9 Leadership Skills of Successful Women to Make Them Stand Out

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Gender equality in the workplace is gaining momentum, offering many opportunities to women leaders. This is good news for women who have been plagued by harassment, salary inequality and feelings of insignificance for years. Katrina Lake, founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, and the youngest CEO to lead a public offering, believes that decision-makers are starting to realize that being more inclusive of women is simply good business. 

Cultural transformations are taking place but they need to be translated into actions, whether it’s acing a job interview, successfully re-entering the workplace after a period of staying at home with children or developing leadership skills. Here are some of the skills successful women leaders need to stand out. 

  • Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage our own emotions, and those of others around us. It involves empathy, self-awareness and social skills. Emotions should never get in the way when making decisions. The more a woman is able to relate to and work well with others, the more success she will have. Continue reading

How Boomers & Millennials Should Communicate Infographic

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Today’s workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, as members of Generation Z join Millennials, Gen X’ers, and Baby Boomers as the major age groups represented in the workplace. Though these different perspectives and backgrounds can create a great creative environment and lively discourse, it can also spark workplace conflict and disagreements and members of each generation struggle to understand one another. In order to promote workplace harmony and communication, it’s important to understand where your coworkers are coming from. Take a look at the visual below for a summary of the core values and work ethic for each generation, along with general communication tips to keep in mind for the workplace.

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How to Find the Training Provider That’s Right for Your Business

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Training your staff is a vital part of running any business, but it can be hard to find the training providers that will work best for you. Here’s my guide to finding training providers that’ll work for you and give your team the skills they need to do the best job possible.

Look For Providers With Certifications

When you first start searching for a training provider, look for one that is accredited by a governing body in its chosen field or sector so that you know your team will be given up to date training that is of the highest possible standard. Training providers have to work hard to earn accreditation, so they won’t jeopardize that by offering substandard services.

Find A Company With Flexible Services

It can be hard for your team to fit their training in around their busy lives and hectic roles, so find a training provider that offers multiple options, as this will allow them to choose the best way to learn that suits them and fits in with their schedule. For example, there’s The BCF Group that provides its manual handling training online, in classrooms or through bespoke packages, so you can tailor your training to suit your team.Continue reading

10 Commandments of Good Coworking Spaces, Mistakes and Problems Solving

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Whether it’s the one dude beside you always trying to get a glance at your screen like he’s trying to catch you doing shady stuff, or the lady on the phone apologizing to a client for failing to meet a deadline, a coworking space has a certain ambiance that distinguishes it from a regular workspace. A coworking space is basically a workspace used by different people with different jobs or from different companies. 

This arrangement provides for shared office utilities like kitchens, coffee booths and many more. So, if you are going to sign up for coworking spaces, you might as well get used to the idea of not having a personal space because while you’re in the kitchen trying to make a private call, you could find out someone is just by the corner possibly listening in on your conversation the whole time. 

Coworking spaces are usually booked by individuals who were hitherto, working from home, freelancers, telecommuters and sometimes startups who want to take advantage of relatively cheap workspaces. As of 2019, there are close to 19,000 coworking spaces worldwide. Therefore, as every day passes, more coworking spaces are springing up to cater to the needs of a growing number of digital nomads and young entrepreneurs.Continue reading

How to Promote Gender Equality in the Workplace

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In honor of the recent National Women’s Equality Day, we’re taking a look at how to promote gender equality in the workplace. 

Women have made so many strides in business over the past 50 years: they make up 47% of the workforce and are more likely than their male counterparts to have earned a bachelor’s degree by 29. Companies who invest in gender diversity see big economic returns, as companies who rank high in gender diversity categories are 15% more likely to outperform economic output averages. 

Despite these accomplishments, the global wage gap will still take 108 years to close at the current rate and women in the US earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man.

In order for women to be achieve workplace equality, they must be granted equal opportunity, access to top decision-making positions, and equal pay. A recent study revealed that this is closer to reality than ever before: the number of female CEOS of Fortune 500 companies reached an all time high in 2019. Yet this high sees only 33 women leading top companies in the US – that’s just 6.6%. 

For an organization to achieve gender equality, it needs to come from the top. Creating and cultivating an environment where women can work and thrive is a win-win for everyone. Discover 6 lessons from lady bosses and more tips for how your business can achieve gender equality with this visual created by Fundera.

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How to Ensure Your Company-Based Video Content is Reaching a Broad Audience

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When you take the time and energy, not to mention investing money in creating video marketing and advertising content for your company, you want to be sure it is reaching as broad an audience as possible. To do that, you need to find the appropriate channels to distribute your video, paying close attention to who the audience is, making sure it fits your key demographics.

So, what happens if you aren’t quite satisfied with your reach, and you’re questioning if you are in fact doing all you can to get your content out there? Here are some tips and advice that will help ensure your video content is reaching the broad audience you hoped for.

Understand It’s Not a One-Size Fits All Approach

One of the biggest mistakes companies can make is to assume video marketing is a one-size-fits-all approach. Continue reading

4 Types of Insurance You Need to Protect Your Business

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No matter what type of business you’re planning to run, there is a certain amount of risk that comes with having your own company. Even if you put all your effort into getting your business off the ground, there are all sorts of unforeseen circumstances that can arise, making it more important than ever to take out insurance. Whether you’re a small business or large organisation, keeping your company protected is crucial.

With that in mind, here are four types of insurance you should take out in order to ensure your business is protected.

Employers’ Liability Insurance

If you are employing others in your business you are legally required to take out employer’s liability insurance, which will ensure your employees are protected if they have a fall or are injured whilst at work. It’s important that you display your insurance certificate where your staff can view it.Continue reading

Guide to Freelancing (Infographic)

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Whether you work a full-time job, already or are fresh out of school, it’s likely you’ve considered freelancing at one point or another. It’s a great way to gain a little extra income without too much commitment, and pick up new skills in an area of specialization. If you’re curious about freelancing, or are finding that you freelance client list keeps growing, you may wonder if you should simply freelance full-time.

While going freelance means you can work anytime and anywhere you want, it also means that your income is entirely dependent on the work you’re able to do. You gain more freedom, but you also lose some security. It’s entirely possible that you’ll have some months when you’re barely scraping by, and some months when you can’t seem to keep up. The unpredictable nature of freelancing can take a toll on your health and your finances if you aren’t prepared for the ride.

You’ll need a healthy emergency fund, good client communication skills, and a support system in place to make sure you don’t get bogged down by any setbacks. To find out whether or not you’re ready to freelance full-time, check out this visual by Turbo below:Continue reading

How to Start a Business in the US in 6 Steps

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Incorporating in the United States can increase the credibility of your business on the international front, and it is invaluable if you’re selling to Americans. It is even possible to open a business in the United States if you aren’t an American citizen, and you may not even need to be a legal resident. This allows people from around the world to take advantage of business structures like the limited liability corporation. Let’s discuss how to start a business in the US in 6 steps.

Choose the Type of Business You Want to Form

There are two main types of business structures open to those who are not U.S. citizens or long-term residents: the LLC and the corporation. An LLC is a limited liability corporation. It limits your liability in case of a lawsuit. The main benefit of an LLC is that it doesn’t pay corporate income taxes; you only have to pay personal income taxes on your share of the revenue from the business.Continue reading