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Making Working With Remote Employees A Breeze

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Making Working With Remote Employees A Breeze

Thanks to technology and developments in online communication, it’s likely you’ll be working with remote employees in your organization. Cloud computing, video conferencing, and better networks mean that businesses can choose from a wider range of talent for their teams, resulting in more employees working from remote locations. Remote working also provides flexibility to your staff, allowing them to work at home and in other locations – something which can provide a better work/life balance.

While having remote workers can be great for your business, it can come with some pitfalls, too. To help make working with remote employees a breeze for your business, take a look at the following tips:

Set your expectations:

It can be difficult for remote workers to find their feet. Without the structure of the office environment, the onus is on them to manage workloads, timekeeping and so on, so it’s useful for employees to know what’s expected from them. Having core hours that you expect everyone to be available is beneficial to your business, while putting reporting systems in place will help you monitor progress. Create clear guidelines that will help them and you navigate remote working much easier.

Give them the tools they need:

For all employees to do a good job, they need to use the right tools. Providing remote workers with the right equipment and technology will ensure that they are able to work effectively and be a part of the wider system. Cloud management systems are a cost-effective tool for business that will help everyone access what they need and facilitate collaborative working with ease.

You can read how a system like Templafy brings value to businesses at https://www.templafy.com/blog/techradar-pro-names-templafy-among-the-best-document-management-systems/. The standardization of forms and templates can help employees stay on brand and ensures that they’re using the right systems for their work.

Create an inclusive work environment:

It can be difficult for remote workers to feel like a part of the team. There are ways to help remote employees feel included that include encouraging bonding between colleagues and recognizing the contributions of your remote workers. Communication is another important aspect, so providing regular communication can help employees feel connected, even when they’re in another location.

Working from home can be difficult for employees for many reasons. Where possible, make it easy for your remote employees to travel in when needed. Give them a travel budget and arrange meetings that will allow them to enjoy face to face contact with the rest of the team. Remember to include some social activities as part of these visits to strengthen those team bonds.

Making a success of remote working depends on several factors, but it’s important to put the time and investment into developing clear guidelines and processes to help everything fit into place. Remember to check in with your remote employees regularly to ensure that they’re happy and that things are working well and review things if it’s not quite right. Your remote workers are an asset to your business, so help them feel like a valued, recognized part of your team.

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Moving On Up: Queen Of The Amazon Edition

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Moving On Up: Queen Of The Amazon Edition

Helloooo! A little factoid about Lil Red is that I am so incredibly directionally challenged. Frankly, even if I know exactly where I’m going and how to get there, it still feels like I don’t know where I’m going. And, because I refuse to get a smartphone, buying a GPS of my own so that I don’t have to steal the one belonging to my parents was a must. I do a lot of driving for work in areas that I am not always familiar with and the last thing I need is to end up in Timbuktu with a client in the car. So, I went with this here GPS set that I ordered off of Amazon:

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Thanks to all of the points that I had racked up on Amazon from all of my shopping with their credit card, I was able to get this GPS and its accessories for fifty dollars instead of eighty. My new set comes with a dashboard mount or a suction cup one for my front window as well as a sun blocker and an at home and car charger. I was so happy to have gotten all of the goodies with the GPS because they are all much needed and you absolutely cannot beat the price that I got it for. Here’s to Lil Red never getting lost again! 😀

What is your favorite website to shop on? Do you prefer in store or online shopping? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Combating The Loneliness When Living Alone

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Combating The Loneliness When Living Alone

When you are younger, you are likely to be living with at least one person, a parent or guardian. But for many people families come in all shapes and sizes and when the time comes to get a place of your own, it can often feel very isolating and overwhelming. You may be wondering if there is anything that you can do to combat the loneliness that you feel, so here are some suggestions to consider:

Get a roommate:

One of the obvious things that you can do when you live alone, and you have the space for it, is to get yourself a roommate. Initially, the idea of living on your own may have been very appealing, but perhaps a companion or a friend who is there when you get home from work or on the weekends will make you feel better. A roommate could be someone you already know, or you can advertise the room you have for rent. This can also be a big help when it comes to your outgoings, so there could be more benefits than one to consider here.

Plan your days and nights:

It’s essential that you start to think about your days and your nights when it comes to living alone, and if you plan for them, then you are less likely to feel alone and at a loss of what to do with your time. Routine workouts at the gym or going for a run, head out for walks, schedule in TV programs you want to watch, go out to dinner with friends. Make sure you have a full schedule and routine that you can throw yourself into. It leaves you with less time to comprehend that you are on your own as the chances are when you are home, you are tired and will just want to relax or go to bed.

Get a cat:

A cat can be extremely loyal and a great pet to have in your home. It gives you a purpose, a sense of responsibility, and something to greet you when you get home. Ensuring they have what they need for when you aren’t around like a cat bed, litter tray, food, water and even a realistic cat toy can make them feel happy and content for the time that you spend away from your place. It could definitely be an option to consider.

Other pets to consider:

Further to that, there are other pets you could think about as well that could provide you with the same level of company, but tend to be very low maintenance. Hamsters and gerbils, and even a fish tank. It all depends on the type of pets you like. Another note could be that you could volunteer at your local animal shelter. Walking the dogs and spending time with the animals could leave you feeling content and happy, and fill up any spare time you did have.

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Start a new hobby:

If you have some free time and you don’t want to feel alone or bored, then maybe it is the perfect time to start a new hobby. Has there been a sports team that you have wanted to join? Do you want to attend a gym class? Maybe you want to be creative so getting artsy or even starting a blog of your own. These are all great things that you could consider doing in your spare time to give yourself a full day.

Get engrossed in the latest box set:

A great idea is to get yourself engrossed in a box set when you have some free time. There are so many amazing TV, film, or drama series that you can watch. Game Of Thrones, Suits, and Netflix are always releasing something new. While it may sound a little strange just watching TV when you feel alone, the box sets and the programs you watch will have you mesmerized and transfixed. Before you realize it you will have devoured three episodes and wondered where the time has gone.

Take it in turns with your friends to host dinner parties:

There are likely to be other friends of yours that also live on their own, so it may be time to join forces. Take it in turns to host nights in. It could be a lavish dinner party, it might just be pizza and a few drinks, but it means that you are able to spend some time together and enjoy each other’s company without feeling like you are on your own.

We hope that this post has helped you take some of the potential loneliness out of living alone. Good luck!

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Preparing For Dog Life: Are You Ready To Be An Owner?

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Preparing For Dog Life: Are You Ready To Be An Owner?

Whilst you might be prepared for ‘dog life’ on an emotional level, there’s a logistical side to preparing for life as a dog owner, too. They say a dog isn’t just for Christmas, but plenty of dogs end up in rescue homes because their owners weren’t actually prepared to look after a puppy. If you want to make sure that you’re ready to be an owner, then here are some pointers to help you prepare for dog life. This should help you to ensure you’re well-versed in terms of your duties:

Research your breed of dog:

It’s vital to do this before buying a dog. You need to know everything about the specific breed of the pup you’re getting because every breed is different. Different canines have different nutritional needs and require different levels of exercise. There might also be different requirements from dog to dog in terms of the training or medical treatment needed. It can all come down to the individual situation of a particular dog, so you really have to get to know a specific dog before welcoming them into your home. Dogs from rescue shelters might have more traumatic backgrounds, for instance.

Make sure you talk to the seller and a vet so that you know everything possible about a particular dog before you adopt it. You need to make sure you get the right kind of food for them in terms of their size and other requirements they might have as a result of their breed. You need to take the age and history of the dog into account, too. Make sure you train them as soon as they enter your home because you need to make sure they don’t form bad habits. Essentially, the first preparation is to prepare yourself for the responsibility of dog ownership.

Stock up on supplies:

The next step is to stock up on supplies. Much like humans, dogs have plenty of needs. They’re not wild creatures. They’re domesticated and enjoy the same comforts as we do. They need a comfy bed for support whilst they sleep so that they can stay physically and mentally healthy. They need chew toys so they have something fun to use when they’re playing in the house. You might also want to check out waterproof quick release dog collars. It’s important to have a durable collar for your puppy. You also need to puppy-proof your house. Dogs aren’t used to human surroundings when they’re first introduced to them, so it’s crucial that you move dangerous things out of reach (much as you would with a baby).

Make sure you have enough time for them:

Finally, you need to be emotionally available for your dog. We’re talking about more than finding dogs cute; we’re talking about you actually having the time for your puppy. Make sure you, your partner, or other family members are in the house a lot of the time. Dogs get lonely, and they shouldn’t be left to their own devices for too long from a safety standpoint, either. They are family, so treat them as such. ❤

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What Makes One Want To Live Abroad?

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What Makes One Want To Live Abroad?

The prospect of living abroad can be daunting, especially if you believe that there is no sweeter place than home. But, we all come across the story of a friend, a distant relative, or even the friend of a friend who has decided to move away from the motherland to explore what the world has to offer. It can be difficult to understand how they can live a happy life while being so far away from their loved ones.

But, as many will tell you, it’s not a matter of what you lose. It’s all about what you gain. This lifestyle provides a new angle in the exploration of self. Most people who call home a distant location, far away from the place where they grew up, have found something that their old country couldn’t give them. They tap into undiscovered traits, strengths, and emotions that they never experienced in the homeland. Indeed, you don’t live abroad to move away. You live abroad to move closer to your true self or maybe for some of the following reasons:

You fell in love during a vacation:

Falling in love can take you by surprise. A lot of expats agree that they were not ready to fall head over heels for a country, its people, culture, and language. They had planned for a long trip and found themselves not wanting to come back. Thankfully, a long-term adventure had the advantage of preparing you to sort out your affairs. Your home and income are covered for the time being so that you can take the time you need to decide whether you want to stay or come back home. And, if you do choose to stay, things can be easily sorted out with removal experts such as https://www.chessmoving.com.au/, for instance. For many expats, the decision to let the long adventure continue was easy to take as, in consideration, they had already prepared for a temporary life abroad.

You studied or applied for a job abroad:

Moving overseas during your study is not only a creative way to explore a new culture, but it also ensures that your skills are relevant to the local market. If you’re still going to college, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of study abroad programs that let you travel to Europe, Asia, or South America for one or two semesters. As a result, many students start to work at the end of their studies and realize that they don’t want to leave.

You’ve got itchy feet:

Last, but not least, nomadic professionals are independent millennials who want to make the most of the resources available. They use their skills to build a unique career that supports their travel needs. Whether they choose to develop their career through digital tech or whether they live their passion in the wild – as you can see on https://www.professionalnomads.org –, the new generation in the workforce combines travel and work successfully. They live in many countries and every bed they sleep in is home.

Ultimately, the question is not how to become an expat. But it’s all about understanding the triggers and aspirations that drive people to leave their comfort zone and build a home abroad.

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Duolingo Progress

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Duolingo Progress

Hi! For those of you who don’t know, one of my favorite hobbies is learning new languages. I would say that I am fluent in French and, thanks to Duolingo, I have spent the past few months working on Spanish. I was going to just focus on those two languages for the time being but, then, I watched a fantastic film over the weekend called The Green Book and it was absolutely impossible to not start learning Italian afterwards!

Every day, I try to practice for at least thirty minutes between the three languages and it makes me feel so good. I love to learn and it feels awesome to gain a new skill as well as do something that makes me genuinely happy. I really do stand by the phrase that I loosely toss around on here that “knowledge is power”. Learning a new phrase in a language or a fact per day is empowering. You don’t have to be in school to continue your education and it makes it even better when you are teaching yourself.

I am so thankful for Duolingo, 1) because it’s completely free and 2) because it allows my skills to flourish. And, did I mention that it’s fun?! So much fun, that I think I will go practice my trifecta of languages now. 😀

Who else uses the Duolingo app? What languages are you learning? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Taking Care Of Number 1 (4 Tactics For Looking After Your Own Health)

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Taking Care Of Number 1 (4 Tactics For Looking After Your Own Health)

While looking after others is an enviable quality, our own health needs to take priority. If you don’t put on your own oxygen mask first, you can’t help anyone else. Of course, it can be tough to put ourselves first especially if we aren’t used to it, but to help you we have put together the guide below:

Watch your diet:

They say that we are what we eat, and that is for the most part true. Two meals can be identical in energy but be very different when it comes to all of the other things they contain including the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that we need to stay healthy in the long term. It is well worth investing some time in learning about how to feed your body correctly. With so many diets being lorded as the right way to eat, this can be somewhat confusing. So, a holistic approach to food with a high nutritional content like the one discussed at https://www.mindbodygreen.com/ may be the best choice, if health, well being, and longevity are your ultimate goals.

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Rest time is not a luxury:

We often judge how successful our days are by how busy we have been and what we have achieved. However, it is also important to bear in mind that rest is just as essential as working, exercising, and spending time with our families.

Sadly, in modern life, we can see rest as something to do when we have no better options, and it is often solely relegated to sleep. However, both the body and the mind need rest regularly to thrive, and that is why we need to schedule in regular downtime, as well as build up a good sleep schedule if we want to be as healthy as possible.

Get treatment when you need it:

Next, when taking care of our own health, it is vital that we seek out treatment when it is necessary. In fact, most, if not all conditions will get worse the longer they are left, and many can transform from being an issue that causes a minor discomfort to a chronic and even life-threatening condition.

The cost of seeking treatment is what often puts people off or leads them to wait for as long as possible until they find help. If the problem you are suffering with is a result of an accident, using a professional team like https://thehadleylawfirm.com/ to claim for compensation can help you pay your medical bills. This will make getting the right treatment and looking after your health much easier.

Mind and body make a whole:

Lastly, remember that health isn’t just about how your physical body is doing, it’s also about your emotional and psychological well being. What this means, is you need to take just as good care of your emotions as you do your body. In fact, when it comes to taking care of number 1, caring for psychological health is crucial.

Taking care of yourself in the way that your body needs will reflect positively in all aspects of your life so make sure you look out for number one today!