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Written by 9rules Blog on May 17, 2015
Hiring new employees for your business is both exciting and draining. While the anticipation of bringing new people and talents into your organization is high, there’s also fear of the unknown. How can you maximize the time and money you spend hiring new employees, and effectively train them for the job duties ahead?
Five Tips for Training Your New Employees
Every business has its own training procedures and methods, but when you cut through all the noise and flashy introductions, the focus is the same for every company. You want to give your new hires the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. Here are a few tips to help you better to facilitate this process:
Use multiple people. You never want people to associate your company with one person. In addition to placing far too much emphasis on a personality (and not enough on the organization), you run the risk of misinforming new hires. While it’s okay to have a single person head up the training, bring in various employees, from all areas of the company, to give a comprehensive look at the entirety of the organization. (more…)
Written by 9rules Blog on May 11, 2015
Hiring a great cleaning service for your business is more important than you might think. Imagine bringing an important client into a business meeting and there’s a giant smudge on the glass table top. It would be embarrassing to say the least! As you can see, the quality and cleanliness of your office makes a big impact on the success of your business.
Since your cleaning service will be coming in after hours, you need to find a service that you can trust and won’t need to be micromanaged. The employees should be proactive and able to excel when given simple instructions. If you’re looking for a great cleaning service for your office space, consider the following advice.
1. Read Reviews
Before you even think about getting price quotes, ensure that the company is a reputable service. If you can’t find any reviews on their site, check places like Yelp – a free website where people can write reviews about different local companies. If the company has less than 4 stars, it’s probably not worth your time. (more…)
Written by 9rules Blog on May 11, 2015
The need to shift the location of your store can develop for a variety of reasons: you need more or less space, you aren’t getting the traffic you need, your lease is up, or possibly something else. Although moving your products and possessions can be enough of a challenge, an array of other issues relating to a business relocation can surface.
One of the most vital is maintaining your customer relationships. Below are three tips to help you prepare your customers for the relocation of your firm, if you want to make sure you don’t lose anyone along the way.
Consider your alternatives
Moving to a new business site, especially if you have a large following of customers you suspect may not be enthusiastic about the move, can prove to be more work than it’s worth. Mark Henricks, contributor for Entrepreneur.com, says that if you have been doing business at the same location for many years, you could face a backlash from your customer base and lose a few folks who have been very loyal up to this point. (more…)
Written by 9rules Blog on May 4, 2015
Electric cars, LEED certified homes, green spaces, and renewable energy are all topics with substantial amounts of discussion and public awareness; however, something that’s rarely discussed outside of certain isolated groups is eco-friendly dieting. This form of eating involves having as little impact on the environment as possible while still enjoying tasty, nutritious food. Let’s take a look at some of the keys and tips to starting and maintaining an environmentally friendly diet:
The number one suggestion is to go local. Most food travels anywhere between 1,300 and 2,000 miles before arriving at your dinner table, but by eating local food, you can help to end this trend. The locavore diet suggests only eating food that’s produced within 100 miles of your home. By finding local markets and bakeries, you can ensure you know exactly where your food comes from.
Change how you shop.
When you go shopping, plan your trips accordingly. Get as much as you can at one time so as to prevent return trips. It’s also a good idea to bring your own bags, and avoid using plastic whenever possible. (more…)