02.03
2018

Ancient Greek Artifacts and Construction Delays

For more than a decade, construction crews have tunneled away in Thessaloniki, an ancient Greek city steeped with history. The painstaking project will eventually yield an expanded, modern metro system to whisk residents and tourists alike throughout a series of underground tunnels. But, with the entire city being a veritable excavation site, this project is an exceptionally massive undertaking, with crews having to tread lightly as myriad archaeological discoveries are made along the way.

To date, more than 300,000 artifacts have surfaced during excavations in the city. The latest came this week, as construction crews worked near the Hagia Sophia, an eighth-century church constructed in the likeness of the Istanbul church of the same nameA headless statue of Aphrodite — the Greek goddess of love and beauty — was unearthed, along with a well-preserved fourth-century floor mosaic.

In a destination like Thessaloniki, a region rife with still-undiscovered ancient goodies waiting to be found, regular construction delays were anticipated from the start — particularly in the wake of sister city Athens’ metro installation ahead of the 2004 Summer Olympics. But knowing that there are likely to be delays and then confronting the actual roadblocks as they arise are two entirely different things.

Because of this, construction work in particular requires an incredible amount of foresight and, more importantly, a heavy dose of flexibility. Crews need to be cognizant of the fact that project timetables are, in effect, well-educated guesses and, when the unexpected arises, they need to be ready and willing to make adjustments and keep pressing forward as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible.

Actsoft’s solutions are ideal for keeping construction projects — unanticipated changes and all — as on track as possible, so you’re better equipped to make that goal and move on to the next assignment on time.

As unforeseen tasks arise, supervisors can use our software to quickly message individuals or entire groups as needed, to stop or detour work. They can then easily dispatch new work orders to appropriate crew members, determining assignments based on actual real-time availability. Plus, with these additional work orders being drafted digitally, there’s no concern about paperwork being lost in the shuffle. Administrators can see where each assignment is at any given time, thanks to near real-time status changes and mobile connectivity to the cloud.

GPS tracking on equipment pinpoints the location of any vital machinery that may need to be commandeered in order to rectify whatever barricade manifests, with alerts set up to assure that these tools stay within a certain, customizable radius (geofence) as needed, and don’t wind up going missing, resulting in further delays. Once the surprise project is complete, those alerts can be removed and the equipment released to the next most-needed area.

And our newest feature, Form Workflows, streamlines the process of completing tasks that need input from multiple staffers, including supervisor approvals of fulfilled assignments. Available to top-tier members, each Forms page can be set up so that they are assigned to one of a predetermined list of users as the project moves ahead. If something is missing or wasn’t done correctly, a user can reject an assignment and kick it back to the previous person to make adjustments.

So as you wend your way along various avenues to maximize your construction company’s course of actions when confronted with a headless Athena, consider the ways Actsoft can best help you reach your final destination with as few bumps as possible.

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23.02
2018

Photography: A Historic Snapshot

We live in a photo-centric world. There’s no doubt about that. We voluntarily chronicle just about every aspect of our lives, thanks in part to the proliferation of image-based social-sharing applications like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Tumblr. “If it’s not on social media, did it ever really happen?” is sort of the unofficial mantra of today’s über-connected population.

It’s kind of hard to imagine a time when people weren’t walking around with cameras at their side at all times. But it really hasn’t been all that long. Camera phones have only been around for just shy of 20 years, debuting June of 2000 in South Korea. Photography in general has only been with us for about 200 years, a mere blip on the timeline of human history.

In those 200 years, so much happened with regards to advancements in the field, from inception until now. But how did it all begin? Most people with at least a broad understanding of its history would probably recognize the daguerreotype as the grandfather of modern photography. Invented in 1839 by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, this was indeed the first public-facing, commercial means of capturing images. However, the first-ever surviving photo taken was developed — using a different technique — more than a decade earlier by another Frenchman, Nicéphore Niépce.

Niépce created a process he called heliography, or “sun drawing,” which used a triad of tools to “snap” photos: a camera obscura, a pewter plate, and natural light. He captured this first image with an exhaustive exposure time of — wait for it — eight hours. The result (View from the Window at Le Gras, left) was a grainy, barely perceptible (by today’s standards), black-and-white scene looking out a window of the inventor’s home. And it changed everything.

As big a breakthrough as this was, suffice it to say, it never really took off. Not only was it a painstakingly lengthy undertaking, Niépce was also famously protective of the secrets of his method. But still, it certainly paved the way for the future. In fact, it was Niépce’s collaboration with Daguerre that helped the latter bring his more commercial process to fruition, though the former did not live long enough to see its debut into the world. The daguerreotype shortened exposure time to a mere 15–30 minutes. (And you thought getting the kids to sit still for a family portrait was a struggle today!)

While the daguerreotype resulted in moderately crisp-looking imagery, developing onto metal plates didn’t exactly make for the most cost-effective or easy-to-reproduce prints. Enter the calotype, a method created by British inventor William Henry Fox Talbot in 1841. The calotype traded the metal plates for light-sensitive paper that sacrificed some photo quality for ease of production.

But it was the invention of flexible roll film, popularized by George Eastman in the late 1880s, that really took photography to a whole new level. Eastman used this creation to hock the first Kodak camera (yes, that Kodak) to aspiring amateur photographers, using the slogan, “You press the button, we do the rest.” Photography was suddenly much more accessible and easily portable, though it still came at a hefty price. The 100-exposure camera sold for $25 or roughly $630 by today’s standards, plus it cost another $10 (~$250 today) for development.

Since then, the camera has made leaps and bounds likely beyond anything Niépce could have ever imagined. Now, it’s de rigueur for us all to own slim, pocket-sized “cameras” that are also capable of communicating with people across the globe in real time. What was once a cumbersome, costly novelty available to few is now something we really don’t think twice about. We record virtually every waking moment in our lives, thanks especially to our social networks, which invite people to glimpse even the most mundane of details in our daily routines.

Photography is even an integral part of business practices everywhere now. Maintaining photo records of projects particularly benefits many field work–focused companies. Images of finished projects can be used to build a robust portfolio to attract new customers and grow business. Before-and-after photos can serve as visual evidence of services rendered and the condition of objects at the start of a job.

So having photo-capturing capabilities built in to our software isn’t just some flossy feature that looks good on paper. This functionality has a very real purpose. It saves time and money on multiple fronts, and it makes paperless forms much more robust, with richer, meaningful content. Having it integrated with our forms keeps all related projects perfectly sorted to avoid the mix-up that could easily happen when pairing paper forms with a non-integrated camera.

It’s probably safe to say that neither Nicéphore Niépce, nor Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, nor William Henry Fox Talbot ever imagined that their forward-thinking innovations would lead us to where we are now. (What might they think about Instagram?) But we’re sure glad they played their part in getting us here.

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16.02
2018

5 Tips to Organize Your Office Life

They say cleanliness is next to godliness. In the business world, it’s organization that reigns supreme. Whether you’re the one running the show, or are in one of the many supporting roles, maintaining a sense of structure in the things you do directly affects the bottom line. Organization means efficiency, which results in things getting done faster and accurately, which then means there’s more time to focus on the next project.

Are you or your staff lacking on the organization front? Start with these five steps to get yourselves back on track.

1. Get Your Desk in Order
We all have that coworker whose desk looks like a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Papers are stacked everywhere. Nothing seems to be in order. Many times, said owner insists they know where everything is, but still, there should be some sort of rhyme and reason to your workspace. While you may know exactly where in a pile of disheveled papers lays that list of notes for the upcoming presentation, what if you’re out of the office and that list only exists on your desk? As easy as it may be for you to find that paper, it shouldn’t be impossible for someone else to find it in your absence. Take some time to organize those piles. File away things that don’t need to be out at all times.

2. File Those Emails
I once worked with someone who, organized as she was in all other aspects of life, had an inbox that gave me night tremors. How so? While she dealt with and filed away top priority emails, there were still in excess of 10,000 — no, that is not a typo — unread messages in her inbox. An inbox with that many emails is difficult to navigate, and such a huge volume can delay even a search tool’s results. Before your inbox gets too unwieldy, create subfolders. And then further subfolders for those. Make a point of regularly moving your emails to an easy-to-find location, and keep your inbox clutter free. If you regularly get emails that you need to keep, but don’t always need to open, set up rules so they’re immediately delivered to a designated subfolder. And when you see junk, delete it right away!

3. Make Lists
It sounds so simple, right? That’s because it is. Instead of consistently racking your brain to remember everything put on your plate, write it all down — or, better yet, use a free program like Sticky Notes to cut down on paper use — and prioritize. Cross things off (or delete) as you go. (There’s a special kind of satisfaction that comes with actually seeing items disappear from a to-do list.)

4. Schedule Your Day
Do you regularly get batches of similar emails throughout the day (like customer service queries) that require timely responses, but aren’t necessarily urgent? Or do you have regular reports that need to be run? Block out certain times of the day/week to dedicate to each routine task you have. This way, you take care of it all in one fell swoop rather than going back and forth all day.

5. Respect the Chain of Command
You might not consider something like this when you trying to get organized, but think about it: If there is no reporting structure, who do you turn to with questions? Are you asking the right things to the wrong person, which may result in misinformation? In what order do projects make their way up the approval ladder? Are you skipping steps, resulting in backtracking later on? Have a structured system in place and diligently adhere to it; everything will get done much faster, without the excessive back and forth.

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13.02
2018

Freight and Farming: Two Essential Roles in the Food Industry

The next time you take a bite out of a slice of pizza from your favorite local eatery, you might consider taking a step back and pondering the sheer logistics that had to take place in order to allow it to be sitting in front of you. Long before the food was even first placed into an oven, industries such as trucking and farming were working seamlessly together to harvest and transport its ingredients efficiently.

It’s no secret that transportation and farming are two of the strongest vertebrae in the backbone of the United States’ food supply operation. With the tiniest mistake easily able to derail business for multiple delivery-dependent restaurants and supermarkets across the nation, the pair’s impact on America’s economy at large is huge. Due to this, high expectations of the farming and transportation industries are always prevalent, and workers from both verticals know how important it is to provide customers with fresh goods in a timely manner. As being stocked with adequate supplies is one of a food vendor’s biggest priorities when it comes to managing business, the tandem of farming and freight is often times left with very little margin for error.

At Actsoft, we take pride in being able to alleviate some of the difficulties that companies in these industries can face on a daily basis. For many farmers, their harvesting machinery is a crucial part of their livelihood, and these tools often times aren’t cheap. For example, a John Deere combine harvester, a common machine for harvesting grain can end up costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase brand new. However, using our wireless solutions, lucrative machinery like this can be monitored and tracked via GPS and geofence setting, serving as a digital security blanket that actively protects against misuse and theft.

Furthermore, Actsoft’s solutions are able to help ensure that climate-sensitive goods are monitored carefully while being transported in trucks with refrigerated trailers. If a cooling unit deviates from a set temperature threshold while storing and transporting foodstuffs, alerts detailing the changes in climate will automatically be sent to company staff. As perished items can’t be used or served to customers, these cargo alerts from Actsoft remain an incredibly powerful tool for food transportation companies to take advantage of.

Moving and supplying millions of tons of food on an annual basis is no easy feat. However, to help companies in both farming and trucking achieve increased efficiency and saved revenue, Actsoft’s solutions are readily available to make these productivity goals a reality.

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06.02
2018

How Has Communication Evolved?

Communication is one of the most important things to society, and it has continued to transform as time has churned forward. In contemporary times such as these, advances in technology have played huge roles in improving people’s access to one another, as they have simplified the logistics of communicating across far distances significantly. Cell phones and computers allow people to talk to one other nearly instantly even if they are thousands of miles apart, which is a fascinating concept, especially once the broader context of communication’s history is taken into account.

If you could go back in time and talk to a person from the year 1750 in a face-to-face setting, they’d probably look at you like you’re crazy if you tried to explain to them how the iPhone X’s new Animoji feature works. In fact, even if we sped things up two more centuries to the 1950s and conducted the same exercise, you’d still get a bewildered and confused reaction from a person living in that era. Nevertheless, the advances that older societies like these made to the concepts of communication as a whole were instrumental in building what we currently have at our disposal.

The beginnings of communication took the form of cave drawings by some of our earliest ancestors, and later the ancient Phoenicians developed the first universal alphabet in order to trade with multiple cultures. Soon, ancient Egyptians began creating early forms of paper to write on using papyrus, further advancing the known world’s adaptations of communication. Much later, all of these early developments would help culminate in the first computers, but these machines filled up entire buildings and provided only minimal functionality. Now, in terms of processing power, cutting-edge engineering has allowed for machinery that used to take up whole rooms to fit snugly into the size of your pocket. This is a key factor in what allows us to instantly communicate with people on the other side of the globe today.

The present-day business world in particular heavily relies on communication to accomplish work and function on a daily basis. Internal memos, customer interactions, and employee collaboration on projects are just a few examples of where communication is a necessary tool in a corporation-style setting. In fact, communication is so vital to a business that if a company actively puts extra emphasis on improving its internal and external communication, its productivity, clarity, and profits could all experience significant rises.

At Actsoft, equipping businesses with modern mobile resource management (MRM) solutions to effectively communicate is one of our biggest proficiencies. For example, our Wireless Forms feature in many of our solutions grants employees in the field with an easy but intuitive method of completing paperwork and sending it back to the home office via mobile phone or tablet. This can streamline work flow from the field back to company headquarters, saving time, money, and resources. Job Dispatching is another service Actsoft provides that can prove to be a vital asset to a company’s workers in the field. Using this, employees can receive and immediately respond to new work assignments from the tap of a screen while they are out in the field.

For companies located in many different industries, Actsoft’s MRM products will continue to blaze a trail into the future of business communication for years to come. With advancement and user convenience at the forefront of our development priorities, companies who are searching for a new type of communicative solution are in luck.

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02.02
2018

Why Taking Vacations is Essential for Productivity

Are you in the habit of making sure your staff is regularly taking their earned vacation time before it disappears at the end of the year? Because chances are — according to a recent survey conducted by Glassdoor — they’re not. The average U.S. employee eligible for paid time off only takes about half their earned time each year. Not only that, but when they are on vacation, 66 percent say they continue to work while away from the office.

On the one hand, that kind of dedication to one’s job is pretty impressive and good to have on your side. But on the flip side, foregoing much-needed vacation time can have a negative impact, not just on your staff’s personal health, but on their ability to adequately fulfill their job responsibilities. This is why some companies have actually begun to institute mandatory vacation policies; some even take it one step further and forbid those employees from checking in or exchanging emails during a time they should be relaxing and unplugging.

This is a topic that strikes us, in particular, because the technology we provide helps to streamline your business’s workflow processes — from device and vehicle tracking to Advanced Wireless Forms to timekeeping, and beyond — and, in doing so, can return significant savings and profit. But it all starts with the people you’ve entrusted to keep your business running, so you want to make sure they are on top of their game.

A study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies took a look at the effects of extended vacations on people, monitoring their health and wellness throughout the time spent away from their responsibilities. In addition to vacations in general having a positive impact, the longevity of those benefits was prolonged for those who fully immersed themselves in vacation experiences while away from work.

Workers that are too tired and/or stressed can easily find themselves falling into unintentionally sloppy habits. According to Advantage Behavioral Health, vacations actually “shrink stress and anxiety.” Not to mention, some extra time in the sun promotes physical wellbeing, in the form of vitamin D which they say can help to prevent various forms of cancer.

There are also some cardiovascular benefits to regularly taking a break from the hustle and bustle. A Framingham Heart Study reported that men who let several years lapse without taking any vacations are 30 percent more likely to experience heart attacks than those who take at least one week each year. And women who only vacation once every six years are eight times more likely to experience the same, or develop coronary heart disease, than women who take at least two a year.

Happy, healthy employees are the key to keeping your business running like a well-oiled machine. So do encourage your staff to take that time off. And then maximize their efficiency on the job with our suite of tools. Your fully energized team will not only be in tip-top shape, but will have the resources at their fingertips to optimize their time.

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30.01
2018

Tampa Hosts NHL’s 2018 All-Star Weekend

The National Hockey League’s All-Star Weekend was held in Tampa, Florida this past weekend, allowing some of the league’s brightest stars to display their skills on a global showcase. The itinerary of the much-anticipated weekend included fan events outside the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Amalie Arena on Friday night, a skills competition that individual players participated in on Saturday, and a tournament-style set of three games between each division’s All-Star athletes on Sunday.

At Saturday’s 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition, six different showcases were featured this year, according to NHL.com. Some of these included a fastest skater competition, a passing challenge, a save contest between goalies, and a variety of shooting exercises for players to compete in that measured everything from precision to sheer slap-shot power. Among some of the standouts in the shooting competitions were the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, who had a slap-shot that came in at a blistering 101.3 miles per hour, and the Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser, who hit all five of his accuracy targets with wrist shots in just 11.136 seconds.

Logging the speeds of All-Star-caliber skills like Ovechkin’s and Boeser’s requires some of the most precise tracking technology available, as the deltas in prowess between hockey’s best players are often times in mere decimal points. However, just like in these competitions, a mandate of precision can be instrumental in the business world. Companies with mobile assets can miss out on optimizing productivity and increasing their overall efficiency if the right tools aren’t being accessed.

At Actsoft, we take pride in engineering accurate technology that businesses can use to reap huge savings of both time and money. Using our GPS Tracking solutions, companies with vehicle fleets or workers in the field can become empowered with better understandings of what work statuses are, how corporate vehicles are being used, and exactly where employees are at any given time.

Geo-fencing is one of our solutions’ flagship features that showcases our affinity for precision. Using this unique tool, customized shapes can be drawn on a live view map in order to designate specific work zones. After creating the boundaries for a job site, the system can then easily be set up to instantly notify supervisors back in a business’ home office of any activities regarding entrances and exits by company assets.

Precise tracking technology is what makes the fun of NHL’s All-Star challenges possible year in and year out, due to its ability to designate winners by fractions of a second. Similarly, companies with mobile assets can always rely on Actsoft’s tracking solutions for unparalleled accuracy, better efficiency, and MVP-worthy savings.

 

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26.01
2018

Open-Concept Offices: Yay or Nay?

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the open concept has infiltrated homes everywhere and they aren’t likely going away anytime soon. Walls are coming down to make way for expansive, less-restrictive mega-rooms, where each dedicated area seamlessly flows into the next. And it’s not just in the home. Thanks largely to the surge of startup companies (many out in Silicon Valley, where real estate is a prime, budgets are budding, and new business ventures are a dime a dozen), the movement has made its way into the office.

Like any situation, there are pros and cons when it comes to open-concept offices, so if it’s an idea you’ve been toying with for your own company, take a moment to consider these before jumping on the bandwagon and make sure it’s really for you before committing.

Con: Lack of Privacy
Cubicles may not provide the utmost amount of privacy, but those three medium-height walls tend to give employees a sense of having their own space apart from everyone else. Take away those walls and some people will no doubt start to feel claustrophobic … in a different sense; there’s a certain amount of anxiety that can arise when a person feels they don’t have a place to (for lack of a better word) escape to.

Pro: Lack of Privacy
On the flip side, when everyone is in a shared work space, you’re less likely to find people who are slacking off. (Or, more accurately, if there are people not pulling their weight, it’s much more apparent.) It’s a lot harder to spend time on the phone, text friends, or surf the web when what you’re doing is on display for all your colleagues to see. In a sense, everyone in this type of environment keeps each other accountable; effectively, your staff polices themselves.

Pro: Increased Collaboration
Proponents of open offices will defend this notion until they are blue in the face. While in-office friendships may not be what they used to be, the lack of physical barriers can also lead to a breakdown of communication barriers and encourage your staff to engage with each other (on a business level) more frequently than when closed off for most of the day.

Con: Too Many Distractions
Increased collaboration may be great from a brainstorming perspective, but that increased chatter (though work-related), with no place to retreat from it, could also prove to be counterproductive for those who at least need the option of relative quiet for at least part of the day, so in this respect, that bullpen design works against productivity.

Pro: It’s Cost Effective
If the bottom line is your primary concern, this may be the way to go. The fact is, with the open concept, you can fit a lot more people into a much smaller area, which translates to less rent paid. Plus, you don’t have the added expense of purchasing cubicles.

There are some pretty convincing points to be considered from both sides. Whether it ultimately works in favor of your company, by increasing efficiency and trimming the fat on that budget spend of yours (two things we’re extremely passionate about over here), really comes down to whether you think it would be a fit for you, given this information.

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23.01
2018

Benefits and Reasons for Travel

Whether scaling the frosty peaks of Aspen, Colorado or becoming immersed in the bustling metropolitan life of Shanghai, China, travel at its most basic form is something that can be immensely beneficial to an individual’s well-being.

People’s motives for traveling vary. Some do it to relax or to learn about new things in the form of taking a vacation, while others may need to take trips at certain times for work-related reasons or to see family. Either way, getting tastes of new scenery and being exposed to new cultures by changing your geography can improve aspects of work life and personal life alike. Perhaps the largest benefit of traveling is that it can make you better-rounded as an individual, which can positively reflect workplace diversity and impact the many different relationships you might share with others on a daily basis.

In a business sense, employees and CEOs alike may need to travel for work in vocational fields such as finance or sales, and even different forms of entrepreneurial work may warrant excursions for networking events or other reasons. However, for entrepreneurs, owners of companies, and managers, traveling while still having to manage business back home can be difficult to do if the right resources aren’t being used. Thankfully, Actsoft’s mobile resource management solutions are readily available to help travelers maintain control of their companies while they are away from the office.

Actsoft’s solutions can transition some aspects of your business such as report running to an automated, preset schedule. This makes managing your company an easier task to accomplish. Implementation of scheduled reports ensures that valuable data is automatically sent to the right people in your organization on a daily or a weekly basis, and it can save you time and revenue, especially while traveling.

If the roles are reversed and some of your employees are away on a business trip while you remain back at the office, the wireless forms feature can prove to be incredibly useful. Wireless forms can be used to construct travel expense reports for business trips, giving your employees away from the office the power to document their company-funded spending after every single purchase in real time. The form builder’s Camera feature allows employees to take pictures of receipts, rather than forcing them to manually fill out and calculate each individual purchase onto a handwritten form. This also can keep a clean backup record of all business-paid receipts if some become displaced during the entirety of the employees’ trip.

Traveling can help an individual expand their social, cultural, and geographic horizons, no matter their purpose for doing so. However, for those who travel predominantly for work-related reasons, Actsoft’s wireless forms and scheduled reports technology can combine to make managing business while away from the office as streamlined as possible.

 

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19.01
2018

5 Tips for Improving Staff Retention

As a business owner, one of the most important contributing factors to maintaining a successful company is employing a hard-working, competent team of people; one where each person fulfills a role in keeping everything running the way it should be, with as few hiccups as possible. While new faces added to an already established team can be a great way to invigorate staffers with a fresh new perspective and take on how to approach the company’s needs, it’s important that brand-new faces don’t necessarily become de rigueur for your team.

What I mean by that is: If you’re constantly bringing on new people, and it’s less because of the business needs of a growing company and more because the same positions are continually reopening for one reason or another, then that constant onboarding of newbies is not actually a positive. Not only does it reflect negatively from a morale perspective, but it’s also costing you a heck of a lot of money.

According to a study from the Center for American Progress, replacing a midlevel position ($30,000–50,000 annually) will rack you up a “bill” of about 20 percent of that salary. Lower-level positions weren’t that far off, at 16 percent.

Sure, these types of expenses due to staff changes are inevitable throughout the lifespan of any business, but there are a few steps you can take to increase worker longevity within your company, lessening the likeliness that you’re maintaining a rotating door through which employees come and go in short cycles.

1. Refine your onboarding process. A study released by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 50 percent of all hourly new hires left their positions with the first 120 days. The first few days on the job are crucial for any new employees’ impressions of you as an employer. While it’s not necessary to coddle anyone, make sure they’re properly integrated as they transition into their role with the company and not left feeling abandoned from the start. A good first impression goes a long way.

2. Make sure new hires are a fit … culturally. Someone may be perfectly good on paper and yes, experience and background are huge components when making hiring decisions, but it’s important to factor in the culture of your workplace. Make the company’s culture apparent during the recruitment process; if it doesn’t jibe well with the person, it will reflect in their work.

3. Implement quarterly reviews. Annual reviews are fine and well, but when you implement a series of smaller quarterly reviews, there are no surprises when it comes time for the big one at the end of the year. These allow you to express your feedback on each employee’s performance at regular intervals, plus it gives them more opportunities to formally discuss any issues they may have.

4. Compensate generously. A person who is otherwise happy in their current position may opt to leave for one simple reason: more money. According to Forbes, the average person enjoys a 10–20 percent raise just for leaving. Keeping your crew competitively compensated can help deter them from the nuisance of switching companies.

5. Offer benefits not found elsewhere. Find something you can offer your employees that helps set you apart from other employers. Perhaps it’s flexible work hours, or the ability to telecommute once a week. Or maybe providing free lunches is the way to go. You could even close up shop every now and then for a company-wide excursion. Perhaps offer rewards in the form of bonus time off for exceptional work. A little goes a long way here, and employees that feel appreciated tend to stick around longer.

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