You might not realize how many processes you have memorized for your everyday routine and there are probably a lot. Those processes generally include a ton of intricate steps, which can make explaining or recreating that process challenging at times. Fortunately, workflow charts are here to make it easier. What are they? A flowchart is essentially a diagram that outlines processes with differently shaped boxes (steps in the process are usually square while decisions are usually indicated with a diamond) and arrows that connect those boxes. They are great tools when it comes to managing or...

Although technology is present in all of our daily lives, a number of us are still unfamiliar with the terms associated with it.  Luckily, we’re here to clear up some of the confusion. Continue reading for an explanation of four common technology-related terms. Cookies Cookies are basically what allow websites to recognize you when you revisit them. By allowing cookies, you are allowing your web browser to give the website details such as your username, password and preferences. They can save you a substantial amount of time by preventing you from reentering your information...

Social media is something that exists in most of our lives, whether we like it or not. Unfortunately, many of us still have no clue what most of the terms surrounding social media mean. This simple guide can reduce some of that confusion by explaining some of the more common social media terms. 1. Tag A tag can refer to a number of things, depending on how it is used. When referring to blogs, tags usually refer to the keywords that were used in the post. Tagging keywords in blogs allows search engines to recognize your post as relating to certain topics, and helps the post rank...

Many of us have encountered employee burnout in one way or another – whether we have felt burned out ourselves or recognized it in one of our colleagues. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple steps you can take to ensure that burnout doesn’t get the best of you or your employees. Avoiding burnout Have fun – Making room for fun can relieve some stress and help to keep employees motivated when they are on the brink of burnout. Switch it up – Let employees work on new projects or teams when they’ve been working on one thing for a long time, like Facebook is...

Often, when we perform online searches we end up getting hundreds of thousands of results – many of them irrelevant. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to help generate more accurate results. Keep it simple Simplicity is critical when it comes to online searches. It’s generally in your best interest to use only a few words or phrases if the search is not too complex. If you’re looking for a type of business in your area, you can type in that business type as well as the name of your town or your zip code. That should garner results that are both...

There are always plenty of reasons for being unproductive. Every season brings a new ailment or distraction. In the winter, energy dwindles and in the summer, all people can think about is being outside. While there is no solution for those distractions, there are several things you can do to help keep your employees focused and boost productivity. Keep a clean office Clutter can quickly lead to increased stress and decreased productivity. Keeping a tidy office and encouraging your employees to clean their workspaces are great ways to instantly boost productivity. Removing the distraction...

If you’re big on presentations, you may have heard of Prezi, one of the most revered online presentation tools. Prezi is an easy-to-use tool that makes presentations more enjoyable. You might ask yourself what makes Prezi better than other presentation tools – here it is: Flash-based Prezi is flash-based, which makes it more versatile in the type of presentations you may create. Presentations needn’t be quite so linear. They are created more like a visual map with words, images, links and whatever else you’d like to add. You can zoom in and out of that map to...

In light of the recent Playstation security breach, a lot of people are growing more concerned over the privacy of their online identities. If your information falls into the wrong hands, the effects can be damaging. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your online identity is safe. Use an encrypted connection Encrypted connections are fairly easy to find on many of the most popular sites including Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes, you need to change the privacy settings in order to gain encrypted access. Once that is done, however, it can make your information far...

Being green is a fantastic way to help the environment as well as save some money. Luckily, turning your office into a green one is not very hard to do. Here are some simple tips for making your office greener. 1.    Use double-sided printing whenever possible Setting your printer and/or copier’s default setting to double-sided printing automatically reduces the amount of paper used in your office.  This is an incredibly simple step. And if anybody ever needs to utilize the one-sided printing feature, he or she can easily change the setting. 2.   ...

Most of us have heard the rumor that our keyboard could be dirtier than a toilet seat. While that statement is startling, many wonder if it’s actually true. While levels of germs vary from keyboard to keyboard, some have shown higher levels than those on a toilet seat, which is a scary fact.   If that alone doesn’t make you want to clean your keyboard, the fact that you use it on a daily basis should be. The germs that build up due to sickness, food, and just everyday bacteria can quickly add up and spread to other items on your desk. Luckily, we have some tips that can help you...