23 07 13

In my search for relevant material that pertains to you, my readers, I came across this article by Michael Hyatt regarding his personal experience using a Virtual Assistant. All very positive as are the comments from others who have considered hiring VAs.

Please take a moment and read: My Experience Using a Virtual Assistant

There is a short video available. And I am checking out the other site he hired his Virtual Assistant from. Who knows, there may be another job waiting there.

I will post the site as a resource for those seeking more work from home positions.

22 07 13

employee high morale
Employees that enjoy their careers
Morale is a very important aspect in any office. High morale means happy and productive employees that look forward to work each day. Low morale means a disgruntled workforce that will not reflect positively on the company. Following are several tips to help keep office morale high.

Fun Surprises

One effective way to improve morale especially during the busiest and most stressful times of the year is to surprise everyone with something fun. This could mean passing out ice cream sundaes, putting on a silly show before the day starts or having a masseuse in the building to provide shoulder massages during breaks. Other surprises could include a holiday lunch buffet for the staff or a valet in the parking lot to bring cars around as people leave. These surprises increase morale and relieve stress.

Incentive Programs

Incentive programs increase morale in nearly any business. Employees are rewarded for hard work and exceptional performance. Rewards programs give everyone tangible goals to work towards throughout the day beyond basic job duties. They foster healthy competition between co-workers. The programs also increase morale because they show that each person is contributing towards the larger goals and success of the company. These programs could be based on sales, handle times, customer comments or even ideas to improve the business.

Individual Recognition

Improving morale often means providing individual recognition to employees. This shows that the business is aware each employee is a person and not just a statistic. Individual recognition could occur each week or at monthly staff meetings. Acknowledging anniversaries, birthdays and even training or performance milestones will all improve morale. Consulting with companies like O.C. Tanner can help businesses to develop different channels for recognition. This recognition could even come with rewards such as gift certificates, paid time off or branded company gear like an umbrella.

Consistency

Part of maintaining high morale has to be the style of management employed. Managers and team leaders need to be consistent when dealing with employees. Perceptions of favoritism or unfair targeting will create an distrusting and negative environment. The office has to operate transparently. Each person from the newest employee to the top supervisor must be subject to the same rules. Each qualified person should have the same opportunities for advancement. This consistency and transparency will allow every employee to trust the company. This keeps morale high even if something negative occurs.
Morale in any office will fluctuate based on many factors. The key to maintaining high morale is to notice when employees are becoming unhappy and to react appropriately. This attention to the state of the office will let everyone know that the concerns of the employees matter.

Author Bio:

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

16 07 13

My blog has grown, but very slowly. Learning search engine optimization for website development is one skill, while SEO for blogs is another.

As a freelance writer I have developed a few ideas and skills regarding article writing to aid the search engines in finding them. And employing them in a blog is one way to get found. However, it is not an exact science nor fool proof.

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Today I went in search of a few insights from other bloggers. Following is the list of places to learn more as I am about to embark.

DIY Themes Has a series of articles on how to SEO your blog. The first article offers 7 very good ideas for ranking high in search engines.

My skills are growing.

This next article discusses how to optimize your blogger post titles. Good stuff here. Help Blogger This one is instructional for those who use BlogSpot. However, it has given me an idea how to optimize my WP blog.

Onward and upward.

Our next article comes to us from Maximize Social Business The author covers some of the techniques I am aware of, with a bit more information, and other tips that are a great idea to utilize. For those not in the know, this is good beginning stuff. Follow the link at the end of the article for the next one in the series.

Well, for today that is enough to keep you busy. Let’s see how well this one works in search engine ranking. 🙂 Not my best work, not a good example of following directions either.

I feel these tips are extremely important to help create a successful blog. More important to those who write guest posts, articles for publication sites and networks. These tips will help increase your success of getting found in the jungle of search engines.

Thank you and until next time, have a prosperous day.

15 07 13

I have added a couple of plug ins to my blog to stop the tedious work of checking spam messages and users against the real deal.

How do I know the difference?

Spammers comments are jibberish for the most part. Phrases and full paragraphs do not relate to the topic they comment is linked to.

Membership spam is the same. Automated and not real email addresses.

For my real life people, I know it can be tedious. Drives me nuts when I get the code wrong. But I always complete it. I hope you do the same. As a blog owner I understand the need.

I have held out long enough.

With comments, once you are approved you will never have to enter the code again. Same with once you become a member. 🙂

Have a great day. More to come.

11 07 13

In the past, many business owners were able to completely trust their employees. However, we live in a society where trust and honesty are two qualities that are difficult to find. Instead of getting yourself into a bind, use these tips to protect yourself before problems can even begin to grow.

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Follow The Process
When you hire someone, you need to go through an official process. This might include a formal interview, a contract employee agreement and other procedures. Sometimes, you might be tempted to skip over a step or two, and this is especially true if you already know the employee. However, you never know what could happen in the future, and you want to be prepared.

Know The Legalities and Rights
Before you start to staff your new business, you definitely need to be certain that you know all of the employees’ rights and your rights as well. Browsing on FindLegalForms.com and speaking with your own lawyer are two ways to ensure that you know this important information. Failure to do so could mean that you have legal troubles in the future. When you know what could happen before hand, you can be aware of the potential problems that may arise.

Keeping Track of Time
In some businesses, workers are paid a salary, and other employees are hourly. However, in either case, employees might be required to clock-in and clock-out. You need to find a system that protects against time theft. For example, some employees might ask others to sign-in for them. In fact, in a large business, some employees might even say that they were working at a time when they were not. You should use a system that requires employees to sign-in with a personal password so that only they are permitted to access the system.

Password Protected Information
You probably have some information about your company that you do not want everyone to know about. This information can be provided to people who have access to it only. Be sure that it is password protected. When employees log-in to the website on a daily basis, they should have different applications available or something of that nature. Allow the applications related to sensitive material to appear only on certain screens. You can certainly choose some people to have full administrative access. Remember, this business belongs to you, so you have the final say on who can say what.

The Security System
Giving out the pass code to your security system needs to be done with a selective mind. You should not provide this information to all of the employees. Instead, you should limit the number of people who have the information to a very select few. Otherwise, someone could disable the security system and steal from the company. You must set up video cameras around the perimeter of the company so that you can protect against these types of issues.

Living in a world where employees cannot be fully trusted is difficult. However, your life will become even harder if you do not take precautions against these issues.

Author Bio
Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.

Email- Annabellesmyth at gmail dot com

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