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20 Rewards Your Employees -- and Budget -- Will Love (Infographic)

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How do you get your team to generate and share ideas?

Some Vinomofo deals are very creative in content and presentation, and am sure commercially solid.... read more

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First we actively encourage them to think about it and share with the team. Even if it’s not related to Vinomofo. We call this Mofo Projects and it has led to some really cool ideas and even the creation of a few startups! In regards to the secret deals example, they say necessity is the mother of all invention and it certainly was in this case. In the early days of Vinomofo we were regularly facing the same challenge - wineries wanted to sell us their wines but at such epic prices, distributors and other retailers would get upset. Then one day a team member said “what if we hid the label?” and the secret deal was born. So now we have an agreement with the producers not to reveal these wines and a promise to our customers that they’ll have the “wow” moment when it arrives and they found out what it is. We have 100% confidence that if a wine passes our tasting panel (only 5% do) then our Mofos will love it. And we stand behind that by offering a 100% no questions asked money back guarantee.
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Manage People as Adults Not as Children

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How many times do you encounter 'difficult' customers or colleagues?

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Avoiding Performance Fatigue

We have probably all seen what I call performance fatigue -- where your team work their butt off... read more

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Common Hazards in The Workplace

When you spend most of your day in a pleasant, air conditioned office, you might think that you... read more

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Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Thanks Victor, good read! Accidents do happen at work, I see it time and time again. We often take it for granted that it will never happen but as your list suggests, it doesn't take a lot for someone to get hurt. So it really pays to be careful (not paranoid) about potential safety hazards. Sometimes it's plain common sense; if you see something on the floor that could trip someone over, don't ignore it! Thanks again, keep them articles coming.
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Conflict Resolution Strategies for Small Business

What are the main causes of workplace conflict? The causes of conflict will be different in each... read more

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Your People Are More Than Just A Number

An enormous benefit exists for small business where they are still small enough to know their... read more

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Leo EliadesOwner at INSPIRENOW PTY LTD
so true Darcey, a very kid reminder of how we are able to influence a great culture of volunteers and people that feel great about themselves
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Lessons From Mother Nature – The Bee Hive

The honeybee’s hive is approximately between 50 000 and 60 000 strong, it has one leader, no... read more

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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Great article Darcey! Love your 6 tips. I can definitely relate to no.4, and I think no.5 is so underrated. I once spent one week trying to figure out a problem which ended up being solved by a friend in 10 secs.
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EOFY: Time to Focus on a Few Other Workplace Matters beyond Next Year's Budget

~~As we are coming closer to 30 June 2014, the focus is naturally on budgets and other money... read more

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Why do we Procrastinate? ......Well, I’ll tell you tomorrow!!

Procrastination is a problem for the sufferer, it’s a problem for business and it can ruin cohesive... read more

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Neil SteggallPartner at Wardour Capital Partners
Micha, Many thanks for a really great contribution to the discussion and for supplying the article, much appreciated, cheers, Neil.
Micha WottonHead of Development at SavvySME
Neil, thanks for a great article about a real problem many experience to a greater or lesser degree. In answer to Steven's question: from experience, the routine helps to remove several blocks to procrastination - the fear of failure, for example, is negated by the fact you have already been down that road, and know what to expect. A major part of overcoming procrastination is PLANNING, as Neil mentioned. Often I put off a task because I can't get started - the task is overwhelming - but if I break it down into the smallest chunks possible, and identify the very first step, I can overcome that block. One article that I found really helpful in both understanding and having a plan (there it is again) for overcoming procrastination was this: http://www.waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html and the follow-up article: http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/11/how-to-beat-procrastination.html
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The way employment is managed has evolved

Employment management has evolved rapidly in the past few years. Its changed so much in fact that... read more

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3 signs of a dysfunctional company

Here are 3 Signs of a Dysfunctional Company you need to be aware of. Like a car with an engine... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great article John! Loved every single example :D
Phil JoelDirector at SavvySME
Fantastic examples John. Thank you for sharing these. It can sometimes be difficult to see and address these issues without external help.
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The importance of feedback

I wasn't intending to write this blog just yet, but my own experience this week caused me to... read more

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Thanks Selina - I appreciate your feedback (heehee!). Thanks also for following my posts!
Selina ShaplandOwner at Selina Shapland
Great article Kate. I know that I prefer this type of feedback, both as the giver and the receiver. S
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How to build strong and successful relationships with your employees

Whether you employ full-time, part-time, or virtual assistants, it is always important to... read more

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Ananda Raj PandeyOwner at GuestJet
Great, nice article.
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Little victories are so important, and like you said a meal or some beer its worth more than it costs thanks for sharing that!
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Workforce analytics - the key to time management and increased productivity.

“In today’s volatile economy, companies are looking for new ways to do more with less and seek... read more

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How to monitor the performance of virtual staff

A virtual assistant (VA) can greatly improve your productivity and, at the same time, give you... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
These are great tips, wish I had these before I started my VA journey! Would have saved countless hours!
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Is your business up to the tech challenge?

Whether you like it or not, there is no escaping the fact that we live in a technological age. And... read more

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Boss, can I talk to you about a pay rise?

Hearing these words often causes the knees to knock and the stomach to churn for any business... read more

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Employees, the internet and social media - are you managing your risks?

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Mahua DasOwner at Next Gen Teams
Thanks Mark. In my experience, small businesses are still not taking the risks of social media seriously - most don't have any policies to prevent mishaps. Hope this will start generating interests and alertness.
Mark VeitchCEO at DEFINING SOCIAL PTY LTD and YOUR SOCIAL VILLAGE PTY LTD
This is an excellent summary Mahua. The new Workplace Regulations around bullying that came into place in January this year mean that all employers be it SMB, Corporate or Government need to be ensuring they are applying best social media practices for the benefit and protection of the company and its employees. My view is it is time for business to take social media seriously. A report released this month by Gartner on social media in Government talks of social media as a “mission critical channel to better engage, connect and allocate resources to overcome significant challenges”. This is the first time I have seen social media referred to as a potential mission critical application by such an authority and it highlights the need for organisations to embrace social media as a legitimate business tool. While technology is available to automate and protect organisations and staff against many of these risks, it all starts with properly developed policies and procedures that are communicated regularly to employees. Managed correctly, social media can provide real business outcomes for organisations large and small.