While expanding your company heavily relies on the idea of increasing the productivity of your team, in order to get the most of it, you need to make these innovations as low-cost as possible. According to one statistic, an employee that is happy in the workplace tends to be 12 percent more productive. Such an astounding figure is definitely more than enough to make a huge difference in your business model. With this in mind and without further ado, here are several frugal productivity-boosting ideas for you to consider.
Reduce the number of office meetings
The traditional business model heavily relies on the in-person meetups in the conference rooms. Unfortunately, a lot of these meetings are completely necessary and therefore avoidable. You see, if you plan to make this meeting into a brain-storming session, then by all means, you should round everyone up. On the other hand, if you simply aim to make a minor announcement, you could do it just as effectively through a circular email. Look at it this way, an average office wastes about 31 work hours each month on meetings. Reducing their number or duration can therefore greatly affect your productivity while literally costing you nothing at all.
Gamify your work experience
According to Canadian businessman Guy Laliberté: “Inside every adult, there’s still a child that lingers”. This is why gamifying your business model and your employee micro-management might be a great thing for your business. This goes much deeper than a simple competition or a reward system, seeing as how it adds a whole new level of creativity and uniqueness to the mix. In order to make this as immersive as possible, you can create an elaborate point system with badges, rewards and of course leaderboards. This is especially effective in a company that has more mundane task cores.
Improve the communication
Productivity is not just about working hard but about working efficiently. Unfortunately, if there is a broken link in the chain of communication or a lack of understanding between the management and the file and rank, your company’s efficiency is bound to plummet. In order to solve this problem, you must first establish an elaborate system where everyone knows who they should talk to about any potential issue.
In most cases, people in question would go to their first superior, but in some scenarios, they might need to speak with someone from the senior management. Sometimes, this tends to be a problem especially if a person from the senior management tends to act authoritarian. Show your employees that you are their safety net and not a whip over their head. This way, they won’t hesitate to talk to you.
Work on your office’s design
Humans are incredibly susceptive to visual stimuli around their home. Different colors have a different effect on one’s mind and can, therefore, be utilized to set one in the right mood for work. For instance, red increases one’s attention and energy, which makes it an ideal color for a conference room or a section of the office where your sales department is currently seated. Aside from color, the overall décor in the room also has a chance of improving the overall morale. Going through a wide selection of rugs and adding one to your breakroom may make it look cozier and therefore increase its value.
At the end of the day, there are countless ways for you to improve the productivity inside your workplace. However, some of the more advanced options may be out of your reach budget-wise. Luckily, the above-listed four ideas are, on their own, more than enough to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
2022 Construction Trends You Need to Know
Just like all other industries in the world, the construction business is always going through changes. The people behind it are constantly developing new materials, finding ways to recycle old resources, and introducing new technological developments in the picture. All of these things changed in 2020, though, with the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s safe to say that this is something that’s going to keep influencing our lives and our work in the years to come as well. With that in mind, here are some of the most important changes and trends that are going to shape 2022 in the world of construction and what these trends mean to you.
Unlike lots of other industries out there, the construction business has always been centered around the issue of safety. This is quite understandable, of course, especially if you know that accidents and unnecessary problems at the construction site can result in injuries and even death. However, since we’re all living in the middle of a pandemic, it’s no wonder that the construction industry has developed a few new ideas when it comes to safety.
In addition to providing all of your staff on the site with the most basic protective equipment that’s supposed to keep them safe and sound, you need to take things to another level from time to time. Introducing new safety features such as new goggles, visors, and welding leathers might not seem like the best way to spend your money, but this is an investment that’s certainly going to pay off in the end. That’s why updating your protective equipment is one of the most important changes you’re going to witness on construction sites all over the planet in the future.
Exploring new and old materials
This is another vital issue in the construction community, and the problem with new and old materials is constantly bothering us all. Things are quite simple, though, and it all comes down to the fact that we have fewer and fewer new resources we can use in new construction projects, but that’s not the only problem. An even bigger issue is that very few people know how to solve this issue.
Luckily, there are a few ideas to explore. First, think about recycled materials you can use over and over again. These are already around you, and the only thing you have to do is find them and make the most of them. This will minimize your construction and building costs without forcing you to compromise the quality of your work, and that makes this a win-win scenario. Also, think about new and innovative materials that are constantly being developed all over the world. Cutting-edge solutions like modular bamboo, laminated timber, and pollution-absorbing brick will transform the world of construction in 2022, so learning more about them as soon as possible is a great way to maximize their benefits.
Another way to be the best you can be in 2022 is to use different software solutions and apps that are available to different professionals in the construction industry. Whether you’re a designer trying to make the most of the space you’re given or a general contractor who just wants to do everything in accordance with the plans and the regulations – sticking to different software solutions is always an amazing idea. These solutions can help you do more work in less time, keep you organized, and make sure you’re doing everything right, so trusting them is certainly a great solution.
What’s even better is that there are so many different software ideas out there, which means everyone can find just the right solution for them. If you’re dealing with equipment, for example, you might think about looking into reliable construction equipment fleet management software that will help you complete all your tasks in no time at all, making sure your equipment is safe and well-maintained, and that’s the dream of all construction professionals out there.
Drones and robots
If you’ve ever felt that the construction industry is similar to SF literature and movies, you’re quite right! With so many drones and robots entering this industry every single day, it’s no surprise that more and more people are relying on them to do their work for them. And since they’re doing that quickly, successfully, and cheaply, they’re better and more efficient than any human being can be.
An even more exciting thing is that these things are here to stay, at least when it comes to the construction industry. They’re already changing the construction industry as we speak, with their 3D printing, land surveying, and other practical features, and they’ll continue doing so in 2022 as well. So, if you wish to make your life easier and your construction company more lucrative, embracing these drones and robots is something you need to do ASAP.
As you can see, the construction industry will remain just as versatile, inspiring, and trail-blazing as it is right now, so turning these ideas into reality and learning about a few more might be a great way to go in 2022.
The Vagrancies of Modern Love
The world we live in today is all about freedom: Freedom of expression, the freedom to be who we are, the freedom of choice. The impact of this ideal of choice on our civilization has been staggering. The average consumer is spoiled for choice by businesses and brands competing for their attention and patronage and egged on in their search for perfection in everything.
Speak a word against the ideals of freedom and choice and you are a pariah. However, sometimes I wonder if the wave of commoditization created by the overabundance of choice is always a good thing?
I first started thinking about it while speaking with a dear friend. Successful, intelligent and witty, he is doing very well in his life. However, he is lonely, to the point that he calls me up everytime he gets drunk to talk about his latest romantic misadventure. These calls are a weekly occurrence now, and on every call I find that the subject of his affection and subsequent heartbreak has shifted.
“She was a wonderful person really, but our schedules didn’t match.”
“We had so much in common, but our political views were completely different.”
“I thought I had found the one this time, but she told me I was too cold.”
After every such conversation, he dives back into the latest trending dating app to continue his search for perfection. Ironically, while each of these heartbreaks chips away at his faith in finding his forever, they also make him more grimly determined to push on.
Paradoxically, because almost everyone puts their best foot forward in the initial few days of the relationship, he and others like him find themselves in a position where their list of what they want and do not want in their partner continues to grow, courtesy of their growing list of experiences until now, where his expectations from his would-be partner are so extensive that I honestly and regretfully doubt anyone’s ability to fulfil them.
I tried gently pointing it out to him once: “Life isn’t like legos, you don’t just find someone who fits you. You have to be willing to work with them to mould each other to fit each other, while giving each other the time and space to grow and evolve in your own right. There will be challenges and even fights, but you have to be willing to work through them.”
“But it is hard, and what if the person you spend all that time and effort on is not the one? There are so many options available on these apps, why not rather spend that time finding someone who fits me as closely as possible?”
In short, modern dating apps are like the lottery or a get-rich quick scheme. You can strike luck, but unless you are willing to put in the work on strengthening your connection, prioritizing the other person and working with them to get to a point where both of you add value to each other’s life, you are just setting yourself up for disappointment after disappointment.
And unlike the lottery, the costs here can very well be higher: Not just your time, but also your emotional capacity and mental well being, as like Sisyphus’ labour in the underworld, we window shop and skip from person to person in a fruitless search for true love on dating apps.
I recall a line from Anurag Mathur’s delightful book The Inscrutable Americans, where a naive Indian student on his first trip to the States is advised by his much more experienced American friend after his first heartbreak to “staple the pieces back together and move on, just don’t do it too often!”
Of course, dating applications have a lot to recommend them too. They are an easy way to find love, and get the opportunity to connect with diverse people. However, the way they have commoditized one of the strongest and most vital human emotions has brought us to a pass where we wouldn’t recognize love if it was staring us in the face. Our generation is much more likely to move on to swiping right again at the first sign of trouble, instead of putting in efforts to make things work with the person we are with.
This is not a call to stay in toxic or unhealthy relationships, merely to recognize that relationships are like seeds, they must be nurtured and require effort, time and care to grow, a fact that is increasingly being lost in a world of super likes and boosts, and temporary infatuations that end in a moment of anger. And in a world where everyone is rigid, where everyone thinks they are right, and where everyone wants to win, the victory can often come at the cost of this true love all the poems and stories talk about.
I will leave you with an excerpt from a poem by Frank Mandarano:
Trials are not easy, and you feel there’s no hope.
There are times when you feel you’re at the end of your rope,
But you must go down deep in the pit of your heart.
Let it stop your despair and give a new start.
For true love for each other is a gift some never get,
So when that trial comes, don’t ever forget
That there is a rare thing we share that had to come from above,
And those trials will end; what got you through was pure love.
But hey, what do I know? I am a loser too!
Building Thought Leadership From Scratch for Your Business
One of the biggest SEO difficulties that companies report dealing with comes in the form of link building. This SEO method involves companies reaching out to 3rd party entities and asking them to add a link to your website from their own, this is called a backlink. Because backlinking is one of the driving forces of SEO, conquering it is crucial to your company’s Google ranking and, ultimately, your success.
Perhaps the reason this has proven to be difficult for companies is that it is, for the most part, out of their control. Whereas content and technical edits can be controlled by your team, link building relies on the generosity and buy-in of individuals outside of your organization. While it’s understandably hard to ask for help and to rely on others to help build your success, we think you’ll find that most people are more than willing to help.
If you’re looking for an easy way to improve this SEO method, it’s found in the concept of “thought leadership.” If you’ve never heard of this term, thought leadership is simply when someone speaks about ideas or topics and demonstrates that they have certain expertise in a particular field or area. It’s used often in content marketing and social media as a way to increase your authority and build trust with your customers.
Beyond its basic definition, thought leadership is also one of the most organic and holistic ways to incorporate link building into your company’s online strategy. Plus, it offers your business the ability to build its brand and credibility while simultaneously building links to your website.
You can use this tactic in your online strategy by reaching out to third parties and asking them if they would be willing to partner with your company by allowing you to appear on their website in the form of contributor articles, podcast appearances, and interviews. You’d be surprised at how many businesses are eager for opportunities like this as it changes up the content on their video, website and adds interest for their customers.
Getting Started with Thought Leadership
Before you start letting the “imposter syndrome” kick in, you should know that there are many businesses and people who are more than willing to be a part of this process and they’d be eager to partner with someone like you to start building thought leadership on their website. Most companies would benefit from hosting guests on their podcasts or posting a review of a product or service because they’re constantly looking for new content to create.
The obstacle that most companies face when looking at getting started with thought leadership is themselves. People are their own worst enemy in this pursuit because they don’t feel qualified, but we’re here to tell you that you are.
Start small to start building your confidence by looking for opportunities around you. Speak at community events or do small-time interviews for smaller sites. If you own a company selling a product or business, chances are you can speak for at least twenty minutes about what you do or what you offer. The more you practice this skill, the more you’ll develop it and gain confidence.
Bridging Thought Leadership and SEO
Once you start putting yourself out there and finding new opportunities to contribute your knowledge, you’ll find that people will want to learn more about certain concepts that you share. By looking for these little nudges, you’ll find opportunities for natural conversations in which you can bring up the topic of link building.
What did you speak about that was of particular interest to this person? Whatever it was, point them to a related resource on your website and ask them if they’d be willing to put a link to it on their website. Did you speak about scaling your business for success? Well, that’s the perfect opportunity for a link back to your blog where you spoke about the same topic.
Be ready to explain what the link can do to help build your business and also how it could benefit them. Perhaps they’re needing to build credibility and partnering with an established company can lend a voice of expertise. Do they need to increase their own link building? How about offering to add a link to their website from yours as a quid-pro-quo arrangement?
The more backlinks that your website has, the more you’re going to move up those Google search results so bite the bullet and have honest conversations about what you’re needing and how it can benefit everyone involved.
Thought Leadership Leads to SEO Success
While it can be anxiety-inducing to be vulnerable, organic conversations like these are what will drive your link building and, ultimately, your SEO ranking. In case you need the reminder: your SEO ranking is what drives your sales. While this is widely considered the hardest part of SEO, it’s a large deciding factor in how Google sees your website. So, push past your fears and doubts and start developing your thought leadership skills and go get those backlinks!
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