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Break the Ice, Break the Stress: Making Remote Meetings Fun

By Lauren | February 12, 2024

Workers love remote work flexibility, but not virtual meetings Making virtual meetings more enjoyable and engaging increases team connection Better meetings come with embracing fun and humorous ice breakers Bosses who use humor are more likable Know your audience and time icebreakers with discretion — the goal is to build closeness not embarrass anyone 567…

Networking 101

By Lauren | February 8, 2024

It’s International Networking Week! If you’re the sort of person for whom small talk doesn’t come easily, you might share my initial reaction when I found out this existed- “How can I skip this?” Making small talk with people I only vaguely know is not my preferred way to spend time. And I know quite…

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Unlocking Productivity: The Case for the Four Day Work Week

By Lauren | February 5, 2024

The four day work week is a trend that supports that productivity and revenue are possible with a shorter work week Small businesses may experience greater impact because they can integrate changes more swiftly Staff creativity and innovation flourish under reduced hours, improving talent retention and workplace satisfaction Experts believe this innovative approach has the…

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Ensuring Growth of Middle Managers is Crucial for a Flourishing Workplace

By Lauren | January 29, 2024

Upskilling middle managers can lead to better productivity and performance. Foster a culture of learning and development through upskilling. Improve decision-making and problem-solving abilities through professional development opportunities. Investing in the growth of middle managers can attract and retain top talent. Keeping pace with industry trends is essential for business success. 672 words ~ 3 min…

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Why Treating All Employees as Leaders Can Benefit Your Company

By Lauren | January 22, 2024

Empowering all employees can lead to a culture of innovation and creativity. Leaders at all levels of the organization can drive performance and results. Recognizing and rewarding leadership behavior can promote accountability and achievement. Empowered employees are more engaged and committed, leading to higher retention rates. Leadership development programs benefit the entire organization. Customizing training…

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Should You Add ‘Near Me’ to Your Business Name? Get the Lowdown on Google Search Rankings

By Lauren | January 15, 2024

Adding ‘near me’ to a business name does not guarantee improved search rankings Google Business Profile is crucial for improving local search rankings Factors like relevance, distance, and prominence influence how businesses rank in local search results Building a strong online presence and optimizing for local keywords are effective strategies There are no shortcuts to…

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The Power of ‘Entry Interviews’ and ‘Stay Interviews’: Tips from Adam Grant

By Lauren | January 8, 2024

Many employers hold ‘exit interviews.’ Wharton psychologist Adam Grant suggests conducting “entry interviews” and “stay interviews” to create a positive work environment and retain top talent. An entry interview is a meeting with new employees to discuss their expectations and experiences during onboarding. Open-ended questions should be asked to show employees that their opinions are…

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Think “Chamber”.

By Lauren | January 4, 2024

Ever thought “Wouldn’t it be great to have a listing of local businesses?” The Chamber has it. Ever thought, “Is there anything happening in our area this weekend?” The Chamber has it. Looking for a list of references for starting, developing, or growing your business? The Chamber has it. Needing to give your business an…

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15 Tech Tools to Elevate Your Work-Life Balance

By Lauren | January 3, 2024

Mastering time management and prioritization through technology enables focusing on vision, innovation, and growing the business. Tools like Trello, Asana, and Slack help create clear schedules and facilitate team collaboration. Doist and Evernote help prioritize and categorize tasks efficiently, while LastPass securely stores passwords and sensitive data. Social media management tools like Hootsuite and Buffer…

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Red Flag Series: Job Scams

By Lauren | December 28, 2023

By now, we all know about scams trying to sell you non-existent things, pretending to be a government agency, or trying to contact you via email about an incredible inheritance from a relative you didn’t know about. Did you know that there are also job scams? Job scams seek to get your personal information and/or…

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