"Life's a beach." Have you heard that expression before? Most of us will take the word, "beach" and substitute it with another word that has a negative connotation. This month, let me encourage you to take the word, "beach" and think of being at the shore or, if you're not a water-lover, someplace else that makes you relaxed and happy. Why? Because if you're always thinking about your work, what you have to DO next or who you need to please, stress takes the place of "relax" and you may become a "beach" (or the like for the guys!
In an economy such as the US is experiencing today, it is common for many businesses to fail. Why? There are too many businesses (some that were "birthed" during the high economic times when demand exceeded supply and others that have been around for a long time). It's simple economics.
Have you ever paid attention to where people decide to sit in your meeting room? Seating arrangements are usually left up to chance, but where meeting participants sit can actually influence overall meeting effectiveness.
Is the "Empowered Workforce" an outdated idea? NO! Now more than ever, possessing the knowledge, skills and courage to fully engage your workforce will make the difference in your company/organization's ability to weather the economic storm that rages. The level at which you engage and empower your workforce will largely determine if you will fail, survive or thrive in the days to come.
As I started my research to write a paper on how to manage a downsizing, I was struck by how few firms which engage in downsizing actually meet their intended goals. It seems pretty straightforward: layoff workers - cut payroll expenses - improve profitability. Right? A number of research studies may prove otherwise.
It seems as if nearly every business you go to these days some (if not all) of the employees are wearing clothing that is ... shall we say... "less than professional". Most business owners are tiring of the "express yourself" look their employees are sporting and are ready to make a change. However, people are generally resistant to change, especially in this area, so it's going to take courage, effort and perseverance to achieve noticeable improvements.
People experience feelings of ownership in empowered organizations. This ensures that they will do everything they possibly can to create success. Not only are their egos invested in the organization, but their abilities as well. In the end, the result is victory for the person and the organization. Where is your organization today?
Each year businesses spend a significant part of their budget to attract and acquire new customers. At the same time, these same companies spend little to maintain the relationships they already have with their existing customers. Research shows that it can cost five to six times more to attract new customers than to keep existing customer. The result looks something like the back door of the office or store being left perpetually open. Customers come into the business, stay a short while, then leave.
Nega-viruses permeate organizations daily and can cause lowered morale, disillusionment and poor productivity. What is the nega-virus and what can be done about it?
Early in the decision-making process of starting a new business the company owner/leaders must decide what form the entity will take. Several factors have a bearing on this decision.
Did you know that the visible condition of your workplace is a mirror reflection of you and your commitment to your company or organization? If everything is dirty, cluttered or disorganized, it leaves the impression that you don't care. Such a work environment can contribute to waste, accidents and poor morale for the employees. The rewards for good housekeeping and safety are tremendous.
The secret to improving meeting effectiveness and efficiency is to treat meetings as processes and not events. An important part of having productive meetings is to use only those tools and techniques you need to do the job.