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How can your office benefit the environment?

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It seems like everyone is starting to take notice of the chemicals and other things they are using that may be hurting the environment. If you want to take a proactive approach to becoming an energy efficient office, there are a number of things you can do to go green. One of the great things about going green is that it will help to reduce your utility costs and it can also have a positive impact on your employees as well.

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Why honesty matters in business management

poundingfists30395631.jpg There are a number of different factors that bring about a good manager or a bad one. If you want your organization to run smoothly and effectively, you need to make sure you are an honest person. Honesty will go a long way in fostering a number of relationships like those with your employees, vendors, and your customers. A company that is honest is one that can easily be respected by millions. However the sad thing is that there are a large number of employers that aren't honest with their staff. In fact there have been studies done that show only 2 out of every 5 bosses are honest with their employees. This usually involves promising the employees one thing and doing another and so on.

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Introducing humor into the workplace

busfriends30396999-1.jpgManagers have to fill so many roles that it can be challenging for them to forget themselves sometimes and remember to be a human. Humor is an important part of the workplace and you need to be able to laugh with your employees once and awhile to break the tension in the office and gain your employees trust.

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Using incentives to create a positive work environment

cashflow19162760.jpgIt is important for the workplace to be a positive one. When the workplace is positive it makes going to work a better experience for the employees and the employer. People tend to work better in a positive work environment and more employees will enjoy coming to work instead of dreading it.

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How to reduce cooling cost using air curtains

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As a business manager you are very much aware of the costs of operating a business. You know that more than supplies and products need to be paid for. You have to lease a property, maintain it, pay the utilities, etc. You are probably anxious to find any way to save some money. That is why you should look into reducing your cooling (and heating) costs using air curtains.

In the summer many businesses turn the thermostat way down, lower than the average home in fact. Perhaps it is because you will not be able to keep customers in your building if they are uncomfortable with the temperature. Air curtains are designed to prevent the loss of cooled air block the entry of hot air when a door is opened and closed. Air curtains also prevent the entry of outside contaminants such as dust and insects. This feature can be invaluable for any customers or employees with sensitivity to these contaminants.

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Converting to alternative fuels

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Of course it sounds like a good idea to convert to alternative fuels. Alternative fuels are better for the environment, easier to access or create, and some fuels can pro-long the life of your automobiles. But there are often costs to be considered while making changes. Regardless of how good alternative fuels are, you need to know if converting your current fleet to alternative fuels is going to be worth the investment.

Converting to alternative fuels combines personal opinion, financial resources, and feasibility. There are advantages and disadvantages to the decision of converting to alternative fuels. These differences vary from business to business and person to person. As you try to make the most informed decision possible, consider the following examples of advantages and disadvantages to converting to alternative fuels:

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Anger Management Counseling

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Everyone gets angry form time to time. It is when controlling that anger becomes an issue that professional help is needed. Anger management counseling allows an individual the opportunity of talking with a healthcare professional in the attempt to resolve their problems of controlling the rage that they feel. In a recent Gallop poll, it was found that 20% of employees asked reported that they have felt angry enough to "hurt" a co-worker in just the last 6 months. Literally thousands of employees, managers and innocent bystanders are being killed or seriously injured as a result of mismanaged anger. The workplace is a dangerous place to be these days. Managing your anger and the anger of your co-workers and employees is more important now than ever before.

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Air filtration in the office to reduce employee sick days

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Hopefully it is not new news to you that using air filtration in the office can reduce employee sick days. You should know that air-born contaminants are a leading factor for common illnesses that can make your employees feel ill and call in sick for work. Obviously, indoor air quality is a serious concern. It is the business/building owner's responsibility to ensure that working environments are clean and safe. That means ensuring that the air employees breathe has been filtered and is as safe as possible. Ultimately, air filtration in the office will reduce employee sick days due to respiratory illnesses.

Employee absence due to illness is a huge concern. Sick pay and in this case when the illness is caused by the business can lead to high pay outs. As the business owner you are responsible for the health of the employees that are a direct result of their working environment. Respiratory infections, allergies, and asthma are just a few conditions that poor indoor air quality can lead too. Using air filtration in the office is the smart way to prevent these problems.

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Air duct cleaning - is it worthwhile for your business?

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Air duct cleaning is essential for a healthy working environment. Indoor air quality is a serious concern. It is the business/building owner's responsibility to ensure that working environments are clean and safe. Keeping your air ducts clean from obstructions and contaminants is vital.

Indoor air quality was a huge problem in the 90's. Now after shocking results found by the EPA, awareness is being raised about this problem. Indoor air is re-circulated; when there is no filtration system in place (or the air ducts are not clean) indoor air quality has been measured to be 100 times worse than the outdoor air.

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Hiring a paper shredding company

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Every person has documents he/she does not want others to read. From old bank statements, to account numbers and credit cards, or old emails to clients and friends-there are just certain things you don't want laying around the office or home for just anyone to read.

Disposing of these papers can be risky. If you simply through them in the trash, anyone could search through your can until they found that perfect personal document to commit identity theft with, or all your financial information making it easy for a thief to commit bank fraud. Burning your papers is also an option, but perhaps a bit extreme, and, of course, very messy. The fire alarms in your office or home would most surely go off if you started the fire in your trash can, and then the emergency sprinklers would come on, drenching everyone and everything in your office or home. Not a good idea. The perfect solution is found in hiring a paper shredding company!

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Computer recycling and disposal

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It finally happened. That beloved computer that you've been nursing along for months, listening to its strange beeps and groans every time you turn it on or off, it's finally broken down past the point of repair. Maybe the monitor blew out or maybe your hard drive imploded one day while you were working on a most important project (now why on earth would you be working on something important on a computer like that?).

But now that it's dead, what should you do with it? You don't want to throw it in your trash can-your garbage man wouldn't like that too well. It is kind of difficult to simply throw something out that was once so much a part of your life-and so expensive. Plus, it can't be good for the environment to have large pieces of electronics filling up our land fills. There must be a better option than just throwing the dead computer on the curb (which you wouldn't want to do anyway because it looks trashy).

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How to reduce employee eye strain

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This article is on how you as a manager or employee can reduce employee eye strain. Now, you might wonder why on earth you as a manager or as an employer should be worrying about the eye strain of your employees. But I am going to ask you to sit back and think a minute about yourself. You are probably reading this article on your computer. Now, how long have you been looking at your computer? How long have you been working at your computer, going through budget spread sheets, scrolling through information, working up presentations, going over orders, looking up information on how you can better manage your workplace and workforce, comparison shopping for equipment that your office and/or warehouse or wherever you work needs. Now close your eyes. Do they ache? Is your vision strained at all? Do you have a headache? When you go home at the end of the day, do your eyes feel tired and strained? Do you ever, in the middle of the day, find that you just have to lean back and close your eyes and rest them for a little while? Nobody is immune from the strain and damage that computer screens do to eyes. Some people experience the strain and damage worse than others do-for example, if I am looking at a computer screen for an extended amount of time straight, I end up with a migraine that puts me in a dark room for about 48 hours trying to recover. That's one way to stop looking at a computer screen!

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Converting to alternative fuels

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Of course it sounds like a good idea to convert to alternative fuels. Alternative fuels are better for the environment, easier to access or create, and some fuels can pro-long the life of your automobiles. But there are often costs to be considered while making changes. Regardless of how good alternative fuels are, you need to know if converting your current fleet to alternative fuels is going to be worth the investment.

Converting to alternative fuels combines personal opinion, financial resources, and feasibility. There are advantages and disadvantages to the decision of converting to alternative fuels. These differences vary from business to business and person to person. As you try to make the most informed decision possible, consider the following examples of advantages and disadvantages to converting to alternative fuels:

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How to build problem solving (not causing) environment

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There are many problems that can be present in the work place. There can be problems where employees are performing their jobs the way they are supposed to. You as a manager could have a few employees that have a problem with you. Or your employees could have problems with each other. Aside from personal problems between employees there can be other problems that might arise. You can get past all of these problems by building a problem solving environment for you and your employees. Let's talk about how you can create a problem solving environment.

First you can ensure your employees that you have an open door policy. The open door policy means that your office door will always be open for your employees to come and share any problems they might have with you. Not only can they visit you at your office but they should feel comfortable talking with you at any time. This open door policy can be used for work related problems like problems with other employees or something that is concerning them. You can even ensure that you will be open to talk about personal problems, sometimes you are the only mentor available to your employees. When you are available to talk one on one with your employees they will feel cared for and at home in the work place.

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Going green at the work place

lemonaidstand32273991.jpg With the price increases there are in the world today, going green at the work place seems like a good idea to many businesses. Going green in the work place helps keep the cost of business down as well as helping the environment. Going green can be done by simply implementing a few easy policies or plans. These policies and plans can decrease business costs, improve air quality inside and out, and will form lasting habits that can have a positive effect on the environment.

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Creating positive work environments

groupofcoworkers32012584.jpg With every work environment there can be tension. Creating positive work environments is a goal for many business managers. This is because when you can create a positive work environment, the work seems to get done more efficiently. Employees are more likely to get the jobs required done with a good attitude and can be more willing to work on jobs that are not required to keep the business going. By creating positive work environments employers can promote a harmonious environment so the employees are more likely to work well together.

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