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How to Combat Low Motivation and Performance Drops During a Pandemic

Contributed by: Jen McKenzie

As a manager or team leader, ensuring that your team maintains a high level of motivation is crucial. This is true no matter what industry you’re in since your employees are the lifeblood of your organization. However, this can be easier said than done.

Modern challenges, such as COVID-19 and the move by many companies to remote working arrangements, mean that your team might not all be working in the same location. Research by Harvard has shown that remote teams tend to struggle with motivation. This problem can lead to lower performance and, ultimately, to less growth.

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Check Your Emotions At the Door

Contributed by: Ben Eden

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Have you ever heard a manager say something like, “leave your emotions at the door”?

Sure, there may be some value in that because people need to use their rational and logical side of the brain while trying to solve problems at work.  But when someone is telling you to “leave your emotions at the door” they are telling you that emotions have no place here. 

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Legal Considerations for Launching a Small Business in California

Contributed by: Joni Meyers

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Understanding the legal requirements of operating a business is crucial even before its launch. Even if you have legal counsel at your side, you should know the specific laws and obligations you have to fulfill as a business owner, so you don’t accidentally break them. This knowledge will help to ensure your compliance and protect you against certain risks down the road. Read on for the important legal considerations of launching and running a small business in California:

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Time Tracking Systems Can Result In Greater ROI: Learn How

Contributed by: Kiara McColl

“How do I increase my employee productivity rates?” is a question that comes up in the mind of every business owner. High employee productivity is capable of taking you up the competitive ladder within a short period. However, most businesses today tend to struggle with their overall employee productivity rates, especially since so many employees work away from an office these days. By finding ways to increase your employees’ productivity rates, you will increase your return on investment (ROI).

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How to Create a Remote Work Policy & How to Stay Compliant

Contributed by: Yuriy Moshes

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The dawn of remote work passed a long time ago. Ever since the digital office became possible many companies have utilized a partially virtual workforce. Smartphones and laptops have allowed us to abandon the strictly traditional office environment. In fact, according to a 2018 study by Upwork, 63% of businesses had turned to a virtual workforce by 2018. 

COVID-19 has accelerated the shift to remote working conditions for many businesses. This has posed new challenges, not only in terms of management, but also how to remain in compliance with labor laws.  

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5 Tips to Keep Your Business Ahead of the COVID Curve

Contributed by: Julianna Bevan

Businesses are facing greater challenges than ever before in 2020. The global pandemic has resulted in an economic crisis that has left many companies scrambling to find ways to stay afloat. And, in some cases, change their basic practices from top to bottom. It can be immensely difficult, but at this point adaption is a matter of survival for most businesses.

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How and Why You Should Increase Employee Engagement

Contributed by: Luke Smith

On weekday mornings when the alarm rings, sometimes the idea of getting up and going to work is overwhelming. Seeing people at the office, attending meetings with supervisors, or wading through emails can seem daunting. It often feels as though you’re just counting down the hours until you can leave. When you lose interest and engagement, your job becomes just a paycheck. Most employees recognize that this isn’t good, and they know that something desperately needs to change.

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B2B Marketing When Conventions and Trade Shows Aren’t an Option

Contributed by: Luke Smith

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Trade shows are the second-largest source of B2B revenue. Exhibitors have access to thousands of buyers, all in one place. No other form of marketing provides such a concentration of targeted customers solely there to purchase or learn more about a specific product or industry. But the current COVID-19 pandemic has halted the trade show circuit in its tracks, leaving many businesses scrambling to find marketing and sales alternatives.

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5 Ways to Improve Employee Development at Your Company

Contributed by: Kristin Savage

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Every company wants to ensure that they make carefully considered investments. Employees, for instance, are one of the most valuable investments a business can make. Employers spend copious amounts of time and resources ensuring that their employees are properly trained and that they are provided with adequate benefits. Employers hope that this ensures long-term employee retention and that it will fortify the company’s overall future.

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Technology Is Transforming Employee Experience—And Here’s How

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When attempting to compete for and retain the best talent available, employee experience is the name of the game. In fact, 83% of HR leadership rate employee experience (EX) as “important” or “very important” to their overall business success. EX keeps employees engaged in their day-to-day work and satisfied with their current positions.

Improving employee experience is a widely-accepted aspect of business. It’s a great practice, yet an astonishingly low number of organizations actively put work into their EX programs. A majority (60%) of employees in the US have a channel for giving feedback. However, on their employee experience, only 30% report that their employer actually uses insights from their responses to enact a positive change.

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7 Tips for an Easier Tax Season

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With the tax return deadline steadily approaching, you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed at the idea of sitting down to do your taxes. You might be concerned about missing documents or worried about owing additional taxes, but by putting it off, you are only creating a bigger problem. To help prevent some of this tax season stress, follow these seven simple tips to make filing your taxes easier than ever.

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4 Ways Cloud Technology Can Improve Company Culture

Contributed by: Amelia Vega

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In this digital age, corporate culture is facing more disruption than ever before. With technology continuously evolving, businesses are under pressure to adopt and adapt. Aside from the changes in business processes, companies are also having to adjust areas of their people management. Cloud computing, particularly, is creating notable changes in what modern company culture looks like.

Here, we’re taking a look at four ways cloud technology can improve company culture. 

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