Working from Home
Yikes – Told you’re continuing to work from home after Covid19? Be careful what you wish for.
Now that you’ve gotten all the equipment and organizational tools down with what was needed to work from home – many are being told – “just stay there”.
It can be a real shock because not EVERYONE is best suited to be productive at home. There are issues…so let’s discuss a few.
- Got kids? Pets? Partner? I’ve watched many Zoom meetings with visible interruptions on screen. I even heard one attendee yelling at her hubby and kids to “get outta here.” The reality is- people think because you are home – You’re not REALLY working. That same feeling will come thru once the kids are back at school too. You may get called to run errands never before asked, after the prefix… “while you’re home.” Even local friends and relatives might call and ask you to take them to the doc, go to the grocery store, go hunting or to the beach, or to blatantly take the day off…because you aren’t at “the office.”
- Staying focused is also a real issue. Have you caught yourself going to the fridge to get a drink only to realize you are next doing dishes or unloading the dishwasher? Did you drop a towel off at the washing machine only to think I might as well do a load of laundry while here?
- You need a mind break. At work you could break that work concentration overhearing in-house conversations, or getting a cup of coffee, or attending an office meeting, or the boss wants you. No such luck at home. And yet research proves you need to take mental breaks to be at your most productive.
As a Get a Life…Balanced Podcaster and Professional Speaker, I have gathered strategies from my many years with audiences. It just makes sense to share some real-life ways to solve some of these issues. So, for issue one.
- Of course, the very first thing you must do is hold a KTC (Kitchen Table Conference) and explain what is going on in the household and how you will be working now. Communication is key to preventing most issues so keep those lines open. Then, here are some tips. One of my stay-at-home workers told me she had two ballcaps painted with 4 letter words. One with the word LIFE and one with the word WORK. When she’s in the business mode, she wears the WORK hat and even if she goes into the kitchen to get a drink of water, everyone understands they are not to interrupt her thinking and business flow. When she’s finished, she puts her LIFE hat on and then welcomes any requests for hugs and kisses. Many of my attendees report back that this really works for them.
Another took a hint from a hotel room and hangs on his door DO NOT DISTURB. Everyone knows not to open that door or bother him.
One sailor made small flags, red, green, and yellow and hangs one of his door. Green means he is available for personal interaction, yellow means “I’m busy but you can interrupt” and red means “No interruptions, I’m concentrating.” Everyone abides by those rules and he has been able to stay focused and get more done than expected, which has given him more free time with the family.
- Ok for problem number 2. Staying focused on your work helps if you will list and schedule what needs to be done that day. Knowing you need to get a project or task done will aid in you getting your drink BEFORE you start work so that you don’t have to stop and take the risk of getting distracted. Have you ever felt like you worked all day but got “nothin” done? When you make a list, that allows you to “tic off” your accomplishments, you will feel better about “staying in the now” to finish the job. And with all the organization videos on YouTube (I love Marie Condo) you will have systems in place where you CAN get the laundry and housework done, as a team, so you aren’t tempted to do it INSTEAD of working on work.
- Staying focused on work is important and research has shown you WILL be more productive if you DO take mind breaks. You may have even worked in an environment that knows that a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level. But a power nap is a purposeful time (usually 10-20 minutes) set aside to rejuvenate – not just that you got bored or want to crawl back into bed and watch the end of that series on Netflix you started. And what if you are someone who feels worst after a nap? Then you could…
Take a mental break outside. Go listen to the birds, feel the sunshine, the wind rustle, and feel the grass between your toes. I break every day for a few minutes to see which flower or vegetable plant has opened. And if you’re not an outside person, set the timer and pick up some crayons and a coloring book. I love all the adult coloring books that are now available and encouraged. They certainly have calmed me in the past while sitting at an airport or on a plane waiting to be cleared to leave. When I do this training inside corporations, we suggest everyone bring a catalog from home and trade. It’s interesting to view different themed magazines you haven’t even heard of before.
So this is just a start. There are more tips on the podcast and YouTube channel. And you can certainly email at [email protected] with additional questions.
Every new challenge is an opportunity to grow because success is always in YOUR hands.
About the Author:
Sheryl Nicholson, holds the CSP designation given to the top Professional Speakers in the industry. She has authored 7 of her own books and is published in major magazines. She created Get a Life Balanced podcast and Youtube channel with 52 tips to help listeners move from survival to success to Significant Living. For booking information view www.Sheryl.com
Saad Mushtaq was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Saad Mushtaq has contributed to many online publications including the PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Saad Mushtaq earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Saad Mushtaq follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.Thanks
5 HR Process Improvement Ideas That Work
Did you know that the hosted HR software market is estimated to be worth $13.8 billion?
Implementing HR processes can be difficult, and it’s hard to know which ones will work.
Every HR department is different, so it can be tough to find the right processes for your team. Not only do you have to worry about finding the right processes, but you also have to worry about implementation and execution.
But don’t worry. Keep reading because we’ve done the hard work for you. In this article, we’ll share five HR process improvement ideas that have worked well for other teams.
Plus, we’ll provide tips on how to implement them in your department.
1. Automate Where Possible
When it comes to HR, automating processes can save a lot of time and effort. Consider using an online system for tracking employee leave, storing employee records, and managing payroll.
Not only will this make things easier for HR, but it will also be appreciated by employees who will have easy access to their information.
By automating these processes, you can free up time that can be spent on more important tasks, such as recruitment and training.
In addition, online systems tend to be more accurate and efficient than manual processes, so you can be sure that your data is up-to-date and reliable.
2. Review and Streamline Current Processes
As any HR professional knows, efficient and effective processes are essential for running a successful department. Regular reviews are necessary to ensure that processes are still serving their purpose and have not become outdated.
During a review, HR should identify any steps that could be streamlined or eliminated. For example, if a process is largely manual, it may be worth investing in technology to automate it.
By streamlining processes, HR can free up time to focus on more important tasks, such as recruiting and retention. In addition, streamlining can help to improve morale by making it less bureaucratic.
Therefore, regular reviews of HR processes are essential for maintaining a well-run department. HR reviews are pretty simple: just take a close look at each process and ask yourself if there’s a better way to do things.
There is software that can help with this, but a good old-fashioned paper and pencil will work just fine. If you choose to go the software route, then it will cost you every month, and that cost will vary depending on the software.
3. Keep Communication Channels Open
Good communication is essential for successful HR management. Make sure employees know how to contact HR when they need to and that they feel comfortable doing so.
Encourage open communication by holding regular meetings or setting up an anonymous feedback system.
You can keep communication open by holding regular meetings or setting up an anonymous feedback system.
This way, people will feel like they can talk to you openly without fear of retribution. In this way, you will be better able to address any concerns that may arise.
Open communication between employees and HR will help to build trust. This is important because, without trust, employees may be less likely to follow HR policies and procedures.
4. Make Use of Technology
Online performance management systems give HR professionals the ability to track employee progress and performance over time. This data can be used to identify areas of improvement and give constructive feedback.
Additionally, online performance management systems make it easier to keep track of compliance-related information, such as training records.
Social media can also be leveraged to connect with potential candidates and post job openings.
By using hashtags and other search tools, HR professionals can target specific groups of people who may be a good fit for the open position.
Additionally, social media can be used to build relationships with potential candidates and create a pipeline for future hiring needs.
Ultimately, by making use of available technology, HR professionals can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their processes.
This means that they can spend more time on important tasks, such as recruitment and retention.
5. Foster a Culture of Continuous Improvement
A culture of continuous improvement is essential for staying ahead of the competition. In the human resources department, this means constantly reviewing and improving processes to make them more efficient.
One way to encourage a culture of continuous improvement is to set aside time for regular process reviews. During these reviews, HR staff should look for ways to streamline processes and eliminate steps that are no longer necessary.
Another way to encourage continuous improvement is to solicit suggestions from employees. By opening up the floor for suggestions, you may be surprised at the innovative solutions that your team comes up with.
Finally, offering rewards for successful process changes can help to motivate employees to continue finding ways to improve the department’s operations.
By Foster a culture of continuous improvement within the HR department, you will help to ensure that processes are constantly being reviewed and improved.
Want to Learn More About HR Process Improvement?
The HR department is responsible for so many important processes in an organization. That means it’s essential that these processes are as efficient as possible.
There are some great ideas out there for HR process improvement. You can improve your team’s work by using these ideas.
Check out our blog for more articles like this one on how to improve HR processes, where we explore the different HR processes and procedures.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]
Tips To Protect Your Truck’s Interior
Truck owners spend plenty of time and energy trying to keep the outside of their vehicles clean and free of damage. Of course, this makes sense. Your truck’s exterior is on display for everyone to see. It’s only natural that you’d want to present yourself in the best way possible. It’s not only the outside of your vehicle that you need to consider. You cannot only spend all of your time focusing on this part. Isn’t your truck’s interior supposed to be just as lovely to look at as the outside? It’s what we believe, at least. As a result, we’re writing today to discuss a few easy steps you can take to safeguard the inside of your vehicle so that you can get easy cash for cars or trucks when you sell your vehicle.
Four Tips For Preserving The Interior Of Your Truck
Maintaining the inside of your vehicle, whether you use it for work in heavy industries or errands, is critical. Your car’s interior is vulnerable to several hazards, including weather conditions like sunshine, rain, and snowfall. Whenever time you go in your vehicle, the inside gets a little closer to deterioration because of time. Keeping your truck’s interiors clean and safe is as simple as following these simple truck cleaning and maintenance tips.
1. Protect the inside of your vehicle from the sun’s rays.
The sun’s heat and UV radiation are two of the most harmful components to the inside of your vehicle. The consequences of continuous exposure to direct sunlight mount up over time. It may lead to warping and cracking of plastic and vinyl components and fading and deterioration of textiles, and your vehicles will end up with the tag of Junk Cars. Using a windshield protector is an option. These foldable reflecting shields deflect the sun’s harmful rays. They shield your truck’s interior from the sun’s damaging rays and keep it from being overheated. Preventing your truck’s interior by purchasing and frequently utilizing a UV blocker is adequate. Unless you have or don’t want to worry about UV protection, you may still assist decrease sun-related damages by staying in the shadows as much as feasible.
2. Avoid mud and water damage to your floors
The dirt and muck you come into contact with outdoors might be tracked inside your work vehicle and even into your own house. Good mats are needed to keep your truck’s floor clean and dry in all weather conditions. Salt that remains on your boots during the winter may cause them to become discoloured and stained. Even in the most severe off-road conditions, you may protect your flooring from damage by using all-weather mats, making keeping those floors clean much more straightforward.
- Maintain a regular schedule for cleaning and polishing your vehicle’s interiors
Having a clean and well-kept inside not only makes you feel better but also helps safeguard the value of your vehicle. Tiny scratches caused by dust and debris might worsen over time. Keep the dashboard clean by wiping it down regularly. To prevent and decrease glare, use a lower gloss detailing compound. Keeping your truck’s carpet free of dirt and sharp debris is as simple as vacuuming it regularly. When it comes to ground, it possesses a surprising amount of abrasive strength.
4. Ensure the durability of your seats
Many elements might damage your car’s interior even if you drive alone. In addition to preserving the original material in your pickup truck cleaner, customized seat covers make it much easier to clean up messes caused by dirt and liquids. If you’re seeking to maintain your truck seat covers looking new throughout years of use and driving, regularly cleaning them is the most straightforward method.
You can find customized seat covers for trucks that are produced to meet the exact requirements of your automobile. It eliminates the risk of any air being trapped within the covering or the edges being strained. Seat liners that have been custom-made to suit your seats might potentially secure your comfort and the lifespan of your original upholstery. Regular interior cleaning can keep your truck free from pollutants and significantly increase your truck’s resale value.
Hamza Fazal is a reporter for The Hear UP. After graduating from the University of Abbottabad, Hamza got an internship at the NPR and worked as a reporter and producer. Hamza has also worked as a reporter for the Medium. Hamza covers health and science for The Hear UP.
How to Choose the Best Fire Extinguisher For a Mining Site
Fire outbreaks in mining sites are hazardous and come with life-threatening consequences. Hence, setting up a fire protection system is crucial and must be adequately done.
To set up a fire protection system, you must contact professional fire extinguisher installation companies. A professional fire installation company will efficiently design, install, maintain, and provide technical support for your protection system.
Choose the Right Type of Fire Extinguisher
There are several types of fire extinguishers. Three types are the most common: Type A, B, and C. Type A, B, and C fire extinguishers are typical for domestic fire accidents and are usually smaller than those for industrial purposes. Avoid type A, B, and C fire extinguishers if you need a fire extinguisher for your mining site. The different types of fire extinguishers used in mining sites are:
Mining water fire extinguisher
Water fire extinguishers are the most common type suitable for minor fire accidents. They are best suited for fire outbreaks on paper, materials, and textiles. Want to have a fire extinguisher for little fires on the site? A water-based fire extinguisher will do.
Mining foam fire extinguisher
Foam fire extinguishers, also known as AFF (Aqueous Film-forming Foam), are suitable for type A and B fires. However, foam fire extinguishers don’t work well on type F and C types of fire. Foam fire extinguishers work well, forming a film over the source of fire, shutting out oxygen from the source of the fire. We must mention that foam fire extinguishers are well suited for large areas and are good choices for mining sites.
Mining powder fire extinguisher
Powder fire extinguishers are commonly known as multi-purpose fire extinguishers. They are suitable for type A, B, and C fire types. Powder fire extinguishers work well on live electrical equipment. However, the powder fire extinguishers can tamper with how your electronics work if left without cleaning.
Mining Novec fire extinguisher
Novec fire extinguishers use electrically non-conductive chemical materials to contain a fire accident. Novec fire extinguishers don’t cause damage to sensitive equipment, and they leave no residue after use.
Mining Halogen fire extinguisher
Halogen fire extinguishers are the old types of fire extinguishers and contain reversible soda acid. Also, they can have foam and Halong 1211, which is an effective ozone-depleting substance.
Check the UL rating.
Every fire extinguisher has a UL rating(underwriter laboratory) that numerically states the effectiveness of various fire extinguishers. They also show the range of effectiveness of the fire extinguisher and how much water is present in the can. For instance, a fire extinguisher rating of 20:BC means it can extinguish 20 feet of electrical burns.
Consider the size
Fire extinguishers have varying sizes, and their sizes differ according to their types. Fire extinguishers used in the kitchen are smaller and easier to carry than in large warehouses. If you want a fire extinguisher for a mining site, consider one that is large enough to cover a large area at once. Although big-sized fire extinguishers are more effective than smaller sizes, this is not always the case. Yet, you must consider the size of fire extinguishers before getting one for a mining site.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.
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