Work-Life Balance: How to Get It

With working professionals having technology accessible 24/7, fearing job loss, and ultimately working 50+ hours each week, it’s clear that stress is common.  But it can also be damaging.   A work-life balance might mean something different to everyone, but it means everything to your health and happiness.  Here are some tips to help balance them: 1 – Detach yourself from your electronics!  Spend some quality time playing a board game with your kids at night. Sit down for half an hour with a book in your hand.  Turn your phone off.  Put your tablet away.  Get rid of the text and email distractions because most of the time they’re work related.  Just unplug for a short time each day! 2 – Exercise!  It’s important to make time in your calendar daily to pump feel-good endorphins through your body.  It helps to lift your mood and tackle your day without feeling sluggish.  Even if you just take a walk on your lunch break (without your cell phone) or go for a walk with your family at night (without your cell phone).  Just make time for some daily 30-minute movement (even Yoga counts).  3 – Stop being an overachiever!  Life is complicated.  As adults, we have more responsibilities.  Often we strive to be perfectionists in out-of-reach situations.  Don’t push yourself so hard.  We are all human.  Work hard, but let your overachieving attitude go. Don’t demand so much of yourself.  It just creates more unwanted stress.  Goals are good. Perfectionism is not. PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Improving Cashflow

Cashflow improvement has been made a mystery over time, and has become elusive for many business owners. However, there are just 6 Keys to improving your cashflow in any business. This means you only need to focus on 6 areas of your business to make a massive improvement. So what are these 6 keys to success: improving cash flow? Area 1 – Revenue Improvement: The first step in improving cash flow is revenue improvement via a price increase or an average value of sale increase. Area 2 – Cost of Goods Improvement: A reduction in the Cost of Goods will help to improve the cash flow situation. Area 3 – Accounts Receivable Improvement: Accounts receivable, debtors e.g. money your customers owe you. Area 4 – Inventory Reduction: As with Area 3, it’s a matter of reducing the average number of days your inventory is sitting around. Sell off old stock, buy faster moving stock, get stock on consignment etc. Area 5 – Accounts Payable Increase: Area 5 is different from the rest as we actually want to increase this number. Area 6 – Overhead Reduction: Finally, let’s talk about our last key factor in improving cash flow. Reduction of Overheads / Expenses without reduction of required capabilities. To learn more about these 6 keys to success, contact me for a free coaching session by clicking HERE.
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Improve Communication between Management and Staff

Building and maintaining good work relationships will not only make you more engaged and committed to your company, but it can open doors to motivated staff and contagious energy, leading to a more productive business.
  • Keep communication clear and open
  • Encourage the sharing of ideas
  • Have an open door policy
  • Nurture your team
  • Hold performance reviews
  • Actively listen
  • Encourage team building
Lack of communication can often lead to conflict, which can result in the whole company feeling the strain.  Making the above changes to the work environment can resolve this problem. Here are a few things you can do to build better relationships:
  • Develop your people skills
  • Identify your relationship needs
  • Schedule time to build relationships
  • Appreciate others
  • Stay positive
  • Avoid gossiping
Don’t take this for granted, communication is the most important tool in your office toolkit. PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Rules for Effective Employee Communication

Build Relationships Teach your employees ways to accommodate others.  Model respect and use techniques they can learn from.  Show them how to change their behavior and communication preferences. And teach them how to resolve issues when conflicts arise. Supply the Right Tools Encourage communication by giving your employees the right tools.  Set up an instant messaging platform to help them get started.  And keep them motivated with written recognition or tangible rewards.  Have your employees commend each other on a job well done. Provide Collaboration Assign tasks that require teamwork, which gives your employees the opportunity to show off their skills to one another.  It also gives them the ability to work with peers, to learn from each other and understand another’s point of view.   Give Feedback Have your employees give feedback to each other, in a positive, constructive way.  Be their role model. Be willing to help and always make them feel competent, encourage them to try again, and never tear them down.  Focus on abilities, not flaws.   PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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Successful Communication for Business

Research shows that in general, in a business setting, both men and women want to know the exit to a conversation BEFORE they feel safe to actually engage in it. 3 Helpful Hints:
  • Let others know if the conversation will be painful.
  • Let others know how long the conversation will take.
  • Let others know the end result you are asking for.
Think about starting a business conversation like this: “I realize how busy you are so I will only need one minute of your time to let you know about __________.” This is especially helpful if you are making phone calls, so the person on the other end can relax and listen, knowing it won’t take long and knowing what the conversation will be about. Plus, they are less likely to make an excuse as to why they can’t talk. Another option (especially for sales teams) is starting a conversation like this: “I realize that your time is very valuable so I will only need two minutes to schedule a time for a second call where I can do a 10-minute demonstration of our ___________.” Here are some other things to consider during communication:
  • Facial expressions
  • Tone of voice
  • Words you say
Be very self-aware of how you are speaking to others.  Even practice these when talking on the phone; it actually does make a difference.   Communicating successfully comes with practice and consistent attention and effort.  It is a skill to learn, and we cannot afford to overlook it.   PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
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