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  • Too many distractions? Try these tech solutions | Small Biz Advisor
    websites for an allotted period of time They re great tools for people who can t help checking Twitter or Facebook because no matter how many times you restart your browser or reboot the entire computer those sites won t be accessible until the set time limit has elapsed SelfControl is free while Freedom pricing starts at 2 42 U S a month Freedom boasts more than 100 000 users ranging from writers and software developers to researchers and executives For those who don t want to entirely block contact with the outside world but who could use help concentrating there are several apps that incorporate the Pomodoro Technique a time management method developed in the 1990s by productivity consultant Francesco Cirillo The technique encourages users to work for 25 minutes then take five minute breaks in between Focus for Macs and FocusBooster for both Mac and PC encourage users toward those goals by letting them see how much time they have left before the next break Focus helps out by displaying inspirational quotes while FocusBooster double as a productivity tracker by aggregating usage data into handy graphs and pie charts Single user Focus licenses are available for a one time fee of 19 U S with discounts for multiple users Brad Jasper the app s creator says the app is currently geared toward individual users but he is also working on new team oriented features to be released soon FocusBooster is free with paid versions that include data tracking features starting at 3 U S a month Creator Alice Coleman is also working on a team view function that will display results for multiple employees The Pomodoro Technique and FocusBooster are very effective for individuals and their increased productivity will have an overall benefit on a company she says

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  • 3 ways to keep your communication positive | Small Biz Advisor
    had shifted My first instinct was to vent my anger with a few of the choice words that come to mind when you re upset But I was advised by a trusted colleague to walk away from the project rather than to continue in anger As much I wanted to bring closure by telling off the person I recalled the adage about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar The incident got me thinking that we can all benefit a bit more from being positive and constructive in our business communication Here are three tips to make your business communication more positive and get better results 1 Be thoughtful We all make choices throughout our day one of the most important of which is the words we use Thoughtful word choice can make the difference between a negative response that upsets its recipient and a positive one that has the opposite effect So choose your words thoughtfully and carefully or they may come back to bite you 2 Be cool When you re on the receiving end of a negative response angry voice mails negative emails and so on think before you respond Take time to prepare what you want to say Being rational and calm may just help the other person to take it down a notch A more reasonable positive communication can move the situation forward in a way that benefits both parties 3 Be kind In today s multi tasking always wired world people are often too focused on trying to get everything done and don t think to take the extra moment necessary to be kind But the fundamental human response to being treated with kindness is to respond positively it s a two way street Put yourself in the receiver s shoes when you

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  • Making the argument for wellness | Small Biz Advisor
    a firm s bottom line But when wellness programs are introduced be they health risk assessments fitness campaigns or drug reviews the impact can be profound A new report The Wellness Dividend How Employers can improve employee health and productivity by Graham Lowe is a great resource for the small business advisor who needs concrete arguments for selling wellness programs to clients Providing key statistics on the effectiveness of wellness strategies their costs versus return on investment and implementation rates across Canada it lays out why employee wellness makes sense and provides specific examples of organizations that have successfully implemented wellness programs It also gives advisors the tools to help employers embark on wellness initiatives be they big or small Such an initiative is a workplace vaccine campaign which can be an effective component of a firm s wellness program Often overlooked by employers vaccines can reduce infections in the workforce help keep staff healthy when working and travelling and cut absenteeism rates The immunization edition of the ROI of One Life series makes the case for the inclusion of adult immunization as a cost effective health promotion strategy Unlike the lifestyle changes required when dealing with many chronic diseases

    Original URL path: http://www.smallbizadvisor.ca/partner-education/wellness-matters-3351 (2016-04-26)
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  • Help your clients break free of Financial Inertia | Small Biz Advisor
    are bombarded with information and don t know where to turn Often they just remain static this is financial inertia Start a new kind of conversation Standard Life created tools for advisors to use with clients to help understand their attitudes and knowledge towards investing The Motion Profiler makes sense of how investing and saving fit into their broader life goals The result is to segment your clients into one

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  • Timing matters | Small Biz Advisor
    probed how this affects the way they think about and approach group benefits retirement savings and their banking needs And it turns out timing matters a lot Highlights from the report which launches on October 15 illustrate 41 of small business owners and senior executives who currently have a health benefits plan considered offering the plan in their start up phase and 18 actually implemented it at that time On the subject of banking one of the top concerns owners have when dealing with their bank is getting access to more credit These insights and many others may re shape how you build relationships with start ups growing and established businesses By focusing more on relationship building education and value you can set the stage for further business by offering the right solutions at the right time The 2013 Manulife Financial Small Business Research Report is filled with many key insights that have the potential to change how you view and approach your clients The research program includes A robust report packed with research data on how small business owners think about their business depending on what stage they are in Plus analysis and tips from your industry peers Inspirational

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  • Key questions and answers to prospects | Small Biz Advisor
    join or leave your organization I didn t think my employees were that interested in benefits Your answer In a recent survey employees said they d prefer to get a group savings and retirement contribution from their employer than either a yearly bonus or extra vacation days It was too expensive Your answer It doesn t have to be There are plans to fit every budget I thought we were too small to offer a plan Your answer In some ways it s more important for smaller companies to offer benefits because they need to keep trained and skilled employees from drifting towards larger organizations I didn t think we could offer something that could compete with bigger companies Your answer That used to be true but providers have developed innovative new products that provide the right mix of choice and simplicity to smaller companies You may not get all the bells and whistles but you can stand tall in the big leagues 2 Do you face specific human resources challenges in your business such as high turnover or a shortage of qualified candidates for open positions I should be aware of 3 What are your most important goals for a group savings and retirement plan Do you want to help employees save for retirement Do you want to attract skilled employees Do you want to retain existing employees Do you want to motivate employees to become more productive Do you want to reduce your company s taxes 4 Based on these goals what would you say is the primary purpose of the plan 5 Are you aiming to match or exceed a competing company s plan 6 Do you plan to offer matching contributions to motivate your employee to save 7 Do you offer yearly bonuses regular pay raises

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  • Specialize in small | Small Biz Advisor
    2012 there were 1 2 million small businesses in Canada with more than one employee according to Statistics Canada Today close to half of Canada s entire workforce is employed by a small business As the economy recovers small businesses will grow Owners are hungry for expert advice on health and retirement benefits so they can attract and retain top talent to help them succeed For you that s opportunity knocking Are you ready to answer Consider servicing the small group market Become better than the competition at SmallBizAdvisor ca The top 6 health benefits issues for 2013 Avoid trouble with clients by adopting this simple habit Why mandatory enrollment is so important Reduce your clients drug costs by teaching them about patient assistance programs Make renewals easier for clients by clearly explaining key ideas like IBNR What clients and employees need to know about benefits when divorce happens Employees at smaller businesses need more life insurance Should small businesses buy CI insurance for their employees Sign up for a free trial of the SmallBizAdvisor ca newsletter to stay in the know Click here to read Welcome to the Small Biz Nation and Small Biz Owners Need You in case

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  • Six issues on the minds of your small business clients | Small Biz Advisor
    added after your message Validate Text Size A re Canadian small business owners more concerned with increasing revenue or gaining access to capital What is the most popular type of retirement plan small businesses offer to their employees When are owners most likely to rely on their benefits advisor Explore these subjects and others and learn ways you can grow your own practice in the first Manulife Financial Small Business

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