The Qualities of a Successful Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

A successful business requires a lot of work. For your business to be well off, you must first understand what that means. Even with products and services that are popular, there is a need to innovate continuously. That is why it is important to be creative and unique and continue to do so at every stage of the venture. Secondly, as the employees are the heart of any company, the type of people that you hire will greatly affect the end-results. This, in turn, will also alter the company culture, and will thus continue to make it appealing to the right type of prospective employee. You can’t forget about a good online presence so that everyone can find you, the power of emotional marketing, financial stability, a good strategy and taking a look at what the competition is doing. After all, you always want to aim for better. Persistence and adaptability are the final two points to consider.Continue reading

How to Prepare for Leadership Positions

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

With several years of professional experience under your belt, a time will come when you feel you need to take your career to the next level and assume a leadership role in the organization you are working for.

This is when you now understand the complexities of the business and you have grown in your career to feel ambitious enough to lead other people. Of course, you need to back up your ambitions with a history of stellar performance otherwise no one will take you seriously. Even if you rise to the level you want, your subordinates won’t give you the respect that the office you hold deserves.

You need prepare well before you assume leadership roles.

Attitude Adjustment

Start working on your attitude if you want to be a leader. Attitude is the first signal that you are ready for the altitude. Do you sulk when given roles beyond your job description? If yes, then you need to change your attitude.

Does your boss know that he/she can assign you tasks and trust that you will complete them with minimal supervision? Do things that bothered you before; like impromptu tasks no longer bother you? In fact, you even find yourself more flexible these days and somehow understand that the only constant thing is change. If you no longer take last minute requests and disruptions from your boss personally you are well on your way there.Continue reading

4 Ways To Transform Your Team From Good To Great

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Being the boss is a difficult task that takes hard work and dedication. Maybe you’re someone who’s been struggling to keep your team motivated, or simply want your staff to try harder.

Telling them what to do and how they can be better doesn’t always work. You need a plan in place for transforming your team from good to great and allowing them to showcase their true talents in the workplace. While it’s going to take a little extra work on your part, it’ll be worth it in the end when they’re going above and beyond and surprising you with their improved outputs.

Never Stop Challenging Them

Rewards are great, but you also need to provide your employees with work that makes them think and use their skills. One way to shake up your normal routine is to challenge your team to breaking free from one of the many life-sized Escape Rooms. They’ll need to work together to solve mysteries and puzzles and won’t get anywhere unless they’re communicating and coming together as a team. Put them to the test inside and outside the office, and you’ll soon see each of them truly start to shine.Continue reading

How to Make Your Office More Fun

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

As an employer, you are directly responsible for the level of productivity of your workers. You need to ensure that they are working in a safe and comfortable environment that promotes productivity and boosts their confidence. If workers don’t feel at ease at work, they are very likely to get bored or lose their interest. Therefore, no matter how many important responsibilities you might have, you need to find a way of generating a relaxed atmosphere in the office. Once you do that, your workers will not only become more productive, but they will also be happier while at work.

Luckily, there are a lot of great tips and tricks that can be easily implemented into any office environment. If back in the day people had to be focused on their tasks, things have changed nowadays. People can use technology to unwind and decorate the office space so that they feel inspired. The following tips might come in handy for any business owner who wants to make the office space a bit more fun.Continue reading

3 Ways Tech Makes International Business Easy

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The emergences of the web and email have smoothed the path for international entrepreneurs since the 90s. As technology made instant international communication child’s play and the web developed to become a global marketplace, opportunities have multiplied further. Now there are several ways organisations of all sizes can connect with foreign markets and employ international teams — and advanced technology is also facilitating the development of products that have worldwide applications. Here are just three ways tech makes international business easy.Continue reading