Tax season is stressful for everyone, but small business owners definitely feel it more than others. Front of mind may be anything from marketing, to hiring, to sales… the list continues. Small business owners wear many hats, and preparing for taxes can easily fall in the long list of to-dos. Let’s dive into a few tips that can help keep you organized with taxes and finances this tax season.
2020 has changed the workplace dramatically, affecting everything from how we communicate with our coworkers to how we do business with clients and market to customers. In 2020, on our District Offices’ blog, we covered new topics like virtual onboarding, how to hold safe in-person meetings, finding your remote work style, and more. And as we all hope for a return to normalcy, it’s hard not to wonder how much of this is here to stay?
With the vaccine rollout, there’s finally a small light at the end of this very long tunnel, so let’s look ahead into 2021 and focus on a few of the upcoming workplace trends.
It’s a new year, and we’re all feeling a sigh of relief that 2020 is finally in the rearview mirror. However, this doesn’t mean that everything is suddenly back to normal. COVID-19 is still spreading across the US, and various restrictions remain. How can your company acknowledge this while supporting your employees? It’s time to set the tone for the new year, and we have a few ideas on how to welcome employees into 2021 and hopefully back into the office as well.
With remote working now the norm, the onboarding process has never been more important. Rather than the on-the-fly approach that many organizations are used to, a more structured effort is now essential to make sure that new hires aren’t missing out on vital info or connections. Here’s how to deliver a world-class onboarding for your new recruits.
When your workspace shapes how you work, it is little wonder that workplace design is on everyone’s minds. Organizations have always strived to create workplace environments that foster productivity and employee happiness. This is why we’ve seen the shift from cubicle farms to vast open-plan spaces – and now something in between. We call this flexible, something-for-everyone solution the “agile office neighborhood.”
As restrictions ease and a new normal rolls in, companies are allowing their employees to return to the office. But it’s not like the day we had all hoped for where the pandemic magically disappears; it comes with social distancing protocol, enhanced cleaning, and mask-wearing. Whether returning to work is mandatory, optional, or a hybrid of going in a few days of the week– it comes with a lot of anxiety and things to consider. Not to mention dealing with homeschooling and childcare on top of that. So how does one prepare?
When the Coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. earlier this year, many of us retreated into our homes to work remotely. While working from home has its perks, it’s not ideal for everyone — and it can be especially challenging for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups.
Luckily, there are some great options that can help to improve and augment the work-from-home experience. Let’s explore some remote work styles and how each one can benefit you and your business needs.
Collaboration between employees plays a critical role in the success of a business. But now that so many people are working remotely and office capacity is limited (and socially distanced), how do we continue practicing good teamwork?
Your personal brand is a way of promoting yourself through a combination of skills, personality, and experience. It’s the impression you make that gives off and how you carry yourself at work, the work you accomplish, and it includes your online presence. It’s a way of marketing yourself and your career as a brand to communicate your value and identity to employers or clients. In today’s world, personal brands are essential in beating your competition. It is a way to stand out in a pile of resumes and show a business what an asset you are, potentially before you even meet.
As workplaces begin to reopen or provide options to come back into the office, employees are faced with a difficult decision. Is it safe? Although it’s mostly the employer’s responsibility to keep employees safe, employees also need to assess their situations, understand the risks, and take preventative measures. Below we’ve outlined tips for creating a safe environment when you head back to work.