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It’s Not Too Late: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business

Yes, so January 1st has already passed, but it’s never too late to make a resolution for positive change.

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So often we begin the New Year making a list of personal resolutions to better ourselves or our circumstances. What about our businesses? Why not resolve to better them and their circumstances? After all they are our livelihood; the very entity that allows us the opportunity to then better ourselves. It’s easy to look at the obvious personal resolutions: exercise, diet, etc. Resolutions for a business may be a bit harder to think of; how about resolving to one or more of the following? After all, even one positive resolution is sure to bring on further positive change.

  1. Review 2015

Look at the past year. What worked? What didn’t? Where did you gain the most profit? Where did you lose the most? Resolve to look at what does and doesn’t work in your line of business, and to learn from it.

  1. Set Goals & Strategize

Resolve to set aside time daily, or at least weekly, to review where your business is at and where you want it to be. Then make a plan to get it there! Reviewing throughout the year will allow you to change course as needed, and by utilizing weekly business planning sessions you can continually keep on track with your goals.

  1. Make Sure Your House is in Order

Resolve to be organized from the start with your books and taxes. Keeping your finances in order from the start, including your taxes, bills, and payroll, will help you to avoid the stress of facing an audit unprepared. In addition, go ahead and replace any equipment or necessary supplies that are in disrepair and making productivity harder.

  1. Invest In & Reward Your Employees

You hire the best, most talented employees in order to grow your business. Now resolve to keep them motivated and morale high by investing in and rewarding them. Offer training to continue their growth within your company. Remember to reward good work and to identify them for going above and beyond. Use positive constructive motivation and your results will be ten-fold.

  1. Forge New Partnerships / Networks

Resolve to join a networking or business organization to forge new partnerships and networks. These can be of immeasurable value to your company. Through new contacts you may spark new business ideas, or gain referrals.

  1. Market

Resolve to promote your business regularly and consistently in a variety of ways. Not sure about social media? 2016 is the time to really give it a shot, as it is becoming more and more important in both marketing and research. Also, don’t forget about reaching out to the customers you already have, they can be of great service in referrals and testimonials to use. And lastly don’t forget to keep your website up to date and appealing!

  1. Consult & Serve Your Customers Well

Take the time to listen to your customers. Their insight can really help you identify what you are doing right, and what you need to improve on. Resolve to really take into account their comments and recommendations and to implement change from them.

  1. Delegate

Handing over tasks and relinquishing control can be one of the hardest things to do. However, it can also be just the thing to help spur growth in your company. If you are always consumed with the administrative tasks of payroll, benefits, etc., you are not focusing on bringing in revenue. Why not resolve to hand over some of the burdensome administrative tasks to HR Strategies and focus on why you really went into business?

  1. Schedule YOU Time

Business can be consuming. As the “boss” you must make sure that you find time to schedule in your own down time. After all, who else is going to do it? Not leaving time for you away from the office and running the business is asking for burn-out, and disaster. Resolve to give yourself that pat on the back and some time away for the great job you’re doing. In doing so, you will be more motivated and inspired.

  1. Give Back

Make a difference in your community. Remember that those who give also receive. Take the time to find an organization to help, someone to mentor, serve on a committee, or volunteer. By growing goodwill you will also be growing a name for your business. So make a resolution to find a cause in your community that matters to you, and start making a difference.

HR Strategies enables businesses to reclaim time, stabilize and reduce labor costs, increase employee productivity, and improve morale while increasing employee retention. HR Strategies is dedicated to the success of our clients by providing the latest and best industry resources available as well as constant access to customer support. Want to learn more on how you can obtain the freedom to pursue your passions and focus on your core business? Call us today at 770-339-0000, or visit us at http://www.hr-strategies.com .

Reviewing Your New Year’s Resolutions

Today marks the first day of the religious season of Lent. No matter your beliefs, the tradition associated with this holiday are ideal for refocusing on your goals. Traditionally, the season of Lent is a time of sacrifice. People give up their personal vices such as soft drinks, chocolate, alcohol, sweets, and swearing. Others dedicate the season to doing something good for them, like exercising, reading, or volunteering. All of these things can help us create an overall healthy lifestyle.

Yesterday was exactly six months from the beginning of the year. Have you fallen down on any of your New Year’s Resolutions? It’s not too late! Take the next six weeks to get back on track!

If your business resolutions have been stagnant, call HR Strategies today to revamp your core competencies! 770.339.0000 We are happy to provide a Free Needs Analysis for your company to help us see how we can best serve you! Contact us today!

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Today is Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” in English, is the final day of celebration before the religious season of Lent. Because Lent is a time of sacrifice, Mardi Gras is a time of excess.

Fun Fact: Louisiana is the only state where Mardi Gras is a legal holiday. That doesn’t stop the rest of the world from joining in on the celebration!  Mardi gras pic

We’re exactly 6 weeks out from the beginning of the year. Here is your opportunity to review and refocus on your New Year’s Resolutions!

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