Flexibility: Essential to the Work-life Balance

Most employees rank work flexibility as their top benefit yet company executives tend to underestimate its value for employee satisfaction and productivity.

Work flexibility can take many forms, ranging from formal teleworking arrangements to schedules with modified start and end times, and occasional time off programs. While some arrangements may be formal, others are temporary or customized for particular employees. Continue reading

Keeping Up with the Latest in Tech

The rapid evolution of technology – from mobile devices to business apps and digital marketing – has moved beyond internal process improvements to a source for innovation and new business opportunities.

But some small businesses owners can feel overwhelmed by the technological advances that seem to be moving at the speed of light. Continue reading

4 Ways to Increase the Productivity of Your Staff

Regardless of whether your staff is full-time, part-time or a combination of both, your attention to their needs makes a huge difference when it comes to productivity. Your employees need growth opportunities, the right tools, recognition and realistic goals to strive towards in order to shine. Providing these 4 key ingredients will help increase the productivity of your staff and your business. Continue reading

Moving Forward by Looking Back at 2014

There’s nothing like a new year to inspire a fresh start and set intentions for more productive work habits.

Evaluating our performance over the past year, individually and as a team, can reap great rewards when done in the right spirit and without excessive criticism. Mistakes can be painful, so we tend to learn more from them than our successes. Continue reading

Top Priorities for the Small Business Owner

As a small business owner it is important to have your business priorities straight. While most say every business’s top priority is to turn profit, the other priorities you have for your business will help define how you actually do that. In fact, by just having the one priority – making money – you are limiting your business and neglecting to give it the direction it needs to move forward. Take the time to consider a more detailed list of business priorities. Continue reading

The Future of The Small Business Workforce

Recent reports on the future of the small business workforce detail changes that have already begun for many businesses. These changes involve a shift away from traditional workplaces where everyone is in the same building and towards a collaboration of co-workers who telecommute from a variety of places at different times. This shift means change for both employees and employers. Continue reading

Prepping for Your Business’s Busy Season

While the busy season of a business can vary depending on your product or service, for a majority of businesses, the final quarter of the year is the busiest. No matter when you have your highest period of the year, being prepared for it can make all the difference in your bottom line. Put these tips to work prior to things picking up and you’ll be sure to perform better than ever. Continue reading