Mindset, Learning, Collaboration

The future of work- how will you fit in?

The future of work

If you are struggling to find your place in the world of work that currently binds you to the 9 to 5 workday that includes a commute to work then perhaps you would be interested in working differently in our changing world of work. If you haven’t already noticed it, how we work and where we work have changed significantly in the last decade. Maybe you need to consider how you can use your skills and experience to work differently so you get more of what you want. For me it’s flexibility, over the last 12 years I have needed to work around my family commitments. What are you looking for? Whatever it is it can be achieved if you start by looking at the current digital landscape as an opportunity.

We are working differently

Consider the already changing way in which work is being done from when you first started work. Technology has changed the work landscape significantly. I no longer need to travel to my clients for all the interactions I have with them. For example, I can have a virtual online meeting with a new staff member to train them on the use of my system.  I can see them, they can see me, we can record our meeting and review what was said, we can share information on the screen in real time and if we need to bring in anyone else we can invite them in too – no matter where they are.

HR professionals and managers too have used Skype to interview talent for more than 10 years now, making it possible to employ the right person for the job no matter where they live. Working remotely has also never been easier and is becoming more and more accepted. How many of you know at least one person who works remotely? I know at least 4.

We want different things

So we know technology is enabling change but, what is driving this change in work? Technology is replacing functions that are time-consuming and in our current digital environment, we expect the thing to available quickly. We don’t like wasting time. This will be even more relevant to the Millennials who have grown up in this instant world and they are changing our world of work already. Staying in one job, doing the same thing day in and day out will not be tolerated by millennials who expect to be entertained whenever they want. They have ideals, causes and are motivated by these and not by money. Money is important, yes but freedom and variety are more important.

What can you do?

First, ask yourself if it is possible to do your work, or the majority of it from anywhere? If some tasks need face to face interaction can this be done by an online meeting?

Secondly, could what you be done on line or out sourced? Would you consider contracting on a short or long term basis?

Thirdly, could you or you and a business partner set up a business contracting to businesses anywhere doing all or part of what you do?

Fourth, do you need help understanding the digital landscape so you know what is possible?

We have lots of free information on the Anywhere  Business Network website so feel free to look through this. We highly recommend you check out our video series if you are thinking of a change so you have all the support you need on this journey. We even have a 30 day free trial to our online learning platform where you will collaborate with others just like you who are in various stages of development of their work life. They are all learning about having a mindset that will take them where they want to go. They are all setting aside any spare time they have to learn from those who are sharing their experiences, mentoring, encouraging and challenging those who are telling them “yes, I need to think differently, I need a change, I am ready to learn, work with me”

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Kerri Bainbridge

Half of Anywhere Business Network

 

Small towns are idea for living the digital lifestyle

I live in a small town! The town is blessed with a 200/200 megabit fiber that can reach out to the world!

People talk of living the laptop lifestyle of beaches and travel. When I think of the digital lifestyle it is an escape from traffic chaos and crime that the large cities tend to have as facets! You can successfully operate a business online from a town such as Greymouth!

Since my Daughter was 2 years old I have worked from home in an online setting being there for preschool-primary school and high school. She is 21 years old now and still is at home (that is another story). Yes, I have traveled, however I prefer the small town feel where you can walk down the street and know the other people and say hello by name!

I am grateful for the online flexible learning options that are available to anyone -including you! The company I have with my business partner (also living in a village) provide online based courses in social media and business coaching. You may ask how did we get the courage to break out into this business! We did so by learning about the opportunities via the Six Figure Mentors network! Anyone can experience the same transformation as us!

What is holding you back?

Feedback is appreciated!

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Andrew

One Half of the Anywhere Business Network

Want some online business ideas?

Here are some ideas. If you adopt some of the ideas it is a good idea to do a business plan and find out the reasons that will motivate you towards your goals.

1.     Affiliate Marketing…………… Six Figure Mentors as an example:

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2.     An Ecommerce Store…….. selling goods and services on behalf of others -Local Craft is an example

3.     Earning advertising revenue from Blogging… using your hosted site and google ad sense

4.     Sell products on sites such as Trademe and ebay…. Picking up goods cheaply and on selling at a profit

5.     Coach, train and mentoring…. Like Anywhere Business Network

6.     Drop Shipping….. Being an Amazon Affiliate

7.     Freelance Blogging…… Writing other people’s blogs for them

8.     Virtual Assistant…. Answering email and telephone communication organising email etc

9.     Web Designer…. Designing word press sites for people

10.   Deal in Domains…. Domain reseller

11.   Outsourcing Services…. Find and source cheap producers sell at a margin

12.   Forex Trading… Risky

13.   Building Apps…. Games etc

14.   Become a telemarketer…… Speaks for its self

15.   Create and edit video…. High speed internet and software patience required!

16.   Manage Social Media on behalf of others….. An increasingly in demand group

17.   Create Content of Value and Sell it… eBooks and webinars

18.   Translate…. Skills required

A fair few of the above revenue streams can be combined to ensure you do not have all your risk in one area!

The above skills are available to learn at the Digital Experts Academy Digital Business Lounge at SFM -see our banner on this page.

 

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What ideas do you have for 2018?

What is your goal?

Feedback is appreciated!

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Andrew

How can you benefit from employee engagement?

Whether you are an employee, self employed or employer, you will be able to identify with the word engagement. The term employee engagement is a term we all need to regognise. Its what motivates us. It is my hope you will reflect on how you can apply this to your work life.

Employee engagement is not an exact science. To determine what strategies to use we tend to use our own experience, positive psychology and a good amount of research into what is working well in other businesses.

At the core of employee engagement, similar to any company’s foundation, are some values. Company values determine the why, how and what of that company. Similarly, personal values are the why, how and what that drives their engagement with the company.

One of the things new research suggests enhances engagement is value congruence. Value congruence is the extent to which the individual can behave at work consistent with his or her own self-image. It is very difficult to experience meaningfulness in your work if you are expected to behave in ways that are inconsistent with your values. When employees find that their role expectations require behaviours that they feel are inappropriate for their preferred self-image, they feel devalued, taken advantage of, and less willing to give themselves to their work roles.

So, after doing some research on ideas which may assist managers in need of some inspiration to engage their employees here are 10 ideas I liked:

1.  Reward for alignment of company values

Reward staff where they demonstrate alignment with the company’s values. This could be as simple as a bar of chocolate for every person nominated by a member of staff or it could be every month and based on a process.

2. Team values

When you set your own game rules playing can be a lot more fun. Team synergy is not an easy objective to attain, and takes time. However, it is essential to your team objectives and to the overall output of the team. Having teams create a team culture, based on 2-3 commonly agreed values or ground rules can help nurture and speed up that process.

3. Encourage personal projects

Give employees a 1-2 h/ day window to pursue their own projects. Having people from different departments connecting and bouncing ideas can help get a new perspective. Projects and initiatives can get new directions, encouraging a creativity and energy flow that would only benefit the rest of the working hours.

4. Assign a buddy/mentor for every newcomer

An important part of the onboarding process is having someone answer some really important questions. Questions that someone may hesitate to ask their manager. Building a trustworthy relationship with someone with more experience in that company can help guide the newcomer. This way he or she can better adapt and grow part of the team.

5. Have team photos

Have photos of your team on a wall, or frame them around the office. Group photos, funny photos, events photos or random photos “snapped” when people weren’t watching. It’s a cultural element that can encourage and foster work relationships and employee engagement.

6. Encourage charity

Encourage teams to “team up” and raise money for that cause. The cause must be aligned with the company values. Alternatively, encourage individuals to nominate charities for which the Company will make a donation if they can show that the charities values align with the Company.

Better yet, encourage employees to apply to have a day to work for a charity. The application to have a day off to work for their chosen charity must explain how the charities value and the employees’ values align with the Company values to make it a win-win. The employee will receive their normal days’ pay.

7. Raise salaries or pay a bonus

Bear with me!

How much does it cost your business to recruit and train someone? How much time does it take managers and HR to hire a new employee?

Customers invest in their relationships with your staff too. How much does it cost in lost business when customers lose confidence in the business due to staff turnover and don’t come back. A company can reduce costs, increased revenues and improved the customer experience by developing employees to be more inspired and engaged. Use this cost saving and reward employees with an annual increase or service bonus.

8. Celebrate achievements- the glue

Big or small, they are the solid proof that the work people are putting in has meaning. No one can go through tasks and assignments for months, or even years without burning out. Refill their energy tanks with some recognition and celebrate their hard work. This is also a great way to glue together teams.

9. Celebrate people

A card on their birthdays, a morning tea for a retirement, a ceremony to welcome newcomers….there are plenty of important moments of showing them that they matter..

10.   Get answers from your employees as well

Last but not least…This is related to feedback but it’s more of an indirect feedback. Employee surveys are a great way to monitor and analyse your teams and the overall workspace. You’ll get some essential information into what works and what you can improve.

Start with these 10 employee engagement ideas and build on that. Whether you have employees or you are an employee, the benfits of engagement in what you are doing and aligning it with your values will determine how happy you are in your work.

If you have any other ideas share them with us.

Link- COMPANIES SUCH AS GOOGLE AND VIRGIN ARE PRIME EXAMPLES OF EXTRAORDINARY EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT REAPING REAL BENEFITS. FIND OUT HOW THESE, AND OTHER LEADING COMPANIES, ARE GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. http://www.managers.org.uk/insights/news/2015/december/six-companies-that-get-employee-engagement-and-what-they-do-right

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Business Team NZ

1 thing you can do every day to grow your circle of influence

Plant Seeds

Habit one of Stephen Covey’s 7 habits of highly effective people is to be Proactive. He says:

“Proactive people focus their efforts on their Circle of Influence. They work on the things they can do something about: health, children, problems at work. Reactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern–things over which they have little or no control: the national debt, terrorism, the weather. Gaining an awareness of the areas in which we expend our energies in is a giant step in becoming proactive. “

So, Plant Seeds. Many people have ONE GOAL in life and they focus their lives on that one goal. This is not only limiting your potential but poor time management. If you are doing this then -Good luck with that. The real key is to plant many seeds. For every 10 seeds planted in a garden only 5 will successfully become flowers. That’s Garden Math. You need to plant many seeds to yield abundance. Here are some examples of seeds:

  • Send a thank you letter
  • Send an intro letter or email
  • Send ideas to people
  • Exercise
  • Eat well
  • Surprise your significant other
  • Build your own website
  • Come up with an idea
  • Write an article or blog
  • Read a book
  • Think of 100 more seeds
  • Do one thing every day you loved as a kid.

Every day plant some seeds

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#Kerri Bainbridge

one half of the Anywhere Team NZ

Sitting disease

Sitting disease by the numbers

The term “Sitting Disease” has been coined by the scientific community and is commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle. However, the medical community does not recognize Sitting Disease as a diagnosable disease at this time.

Whether it’s time spent working (in the office, school or home), driving, eating or watching TV, the impacts our sedentary lifestyles, often referred to as “sitting disease,” may be one of the most unanticipated health threats of our modern time.

Sitting Disease:
A term coined by the scientific community, commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle.

Now that’s the bad news. The good news is…

…by making simple lifestyle changes we can make big strides to lead healthier lives. Mounting medical research proves that if we choose to stand up, sit less and move more, we can experience a great number of attainable benefits to our health, our minds and our bodies . If this topic interests you go to the source to read more….source:http://www.juststand.org/the-facts/

 

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Business Team NZ

www.anywherebusinessnetwork.co.nz

How to say no

Do you have trouble saying no?

The New York Times says -It’s in our nature to be socially obliging, and the word no feels like a confrontation that threatens a potential bond. But when we dole out an easy yes instead of a difficult no we tend to overcommit our time, energy and finances.

“The ability to communicate ‘no’ really reflects that you are in the driver’s seat of your own life,” said Vanessa M. Patrick, an associate professor of marketing at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. “It gives you a sense of empowerment.” That’s why learning to say no comes in handy. Read this article for their tips Why You Should Learn to Say ‘No’ More Often – The New York Times

Some good info on why learning to say no comes in handy. This one is set out in very clear steps…
How to Learn to Say No: 14 Steps (with Pictures) – wikiHow

Some good tips here for saying No, things like…. Ask for more time before committing. Your knee-jerk response to being asked for a favour may be to say “Yes.” Start with a compliment or gratitude. While you should be firm when saying “No,” you’ll also feel better if you’re polite. Give a clear “No.” Thank and encourage the person.

What are your tips for saying no?

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Business Team NZ

Time management -working from home

Kanwaljit Bakshi MP Tips on having a home office is that you can’t beat the convenience of working from home near family. I caught up with Kanwaljit at the Wild Foods Festival in Hokitika.

You cannot beat the convenience of working near your family. Kanwaljit has worked form home when he came to New Zealand from Delhi with his wife in 2001. He noted that the small business sector has many businesses working from home and this is a growing trend given the ability of those businesses to interact with there families.

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi was born in the capital state of India, Delhi, where he gained a degree in Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi in 1985 following his high-school at Guru Harkishan Public School.

He soon began his career in commerce by joining his family freight business and worked his way up to being a successful marketing manager. Having a prosperous 30 years business experience in India as well as New Zealand, he acquired expertise in diverse fields such as fashion and trade industry.

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi married to Irvinder Kaur in the year 1989 and moved to New Zealand in the year 2001 where he and his wife considered the rising opportunities in the country that helped in growing their business and also gave a strong foundation to their two sons, Gawan and Rijak’s education. It’s a decision they always stood by.

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Andrew

Half of Team Anywhere New Zealand 

How to stay motivated- Motivation tips

Jen Bainbridge’s top tip is to live your dream to motivate yourself each morning! While Jim Crawthorn motivation is to make people laugh!

I caught up with Jen and Jim at the Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika.

Jen as a mother is motivated by living the dream and getting up each morning to be able to have her family around and still have a dream job for a nationwide radio show! Being a woman is about being everything you want to be and this is the role model for her daughter.

Jim want’s to make people laugh and look at the positive things. He gets up each morning trying make people laugh and if he has succeeded in that he is living the dream.


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Jen
http://www.therock.net.nz

Jen Bainbridge takes over on-air from 10:00am – midday fronting the ‘Rock Workdays’ show and Jim Crawthorn does midday – 3pm which is mainly request-based.

Capturing attention with video

Yvon is currently Air Tahiti Nui’s Ambassador and is filming in New Zealand for in-flight videos. He understands that in our instant world that there is a contradiction with people spending more and more online but only gaining their attention for a short time. Keep the video short if you want to gain people’s attention!

Yvon is also intending to commence a French Bistro in Colorado and is currently freelancing from his hometown in Tahiti French Polynesia as well as being resident in Paris.

Your feedback is appreciated.

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Andrew

Half of Team Anywhere New Zealand 

Management Tips -Goal setting

 


Lisa Martin

The definition of goal setting is the process of identifying something that you want to accomplish and establishing measurable goals and timeframes. When you decide on a financial change to save more money and then set a certain amount to save each month, this is an example of goal setting.

Firstly consider what you want to achieve, and then commit to it. Set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals that motivate you and write them down to make them feel tangible. Then plan the steps you must take to realize your goal and cross off each one as you work through them.

Part of the planning process, business goals describe what a company expects to accomplish over a specific period of time. Businesses usually outline their goals and objectives in their business plans.

 

We are always looking for comment complete the feedback!

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Andrew

Half of the Anywhere Business Network

Time Management tip 3

I am continuing to be share with you from the Tips on Time Management series from people who have experience working from home.

Tip 3: TIME MANAGEMENT

“My time management tip is to collaborate with another ‘work from home’ person.

Email each other on Monday with the tasks to complete for the week.

Meet up for coffee or chat on the phone or email each other at the end of the week to help each other stay on track.  Accountability can be the nudge to completing tasks that would otherwise be shuffled to the bottom of the list.”

Anne Thoroughgood

Business Liaison

Young Enterprise Regional Coordinator

www.nmit.ac.nz/anne-thoroughgood

#Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Team NZ

Time Management tip 2

I am continuing to be share with you from the Tips on Time Management series from people who have experience working from home.

TIP 2: TIME MANAGEMENT

“Make sure you maximise on the benefits of working from home by scheduling in some of these little gems into your daily time frame:
– 30 min exercise (e.g. walk the dog or do some in house yoga )
– read one chapter of your current fave book from the comfort of your armchair
– 10 min sun bathe in your garden
– 15 min meditation

And most of all, start using positive language when talking about your time management and your work. Use words that express abundance rather than lack like “I don’t have enough time for this … or I can’t fit it all in”…
Instead learn to say e.g. “My time schedule for this week is running at capacity.”

Angelika Barnes / Life Coach/ Nelson, New Zealand

Website: www.angelikabarnes.com

Like her on Facebook ABC Angelika Barnes Coaching 

Angelika is passionate about communication and bringing out the best in people. “There is nothing more rewarding for her than seeing people becoming more energised and happy, because they have taken on board new techniques to get themselves there.”

Angelika

# Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Team NZ

Time Management tip 1

In this series I am going to be sharing Tips on Time Management by asking peope in the know about work from home.

TIP 1: TIME MANAGEMENT

“Before you start each day, write down a list of what you want to achieve that day; review how well you did at the end of each day. When you have mastered this, use your Friday afternoon to review your week and plan for next week bringing forward any undone ‘to do’s’ – however make sure your tasks follow the SMART rule! (Specific | Measurable | Achievable | Realistic | Timely)”

Debs Taylor-Hayhurst

“Working together to make a difference”

Business Consultant and Coach

www.successfactor.co.nz

http://www.facebook.com/successfactorconsultancyandcoaching (LIKE HER ON FACEBOOK)

Success Factor invests in people and businesses by providing them with the tools to reach their full potential through a results based service.

Debs

Debs Taylor- Hayhurst

Snack size communication is changing the way we communicate

Snack size communication is changing the way we communicate

Like a healthy diet, social interactions in our digital age should be balanced. Are you so caugh up in this digital age that you need to disconnect to reconnect with friends and family?

Did you know that according to the research by the food and dining industry, we are snacking much more frequently. In the United States, 90 percent of people are snacking multiple times a day and eating less during traditionally scheduled meals, sometimes foregoing them altogether.

Why is this important you might ask when I am talking about social media? Well, it seems we are also snacking on information, taking bit size chunks thoughout the day, more than we have ever done before too. It seems our attention spans are shorter, our desire to receive information is still there but we want it more quickly and in shorter chunks of time. Interestingly, this is called snackification (yes, that’s a real term).

So why is this technological trend toward briefer, more frequent, more casual interactions important to you?  Because our communication to customers needs to be “snackified” too. At work and at home, there is a definite trend toward shorter, more frequent, more informal interactions while we are doing something else.

Snackification at Home

Have you noticed that your family and friends often send texts rather than call these days. They text what’s on their minds and then send those thoughts straight away in small bites of information. Have you noticed your partner sends lots of little texts during the day so you know they are thinking of you when before they might have thought it silly to just ring you to say the same thing. I used to have hour-long phone conversations with family and friends, but now I rarely have a telephone conversation lasting longer than a few minutes, and recently even these are being replaced by text messages. We are changing the way we maintain relationships aren’t we?

We also consume entertainment and news in bite-sized chunks. In our house we occasionally watching a movie together. But sometimes we spend time together while watching short videos, reading or listening to music tracks on tablets or phones individually: I call it being “alone together” on our couch.

A survey by OpenMarket from May 2016 reported that 75 percent of millennials actually prefer texting over talking. The research suggests that this has been a consistently growing trend for several years, indicating that this is not a fad. I know my son (11-years-old) only send texts to his friends (unless I force them to pick up the phone). In addition, millennials prefer texting because they say it’s less stressful since it doesn’t require them to come up with answers on the spot and allows them time to choose and edit their words.

Snackification at Work

In my own businesses I have noticed over the years, my clients began requesting shorter and shorter session times. If I am asked to do a presentation, more often than not I am asked to do a 10 minute opening followed by a Q &A session rather than a longer presentation going into more depth. Seems everyones busy. I have also noticed that emails are getting shorter, people are using bullet points and often opt to send 2 emails when in the past it would have all been in one long email.

In fact, snackification of communication is typical in most workplaces. Reports used to be long and detailed. Now many professionals consume and share information either in short, bulleted, slide presentation form or in multiple emails with text and video attachments. Meetings that used to last half a day are getting shorter or are eliminated. Interestingly, according to a 2014 survey, 43 percent of workers avoid spontaneous conversations in favor of email and myriad collaboration tools that enable them to have short “conversations” throughout the day.

What is the impact on your business

Since millennials are the next generation into the workforce I suggest if you are not one of them, you find out more about the way they are communicating in order to meet their needs as employees and connsumers.

Check out my next blog where I look at the pros and cons of “snackification” on our personal and business lives. I would love your comments.

Kerri Bainbridge

Collaborate, Mindset, Learning

One half of the Anywhere Team NZ

The changing digital landscape is changing the way we do business

Are you keeping up with the changing digital landscape? It’s changing the way we do business.

If you have been searching the internet for inspiration about what you might do in the future you are probably aware that the future of work is changing. This is because the digital landscape has change the way we collaborate, our mindset, and the way we gather information (learning). The big question is are you prepared for it? What have you already noticed?

What change have we already been through? At almost 50 (generation X) I have seen lots of change in the way I communicate and the business tools I have used to collaborate and do business. No one stopped and asked if I was ready. I was eager to experience it to be honest and embrased it. I have seen work change from being repetitive and time consuming to become replaced by technology and efficiency. I adapted and changed because I had to and because it was exciting.

My changing landscape

When I started work in the late 80s fax machines were just coming into my workplace, there were no cell phones, no ATM machines and the home computer was for playing games on. There was not social media. If you were going to be late home you had to find a phone box or ring from work. If you broke down you walked to someone house and used their phone. If you wanted to know what a shop had to sell you had to go in or look at a catalogue or advert. We got our news on the radio or TV at the appointed hour. If you wanted to research something you had to go the library. If you wanted to read a book you bought it or got it out of the library.

If you wanted to communicate with a work colleague, family or friends you wrote a memo, letter or picked up the phone. Or better still you walked round the office to went to their home to speak to them in person. People were not so accessable and we had to wait to tell them things. Memos and letters were longer because you saved it all up to put in one document. Now a days we do everything in bit size pieces. Sometimes we send our thought on social media or text as they come to us. Maybe we used a diary for this before or wrote it down in poetry or songs…….imagine not being able to tell your partner something when you thought of it- ping off goes a text.

In the 90s I remember getting my first “flip phone”. It was a great comfort to think I could text my partner about my location so we could meet up after work or I could get help if I broke down in my car. It was quite expensive to make calls so I really treated it as an emergency device for calling. I was listening to music on my stereo or walkman. I was using my camera for photos and having them printed out from a role of film. I needed a video camera for video.

I taught myself to type so I could use my home computer to type up assignments for university (when I went back to uni after 10 years working so we are in the 90s now). I taught myself to use email and started sending emails to friends. I remember one friend saying she thought it was funny how I wrote like I was talking to her. She thought I should only use it to send a quick message and if I wanted to talk I should phone. I remember sending emails at work and treating it like a letter. I would save up things to say and send one long email.

In the early 2000s I was using the internet for booking flights, reseaching things that interest me, and checking emails when I travelled. I was using my home computer to do my accounts, business documents and communicating with work and friends who were out of town. When I travelled I took photos or video on my camera and I left my phone at home. My only form of commuication with people back home was sending a postcard, letter or checking my emails in an internet cafe. I used an walkman playing cds for music. If I wanted a job I had to look in the papers, and post in an application, then go to an interview. If I wanted to buy something I could search about it to see where I need to go to buy it. It wasnt the norm to pay online but you could email an order.

Digital landscape today

These days, I generally don’t go anywhere without my phone. I use it for my emails, internet searches, bookings, games, phone calls, texts, social media, business information storage in the cloud, my calendar, to take bookings for business, listening to music, accessing stored doucents in the cloud, taking photos and videos, read the news, do my banking and to tell me the time. When I travel I take just my phone and I can Skype or Facetime, or use my social media to communicate and share realtime what I am doing, where I am with whome I like.

Workwise I have seen that more and more people are working from home. Some are working remotely for someone else while others are working for themselves. Working around family is a big focus. Information is more accessable, its being stored electronically in the Cloud. People are collaborating through online meetings such as Zoom and Skype. Technology has changed the way we do business. We dont need to be in a clients office to speak to them, do training for them or with them, having a meeting or exchange ideas. If I want a job I apply online, I network with people imporant to my business or future business online. If I get an interview it wouldnt be unusual to be interviewed by Skype. If I want to order something I can seach online for the best price or product. Then I can order and pay right away online and it will be shipped to me.

What does this all mean for the future of work?

Our epectations have changed (mindset). We expect things to be at our finger tips. We expect businesses to get back to us quickly and to find what we want in an instant. We no longer expect to have to go to the shops for items.  Dispite social media we are still meeting up to socialise (collaboration). We are just sharing the experience with more than just those who are there.

People want thing fast, in bite sizes and they want to share their experience. They need to see and experience your product so photos or video are important. You need a presence online so you can be found, so your consumer can learn about you, and you need a way of interacting online with customers to create a following. Are you providing that? What does your digital landscape look like for your business? Do you have brochures, messages or busy ads that are long and boring. Are you refusing to get conected with social media and unsure how to take video, share experiences and photos of what you do? This is the future NOW.

What can you do to improve your digital landscape right now?

Its often easier to cope with this change when you are young. I think thats because you dont have other things like kids and financial pressures to worry about. Some people are better with change. But change is all the current generation know. The digital landscape is in their face and its changing fast. If you are a gernation X like me then you need to think about the changing nature of work and the fact that the next generation, the millenials are now in the workforce in bigger numbers and they have grown up with laptops, phones, social media and the world of instant gratification. They are your workforce and your consumers and are just plain expecting different things than you have grown up with. As parents we are grappling with the changing digital landscape our kids are exposed to. My advice is to learn about it now. Engage with them in their world as this is the next generating of your customers. I will explore more about the millenials in my next blog. You cant afford to miss it.

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Team NZ

Colaboration, Mindset, Learning.

www.anywherebusiness.co.nz 

 

How do you succeed in business?

Many who work from home have other income coming into the household from a partner so the amount of money generated is not always important. If it is your sole income for example you may feel more pressure about this.

It is still important no matter how much you are making to work efficiently. This will give you a sense of achievement and purpose- Successfulness. Without goals you may spend more hours than you need to working on your business and achieving very little.

There is a tendency to feel like you can never get away from work when you work from home because it’s always there. There’s always one more thing to do. Today I want to talk about goals and planning as they will be your keys to success.

Setting Goals

If you haven’t sat down and written down the goals you have for your business, then you need to do that now. When you are selling anything it seems impossible to predict how much you will sell since you cannot control the economy or how people spend their money. But you have to start with a goal. There are many great books, websites and blogs about this so start by investing time in working out what you are trying to achieve. I recommend a few on our website.

Your goals should be SMART -Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time bound

It’s a good idea to set business and personal goals since the reason for you working from home is often motivated by your personal goals. If you need help setting personal goals you will find a free tool here.

Goal Example: It might look like this for a T-shirt business

Make $x per month selling 50 t-shirts through my online shop.

Have a Business Plan

Next you need a plan. Here’s a free business planning tool to help you get started. You now have to have a plan for making this goal come to reality. You need to know you’re your strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities are. You need to plan for marketing and taxes. You need to plan for production time and delivery. Once you have done this planning your will know if your goal is realistic and achievable.

Invest time in yourself every day to become an efficient entrepreneur.

Kerri Bainbridge

Collaborate, Mindset, Learning

One Half of the Anywhere Team New Zealand

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How will the millennials affect your business?

 

Who are they?

The millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000 now entering employment in
very high numbers, will shape the world of work for years to come. Attracting the best of these millennial workers to your business, as an employee or consumer, is critical to the future of your business. Their career aspirations, attitudes about work, and knowledge of new technologies will define the culture of the 21st century workplace. Simon Sinek covers it well in the video above.

Why does it matter?

Millennials matter because they are not only different from those that have gone before, they are also more numerous than any since the soon-to-retire Baby Boomer generation – millennials already form 25% of the workforce in the US and account for over half of the population in India. By 2020, millennials will form 50% of the global workforce (always good to have the stats).

But although they will soon outnumber their Generation X predecessors (like me), they remain in short supply, particularly in parts of the world where birth rates have been lower. They will also be more valuable – this generation will work to support a significantly larger older generation as life expectancy increases.

How do millenials see “work”?

It’s clear that millennials will be a powerful generation of workers and that those with the right skills will be in high demand. Attracting and keeping younger workers is one of the biggest talent challenges for businesses employing them. They may be able to command not only creative reward packages by today’s standards, but also influence the way they work, where they work and how they operate in the workplace.

Are they that different to past generations? It’s true to say that some of the behaviour and attributes of millennials can be explained by their age and relative lack of responsibilities. Our behaviour and priorities change and adapt as we age, but to dismiss the issues entirely on that basis would be a mistake.

What sets them apart?

Millennials’ use of technology clearly sets them apart. One of the defining characteristics of the millennial generation is their affinity with the digital world. They have grown up with broadband, smartphones, laptops and social media being the norm and expect instant access to information. This is the first generation to enter the workplace with a better grasp of a key business tools than more senior workers.

It’s more than just the way they use technology its the way they behave too that makes today’s youth different. Their behaviour is coloured by their experience of the global economic crisis and they place much more emphasis on their personal needs than on those of the organisation.

Millennials tend to be uncomfortable with rigid corporate structures and turned off by information silos. They expect rapid progression, a varied and interesting career and constant feedback. In other words, millennials want a management style and corporate culture that is very different from anything that has gone before – that is, one that meets their needs.

The particular characteristics of millennials – such as their ambition and desire to keep learning and move quickly upwards through an organisation, as well as their willingness to move on quickly if their expectations are not being met – requires a focused response from employers. Millennials want a flexible approach to work, but very regular feedback and encouragement. They want to feel their work is worthwhile and that their efforts are being recognised. They value similar things in an employer brand as they do in a consumer brand. These are all characteristics that employers can actively address.

Businesses like Google and Apple have been successfully attracting talented millennials because they are naturally innovative employers who are never restrained by ‘how things used to be done’, their culture, management style and approach to recruitment and retention naturally appeal to the millennial generation. And because of that, they are able to take their pick of the best younger talent around.

Irrespective of your long-term aims and ambitions for your business, it will be your ability to attract and retain millennial talent will be a vital step to the success of your business because they are not only your employees but your consumers.

In summary

Millennials want a flexible approach to work, regular feedback and encouragement, to feel their work is worthwhile and that their efforts are being recognised. They also value similar things in an employer brand as they do in a consumer brand. In other words if they buy your product they will want to work for you. If they like what you stand for, they will want to work for you. It will all be about what is in it for them. You need to learn now how to feed the machine that is here now. Interact with it (collaborate), develop a healthy mindset to working with it (mindset) and learn about how it works (learning).

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Team NZ

Collaboration, Mindset, Learning

Is it possible to have a work/life balance and working from home?

Work Life and balance- are your goals matching what you want?

If you are like me, the idea of working from home is very appealing. Setting your own hours, no commute and time for the things that are important to me. I have worked from home for 12 years and it has given me the freedom and flexibility to work around my growing family. This flexibility has also come at cost. Finding a job that can be done from home that pays the bills (and more) is not always easy and I haven’t always been efficient with my time.

If you work from home too or want to, you might imagine that working from home means you could easily work around the kids, fit in social time with friends and family, and exercise too? Let’s look at this a bit closer at this work/life balance.

What are the distractions?

Here are just a few:

Friends wanting to catch up for coffee
Sick children
Household chores
Running errands
Paying bills
Gardening
The dog needs a walk
Going to the gym
Achieving a work/life balance

Having a work/life balance is possible when you work from home. If you are going to achieve your goals of running a successful business from home, you need to set goals and manage the distractions that some with working from home.

Kerri Bainbridge

Learning, Mindset, Collaboration

Anywhere Team NZ

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