Last week Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer had her HR department issue a ban on working from home. This provoked a lot of commentary in the media, much of which was negative. Issues of work-life balance and young parents were raised, along with the many studies showing that telecommuting can be productive. So why the decision?
We all have moments when we wonder about our jobs, “why am I doing this?” Usually the thought doesn’t last long, but sometimes it progresses to, “I think I should move on, find something better.” Should you?
In what seems like just a few short years, email has changed from being a blessing for quick communications to a productivity sapping monster. Why has this happened, and what can we do about it? I have found an approach that works for me. It might help you.
For many new entrepreneurs on a tight budget, setting up a business at home is the only option. Fortunately, this can work quite well for some businesses such as Internet-based distributors, accounting firms, or technology-based companies that simply require a fixed address in order to receive mail. Working from home can have many benefits, but it isn’t always a feasible option, nor the best atmosphere for creative juices to flow. This is where shared workspaces come in: office spaces that encourage entrepreneurs and freelancers to interact with one another and get their work done in a social environment, while sharing the costs of office space.
Critical to the success of many businesses is hiring and retaining the right employees.
It’s true that managers are busy, but when it comes to the overall success of a business, it is the job of the manager to make sure that he or she not only hire the right individuals, but also make the employees feel they belong in the organization. According to Lin Grensing-Pophal in her book Motivating Today’s Employees, arranging a warm, informative welcome will allow new employees to start off on the right foot.
If you have recently been to a place full of Gen Y people such as in a lecture hall full of undergraduate students, you’ve seen it; no matter which direction you face, there are dozens of laptop screens showing not the lecture materials, but rather Facebook, Twitter, or other popular social media.
Almost 11 million US businesses are currently owned by women; according to the Census Bureau, that’s 48 percent of all US businesses. It is predicted that by 2025, that number will rise to 55 percent.
As businesses try to stay competitive, there is a growing desire among employees to balance their work and personal lives. Working from home is one solution that is possible for many, and it can be effective too.
In the competitive realm of modern business, anything that sets you apart from others can be an advantage. Whether you are trying to win contracts, receive grants, get permission to carry out a project, or acquire financial backing, the last stride to the finish line is often having your proposal pull away from the rest; to have your proposal awarded winner. This is why proposal writing, and the preparation process involved, has become an art in itself.