In this article we'll take a look at some maybe not-so-intuitive ways that will help you increase your productivity and the quality of the work you do.
This tutorial on how to create a P-chart in Minitab includes sample data to follow along with. Explore this short explanation and an analysis of the results.
A "monkey wrench" means more than just a plumber's tool. It's a popular way to define an obstacle or challenge. See how to use this sales "tool" for small business.
An organized office means an organized mind, which means you'll work faster and more efficiently. Here are some tips.
Whether you're a CEO of a large corporation, or a one-person show, it is important to build your own personal brand in addition to your company's brand.
If you are a new supervisor or manager responsible for hiring employees, you may want to learn more about screening resumes to save some time in your search. Here are the basics.
Recognize the symptoms of work-related stress and get some ideas on how to combat them in a healthy way.
HR professionals must find creative ways to stay up-to-date on trends and employment law changes in the workplace.
Becoming a manager can be easy; becoming a leader is more complicated. Let's look at some common leadership anti-patterns (examples of what not to do) in an effort to avoid the common pitfalls.
My thoughts about a recent news story of a company micro-chipping employees. There are so many questions right now that do not seem to have good answers. Thoughts and questions to ponder.
It's easy to get a market started, all you need is a passion for your community development, plenty of perseverence and a little spare time.
Conference calls often do little more than breed multitasking and snarky conversations on Slack or Gchat. At their worst, they're a full-on waste of people's time or a drain on morale. Sometimes they're unavoidable, so here's how to make the most of them.
There are all kinds of things we could change in our software development organizations, but what changes will actually help our companies succeed? How do we actually move the needle forward?
Are you standing in your own way at work? Here are five signs that you could be doing things that hold you back from being promoted and taking on important leadership roles.
When you are forced to leave your job you can have a lot of questions. This article answers the three most critical questions you should be answering before you bring a claim.
This article is about counter-productive behavior, including how to recognize it and deal with it for the benefit of both the employee and employer.
25 tips for successful and effective public speaking. Your speeches and presentations are a breeze when you work these basics properly. When you emphasize content over style.
What happens to your job if you get sick? What about your wage? How will you pay your bills? These are all concerns which this article hopes to address by shedding some light on the topic of Sick Pay.
Online business coaching programs can promise more than they deliver. Learn what questions to ask before investing in them.
Injuries at work are some of the most stressful matters you will ever deal with. Here are some honest thoughts from a former legal assistant.
Are you dealing with that type of boss - no matter how hard you tried - you just couldn't receive a fair shake with recognition or respect? Believe it or not, there may be hope.
By nature and under pressure, we make bad estimates. Pressure pushes us to bias, and we are always too rushed. Here's how to make a great estimate, fast!
Here are four practical and helpful small business books that are often overlooked by business owners, students and other interested readers.
Learn how to effectively manage small groups of people: how to inspire them to work as a team and create loyalty to your workplace.
When customers are given too many choices, they may choose nothing at all! Learn how the number of choices can impact marketing and factors to consider when developing offerings.
Post-Millennials or Generation Z (kids born in 2000 and later) are entering the workforce. Their world bears little resemblance to what came before. What should we expect from these young employees?
Branded custom hats can be a great promotion for many markets. But they can be expensive. Discover buying tips and terms for custom embroidered hats.
Entrepreneurs, are you struggling with effective staffing for your company? Let mighty Zeus and his pantheon of ancient Greek Gods illuminate your way!
This article walks through these basics, exploring everything from defining activities, estimating activity durations, sequencing activities, and finally, building a simple network diagram.
What are the highest-paying jobs in America and how available are they on any given day? A workforce development professional takes a look and shares the results.
Zero-hour contracts are not entirely one-sided as some people claim they are; they can both benefit and harm employers and employees.
Creative Entrepreneurs are a little different than your average entrepreneur. They invest in intellectual capital, and they work in the realm of the creative industries.
Strong workplace leaders have mastered the art of giving meaningful feedback to their staff. Here are some tips on how to help you communicate effectively with an employee during a performance review.
Scope creep can destroy a project, and the responsibility rests on the shoulders of the project manager to keep it in check. This article looks at five ways project managers can combat scope creep.
If you have an accident at work, then your priority should be to recover from your injury. However, suffering an injury at work can raise various other concerns, this article puts those fears to rest.
Learn more about the pitfalls of communicating with your employees via email instead of face to face.
Successful startups should sell their products based on customers’ needs and should continue to do so in the future. But when you are launching a new product you should do some deep research.
The Office Diva is the Dynamite performer who is Infinitely self-confident, Victorious against the odds, and an Attention-seeking maven. Is this you? Identify and own your divadom at work!
There are a lot of genuine concerns to have when you bring a claim. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of myths out there that can muddy the waters and cause confusion and further stress.
Teamwork is important in every business. But can minimalism play a role? Whether you're making presentations as a team, or working towards the same deadline, understanding your co-workers is vital to being a successful business.
Gathering requirements from project stakeholders often feels like pulling teeth. This article walks you through methods for capturing all of the requirements so you can start your project right.
Feedback is a really important part of professional development. Sharing feedback with my team, having them give each other feedback, or getting feedback from the team are all good opportunities for team members and myself to continuously improve and for me to grow in my team.
In this article, we will discuss what counts as sexual discrimination in the workplace, what you can do if you believe that you are the victim of sexual discrimination, and what you can do to find out more.
Are you the kind of person who always thinks of innovative ways to improve things? Share your ideas with management. It's a great precursor to asking for a promotion at work.
Multiple streams of income strategies are used by many businesses, including small business, to even out peaks and valleys in revenues. Discover pros and cons to these business models.
The State of Texas created jobs even during the Great Recession and these North Dallas communities performed even better. Economies are growing even ten years later.
Millionaires will tell you to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. How does that pay off? Try these proven ways to increase your salary at work. They worked for me.
Ethics in small business operations are an important component of continued growth and success. If you are thinking of starting an entrepreneurial adventure, this article is for you.
Sick of meetings that seem to go nowhere, take too long, and end with more questions than answers? Learn how to hold successful meetings with colleagues to grow your productivity and potential.
This article lays out the legal position and your rights when you become pregnant. It also outlines the legal redress available to you if you become the victim of unfavourable treatment.
A sound BPM methodology and automating with technology will put process ownership into your managers’ hands and cost savings onto your bottom line.
Getting cold feet on presentation day? Forgetting your words? Stage-fright perhaps? Here are VR apps to help you with speech-phobia and public speaking.
Your business networks are living, breathing entities made up of living, breathing humans which change constantly. See how that can impact your networking and discover how to deal with these changes.
Public speaking is a fear most people have. I had a huge fear of public speaking, but I overcame it. This article provides tips on how to overcome that fear to improve your public speaking skills.
Women worldwide are saying, “me too.” We, as a civilization, have reached a tipping point. This makes me wonder: where is the “line” when it comes to sexual harassment?
Tips for giving an impressive presentation when you suffer from glossophobia—the fear of public speaking.
Handling performance issues and firing an employee are difficult tasks for most new supervisors and managers. Learn the critical steps you need to follow.
5 Whys root cause analysis is a powerful but very simple tool for identifying root causes. It allows us to solve problems rather than just applying a band aid.
The American Association of University Women found that men are over four times as likely to negotiate a salary for a new job as are women.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg points out, rightfully, that we need time to mourn. Not all businesses are able to grant that.
Save money and the environment by following a few of these eco-friendly business meeting tips. Becoming an environmentally conscious business is good for publicity and good for developing your brand.
Your employees deserve to work in a healthy, happy, and safe environment. If you're interested in strengthening your employees' stress management skills, offering a laughter yoga workshop at your next team building retreat can help boost staff morale.
“Lean Six Sigma for Dummies” is a guide to LSS written for managers but accessible to everyone. What are the pros and cons of this Lean Six Sigma guide?
Cultural intelligence is knowledge about culture, awareness about yourself and other and behaviours of yourself and others put together. I ensure that I look at people from their point of view rather than mine, so that I know exactly how they...
One of today's hottest consulting and coaching models is the mastermind group. But what is a mastermind group? Pros and cons of using them are discussed.
Employee training benefits both the employee and employer. On-the-job training that embraces personal development empowers a smarter, more loyal, and more engaged employee.
Building satisfying working relationships with your co-workers is a worthwhile investment. This article explains five simple ways you can undertake to improve your relationships with your co-workers.
Let's face it folks, conflict happens everywhere. The fire service is no exception to that rule and often times conflict in the fire service can be crippling if not handled delicately and quickly.
Followup can be critical to achieving sales success. However, there is a fine line between following up and fouling up which can turn customers off. Discover sales tips for ditching dead leads.
The intent with a fika is to eat something sweet or a snack, while having a pointless, or meaningful conversation with one or several friends. A fika can mean success at work and also on a first date!
Here are six key aspects of an athlete's sponsorship agreement, and how the athlete and the sponsor can each protect their interests.
Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author. His 4 books offer professional sales training and knowledgeable advice for entrepreneurs and business people the world over. How you read them is important as it will affect how much you gain and gather.
Here are some funny quips and quotes about public speaking along with a few tips and insights into how to make your next speech or presentation memorable and meaningful.
A customer service advisor constantly deals with sensitive data from many clients and needs to have good knowledge and understanding of data protection.
Find out how being more appreciative and thankful at work can make a huge difference to your level of job satisfaction. Daily gratitude can improve your work relationships and attract new business.
The Iron Triangle is the 3 components of management- scope, schedule, and budget. Managers must use these 3 aspects to reach the ultimate goal of quality.
Changing jobs can be a daunting endeavor. Understanding the nuances of new employment will make any new hire ready to be successful in their new role.
Are you an avid Trello user with not enough time to maintain your boards? Let me introduce you to a tool that will totally change how you use Trello. It relieve you of hundreds of tedious clicks every single week, and help you to get more done in less time.
With thoughtful management systems and a good personality you can turn customer complaints into new business generators. Here, I show you how to do it.
What is networking as it relates to business? Many people have an "I know it when I see it" attitude about it. Networking principles, and how they differ from word of mouth, are discussed.
Have you got good written communication skills and great attention to detail? A career as a Bid Manager may be the ideal role for you!
Most business memos are informational, and chances are if you are writing one, you will be writing an instructional memo. Here are some pointers for writing this kind of memo.
Are filthy words like f-bombs spewing in your workplace? Here's what you need to know about cussing at the office: why we curse, the social side of swearing, and what a dirty mouth says about you.
This article describes why to choose an X-Bar R chart and how to construct the graphs in Minitab with an example.
Sitting postures to avoid back pain while sitting at a computer workstation or desk starts with an office ergonomic chair. Choosing the right office chair to lower pain is key to good posture for computer use. Lower your lower back pain from sitting while sitting by selecting a good office chair with a good back chair and by having good posture while sitting.
Good customer service is the key to success whether business is conducted online or in a store. Read on to learn key strategies and how small businesses actually have more leverage.
As an administrative assistant, you may think that creating a portfolio about your professional career is too time-consuming. Here are eight tips on making a professional portfolio work for you.
It's the digital age and the world's method of communicating has changed drastically. Though casual communication is more commonplace, writing an informal memo still requires you to follow a few rules!
In today's society, working as part of a team is essential to achieve successful business outcomes. However, teams are dynamic and there are a number of situations that can result in a team's demise. This article focuses on ten reasons why teams fail and how to deal with those situations.
You’re in management now. You’re not sure about all the others working for you and they are not sure about you. Wouldn’t it be great to have an ally about the place? No. Here are 5 reasons why not!
The internet is growing larger every day providing consumers more and more places to buy their goods. But, while online sales are booming, some traditional brick and mortar stores are taking a hit. In this article we'll address why this is happening and if traditional stores can really be saved.
Thousands of job postings are posted online daily, but what makes a job posting good? What needs to be in a posting to attract the right candidates?
Did you know there are legal protections for you if you get sick or if you need to care for a family member who is sick? It can be a difficult situation to navigate, let me share my experience!
We tend to associate corporate culture with large companies, but it is just as important for small businesses to state and uphold a specific set of values and behavior patterns.
One thing we often see in internal auditing is each department is working within a silo, staying in their own little working bubble oblivious to what else is happening around them in the business.
Here are eight entrepreneurial lessons I learned from one of Papua New Guinea's most successful businessmen, the founding father of the Lae Biscuit Group of companies.
Business strategies for improving net income and bottom-line financial results. Options include contingency planning and negotiating.
A unique collection of originally-written inspirational and motivational quotes about hard work. Find assurance that hard work pays and that working hard will lead you to success.
Sexual harassment is illegal in the US and other nations, but is sometimes difficult to prove. Stringent, consistent documentation is required from day one of its inception in order to prove a strong case. Read about some of the results here.
Learn how to start an office compost program with these tips, videos, and resources. Going green at work is definitely a team effort, but the positive returns are worth it.
Sometimes idle chatter can ruin work relationships. Here are some pitfalls and tips to improve work conversations.
A large restaurant chain in New Mexico failed to verify previous employment of one of their potential new hires for Drive Thru leader. Since they were desperate for Drive Thru help, they made the mistake of hiring without reference checks...
This is a tutorial on how to create a Pareto chart in Minitab 18. It includes sample data to follow along with while a chart is constructed and explained.
This article discusses four of the key questions you should ask yourself before bringing a claim to the Employment Tribunal. Its goal is to help you decide if bringing a claim is right for you.
Tap into an employee's potential. Determine these two things about the natural aptitude of each person’s personality type for building team talent and make the best use of their potential.
Business proposals can be practical and cost-effective business development tools. But business proposal writing can also be misused.
Strategies for fixing recurring problems in organizations of all sizes. This Zombie Problems article includes practical success tips.
The project charter is the driving part of every project. This article outlines the key elements that should be included in every project charter.
A tongue-in-cheek look at the just cause standard for discharge. Learn the five sure-fire ways you can get fired from a corporate employment attorney's perspective.
This article addresses the most frequently raised questions regarding age discrimination and its potential effect on your employment.
A story demonstrating how examining one's thinking and values is the first step to aligning personal and corporate values.
When networking, you'll likely be asked for discounted or free products or services to "support" a variety of efforts. Watch for these signs that someone is taking advantage of you.
Social media networks heavily rely on visuals. So if businesses want to reach and sell to today's customers, build building visual literacy skill is a must. But what is visual literacy in business?
Working from home may sound like a dream to some people-- no commute, no time clock, and no co-workers! Working from home has long been associated with internet scams and get-rich-quick schemes. In today's world, though, remote employees are becoming a staple of both large corporations and startups.
Here's how to protect against a bad or dubious Chinese supplier by using a documentary letter of credit as a payment method and safeguarding your deposits.
After you get over the initial shock of an acquisition, this article outlines some things you can do to shift the odds of surviving the acquisition or improving your situation in your favor.
You need to be equipped with a very broad set of skills in order to be a successful project manager. This article walks through that skill set if you're considering a career in project management.
If you have introverts at work and aren't sure how to manage them you've come to the right place. Increase productivity at the office by using these 9 ways to take advantage of office introverts.
Trade show booths are a big investment. Yet many don't produce sales and waste marketing dollars. Discover several "don't let this happen to you" booth blunders and what they say about you.
There is no worse feeling as a project manager than the moment you realize your project is failing. This article walks you through the steps to regain control and get your project back on track.
With press releases, common mistakes can produce problems and reduce desired effectiveness. Here are several practical solutions.
It is exciting to work with friends but the key to sustaining good working partnerships lies more in engaging with the right partners.
In modern business, there is a great need for safe, data-driven decisions based upon the past. However, we will need to remember to put emphasis on being more human — as people and as companies — to succeed.
This article gives you the lowdown of what you need to know for your business for dealing with social media sites before you commit and realize you've wasted your time, confidence and possibly your mind trying to keep up.
Small businesses that give too much--or take too much in terms of free, bartered or donated benefits--are acting like a charity and jeopardizing their future. See why it happens and how to avoid it.
Not all referrals are good referrals. Sometimes they can even have a negative impact on the referral giver or recipient. Discover networking tips on how to give a good referral.
Learn how to calm your nerves and conquer your stage fright the next time you're asked to get up in front of an audience and give a presentation.
Qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis can be very helpful to a business or organization wishing to formulate an effective marketing strategy. Yet, understanding qualitative and quantitative statistics and its tools can be very confusing....
A lot of people say they minister to people on their job. They use their workplace as a place to let others know about God. There is a proper way to do it without losing your job.
Successful meetings start with careful planning. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you lead effective and enjoyable meetings in the workplace.
Do you want to be more than just a manager? To be a truly effective leader in the workplace, here are some tips on how to win the approbation of your staff and colleagues.
Practical strategies for improving business writing in organizations of all sizes. Key content writing problems and mistakes to avoid.
A great project manager puts in the legwork early to give the project the greatest chance to succeed, and serves as a leader when problems come up to drive the project through completion.
Six Sigma certification is good to have in a marketplace that values those with a proven ability to improve the bottom line and quality. How do you study for Six Sigma certification?
Emotional abuse is alive and well in the workplace. Here are suggestions on how to identify and overcome it.
You could be networking like crazy and have nothing to show for it. Here are some tips for measuring your networking success.
Not a fan of staff parties? These tips on how to control your nerves and handle yourself with poise will get you through even the most cringe-inducing, awkward staff parties and social situations.
If you're in a leadership position at work, you must learn how to delegate tasks to staff in a fair and effective manner otherwise you will be the one who gets overwhelmed and starts to underperform.
After several years of business traveling, I have accumulated substantial information about several aspects of business travel that can go wrong and how to prevent these mishaps...
Shift work is something hundreds of thousands of people experience on a daily basis. Are you up to the task of working in a profession that requires shift work? Find out in this article.
Six Sigma experts can be segregated into their own department or embedded as full members of a work group or department. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.
These tips will help you get problems resolved at the lowest level. Learn how to be effective when you complain.
A thought leader is someone who influences a community, network, industry, or the public because of his or her expertise, knowledge, and experience in a particular field. But what does that mean?
Saying you want to change is one thing. Actually doing it is something else entirely. It requires focus, discipline, and follow-through.
Textiles, garment factories, they are all the same. All except the one where my buddy, "Ron" and I worked.
Help your intern's career development and your own by learning to effectively communicate and assign tasks. Challenge yourself to make interns more effective at their work and stretch your own leadership skills. Guide for managers or other full-time employees to make the most of summer interns.
You'll likely be spending many hours at work. Here's how to assess whether or not your prospective employer's work environment can meet your basic needs for comfort, cleanliness, and safety.
Communication plays a very important role in everyone's day-to-day life, both personal and professional.
Your boss is showing you a little too much attention. It's not serious enough to label harassment and you really don't want any trouble. How to create boundaries at work without creating drama.
Ministry leaders are often blindsided by workers being offended by something the leader said or did. Here are some keys that will help you avoid unintentionally offending team members.
The article includes the signs of a toxic work environment, reasons to avoid profanity on the job, and methods to help you avoid using vulgar words at work.
Do you have a business mobile app idea? If you're sure about its viability then it's time you get it developed. Read this article for the top things you need to consider when creating a business app.
Turning problems into opportunities is an over-worn business tip. This is all the more testing when confronted by clients who seem to string you along. What to do? Here are some fresh strategies.
This article explains when a redundancy situation is valid, how you could be selected for redundancy, when you can receive a payment, and when you should be offered an alternate role.
What is Just in Time (JIT) Manufacturing, what are its origins, how does it work and why should you implement it?
Labor unions have fallen on hard times lately. Have they become a thing of the past; or are they still viable in today's competitive marketplace? Please take our poll at the bottom of this article.
Determining what constitutes a fair compensation package can be a huge dilemma, particularly for small businesses with limited access to HR data.
We spend the majority of our day at work, so it's only natural for it to become dull after a while. Discover ways to make your job more enjoyable while also preparing you for advancement.
Is your boss an evil, abusive jerk? How to identify a Bad Boss. Professional advice on what do to about toxic managers, and how to keep from going crazy.
This article will bring to light and dispel the five most common assumptions people make about disciplinary situations in the workplace.
What does it take to be successful in today's competitive work environment? These few ideas helped triple my income.
Being a layoff survivor can be awkward for you and scary for the coworkers around you who were let go. This article walks through what you can do to help those coworkers get back on their feet.
If you have a business out there and you aren't doing most or all of these, you still have a lot of opportunity in front of you to increase sales and profits. Even the photos speak 1000 words about these businesses!
Are you dealing with difficult personalities at work? Learn more about how to resolve conflict in the workplace using a collaborative framework.
You can spend upwards of 30 – 50 hours a week with your co-workers in the same office. Is it any wonder that over time, some of the things your office mates say and do start to drive you bonkers?
Discusses two views of restaurant inventory. Small wares and large equipment, maintenance and other topics.
It can be difficult to navigate the process of getting licensed for professional work. This article helps streamline the process for candidate health insurance producers.
Does your organization seem to take much longer than it should to get things done? You balloon up your organization and it doesn't seem to get any better. What's the problem, and how do we solve it?
Procrastination is a tough habit to break. Learn to become more time efficient by following these tips. Keep yourself organized by utilizing this time management checklist.
No two are exactly alike! Learn more about small business owners, business classifications and how different classifications think differently.
Small businesses face many types of legal regulations. Research and planning are key to getting your business off the ground safely.
The project management life cycle includes five high-level phases that account for all aspects of managing a project from beginning to end. This article takes a deep dive into each of those phases.
Brand extension can provide more sales opportunities for successful brands. But this branding strategy could boomerang against a brand. Learn what brand extension is and how it's used in marketing.
Are you having trouble understanding the definition of sexual harassment in these increasingly difficult times? If so, this article is here to help you.
Explore various methods of performing a job analysis; discover when and why the analysis is done; lastly, find out why a job analysis may be viewed negatively, and learn how to get everyone on board.
Your language can lose its power when you use hedges, upspeak, disclaimers, and other credibility killers. These verbal bad habits undermine your authority and the competence of your message.
Organisations that have a respectful culture and understand decentralised power are the wave of the future.
In this article, we will discuss UK law and basic information about bullying and harassment at work. We will also summarize the responsibilities of employers and outline some of the options open to employees.
How to write good business letters in English. Examples of opening sentences, closing sentences, date, address, salutation, signature and format.
Have you ever been on a software project that went over budget? For a lot of us, it was a recent event. Clearly we're not alone. Why is estimation such a struggle, and what can we do about it?
Beimng a good leader on the fire ground takes more than being "the man" or "the boss". It takes knowledge and wisdom and a bit of common sense to boot.
Thinking of joining a controversial company, or one that doesn't share your values? Already work for one? Here are tips on deciding about that job offer and surviving your employment.
Leaders who possess EQ can manage their emotions and the emotions of others through David Goleman's five key elements; self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.