4 Ways to Create a Better Workspace

As an employer, you’re always concerned with the well-being of not only your clients, but your employees, as well. It’s a difficult balance to strike. Ultimately, satisfied employees equal satisfied customers. It’s not that you need to be putting your employees before your customers, necessarily, but that if your employees don’t feel comfortable, confident, and safe when coming to work, they won’t be very good at their jobs. This reflects badly on you, as well as the company, and doesn’t help you bring in more business. Luckily, there are a few simple changes you can make around the office to create a more welcoming and happy environment for your employees. 

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Job Searching in a New State

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by Alek Sabin

Many people dream about moving to a new state. There’s something inherently romantic about the idea that we can pick up and move anywhere in this country, without having to worry about visas or anything like that. For many people, leaving the place where they are from is a great source of pride.

However, the financial situation of moving to a new place can be tricky. Obviously, even if you have money put away, you’ll need to come into a steady income in your new home. Typically, it’s a good idea to already have a job lined up, before you even move to the state, but that can be easier said than done. Here are some tips to remember when job searching in a new state…

Look in states with jobs in your industry

First of all, it might be a good idea to pick the state you want to move to based on what you do for a living. If you are a marine biologist, then moving to Boulder, Colorado might make it difficult to find a job. Check what states are big in your industry, if you don’t already know. If you don’t have a specific industry you want to work in, maybe just check to see where other people are moving to, due to their healthy economy.

Start planning months in advance

Working on laptopObviously, finding a job in a new state is quite an endeavor. It’s not something that is going to happen overnight, unless you are extremely lucky. For this reason, you want to get as much of a head start as you can on researching the area you want to move to and what the workforce is like there. A good starting point is to get onto LinkedIn and check out companies and professionals in the area to see if you have any mutual connections. This should provide a launching off point to get some contacts and let people know you are searching for a job in that area.

Go to where you already know people

While we all want to be our own pioneers, and break new ground in an unfamiliar place, it can be quite useful to move to a place where you already have contacts. If you have any family, friends, or former coworkers who are living in a different state, then you already have a leg up on moving to that place. First of all, those people will be able to keep their ear to the ground for you to find a new job, and on top of that, you may be able to have a place where you can stay, briefly, while you get settled into a new job and find an adequate home.

Bring up your situation in your letter and resume

Smiling woman browsing on netWhen you are sending cover letters and resumes to businesses that you want to work at, don’t shy away from the fact that you currently don’t live in the state, but are planning on moving there. Be sure that you mention when you are moving, so that they have an idea of when you can start. This not only puts everybody on the same page and prevents uncomfortable situations where one party feels confused, but there is a certain appeal to hiring people who are moving to an entirely new state, as it does show a strong degree of motivation.

Directly target companies you want to work for

Sending a bunch of resumes out to every business that is hiring might be a good idea, just to cover as much ground as possible, but you aren’t moving to a new place so that you can find a dead-end job that you’re going to hate as much as the one you have now. Another approach is to find the companies that you want to work for. Even if that company isn’t hiring, try getting a hold of them, directly, so that you can approach them about a work opportunity. Even if they can’t hire you right away, they will definitely be considering you if anything opens up in the months before you actually move.

Tactical Flashlights – The Ultimate Non-Lethal Self-Defense Tool You Need to Carry

You have had a fun-filled evening with your friends and it’s time to leave for home. It is well into the night and you are walking straight to your car. As you are walking across the street, you sense a shadow across the wall and now you are hearing fast footsteps. You feel a cold sensation running through your body as you try to deviate your mind from the incoming invader. Your footsteps are bigger, and your heart is pounding. Ultimately your chin gets a blow. In a single blow, you are out and down, and you feel helpless watching the invader running with your wallet and other valuables.

Before you can regather your senses, the assailant is long disappeared in the darkness of night.

Out in the dark, there are assailants and invaders looking to hunt their prey. Darkness is their strength and they are professional in running in the dark. At such times, you might be regretting not having a Tactical Flashlight.

Most people including me, take flashlights as general-purpose home utility tool that comes handy in the kitchen and elsewhere in the home when the power goes out. Even some people who do possess tactical flashlights keep them as a camping equipment for occasional survival trips out in the wilderness. However, invaders aren’t just found in the wilderness, they are there in the streets too. According to survival and tactical trainers, tactical flashlights are one of the best self-defense weapons that every person needs carry always.

So, what’s really, we mean by a tactical flashlight?

Ok, before we proceed any further let’s clear our thoughts about what we are really talking about. For clarity, we aren’t talking about any general-purpose flashlights that almost every family possess back at home. We are talking about tactically built flashlights that can be used as a self-defense weapon.

The term tactical clearly reflects the defense purpose built of these tools. These are made to garner the needs of military and civilian law enforcement agencies. Most of the time, these flashlights are designed as such to be able to mount over a weapon for low-visibility scenarios. Speaking of the size, these tactical tools are made much smaller than traditional flashlights we are used to having at home. However, they harness much more power in terms of lumens, than general purpose flashlights. For durability, these are carved out of strong weapon-grade aluminum, so you can trust them for all distress situations.

Now, though the tactical flashlights are typically produced for military and civilian law enforcement agencies, these are great self-defense tool to be carried by masses. Below we will see why you should carry one with you always.

The significance of Carrying a Tactical Flashlight:

Ok, even before we deliberate on the uses and utility of using flashlights in tactical situations, let’s discuss the necessity of carrying one always. Just like a tactical folding knife, flashlights are amongst the best self-defense weapons you can carry along with no special permission. Its utility is highly based upon its versatility in different situations. To say the least, a flashlight isn’t just your home grabbing tool rather a tactical self-defense weapon.

The Ultimate Self-Defense Tool:

To be brutally honest, tactical flashlights are the ultimate non-lethal self-defense weapons, in low-lighting situations. This is one powerful tool which can be used as a deterrent against any malign action by an incoming threat. The best part about these tactical non-lethal weapons is that you need to obtain any government approval / NOC to carry them. These are ideal self-defense tools to be taken to theatres, flights and other places where there’s a restriction to carry a gun or other lethal weapons.

 

Talking about self-defense purposes of tactical flashlights, we can broadly categorize two main uses of these non-lethal tools:

–    Firstly, these are ideal tools to recognize any incoming invader, who often took refuge in darkness to hide their identity. A bright light will help reveal the identity of any assailant, thus creating an ambiguity in mind of incoming assailant for compromised identity. Most of the time, assailants can be deterred-off simply by the ambiguity of compromised identity.

–    Secondly, a strong and powerful tactical flashlight gives you the momentarily escape route to run away from incoming invaders. The high lumen light when directly aimed at an assailant’s face will create a momentarily blinding effect. This will give you some extra seconds to run into the safety away from the assailant.

Many professional tactical trainers recommend people to directly shine high lumen lights into the eyes of assailant “reach for the face”. As a synchronized body reaction, the assailant will raise his arms to cover his eyes and will be dysfunctional for some precious seconds. This will give you the much-needed escape route to either run away from the threat or attack back with any lethal weapon you do possess.

Bonus:

–    With the increasing threat of street violence, manufacturers of tactical flashlights have started incorporating serrated bezel into the design. These are highly reinforced toothed bezels; hard enough to break car’s windows in case of emergency. Optionally, you can also use these strong bezels to attack the assailant’s face. However, until you do possess a lethal weapon that can impose maximum injury to the assailant (a gun or folding knife), it is highly recommended to use momentarily blindness to flee away to safety.

Searching the best Tactical Flashlight:

Ok, these non-lethal self-defense tools might be great against an incoming invader, however, as with any other tool you can’t generalize the equation for all scenarios. The market is inundated with hundreds of different models and versions of tactical flashlights to choose from. The final decision over a design and variety will ultimately depend upon the budgetary limitations and personal preferences. However, few aspects that we can recommend for a flashlight include:

Compactness:

For any self-defense tool, the size of the tool is one of the most important aspects. Just like a folding knife, the tactical flashlight of your choice needs to be compact and easy to carry always. Ideally, the light should be small enough to fit in your palm completely.

Lumen Frequency:

A minimum of 120 lumens is a must output for any flashlight to be termed as a tactical weapon. The lumens determine that strength of the light illuminated as output. Since you need to create a total blindness effect and earn some time to escape the assailant, higher lumens will earn you more time. To put it simply higher the lumens than 120, better your chances to blind the assailant. Anything below the minimum threshold of 120 will leave you vulnerable.

Daily Steps for Better Self Confidence

Confident womanOne of the most important skills to learn in life is the ability to love yourself and take pride in the simple fact that you are you. This is especially important when you’re job-searching and interviewing for new positions. You need to be able to honestly state the advantages of having you in the workplace. However, despite how seemingly simple this sounds, people have a real and lasting struggle when it comes to accepting anything that remotely resembles self-confidence. Nowadays, it’s a lot easier to hone in on your shortcomings, rather than embrace the things that genuinely make you great.

This is such a popular mindset, that it was even given a name by philosopher Abraham Maslow: the Jonah Complex (or the fear of greatness). Without getting too heady about it, though, there are some simple steps that we should all take every day to improve our outlook of ourselves and boost our self-confidence…

Find things in life that you take pride in

First of all, it’s important to recognize that the things that make up a person’s identity are largely composed of the things that they are proud of, and the things that they are ashamed of. In the pursuit of self-confidence, focusing on the things that you are proud of is a key element to finding things to do every day that you enjoy and make you feel happy.

The source of this pride can vary indefinitely. It could be a job you love, a loving relationship, taking care of children, a game that you’re good at, creatively expressing yourself, or even just wearing your school colors. No matter what the specifics are, find what you are proud of, and build other parts of your life around that.

Avoid things that create stress and anxiety

Businessman walking up stairsFocusing on the things that bring pride to your life (or making those things) is a major part of building self-confidence, but it is only half of the battle. You also need to recognize when you are being dragged down by things that are stressful and producing anxiousness. This doesn’t mean running from problems that you are inevitably going to need to face and come to terms with, but it does mean recognizing certain triggers that evoke wildly negative reactions.

These triggers vary, depending on the person. For example, a person who struggles with mental health concerns commonly may trigger negative emotions when alcohol is introduced.

Don’t let hygiene slide

On a practical level, nothing wears down your self-confidence like failing to take care of yourself. Ironically, self-doubt is a bit of a cycle that can perpetuate itself in this way. When we are feeling low about ourselves, then it can be easy to skip out on healthy habits, such as eating well or having a hygiene routine. The problem is that, when we skip out on those things, it only makes us feel worse about ourselves.

No matter how low your self-esteem is on a given day, always remember to get up and do the necessary things to take care of yourself. Even just taking a quick shower is going to make you feel at least a little bit better.

Be sociable, even if it makes you uncomfortable

Woman sitting at home officeIt can feel great to be alone. Everyone needs time alone to wind down and process their thoughts in peace. However, isolation also allows us to build a dangerous comfort zone where we neglect to connect with other people. Humans are social creatures, and social health is a major part of feeling like we belong within society. For this reason, make sure to get out and into social situations that help you meet new people.

The other reason that this can be great for your self-esteem is that it requires you to consider how you present yourself, and how you promote yourself to other people. This provides excellent insight into how you view yourself, which is an important step to building further self-confidence.

Safety Tips for Mountain Campers in Late Summer

Camping in the mountains

I love late summer. For some reason, an awareness of the swiftly changing season urges us to go make the most of our limited time. And for many of us in the mountain west, “making the most of summer” means doing some camping. Getting out into nature has amazing benefits to both our bodies and our minds. Natural views force us to get outside of our own heads, relaxed in serenity and balance. For those of us who enjoy the mountain west, we love to get that natural serenity from the mountains. There are many things that you can do to enjoy more time in the mountains, from hiking to climbing. However, camping might be one of the best ways. It allows you to truly spend time out in the wild.

However, if you’re heading out into the mountains with your friends or family, there are some things that you should know and prepare for first.

Check the Weather First

Those who aren’t familiar with the mountains are usually surprised by the weather. Even in the height of summer, nights in the mountains will drop below freezing. It’s also important to understand how quickly the weather can change. It can transition from a freezing rainstorm one minute to blazing hot, exposed sunlight the next. The most common danger to campers is exposure.

Check the weather ahead of time and plan accordingly, but remember that it could all change, and so you’ll want to have gear that helps you adapt to any temperature and all precipitation.

Contact the Forest Service

People hikingWhen you’re doing your research for the trip, look up information about the particular area. Each zone will have different facilities available, different natural resources, different locational safety concerns, and different threats from wild animals.

Contacting the forest service ahead of time will also help you understand what the standards are for waste, water safety, and preventing wildfires. You can also get information about the local trails, and understand whether you need to have a permit for backcountry camping.

Be Animal-Smart

Speaking of animals, that’s one of the most common concerns when people are out camping. Sure, there are predators like bears and mountain lions that you should be careful about. However, you are much more likely to come across other wildlife that will inconvenience your trip and even threaten your health and safety. So remember to bring bug spray and take other measures to avoid mosquitoes. This is especially important in certain areas of the mountain west, where West Nile Virus is a risk.

In order to prevent danger from critters both large and small, store your food safely (in bear country, this means either in a bear box, or strung up from a tree a ways away from your camp.) You can also prevent problems by simply making noise where you go, and showing general respect for wildlife and their habitats.

Guard against Exposure

As scary as the wildlife can be, the truth is that you are much more likely to be in danger from exposure to the elements. As mentioned earlier, even in the summer the mountains can get freezing cold. If your body has been taxed through intense physical activity, and you’re also low on water in the body, it’s easy for your body to go into shock, or to experience hypothermia. Bring plenty of warm clothes, cover up to avoid too much sun, and stay hydrated.

Bring a First Aid Kit

Be bear awareYou’re much more likely to experience a twisted or broken ankle than you are a mountain lion attack. And so, in order to stay safe, you should:

  1. Wear proper gear, like hiking boots.
  2. Step carefully and and handle tools carefully; for example, if you’re using a knife to prep your campfire.
  3. Camp with friends so that you have someone to help you if you need it.
  4. Bring a first aid kit with all the basic necessities.

Always Have the Necessities

The “Ten Necessities List,” as laid out by the Mountaineers organization, details all of the most vital things that you’ll need while camping. Even if you don’t think that some of the following apply for you, consider including them in your pack. You never know when you’ll find yourself in need of a navigation system, for example.

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit
  8. Nutrition
  9. Hydration
  10. Shelter

Take Some Solitary Time

Camping is one of many activities that can inspire you and encourage you to live a happier and more purposeful life. Get the most out of your camping experience by learning what you can about the scene around you, from the geological background to the plant and animal life that surround you. You can also get more spiritual and mental benefits from spending some solitary time while camping. Considering stepping away in order to do a personal walk, a workout, or even to write independently in your journal.

 

Tips for Creating a Healthier Work Environment

By: Maurine Anderson

People working at busy modern office

A healthy work environment can do much to improve company morale and keep employees happy while at work. And while you may not have control over whether or not your employees exercise, there is a lot that you can do as an employer to create a work environment that promotes health and wellness. Here are some tips from creating a healthier work environment at your workplace.

 

Encourage breaks from sitting.

 

Sitting for prolonged periods of time—as many do in the workplace—can have significant negative effects on your physical health. It has been linked to high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, muscle loss, weight gain, back and neck pain, and even loss of brain power. In addition, as this article points out, lack of movement is the number one cause of varicose veins, which can cause major pain in the legs. So, be sure to encourage breaks from sitting in the workplace. You might, for example:

 

  • establish additional sitting areas and meeting areas;
  • create a relaxation space;
  • establish a stretching or “active” break;
  • map walking routes inside or outside the workplace; or
  • hold walking meetings.

 

Invest in ergonomic chairs and desks.

 

Even when employees do get much-needed breaks from sitting, the fact is that many of them will probably have to spend hours in their day sitting in a chair at a desk. If this is the case for your employees, then it’s essential to invest in ergonomic chairs and desks in order to mitigate the negative impact of sitting.

 

Promote fitness.

Composite image of fitness tools with apple

There are many ways to promote personal fitness in employees, even outside of work hours. You might, for example, host a fitness challenge at work and invite employees to participate; offer reimbursements for gym memberships; count steps with other employees; or offer a small financial bonus to employees who, say, reach three out of the four quarterly fitness goals set at the workplace. Yes, this can be an investment of both time and money, but keep in mind that the healthier your employees are, the fewer sick days they’ll take, and they better they’ll perform while at work.

 

Maximize natural lighting.

 

Proper lighting can go a long way in eliminating glare and shadows, reducing eye fatigue, and preventing headaches. When possible, maximize natural lighting when designing your workplace. And when natural lighting is available, opt for a quality lighting setup that will mimic the feel of natural lighting.

 

Encourage a healthy work-life balance.

 

Promoting a healthy work-life balance is key to keeping your employees happy, which in turn will boost job performance. You as an employer can encourage a healthy work-life balance by giving employees a reasonable workload, refraining from sending emails outside of work hours, allowing for flexibility when employees need to make personal appointments during the workday, etc. Keep in mind here that you may inadvertently promote overworking by, say, treating employees who work overtime as better than others.

 

Keep the workplace clean.

Office vacant

A clean and orderly workplace can make a major positive impact on both the physical and mental health of your employees. Cleanliness helps eliminate dust and bacteria, and it kills germs that might otherwise spread quickly through the workplace. Fresh plants, meanwhile, can work to clean the air and contribute to a pleasant work environment. And finally, cleanliness and a well-designed workplace can help reduce stress and together create a peaceful ambiance for employees to enjoy working in. Hiring outside help for your cleaning needs and establishing some standard policies on office cleanliness can really be well worth the expense and effort.

 

Recognize hard work and achievements.

 

Employees don’t need to be bribed with prizes or incentives in order to improve job performance. Recognition for hard work and special achievements goes a long way, and often all an employee needs is a personal thank you or recognition in front of other employees in order to feel appreciated. Make sure that your employees are recognized for their hard work, and you’ll have a much healthier, much happier workplace.

 

Promote sustainability.

 

Environment sustainability might not be directly related to physical health, but promoting it in the workplace will unite your employees under a wholesome cause and strengthen a healthy company culture. Consider promoting sustainability in your workplace by stocking your break room with washable dishes and utensils, placing recycling bins for various materials around the office, or hiring out local recycling services, as this article details.

5 Quick Ways To Make Sure Your Office Building Is Up To Code

Time For An Upgrade- How To Improve Inter-Office Work In Your BusinessThe owner of a building should ensure that his or her place is up to code. If not, he or she will suffer some problems in the future. To do this, one should understand local codes and regulations. Of course, this may not be enough, and it is up to a person to determine what is up to code and what needs work. Without a doubt, when following these five quick tips, one can make sure their office building is up to code.

Ask a contractor

Often, a local contractor will have the answers. For example, when working with JM Industrial Electricians, one can ask him or her if they know about local building codes. With this, one can get to the bottom of the problem and get his or her question answered. Simply put, when working with a professional, one should have no fear as they will get the answers to their questions.

Call city hall

While it is never fun calling city hall, a person can have his or her issue resolved quickly. When calling, it is wise to prepare the question beforehand as a city worker may not have a lot of time on his or her hands. Not only that, when ready, one will not make a mistake or have to worry about missing out on their chance.

Construction company

When working with a construction company, one can have a deeper look at the problem. Luckily, most companies will not mind offering some free advice, especially to a potential client. One must remember, when speaking with a construction company, an office building owner should make sure to speak to one with offices in the area.

Ask other office building owners

In all likelihood, it is usually possible for a person to ask another local business owner about building codes. Since most people are usually willing to share information, this is the perfect step to take when trying to get to the bottom of this annoying issue.

Fire marshal

With a quick call to the local fire marshal, one may find out what problem that the building does or doesn’t have. Of course, when taking this route, one must prepare for the worst as an overzealous marshal may find some issues and end up shutting down the business. Either way, this is a quick way to resolve the issue permanently.

It is wise for a building owner to understand local zoning laws and regulations. If not, one will suffer in the long run.

5 Jobs For People Who Like To Work With Their Hands

Find A Rewarding Lifestyle Four Ways To Enhance Your Work Life BalanceThere are a number of people who would rather work with their hands and be active instead of working at a desk all day long. For those who like physical work, there are a number of good job opportunities available. Most of these jobs do require training, but it is usually not classroom type training. Many jobs where people work with their hands are highly skilled professions, and the pay associated with these jobs is often higher than the pay for jobs that require a college degree.

Plumber

Being a plumber is a great job for a person who likes to work with his hands. Plumbers work in installing complete plumbing systems in new construction, and they are also called upon to make repairs in existing plumbing in both homes and businesses.

Plumbers are usually trained on the job. The first level is an apprenticeship that may last several years. After completion of an apprenticeship, a plumber reaches the journeyman level. A master plumber is the highest level of achievement.

There is always a great demand for plumbers. Companies like Plumbmate are usually on the lookout for qualified individuals to work in their ever expanding businesses.

Chef

Chefs are in the news with all of the celebrity chefs on television. This is a good career for those who work with their hands because chefs are continually chopping, slicing and dicing.

Chefs are trained in two ways. Some serve apprenticeships and receive on the job training. Chefs may also be trained in culinary and hospitality management programs at special schools and local community colleges.

Electrician

Electricians are highly paid, and work with their hands continually installing and repairing wiring and circuitry. They work in new construction and in repair. Many are employed in the heating and air conditioning industry.

Electricians may attended courses that lead to a degree in electrical repair. Like plumbers, many electricians are trained on the job.

Auto Mechanic

Mechanics are in high demand. To be an auto mechanic, a person will need to qualify in several areas of repair with the ASE. Most mechanics receive training either in two year community college programs or at special automotive training institutions.

Carpenter

Carpenters are needed to build homes and do remodeling work. Carpenters are classified as either rough-in or finish carpenters, and they are normally trained on the job through an apprenticeship program.

These are just a few of the many jobs available for those who enjoy working with their hands. These are good paying jobs with a future.

Six Benefits of Going Back to School During your Career

In recent years, American society has become very transient. People are always on the move changing homes, cars, friends, lovers and jobs. When it comes to career development, individuals are only staying at their jobs for an average of about 6 1/2 years. The fact is people change jobs frequently.

In order to keep up with trends in the modern day work environment, it is incumbent on individuals to seek out ways to stay competitive with the competition. One way to achieve this is to continue some form of education even after a career has been launched. With the advent of online degrees and night classes being offered, the ability to attend school while working has become easier. Here are six ways you can benefit from additional education while working.

Increased Value to Current Employer

Any additional education you can obtain can be of tremendous value at your current job. Most employers view education as knowledge and knowledge becomes expertise. As you further your education, you employer may feel compelled to increase your workload or offer you a raise/promotion. Some employers may be willing to pick up the tab.

Increased Marketability to Outside Organizations

Many times, jobs are only as secure as the companies themselves. In difficult economic times, it is invaluable to have a larger skill set in order to increase your marketability in the job market in the event you find yourself suddenly unemployed.

Keeping Up With Technology

Most online degree programs will expose the student to the latest technology for that chosen field. Knowledge of the latest technologies is becoming a critical tool for job security and is something that brings great value to your current employment. For example, new computer technology is constantly being experimented with and developed. If you earn a NJIT Masters in Computer Science online, you’ll be able to learn more about new and current techniques while working full time at your job.

Exposure to New Occupations

If you find yourself unsatisfied in your current job occupation, you can use the additional schooling to establish knowledge is an unrelated field, perhaps one you find more appealing and fulfilling. It’s hard to change job fields without education or experience, so having a recent degree to back you up will be a be advantage.

Job Opportunities Through Online Educators

After finishing a degree program online, the educator often provides access to exclusive job opportunities offered only through that program. This could expose you to job opportunities you never knew existed.

Increase in Self-Confidence

Studies have shown that individuals with more education are generally more self-confident about their ability to have success on the job. Just having that advanced degree may give you the extra oomph you need to take initiative and compete for a promotion or a big project.

With so many more individuals attending college, the current workforce needs to be looking over their shoulder. Additional education is always a good way to stay competitive in the workplace.

 

Time For An Upgrade? How To Improve Inter-Office Work In Your Business

Time For An Upgrade- How To Improve Inter-Office Work In Your BusinessA small business owner must always take steps to improve the operations of his or her organization. Otherwise, it will be difficult to grow the company and make more money. With that being said, here are four ways to improve inter-office work in your business.

Phone system

Some companies use old and outdated phone systems that do not make it easy for workers to communicate with each other. Sadly, in many areas, this is the norm and not the exception. To improve communication and keep people in touch, one should use an up-to-date phone system. In fact, with business phone systems in Raleigh, an entrepreneur can give his or her staff the right tools to keep in contact all the time.

The cloud

When hosting files on the cloud, workers can share information with ease. One way to do so is to use Google Docs or another hosting service. With this, people can make simultaneous edits to worksheets or documents. As the company grows, this will get easier, and people will share information at the click of a button. Otherwise, a small business owner who uses old and archaic ways to share information will work harder and not smarter.

Monthly meetings

To increase the speed of business, one should have monthly meetings. This will allow workers to share ideas on how they can better work with one another for a common goal. In fact, each month, a different department or person should run the meeting so people can speak their minds. Remember, it is wise to have an open door policy and hold frequent meetings. Sadly, when one does not do this, people will not communicate well, and workers will end up in the dark about ideas.

Instant messaging

Often, workers will send emails to each other. While this is valuable when speaking about important or time-consuming manners, sometimes it is overkill. Instead, some companies opt to use an instant messaging program which allows workers to communicate instantly. This is ideal when working on projects together or dealing with simple day-to-day manners. Now, one does not need to run out and spend a lot of money to find a practical solution. Instead, a small business owner should use a freeware program. With this, people can communicate quickly, and people will not have to send long emails to work on simple tasks.

With these four tips, people in an office can communicate with ease. This will allow workers to complete more tasks and without as much struggle