In an unprecedented turn of events, you’re working from home. Your coworkers range from furry felines, to rambunctious kids, and equally unsure-how-to-make-this-work adults. Your normal routine is out the window, you’ have deadlines to meet, and the kids need to complete their schoolwork. It’s a lot.
The good news is while this might be new for you, remote workers are offering their experiences on how to make it work.
As we all seek to flatten the COVID-19 curve, businesses around the world have adapted by mandating remote working. But while working from home can boost productivity gains, it does lag in certain areas, namely engagement and culture. Here’s how your company can keep your employees engaged and feeling part of a team when there’s no water cooler to gather around.
Consumers have never been as concerned about corporate social responsibility as they are today. Social enterprises are on the rise, and more and more startups are following this business model. But what if your mission isn’t tackling a social or environmental issue head-on? How can you demonstrate that you are socially responsible? Or maybe you’re just starting out as a social enterprise and need to amp up your network and reach? There is no business strategy more effective in making a positive difference, both economically and socially, than building a strategic partnership between a for-profit business and a non-profit organization. Fortunately, there are more than 1.5 million non-profits registered in the U.S. that are looking to partner with businesses and make a difference. Below we’ll go through the top reasons (besides changing the world) that you can benefit from partnering with a non-profit.
Whether you’re an occasional remote worker, a full-time freelancer, or amid a pandemic, chances are you’re participating in a fair number of virtual meetings. In fact, 14 percent of remote workers engage in more than ten meetings per week (during regular business circumstances).
While virtual meetings provide critical face time and build stronger professional relationships, they also present a unique set of etiquette challenges. We’ve compiled a list of virtual meeting rules that everyone should agree to follow.
Business meetings are part of the job in any industry. When designed effectively, they can leave you feeling inspired, accomplished, and connected. However, when designed poorly, they can leave you feeling like you wasted your time. According to Doodle’sDoodle’s 2019 State of Meetings report, the cost of poorly organized meetings in 2019 reached $399 billion in the United States.
To help you avoid contributing to this waste of time and money, District Offices’ has gathered our meeting planning intel and shortlisted the secrets to hosting productive meetings— so you can hit 2020 ready to go.
In 1975, Bill Gates started Microsoft as a college drop out with a friend in his garage.
Jeff Bezos launched Amazon in 1994, starting out as an online bookstore. The company was first running out of his garage.
Sarah Blakely, owner of Spanx and now worth 1.1 billion, first ran her company out of her apartment.
Ever heard of Google? The search and ranking software initially started as a project in a dorm room. It’s first big expansion went from dorm room to a friend’s garage.
Apple? Steve Job’s parents’ garage.
Disney? Walt Disney’s Uncle’s garage.
The list goes on and on and on.
Is there anything worse than wasting your time (and everyone else’s) at a meeting that ends up being colossally unproductive? The meeting started late; there was no clear objective or agenda; no one knew who was in charge, and ultimately… nothing was accomplished that couldn’t have been done in an email.
Meetings like this leave everyone with a slightly sour feeling and instill dread in your team around the next meeting that rolls around. Luckily, it is possible to run a meeting that accomplishes your goals, provided you go into it with a little forethought.Read More
Every successful business is backed by a strong team. A business can’t survive without one. However, strong teams don’t just happen. They are cultivated, using intentionality and purpose. One of the best ways to help a team bond and become stronger is to plan team-building activities that are outside the normative environment of “work.” While team-building events take some extra time away from work and require planning, the payoff in your business can be huge.
Not only do team building activities help break down barriers between the people that work for you, but they also help foster better communication, provide a boost of motivation, and help with employee retention.
If you have never heard of HUBZones and have no idea why you should even care, keep reading for a mini crash course. Although getting in bed with the government isn’t always a good thing, in this case, it could be beneficial for you and your business.
What is HUBZone Exactly?
HUBZone is an acronym that stands for Historically Underutilized Business Zone Initiative. It’s a program put into place by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a way to breathe life into rural and urban communities, including Indian reservations, that suffer from high unemployment rates and low incomes.
Fail to plan and plan to fail. Seems harsh, but it’s true. Every business needs a business plan. A business plan establishes order and helps you get organized and focused on your business goals so that you maximize your chances for success. Even companies that have been in business for a long time should be updating their business plan at least once a year to refocus.
A business plan helps you streamline marketing and growth strategies, detail business objectives, and outline the next steps you need to take. Crafting a business plan is also helpful for defining your target audience.