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Handling Personal Calls and Texting at Work

There has always been great debate over whether employees should take personal calls while working. It is understandable that a friend or family member would need to get in touch with you in the event of an emergency or for a number of reasons. While each company has their own policy on personal calls, cell phone usage, and text messaging, there are several guidelines that can be followed. In … Continue

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How to Become More Productive at Work

Whether you're a business owner or an employee, there's a good chance that you're concerned about improving productivity at work. Productivity tends to improve business operations, increase profits, and boost employee morale, and productivity is very closely linked to efficiency. Below you will find the top five tips for becoming more efficient at work: 1. Get organized. Becoming organized is … Continue

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When You Encounter the Feeling of “Been There, Done That” as an Entrepreneur

During the fourth stage of emotions that experts say most new entrepreneurs experience, you will adjust to having become used to your role as a business owner. As this happens, most entrepreneurs redefine themselves and their lives in terms of their business, and they accept that their company will be a part of their lives well into the future. After you've passed through the first three emotional … Continue

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5 Ways to Properly Greet a Customer

When entering a store, most customers want to see an employee make a genuine effort to acknowledge and assist them. As a customer in a hurry, I might be just looking for one specific item and may need the assistance of the employee. However, if I am ignored and my time is wasted waiting for help, I will move on to another store. With so many online and physical retail options available now, if … Continue

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permitting text messaging while at work

Handling Personal Calls and Texting at Work

There has always been great debate over whether employees should take personal calls while working. It is understandable that a friend or family member would need to get in touch with you in the event of an emergency or for a number of reasons. While each company has their own policy on personal calls, cell phone usage, and text messaging, there … Continue

grocery store employee assisting customer

5 Ways to Properly Greet a Customer

When entering a store, most customers want to see an employee make a genuine effort to acknowledge and assist them. As a customer in a hurry, I might be just looking for one specific item and may need the assistance of the employee. However, if I am ignored and my time is wasted waiting for help, I will move on to another store. With so many online … Continue

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Four Strategies for Addressing Company Conflict

It doesn't matter what type of company you run, conflicts within your business are quite inevitable. These company conflicts generally fall into two categories. The first is known as interpersonal conflict and is defined as hostility between individual employees on a personal level, which could arise as a result of personality differences, a … Continue

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How to Become More Productive at Work

Whether you're a business owner or an employee, there's a good chance that you're concerned about improving productivity at work. Productivity tends to improve business operations, increase profits, and boost employee morale, and productivity is very closely linked to efficiency. Below you will find the top five tips for becoming more efficient at … Continue

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How to Become an Efficiency Expert

Hardly a week goes by without my being contacted by someone posing the question: "How do I become a business efficiency consultant?" After repeatedly (and inefficiently) responding to many of those emails with similar advice, I'm now sitting down to hopefully write out that advice in a more permanent form. Before I begin, however, let me give a … Continue

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Is Performance Based Pay Practical for Your Company?

Over the years, many companies have attempted to implement performance based pay for employees. Some have been successful with the programs, while others have experienced utter failure. So what makes a performance based pay program work in some situations and not others? Research and real-world trial and error suggest that the success of a … Continue

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Combating the Mid Afternoon Productivity Lull in the Office

It's the 3 o'clock lull, a universal experience in the stereotypical office environment. You can see it in the "yawn wave," as cubicle after cubicle emits a restless sigh or groan. Tired, distracted employees move in their chairs aimlessly. Paper shuffling declines, while keyboard tapping grows faint, and an occasional snore is heard coming from … Continue

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How to Stay Focused at Work During Tough Times

Staying focused at work during times of trouble at home can be extremely difficult. A divorce, death in the family, or other traumatic event can turn your entire world upside down. So how are you supposed to care about work (much less stay focused at the office) when your entire life feels like it’s been uprooted? While it will never be easy to … Continue