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No one person can be all things in a business and few businesses have the funds or manpower to handle all areas of the corporate world themselves. If you’re a small business looking to free up some brainpower or you’re a large company hoping to streamline the work process, here are four things your business can outsource for better productivity.

Legals

Regardless of the type of business you have, at some point you are going to have to delve into the dark and murky world of understanding the law as it applies to your business. Comprehending and meeting your legal obligations is no job for the amateur.

Lawyers have dedicated a good portion of their lives learning and updating their knowledge of the law, so if you need legal advice call in an expert and save the hassle and risk of trying to comprehend legal documents yourself. It might be rare that you need a lawyer, but when you do, a professional lawyer is worth their weight in gold, saving your business time, hassle, risk and even expenditure.

Accounting

A business owner or manager should be just that, utilising their skill-set to forward the enterprise rather than tying themselves up with the rigmarole of meeting tax obligations, filing financial information and counting the beans.

Outsourcing to a professional accountant saves time wasted coming to grips with constantly changing taxation and accounting requirements, and also minimises the risk of error. A good external accountant can also assist those in business to focus on the all-important big-picture bottom line rather than focusing on the nitty gritty of day-to-day bills.

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Printing

Too often businesses make the mistake of thinking just because they can print their own documents using a photocopier or printer.

From training manuals to letterheads and business cards, professional print shops ensure a quality finish for your product. Printers, such as The Print Group, can also save hours in time spent on design and layout and a whole lot of money when it comes to printing documents, both large and small, in bulk.

Social media

Social media is a complex and constantly evolving field. From handling the initial image you wish to send out to managing the day-to-day message you hope to convey, social media companies are the experts in ensuring your business presents well in the digital realm.

These days modern businesses can be made or broken in the space of 24 hours on the internet, so having a savvy social media team at your disposal, rather than muddling through on your own, is a huge asset for any business.

The smartest entrepreneurs will tell you their success lies in luck, a good idea and listening to the right people. So when it comes to ensuring the productivity of your workplace, it pays to outsource to the experts when the need arises.

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Offices, like all shared spaces, can be breeding grounds for germs that can cause illness if
not properly managed. Staff battling illness aren’t going to be as efficient or on-the-ball as those in good health, so it’s vitally important that businesses take the necessary steps to ensure the health of their employees. Here are just a few ways to keep germs out of the office.

1. Cleaning Services

One really reliable way to battle germs in the office is to hire a professional, commercial cleaning company to come in daily, after hours, and give the whole place a thorough going-over. Look for companies like AMC Commercial Cleaning that will go the extra mile, without breaking the budget, to ensure your staff can come to work in a safe, allergen- and germ-free office.

2. Promote hygiene

Of course, making sure you get a reliable cleaner is only half the battle. Your staff should also be asked to observe good hygiene habits in the office. Keep hand sanitiser handy, provide wipes to keep keyboards and mice – noted collectors of germs and debris – free of grime.

Shared spaces like the kitchen and bathrooms should be kept in good order throughout the day with plenty of extra hand soap and toilet rolls in the unlikely event that your cleaning company does not provide them.

3. Enforce sick days

Staff shouldn’t be at work if they’re sick. That’s just a fact. For one thing, if they’re not feeling their best then they aren’t going to be at their best performance-wise. For another, they’re putting their co-workers at risk of illness just by being there.

If your staff are indispensable and their not being at work, even when ill, may be detrimental to the business, then consider finding ways to help them to work at home until they fully recover. Ideally though, there should be processes in place so that the successful operation of a business is not dependent on one employee.

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4. Know what you’re dealing with

Do your research on the sort of illnesses that are most common in office environments and how to prevent them. This will allow you to take the necessary steps to shut down any especially nasty viruses before they get a chance to take hold. All it takes is for one airborne illness to get into the air-conditioning and suddenly everyone’s got it. Prevention, as they say, is better than cure and it’s up to you to put those preventative measures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of your staff.

These are just a handful of ways you can help keep germs well and truly out of your office environment. All that’s really required is the ability to form habits of healthy behaviour; making sure hands are washed after using the bathroom, keeping workstations clear and tissues handy.

What are your favourite methods of keeping the office clean and hygienic for everyone who has to work there? What has and hasn’t worked in the past? Share your thoughts and answers in the comments section below.

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Are you planning a networking event? If so, then read on for details of the five must-have elements you need to incorporate into your function to make it a success:

1. Business cards and name badges

You can never have too many business cards when it comes to attending or hosting a networking event, so be sure to stock up in advance. Next on your list are name badges and place card holders. These provide event organisers and sponsors will a fantastic branding opportunity. To determine which option best suits your needs and budget, have a look at companies who specialise in customisable promotional materials for events such as Signal Events.

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2. Signage

Never underestimate the value of signage materials for your function. If you’re hiring a venue, be sure to liaise daily with their event managers to guarantee that your guests can quickly and easily find their way to you. If you’re using multiple rooms for breakout sessions, ensure these are also well signed and easy to find. Once again, all signs provide another branding opportunity for you and your event partners.

3. Registrations

The registration process is one of the most demanding elements of any event. This is because you usually have a large number of people arriving at roughly the same time. Registrations need to run quickly and smoothly in order to keep your program running to schedule. There are different options to use for registrations, including ultra-fast and efficient electronic systems. Once again, it might be worth speaking to an event promotions company to select the best option for your event.

4. Delegate packs

Running in parallel with the registration process is the handing out of delegate packs. This should include an event program and any other materials relevant to the day’s proceedings. Delegate packs are probably one of the most important promotional elements of the day. Apart from the obvious branding opportunities, packs can be used to supply detailed information about your company to potential customers, partners and even potential investors.

If you have event sponsors, delegate packs also offer a good return on their investment due to brand exposure and the reach they can have among event participants. Depending on the scale and budget of your event, you may even wish to produce some bespoke promotional materials such as pens, calendars and other merchandise.

5. Displays

The type and amount of display materials that you need to produce for your networking event will obviously depend on the size and nature of the function. Displays may simply include posters and other printed materials like brochures and pamphlets. Or you may have more sophisticated multi-media displays, interactive stations for delegates or even display vehicles or models.

Networking events can prove to be of incredible value for any business or organisation. If done well, events can generate new business, forge new partnerships and even drive product innovation. If you’re planning on hosting an event, make sure you have all of the five things outlined above. This will ensure your event is professional, runs smoothly and maximises outcomes for your business and investment.

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Being a part of a learning organisation is something most white-collar workers dream of. These are organisations that are forward-thinking, able to make bold and fearless decisions for their future and accept their mistakes without taking it out on the staff.

But what does it mean to be a part of one? How do you know if yours is a learning organisation? Here are a few indicators:

Research

A learning organisation is always doing their homework – on themselves, on the marketplace and on the competition. Having the right information can tell a company where their weaknesses lie, which processes aren’t working and what their competition is doing that they aren’t. That’s a lot of data to harvest internally, of course, so many rely on software created by companies like GlobalX Legal Solutions to acquire and present all of this data to build a clearer picture of internal efficiency and external industry factors.

Employee Training

Making sure your employees are well-versed in your company’s various processes and are prepared to handle any situation that gets thrown at them is a crucial part of being a learning organisation. The best examples of these kinds of companies place a high premium on employee contributions. They’re your boots on the ground, thus they are extremely well placed to tell you what works and what doesn’t.

Risk Taking, Experimentation

Some of the most successful learning organisations are risk takers. They enact daring policy changes and chase down big ideas if they think they could be beneficial. They’re also willing to experiment – if one procedure isn’t working or has become outdated they throw it out and replace it with another. This cycle continues until a process that works is found.

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Mistakes Happen

Allowing and learning from mistakes is vital, especially for a learning organisation that likes to take risks. There’s no shame in admitting defeat if a particular venture didn’t pan out – the best companies take that experience and knowledge and use it to better themselves. It’s also important to remember past mistakes so that they are not made again. Remember, if you’ve done your research then your decisions will be informed and mistakes won’t occur as often – but when they do, you must be ready to internalise their lessons.

Dissemination of Knowledge

There’s no point in having all this information if the company can’t do anything with it. Some businesses prefer to compartmentalise, providing information on a need-to-know basis. A learning organisation places a higher level of trust in its employees – staff that are well-informed feel more trusted and valued by the establishment and are more loyal as a result.

These are but a few ways to know if the company you’re working for is a learning organisation. As we move further into the 21st century, it is becoming more and more apparent that these kinds of businesses are the future. Those that are not able to adapt and evolve the way learning organisations do are doomed to wither on the vine.

Have you ever worked for a learning organisation? How did you find it? Tell your story in the comments below!

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Gemma is a Senior Campaign Specialist for Citrix and GoToMeeting. She has been using collaboration tools/video conferencing/online meetings for the past 6 years and splits her working time between the office and home.

Having experienced the flexibility and various advantages of using such technology, Gemma would love for employers to seriously consider offering collaboration tools and flexible working for their employees so they too can truly benefit. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter @GemmaFalconer

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