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Self Care & Me

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Self Care & Me

Helloooo everyone! Today, I thought that we would talk a little about my self care journey. And, believe me, it’s not an easy thing to do when you run two businesses and are constantly running around like a mad woman! At first, I used to consider “self care” as going shopping and having a spending spree… and, although that’s nice, it doesn’t get to the root of true self care, which I take to mean as doing something mentally or physically stimulating to help improve your mood.

I think the main thing that has helped me become more conscious of trying to incorporate self care into my life is my weekly skating practices. Being on the ice and riding that high of an invigorating work out and doing something that I’m good at always makes me feel my best. And, since I began weekly instead of biweekly practices, it has made me realize that I really don’t do enough for myself. So, I decided to change that.

When I began my career as a service provider for people with special needs, working evenings were just part of the deal. But, now that I’m more established, I thought that it was high time to treat myself to a normal schedule. And, come October, I will only be working one evening a week!

This is a change that I have been craving for a long time now and I’m looking forward to actually having time for myself when I get home from work. Whether that be practicing my languages, reading a book, binge watching a show, or taking a bath – I finally have that option now! And, maybe *just maybe*, I could start having a regular social life. Because, trust and believe, it’s hard fitting in hang outs, errands, and skating all in one weekend. This caused me to enter my work week feeling even more exhausted and it grew into a vicious cycle.

There are so many things that I plan on doing with my evenings off but, what I’m most looking forward to is finding an American Sign Language class to attend. Weirdly enough, there are no weekend classes at the centers for the deaf in my area but evening classes are available. So, that is definitely going to be on my agenda very soon! It feels good to do for me while still maintaining my caseload at work and lifewithlilred and I am ready for work free evenings to commence!

How do you practice self care? What do you do during your free time to relax? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Making Sure Your Business Has All The Right Signage

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Making Sure Your Business Has All The Right Signage

Having appropriate signage is an important step for your business. Effective signage can help your store’s marketing by lending to its visibility. It can also help you save money. Having proper signage will help inform customers and direct them, which you would otherwise need salespersons to do. There are various types of signage that your business will need to have. Missing some of them will create confusion and inefficiencies for your business. Here, we discuss some of the most important ones that every business should have:

Storefront or outdoor signs:

Your storefront sign is the first thing people notice about your store. It is the most important part of your business – it tells people what you are and what you sell. The exterior sign should have all of the information the customers need. It should have your brand name and your business’s logo.

A storefront sign should be clear and not confuse shoppers about what you are selling. To do this, it needs to follow certain marketing and branding rules. The colors used should be consistent with your brand and product. Everything makes a difference, including the font you use. The quality of the storefront sign is also more important than all other types of signs. Make sure that your reliable signage supplier in Manila provides you with the highest-quality material and print. Your signs should last a long time and last through the tropical climate of the Philippines.

Compliance-related signs:

These are signs that your business must put up in order to comply with laws and regulations. These can include things such as warnings about allergens or signs that say that there are interpreters available. These can also include those about employees having to wash hands, as well as grades and ratings if you are a restaurant. Make sure that you have the appropriate signs on display; otherwise, you can face hefty fines. Some businesses take pride in their ratings, and they may choose to frame them and make them into a part of the overall display. Just because these signs are mandatory doesn’t mean that they have to be boringly designed.

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Informational and directional signs:

These are the second most common types of signs that your business will need. These include banners, advertisements, and any information about ongoing sales or policies. These signs provide direction and clarity to shoppers. Informational signs can also include things that point out where the checkout is or where the bathrooms and fitting rooms are located. The best signs are large and clear and are placed in a prominent location. If you use symbols and imagery, they should be universally understood. Moreover, they ought to be disability friendly and available in colors accessible for everyone.

These are some of the most common types of signage that your business will need to have. If you want to, you can expand your range of signs to include various merchandising items such as carpets, mats, window stickers, and other decor items. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Leaving Room For Mess In The Workplace

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Leaving Room For Mess In The Workplace

The office is meant for work. It’s the place where you conduct business and decide the future of your company. Don’t forget that it’s also a place for employees, the people who are there to keep everything going. You want the business to go smoothly, but people can only strive for perfection. There will always be a mess, and the office must designate space for it:

To Keep Files That Are Yet to be Sorted:

First, there’s the physical mess that you need to tackle, especially if you’re moving into an office unit for rent in Ortigas Center. Any move means uprooting the old filing systems you have and relocating them. They don’t come into the new office packaged to perfection and without needing to be organized. This, of course, gets sorted into their appropriate sections in the office. After you’ve successfully moved everything, you think all has been taken care of, but that’s where you’re wrong.

There will be future documents to sort, and there will be papers coming from different departments. A desk designated for the mess pile will keep other areas organized and will give you a good idea of how much you still need to do.

To Break Away from Monotony:

When it comes to regulated environments, it’s essential to keep a professional image. That means pristine walls and desks cleaned of any clutter. It’s almost clinical if you think about it. Occupying those desks are people who will be bored and will want to have some fun, and that’s exactly what the mess room will be for. It can be the pantry or a break room, but it has to be present. In this room, they are allowed to shed their professional persona even for just a few minutes so that they can be the fun and engaging people that they are. This room permits employees to be themselves, and it communicates that you care for their well-being more than the idea of having a perfect workplace.

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To Leave Room for Mistakes:

Unless you’re hiring robots to run the business, there will be mistakes done in the office. A pleasant work environment accepts mistakes as a way to learn and grow, and that means not hiding them from everyone. You could designate a section of the office for ideas that have been discarded or put on hold, allowing people to revisit them and see why they failed. It might spark innovation.

Fresh eyes might also solve problems that the original contributors couldn’t crack. Think about old cases that new investigators look into. This section could also serve as a reminder to everyone that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as they admit to it and are willing to make things right. You are hiring employees for their skills, but even the most skilled manager has their shortcomings. A mess table will remind them that you also appreciate their humanity.

The mess you make at work should not be shunned. With the right goals and vision, past messes can become drivers of business growth.

How To Be A Good Leader

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How To Be A Good Leader

It doesn’t really matter what you’re doing in life, leadership is a skill you should have. Whether you run a business, manage a team, or are just looking for your first job; you need to develop your leadership skills. Why? Because leading means you can take control and inspire others. This is a trait that will only help you improve your life and find better things in the future. From a job perspective, you open up so many new doors when you can lead.

So, how do you become a good leader? It’s not as difficult as you think, there are just a few things you need to know:

Think from different perspectives:

The ability to look at life from different perspectives is surprisingly hard. Not many people will have flexible views on certain things. Usually, we’ve all got our own ideas, and we stick by them. Without trying to get too political, this is probably why the country is in the state it’s in right now! Too many of us are stuck on one side or the other – with the inability to view the other sides perspective.

When you see things from new perspectives, it opens your mind to new ideas. Not only that, but you understand why people do what they do – and why they have specific thoughts. This is extremely important for a good leader. If someone comes to you with a problem, you need to see things from their point of view. Or, if there’s a disagreement between people, the best way to solve it is to view both perspectives. Even when you’re trying to secure sales, you’ll benefit from seeing things from the side of your lead.

How do you develop this particular skill? It’s something you should gradually start doing whenever you’re in different situations. Stop thinking about things in your own way, and think about what others may have to say. Also, education helps too. Places like Rutgers University have online degree courses that help you study new things and learn about new perspectives. Even something as simple as talking to people with different views or experiences to you will help. Fresh perspectives make you a more adaptable and successful leader.

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Actions speak louder than words:

You’ve all heard the saying, but what does it mean in terms of leadership? Effectively, it relates to a different saying; lead by example. The most inspiring leaders are people who do instead of just talk. Yes, you need to have a good grasp of your words and be able to speak to different people persuasively. But, all that talk is good for nothing if you don’t act upon it.

Think about it; what’s more annoying than someone giving orders that they don’t follow? If your boss tells you to keep working hard – but you see them with their feet up taking a two hour lunch break, then it’s hardly inspiring. You should start saying things, then using your actions to demonstrate that you do them, as well. If you tell someone to work hard, you have to visibly show that you’re working harder than them. Clock into work before everyone else, then leave when the room is empty. Set an example that people can follow.

You get a better response from people when they see that you act rather than speak. In turn, this helps you learn another valuable leadership lesson; don’t ask people to do more than you’re willing to do yourself. Too many ‘leaders’ give unreasonable commands. An excellent way to know if you’re stepping over the line is to see if you can do what you’re commanding. If it seems unreasonable to you, then it will be absurd to others as well. Don’t sit back and let your words do all the talking; show people that you act upon what you say.

Learn sympathy and empathy:

It’s crucial that you know how to show sympathy and empathy for other people. Both of these traits are simple ways to show human emotions. If you’re not capable of either, then it says a lot about your emotional state. People will come to you with personal problems all the time. You may get a call from an employee who can’t come to work because a family member died. Or, your best friend may tell you they broke up with their partner of ten years. In these situations, you need to respond accordingly.

Sympathy and empathy often get mixed up as the same thing. Sympathy is when you feel sorry for someone because of what they’re going through. Empathy is when you put yourself in their shoes to try and understand what they’re feeling. I’ll link a video below that explains the difference in more detail, so give it a watch if you’re interested.

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Be flexible:

Being flexible is, more accurately, being able to adapt to specific circumstances. All leaders will have an idea of how to do certain things. But what happens when a problem arises? What if the power goes out in your office and all the computers are down? The best leaders can adapt to this scenario because they’re flexible! They know what to do and how to alter the standard way of things to get better results.

Yes, it’s good to be meticulous and follow a rigid structure now and then. But don’t be too stiff. As a leader, you’ll be faced with various things that make you bend all the time. What happens if you bend something that’s too rigid? It snaps. Instead, you need to be more flexible and willing to change the way you do things if the circumstances dictate that a change is required. Think about leaders as rulers. Bad ones are the hard straight plastic rulers that snap with ease. Good ones are those flexible rubber ones that never break.

That’s all there is to it. So, go away and develop all of these skills, so you inspire those around you!

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Four Tips For Planning A Safe And Comfortable Event

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Four Tips For Planning A Safe And Comfortable Event

Pulling off a successful event, whether it is the big game, the hottest musical act, or trendiest trade show requires incredible attention to detail and a lot of logistical planning. However, of all the components that are required to achieve success, few are more important than preparing for the safety and comfort of all who are in attendance.

If you have been tasked with arranging the next performance, conference, or retreat for your company, let these four event planning tips help you along the way. From selecting reliable emergency equipment for east coast to making sure there are enough restrooms available, this guide is sure to make your job a bit easier:

1. Select the Right Venue

You may not have a lot of choice in the venue your event will be held at, but endeavor to find a facility that is designed for the number of attendees that you expect. To ensure the comfort of the guests, there should be ample room for seating, networking, and dining.

2. Properly Accommodate Needs

To keep people happy and attentive requires meeting their basic needs. If your venue does not have enough restrooms, shelter, or necessary lodging, you will need to supply them. Instead of managing a disgruntled crowd, look to mobile units instead for an easy solution to an age-old problem.

3. Train Your Staff

Though safety has always been a priority when large groups of people are gathered together, it is on everyone’s mind in this day and age. Taking the time to properly train all staff to handle emergencies and unexpected disturbances is key to establishing a secure environment.

4. Communicate Roles and Responsibilities

Every team needs a proper chain of command, and your event staff is no exception. Well before the big day, be clear about the roles and responsibilities of all participants and clarify how they should efficiently and effectively communicate with one another.

Follow the tips above for a smooth day on your big event!

Pricing Your Products The Right Way

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Pricing Your Products The Right Way

Much has been said about gaining the trust of your customers. You need to have great branding efforts and your marketing materials should be engaging enough to draw them in. However, building trust goes beyond all of these. You need to show that your brand is genuinely caring – that you will always provide them with products and services whenever they need them. You shall act as a friendly advisor. On top of these promises, you have to be fair. Fairness is among the values that establishes the foundation of customer relationships. One way of exemplifying fairness is through pricing the products the right way.

Many business people, though they are genuinely caring, often make the mistake of putting up a high price tag. Your goal is to earn profit, but that does not mean that you will not be transparent with your dealings. You just don’t give prices without any basis. There are a lot of factors that come into play. Here are some of them:

Gauge the market:

The market shall always be your compass when determining the prices of your product. Just look at your competitors. They may be offering the same products and services, and you have to know how much they are charging. By simply looking at this factor will allow you to play the game with your ear. If you charge too much, your customers will go to your competitors. When your prices are too low, there will be risk of overwhelming demands, which in turn may compromise the quality of your offerings. Find the middle ground and take it from there. You can use various price monitoring tools in this case for guidance.

Consider your costs:

Sometimes, you will need to look at your own resources and production to gauge how much you are going to charge. You need to have a breakeven and even get your ROI. Otherwise, you will experience loss, which is not a good thing. Take into account other factors besides product development and manufacturing and include overheads, such as rent, staff salary, and marketing in your list.

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Talk to your customers:

Before you release or launch a new product, you have to talk to your customers first. Find out if they are willing to spend their money for the product or service you are releasing. You can conduct a survey or a focus group discussion to make this prospect easy.

Look at the economy:

You will also have to look at what the economy does to various industries. The effects of macroeconomic activities trickle down to businesses. They affect the prices of raw materials and manufacturing services. The price of your products should depend on the costs you incur at a specific economic phase.

The price is right, that should be the guiding principle you follow when deciding on the price tags of your product. When you price the products right, you are showing your commitment to being transparent and building trust. Pricing the products the right way should not be difficult, as there will always be methods and tools that will help you.

Workplace Safety: Injuries And Prevention

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Workplace Safety: Injuries And Prevention

Workplace safety should be an utmost priority for all businesses and operations, as it can significantly affect a company or organization’s most essential asset, its workforce, and can subsequently stifle productivity and have financial consequences. According to the National Safety Council, one worker is injured every seven seconds at work, about 4.6 million workers are injured on the job per year, and a total of 104 million production days are lost due to workplace injuries.

To make your workplace safer, it’s not enough to comply with health and safety regulations; one must be wary of the common workplace injuries to take the necessary steps to prevent them. So let’s take a look at these injuries and the preventive measures you can take to help your workforce avoid them:

Slips, Trips, and Falls:

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), slips, trips, and falls constitute 25.8% of all work-related injuries. Despite these being quite common, preventing these types of injuries is quite easy and straightforward. Good housekeeping can address the issues of slipping and tripping; your workplace should minimize any clutter on the floor to avoid tripping over them and any spills should be immediately cleaned up. To avoid falls, elevated platforms should have railings and ladders should be installed or placed on solid, even surfaces.

Contact with Objects and Equipment:

The next most common (26%) workplace injury is contact with objects, machinery, and equipment. There are numerous ways for one to be injured by workplace equipment: one’s limbs or clothing can be caught up in gears and moving parts, an employee can be struck by heavy equipment, or collapsing structures or packages could fall on anyone below it. As such, it’s important for one to properly stack and store objects, ensuring that the heavier objects are stored at the base. Workers should be extra careful and wary of moving equipment and objects to avoid getting struck or get caught by moving components. And everyone in the workplace and those operating machinery should wear proper protective gear and equipment.

Overexertion:

Overexertion, according to the NSC, ranks as the most common workplace injury (33.54%). Overexertion happens through repetitive motion or poor posture when lifting or lowering heavy objects. Hence, your employees should be duly trained on how to properly lift and transport heavy objects and also allow your workforce to take short breaks in between heavy labor. Alternatively, your business or company can provide your workforce with equipment or vehicles such as hand trucks and forklifts to make lifting and transporting easier and significantly reduce the risk of overexertion.

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Other Common Injuries:

The other common injuries that end up forcing your workers to require a few days off from work are sprains and tears (from heavy physical activities), neck and back soreness (from sitting too long or from poor posture), and cuts, lacerations, and punctures (from contact with sharp objects in the workplace). These injuries can easily be avoided as well by proper posture, correct handling of equipment, and being mindful of one’s surroundings.

Workplace injuries are common, and even with all of the preventive measures, safety equipment, and trainings, there’s always the risk of accidents and injuries no matter how small. It’s important for your company or business to have either on-site health professionals, first aid kits and staff that are trained in first aid in case of accidents, or at least orthopedics or occupational medicine physicians on call in case of any accidents in your workplace.