8 Step-by-Step Guide To Hiring a Smart Business Assistant and Focus Only On Increasing Your Business Value

Although it can be a rewarding journey, being an entrepreneur also has its share of difficulties. You must be a jack of all trades and a master of all hats if you want to succeed in running a business. If you're managing a tiny firm, this might be a daunting undertaking. You must juggle a number of tasks, including managing finances, providing customer service, developing marketing strategies, and managing daily operations. In particular, entrepreneurs, who have just started their business, are burdened with a variety of tasks related to their enterprise, including accounting, day-to-day operations, traveling, scheduling meetings, offering basic… Continue Reading

6 KPIs Your Hire Needs to Hit to Pass the Probation Period

Regardless of whether you enforce a probationary period or not, you need to ensure that your new hire has completed the onboarding process successfully and fits the organizational culture. Even the best recruiters out there can't gauge employment efficiency during the interview cycle. And several studies, including a recent survey by Checkster Research, show that 78% of applicants misrepresent themselves. While we continuously refine and improve our recruitment process, certain metrics can't be deducted over the course of an interview or two. Speed of execution, working in a team environment, and attention to detail are some of the common denominators… Continue Reading

10 Global Industries That Need Business Process Management the Most

To become and remain successful and rise above the competition, businesses must continuously improve and monitor their processes. Failure to do so may result in big financial losses, lower investment capital, reduced motivation in employees, and fewer satisfied customers.  This is why more and more companies worldwide are adopting business process management (BPM) applications in different flavors. BPM tools are designed to manage workflows in a consistent, repetitive model, providing an instrument for collaboration among all team members. According to the report led by Market Research Future, the BPM market is expected to grow to approximately USD $28.3 billion by… Continue Reading

WordPress Code Architecture and Maintenance

In my last post on WordPress services and pricing I've mentioned that I prefer to work on different assignments and avoid the "cloning" pattern - such as building standard 5-page business websites all the time, 20 times a month. Working and experimenting with different APIs, trying to bend a platform in a non-standard way, providing features that others were unable to implement before are the challenges that bring joy in my work. However, to be realistic in most projects, I need to rely on code snippets and patterns. I have a private GitHub repository with some of my previous projects, keeping… Continue Reading

8 Reasons Why Setting Up a Meeting Is a Must

Most business meetings "should" have been an email.  If the company is large and has more stakeholders, the slower and heavier the processes become. This eventually leads to more meetings with less work being done.  A 2012 study shows that companies that held unproductive meetings lost an average of $250,000 annually. The study's findings suggest that companies can improve their bottom line by improving the quality of their meetings. This includes clearly defining the purpose of the meeting, setting an agenda, and ensuring that everyone has a chance to participate. Companies should also be aware of the signs of dysfunctional meeting… Continue Reading

6 Ways to Hire and Manage Remote Workers for Business Advantage

The shift towards remote work has gained momentum, particularly after the COVID-19 outbreak. A FlexJobs survey reveals that 65% of participants prefer to work remotely full-time after the pandemic, while 31% are inclined towards a blend of office and remote working. While remote work presents certain challenges in business operation, many have thrived with its incorporation. Look at the case of Cisco. Back in 2009, Cisco released their telecommuting study results declaring $277M in annual savings for the company. Here are some key metrics outlined in their press release: The average Cisco employee now telecommutes 2.0 days per week. 60… Continue Reading

12 Productivity Frameworks And Tools For Effective Management

Over 50,000 US users search for “productivity” in Google every single month. When you add the long list of queries around productivity tips, productivity apps, productivity planners, and other forms of definitions around the term, we’re ranking over 300,000 total searches across the board. We are all eager to fight procrastination and maximize our time. Best-case scenario, deliver more in less time, reduce stress and the tedious backlog at the end of the day, and get better at everything we do: professionally and personally. Productivity Trends But here’s a fun fact for you. Productivity has always been a chore. Humankind… Continue Reading

How Remote Teams Work Together

Working remotely is about mutual trust. It’s the same as assessing the security of your home, the reliability of your office job, or the viability of your relationship. It's about creating an ecosystem where both parties can operate securely, reliably, and respectfully. Employers and employees must mutually invest in this ecosystem, recognizing that their actions or inactions can significantly impact each other. If you don’t care, you’ll lose. If you stress over it too much, something seems fishy and you may get burned again. I am a proponent of remote working in theory. And I’ve managed to build a team… Continue Reading

9 Important Lessons About Burnout In The Workplace

While I’m not a medical professional, I’ve been through several burnouts and some of my team members have blanked out for a few weeks before getting back on track. Here are several observations and thoughts of mine regarding burnouts. 1. Burnouts Are Often Not Directly Related to Work All of my burnouts and most of the cases I’ve observed were not directly related to work. Sure, work overload is a contributing factor. But more often than not, there are family troubles, sick family members, additional responsibilities or duties (looking for a new house, car troubles), or an uncomfortable office environment… Continue Reading

Micromanagement – The Good, Bad, and Ugly

It's not just about hovering over an employee's shoulder or obsessing over details. It's a reflection of a company's growth stage, the maturity of its staff, and the very essence of its operational culture. Micromanagement has nothing to do with caring about an employee. However, it’s important to review the different phases of a business and the professional experience of an employee, and the work environment. What is Micromanagement? According to Wikipedia’s sources : In business management, micromanagement is a management style whereby a manager closely observes and/or controls the work of his/her subordinates or employees. Micromanagement is generally considered… Continue Reading