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Pandemics and the Age of Telecommuting

The recent spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a frightening reality not only for people living in China – where the pandemic originated – but all over the world. Pandemics are nothing new. In fact, they have affected mankind for centuries. Just consider the Spanish flu that tragically took so many lives early in the 19th century. But a pandemic in this day and age can have even more dire consequences.

Effective Ways to Deal with Employee Burnout

Burnout can happen to even the best employee. While burnout is hard enough for the worker experiencing it, it’s just as concerning for the employer. As a company owner or manager, there are several symptoms of burnout that you should watch for in members of your staff, including:

Why You Should Care About Work-Life Balance for Your Employees

Striking a work-life balance is something that virtually all employees strive to achieve. After all, it’s an essential part of enjoying a full, well-rounded life. An employee needs to put in the hours required to do the best job possible for his or her employer, but that same worker also needs enough time to devote to family and friends, not to mention the time needed to keep healthy enough to juggle it all successfully. So it’s pretty obvious why this would matter so much to employees. But if you’re a business owner or manager, why would it matter to you?

How Smartphone Addiction Is Impacting Employee Productivity

It’s easy to get distracted at work. Other people carrying on conversations, annoying phones ringing, or even the normal white noise of any office environment can be enough to distract an employee’s attention away from work-related tasks. Several years ago, when access to the Internet became widely available to most workers, distraction rose to an entirely new level. But in recent years, technology has produced what is arguably the biggest distraction of all for office workers: the smartphone.

Allow Employees to Telecommute Using Cloud-Based Tools

Recent studies show that the best employees are drawn to companies that provide them with more flexible work schedules, and that includes the ability to telecommute. Unfortunately, many managers are still reluctant to allow their employees to work remotely, believing that they would be more likely to waste time on the Internet, and that would mean lower productivity on the part of those employees.

Industries that Benefit Most from Quantifiable Performance Measurement

Working remotely is becoming more and more popular among companies in many industries. But one of the challenges for managers of remote workers is ensuring that their employees are being productive on the job. This is precisely the reason why MySammy was developed to begin with. MySammy is a tool designed to help encourage workers to be more productive no matter where they are located physically. It is designed to provide quantifiable performance measurement information, which helps management to accurately assess how productive an employee is being while working on a computer.

The "Trust but Verify" Approach to Employee Management

CEOs, managers, directors and company presidents all have one thing in common: they want their businesses to succeed. Most members of upper management can quickly come up with a list of what any successful company needs: high profit margins, low overhead, and streamlined internal operations, for example. But there is one intangible ingredient of success that may not immediately come to mind for even the most experienced manager: mutual trust. As a supervisor or manager, you need to trust that your employees will do their jobs to the best of their ability every working day.

Attract the Very Best Employees by Offering Flextime

Locating, recruiting and hiring high quality employees is crucial for the success of any company, no matter what its size or which industry it’s in. That may become more and more challenging for some managers over the next several years, as millennials become the predominant working age group. If you remain stuck in a mindset from years ago – one that dictates employees can only be productive in a traditional office environment – you will be hard pressed to find millennials who want to join your staff.

How You Can Finally Feel Confident Enough to Allow Your Employees to Telecommute

Allowing employees to work from home or other remote locations can be a huge benefit to companies of all sizes. Studies show that workers who are allowed to work from home are generally happier and less stressed, and actually save their companies money by eliminating overhead, cutting down on supply costs, etc. Unfortunately, many business owners and managers have been hesitant to give their employees the flexibility to work remotely because they worry that the workers won’t be as productive as they would be in an office environment.

How to Motivate Your Employees and Stay Within a Tight Budget

If your employees are like most Americans, when they’re not actively engaged in other activities they’re glued to their smart phones. In fact, according to a recent survey, 81% of Americans own a smart phone (as of June 2019). While that statistic in itself might not be cause for alarm, the amount of time Americans spend on their smart phones may be: current research suggests that the typical smart phone owner in the U.S. spends over 4 hours a day – every day – on the device.

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