In this post, we’re going to talk about something that tends to go unnoticed by a lot of small or new business owners. As the title suggests, the topic is speed. Specifically, why is it so important in business?
For starters, speed refers to how quickly your business does things. It refers to the speed with which you reply to customer service queries, carry out services, ship out products, and so on. A lot of people believe that speed doesn’t matter that much and that as long as you produce things of a high quality – that’s all that matters.
Two months ago I was walking in my hometown of Bristol, England. I passed a modern office with glass walls and my curiosity compelled me to look inside. I saw a conference room with about ten people in it. All of them were men.
Is the Gender Gap Still Prevalent in the Workplace?
When we talk about the gender gap in the workplace, there are two factors to consider. Firstly, that there are more men working than women. Secondly, that those women are not paid the same amount as men. Despite numerous countries creating laws to eradicate the gender pay gap, it is still very much present in today’s society. This isn’t just a problem for us in the UK: the problem is worldwide.
The American Association of University Women explains why the gender gap still exists for so many of us in the workplace. For full-time men and women, they claim that there is still a 20% pay gap in the USA. How is this possible?
There are lots of ways that employers can support their employees in and out of the workplace. In fact, more and more new recruits are looking for those extra benefits of working for big companies. These benefits may not have a financial value but instead offer something a little more personal. After all, they’re there for their career, not only a paycheck!
How is your company helping employees work their way up the career ladder? Do you offer a defined career progression and plenty of promotion prospects? Do you offer careers counselling and opportunities for interdepartmental work experience? Millennials aren’t the only ones seeking something more from their work. Don’t forget the newest graduates and the longest serving employees. They too can benefit from more attention to their career progression.
MINI is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. It has reached a level that all car manufacturers and companies want to reach: Cult Brand Status. What makes MINI special and unique is that it appeals to all ages and both women and men. People in their 20s all the way up to their 80s buy MINIs. MINIs are fun, and the people that own them and love them are loyal. MINI is a great company to study if you want to learn how to create a great work culture, branding, influence and reach.
I was reminded of this a few weeks ago at the Auto Show that took place in Ottawa. MINI Ottawa was at the show and it was one of my favorite areas to visit and be in. The cars are fun and great looking and the staff that was there from MINI Ottawa were engaged talking all about MINIs. They didn’t have to do a ‘hard sell’. They let the MINI cars speak from themselves. I fell in love with the brand all over again.
Smartphones have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. They’re often the first thing we touch when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we look at before going to sleep at night. With these devices playing such an important role in our lives, it makes sense for your workplace to create a cell phone policy. An effective cell phone policy should balance your business’s needs with the needs of all employees.
A business is only going to be as strong as it’s leader. But in most businesses these days, it’s not just one individual at the head of the table. Instead, you need to make sure that you have a competent team to steer the ship and ensure your business is managed effectively. The question of course then becomes who do you want in that boardroom. Who sits at the head table?
A Team With Experience
If you are a young business owner or start-up, you should certainly think about getting some experience in the board room. By doing this, you can make sure that you have someone who has been where you are now. One of the best ways to guarantee this is to use a good consultant with a specialty that is relevant to your field. They will be able to advise you in many areas of your business where you are having trouble finding your footing.
Smartphones and being contactable 24/7 means that the line between our work/life balance has become blurred. But are digital detoxes just a fad, or will they save your mental health?
The ‘always-on’ culture has been generating a lot of worry from researchers over the past decade. Starting when we’re teenagers, we grow up with our smartphone in our hands and checking it becomes as unconscious a response as taking a breath. A normal phone user touches their phone 2,167 times a day, while the top 10% of phone users click, tap or swipe on their phone 5,427 times a day, according to researcher Dscout.
The consequences of checking our phones too much are everything from repetitive strain injury (RSI), poor posture and eyesight problems to insomnia, depression and even the possibility of death. One in four traffic accidents are caused by people using their phones while driving, but that’s just one of the many ways in which your phone could be the death of you.
So what’s the answer? Do businesses just encourage employees to switch off and hope they stick to it? Or do we offer benefits so they detox on their holidays and encourage time away from their desks like hiking holidays or last-minute cruises to establish good habits? Digital detox holidays are becoming ever more popular, but should we be leaping on board this trend? We explore if and why taking time away from the internet could increase your work performance.