6 Musts for Startup Managers Dealing With Employees

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft Office . All opinions are 100% mine.

If a new business is to grow and thrive, a startup owner or manager must recruit the right talent, then successfully manage them in a way that gets the best results for the business.

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Some leaders come from a great upbringing that makes them seem like they must have come out of the womb that way. Yet, others – most, in fact – are made. Trained and educated by the people who’ve worked for them, and by those who they’ll lead throughout their career.…

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4 Reasons Why SMBs Need to Invest More in Safety and Sustainability

Safety and sustainability are two things that small to medium businesses just don’t think about enough.

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Being a small to medium business (SMB) is hard work. Markets can be inconsistent, money can be stretched, and the slightest setback can be devastating. For this reason, too many SMBs are not investing enough in safety or sustainability. However, there are several reasons why they should. First of all…

Now is the perfect time for rack inspection training and green initiatives!

If there’s one thing that SMBs always need, it’s security. There are so many question marks in the business world, and what small businesses need is some kind of guarantee.…

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5 Pieces of Equipment that Make The Dental Business Easier and Better

You will most likely make it through your life without ever knowing someone who enjoys going to the dentist. From our earliest memories, we remember the awkwardness, the pain, the too hotness, the too coldness, and the numbness of our dental experiences.

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But, at least in the past decade or so, dental technology has been getting better, equipment has been getting smarter, and dentists have been improving their techniques to make the whole endeavor more palatable. Consider dental cameras, sonic toothbrushes, better fluoride buffers, new substances for fillings, and less conspicuous braces all as things that are helping the dentistry business out.…

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How your Business Location Effects the Perception of your Business

Think about some of the top tier businesses in the world. Yes, any kind of business – just bring to mind the first few that spring into your head when you think ‘prestige’. You might have thought of Google, or Facebook, or any kind of dot-com company, or perhaps you thought of a financial services business that’s a real heavy hitter. No matter what kind of business you thought of I bet there’s one thing that unites them all: they have a great business address.

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What do I mean by that? Well, a dot-com company is going to reside in Silicon Valley or New York, and the financial company might be in Washington.…

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Want to Empower Employees? Take a Vacation

As a small business executive, you’re working harder than ever to compete with larger organizations, keep your margins high, and maximize your productivity. With more than 50 percent of the working population employed by small businesses, it’s no wonder you’re working so hard.

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Countless studies, common sense, and your mother agree that taking a well-deserved vacation isn’t just a luxury — it’s a necessity for your health and well-being. Do we really need to tell you this?

Despite the importance of breaks, many small business executives feel that taking a pass on time off is a matter of necessity. Office Depot conducted a survey last summer that revealed that not even two-thirds of small business owners were planning to take a vacation.…

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Business Budgets: Top Tips for Getting the Most from Your Business Fleet

It can be frustrating when a personal car breaks down; missing work or appointments is no small matter. If it’s a vehicle that your business depends on, though, unscheduled downtime for maintenance may not be an option. Your employees will miss important customer appointments as a result, productivity will drop, morale could suffer, and there could be too much spent on repairs and fuel. Should a vehicle become unsafe owing to inadequate maintenance, legal consequences may be a possibility, as well.

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If the survival of your business depends on the health of your fleet, you want to act when you have time.…

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5 Things Every Small Business Owner Should Pay Attention to

Running a small business encompasses a lot of things, and different entrepreneurs have their own styles. There are, however, some things that one cannot ignore in this line of work, irrespectively of what kind of business he or she runs – at least if one hopes to achieve some measure of success. So what are these things are nowadays?

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1. Improving Your Brand

Most small business owners aren’t very attentive to their brands. After all, they are just small-time entrepreneurs, what kind of brand can we talk about? In truth, it is one of the most glaring blunders you can do when starting out on your own.…

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3 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Conference Room

At your business, you likely have a conference room that you use for many different occasions. From meeting with clients to training your employees and holding discussions with large groups, a conference room can have many purposes and functions.

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However, creating a space that serves each one of these areas well can be a challenge, especially for small businesses who have other pressing matters to deal with. But regardless, you need to have a professional-looking space to conduct business.

To help with this, here are three tips for creating the ultimate conference room that will convey the professionalism of your company.…

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How to Upsize your Warehouse and Avoid a Painful Relocation

Retail giant Woolworths Limited has said, “Quality and freshness don’t come easy. “ It is why their Perth distribution centre has over 600 people working around the clock to coordinate the logistical supply from the farms to supermarket shelves across the state. It is critical for businesses to have a warehouse solution that will make their supply chain process efficient, scalable and safe.

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The way customers receive the end product is dependant on the processes that are used at the distribution centres. As inventory demands grow, warehouse upgrades are needed and more challenges with managing the supply chain process can occur.…

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Are you Achieving a Healthy Work-life Balance?

Vital for your well-being and your productivity at work, a healthy work-life balance can be difficult to achieve. Your blood pressure may be telling you one thing and your boss may be demanding another and we normally react by stretching ourselves a bit too far. It’s not until we end up exhausted, ill and worn down by life that we think about doing something about it.

Work-life balance

There is no need to panic however as by putting some simple strategies in place you will be able to achieve more in both your personal and work life. Read our tips for gaining control and restoring balance.…

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