you should slack a bit more

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Many us of are members of the instant message generation. From the early days of the almighty AIM (which amazingly still exists), to texting, on through to Facebook messenger, and all of the other available apps we use to communicate by way of typing (instead of speaking); plenty of people have grown accustomed to web-based chatting.

For many of us working office-type jobs, we even use this type of communication to stay connected to our coworkers – and it’s awesome. Until recently, Skype was the chat program of choice, but we’re on to better things these days, and that better thing is Slack. [Read more…]

make people love you at first sight

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It’s no secret that people make snap judgments about the people they meet, about the places they walk into, about the websites they visit, and about pretty much everything.

First impressions are serious business and can shape the assumptions people hold onto for a long time – sometimes despite evidence to the contrary. At the very least, a first impression is the foundation of opinion.

So, if we can all agree that these first impressions are important for business relationships, friendships, customer experience, and so on, what goes into making a good one?

(Note: While it helps to be unbelievably good-looking, it’s not a requirement.) [Read more…]

welcome new employees like family

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Starting a new job is terrible. There are few experiences that make you feel more awkward, more out of place, and more self-conscious than walking into a new workplace for the first time.

New employees have to do the old rigmarole of filling out paperwork, doing the office tour, meeting managers, etc., but that’s only the beginning. Once that stuff is over, the real awkwardness begins as you try to settle into your new space, try to keep all the new names and faces straight, and do your best to manage the neurosis of worrying what all of these new people think of you.

That’s more or less the common experience, but does it have to be this way? Can’t we make efforts to help new employees feel more welcome, more at home, and less nervous about walking into a new place? [Read more…]

6 simple steps to having the most american 4th of july ever

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Wondering how you can celebrate America’s birthday this weekend? Not a “sparklers in the backyard” celebration. I mean a full on handlebar-mustache-sporting, cow-eating, national-debt-having, SUV-driving, beer-gut rocking, country-singing America-thon. If you’re looking for that type of 4th of July, then I’ve got you covered.

It isn’t hard to make your 4th of July ridiculously perfect. If you’re in America right now, then you’re already halfway there. Obviously, you absolutely love America. Who doesn’t? Now all you have to do is show how much. Follow these simple steps, and you’re destined to have the most American 4th of July since 1776. [Read more…]

office tailgating is a thing.

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The giant snow piles have finally melted, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping (and pooping), and every road you take to work is suddenly lined with orange construction barrels. Oh yeah, it’s summertime. And in our world, there’s only one summer activity that truly matters: tailgating.

Why? Because … meat. [Read more…]

logo design – yeah, it’s that important.

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Your logo is your company’s face, and no one wants an ugly face!

Company logos are more important than you probably give them credit for. Not only are they simple visual shorthand for your brand, but also a literal portrayal of what your company represents. A good logo doesn’t only say what your company does; it communicates recognition, trust, and loyalty. This makes designing and choosing a logo a process never to be taken lightly. [Read more…]

communicate with style

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Everybody’s a little different. Therefore, you can’t talk to each person the same way. Well, you could, but you won’t get the results you want. If your goal is to have the best possible communication with your team, you need to take a step back and study how people best absorb messages. [Read more…]

is a mobile app right for your company?

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Mobile apps are amazing. The majority of us uses them so often and rely on them so much that it’s hard to think how we lived without them. Unfortunately, a lot of companies want an app because, well, it’s the trendy thing to do and they think they need to follow suit. They spend time and money developing a glorified mobile site that no one uses. Don’t get caught in this trap.

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