4 Tips to Hire the Perfect Fit For a Remote Team
Sep30

4 Tips to Hire the Perfect Fit For a Remote Team

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been more employees working from home than ever before. In many counties, working from home was mandatory for a year or more. This has given many businesses the opportunity to assess the pros and cons of allowing employees to work remotely. From a business perspective, contrary to expectations, employee productivity actually increased by 13% when working from home in a recent experiment. It also allows businesses to recruit employees from a wider area than before and retain valuable employees who may need benefit from the flexibility. However, there are a number of drawbacks, too. During the hiring process, all decisions have to be made based on a video call. This does not provide all the data the business owner might glean from meeting the potential employee face to face. It is also not a given that all employees can, or even wish to, work from home. Some employees, particularly those that live alone, enjoy being around other people. They thrive on the atmosphere of this office. Without this, their productivity and mental health may both suffer. Therefore, it is critical that a work from home model is appropriate to the personality of the employee. To ensure you build the right team for working from home, here are four essential tips: №1 Identify The Key Qualities Of Your Ideal Team Member It’s vital to consider more than qualifications and professional skills when building a template for an ideal team member. For example, if you have […]

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5 Ways to Get a Free Website for Your Small Business
Sep30

5 Ways to Get a Free Website for Your Small Business

Source: Shutterstock A lot of our purchase habits and decision-making processes have been reshaped by the internet. For instance, before going out to eat, we’ll first read through a restaurant’s reviews. Before going on a vacation, we’ll spend hours or even days researching destinations on platforms like TripAdvisor. We live in an age where a business’s success is largely determined by its online presence. Consumers search for products and services on the internet before anywhere else. Having a strong online presence is more important than ever before – and it starts with having a website. A website is a central hub where consumers can conveniently access information and even buy your products without the involvement of any third parties. It is one of the most important digital assets you can have. The challenge many small businesses face with owning a website is that it can be quite expensive. Web development costs alone can be in the thousands, and when you factor in monthly hosting fees, maintenance, graphic designing, the whole idea becomes less appealing. This article will go over 5 ways to get a professional website completely free. How to get a free website for your small business 1. Wix Wix is one of the world’s most advanced website builders. It is so easy to use you don’t even need to have any coding knowledge or experience. You can build your entire site by either using its inbuilt drag-and-drop builder, by selecting from ready-made templates, or by using the Wix […]

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Delta Variant Reveals Folly of Normalcy in Return to Office
Sep30

Delta Variant Reveals Folly of Normalcy in Return to Office

With vaccine efficacy against the Delta variant falling by 39%, normal return to office plans are pure folly. There is no denying the peril that lies in wait: the Delta surge is projected to escalate further in the months ahead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting vaccinated people to wear masks, and it is likely to promote booster shots soon. Still, a lot of large companies, mid-size firms, and even the federal government are compelling unwilling employees to return to the office. More than a third of those who worked remotely during the peak of the pandemic have already complied. A majority of the remainder are expected to follow by the end of August or early-mid fall, just when schools reopen – and this will happen despite Delta infections are forecast to explode. If you enjoy video, here’s a videocast based on this blog: And if you like audio, here’s a podcast based on the blog: Or simply read onward! So why do companies such as Apple, Xerox, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, American International Group, and Abbott Laboratories, not to mention the federal government, insist on exposing their employees to such serious health risks? What motivates them to herd employees towards becoming a part of the Great Resignation induced by the pressure of going back to the office? In-depth surveys showed what employees want if they were asked to return to the office. Even before the Delta issue came up, about half intended to quit if their […]

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When to Merge Your Small Business With a Larger One
Sep30

When to Merge Your Small Business With a Larger One

Many of us entrepreneurs start our journey with the dream of leading our own business to great success. In media and pop culture references, such journeys are often depicted in the form of a lone entrepreneur blazing a new path. When we get to the practical side of starting and running a business, it’s common to have to rethink our strategies. Sometimes that includes changing one’s dream of being a solopreneur or never selling your business. If you’re in a place where you’re not sure if you should partner with someone, sell your business, or merge your company with a bigger brand, then this post is for you. Let’s look at some reasons why you should consider changing your current business model and joining a larger brand. Keep customers satisfied When you’re a solopreneur or a small business owner, you necessarily have to undertake multiple roles. You have to market your business, do customer support, build your product, and manage several other issues. Running your business in this way is feasible up to a certain point. But what happens when customers start asking for new features? When you’re already occupied with maintaining the status quo in your company, you won’t have the hours, the resources, or the energy to innovate your products. So, take a look at your feature request tickets and customer feedback forms. Have they asked for customizations and help? And are you able to meet these needs soon enough? If your answer to the first question is […]

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Building a Team: Employee Retention Tips
Sep30

Building a Team: Employee Retention Tips

Tumisu / Pixabay Employee retention and engagement is critical for the success of any company. A 2019 Gallup report found that the cost of replacing an individual employee can range from 1.5 – 2 times the employee’s annual salary. If your business has high employee turnover, you’re expending unnecessary money, time, and resources. Employee turnover isn’t only expensive; it also can lead to low morale, a lack of productivity, and poor or disjointed customer service. The downside to recurring employee turnover is significant and the stakes have risen even more during the pandemic. Even for those companies lucky enough to withstand the challenges of the pandemic, many businesses now face new questions related to employee recruitment and retention. How do you build a team post-pandemic, motivate them to excel, and keep them engaged? This article is the third in a four-part series that is examining the evolution of building a team to thrive in today’s marketplace, including hiring, onboarding, maintaining the team, and ongoing team building. Check out the first article that covers hiring tips and the second piece that explores onboarding. A great deal of uncertainty exists around employee retention and business leaders must adjust to meet the moment. Despite these challenges, businesses have new opportunities to identify and build exceptional teams that will power a company’s growth. When it comes to maintaining a consistent team, the best strategies are as much art as science. Science of Employee Retention The science side of retention starts with the numbers and […]

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How ESG Programs Can Combat the Great Resignation
Sep29

How ESG Programs Can Combat the Great Resignation

WeSpire has compelling research that shows that embracing a strong Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategy is one critical way to combat the great resignation, by keeping the employees you have. In our State of Employee Engagement research published earlier this year, 93% of employees who said that their company was making a strong positive impact in this world were planning to stay in their jobs. For employees who did not agree with that statement, only 50% were planning to stay with their employer. In her book How to Change, author Kay Milkman cites the importance of reset dates or events that enable a mental fresh start. Hence the popularity of New Years, birthdays, and Mondays in behavior change. In the emerging “great resignation”, where an estimated 41% of people will change jobs, the pandemic has catalyzed a giant, global career reset event. People experienced the benefits of flexibility and remote work and will leave if they can’t retain it. Some took stock of grueling hours or work conditions and said, “life’s too short”. Others realized they to make a difference in this world and are looking for jobs with more meaning, purpose and impact. So how do you convince people you are a force for good in this world? Have clear, transparent and motivating ESG goals No matter what industry you are in, you have an opportunity to be more sustainable and inclusive, engaged in your community, and improve employee wellbeing. But if you haven’t set goals, you have little […]

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