March Madness Builds Morale

Did you know that even if you don’t shoot hoops or follow collegiate basketball, the friendly competition that typically surrounds March Madness can be a morale-booster and bring out team spirit in the workplace.

According to Melissa Doster, Gwinnett OfficeTeam branch manager for Robert Half International, “Many employees are taking on heavier workloads, so non-monetary benefits such as March Madness activities have an especially important role right now in keeping workers motivated in their positions.”

1. The NCAA basketball tournament is an opportunity for workers to bond as they talk about scores and root for their favorite schools.

2. Employers can hold viewing parties during a brown bag lunch or potluck meal.
3. Sponsor informal competition by encouraging employees to wear their favorite team’s apparel or decorate their workspaces in celebration with awards for the best team spirit.
4. If you’re interested in holding March Madness activities in your office, run the concept by your manager or the committee/individual who normally organizes social activities.

5. According to an OfficeTeam survey conducted in 2011, 57 percent of managers said group events tied to the playoffs are okay in moderation.
6. The same survey reported that 11 percent of managers welcome group events.
7. However, 32 percent felt NCAA basketball tournament activities shouldn’t be allowed in the workplace.
8. Only 20 percent of employees said they are distracted from work by major sports competitions.
9. Interestingly, in a separate 2010 survey, 41 percent of managers felt the college basketball playoffs have a positive effect on employee morale.
10. In fact, 22 percent believed the festivities actually increase workers’ output.
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The Advantages to Having a Website for Your Company

There are many advantages to having a professional business website for your company; with a well-designed website your business will be available to potential customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Potential customers who are already searching for your services and products can find your business through search engines and your website will allow customers to go online and research your products and services from the convenience and comfort of their own home.

Promote your physical location, improve customer service and update information easily: You can use your website to promote your brick and mortar presence by inviting visitors to stop by your location to talk with a professional. A professional website can be easily updated and can promote your business specials on a monthly, weekly, daily or even hourly basis. Another benefit of having a website can be seen in improved customer service. A feedback form on the website can be invaluable, giving customers a way to provide honest and timely feedback about their experiences with your business.

Add credibility to your business and keep up with the latest technology and innovation in the industry: Having an online presence adds credibility to your business and shows potential customers that you are serious about providing the best service and that you are current on the latest technology. Businesses that keep up with technology are known to also keep up with the latest innovations in the field, so customers will trust your business to bring them the best products and services on the market.

Stay ahead of the competition and expand your customer base: A website enables you to stay ahead of and keep up with your competition. If your competition is online, they will be finding all of the customers searching for products and services in your industry. Without a website you are missing out on all that business. A professionally designed website also allows you to expand your business into new markets far beyond the local customer base that you used to reach with print ads or the yellow pages.

Enjoy a more cost effective and versatile approach than traditional marketing: Using the web provides a large cost advantage over other types of marketing. Online you have unlimited space and an unlimited number of web pages to promote your business and each product or service that you offer. In print, you may only have a few sentences or a brochure that grows quickly out-of-date. The web is versatile and you can customize different web pages for different types of customers, products or services.

Increase your profits today: Creating a professional website for your business is a powerful investment in your company’s future. It can dramatically increase the number of customers who find your products and services by expanding your customer base from local to international. A website will allow you to reach more customers, to respond quickly to market changes and to provide the best customer service.

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Top 10 Benefits of Corporate Apparel

1. Develops ongoing company identity.
2. Self promotion of your company and professionalism.
3. Corporate apparel is a form of advertising at affordable prices.
4. Establishes an automatic business dress code.
5. Improves employee morale through a more casual work environment.
6. Creates greater employee/employer loyalty.
7. Blurs the psychological barriers between the staff which promotes better communication.
8. Solves the endless employee dilemma of "What shall I wear to work today?"
9. Custom imprinted apparel can be used for safety programs and sales incentives.
10. Custom embroidered corporate apparel provides an image of quality.

Create room for corporate apparel in your marketing budget. It is an easy way to regularly outfit your staff, brand your company, and create the image of quality and professionalism.

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Things To Consider When Choosing A Domain Name

  • Brainstorm your top 5 keywords - choose keywords that are relevant to your business
  • Choose a unique name - don't confuse your audience with another site
  • Choose .com addresses first - .com sites receive more traffic than .net or .org sites
  • Choose a name that is easy to type - this will ensure that your site will be found easier and faster
  • Choose a name that is easy to remember - you want people to talk about your site, and in doing so, pass the name along to others
  • Keep it short - long domain names are harder to type out, and people are bound to leave out a letter or two in the process
  • Don't make people guess what you do - choose a name that is relevant to your business
  • Avoid copyright infringement - make sure you're not breaking any copyright rules in your domain name
  • Avoid hyphens and numbers - this will make your domain hard to remember, and also hard to verbalize
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