Individuals with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be self-employed as those without disabilities. Owning your own business is time-consuming and requires a lot of effort, and so does parenting. Balancing these needs is tough but far from impossible. Some simple tips and ideas help get you started on the right foot.
Employers are always looking for new ways to attract talent.
However, many forget the importance of benefits once they staff on board. It’s common to offer retirement plans, health insurance, and paid time off, but what about benefits employees can take advantage of on a day-to-day basis?
Benefits such as fitness classes, counseling sessions, and on-site amenities can help manage work-related stress and promote healthy lifestyles among employees while also boosting morale and productivity. Below, I share several options for new and innovative benefits to offer your workers.
6 Actions for the Sustainable Launch of the new workplace model.
Companies around the world have notched nearly a year of remote operations in their proverbial belts. With that experience behind them, employers and employees alike are all asking, “what now?”
Employees have enjoyed the benefits that come hand-in-hand with the remote experience. Including, increased flexibility and balanced schedules. They’ve also faced challenges like lack of infrastructure and poor connectivity, less than ideal ergonomics, isolation, and burnout.
Many employers are eager to return to offices and get things back to the way they were. Others have jumped feet-first, embracing the innovation and change that this past year brought. Some are enjoying increased productivity and employee engagement. All are searching for ways to remain competitive in both the talent and consumer marketplace in 2021.
“I can’t wait to get back to the office” is a common refrain that misses the complexities of current work from home situations. As Anne Helen Petersen writes for The New York Times.
“But people don’t really want to get back to the office. They want to get out of their apartments, their houses, their parents’ houses. People want their children back in school, and also out of the house. They want to see people’s faces again and have conversations with people who are closer than six feet from them. But that doesn’t mean that they actually want to be back in the office. At least, not the way the office was before.”
With more people working remotely, have you dreamed of becoming a digital nomad? You’re not the only one!
In 2019, my wife and I took our two sons out of school, packed our cherished items into a 5×10 storage unit in Vermont, and got rid of our home and everything in it to become full-time digital nomads. It was both liberating and challenging to say goodbye to everything we owned. Not to mention, our friends and family that we visited with frequently.
As a digital nomad, you make a lot of sacrifices. You give up the comforts of home, the possessions that once brought you joy, and deep interpersonal relationships. You give these up in exchange for cultural variety, food experiences, architecture, and a new perspective. It’s rewarding, but it’s also incredibly complex, emotionally.
A new work schedule has become our new lives – Here’s a typical schedule for those working from home or at distance.
The Typical Daily Schedule Working from Home
- Get kids off to school,
- Grab coffee with a friend, (for me, my second or third coffee for the morning)
- Back at home – Turn on the computer hit the emails, video calls, assignments, and projects
- Work through lunch
- Pick up kids from school
- Start dinner
- Go back on the computer for similar work from morning
- Have dinner with family.
- Spend time doing something other than work
- End the night with some email
Oh, I almost forgot – text messaging and phone calls available from wake-up to bedtime.
As a small business owner, we typically wear a lot of hats.
Over the last year, we were pushed into wearing a hat that small business owners may have never imagined they would ever be wearing. Whether you were ready for it or not, remote work is here. Although we are not strangers to daily challenges as small business owners, this one was a bit tougher to solve in a day. As your remote work coach and expert, I am here to break down some of the ways you can set your business up for success while keeping the company culture thriving. We will lean into wearing this new hat of ours, that doesn’t seem to be leaving any time soon.
Now, in order to approach remote work successfully, we need to look at three things. It’s important for you and your business to hire the right people and lead them well so you can work well remotely. These three themes really impact what your every day will look and feel like.
Workplace culture is something that makes or breaks your business goals.
Are you focusing enough of your energy on creating a positive workplace culture? Or do you think it will magically happen on its own? Let’s dive into the culture and how you can shape the future to encourage a positive workplace culture in your organization.
Human Resources, a.k.a. HR, is the foundation for cultivating an effective and positive workplace.
The importance of your Human Resource Team is more than just having someone in place to help with the hiring process. HR takes on several roles with the fundamental purpose of supporting the company by managing the employees. HR also works to reduce exposure to risk and the time spent on trying to figure out whether your company is taking the best and most effective action. Businesses that lean on their experienced HR team have greater success in maximizing business performance and improving both employee & customer satisfaction as well as profitability.
It’s something you might not be thinking about as you start your business, but you should. We know you’ve got a million other things on your plate and culture is not high on your list. However, the culture you start with is easier to grow than trying to change bad company culture. So, here are the types of corporate culture, so you can start thinking about which one to promote in your organization.