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  • How to Network to Find New Customers
    by Alexandra Levit - August 23, 2016
    According to the 2015 U.S. Bank Small Business Annual Survey, "67 percent of small-business owners reported that they maintain a social media presence for networking and marketing purposes." But in-person activities, such as belonging to and attending community or Chamber of Commerce events, were less common, despite the fact that using both may help answer the age-old question of how to find new customers. I tapped three s...
  • How to Recruit For A Small Business
    by Alexandra Levit - August 22, 2016
    In a recent Monster survey, 46 percent of respondents "indicated they would actually prefer to work at a business with between six and 100 employees." But despite the desirability, small businesses are at a disadvantage, as many may not have HR departments. They may have a harder time at each stage of the hiring process and have to be creative when it comes to recruiting new employees in particular. I sought insight from th...
  • Debunking Age-Old Millennial Stereotypes
    by Alexandra Levit - August 10, 2016
    According to the Pew Research Center and the U.S. Census Bureau, in mid-2015, the millennial generation (comprising those born from 1980 to 1995) became the largest cohort in the workforce. By now, millennials have been in the professional world since the early 00s. The oldest ones turn 36 this year and have progressed substantially in their careers. A 2014 Deloitte millennial leadership study illustrated that due to demogr...
  • How to deal with difficult people in the workplace: 5 strategies to stay sane
    by Alexandra Levit - August 8, 2016
    In your more idealistic days, you might have believed that all human beings are caring, considerate and generally pleasant to be around. However, after a year or two in the professional world, you’ve most likely had a run-in with someone (or multiple someones) with sub-par interpersonal skills. Companies do their best and try to train, coach or get rid of these people, but I’m fond of saying that difficult people are like weed...
  • The Latest in Workday Automation
    by Alexandra Levit - August 3, 2016
    When you have tasks coming in from left, right and center, every minute counts. Using these productivity hacks, I’ve been able to conserve about two hours out of every work day. My advice? Try one, and then gradually implement the rest. Dominate Your Email An overloaded inbox can get overwhelming quickly. I use the features in Gmail to automate my email and keep lower priority items out of my main areas of focus. Labeli...
  • "Let's Grab Coffee and Chat:" The Kiss of Death?
    by Alexandra Levit - August 1, 2016
    In the Observer, writer Isaac Morehouse made a provocative proposition: the habit of grabbing coffee with colleagues or partners “just to chat” is killing our productivity. “Let’s grab coffee and chat.” According to Isaac Morehouse, those five words can be damning. Morehouse’s opinion is that when you become known for doing interesting things, like starting a business or writing intriguing articles, lots of people want t...
  • 5 Cloud Computing Trends to Watch
    by Alexandra Levit - July 28, 2016
    By the end of 2015, 82 percent of organizations had adapted a cloud strategy, up from 74 percent in 2014. Cloud computing adoption is expected to hit $250 billion by 2017, but where is this segment of the IT industry going? We compiled a list of five major, influencing trends to keep your eyes on. Trend #1: Cloud Automation Last year, business-level automation of the cloud emerged, being driven by what Joe Kinsella at C...
  • Efficiency Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
    by Alexandra Levit - July 26, 2016
    The last two decades have been all about ensuring that American workers are as productive and efficient as possible. But the tide is turning. Organizations have started to emphasize cultivating more innovative work product as opposed to churning out higher volumes of it. Last year, we reported on the worldwide productivity slowdown. A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) compared the...
  • 5 Reasons Why People Hate Project Managers
    by Alexandra Levit - July 20, 2016
    I have a good friend who’s an experienced data architect. Since I write about IT project management all the time, I recently asked him if he’d ever consider a PM job. To this he replied: “No way.” I probed further about his rationale, and we came up with these five reasons why he dislikes project management and project managers and tries to steer clear of the profession whenever possible. Project Managers are too structu...
  • 10 Ways NOT to Do Change Management
    by Alexandra Levit - July 18, 2016
    Change management is difficult, especially when it involves a complex structure like an organization. But some techniques are better than others, and here are a few you’ll want to avoid next time around. Driving from the bottom instead of the top Any successful change strategy requires the enthusiastic involvement of managers and employees on the ground, and bottom-up goal setting is terrific for innovation and morale. H...