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Managing Your Team During the Holiday Season

Managing Your Team During the Holiday Season
By Joel Roberts

Keeping employees stimulated and productive during holiday season can be complicated. The euphoria of holidays can cause the personnel feel distracted or lose interest. As can working while the colleagues take vacation days. Follow these tips to easily manage the team during any holiday season keeping them motivated and efficient:

  • Compromise flexible working hours – During the holiday season it is advisable to implement a more flexible working hours because the holidays cause everyone’s schedules to be busy and occupied as they have personal events to attend too. Proposing personnel more flexible working hours so they can finish their holiday errands and leave early to go to children’s events and concerts will help to make sure employees stay concentrated while they’re at the office.
  • Introduce a shutdown period or hire part-time employees – For some business the holidays are the most demanding and eventful time, which means that a full staff is needed in order so properly finish the work.

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How to Improve Business Processes with Mind Mapping

How to Improve Business Processes with Mind Mapping
By Joel Roberts

Mind mapping is not a new technique. People have been creating visual diagrams that explain the relationship between ideas for centuries. Now new developments in mind mapping software have made this method accessible, however. Many different types of thought maps can be created easily and shared across a variety of platforms. Nowhere is this more important than the business world, where success often depends on making a connection between data and ideas.

The Process of Planning

Effective planning is one of the most important processes for any business, whether it’s a large company, or a small family owned operation.

  • Business model – a business model is the basic design by which a company will generate revenue. It includes the goods or services offered, the methods clients use to obtain these goods and services, and the need or niche the product can fill.
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Think You’re Cut Out for PM in 2016? Take This Quiz!

Think You’re Cut Out for PM in 2016? Take This Quiz!
By Joel Roberts

Are you sure you are ready for the challenges 2016 will bring to project management? PM is not immune to the technological revolution that is shaking other departments for a few decades now. There are definitive changes to follow as 2016 progresses and many of them can be the difference between projects’ life and death. Take this short 5 question survey and see if your company will be able to cope with these changes.

Survey

Are employees bringing their own devices to work lately?

  1. Yes, all employees use mix of integrated devices to work on company projects
  2. Some employees work on their personal laptops/tablets/phones
  3. No, they are using company provided computers

Have your project plans migrated to the cloud/company owned server yet?

  1. We are using cloud services for storing MS Project plans
  2. We are using own server
  3. We currently do not have a shared file storing solution in place

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