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From a purely business and numbers point of view, using time-tracking software makes perfect sense.It records and monitors how you and your employees spend time on tasks/projects.And because time trackers monitor what everyone does all day, you enjoy a few tangible benefits – including the following:Advantages to time trackingSpots bottlenecks in processes – Time tracking would highlight impediments that your team encounters like time-consuming procedures or tedious tasks that can be automated.By finding where most of your unbilled hours are from, you can make better use of your time.Identifies distractions – Because you see where your time is spent, you can recognise the specific instances when your attention is diverted (e.g.unplanned tasks, social media), the amount of time you’re delayed, and work on minimising or avoiding these interruptions.Helps employees find their peak productivity levels – Time tracking can also help you and your employees determine the hours when you’re most focused and complete the most work.Time tracking enables this and leads to greater accountability among your team, giving them a sense of greater responsibility.Monitors productivity – In using time-tracking software, you can determine your team’s work capacity and manage their workload fluctuations, ensuring that they won’t get stalled with unproductive tasks.Downsides of time trackingHowever, when it comes to staff relations, the use of time-tracking software is a little murky thanks to several disadvantages.Hurts employee morale – When you track your employees’ activities, they’ll likely get the impression that you don’t trust them, and feel that they’re being spied on.If you don’t properly communicate why you’re monitoring their time and output, it can negatively affect their morale.May violate privacy – One concern surrounding time tracking is employee privacy, especially with screenshotting.
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It’s more important than ever to prepare for the screening phase then, especially the interview, which is high stakes for both the candidate and recruiter.Remember: Choosing the wrong person or missing out on the right one is going to cost your organisation.You don’t want to waste your resources in training someone up only to discover that their personality type or professionals skills aren’t suitable for the position.Hence, you don’t want to ask generalised questions that won’t illicit information crucial to assessing an applicant’s personality type.In other words, how you interview extroverts should be different from how you interview introverts.You must be wondering how you can do just that.Well, if you’re getting ready to interview an extroverted candidate for a remote job, here are some tips on how to go about it more effectively.Boost EnergyBy nature, extroverts are outgoing, friendly and talkative.Taking a 20-minute power nap is helpful for reducing stress too, so you’ll be able to greet the applicant with a smile than a cranky “good day”.Prepare QuestionsWhen you’re trying to fill a management or technical role, you likely have plenty of things you want to know related to job tasks.This means you have limited time to look into the personality of the applicant.Meaning, don’t make your conversation fall into a boring Q session.Check their resume or portfolio for interesting tidbits you may chat with them about, like being awarded Employee of the Month three times in a row.
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The “Thank You, Workmate” employee recognition initiative returns for its third straight month.Today, we recognize Pam, a General Administration Assistant, for her remarkable work.Employed by an Australia-based electrical services company, Pam provides administrative support services, which usually include email management, schedule management, call-taking, online research, and various other ad-hoc tasks.Her client had this to say:“Everything’s going great.I am very happy with Pam’s progress.She completes all the tasks that I request of her.”Based on her usual interactions with Pam, our customer success manager Mae has chimed in as well:“She is polite, quick to respond whenever I need info from her, and immediately takes action when asked to do so.”Congratulations to Pam for her outstanding performance!If you’re in need of a superstar virtual assistant like Pam, partner with Remote Workmate today.We handle all the heavy lifting for you, including onboarding and payroll.This means finding the ideal hire becomes so much easier.You can actually choose from our pool of top candidates right away.
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At the time of this writing, the global coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, leaving many companies with no other choice but to work from home.Shifting to a virtual arrangement may come easy for some yet poses a unique challenge for others, especially for managers who find themselves in uncharted territory.Certainly, the sudden change in dynamics is expected to affect productivity.Whether the impact will be positive or negative will depend largely on how the transition will be carried out.If done carelessly, chances are that your workers will become disengaged and discouraged.You might think that a remote team is easier to manage than a traditional one.A few are providing funds so the employee can buy a brand new unit too.If this is possible for your team and budget, why not consider it?Make communication easyA 2017 study by Harvard Business Review found that over 50% of virtual staff feel mistreated and left out.If you’re juggling different responsibilities at home like childcare and technology issues, the same may be said for them.Practice empathy as you’re not the only one who’s adjusting to the arrangement.
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According to a 2006 research by Duke University, approximately 45% of your everyday actions aren’t actual decisions but habits.This is why you must develop those habits that will be beneficial to you, especially at work.Adopting new good routines may seem overwhelming but possible.What you need to do first is understand how they are structured and leverage them to your advantage.What Are the Three Components of Habits?Duhigg explains that all habits are broken down into three components:The CueThis is the part of the loop wherein you’re pushed to take some sort of action through a sign in your external or internal environment.Being mindful in the creation of these routines ensures that they’re effective.In doing so, your habits will become useful tools for accomplishing goals.Examples include secluding yourself when sadness sets in, working out at the gym, consuming copious amounts of liquor, and watching television shows.As it satisfies a need or craving, your brain quickly learns to repeat activities that generate rewards.Rewards should be used to reinforce good routines that you enjoy.Also, rewards are not meant to be given a week or a month after doing the action as this will make you less motivated.
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As the initial smoke clears, many entrepreneurs are left uncertain what to do next.After all, how exactly can a company survive when its events/projects/earning opportunities are being discontinued – or worse, prohibited?Fortunately, there are ways to bolster your business during this challenging time.Possible non-essential expenses you can pause during the pandemic include:Office spaceLeased equipmentCapital improvement projectsTravelOn-demand softwareYour objective is to be as lean as possible during the lockdown.Pivot to onlineWith a few adjustments, most brick-and-mortar businesses can shift their sales strategy to online to minimise losses.Many struggle, others go into hibernation, while a select few thrive and gain market share while their rivals sleep.To get a better idea on how you can strengthen your own business, study those who are performing well and find out what they’re doing differently.But don’t just study any business; analyse your indirect and direct competitors.To minimise risk, you need strategies that you know would work on your own business as well.Consider how your customers are thinkingConservatively speaking, COVID-19 will likely be affecting your business until the end of 2020, or at least until vaccines are available.However, you’ll need to look beyond that timetable, particularly how the pandemic will influence how your customers will think mid- to long-term.For example, it’s possible that a larger percentage of consumers will shop online more frequently even after the lockdown – maybe because they’ve gotten used to it and would rather minimise risk by staying indoors.Perhaps this will permanently shift consumer preference to online shopping.If you run a brick-and-mortar store or bistro, how will this behaviour change affect your bottom line?
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Remote work – otherwise known as telecommuting or working from home – has been huge in 2020.Even before the coronavirus outbreak, working without having to commute to the office has been growing steadily since 2010.As reported by business software discovery platform GetApp, remote work rose by nearly 400% in the past 10 years.A study by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics found that remote work grew by 44% over the last 5 years, 91% over the last decade, and 159% over the last 12 years.Remote work is becoming so ubiquitous that it’s no longer just a trend; it’s here to stay.But despite the widespread acceptance of working from home, there are companies out there who still aren’t sold on the idea.Some may have trust issues, data security concerns, or simply just don’t know how telecommuting can work.To help allay those concerns, we run down the most common remote work myths and debunk each.Myth 1: Remote employees aren’t as productiveProductivity (or the lack of it) is quite possibly the biggest myth there is.Remote work skeptics assume that telecommuters just lounge around all day, play video games, or stream movies instead of actually working.That’s probably because remote employees aren’t physically seen by their co-workers and superiors, and receive no direct supervision to help keep them on track.The truth, however, is the opposite: various research – including a few listed below – have shown that remote employees are actually more productive:A Stanford University study found that “home working led to a 13% performance increase”.This was due to fewer breaks and sick days, and a quieter work environment.An Airtasker survey of 1,004 employees found that remote workers take 22 minutes a day for breaks (vs. 18 minutes for in-office workers).They also worked an average of 1.4 more days every month, or 16.8 more days every year than those who worked in an office.In a FlexJobs 2018 survey, 65% of employees said they’re more productive when working in a home office because they dealt with fewer distractions and meetings to interrupt them.Myth 2: Remote employees are unhappyBecause humans are social beings, working at home in isolation can get a little lonely.
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The Cambridge Dictionary defines the “yes-man” as someone who agrees with everything that their leader or boss says in order to please them.While it’s nice to have an employee who’ll never refuse your requests, the person themselves may not be happy about it.They might start to resent you and become disengaged.Besides that, asking questions is a human trait essential to discovery and progress.You’re not getting any new input which is crucial to improving your operations and growing your business.You must also realise that not all your ideas are good, but you won’t know that when your workers keep endorsing them.You have to know the difference as you might end up with employees who always disagree with you.The Problem ChildThis is someone who’s saying “yes” but is actually thinking “no”.Often, they fall short of their commitments.The PushoverThis is a person who hasn’t realised that their insight is as important as their compliance.They tend to give their assent without thinking, which is a grave oversight.These two types act passively and would rather avoid a conversation—all the more a confrontation.
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Be it hungry kids, a new K-drama, a mountain of laundry, or your tantalizingly comfy bed, there are numerous things that may grind your productivity to a halt.It’s certainly hard to stay on top of your to-do list when you want to make the best of your life.Fortunately, we have some steps you can take to stay on track not only in your job but in your personal life too.Step 1 – Establish a routineFor instance, by setting your email management in the mornings and sales calls in the afternoons, you’ll have fewer choices to make when you start your day.This helps to reduce procrastination and decision fatigue.If you find loud alarms and notifications to be intrusive, set aside time earlier or later in the day to be in focus or Do Not Disturb mode.Don’t forget to insert sections in your schedule for taking your parents to the doctor and other errands.Step 3 – Break up your workflowSome people are able to sit down and concentrate on a project for hours on end.Others will run out of steam then begin browsing Facebook.Are you more of the former or latter?Arrange your timetable in a way that works for you while ensuring that you have breaks in between blocks.Step 4 – Clean up your workspaceWhen your desk is covered with books, sticky notes and your child’s artwork, you’re more than tempted to divide your attention among them.Take a few moments at the start or end of your day to clear up any clutter.This isn’t possible when you live in an apartment alone but is easily resolved when you join a coworking space.This will give you the chance to take to expand your network but you’ll also learn a few new things.Step 6 – Install a distraction blockerImagine that you’re Alice; the internet is the rabbit hole you’ll fall into when you get distracted by a single white rabbit.If you’re not good at stopping yourself from checking social media or surfing the web, try installing an internet blocking tool like Qustodio or StayFocusd which you can turn on or off at certain times.Step 7 – Set up a home officeInstead of working in your living room or bedroom, it’s best to designate an exclusive space for work, preferably someplace with a door to separate yourself from the rest of your home.Use this area only for working so it’s easier for you to log out mentally once your day is done.Step 8 – Keep fellow residents informedIt’s helpful to post a printed or written copy of your schedule on the door of your home office.
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Because you can’t (and shouldn’t) do everything by yourself.Otherwise, you’ll always be swamped with work.Unfortunately, it’s common for leaders – particularly entrepreneurs – to not delegate, and their reasons vary.Some are perfectionists who’d rather do everything themselves; Some think delegating work minimises their importance.Because aside from taking work off your plate, delegating develops your people’s knowledge and abilities.Plus, it fosters trust, showing that you believe in their abilities.To help make running your business easier, here are several time-consuming tasks you should be delegating right now.AdminTasks like managing your calendar, updating your social media, or responding to emails are easy enough, but they add up and cause you to fall behind on work.Instead of doing all these tasks yourself, hire an admin specialist and assign the responsibility to them so that you can focus on your core business.Sales and customer serviceBeing the founder of your business, you may know the intricacies of your product or service – but you’re not necessarily the best person to sell or to talk to customers about it.Sales is a skill, after all; and so is dealing with clients.But even if you have natural-born charisma for handling either task, it’s still better to bring in sales and/or customer specialists so that – among other things – you can:Take care of seasonal spikes in sales/call volumes.Sell to/Support customers in other time zones.Plan and support marketing campaigns.Software development and programmingIf you need a professional to regularly handle IT tasks for your business (e.g.managing your database, fixing your website), hire remote IT staff instead of doing it yourself.It doesn’t matter if you’re a developer or an IT firm, and can handle such technical tasks; having your full attention on your business is more valuable than an offshore specialist’s cost per hour.AccountingBusinesses of all sizes deal with a range of finance-related tasks like reconciling credit cards and bank accounts, keeping tax records accurate, or preparing required financial reporting documents.If you’re not an bookkeeper by trade, hire an accounting specialist to do the work for you, so that you’ll:Minimise calculation errors.Prevent fraud.Avoid costly penalties or fees.Boost your bottom line.If you’re an accounting professional, hire additional staff anyway to free up valuable time so you can concentrate on higher-value activities.DesignIt’s not easy to design your own logo, website, product illustration, or whatever other marketing material.And even among professionals, the quality of the work can differ.If your handiwork doesn’t appeal to your audience and stand out in the sea of ads, banners, and other creations online, then you’ve wasted time.
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It’s likely you’ll end up in an endless cycle of trying to catch up to deadlines everyday.You must realise that running a business or team isn’t supposed to be a one-person show.You may think it is a waste of time to delegate things that you can perform well on your own.Even so, everyone could use some help to get more things done in an effective and consistent manner.Not only does this save you time, but also enables you to focus on more high-value activities.Here are Strategies for Successful DelegationKnow what’s holding you backMany bosses are worried about delegating out of fear that the job won’t be done properly or the belief that it takes longer to explain the details than do things yourself.Nevertheless, you must learn to let go.You can start with the smallest tasks and work your way up until you get the hang of it.Figure out what you need to delegateTake a close look at the work that’s currently on your plate and determine which must be done by you or could be assigned to someone else.If not, get someone else to handle it.Categorise by priorityThis will depend on various factors, including (but not limited to) your industry, your specialisation, and the types of tasks you normally do.Next, create categories according to the degree of skill and effort required for each assignment.Keep those that need your expertise and leave the rest for your team to take care of.Find out your team’s capabilitiesEach person is going to bring something different to the table and you need to cater to these unique traits.
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A month’s worth of wages may not be enough to pay the doctor’s fees alone so you’re going to have to use up your savings, if you even have any.Be spared from the financial burden by informing yourself what the common hazards are and how to prevent them.This is because using a chair that lacks lumbar support will make you hunch over and affect your posture.According to an article from Harvard, prolonged sitting tightens the hamstrings and hip flexors, as well as stiffens the joints.Consider investing on an adjustable sit/stand desk to improve ergonomics in your home office.Eye StrainBeing location-independent may actually put you at greater risk of eye strain.Reduce the glare from sunlight by closing blinds and curtains.Environment-Caused IllnessesWorking in an office means your employer or manager has control over the physical environment.This ailment is known to get worse over time so early detection and treatment is important.Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include weakness in the hand, loss of proprioception, tingling in the forearm up to the shoulder, and shock-like sensations in the fingers.These might start gradually but if they persist, consult a doctor.Tip: Practice measures for prevention such as performing conditioning exercises before and after repetitive activities like typing.
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Or perhaps you hired the first virtual assistant you found to help you with administrative tasks.It’s highly likely that your outcome wasn’t as good as you expected.The brew was terrible; worse still, the virtual assistant wasn’t that good, so you ended up wasting time and resources.Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid such consequences.As for recruitment, you need to add structure to your hiring process.What exactly is structured hiring?Structured hiring means your hiring process has defined steps from start to finish, ensuring that all candidates are objectively evaluated using data and evidence – in a manner that can be replicated for every applicant.The objective here is to get the best possible candidate each time, while reducing recruitment costs and time to hire.So how do you add structure your hiring process?Here are several suggestions how.Identify the steps in your hiring processWhile some hiring processes differ, they have commonalitiesThe hiring process starts when you decide that you need to fill a role in your company and ends when an applicant accepts your job offer.However, what happens throughout the recruitment process varies, depending on the organisation.But regardless of these differences, companies usually follow these steps when hiring:Planning – This step includes identifying your hiring needs, making the job description, and determining the recruitment budget.Talent search – This step involves identifying the right talent, motivating them to apply (e.g.For instance, senior leadership roles will involve several more tests and interviews (including behavioural interviews) than rank-and-file jobs.That being said, you shouldn’t go overboard when modifying your hiring process, like creating an entirely new procedure from the ground up.
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After all, it’s not just the hiring company that gets to choose.Make it text-based, like through online chat or SMS.Why?Qualified candidates miss out on a coveted job.Companies miss out on possibly great hires who failed the interview because they were anxious.Now consider how different an interview would be if it’s done over online chat or texting.Candidates won’t have to:Worry about their appearance.Rush and travel to the interview.Deal with little details that may intimidate them, like an unfriendly interviewer who speaks loudly or asks questions aggressively.Because the interview is conducted over online chat or text, the candidate a) gets to conceal their anxiety and b) benefits from having a little more time to think about and edit their answers.This arrangement, of course, doesn’t eliminate anxiety completely, but it certainly helps curb the stress to a more manageable level.Curtails implicit biasConcealing the candidate’s identity minimises implicit biasImplicit bias is defined as “attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner”.age, gender, appearance) are concealed.Here’s proof that anonymising works: blind auditions have helped orchestras eliminate bias against hiring women.By having musicians perform behind a screen, juries choose candidates purely by performance.Text-based interviews take out non-essential details and distill candidates to their experience and achievements, enabling you to focus on making unbiased decisions.
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You want to get the best outcomes without overwhelming your people so consider the following tips:Determine the capacity of your teamYou must understand what your remote workers are like and how much each of them can handle.Also, you must know what projects and tasks you have to take care of, including the specifics such as deadlines, scope, resources, and budget.This will help you gain a better understanding of workload capacity.Use a calendar or timeline to help employees visualise their workloads according to start and due dates.Make sure to match the assignment to the worker with the corresponding skill set and availability.Talk to your people as to how much extra load they can handle.Not only will this give them the opportunity to grow; they’ll also feel included and increase engagement.Develop skills wherever possibleAs mentioned above, try to align tasks according to the capabilities and development goals of each individual rather than solely on getting work done.This guarantees that they’re directing their energy and brainpower towards the right things.Inform your staff how the projects they’re assigned contribute towards the vision and mission of your business.Praise high-calibre output to level the playing field and set the bar high.Keep everyone up-to-dateThere’s a saying that goes: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”.
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It’s easy to get complacent in a role that makes you feel comfortable, after all.Compensation, benefits, amenities—any or all of these can stop you from looking beyond your current position so you start putting down roots instead.Forcing yourself to continue working may get some results but will also put at lot of stress on your mind and body.Imagine how frustrating, boring, and tiresome that’s going to be in the years to come.It won’t be a surprise if you begin to experience signs of depression which will eventually manifest physically.Prevention is Better Than CureRather than worry about what you’re going to do if you feel stagnant in your remote job, it’s smarter to stop from reaching that point altogether.We’ve compiled a list of simple yet effective measures that’ll aid you in your efforts.Stay updated on the trendsYou’d be surprised how many things can happen in six or even three months.What used to be the most effective SEO strategy may no longer work thanks to the latest algorithm update, for instance.This makes it important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in your field.Not only will this help you compete with other virtual employees but also you will be able to keep your brain busy.Build up your networkJust because you work from home, doesn’t mean you have to live like a hermit.Check out online events where you can socialize with people who share similar interests or are in the same industry.Expose yourself to a diverse group where you can discuss challenges and issues in the workplace.
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If you don’t, your startup won’t really grow sufficiently because every little thing has to go through you.Sure, you can also try other ways like:Putting in more hours, but you have only so much time and energy to do everything.Raising prices, but it’s usually contingent on market constraints.Why should you delegate?Handing off tasks to others can help you in several key ways:It lets you focus.Instead of working in the business (like a mere cog), delegating lets you focus on specific parts of your business that will result in long-term growth.It lets you think of great ideas.When you delegate, you authorise employees to perform a task without micromanaging them.Today, we go over ways how you can effectively delegate your startup’s processes so that you can scale it properly.Create and implement repeatable processesEffective delegation is all about creating repeatable processes, which can be assigned to others and performed without your involvement, while maintaining the same output quality and turnaround time.To make this happen, you need to:List down each step in the process.Identify the role responsible in each step.Determine the time frame and necessary resources.Establish how to measure the results.Set standards for maintaining a minimum level of performance.Document every step.Completing all these steps will allow entrepreneurs to shift from involving themselves in every process (which will make them the bottleneck) to just approving the final output.Identify the tasks you should delegateSince each startup and entrepreneur are different, we can’t just give you a list of processes to assign to someone else.Instead, you can use HBR’s six T’s to help you decide which to pass off:Tiny – small, seemingly trivial tasks that add up (e.g.
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They may even start out strong in tackling their now longer to-do lists, but they may eventually run out of steam, especially if they’re overworked, which will make them unhappy.You’ll see more of your workers leaving your organisation before the month is over at that rate.As a leader, it’s part of your job to help your remote employees balance their workloads better.Results are important but you surely don’t want a burnt-out team in exchange.Discuss with them the tasks they need to complete for the week or month.With this, your team will feel confident that they’re focusing their time and efforts where they’re most needed.Establish transparent workflowsGet everyone on the same page by making processes transparent.It’s a waste of time if they have to ask around every time so set a flow they can follow.Plus, forget about multitasking and create sub-units instead.Find out why inefficiencies occur and redistribute the work evenly where necessary.Keep communication lines openWhen a worker has a manager who is willing to listen to their work-related concerns, they’re less likely to be burned out.This is why it is crucial for leaders to establish a relationship with their team where they’re comfortable enough to open up about current assignments.Not everyone is capable of voicing out their thoughts so provide avenues where they can give feedback anonymously.
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Sean is a Data Entry and Research Assistant, and he’s the next recipient of the “Thank You, Workmate” employee recognition initiative.He works for a California-based sustainability consulting company.Sean spends most of his time inputting property evaluations on spreadsheets.He also helps in preparing presentations and updates charts related to energy efficiency certifications.His client had this to say:Sean has been a wonderful addition to our team, and is an absolute pleasure to work with.He is always willing to support our teams however possible, welcomes feedback, and makes an effort to fully understand the task at hand.He has impressed us with his ability to teach himself the geographic information system which we have integrated into one of our projects.Sean has also earned the reputation of completing tasks unbelievably quickly because of his previous knowledge in Excel and ability to find the most effective way to tackle the problem.He recently passed his first year of working with our team and we are excited to see him grow with us!Great work, Sean!We salute you.If you’re in need of a high-performing virtual assistant like Sean, partner with Remote Workmate today.We do all the heavy lifting for you, including onboarding and payroll.
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Even the closest of couples have to adjust to the professional personas of their partner.Because sharing close quarters for long periods of time can drive anyone up the wall too.Sure, it might be fun in the beginning as you enjoy lunch and dinner dates minus the commute.Those who aren’t used to being in each other’s presence all day may eventually struggle with the differences in working styles though.People say that moving in together either solidifies or kills relationships, after all.The idea of playing footsie under the dining room table sounds romantic but it isn’t conducive for working.For best results, have separate spaces where you can focus on your individual tasks and enjoy some privacy for video meetings or voice calls.Set your boundariesBe clear with each other as to how your schedules and priorities differ.The good news is that you are able to monitor each other now that you are both home-based.Break this bad habit of skipping meals by setting a lunch hour and eating together.They might be a night owl or have a graveyard shift but you might prefer early mornings.If that’s the case, let them sleep in instead of forcing them to have breakfast or to exercise with you.Work out who gets to use the shower on certain times of the day as well.Become their sounding boardRegardless if you’re employed in vastly different industries or the exact same field, it always helps to have someone to bounce ideas off of or to talk about a difficult problem with.
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If it were, then we wouldn’t need recruitment specialists because any random person can do the job effectively.To help give you direction in your recruitment campaigns, we’ve compiled quotes showcasing the wisdom of major business leaders who have repeatedly hired the right people to help their organisation succeed.Lee IacoccaCredit: The World of the Ford MustangKnown for being a straight talker, American car executive Lee Iacocca is considered as one of history’s greatest CEOs, and with good reason: he played a major role in the development of the Ford Mustang, and revitalised Chrysler during the 1980s.Iacocca had this to say about hiring:“I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.”Lee IacoccaIacocca looks to hire smart, talented people.He founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s, which today controls hundreds of companies in fields such as publishing, hotels, banking, motor sport, and even space travel.If there’s anyone who knows about hiring employees, it’s Branson – who affirms that bringing in the right people is a challenge.“Hiring the right people takes time, the right questions and a healthy dose of curiosity.By the time an adult looks for employment, their attitude and personality have already been developed.And yet, personality have a direct affect your team and company’s culture.Guy KawasakiCredit: VGrigas (WMF)Venture capitalist and marketing expert Guy Kawasaki learned a few things from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.If you start hiring B players, expect what Steve called “the bozo explosion” to happen in your organisation.”Guy KawasakiApparently, there are entrepreneurs and business leaders who fear hiring employees better than themselves.But if you want to grow your organisation, you need some humility and hire high performers who are better than you.For your business to stay relevant, you need people who can replace you.Otherwise, your business will experience what Steve Jobs calls “the bozo explosion”, which is a tendency of initially innovative companies to deteriorate into mediocrity.Jeff BezosCredit: U.S. Secretary of DefenseYou might already know who Jeff Bezos is: founder of online retailer Amazon, the first centibillionaire, and world’s richest person.It’s better to put in more time, effort, and resources in the search than deal with the damaging consequences later.Ben HorowitzSource: JD LasicaTechnology entrepreneur Ben Horowitz is one of the co-founders of Andreessen Horowitz, a California-based venture capital firm.
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Trust isn’t an abstract concept.Covey in The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything, trust increases speed and lowers business cost.Here’s proof:According to a 2002 Watson Wyatt study, high-trust organizations outperform low-trust organizations by 286% in total return to shareholders.A later 2007 Watson Wyatt study found that organisations where front-line employees trusted senior leadership had a 42% higher return on investment than low-trust businesses.The same principle applies to remote teams.The whole arrangement requires trust between everyone involved.Note, however, that you can’t force people to trust you.Introduce them to colleagues with similar responsibilities, hold regular video meetings to promote a sense of belonging, or whatever else is necessary to engage your remote team.Doing this establishes your concern for them.Talk about your employees’ abilitiesTake the time to know your team members’ best skills, and talk to them about how they can best apply these skills in their jobs.Showing your knowledge of their skills tells them that you:Know them individually.Value their contributions to the team and organisation.Are willing to help them use their skills in their jobs.You can demonstrate this knowledge by occasionally sending items to your team members which can help them in their roles (e.g.books) and explaining how the items pertain to their abilities.Here’s a little secret: it feels great to see that your leader is looking out for you.Continually provide feedbackOffering no feedback as a leader would likely lead to apprehension among your remote workers.Worse still, those who need to improve won’t.If you’re not saying anything about their work, they’ll wonder if you’re pleased or not.
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According to data compiled by SocialMediaNews.com.au, about 60% of the total Australian population are active on Facebook.Most of these users are in the 25 to 39 age bracket, so it’s likely that your target audience has profiles on the platform.As it presents a vast marketing opportunity, Facebook mustn’t be overlooked when doing business.Specifically, a Facebook advertising campaign is definitely worth your consideration.But even if you see some gains, they’ll be minimal at best because you don’t know how to maximise the resources at hand.Fortunately, there’s an easy way to resolve this: hire a Facebook ads specialist.Your wallet might not agree with the decision at first, but allow us to present good reasons to outsource this task to an expert.To avoid dealing with a learning curveIf you’ve attempted to use Facebook Ads Manager before, you know that it’s intimidating for a newbie.The interface requires you to provide information you’re not sure how to acquire, and to make decisions the moment you log in.To complete these tasks, you’ll need to expend several hours which are better used for running your business or growing your team.To take advantage of advanced targetingIt’s actually possible to target people by education level, interests, gender, income level, location, age and more through the campaign platform.
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If you run a small business, you should be using social media to grow it.Social media helps you gain traffic for your website, boost your sales, and manage your online reputation.It’s also inexpensive, especially when compared to other marketing channels.Clearly, social media is a great equaliser for small businesses because it empowers them to compete with larger companies.Note, however, that using social media wouldn’t automatically translate to success; you’ll have to play it smart.What platforms will you focus on?For instance, you should aim to grow your conversion rate instead of just getting likes.Monitor your performance.To know whether you’re succeeding (or failing), you’ll need to track the performance of your social media efforts, and there’s a wide range of tools to choose from.
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It’ll seem daunting since the platform will take a margin out of each sale, but there are ways to make the system work for you and not against you, as we discuss below.How to Grow Your Sales and Boost Your Market Share on AmazonUnderstand the power of marketingRyan Bemiller, founder of e-commerce consulting firm Shopping Signals, teaches that Amazon is also a search engine where SEO and reviews affect the visibility of listings.Find out what keywords your competitors are using and what people are typing in to find your products for you to use as well.Get as many reviews as you canContinuing on from the point above, reviews are another ranking factor you should focus on.It pays to have them mixed in as long as your overall rating is good.You might want to avoid paid advertising and opt for inbound marketing strategies instead, however.Consider major channels like Google Ads and Facebook Ads to draw in prospects.To put it simply, forget about competing with them because you can’t.Not all sellers are eligible to have this and only merchants with top seller metrics have a chance of winning this feature.Want it?
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In the office, you have system administrators to set everything up and ensure that the information being shared stays private.Here are several best practices and tips you can start with.Best Security Practices for Remote WorkersHave a dedicated workspaceChoose a separate room in the house that you can convert into a home office.Apart from setting it up with a comfortable chair and desk, make sure to add an adequately sized storage unit for organising all of the essential and classified items you need for work.Ideally, this workspace must be secluded enough so you’re away from both distractions and security risks.Also, make it clear to your housemates to not disturb you during working hours as there are chances they might overhear you speaking about private business matters.Constantly update your programs and operating systemsHackers and threats on the internet are constantly becoming more sophisticated.If money is too tight, get a free program like those from Kaspersky, Avast, or AVG.Ideally, you need to change your router password and login information every month (if not, do it at least every quarter).Be mindful as to who you give your password to.
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But you won’t be able to do this if your hiring process is a mess.Maybe your hiring has several congested steps, or perhaps you conduct too many interviews.Whatever is causing your woes, one thing is certain: you need to make your systems more efficient.To point you in the right direction, we’ve compiled several ways you can streamline your hiring process.We’ve also highlighted several real-world examples of how companies made innovative changes that worked for them.Make it easier for qualified candidates to applyHome Depot’s app makes it easy to schedule interviewsConsider the experience of candidates applying at your company.maybe they found it tedious to fill out pages of past work experiences), they’ll likely move on to the next opening that doesn’t require so many hoops to jump through.Can you imagine losing out on dozens of highly skilled applicants this way?The solution is to make the process more accessible.Case in point: Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the U.S., implemented two major changes to streamline their hiring:Introducing a smartphone app that lets applicants self-schedule in-person interviews.Simplifying their application form and adding five core questions to their career page to help potential candidates decide if working for Home Depot is the right place for them.The result?problem solving, communication style, personality).Unilever recruiters are said to report “significant” improvements since.In the previous system, recruiters screened six candidates to put one through the hiring process.With the gamified process, they’re screening two candidates to put one through the process.Adding games to your hiring process is an effective way to drum up more interest – provided that the games you introduce are actually effective in identifying desired candidate skills and traits.Speed up the interviewingHilton shortened their time to hire with video interviewingInterviewing qualified candidates take quite a bit of time.
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Running a remote team is similar to managing an in-office team; you have to make sure each member is productive, and that deadlines and goals aren’t missed.Having your staff working remotely poses a unique set of challenges, though.Cohesion and trust issues may arise from time to time.Dealing with all these challenges requires organisation, focus, consistency, and finesse in using online communication and productivity tools.Once you’re aware of the common challenges, you have context when discussing the top mistakes to avoid in managing your remote team.This way, your people need not track so many things, which inhibits mistakes.Make it a point to not limit your communications to digital text only.This can promote a more human connection between you and your team members.After all, text and email messages can’t convey deeper communication contexts and body language.A video call or an in-person meeting (where possible) will remedy that problem.Great communication can help your remote team meet their targets.Lastly, don’t make your communication channels strictly formal.But these types of communication need a more structured approach when it comes to managing remote workers.During your regular online meetings, be sure to allow some time for everyone to catch up with each other and see what’s going on in their lives.
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factors such as role and industry come into play), it’s common for companies to go through three or four – where there’s typically 1 screening call + three in-person interviews.But if you want to shorten your time to hire, try to reduce the number of interviews you conduct.Google has a “Rule of Four” approach where “four interviews were enough to predict whether someone should be hired at Google with 86% confidence”.Besides, if you go above four, you also risk having your applicants lose interest.Here are a few ways you can shorten your sourcing process:Start an employee referral program.Use social media to source passive candidates.Search resume databases (e.g.Indeed, OnlineJobs.ph).Source talent internally.With these methods, you can shorten your sourcing process and your time to hire.Use a good application tracking systemAn application tracking system (or ATS) is a software designed to simplify recruitment and boost efficiency.You need a good one to shorten your time to hire.Some time-related benefits of using an ATS include the following:Cuts down on the time you spend on administrative tasks.An ATS lets you send follow-up emails and publish ads on job boards automatically, among other things.Lets you work with other members of your team for more convenient recruiting.Others have AI-based screening which uses algorithms to compare candidates with job requirements.Results in better hires.
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While coworking spaces are less common here, they’re found in most major cities in the Philippines.Coworking spaces are members-only places that offer flexible rental arrangements for fully equipped offices.Some discounts may be available when you book several workspaces at a time, such as when you’re renting for a whole team in the same city.Before you make the commitment, however, it’s best to be aware of the pros and cons first.Regardless if you’re a self-employed virtual assistant doing small gigs, or an SME that’s just starting out, there’s no denying that there are numerous benefits to be had from coworking – but are they worth the drawbacks too?By joining a coworking community, you have numerous chances to build your network of contacts.As the office is shared, you have no control over what’s happening around you, unless you pay premium for an exclusive room.Even if you do reside in the surrounding neighbourhood, it’s won’t be a comfortable walk when you have to lug around a heavy laptop.
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