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The summer is a fantastic time in many ways. While we try to console ourselves during the winter with feasting and Christmas, it’s the summer when we really get to be out in nature and enjoy ourselves. It’s no surprise, therefore, that during the warmest months of the year, people want to escape the confines and the home and get active. But what sports are out there that’ll have you adventuring all day? Let’s take a look at some of what’s on offer.
Saddle Up: It’s Time To Go Mountain Biking
Mountain biking has evolved considerably over the last 20 years, and for people who haven’t kept up with the latest advances in the field, it can be a bit of a wake-up call. It turns out that the mountain bikes of yesteryear are long gone, especially if you’re willing to dump a bit of money into a proper bike. Whereas the bikes of the past would leave your hand feeling numb and your bottom feeling raw thanks to a lack of impact absorption, modern bikes have great suspension that helps to absorb many of the hits, both big and small. Rather than going offroad being a painful experience, it’s now something that you can genuinely enjoy. Staying in the saddle all day and riding offroad is a distinct possibility, so long as the weather holds up.
Then there are the trails themselves. While a trail center probably won’t keep you occupied all day, it’s worth mentioning that the range and quality of trail centers have improved massively over the last couple of decades. The great thing about trail centers is that they are a sure bet. You know that they’re going to be rideable and that you won’t have to spend our pushing your bike up to the top of the hill, only to have to walk it down again because of the difficulty of the terrain. Trail centers also benefit from bike friendly facilities. This includes things like cafes, bike workshops, toilets and coffee shops, especially at locations popular with non-mountain bikers.
There are downsides to trail centers, of course. One of the problems is that you never really get to explore the wilderness in a way that you could if you are out in nature. Often trail centers are cut into pine forests, meaning that the trails themselves are great, but the views are a little samey. What’s more, you don’t really get that adventuring feeling like you do when you’re out by yourself on your bike in nature. Riding in the wilderness is a different experience entirely, and thanks to improvements in trails up and down the country, it’s now more mountain bike-friendly than ever before. It’s still a good idea, however, to do your research first and find out whether anybody else has traveled the route you’re planning on riding by bike. Sometimes routes can look great on paper but can be ruined by unmarked features or by there being too many walkers.
What About Hiking?
One of the downsides of mountain biking is the amount of time it takes to get setup and the money it costs. Quality mountain bikes start at around $2000 and go up from there. What’s more, getting the suspension serviced every 100 hours or so is a very costly procedure and will set you back a fair amount. Then there are all the other costs, like having the right tools and kit. If you’re not interested in spending a lot of money on a hobby, then biking might not be for you.
The costs of hiking, however, are a lot lower. Even if you decide to buy all the best equipment, you’ll still have plenty leftover to spend on things like accommodation. What’s more, with hiking you have more freedom. There are many trails closed off to bikers, but few trails are closed to hikers. (Usually, these trails are part of trail centers). What’s more, as a hiker, you’re able to visit more epic destinations. Bikers aren’t able to reach the top of mountains usually, but for hikers, it’s a regular occurrence.
Finally, hiking isn’t something that relies as heavily on the fitness of the whole group. Most people are able to keep up with the fittest when walking, which is something that can’t be said for biking.
Kayaking On River Rapids
Being out of the house all day adventuring is something that can be done on water too. Kayaking, like biking, has experienced a bit of a renaissance over the last decade, especially since the Beijing Olympics where it was watched by millions.
If you’ve not done it before, you’ll need to do a bit of preparation. First, you’ll need to find a kayak. There is no best kayak for beginners because the kayak you choose depends on your use. If you’re planning on being out on the river all day long, then you’ll want a touring kayak – a kayak that is usually a lot longer than other types and that is better in unsteady waters.
The most important thing to remember about kayaking is that it is an extremely physical activity that depends on a lot of upper body strength. If you’re not used to it, it can be a bit of a shock. It’s worth spending a few days practicing being in the water before attempting things like rapids to acclimate your body. Over time your muscles will adapt to the movements, but it takes time for this to happen. Just jumping in a kayak and going out for the day probably isn’t a very good idea.
There’s also the fact that kayaking is very dehydrating, especially if you’re wearing a lifejacket and helmet on a warm summer’s day. Make sure that you take plenty of water with you on your trip so that you don’t have to rely on the kindness of strangers.
Once you get the basics nailed, kayaking opens up a whole new world from the water. Some of the most popular kayaking destinations in the world include the Colorado River as well as the Dordogne in France.
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Investments in your office offer you a big ROI, but what offers you an even bigger one is investing in your employees. By investing your time, efforts and money into your staff you get a return on a whole host of things. You induce a relationship and trust between you and them. You better their skill set. And you benefit financially from this bettered set of skills through the work they produce. So, overall, investing in your employees is worthwhile. And it is certainly something you should consider doing the next time you feel your business needs a fresh injection of something.
If you feel that your business cannot seal important deals then your employees could be the answer. You, yourself may be well versed in the field of deal-sealing, but what happens when you’re not around? What happens when you’re off site? The reason why your business is struggling so much in the deal-sealing department is because important clientele may be visiting your office when you are called away from it. To nip this problem in the bud simply invest in training for your employees. You should get them training that ensures they are able to seal a deal when it is asked of them. When your employees are subjected to the Frosch Learning style of corporate sales training, for instance, you know they are gaining the knowledge and skills needed to seal a deal. On such a training course they would be taught about the art of selling. This would mean they always know how to sell your business. And they would be taught in the art of negotiation. This would mean that if they were ever drawn into a discussion with an important client they could negotiate on your behalf. You should always try to invest your time into distilling knowledge of deal-sealing into your employees whenever you can. For instance, you should make them aware that a deal can be sealed in as little as seven seconds.
There are also some unique ways to invest in your employees that you may never have thought about before. Such techniques, when implemented, will not only help your employees but they will also help take your business in a new direction. Investing financially in regards to helping to personally brand your employees is one such technique. By spending your money on things such as uniforms or personal company web presences for your employees you do a number of things. You help to induce a feeling within your employees that you want them to be a part of the team. You also show yourself to external forces that you are a business that appreciates its employees. Therefore, you are boosting employee morale and boosting your business’s marketing campaigns too.
But you shouldn’t just take to investing in your employees only when you feel your business needs to go in a new direction. No, you should try to invest in them at all times. You should always show appreciation to your employees by showing you are willing to invest in them. This is because an employee that garners appreciation is going to want to work harder to garner even more.
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Innovation comes in many different shapes and forms. From your employees to developing the one strong idea that shapes the foundations of your company, each area of your company should be primed for innovation and strengthening your business. What does innovation entail? Innovation might sound like a notion that comes once in a lifetime, but to prepare yourself for pushing business boundaries, you need to put the strategies in place. Innovation will increase engagement, competitiveness, growth, and the value of the business. What can you do to make sure that your business is ready to innovate?
Keep Up With The Flow Of Technology
The most vital thing to keep ahead of the curve in the digital age is to develop your business with the tech that is constantly being updated and created. Your business, be it industrial, retail, or small-fry startup needs to use the most recent trends in tech to your advantage. Tech is not just to benefit a customer; it can be used to benefit your company. For example, the importance of instrument maintenance that can be harnessed by on-site calibration services is a simple and effective way to make sure that your equipment is performing at its best. Your resources need to operate at 110%. As equipment and technology are the foundations of every business, we need to use it properly.
Stay Up To Speed With The Entrepreneurial Movement
It’s just that, a movement! With the change in the economy and the shift towards a more self-sustaining way of working, and naturally, people will gravitate towards the entrepreneurial lifestyle. Entrepreneurship is also being deemed as a major driving force in economic success. As innovation is an enabler of people’s entrepreneurial tendencies, it would be wise to look at the movement and make sure you take advantage of it. Leaders in businesses now see that this is a whole new approach to setting up a new and dynamic framework in the modern startup, and you should take a leaf out of their books and apply it to your own company.
Competing With Agile Methodologies
A startup company operates with the bare minimum of expenses but with maximum effort. Innovating a business can involve a major shakeup of ideals and trimming the fat, but this is a necessary evil if you want to compete with other startup companies that are younger and much more flexible. Do your research, and you will see that companies are never continually excellent across the board, but the most successful ones make the right movements. This involves strategy, and this is done by doing what the lean startups do and create a market for yourself, one that is untested. This is the prime purpose of innovation in business; it is to create value for your customers that increase your profit. Competition is rife in business, and that will never change, but by creating a market for yourself it signals to other businesses that you are the big fish, and you are unafraid to take risks. This is what innovation is, and it’s time to implement it.
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It can be hard to know just what to spend your money on when you’re in business - especially when it comes to your own. Investing in something that promises longevity is a tricky game at the moment, as the guarantee doesn’t come until you’ve seen the proof of the pudding; a lot of brands are willing to sell you something just to take your business, but aren’t committed to seeing it through to the end.
Dealing with the finances in your place of work and putting them towards improvements has to be thought about for as long as it takes you to make your mind up. There’s no arbitrary set amount of time to mull things over – just as long as you know that you’re doing the right thing and what you are doing will last, the amount of return it will gain you in continued business from consumers and – more importantly – not having to replace the goods will see you through.
Considering the outside of the offices, just how safe is the track to get up to your building? Whether it’s a main road or a private path, potholes, lumps, and bumps can be more common that you think. Finding a registered (and recommended) professional to come and lay commercial asphalt can be the way around this. The sealcoating that can be provided to go on top will extend the lifespan of your paving, making it more economically sound for your business to pay out for.
Your brain cannot function properly without the right level of hydration. Ensuring that all of the staff in your office have access to fresh, clean and cold water at all times isn’t a cost that you should even be factoring into your expenses – it should just be done. Placing a couple of water fountains around your office can really help increase focus and motivation within your workforce without you even having to do much; thinking about it rationally, you’re only providing them with what they’re entitled to and the means to get it. It’s simple
Getting ducted air conditioning can be a huge benefit to your place of work. It provides cooler air when the weather is warm outside and warmer air on the inside during the colder months. It makes sense to keep the temperature under control in your office for the benefit of everybody who’s working there – including you. It can last a long time.
The more natural lighting you have in your office, the less you will have to spend on electricity to get your office lit up. It’s somewhat of an easy solution to what could be draining a lot of your money. It’s not easy in some respects to introduce it, but if you traditionally have the blinds drawn and stuff put in the way of the windows blocking in the natural light, get it all out of the way so you can embrace it. It’s apparently meant to lead to a happier workforce.
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All managers can agree that human resource is what drives the company forward. Their hard work and dedication is translated into profits, brand recognition, and growth of the company. Since they are the most treasured asset, it is important that they know it.
Long gone are those days when promotional pens were the only means to win their heart. When you wish to reward them for their hard work, monetary incentives are the first thing that comes to mind. True, monetary benefits may increase their productivity level and keep them engaged there are many cashless employee rewards that leave a long-lasting impression. Not only are they unique, they are also a good way to appreciate your employees.
One of the trendiest ways of thanking your employees these days is offering them a paid subscription of their favorite magazine or a TV subscription. There is a reason why such gifts are a becoming popular trend and that is their usability. Any gifts when used reminds the user who it was from. A subscription of their favorite TV shows and movies is a gesture they will be reminded about every time they use it.
PLAY BOSS FOR A DAY:
This can really be an interesting way to get to know how your employees feel about their work and also yours as a manager. It is the perfect example of fitting into someone’ else shoes. If you wish to thank an employees for their contribution, ask them to switch roles with you for a one day. Not only will they feel valued and important, they will also experience the stress and pressure of being a manager first hand. On the other hand, you, as a manager, will get to experience their side of the story.
This always works. Movies are that one thing that we all can relate to. Are there any upcoming movies that your employees are excited about? Motivate them by taking them for a movie day in the middle of the day. Better yet, make it a company event.
A SPA DAY OUT:
Who doesn’t love to relax and rejuvenate? Whenever embarking on a new project, give your employees a half day off to go for spa treatments. The next morning they will be more determined and energized.
CRUISE SHIP EVENT
Fun corporate cruises are another unique way to thank your employees for all that they do for your and your company. A number of corporate cruise ships can accommodate up to 400 people, offering a number of different packages that include food, transportation, and safety equipment. This time out from the norm will provide your employees with some bonding time outside of work and speak out their ideas and concerns.
SHOPPING DISCOUNTS AND GIFT CARDS:
Offering discounts on some famous shopping brands will also leave a good impression on your employees. We all love to shop, be it buying new clothes or a car wax. Rewarding them in this manner will surely set your company apart from your competitors and make your employees feel valued.
By Haris Quintana
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In modern business, companies face an ongoing battle to keep their customers impressed. Customers have so much choice, nowadays; it makes it hard for businesses to get customers based solely on the goods that they sell. Of course, this has been the case for a long time. But, it’s an area that many businesses fail to consider. Cleanliness is one of the biggest parts of this; especially for physical businesses. So, it’s very important that your company follow the right rules when it comes to keeping things clean. To help you out, this post will be going through the importance of a hygienic business. And, how you can achieve results to wow even the pickiest customers.
A lot of business owners may be asking why they have to bother with cleaning. Well, unfortunately, in most places, there are laws that force businesses to ensure that their business stays clean. These rules cover areas like bathrooms and kitchens. But, they will also cover the areas that staff use. For some industries, cleanliness is more critical than others. For example, places that serve food to customers have to make sure that their entire business meets health and safety standards. If they don’t, their business could be shut down, fined, or even both. And, you will never know when an inspection is coming. These laws are in place to ensure that customers and employees are kept safe. So, it’s not just important to obey them to keep out of trouble; but, also simply to keep people secure.
Customers won’t like to use a business that is messy or dirty. If you’ve ever used a dirty restroom in a restaurant; you’ll know the feeling of never wanting to go back. And, you don’t want to put this across to your customers. This issue doesn’t just affect physical businesses, though. If you sell products online; you have to make sure that they reach the custom clean and tidy. People expect their products to be perfect when they get them from the factory. And, if they don’t; word will travel quickly that your company can’t supply clean goods.
Of course, getting something like this solved isn’t exactly easy. You have to put a lot of work into keeping a business clean. In some companies, like cafes and bars, it might be appropriate to have current employees do some of the cleaning. But, in businesses like offices and clothing stores; you’ll have to get the help of a contract cleaning service. Companies like this can cover all of the cleaning within your business. So, you don’t have to do any of it. Along with this, it could also be worth hiring a training company to help your employees to pack products in a clean manner. And, you could consider having someone perform a health and safety audit on your business. All of this together will make a huge difference to the experience customers have within your walls.
Hopefully, this will inspire you to start working harder on the cleaning within your business. It can be hard to make sure that you’re doing everything you can in an area like this. But, once things have started; it will be easy to keep them going.