Author: Lizzie Weakley

Construction Season: 5 Tricks to Building a New Office

Building a new office can be tricky. There is a lot of planning to be done. However, what you plan will pay for itself. After all, the office environment is an important factor in having the kind of business you can be proud of: Rooftop Maximizing A rooftop doesn’t just have to be a rooftop. You can gain additional space and usage from your roof if you do it right. For instance, you enjoy energy savings in the form of solar panels. You can also have better employee happiness with a green space full of plants and flowers that...

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Building a Storefront? 5 Things You Will Need for Customers

There is a lot of talk today about the internet taking sales away from physical brick and mortar businesses like retail who have a storefront. If you are building one, you should keep in mind that it is possible to compete with online providers if you use the right tactics. Don’t miss out on customers, put the advice below into action instead. Merchandise If you plan on building window space in the front of your store, then use it as free advertising. Have flash sales and other attention getters to bring people in that might have otherwise walked right...

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Building a Place of Business: How to Create a Safe Work Environment for Your Employees

Workplace injuries are unfortunately common, and they can be devastating on many levels. Serious injuries may take your vital team members out of commission for a lengthy period of time or permanently. This can result in lost production, and morale with other workers may decline. In some cases, you may even face a liability lawsuit as a result of an accident and receive negative publicity that further decreases revenues. You understandably want to create a truly safe workplace, and these steps can help you to accomplish that goal. Create an Open-Door Environment You must regularly monitor each member of your team, or your management team must monitor their staff members if you have a larger company. Any signs of fatigue, stress or other potentially negative factors should be identified and addressed properly and as soon as possible. More than that, your employees should feel comfortable approaching you or a manager with a concern or when they need a break. They should also be able to talk to you about concerns about co-workers’ mental or physical health. There should not be judgment in this area. Remember that fatigue and stress may play a role in accidents and other issues. Provide Safety Training and Equipment Depending on the type of work environment, you may need to provide your team with specialized safety equipment. Your management team should ensure that equipment is...

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5 Ways IT Trends are Shaping the Future of the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing is one of the oldest pillars of economic development that has driven our world for more than a century. Globalization has changed jobs, and automation has brought a new revolution in the skilled workforce in the last few decades. In the 21st century, the manufacturing industry is not slowing down, the way products are being built and delivered is changing how our economies are working for the future. The revolution in manufacturing we are experiencing today is commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. This new version of engineering is powered by artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and...

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Running an Office: 5 Ways to Make Sure Your Business is Running at Maximum Efficiency

Efficiency is crucial to your office and business as a whole. But if you don’t use the right strategies you could end up wasting even more time. Make sure you never waste time and money chasing the wrong goals. Instead, use the following five ways to take your productivity to the next level now and going forward. CRM Having the right CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tool in place is essential to making sure your sales and customer service teams are on the same page. There is so much data to keep track of for each customer, such as phone number, email, and home address. You don’t want to lose this information or have it sitting around unorganized. A proper CRM lets you track all of this easily so you can get more done in less time. Accounting and Billing Great accounting and billing systems are necessary to ensure that your accounts are up to date. If customers are late on their bills, it could tie up resources to try and track them down. Invest in great accounting staff and also the software necessary to keep everything in proper order. This small investment will pay for itself in the time and money it saves you in the end. Office Supplies The office supplies that you use will make or break your efficiency. Cheaper supplies might seem tempting at first, but...

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