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Does Your Business Need a Facility Manager?

Does Your Business Need a Facility Manager?
You’re probably not losing any sleep over facility management if your business fits into one small office. But, if you plan on growing your business, your small office will eventually grow into a whole building. This is where facility management comes in. The job of a facility manager is to ensure a well-organized environment in which you, your team, and your whole business can thrive. According to Transparency Market Research, the North American facilities management market will be worth about $340 billion by the end of 2024. So, facility management services are not something you should underestimate. Read on : Optimoroute has come out with a resourceful article on Route Optimization Software that sheds light on creating efficient transport plans using app or software to cut costs, save time, and utilize resources.Why Use Route Optimization Software? The Basics of Facility Management Facility management is a profession that focuses on utilizing a company’s buildings and equipment in a way that offers the best value. Facility maintenance is just one part of facility management. Strategic facility management ensures functionality, productivity, and safety in the built environment. Facility management is also key to ensuring that your company’s buildings and equipment comply with existing legal requirements. If you are wondering if or when you should hire a facility manager, here are some telltale signs: Your Maintenance Costs Are Escalating As your business grows, so will your maintenance costs. But, if these costs start running down your company, you have a problem. Some common money-wasters are likely to blame If you can’t figure out why your servicing and repair costs are increasing each month. These can include unused office space, wasteful stocking of spare parts and inventory, and under-utilisation or abuse of existing equipment. According to a 2013 report published by Wired, the U.S. had added about 2 billion sq. ft. of office space to its existing stock over the previous 30 years. Today’s mobile workforce doesn’t require so much space. The way you manage maintenance personnel and other staffing expenses also has an impact on your bottom line. The costs quickly pile up if you frequently have to call in heating engineers, electricians, plumbers, and other contractors. When you are operating in multiple locations, or have a very large facility, it’s hard to keep track of all maintenance tasks. Many business owners are in the habit of tracking everything manually. This can get messy really quickly. Moreover, if this is something you don’t have experience with, you can’t know whether the maintenance workers are carrying out their tasks properly. This is why facility managers rely on facility management software. Such tools allow them to make sure that every contractor and maintenance employee is doing the work they are being paid for. You Need to Expand Your Facilities to Accommodate Growth Let’s say that your business is expanding and you need additional storage space for your data. To handle the growing needs of your company, you need to build an effective data centre infrastructure. Naturally, this is a huge investment, and you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. A facility manager can help make sure your new data centre can handle the evolution of your company. Using their experience, they can vet and hire a data centre construction firm. Their job would also be to manage the service contract you have with the firm, help ensure data centre security, and manage periodic upgrades. Even though your facility manager may not be an authority on the subject, they will know how to find and work with people who are. A good facility manager knows how to take care of quality control when engaging...
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How to Protect Three of Your Business Biggest Assets

How to Protect Three of Your Business Biggest Assets
When running a business, you might think the most important thing is the number at the bottom of the profit and loss sheet at the end of every financial year. Whilst it’s important to work on making that number as high as possible, it’s more important to protect those assets that help you earn money. Here are some top tips to protect the three most important assets of any company. People Your staff is the lifeblood of your company. They’re the ones who come up with new creative ideas and then help you implement them in the best way possible. The best employees care massively about the success of your company, so it’s important you also care about their own success. Make sure all your employees feel valued for their work. If they don’t, you could find them putting less effort into their day to day tasks or even find they want to leave the company. It’s important you also look after your employee’s health. Encourage healthy lifestyles by providing nutritious snacks, time for exercise and regular breaks throughout the day. Sickness can cost businesses thousands of dollars every year, so try and do everything you can to protect their welfare. IT   A decade or two ago, some businesses may have been able to run without an IT system. These days, even if you run the most traditional of businesses, like a horseshoe fitter or even a cobbler, it’s almost impossible to run it without the help of IT. Your computer can help you complete so many tasks. It enables you to organize your team’s work schedule, your business’ finances and even helps you communicate with your customers. That’s why when your IT system is down, it could bring your whole business down with it. Your productivity could ground to a literal halt, wasting your colleagues’ time and valuable opportunities to make revenue. IT is so important that big companies employ a member of staff or even a whole team whose sole purpose is to keep their computer system up and to run. If you run a small business, you might think this is a luxury you could never afford. The reality is that even if you can’t afford to employ someone full-time, it could be extremely cost-effective to employ a support agency to look after your IT systems. For example, outsourceIT have a team of expert technicians who won’t only offer support when things go wrong, but also maintain your systems, back up data and even protect your company from hackers. For a small fee, they could be on hand whenever you need them. Brand As well as the people and the equipment, it’s important to protect your company’s brand. A bad story in the press, or even a negative post about you on social media, could lose your customers. Try and deal with any disputes as quickly and fairly as possible before they have time to go viral on the internet. As well as protecting your brand when things go wrong, there are lots of things you can do to enhance your image. For example, consider working with charities and community organizations to show you don’t just care about making a...
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DIY Work From Home Tips For Success

DIY Work From Home Tips For Success
Find yourself working from home and wondering how to do it right?  Here are some authentic DIY work from home tips backed up by some beautiful images from Pinterest and Instagram to support the argument. From – Cozy.happy.home The past few days, this space has been my hangout, my plant jungle, my work space, my lunch spot, my barre studio & ultimately, my inspiration!.Which space in your home are you getting the most use out of and what’s that look like for you? From – Lady Decluttered Everyone’s home office is different and used differently, but we have one thing in common, we want that home office organized! From – Theeverygirl Work-from-home lunches can be even better than office lunches because you don’t have to worry about getting them to the office, food getting soggy while sitting around, or getting judged by your coworkers for bringing homemade celery soup like I did. A lunch break should be, in my opinion, something to look forward during the day—a nice little break with a meal you look forward to eating to let you really step away from work. From – Lovelylivingdesignco I adore this space. I like that the desk is near the window, I love the plants and green chair against the white. It looks light, airy and a great place to work.  From – Lifeasmama Printable daily planner to keep you organized. I love all the colors on this planner. There’s lots of room to write things that absolutely must get done, to-do lists, who you need to call, things you need to do in the morning and during the day, how much water you’ve drank and what you’re thankful for.  From – Clean & Scentsible Add some fun to your weekly goal list to keep you in high spirits. From – Bromabakery Let’s face it: working from home can mean days without leaving the house, wearing the same shirt three days in a row, and wearing cotton 95% of the time. Which is great and all, but it’s also great to have a roster of cute-but-casual outfits for the work from home entrepreneur– ones that require minimal effort, but maximize your style. From – Loveshanta  As we are still settling into our new norm and practicing social distancing, some of us have the privilege of working from home. We are still figuring out how to be the most productive and make the best of our days at home. I created and implemented a work-from-home schedule for myself and wanted to share it with you...
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How to Improve Digital Customer Retention

How to Improve Digital Customer Retention
To turn a one-off customer into a lifelong customer in brick-and-mortar stores you need to pull out all the stops to make a person feel welcomed and at home. People are creatures of habit. If they find a store that they enjoyed being in, chances are they will return when they are in need of your particular service or product again. Online, it is entirely different. You don’t just have the sellers on your street to worry about, you have the biggest giants and countless newcomers to deal with. Building longstanding, digital relationships is very different, but done right can actually prove more fruitful than traditional customer retention methods. Appeal to Customers at Every Stage of the Buyer’s Journey Customers always go through the same journey. This journey may not occur in the same places, and the timeframe will vary dramatically from one customer to another, but the overall structure remains the same. First, they have a need. They may not recognize they have this need right away, but you or some other company will make them aware of it. They may see inspiration on social media that informs them naturally over time, or they may actively go out looking for more information. After they understand what they are looking for, they’ll want to find the best option. This could be the impulse buy that captures their heart, or the informed purchase done online after reading buying guides for the better part of the afternoon. Introduction, inspiration, information, comparison and purchase – sometimes customers go through more steps, sometimes they go through less. You need to have content ready for them at every single step. Follow these tips from Web Presence to make the most out of this content, so you can appeal to your customers best. Stay in Touch with High Quality Content Your newsletter and social channels are two very powerful tools you can use to stay in touch. Try to create content that will appeal both to new customers and loyal ones alike on these channels for the greatest success. New customers should be introduced to your products and service, and they should also have a glimpse at the ongoing value you can offer them online. Offer Loyalty Rewards A great way to keep customers in touch with you and encourage them to buy and buy again is to offer them rewards for their loyalty. Some examples of how you can reward their loyalty include: Buying Rewards For every $1 spent on your site, offer them points. $1 spent could give them 10 points, and 10 points can equate to 10¢ off, for example. It’s a very simple reward that encourages people to buy more and gives them a pat on the back every time they do it with you. You will need them to have their own loyalty card, even if it’s just a digital one, to facilitate this. Birthday Rewards If they set their birthday on your site, offer them a birthday discount! Alternatively you can offer them an anniversary discount if they have been signed up to your newsletter for over a year, and so on. These sort of rewards feel personal, and are a great way to make people feel good about themselves and your relationship while simultaneously encouraging more sales. Your Milestone Rewards Is it your company’s birthday? Offer a sale! Launching a new product? Offer loyal or existing customers exclusive chances to pre-order or have access to last season’s sale first. These small rewards make customers feel like they are valued, and entice new customers to sign up and become part of your...
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Personality Development Checklist

Personality Development Checklist
To me personality development is “objectifying your existence through constant self analysis, find the strong points that lead to growth and cater to weak points to better oneself.” You may be an introvert or extrovert, but that's what defines you. Personality may differ from individual to individual- but that’s the beauty of it. An introvert can be stable and grounded while an extrovert can be insecure and weak. This goes to say that you can’t entitle a person based on their personality type as each individual has few characteristics dominant in them and few characteristics subtle. The manifestation of characteristics is attributed to the environment in which the individual is exposed to and nurtured in and ofcourse some are inherited. The thing which many are not aware of is that “you can introspect yourself to find what kind of a person you are.” This will help you in the betterment of yourself and see you through both in your personal life and career. Read this wonderful article that lists down the 10 great characteristics of introverts which they may not even be aware of.10 Quality Traits All Introverts Have, Even If They Don’t Know It Personality Types Study finds 4 main personality types — which one are you? Read this article that clearly defines the five personality traits that people fall into and the unique characteristics that define the type. Discover your personality type. Take the Myers-Briggs test. Personality Development is not Leadership Most people relate personality development to leadership. It is not so. Don’t define yourself based on  what others think about you or the feedback you get from them. Self Discovery Self discovery is the most important part in this whole journey. Your flaws may not be flaws after all and your so-called strengths might be weighing you down. There are lot of personality tests available that are introspective in nature and have ratings based on your answers. Personality Tests Personality tests work well as a starting point for self-discovery by providing results you might not have concluded on your own. Here are a few things that will help you to make your day! Use the mornings to focus on yourself and plan activities that will make you productive as well  happy Start your day… wait, wait- no whatsapp, emails or jarring repeat videos pl.  Again,coming back to the point, start your day with simple breathing exercises followed by a ‘five minute meditation’ session. Just concentrate on your breathing pattern and you’ll be amazed to feel the tension melt off from your system making you more buoyant. Go for a good coffee, I have to admit, I like it real strong with half sugar, followed by a nutritious breakfast. Mind you, healthy food is the key for a healthy mind. There, your day has started off well. Follow the 80/20 rule Only 20 percent of what you do everyday produces 80 percent of your results. That’s right, I’m talking about quality time. This is where planning takes a front seat, so as to prioritise the tasks for that day. Eliminate the things that do not matter during the workday – they have a trivial effect on your productivity. Tackle your challenging tasks before lunch You heard it right! The energy you have in the morning time stands unparalleled and you have to channelize this brimming energy to achieve most important tasks for the day. You can go for your payment follow-up, clear pending payments, plan your forecast for the coming week, track the orders  that have lined up… literally anything related to finance. Meetings and correspondence can be dealt with later, in the afternoons. Stop Multi-Tasking Do...
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