Work-Life Strategies & Solutions

On the Evolution of Work Systems in the Digital Economy

Top Business Management Models for Effective Management [Infographic]

The following infographic, submitted by Circa Interactive, summarizes elements of effective business management models. In terms of change management, for instance, check out what this infographic says about growth and change, the role of company culture, and barriers to change. This is followed by an informative overview of change management programs.

Via Graduatedegrees.online.njit.edu:

To run successful businesses, entrepreneurs must adopt new management strategies that promote staff retention, revenue generation, and workplace culture. This is in addition to exhorting rank-and-file staff to support change programs. Failing to do so can be costly for a business.

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Special Feature: 8 Ways to Stop Over-Servicing Your Clients

The following thoughtful article for business owners covers recognizing the issue of over-servicing clients and steps you can take to address this problem. In 8 Ways to Stop Over-Servicing Your Clients, Brenda Barron at Clicktime.com writes:

Over-servicing a client happens on many occasions. More often than not, we’re talking about a longtime client who’s become friendly with your company and occasionally asks for additional tasks to be completed. Other times it can be about keeping a valuable name brand happy and bending over backwards to keep them. Unfortunately, this is a drain on your company’s resources, and it could be forcing you to use far too many labor hours. In fact, several small tasks can turn into a significant amount of time if you’re not careful, and over-servicing costs can easily reach 500K/year.

That’s why it’s important to check to see if your firm is over-servicing any of your clients. After you’ve identified some of the clients with over-servicing problems, you can make the transition easier for your employees. No one wants to tell a friendly client that you can’t complete work for them, and sometimes it’s even harder to raise rates. But in order to keep your costs low, it must be done.

Read more at 8 Ways to Stop Over-Servicing Your Clients

Special Feature: Why Every Office Should be a Home Office

Now here’s an interesting article about transforming your office into a home office. Ben Lempert’s article, Why Every Office Should be a Home Officeprovides various suggestions for making your office more comfortable, healthy, and conducive to focused work along with advocating for a results-oriented work environment. Take a look at this list and let me know what works for you!

Who doesn’t love a home office? You can show up to work in sweatpants, you can get your laundry done, and you can eat when and what you want. Honestly, it’s awesome.

There are plenty of articles out there telling you how to set up a home office to avoid distractions. But what happens when you have to work in — gulp — an actual office? You know, not at home?

My proposal: start thinking of every office as a “home office.” This means: make every office a place where you can be relaxed and productive, comfortable and focused.

How to do that? Here are some suggestions.

Read more at Why Every Office Should be a Home Office

Security Check: Are You Ready for a Cyber Attack? [Infographic]

Submitted by Tony Huynh at Siege Media

Edited by Lynn Patra

Doing business online has brought companies not only many opportunities but also many dangers. From attacks on Equifax to Instagram to even the IRS, cybercrime continues to threaten business information, company finances, online reputation, and relationships with customers. The growth in number and complexity of crimes means it’s no longer a matter of if your company will be attacked, but when.

As a small-business owner, you might think a cyber attack would never happen to you or, if it did, would have minimal consequences. Unfortunately, research shows that cyber attacks are a problem for small businesses too—last year alone, 61% of breaches impacted smaller businesses, costing them between $84,000 to $148,000 to rectify the situation. Financial damage is only one part of the equation, as companies also have to deal with the loss of information and trust with customers.

In this age, your organization’s success in the digital economy is tied to your cybersecurity practices. You need a sophisticated, layered strategy that is built into your company operations and takes preventative measures through your password practices, data protection, software, employee training, and compliance standards – all areas that are prone to a cyber attack entry.

Curious to see where your cybersecurity practices stand? Follow this infographic from Varonis to assess each step of your security and uncover any weak spots that need to be improved. Read more of this post

Special Feature: How to Find the Right Internship — and Make It Work for You

For those finishing up college and planning what to do next, this might be the article for you! In fact, if I had this knowledge way back when I was a college graduate, my life might’ve played out differently. So, I’m sharing this with you because this article, How to Find the Right Internship – and Make It Work for You, written by Clicktime.com administration is that invaluable.

You need experience to get a good job, but you need a job to get good experience. What’s a college student to do?

This is the dilemma of undergrads everywhere. Fortunately, there’s a solution: Internships.

According to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 95 percent of employers want to hire people with experience. This includes new college grads.

Since college students most likely do not have much in the way of real-world experience to offer an employer, an internship might be the best way to obtain that experience. So, think carefully before you take that summer position waiting tables, and consider an internship in the field you want to enter instead. (Especially one that pays a stipend!)

Once you’ve landed an internship, focus on getting it right. Success here can mean a reference, recommendation letter, or even a permanent job.

Read more at How to Find the Right Internship – and Make It Work for You

A History of Projections About the Future of Work [Infographic]

Now the following infographic is very interesting as it illustrates various projections (both optimistic and pessimistic) about ways in which technological advancement would affect our lives. In doing so, the creators of this infographic argue that many of these have not come to pass. With that said, there are various points that you might agree and disagree with. Personally, I don’t think conceiving of public education as a “protracted imprisonment” is too far off the mark. Ha!

However, take a look at this and let me know what you think! Read more of this post

My answer to a Quora question: How do you handle someone stealing your parking spot?

Recently I was named one of Quora’s Top Writers for 2018. I’m not exactly sure what the standards for this award were as I’ve witnessed other members’ confusion on this matter. However, to commemorate, I’m sharing an answer which enjoyed a surprising degree of popularity.

At first blush, this subject might seem unrelated to this blog’s theme. However, knowing and being able to employ underhanded tricks to oust someone out of your designated residential parking spot may help you arrive to work on time the next day just as this did for me. Enjoy this excerpt from How do you handle someone stealing your parking spot? by Lynn Patra: Read more of this post

Special Feature – Managing a Remote Team: How to Do It Well

Here is another upbeat, optimist article on working remotely by Michelle Kiss at Clicktime.com. In this article, she provides valuable some tips for surmounting common problems regarding remote team performance (communication, accountability, etc.) and social cohesion. In Managing a Remote Team: How to Do It Well, she writes:

Remote teams are the future. Heck, remote teams are the present! Thanks to a host of factors — improved technology, the high cost of rent, a more globalized workforce — more and more companies are choosing a remote model.

Going remotely can pay plenty of dividends. It lets you hire the best employees, without being bound by geography, it significantly cuts down overhead, it helps employees maintain a healthier work-life balance (no commuting time!). When done well, it can respect employees’ time and boost their effort.

But it also poses some potential problems. Here are some crucial steps you can take to avoid them.

Read more at Managing a Remote Team: How to Do It Well

Special Feature: 6 Strategies To Make You The Best Mentor

Mentor-mentee relationships can come with interpersonal problems that result from individuals involved not knowing what they’re doing. I’ve found that it isn’t all that uncommon for people to approach mentoring for the wrong reasons and in the wrong manner (e.g., power, control, and manipulation issues). Given what can and does go wrong, this informative article by Michelle Kiss and submitted by Arabella Ignacio from Clicktime.com sets the tone for what mentors should strive for. In 6 Strategies To Make You The Best Mentor, Michelle Kiss writes:

You’re overseeing three huge projects. You’ve got five calls today, then two meetings. Your boss wants that budget by the end of the week, and it’s in bad shape (shh!). Your kid gets out of school early, you haven’t planned dinner, and, oh yeah, you’re still trying to fit in some kind of exercise. So … you’re telling me that I’m also supposed to fit in some kind of mentoring?!

Um … yeah?

We know you’re busy. But if you think about it for a minute, mentoring turns out to be a great way to help your company, give back to your employees, and — in case those reasons aren’t enough — boost your own career.

What other activity can give you valuable leadership experience, new perspectives on your company and workplace, and the motivation to be aware of what’s happening in different departments — all at once? Not only that, but being a great leader to someone helps you identify the next generation of leaders more easily.

Read more at 6 Strategies To Make You The Best Mentor

Update on Content Submission Policy

Ever since I’d invited content submission on my blog, I’ve appreciated all the wonderful submissions covering topics related to my blog that I lack the expertise to write. I read through all submitted articles and am selective about what appears here.

With that said, I have noticed that some of these submissions contain political messaging and that they only come from one side of the political spectrum – the side I’m further away from as some of you might’ve guessed. So, I’ve updated my content submission policy page to reflect my stance on this and inform those wishing to submit content with the following clause: Read more of this post

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