61 Simple and Low-Cost Ways to Reward Employees and Boost Motivation

Ways to Reward EmployeesAre you looking for simple ideas and suggestions on how to reward your employees and increase motivation?

Is bringing the best out in your employees high on your list of priorities?

There’s no doubt that praising and rewarding employees is good for your business and helps create a positive work environment which increases productivity and, ultimately, profits.

In today’s difficult and, sometimes harsh, economic climate, a well-structured rewards and recognition program becomes and effective (and often low cost) way to improve employee morale and performance.

It’s important to point out that it’s often the things that don’t cost money – or are reasonably cheap to implement – which are most effective. [Read more…]

Printing Web Pages Just Got Easier With This New Free Tool

Print Web Pages EasilyYou’ve probably experienced it before; that sense of complete frustration when you try and print off a page from a website and you end up wasting various pieces of paper, not to mention the ink involved. It’s certainly happened to me and I am sick to death of killing off all those trees and spending a fortune on ink cartridges for my printer!

Well, I’ve got good news. The other day I came across a very interesting tool that pretty much solves our printing problems. Apart from being extremely useful, this tool is also FREE, which is a welcome bonus! It’s a web based tool called “Print What You Like” and it makes printing web pages easy, cheaper and ecofriendly.

It’s really simple to use. You just go to the Print What You Like Website and enter the URL of the web page you want to print; this will open a control panel on the left side of your browser, which is where you choose the specific options you want for printing the page. Rather than confuse you by trying to explain the process, the best thing for you to do is head over to their website and either watch the video on the home page or click on the “Try the Demo” button for a complete run through of how the tool works.

Once you’ve mastered the tool, you even have the option to download their bookmarklet which adds the PrintWhatYouLike editor to your browser for easy access. I’ve done this and it makes it fantastically simple to print out exactly what I want from a web page; with less damage to the environment and a substantial saving in ink cartridges which my wallet appreciates!

Go on, give it a go, you’ve got nothing to lose as it’s totally free! www.printwhatyoulike.com

Useful Tips for Setting Goals and Taking Action on Them

In order for you to become successful, you’ll find that the most crucial step is to set goals.  Whenever you merely work for the purpose of getting things finished, you find yourself going through the motions; however,  devoid of a genuine objective or simply no real drive.  Establishing goals provides you with a goal to aim for, as well as increasing your odds of realistically becoming successful, regardless of what one attempted to achieve. [Read more…]

9 Time Saving Tips You Can Apply to Your Business Today

We all experience it on a daily basis. We are constantly flooded with a series of issues, activities, and problems that stop us from being the “productivity machines” we would like to be! Some times the solution to these “time wasters” is not that difficult; you just need some discipline and will power to organise your working day in more constructive way. [Read more…]

5 Easy Tips to Help you Set Targets for Yourself

In order to be successful you need to set yourself targets.  It’s no good just going through the motions to get things done without having a target to strive for.  Having specific goals gives you something to aim for and vastly improves your chance of success in whatever you do.

Here are a few rules to follow when setting your targets: [Read more…]

How to Break Down a Large Project or Assignment and Ensure that all Goes According to Plan

It’s easy to get that “snowed-under” feeling when working on a large assignment, thinking you’ll never be able to complete it.  But don’t panic – just divide the work into smaller sections that you can work on one by one.  The secret is knowing how!

Firstly you need to work out exactly what needs to done and by when.  This is easy if your client has definite ideas and has given you a deadline, but it can take longer if you’ve been give more flexible guidelines. [Read more…]

4 Tips and Strategies to Avoid Wasting Time Online

time-management-softwareWhether you’re starting your own business, working at an established company, or just trying to get things done around the house, there’s a good chance there’s one thing intent on keeping you from getting things done: the Internet.  It’s especially difficult if your work requires you to be at the computer, hovering over your temptation.  They key to getting things done is to not stop fighting.  Here are some tips for keeping yourself on track.
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A Great Way to Increase Your Productivity – Take a Break!

Do you sometimes find yourself working and working but you find it hard to focus and actually get anything done? Is your productivity suffering as a result of this? You might be considering changing careers or even seeing a doctor, but the solution may be much more simple than that – just take a break. Believe it or not, taking short ten minute breaks throughout the day can actually help you refocus and re energize and thereby help to increase productivity once you get back to work.  [Read more…]

How to use Self-Discipline for Success – an Article by Brian Tracy

Self-Discipline for Success
By: Brian Tracy
 

There is one special quality that you can develop that will guarantee you greater success, accomplishment and happiness in life. Of a thousand principles for success developed over the ages, this one quality or practice will do more to assure that you accomplish wonderful things with your life than anything else. This quality is so important that, if you don’t develop it to a high degree, it is impossible for you to ever achieve what you are truly capable of achieving. [Read more…]

5 More Tips to Balance Work and Family

A few days ago I posted 5 tips to help you balance your work with family life – well here’s another 5!

1.  Take advantage of leave.  Most jobs allow you a certain amount of leave, but a lot of us end up not using it.  Make sure you know how much time you have and take it, whether you go on a vacation with your family or just use it to take a well-deserved rest day every so often. 

2.  Prioritize.  When making your to-do lists, figure out the things that are most important for you to do and get them done first.  If there isn’t enough time to do everything, you won’t feel as bad about what you have to cut.

3.  Take classes.  As many people will tell you, there’s no manual on how to be a good parent and have a successful career.  But if you search around your community, you can find classes and seminars from people that have been where you are and managed to do well.  They can give you inspiration along with helpful tips and tidbits to get through your day.

4.  Watch for burn out.  Even if you schedule everything, take breaks, and do everything else above, what you’re doing may just be too much for you.  Watch yourself for changes in mood or physical problems.  They could be a sign that you’re burnt out and need to make some changes to your plans.  Remember, your health is important too.

5.  Learn to say no.  If you want to have a successful career and family life, you will have to learn to say no occasionally.  If you try to do everything, you’re going to burn yourself out and not be able to take care of anyone.  Being a good employee and a good parent doesn’t mean you need to do everything you’re asked.