5 low cost ways to empower employees' education

One of the most moving commercials on television right now is for McDonald’s. It’s the one where a young worker brings in a letter, which his manager snatches and reads aloud to the staff. When he gets to the words “…we are pleased…”, everyone bursts into applause. He’s going to college, and McDonald’s is helping him through its corporate educational grants.

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5 tricky etiquette situations and how to handle them

As a manager you come up against tricky situations every day, and you know it’s important to handle them sensitively or you risk offending your employees or clients. Even the most experienced managers would be hard pressed to get these 5 situations 100% right, every time they’re encountered, but hopefully this advice will help empower you for the future.

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Want workplace wellness? Face your workers' mental health issues head-on

With regards to Mental Health Awareness Week, it's time to put a spotlight on an often overlooked issue in the workplace: Mental Health. In July, social media exploded after a software developer who suffers from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder shared an exchange with her boss on Twitter. She had emailed him to say that she was taking a day or two off “to focus on my mental health.” In a response that went viral, her boss thanked her for her openness and wished her well. ...

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Top tips for developing your elevator pitch

Elevator pitches aren’t just for people appearing on Shark Tank. Any business owner should be able to describe their business and its goals in around 30 seconds. After all, you never know when you’ll need to impress a prospective client or investor, convince a new recruit that your business is the one for them or just help someone understand exactly what it is your company offers (and why you’re the best at it.)

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7 sure signs that you're on the road to success

Small business owners are often too busy to see the woods through the tress - especially when it comes to measuring their own success. But these 7 signs will give you a quick guide as to how well your business is actually doing and if you're on the much fabled road to success.

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6 easy ways to help improve your internal communications

For companies battling through tough economic times, effective internal communications may not sound like a top priority. But clear and effective communication within a company, no matter what size, is a big deal. Get it wrong and you’ll soon have a workforce that is unsure, inefficient and struggling with motivation.

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How to market your business with an event

Since a good event takes time to pull off, the time to start planning is now. If you’ve not done an event before, it does take some planning, but the rewards – new customers, customer loyalty and great new contacts – can definitely be worth the man hours.

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