Ways to improve employee development

Ways to improve employee development

Focusing on your employees’ development is one of the best long-term investments you can make for your small business. How well they perform and grow in their roles will not only increase efficiency in your business but also improve your employees’ engagement levels in the workplace. Ways to help enhance your employees’ development include: Provide…

Friendly competition in the workplace

Friendly competition in the workplace

When done wrong, competition in the workplace can create a toxic and cutthroat environment. But when done well, a healthy competitive culture not only improves overall business productivity levels but can boost morale and create a sense of a community for your staff. Here are four tips to help you foster a positive competitive workplace:…

Landing your first customers

Landing your first customers

You have launched your very own startup, your product or service is ready, but you are stuck on how to land your first customer? Consider these handy tips to get the ball rolling! It’s all about networking Attending industry functions and other networking events is a great way to get your business’ name out there…

Tuning in’ to your customers

‘Tuning in’ to your customers

One of the easiest ways a small business can fail is simply by falling out of sync with their target market. However, this can be avoided through actively listening to your customers, rather than merely assuming what will work better when considering any changes to your customer service model or branding image. Remember, content customers…

What your office space says about your business

What your office space says about your business

How you choose to design the aesthetics of your office impacts not only how a client thinks of you, but your employees’ motivation and productivity levels as well. Consider these reasons why your office may need a makeover. Your employees Creating a pleasant, sunlit and clean office space for your employees to work in helps…

Hire a virtual assistant

Hire a virtual assistant

For those entrepreneurs building a brand new startup, hiring a virtual assistant as their first employee is a perfect way to delegate work when you do not yet have the budget to hire full-time staff or rent office space. Having a virtual assistant on hand to complete operational tasks will allow you more time and…

Maximising your peak productive time

Maximising your peak productive time

Determining when you are at your most productive peak during a work day is useful in scheduling your tasks and managing your time appropriately. Everyone has a time in the day when they work to their optimal potential; they have a clear headspace, feel energised and can perform tasks with more ease. During these times,…

Understanding your management style

Understanding your management style

Self-awareness is an important tool to master in both your personal and professional life. It is especially important for business owners and managers, as they are responsible for the success of their business and managing key business relationships, i.e., staff. Business owners and managers often develop a management style over time. Depending on the type…

Why your staff may work better at home

Why your staff may work better at home

Letting your employees work from home is a simple way to increase productivity levels and reduce expenditure within your business. However, choosing the amount of time an employee can work from home will depend upon the business you run. Whether you give them the option to work from home permanently or even a couple of…

How to respond to employee mistakes

How to respond to employee mistakes

Even your most hardworking employees are bound to make a mistake on the job at some point. Their error may cost your business a client or damage a vital relationship with a supplier. How you manage your employee when they make a mistake can significantly impact your professional relationship with them down the track. Avoid…