“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!
Corporate culture is an incredibly important and impactful aspect of business that is often ignored. Either business leaders are too focused on the bottom line to worry about how they get there and the impact that is had on their employees or they simply are ignorant to the gravity company culture plays on their business. I have known people who make great money but hate their job and their life around it, and I have known people who make a very modest income but love their job and enjoy their life. The key difference between these two scenarios is company culture. While the first lives within a bottom line centric environment with little work-life balance and hard-driving, calloused management, the second lives in a process centric environment where if you do the work, the work will come accompanied by a healthy work-life balance and caring management. Culture is important and it can often make or break a company. Don’t let poor culture and management sink your ship. Take action, and take a good look at everything that contributes to your company’s culture and try to always strive for a healthy and productive environment.
The summertime is great for barbeques and family get-togethers, but can actually be a strain on businesses. Productivity tends to decline in the warmer months as distractions are plentiful and workers are weary of the indoors. There are several areas attributed to causing this decline in productivity. Some areas are in a business’s control while others are not. One simple way they can help control this is by keeping the temperature in the office at a comfortable level- too cool or too hot and productivity declines and errors increase. Keep the office space between 70-72 degrees for optimal production. Another aspect a company can control is vacation time. Many workers do not have the time they need to really rest and recharge. Make sure you are granting your employees the necessary time they need to rest to be at their best, not only for their sake but also for yours.
Sometimes the best intentions fail. Why is that? There are companies out there who wish to change their corporate culture, image, or just simple processes, yet they can’t seem to succeed. It turns out it is usually for the same reasons that always inhibit positive change -poor planning, poor leadership, and no employee buy-in. It doesn’t have to be this way. Often the cause for failure is due to a lack of positive and thorough communication. Don’t become one of these statistics. Make sure the change you hope to implement has been thoroughly thought out and discussed. Clearly present and encourage those in leadership to see the advantages of the changes being made, culturally or otherwise. Get people excited about the changes and the benefits it creates not only for the bottom line but for them as well such as more profit-sharing opportunities with streamlined processes or a more positive work environment. Don’t fake it and don’t be over the top. Treat your leadership team and employees as the valuable members of the company they are. Include them, request feedback, other ideas, and input. When people know they are truly valued and considered, change comes easier.
Those in leadership today face more scrutiny and pressure than perhaps ever before. Not only are they expected to be the driving force behind meeting company goals, they now contend with an incredibly more important public image, a world where technology’s rapid advances are changing business conduct almost daily, and a political and global climate never yet seen. That is a lot of responsibility on one’s shoulders. Check out the infographic to see just how much CEOs have on their minds these days with the new expectations of leadership.
We all have a limited amount of time, so how can you make the most of it? It is easy to lose hours scouring the internet for the best marketing strategies. With so much information available at our fingertips, it can be hard to separate the relevant from the irrelevant. Luckily, we have several ways to absorb information these days with podcasts being one of the best. Take advantage of your commute to and from work to stay up to date on the latest marketing information from one of these top marketing podcasts. It is always good to get a variety of perspectives. Save some time and tune in to one of these prominent marketing podcasts this week.
Generational differences are no secret. In fact, they make for good entertainment in many workplaces. Boomers don’t understand Millennials and Gen Z and vice versa. All grew up with different political climates and events forming different mindsets and behaviors. Despite the many differences, having a diverse, multigenerational workplace is actually a great thing. Different viewpoints make for different voices, different ideas, and different emphasis. Millennials and Generation Z are the next big up-and-comers in the workforce. By 2025, Millennials will make up almost 75% of the total workforce. This will make for a dramatic shift in scenery, but the changing of the guard is inevitable. These youngest generations are the future, so it is important to learn about them, how to communicate with them, and understand where their values lie. Check out the infographic to get a good look at what makes Millennials and Gen Z tick.
A great boss is hard to come by. Anybody who has worked a few jobs can easily tell you what they loved or hated about their previous places of work. Most often, their bosses have the greatest impact on their review. 58% of people would rather have a great boss than a bump in salary. That is saying something. Who doesn’t want a higher salary? It goes to show you that our social desires for connection are quite prominent. Individuals who enjoy their boss work harder, stay longer, and often become great ambassadors for the company to newer employees. Having good leadership skills is imperative. Check out these habits of highly effective leaders. Whether you are currently in leadership or are working toward it, it is never too early or too late to start improving. You and the people around you will appreciate your work!
2021 is off and running. With a new year comes new budgets, new goals, and new timelines, and with all those elements usually comes stress. There are many different ways work can be stressful. For some, there is too much to do and too little time. For others, it is just the opposite. It could be you don’t feel your career is going anywhere, or perhaps you have a rough relationship with your supervisor. Whatever the reason, no one enjoys the feeling of excessive stress. Here are some ways you can relieve the burden and cope within your workplace.