How to Create a Workspace that Encourages Productivity

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There are many factors that can influence productivity in the workplace. If your business is looking for ways to increase the engagement and productivity levels among your employees, then you should ensure that your office space creates the right conditions for concentration, focus and motivation. Here's how to create a workspace that encourages productivity:

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Tips For Avoiding Burnout at Work

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Are you looking to use your spare time more productively? Wondering how other people manage to avoid burnout at work? We've been looking at the downtime habits of successful people. Here are tips for avoiding burnout at work:

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5 Simple Ways To Ensure Happy Employees

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If you own a business, your goal should be to make money (of course!). However, you should also strive for happy employees. After all happy employees make a happy company. We’ve been inundated with images of quirky offices around the world that find unique ways to boost productivity and encourage creativity. Small business owners might not be able to do things on such a grand scale, but there are smaller and more affordable ways to lift your employees’ mood. Here are 5 simple ways to ensure happy employees:

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Improve Productivity, Profitability and Customer Satisfaction by Implementing This One Strategy (And It Doesn’t Cost The Earth)

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Three things all business owners dream of having; a productive workforce, happy customers and the profits rolling in. Quite often the way you can improve sales, client happiness and output happens in isolation, either through improving products, hiring better-trained customer service or account management staff or developing new products. All can be costly and take time to perfect. Here's how to improve productivity, profitability and customer satisfaction by implementing this one strategy (and it doesn’t cost the earth):

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One Entrepreneur Answers 'Why Do We Do It'?

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We put out the call recently on one of our Business Achievers mailings to ask people "So you want to own your own business? Why?". One business owner took the time to write back. Here's what Mícheál Ó Doibhilín, Kilmainham Tales had to say:

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How to Have an Effective Team Meeting

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Team meetings create the foundation for project planning, goal-setting and team communication. When the team begins expanding, it can be tough to keep everyone on the same page. To improve the productivity of the team meeting, there are a few important methods to use to get the most out of it and hold better team meetings. Here's how to have an effective team meeting:

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Why Employees Should Play an Active Part in Organisation Redesigns

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A global e-mail goes around to the whole company, announcing that the senior management have drawn a new organisation chart and front-end staff are being cut. It doesn’t have to be this way, yet it’s a typical scenario across organisations. I’ve personally been on the end of such moves numerous times in my career as an organisation design consultant and I have never seen a positive version of it that doesn’t damage moral and the psychological contract of the survivors. Here is why employees should play an active part in organisation redesigns:

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7 Ways To Improve Team Efficiency And Productivity

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Being the leader of a team isn't a piece of cake. As a matter of fact, NO team is actually easy to manage. Whenever several people with different beliefs, coming from different walks of life are put to work together as a team, miscommunication and chaos are potentially going to be there. However, strong leaders know how to keep their teams together and how to motivate people to cooperate towards common goals. Here are 7 ways to improve team efficiency and productivity.

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How To Maximise Team Work for Your Business

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Whether you're in charge of a business, a charity, a community organisation or anything else – teamwork is essential to the success of any project. Without teamwork, people won't be working together to accomplish common goals. Here's how to maximise teamwork for your business:

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10 Tips for Cultivating a Positive Mindset

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A роѕitivе mind-ѕеt iѕ a fundamental kеу tо ѕuссеѕѕ. Hоw саn someone асhiеvе thеir gоаlѕ if thеу аrе nеgаtivе and сlоѕеd оff tо thе орроrtunitiеѕ thаt lifе саn bring? A роѕitivе mind-ѕеt сultivаtеѕ роѕitivе thоughtѕ, which lеаd tо positive wоrdѕ аnd еvеntuаllу асtiоn аѕ wеll аѕ rеѕult. Here are 10 tips for cultivating a positive mindset:

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4 Reasons Why Hiring During the Holidays is a Good Idea

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Hiring during the holidays can be challenging. Business hours are abbreviated, your internal key decision makers are likely taking time off. In addition, candidates most likely have the holiday lull in mind, and are holding off on the job hunt until recruiters are back in office. But it can offer some advantages. Here are 4 reasons why hiring during the holidays is a good idea:

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Are You An Effective Team Leader?

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It's right to expect the best from your staff, but do you know how to achieve this? Are you an effective team leader? Try these ten top tips to become more effective as a leader:

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5 Tips For Building the Perfect Startup Team

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A startup company is only as good as its team. No matter how good your idea is, no matter how much experience you have, your startup’s success will depend completely on the people you hire. Here are 5 tips For building the perfect startup team.

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Tips on Recruiting Your First Sales Team

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Congratulations, you’ve worked like a Trojan, and built your business to the point where you’re ready to employ your first sales person.  One of the biggest causes of new business failure is not poor products or services, but poor sales, so this is an important decision. Here are some tips for recruiting your first sales team:

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Tips for Managing and Communicating Employee Benefits

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Not all companies are in a position to implement complex reward schemes to keep employees motivated thus ensuring performance goals are met. However, it is important to make sure employees clearly understand their entire benefits package and are fully aware of everything that is on offer to them, from flexible working arrangements to holiday entitlements above the statutory minimum. Here are tips for managing and communicating employee benefits:

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Workplace Relationships and Employing Family Members

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Given the amount of time we all spend in the workplace it's only inevitable that workplace relationships develop over time. Or it may be the case that a business owner decides to employ a family member and this could potentially cause resentment. Here's what you need to know about workplace relationships and employing family members.

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Telltale Signs of When to Hire and Fire Employees

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While a business owner has many challenges each day, the toughest might be deciding when to hire and when to fire employees. Here are telltale signs of when to hire and fire employees:

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Free Online Training: Polishing Your Feedback Skills

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Giving feedback is vital in the workplace. But giving feedback is not always easy, especially if you need to give negative feedback. We have a free online training course called Polishing Your Feedback Skills available for Business Achievers members that might help.

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How to Have The Best Board In The World

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A high quality, dynamic board of directors is critical to a high-growth company because a carefully selected board provides the experience you need to help you set the right course and make quick and accurate decisions. Here's how to have the best board in the world for your business:

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How to Motivate Staff Through Employee Training

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Training is an excellent and a proven effective tool for motivating your employees. Not only does training create numerous benefits for the company and the employer, but it also benefits the employees. Here's how to motivate staff through employee training:

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