We were all hoping 2021 would be the year to see things return to normal, but with another round of Covid19 already making an impact, it looks like 2020’s trend of hybrid and virtual events is here to stay. Some people enjoy hybrid or virtual events because it cuts down on time away from home and/or the office, but others feel that these events hold no life and are difficult to engage with. So where do we go from here? How do you please the masses? How do companies plan for next year’s event? Take a look and see what trends and challenges businesses will need to overcome in the coming year to make their events a success.
As the delta variant of Covid19 picks up speed and effect, our world may quickly be reverting back to the hybrid workplace approach. This style of work is still new to many businesses, and although the pandemic has largely been a negative experience for most of us, it has also proven that productive remote work is possible for many who did not believe in it. As the future of the workplace continues to morph and develop, it is interesting to take a look at the past and see how far it has come already. Take a look.
Have you ever had the dreaded task of letting someone go? If you have, you know not only how horrible it feels, but also all of the thoughts you have later of what you should or should not have said during the process. Maybe that memory you have is the last time you will ever have to fire someone, but unfortunately, it is probably not. Hiring and firing are part of the gig for some but hopefully a whole lot more of the hiring portion! If you are the unfortunate soul who gets pegged with this task for the department, check out the infographic below for some tips on how to make it as least traumatic as possible for both parties involved.
The demographics of the workplace are beginning to change. The old guard is retiring, and as always Generation X never seems to get a lot of attention. Experts are looking beyond to their younger siblings of the Millennial Generation. These youngsters are taking the workplace by storm and with them, new methods, technological capabilities of how work is managed, and new definitions of success are being measured. Though this graphic is slightly dated, it nevertheless gives truthful insight into the mindsets of how this now dominant generation is seeking its share in the business world. Get out of the way or get on board as these now young adults are becoming the leaders of tomorrow and changing how work is done.
There is a lot that goes into the decision of which marketing pieces to use to attract and engage consumers and at which point in the process. Different pieces will most likely be used uniquely for each audience group you are targeting depending on age, generation, location, and socioeconomic status to name a few. This can be overwhelming especially for small businesses with small marketing budgets, but it pays to do your research! Check out this 2021 guide for must-have marketing collateral with helpful insight as to when they can be best utilized.
Should you quit your job? That’s a big hairy question. Discontent with your job can be caused by a myriad of things, but it is important to know what reasons are damning and which are transformable. Some individuals simply need to have a heart to heart with their manager. If you are feeling stuck in your career with no upward motion, set a meeting with your manager to discuss your concerns/desires. Great change can come from your initiative. Other people simply need to take some good time off to refresh. Don’t let your vacation roll over or let the work make you feel you can’t leave. You and your work are not at their best if you are overtired and stuck in a rut. If you are unsure of what your next move should be, take a look at this flow chart and see where you land. Answering these key questions and checking your options will likely help you see things more clearly.
The year 2020 and its related COVID-19 pandemic had monumental effects on the world in multiple ways. Businesses scrambled to maintain not only profit margins but simply keeping their doors open. We are still unraveling the effects of the pandemic. It has shifted business and marketing, perhaps forever. As companies have had to adapt to new normals, processes and original ideas have been given a second look. In fact, 90% of executives believe COVID-19 “will fundamentally change the way they do business for the next five years.” Isn’t that incredible? Who knew we would have such a drastic and rapid time of change? Below is a gathering of what many believe to be the new staples of doing business post-pandemic. Check it out to see what you can do to make sure you are changing with the times.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
That New Year’s resolution to read a book a month may be long gone, but it is never too late to start. Check out the reading list below authored by some of the most influential people in the world. From interpersonal skills to spiritual development to business-changing leadership skills, there is something, if not a few things, on this list for everyone. Meet that New Year’s resolution for the last half of the year with these great options!
Digital and graphic design trends are more bizarre than ever. Where legibility and clean looks used to dominate, chaos and crazy fonts now take the lead. Maybe it was the pandemic that has caused the sudden expression of outrageous colors, fonts, and design this year. Consumers are no longer being drawn to clean crisp design, but bold, artsy, and abstract. It is always hard to break from the norm and what you are used to doing, but listening to the consumer is your best bet for success. Make sure you get a piece of this artsy action by checking out the crazy digital and graphic design trends making a splash this year.