Leadership and Reputation – The Biggest Business Risks for 2018

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“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett.

 

I find myself appealing to the wisdom of this quote a lot. Why? Because people still don’t seem to get it! I don’t know if they ever will.

We live in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and distrust and yet people still fail to recognise that reputation is everything.

Business leaders recognise the need to conduct business risk assessments, but all too often we overlook some major risks. Time and again I see people – smart people – underestimate brand and reputation as major risks. Often I see people fail to recognise brand and reputation as risks at all.

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An Employers Guide to Workers Compensation

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Workers compensation is a financial compensation given to employees should they become injured or ill as a result of their work. It will usually include payments such as a lump sum payment, recurring loss of income payments and usually includes assistance to pay for medical related assistance.

This guide outlines the obligations of you as an employer, the steps involved in the event of an incident and the benefits of providing a fair workers compensation plan.

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Creative Ways to Wish Your Customers a Merry Christmas!

Can you believe it, it’s almost that time of year (again)! Christmas is just around the corner which means planning starts now if you want to make the ultimate impression. As much as we get excited about the festive season and all the wonderful things that come with it, it’s important to use this time as an opportunity to show your clients just how valued they are and how much business just wouldn’t be what it is without them.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of finalising work before the New Year rolls in too. But don’t let that be an excuse to skimp on quality and design when deciding how to wish your customers a Merry Christmas. Getting creative with the right printed products offers the perfect excuse to connect with your clients. And in the leadup to the festive season, showing appreciation and spreading that holiday cheer is essential. It’s also a fantastic integrated marketing opportunity to showcase your brand in a stylish and fun way. Here are a few creative ideas to show your gratitude and wish your customers a Merry Christmas this year:

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Five simple employee engagement ideas using your company’s intranet

Need some simple ideas for employee engagement?

Embracing the shift to social-media style interactions is an effective way to encourage collaboration in business. Features such as ‘likes’ ‘shares’ and comments’ have become instinctive, especially to the new wave of millennial employees.  Adopting digital communication techniques in the workplace can enhance employee engagement and productivity due to the familiarity and simplicity of the interactions.

Digital interactions at work are not a new idea. Intranet systems to support internal collaborations have been around for years, however, older systems were clunky and difficult to navigate, due to the heavy design influence from the desktop experience. In addition the idea of a platform such as an intranet for business being used in a similar way to how Facebook or Twitter is used today is not something that would have ever occurred to anyone. The substantial cost of the hardware, maintenance and technical updates made intranet systems unfeasible for small and upcoming businesses, due to the financial strain.

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5 Ideas To Boost Your Motivation

Do you find yourself struggling to accomplish goals and tasks on a constant basis? Even the simplest actions can send anyone into their rebellious, lazy minds sometimes. Though, there are ways around this, and there is always room for improvement.

 

Inspiration

We can all forget the things we are inspired by. When we neglect to remember, motivation can float away with that faint inspiration. Try recalling the things which originally inspired you to be where you are, in whatever category necessary. When you constantly supplement yourself with inspiring material, you feel like getting more accomplished to reach aspired goals.

One of the best ways to gain an exciting new perspective if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut is getting in touch with a small business executive coach.

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How to Write a Killer LinkedIn Profile

by: Rebecca Gutierrez, Director of Marketing, OBMI

Let’s face it, it’s a noisy digital world out there and standing above the crowd is difficult and time-consuming! LinkedIn has recently launched their newly designed profile pages for both companies and individuals which can help your profile stand out amongst the clutter. Although initially in beta nearly every profile has now been updated. There are some big changes to the updates and make a great profile even more important. Below are some tips on how to create a killer profile.

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10 Things that make you less productive at work

The main thing that matters at work is your productivity. If you’re less productive at work, not only you would face the wrath of your clients or manager but also you would ruin your personal and professional life. And I certainly don’t want that and that’s why I thought of sharing 10 things that help me to be productive at work and get more done in less time.

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Why modern businesses are caring more and more about mental health

Many businesses are beginning to sponsor employee mental health programs. This can assist you to attain better human brain health. A fantastic support system is necessary to get from the challenging instances in living and it will help you undertake a much far better outlook on your own life. Modern tech makes this a more accessible option as services like online therapy and counselling are widely available

 

Your brain health is a critical part of leading a healthy lifestyle. There are numerous things that will affect mental health and there are a few ways you could combat these problems. When you give attention to your brain and be sure that this it is in the finest shape possible, it can assist you to in ways.

 

Everyone needs to be mentally healthy. When you are mentally healthy you’ll be able to maintain your stress more easily. Stress is responsible of so many health issues. Keeping anxiety levels in the healthy range is vital for a full bill of health. Finding some approaches to nurture your brain health will be imperative to living a long and top quality life.

 

There are numerous tests for your physical physique and these kinds of tests can explain to you if your cholesterol range or blood pressure is high. It is significantly more challenging to determine brain’s well being. This causes it to be more challenging to check for almost any mental problems in the person.

 

You may very well not have any definable emotional condition and so you are usually deemed emotionally healthy. There is not any real classification of just what a mentally healthy person looks like which can be frustrating. There are usually many factors that will affect mental health and the human brain health.

 

You may need counselling to really examine your mental health, this will be when you’ll be able to find the appropriate ways to begin to work on any issues you have.

 

A human brain injury can make a difference brain health and this can be an area in which someone can benefit tremendously from the usage of memory workout. This can assist you with virtually any motor handle problems and in addition can assist you to become a lot more independent.

 

Mental health is a critical aspect inside in anyone’s life. If the human brain health just isn’t where you want it, many business are now the ones who look to help. Studies show how much productivity is lost to mental health issues and it is in their best interest to invest in healthy minds for their employees.

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What employees want

Do we really know what an employee wants from their job? According to a comprehensive survey conducted by the Gallop Organisation, they want many things. Gallop asked 80,000 managers and more than a million employees about the things that are important to them at work and distilled the answers to 12 requirements of a great workplace. Employees generally want the same things out of their workplace, which means they face some common issues at work.

Sales and negotiating expert, Mike Schoettler of Sales Sense, says the findings are a good reminder about the investment we’re prepared to make in our own people. He takes us through the 12 questions asked in the survey. Both the questions and answers give you some good food for thought about your staff.

What’s expected from me at work?
It sounds basic, but in truth it’s easily overlooked.
You probably know someone who’s always busy and says they’re constantly being told what to do, but they don’t really have a clear picture of what it is they’re supposed to be doing. This has happened to most people at some stage or another.

Do we have the materials and equipment we need to do our work properly?
Employing people means you have to start at the basics first. If people really don’t know what’s expected of them, and don’t have the tools to get it right, it’s very unlikely that they’re going to be really happy and satisfied trying to do this. These first two questions formed the foundation of the survey.

Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best everyday?
They use strong, extreme language in these questions so that the people answering the questions have to answer specifically. The Gallop survey has a one to five rating. To get a five is really an outstanding result – they didn’t expect to see a lot of fives. Of course, they got them in some groups.

Most of us have the ability to think back to different positions we’ve had, different organisations we’ve belonged to, where you would say you were really keen to go there and it was really exciting to show up and you probably felt like you could do your best every day.

Have I received recognition or praise for good work in the last seven days?
See how precise that is? In the last seven days. We like to think that we’re in a good environment and it would be easy enough to say that we do get to hear about the things we do well and people do mention it, sometimes publicly, sometimes not.

When you specifically say in the last seven days, as you can imagine it separates the groups that have the atmosphere of receiving praise from the ones who really do. There are not a lot of people who would actually say they really received recognition or praise for their good work within the last seven days.

Does someone at work care about me as a person?
Generally, people talk about joining a company and having a real opportunity to get involved in an exciting industry, or doing something for a company that’s really moving ahead. But typically if you talk to people when they’re leaving an organisation and going elsewhere, they say they’re not really leaving the company. Frequently, they’re leaving the person who they work for.

So the common expression is, “we join companies and leave managers” and that fifth question in the survey – “Does he/she care about me?” – indicates it is not a question of whether you are getting correction or praise, it’s a question of whether or not you think they are really involved in your result.

Is someone encouraging my development?
This is a similar question to the last, but it’s not necessarily referring to your supervisor. Historically, we used to have personnel departments that were supposed to help people in their developments and we had senior supervisors who were supposed to come around with certain training opportunities.

Now, we’re not sure who the person might be, but we just want to know if there is somebody there, a mentor, if no-one else, who’s actually taking an interest in our development. That’s part of being really happy and feeling like you have an opportunity.

In the last six months has someone at work talked with me about my progress?
This reminds me of a joke I heard once. A fellow slipped into a bar and used the pay phone to ask if there were any openings in a company and he hung up. The bartender said to him, “Were you looking for a job?” and he says, “no, I just wanted to find out what they thought about my work”.

All too often we have to go out of our way to find out whether or not things that we are doing, our opinions, our views, anything we’re working on, actually seems to matter to the people around us because they don’t incorporate it, they don’t seem to respond officially. We are just lacking feedback and some people will go to those extremes of asking other people to find out.

Do my opinions count?
If you don’t believe that you have a say, you’re being deprived of that sense of belonging that most of us want. You don’t have to be the decision maker, but if somebody will at least believe that you are worth listening to, they can lift your view of yourself.

If they start behaving as if they don’t care what your opinion is, it can work the other way very quickly, too. You have to feel sorry for people who work in that environment and you certainly understand why their retention rates are low.

The mission purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.
When we talk about the importance of a vision or values for the company, we’re talking about the part that says what we’re doing is actually worthwhile. If you don’t feel like you are producing something, it’s hard to believe in what you’re doing.

There’s a stage in life where we are not actually working for the money – most people have a desire to feel like that what they are doing actually is worthwhile.

Are my fellow employees committed to doing quality work?
It’s tough to work in an environment where other people are trying to slow you down or discourage you. We’ve all heard stories where people come back and say, “The people around me don’t want me working so fast, or doing this so well”. That can really sap your spirit.

The reality is most of us want to have a group around us that encourages us to lift our game and even when we have been there a while there’s always something we can learn from people around us and we’re hoping it’s something positive. The question is sure. It’s there to specifically identify those situations where even with a great leader, the team around you can pull you down.

Do I have a best friend at work?
Some people actually seem to show up at work and don’t get involved. If you do get involved, you’re bound to have relationships. You’re going to develop some friendships. You work there for a while, certainly a new person probably would say, “No, I don’t have a best friend”. Someone who’s been there for a while should say they do.

In the last year, have I had opportunities to learn and grow at work?
This is extremely important because it has a total effect on each individual’s self development. Not talking to people and not developing isn’t good for the business. It isn’t good for any of the measurements we talked about.

The fact that a survey of this size was run shows in itself how important it is to be mindful of how your employees are thinking and acting. As Mike Schoettler says, “We need to be reminded of the investment we make when we take on staff and we need to look after that investment”. Check out another one of our posts about how you can use a business’s intranet for unique ideas for employee engagement.

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