12
Jun

Boosting productivity in your office

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Your business may have one of the most intelligent and gifted CEOs in the world, or the most air-tight business plan, but these factors will mean nothing without a productive working environment for every employee. We’re all human, and if you run a business, you’ll naturally want to avoid the mundane parts of office life as often as possible, but there are certain inevitable factors that can be corrosive to a workplace’s collective productivity. To ensure the happiness of your employees and, in turn, the efficiency of your business, it’s essential to identify and take action against the elements that can dampen productivity.

In the chaos and hassle that sometimes comes with holding a manager’s position, there are some simple steps you can take to improve productivity. Having a visible, regular presence in your office will not only make your staff feel more at ease with their superiors but also help you develop a sense for who’s being productive and who isn’t, and recognize problems early on, before they can cause significant damage to your profit margins. Stress arising from your employees’ personal lives or physical health problems can have a massive negative impact on your business’s productivity, and simply talking to your staff can make all the difference. If you have suspicions of drug or alcohol abuse in your workplace, there are many companies that provide drug test resources, such as an oral fluid lab test, for businesses.

A good manager must always be on the lookout for motivation killers in their workplace. The most common factors that grind down workers’ motivation include abrasive personalities, autocratic management styles, and lack of organizational vision. Each of these requires a slightly different approach to tackle, but none of them are unfixable. Most, if not all, of these problems can be improved by better communication. Communication, without a doubt, is one of the most integral factors to a business’s success. Without good channels of communication between all employees and managers, everything from the simplest tasks to the largest projects can suffer. Depending on the sector and business model, different communication systems are needed, but this isn’t hard to figure out after a little careful observation.

If a whole new web of communication is out of reach for the foreseeable future, productivity levels can be improved through more specific goals and regular feedback. Short-term targets can be hugely beneficial in helping employees manage their speed. With each of these short tasks, it is also important to provide regular feedback, not only to remind employees that they are being supervised but also to give them a measurable factor to improve in the next workload.

This enhancement goes hand-in-hand with gamification, which, depending on the business to which it is applied, can lead to a massive leap in productivity levels. Unmotivated employees usually get bored easily, especially if they are faced with monotonous, repetitive tasks. Gamification tries to make this kind of work more exciting and appealing through the introduction of rewards, leader boards, rankings, points, and other such “games” that make quantifiable tasks more engaging for the whole workforce. These are proven to be especially effective in the areas of sales and customer service.

4
Jun

Why should you share your travel photos and videos

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The sense of sight is the most evolved of all our five senses. It uses a larger part of the brain than any other sense. A picture is worth a thousand words – it is also the memory of a time and place. Sharing these memories with family and friends is an age-old custom.

In days gone by, sharing pictures was a reason to get together. It happened face to face over a coffee or a drink. Each photo was passed around and accompanied with its unique story. A photo was something you held, it was touch and feel. Families bonded over these occasions, while reliving memories. But only a small select group, the ones who mattered, got to share these memories.

Today these memories are captured digitally and posted on multiple social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and dreamstime, among others. Most of the pictures you post are Free pictures that can be downloaded by anyone. You get to share them with a wider audience, but sharing is no longer a one on one experience. Connecting with your circle is via likes, comments and tags on your posts. The photo itself is no longer touch and feel. It’s something you see on a screen.

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Sharing is no longer within your select group. It’s there for the world to see. Your family, friends and other travelers you may want to help. For some it can be intimidating, but below a certain age, it’s a way of life. Times have changed, but in other ways, things stay the same.

The power of a picture to capture your imagination remains unchanged. To see a picture and understand the emotion of the subject or the story the picture tells, can be a very powerful experience. At the end of the day, we are visual creatures. We are captivated by what we see. Sometimes we look at a picture and marvel at the photographer’s skill. If photography is your hobby and you want to get better at it, these are some tips you can keep in mind:

 

  • Light: The best light to capture practically any subject is an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. The two help in creating very different moods.

 

  • Research the location: Make sure you visit the place before you shoot. Look at the view from different angles. Evaluate the impact from each angle.

 

  • Feel the place: Learn how to say hello in the local language. Greet people before you ask their permission to click them. Your photo has to be more than just visual. It should tell the story of the place – to convey that you have to experience it first. Get lost while exploring, sit in a café and watch the world go by. Don’t eat where you see tourists. Eat at places packed with locals.

People share pictures for different reasons. Sometimes it’s to relive their experience. Others post them on blogs or travel sites. If you have committed followers, sharing your photos is a way for them to connect with you.