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Why we need websites.

Back in the days. When you wanted to check out an organization, you  physically had to drop by their office building. Today, the story is different; with websites, information is simply a click away. A website can be defined can be defined as a set of related web pages served from a single web domain. (Wikipedia) By the time you are typing in your address bar, you are seconds away from accessing a place, person, event that could have taken you hours, even days. So what other reasons can we give to state the case for having a website . Why would one need a website for example?  What’s the whole point? Signposts Websites are modern signposts, before appearing for that interview, potential employees for example know that a website not only tells you “venues”; but also gives you bits of often organized information for you to have expectations from  the individual, organization or entity you are  about to approach. Social media With millions of your potential customers, students, partners, donors trafficking on social media. No central place for aggregated information does it better than a website. Links of your posted work may be effectively and efficiently shared across social networks-sometimes in just minutes. In this age of new media, social networks which are also commended for their mobile reach plead no better case for the need for a website. Identity Your organization is identified by a brand. That could be color or a combination of them, an illustration, a slogan et al. There is no better place to sell your brand than through a website. Not to mention the other public relations issues […]

Proficient Email Use at Work

Aren’t you thankful? Aren’t you thankful that you no longer have to go to the post office, buy a stamp and access your correspondence? Of course envelopes and long lines not withstanding. To many though in this era, they even have no idea what it meant to own or operate a Post Office (Box), except anxiously waiting for the postman to love letters in the high school days. Close to 90% of communication today revolves around the internet, with Email taking a big percentage of the share. With just a click your communication can be across the Atlantic-already! In seconds, even less. And of course like every other good thing, this comes at a cost. Email use, or lack of there of, can still be a factor that determines employee productivity. If you are the kind whose work revolves around email, then this is for you. Like any other new technology, as much as it is important, it’s got its detriment; your attention is bound be divided as your output slowly dwindles. Yet we haven’t even mentioned social media yet-just email. That’s why it’s important to cultivate a discipline when it comes to handling your electronic email, office and personal. The other extreme is totally getting swamped in your daily duties and forgetting that you are part of a team, and because of that, neglecting all internal communication on the internal office thread. For coherence at workplaces both extremes may be avoided by adopting patterns that create a balance, after all human nature has a tendency to violate good things-even good things like email. Here are a few basic principles may help address. Frequency Determine when how often you are going to check mail, if you anticipate […]

FINANCIAL LITERACY, FOR STAFF – TOO

When it comes to money, everybody has something to say. But how do you handle the many voices, in your own workplace. How on planet earth do you create a literate workforce able to live wisely within what you offer them in “end of month.” (Of course apart from increasing it) . There are three answers to this question. 1. Training 2. Training 3 Training Like any other discipline, financial habits are learnt and unlearnt overtime, somebody needs to tell your boss that it’s simply not  the about the paycheck, but it’s  management too. In other-words, Employers not only need to show concern for remuneration but also for the remunerated. What’s going on in their budgeting? How is that affecting their input? How can the accounts office come to the rescue, in case of some emergencies and special needs(where need be)? These would be good questions to start with. For the intrinsic well-being  of staff is every employers business too. Question is, in which areas can it happen ? Cambridge Human Resource Group states that a lack of financial education for workers is “the most critical unaddressed workplace issue.”  To quote the Met Life report Financial Education—An Essential Component of Your Wellness Strategy, “The addition of a financial wellness component can offer significant advantages for a company’s bottom line and increase appreciation for the benefits they already offer.” (/employee-financial-education.html see http://www.financialeducatorscouncil.org ) Scholars have also cited most stress levels as a consequence of financial problems, so undertaking this pursuit is no luxury for the employer . The Pennsylvania institute of Certified accounts (PICA)  for example lists some of these areas as areas that ought to be addressed in workplace financial education .Hope you can identify yourself somewhere. Budgeting and spending plans Retirement planning Changing family structure: marriage, divorce, new […]

Cultivating a Planning and Scheduling Culture

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” Someone once said. Those words immediately disqualify this writer from even going ahead, yeah, because I too often fail to plan. Good thing I am not alone (not a consolation), I know several other busybodies that most definitely think 10 minutes of planning for your day is not really “it”. Most would probably give the excuse of “guess I am not just the “sit-down-and-write-type” But if all your staff said that, guess what kind of organization you would have? That’s why it’s important to revisit and cultivate the scheduling and planning culture in your organization if greater output is to be achieved, may be a few advantages of this discipline discussed below would help kick start some of us – yes, at a personal level. Here are a few things that may come to mind when we talk about planning and scheduling. Order Planning brings order and drives out chaos, our modern world is full of distractions, and planning will help you sieve priorities when three other web pages are open on your taskbar. Evaluation How are you able to evaluate what you never planned in the first place? Personal planning has a way of helping us consider what’s been going on – because it’s easy to have activity without fruit. Strategy Unless you’ve tracked your trail backwards, you won’t be able to move forward. Strategies going ahead are inspired by looking at the success and failure behind us. And only planning and scheduling can enable you draw am effective strategy in light of what has been going on. Clarity With the distraction of the internet and the various commitments that often demand our attention […]

Employee attitudes and the workplace

We will call him Oscar. Oscar is the new intern sitting in the corner near the executive corner. Shem, his boss asks him to help him out with a cup of tea as he is rushing for a midday meeting, Oscar clicks away the mouse, still leaning back in his chair and instead asks a question about his slow computer. You know what that communicates? Oscar has just prioritized something else and he is just an intern –for crying out loud. We haven’t even talked about your female workmate who is always stumping her Prada in the corridor as every one else pounds away at their keyboard. What about Tony who occasionally breaks out in loud chuckles in the room as he looks up on internet jokes? My free online dictionary defines Attitude as  “A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself” Of course the earlier may not mean much in workplace terms, but “manner” would do, even the most gifted of employees can only go so far with the wrong attitude. Attitudes eventually define the environment as sanity, order, courtesy take priority, so guess no employer need to worry about the workplace environment after they have ensured good staff attitudes, but before that, How may all this happen? How practical can employee attitude enforcement be? Demeanor Most people know this word only in legal circles, but  it’ s a uniform discipline, how we carry ourselves, what we speak goes a long way in telling who we are. Being a Friday doesn’t mean your birthday vest is a good thing to wear- at work. Pocketing and kicking your shoe sole while speaking to your seniors is not anything near to respect too. Man looks on the outside, even the good book says Time It’s […]

EVALUATION: After all has been said and done

So you’ve done all there is in terms of marketing your company. The Facebook likes are growing and your inquiry lines are jamming. And  thank goodness, it’s all somehow  reflecting on your company bank account. How do you go from there? We’ve long talked about internal communication, making most out of social media,  great websites -all as means towards imaging your company profile. But after all this done, how do you know the impact that it is having in   very measurable ways. How do you condense your recent campaign into figures, statistics and paragraphs that can easily be digested by your management? In case they need to forge a way forward. 1.    Do you have a distinctive and disruptive sense of purpose that sets you apart from your rivals?   Image Source:http://www.123rf.com 2.     Do you have a vocabulary of competition that is unique to your industry and compelling to your employees and customers? 3.     Are you prepared to reject opportunities that offer short-term benefits but distract your organization from its long-term mission? 4.     If your company went out of business tomorrow, who would really miss you and why? Great questions helpful in keeping us on track with our evaluation like these are always good to keep at the back of our minds. It’s is such thinking that will enable you have an effective evaluation of your company goals. And that goes a long way in enabling effective image- building not only to your external public but your internal public. What would it look like for us to undertake campaigns, events, et al after getting a thorough  understanding on how we will measure our impact-this way Would our organization look different?