5 Benefits of Letting Employees Work from Home

benifts-working-from-home-officeOver the past few decades, there has been a growing trend of allowing employees to work from home either as a supplement to or instead of, working in an office. The benefits of telecommuting are obvious from an employee standpoint, and many Americans appreciate or would appreciate that flexibility. That being said, many business owners are reluctant to allow this, fearing a lack of productivity, teamwork, and connectedness. However, here are five reasons, some business owners may want to rethink their position.

  1. Employee Engagement – The list of benefits to working from home is near endless. And most employees today understand that. Whether simply the flexibility to work from home occasionally or the ability to work from all of the time, employees can better balance work and life. This will make employees happier with their job, more productive, and less likely to leave your company. Employee engagement is something every employer looks for, and this is a very easy way to improve it.
  1. Office Space Savings – Operating an office can be expensive. By allowing employees to work from home part of the time, the electricity costs, equipment costs, and office supply costs will be dramatically reduced. By allowing your team to permanently work from home, you eliminate all of those costs, as well as the overhead of an office space. This can be a significant savings to either increase profitability, allow you to hire additional talent, or put the money to use somewhere else within the company.
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Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool

social media marketingMost businesses, at this point, have some kind of a social media presence. Whether a Facebook page, a Twitter account, or some account with any of the seemingly endless other social media options out there, you can usually find a business somewhere on social media. Here at PF Safety they take their social media presents serious, they post each morning to Google +, Facebook and Twitter.  Unfortunately, for the vast majority of small businesses, that’s where the social media strategy ends. For some others, an occasional post about a sale or something relevant to the industry might occasionally be posted; but there is no defined strategy in place relating to social media.

But these same people, in their personal lives, might spend hours a day on social media, being marketed to by other companies. In fact, the average American checks social media sites 17 times per day, spending an average of 4.7 hours per day on their phones. And internationally, there are countries whose populations check social media upwards of 40 times a day. And of all users, the most active are those in the 25 to 54 age group. So clearly, there’s an opportunity to reach a whole lot of people quite frequently through social media.

But for most companies, the issue is: how? How do we engage those clients and potential clients? And while that answer can be tricky, it is actually a lot easier than most think. The first step is creating a presence – a true …

Developing Successful Leaders

successful leadersA common concept over the last decade or so is leadership development. This buzzword has appeared in just about every industry and has ranged from developing college graduates into mid-level managers to helping groom the next c-suite of Fortune 500 companies. And while the concept makes sense – help train the next generation of leaders to be great leaders – the success rates are, generally, very low. Which, then, means that the money spent on training these leaders was wasted, the talent was lost, and there is a potential shortfall in the availability of replacements for these positions.

The reason many of these programs fail is that they attempt to homogenize all of the individuals into one, uniform, “leader.” The best leaders, however, are unique individuals who make decisions and cultivate talent. By attempting to reinvent good leaders by teaching them “best practices,” you also snuff out any creativity and take away that leader’s ability to make decisions based upon the unique circumstances which they face. Training is a wonderful tool to teach skills, products, concepts, core corporate philosophies, and so on. But training is not where a great leader is born.

Instead, focus on finding the greatest potential leaders in your organization and groom them. Mentor them. Truly develop them. Great leaders do not want to sit in a classroom and learn how people have done it in the past – they want to be coached and work on finding solutions for tomorrow’s problems. You will find much better …

6 Tips for College Grads Entering the Workforce

6 tips for college gradsEvery year when college grads enter the workforce, there seem to be certain pitfalls which impact these new employees year over year. Here are a few tips on how to avoid those pitfalls that can make any workplace uncomfortable and cause a recent grad to seem unready for their job.

  1. Get to Know Older Employees – It is easy to relate to people in similar situations to our own. People our own age are more likely going to have similar interests, will be in similar places in life, and dealing with similar struggles. But if you want to get ahead, move beyond the other20-somethings at the office and get to know some of the older employees. They can help you advance your career, they can give you advice having survived what you’re going through, and they’ve probably seen more than a few recent grads come and go – so they just might know how you can keep your job.
  1. It’s All About Who You Know – In college, you are graded on your work. The more you know and the more effort you put in will help your grades. Those with the best grades will be those who have honors and high honors. It is a system that is almost wholly merit-based. And for some college graduates, there is an expectation this will continue in the workplace. Unfortunately, who you know, not what you know, will often determine if you get the job, if you keep your job, or if

Turning a Hobby into a Career

hobby into a careerFor many Americans, the idea of turning their hobby into a business some day is what gets them through the rigors of their current full-time job. Unfortunately, most will never actually attempt it and of those who do, most will not succeed.

One of the main reasons many will never actually try to turn their hobby into a career is money. While they may see the potential for large profits long-term, the prospect of losing a steady income in the short term is paralyzing. Bills do not go on hold because you are transitioning your career. And even if you have the means to afford the change in the short term, what if it doesn’t pan out? Then you’ve squandered your savings or accrued debt for a prospect which will never yield returns.

For those who do take the leap, money is one of the main reasons they fail. No one can float losses forever, and at some point, a lack of income will make the most enthusiastic business owner close down. The reason why so many businesses are not profitable is manifold. For some, it’s a lack of proper business planning and for others, it is simply that there is no appetite for their offerings.

And finally, there are those businesses which succeed financially early, create profits, and still close down because the business owner loses his or her passion for the work. Right now, your hobby is an escape from stress. Whether it’s fixing up old cars, smoking …

Tools You Say?

What do we mean by tools?? We are talking about short quick fixes or tools which can help you today in business. What are we talking about, Tools such as Time Keeper, Keep Start Stop, Shadowing to name a few. Stop by tomorrow to find out more!