Production Planning – Key Factors

Every company, in order to maximize their productivity, will need a good production plan. One thing to note is that it is a complex process to execute effective planning. This process covers many different activities to make sure that equipment, human resources, and materials are available where and when they are needed. Production planning can be described as a roadmap that will help your company know where they are going and how long it will take them to arrive there.

Production planning advantages

• Eliminates wasted time
• Reduces labor costs
• Improves process flow
• Reduces inventory costs by decreasing too much work-in-progress inventories and the need for safety stocks
• Increases capacity and optimizes equipment usage
• The on-time deliveries of services and products are improved

Production planning key factors

• Market expectations-in order to effectively plan, your company should be able to estimate potential sales. Most companies will not have a firm number for future sales but they should be able to forecast sales based on established order or market trends.
• Inventory control-a company should have in place a sound inventory system along with establishing a reliable inventory level.
• Human resources and equipment availability-good production planning will help a company manage their open time, which is the time frame allowed between processes. This time will allow all orders move smoothly within the production service or line. It means that you will have enough employees to work the production line so that the products customers need will be available. It is not a good idea to plan for full capacity on the production line. The company should leave room for any changes and unexpected priorities.
• Time and steps standardized on the progress map-the company should map out the processes how they happen to determine the production steps to complete the job. Then they will need to incorporate the approximate time it took to complete the work. The company needs to remember that the many of the steps may happen at the same time and they often do not happen in sequence. Once the company completes the process map, it will help them understand how long it took to complete the process. Standardizing time and work involved when doing similar or repeated work will help to speed up significantly the planning process of the company.

Production planning also needs to address certain key elements in advance of production to make sure that there is an uninterrupted flow of work. They need to make sure that the material needed is ordered so it is available when needed. If any special equipment is needed they need to procure it early, especially if it needs installed. The company should make sure their employees are trained for any new equipment.

This article is penned by Lora Davis for JobPack Production Scheduling Systems. JobPack provides production planning software and scheduling software for metal cutting manufacturing companies in the Aerospace, Automotive, and job-shop industries. So the next time you need a job a production scheduler try JobPack!

3 Strategies to Be Merciless on YOUR Excuses – Stay Productive

“Small differences in key areas can lead to enormous differences in results.”

Why haven’t you accomplished your goals? Who is in control; YOU or Your excuses? You can always come up with dozens of reasons why you have not achieved your goals. The dog ate your gym clothes, there is not enough opportunities in your chosen career, or too many people are already doing that business, so it will not work for you. The list of excuses is endless. However, if you want to be successful, redirect the energy you put into making excuses into making progress. Everybody has some distractions in their life, but productive people achieve their goals in spite of life’s obstacles.

Draw a line in the sand – There are so many distractions in today’s world that few people manage their time effectively. They are easily distracted by their cell phone, social media, emails, text messages and meaningless conference calls. When something is a priority in your life, you have to be willing to walk away from anything that is standing in its way. Being deliberate about how you spend your time is essential for being productive.

You have to be deliberate in making conscious decisions about what you want and why, then work effectively to achieve it. Being deliberate with time is essential to being productive in a meaningful way. It forces you to be present, to ask yourself questions, time and again, about what is the most important thing to accomplish, instead of passively responding to whatever the environment presents. A common mistake many people make is that they go about their day without any focus or direction. Your time is your most valuable asset. When you value yourself, you value your time.

Make plans – No two people plan, organize or operate the same way. Understanding your personal planning style can help you improve your skills and identify your strengths and weaknesses. The key to getting your work life organized is doing what makes sense for you. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Effective planning is essentially survival skills, since your plans form the foundation of how you assess and execute your work. Planning your time should be one of the qualities that you take seriously if you desire to make the most of your life. It is rightly said that a person who does not respect time does not respect his or her own self.

Time management experts recommend using a personal planning tool to improve your productivity. Examples of personal planning tools include electronic planners, calendars, index cards, and notebooks. Writing down your tasks, schedules, and memory joggers can free your mind to focus on your priorities. The key is to find one planning tool that works for you and use that tool consistently. It’s empowering to realize you have more control than you ever knew over what you achieve in life.

Put the work in, earn yours – Are the goals you are struggling to achieve just too difficult? Probably not. Most likely, you have not put the dedicated work in to accomplish them. If your goal is not important to you, if it is not something you deeply want, you probably will not achieve it. On the other hand, if your goal means everything to you, there is no excuse on earth that can stop you from accomplishing your goals.

Setting distant goals, you do not plan to deal with until much later is easy; you can declare you will do anything in the future at no cost to you now. When the time comes to begin working toward your goal, you can push back the date. While you can repeat this process over and over, it eventually becomes a habit of procrastination, which will endanger your objectives and undermine your drive. You must remain merciless to your excuses. The real reason most people fail to accomplish their goals is they think the process is boring. They believe that doing the same thing day in and day out is not sexy. But I have news for you: consistency is sexy, accomplishing your goals is sexy, and being focused is sexy.

Each day, ask yourself, “What must I do today in order to know that I am on track to achieve my goals?” By handling things this way, you can get started right away on your quest to fulfill your objectives. Plus, this process gives you a clear track to follow, and it reminds you that achieving your goals requires focused attention and daily work. There is not time to accept excuses… once you accept that you give everything in your life its meaning and begin the journey toward self-mastery.

Hasheem Francis is the Co-founder and CEO of Built To Prosper Companies. Hasheem Francis is a best selling author, keynote speaker, recognized industry thought leader, and an expert on executive business and leadership development.

Mindfulness In The Electronic Workplace

Mindfulness is being used by organisations all over the planet. Companies, defence forces, government bodies, universities and the person on the street are all using it daily to help them at work and in life. Mindfulness programs cover things such as leadership, communication, stress and even depression and anxiety. The key ways in which mindfulness is helpful to people in a digital workplace are first keeping focus in the midst of disruptions and second awareness of the impact electronic devices are having upon our wellbeing and productivity.

Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? In its simplest form, mindfulness means awareness. It is paying attention and attending to the present moment without judgement.

It is being used as a tool for focus, to improve productivity, to manage stress and mental health, to improve resilience, to improve leadership, emotional intelligence and communication skills. It is providing executives and their staff with a new way of working. With mindfulness training you are more able to successfully prioritise, be focused, be more efficient, ignore distractions, grow emotional intelligence, more easily deal with conflict and feel better.

Mindfulness gives us the ability to keep our perspective and focus (no matter what is going on around us). It helps us to consider alternative courses of action calmly with the intelligent area of our brain, rather than reacting thoughtlessly with the more primitive part of our brain which usually takes over when we are feeling stressed or under pressure. Mindfulness helps us to remain calm and not get caught in the grip of emotion when things around us begin to get ‘busy’.

How Can We Practice Mindfulness In The Digital Age

Mindfulness training can be done any time you have a few spare moments. You close your eyes, come back into the present moment and focus on your breath. Sure it is fabulous if you can do it for twenty minutes every day, but if you can’t, take what you can get.

Start your working day with ten minutes of mindfulness while your laptop boots up. Sit quietly and bring yourself into the present moment. Focus on your breath and leave behind all the things that happened at home in the morning. Bring your attention to your breath and the moment you are in. When you have done ten minutes of training, turn your mind and your attention to what you aim to achieve during the day.

Here are seven other ways you can incorporate the power of mindful pauses into your working day:

1. When your phone rings: Take three deep breaths to centre yourself, come into the moment and turn your focus to the phone call before picking up the phone. This enables you to turn your attention from what you were doing to the person who is on the other end of the phone.

2. Before checking email: We have an almost manic urge to check email as soon as an alert sounds or we want a mental break from what we are doing. Instead of giving into these impulsive urges, try waiting ten breaths before checking your email.

3. When you’re checking social media: In the same way, we yearn to check email to see if there is anything exciting happening, we also have the urge to check our social media. We wonder how many people have responded or what others are doing that you didn’t know about. Notice the thoughts you have as you read each item. How does it make you feel, what do you think? How do you feel before and after you check social media? Is there any element of unhealthy thinking or feeling associated with what you are doing?

4. Leave your mobile phone behind or turn it off: This is a challenge for most people. We live in a world where we feel compelled to check it while we are driving or watching the movies. Notice any addictive habits you have and try leaving your phone behind every now and then. Turn it off at night and see if it gives you a better night’s sleep. Put it in your bag or in a drawer at work, rather than leave it on your desk top. Notice how you feel when you don’t have it with you. Be aware of the experience without any judgment, it is what it is.

5. When you’re working on the computer: Notice what happens to your energy levels while you are working at your computer. Do they sag after a while? How long before they sag? What do you do when your energy starts to get low? How are you sitting in the chair?

6. When you’re waiting: Our days seem to be filled with moments of waiting. We wait for the bus, we wait in the traffic, we wait for the printer, we wait for someone to answer the phone. Waiting and the patience it requires are a part of our lives. How do you feel when you have to wait? Do you become agitated? Does it help? Is there a better way to fill the time you are waiting? Would it be possible for you to take three deep breaths and allow yourself to relax without doing anything and without feeling negative while you are waiting?

7. Meetings: Do you take electronic devices into meetings? How focused are you on the meeting? How would it feel if you left your electronic devices behind and focused your attention on the meeting? Could you contribute in a more meaningful way? Would the meeting finish sooner if everyone did the same thing? Some organisations now have baskets at the meeting room door for you to leave electronic devices in. If the meeting organiser sees you on an electronic device during the meeting, you will be asked to leave the room if you have something more important to attend to than the meeting? What difference would that make in your organisation?

Mindfulness brings some of our digital behaviours into awareness. Awareness leads to self-empowerment. Once we are aware of our behaviours we can then release our automatic reactions and make conscious choices about how we are spending our time and energy during the working day.

Benefits of Using a Waste Management Business

Waste is being generated everywhere we look from household to industrial, medical to hazardous and chemical; our planet is becoming consumed by waste and there is no hiding from it. It is all too easy to ignore this growing problem of increasing waste plaguing our world and taking thousands of years to decompose – if at all.

No longer can we turn a blind eye to the suffering of our land, sea and air as well as global warming – say hello to the birth of the waste management industry, here to save the day.

Whilst waste matter isn’t the nicest of discussion points, it is a vitally important topic which needs to be addressed in order to protect our environment from further hazardous and chemical substances. A world without frequent and proper waste disposal would be a world that horror movies are made from; deadly mountains of toxic trash slowly killing all life forms and destroying our environment once and for all.

I’m sure that if you are reading this, you feel confident in your own life that you ‘do your part’ by recycling when possible and taking your bins out on rubbish day. Small and large businesses are producing a significantly higher amount of waste but may still feel satisfied that they are disposing of waste correctly by passing it on to an outside waste management provider and wiping their hands clean.

It is essential that you – as a business – not only hire a professional waste service to dispose of your waste but that you trust your waste management company and know with utmost certainty that your waste is being transported and destroyed legally and safely. By choosing a quality waste transport and disposal company, you can rest assured knowing that you are getting more for your money, first-class customer service and peace of mind that your waste is being disposed of correctly.

Whether you are a small or large business, hiring a specialised waste collection company will make your life easier and provide a tonne of advantages. Here we look at some of the central benefits of expert waste collection and waste removal.

• Get your waste management service to do the dirty work; you save time and money!

Time is of the essence and when you’re trying to run a successful business, dealing with waste matters can eat up a lot of time, resources and money. By hiring a professional waste management team, you can save your time, resources (and often money) by focussing on your business and letting the expert waste staff deal with your waste discreetly and efficiently.

• Health & safety is paramount in the workplace; safeguard your employees and yourself.

It is your responsibility to make sure your staff have a safe environment to work in. You can maintain the health and safety of your workforce by employing a dedicated waste management service who will ensure that your hazardous or chemical waste is professionally removed regularly to reduce the risk of health issues.

• You are reducing your carbon footprint and making huge difference to the future of our planet.

By selecting an environmentally friendly waste management company you can be confident that any waste which can be recycled or reused will be. When your business starts working together with a reputable waste management service, you can expect your profits and productivity to increase significantly as sustainability is highly regarded and you can be proud to be environmentally conscious.

• Managing your waste professionally is win-win in the public eye.

Once you establish a solid relationship with your waste management company, you can advertise the fact that you are actively recycling, reusing and disposing of your waste in an environmentally mindful way. This will do wonders for your company’s image as well as promoting proper waste management to your clients and customers.

• Greener, cleaner living; it’s a way of life.

Maintaining your waste free work environment will become easy once your waste management team regularly visit. A clean work place is far more inviting to potential clients and your employees will quickly reap the benefits of a greener workplace. By having a dedicated waste management company on hand to help you eliminate waste from your business, you and your employees will soon realise the health benefits as well as the time and money savings it delivers.

• More than just a waste management service; on-site training and team knowledge building.

A great waste management company will go one step further and help your business to become fully educated in waste management. A good company will offer you specialised Health & Safety Training, Chemical Safety Training, Environmental Compliance Training and more. If you’re looking for ways to decrease waste across your company or you’re struggling to meet budgets with your recycling and waste, an effective waste management team of professionals will be more than happy to help you.

By choosing an honest, reliable and customer focussed waste management company you will certainly be saving money, time and resources as well as have the opportunity to enjoy a complete service tailored to your business’ particular needs.

Raising the Stakes in the Workplace

I had the pleasure of working on a project this week that opened my eyes to something very meaningful. In fact, I learned something that I believe could make a huge difference in workplace turnover and productivity. It is not a new concept, but one that has been overlooked for far too long.

The project involved putting together email letters that were being sent to new employees at 3, 6 and 9 month intervals. The emails were targeted towards different level employees with a focus on making them feel welcome and comfortable in their new positions and to find out how they were doing. These were by no means typical or standard follow-up emails, but were genuine, personal messages to find out how employees were progressing in their positions.

Behind the concept was the premise that most new employees are just dumped into a position and left to their own devices as they figure things out for themselves. However, a smart company understands that although growing a business and making money is important, building upon stable, satisfied employees is the key to future success.

In this particular case, the human resource professional had tremendous insight into turnover and productivity and was sincerely reaching out to know how things were going for the new employees. It was clear that the HR person was willing to hear what these employees really felt and so each email included pointed questions, which allowed the employee to provide truthful feedback.

I spoke about the idea with a few people and their comments were eye-opening. In fact, the feedback I received from employees and employers alike spoke volumes as everyone thought the idea should be implemented in every workplace situation. Most said that whether a smaller or larger company, people need to know they matter and that their presence is of value. One person I spoke with told me that he had always wished he had the opportunity to explain how he felt on the first day of a new job. He remembered feeling less than valuable and wished that someone had made him feel like he was truly wanted. He could tell by the lack of interest by other team members and the company itself that he wasn’t going to enjoy the experience based on his initial entry into the job. Guess what? He didn’t enjoy it and in only a few short months, he gave his notice.

It is in fact costly and unproductive to go through the onboard experience, yet show little interest in a new employee’s progression. It’s simply a waste of time and money when employers put their heads in the sand by not bothering to hear what their employees think at different stages of the position. I was sincerely struck by the idea of reaching out to employees in such a valuable and caring way and I was delighted to see that the human resource person had such deep insight into the process. She was aware that in today’s market, not only is it difficult for someone to begin a new job, it is also expensive for the company. The truth is, when an employer shows interest in what’s happening, it makes a world of difference to workplace turnover and productivity.

Of course, there are going to be times, when an employee might be afraid to tell the truth for fear of losing the job or there may be intense criticism offered, which could be hard on the employer. But, in truth, if employers would be willing to accept feedback and to hear what employees have to say about their experience at different stages of the work situation, there would probably be far less turnover at many companies and a lot more positive outcomes.

Copyright July 2017

Charlene Rashkow brings over 20 years of experience as a Writing Stylist and Author. She has successfully helped thousands of companies and individuals reach their objectives by helping them create a multitude of business and personal documents. Charlene thrives on writing original articles, press releases, bios, website content, business plans, proposals, resumes, letters, non-fiction books and all other forms of written material.

5 Ways in Which a Data Cleansing Company Can Help Your Business

The world of trade and commerce has become very complicated as well as competitive. So, you need to be at the top of your game to become successful. Most of the business processes in a business organisation today are completely data driven. Hence, the importance of data obtained plays a key role in determining the success of your business. But it is more important to have accurate data so that you can make accurate decisions.

Dealing with incomplete or inaccurate data is something that every entrepreneur faces. Though it may seem impossible to get rid of this problem but there is an easy solution available. Of course, the answer lies in data cleansing. Most of the people do confuse data cleansing with data appending services. But former is actually a part of data appending. But to properly cleanse your data, you will have to first take the aid of a data cleansing company.

How can a data cleansing enterprise help your business? Well, let’s find out:

  • Helps you to easily analyse the data:

Analysing the data obtained appropriately is not possible unless the data you have obtained is complete and completely accurate. Running analysis with inappropriate data will provide you with inaccurate results; so it will become hard for you to understand the position of your business in the market. Moreover, you will not also understand how your products are doing among the people. Therefore, it is important to cleanse your data precisely such that you can run the easy analysis. So, professional data cleansing services from a company are what you will need to reach your goal.

  • Maximizing the collections of the revenue:

Any business which uses data cleansing precisely can easily generate huge revenues. With proper data cleansing, you will be able to understand the demographics as well as the interests of the customer groups. Hence, you can accordingly in order to generate huge revenues. Moreover, it will also help you to create new loyal customer bases for your company.

  • Building long and efficient email lists:

Email marketing is an important marketing strategy for every business. It not only helps you to gain more leads but it also helps greatly to transform target customer groups into loyal client bases. But for your email marketing campaigns to become successful, you will require a proper email list. And that is something which you can easily achieve with the aid of data cleansing.

  • Increases productivity:

Analysing tonnes of inaccurate data and taking actions based upon those results can be the cause of low productivity of your business. This is because; your employees lose a large amount of time in dealing with the corrupt data. But with proper data cleansing, this problem can easily be resolved and the high productivity of your business can easily be restored.

  • Helps you to make better decisions:

In the businesses today, decision making is completely data driven. Hence, erroneous data reports can compel you to take wrong decisions; unless you avail professional data cleansing services. Once your data is cleaned properly then you will be able to take better decisions in order to secure the success.With the increasing significance of these services, finding an efficient data appending organisation has become a must necessity.

Well, it is much of a hard work to find a proficient appending company unless you come to us. At Global Zest Business Solution Inc, we are proud to present ourselves as one of the leading data appending company in the industry. Most excellent services of highest possible quality are something that we assure our clients about. Bring the jolt of efficiency into your business with proper guidance from Global Zest Business.

Growth = Survival: Taking Your Venture To the Next Level

A given business venture might be doing admirably well and producing top line sales revenues and bottom line profits as expected or conversely, may be somewhat lacking in one or both metrics for any number of reasons. Yet regardless of the particular circumstances, it is an accepted business axiom that like a shark, organizations, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, must continually move forward and grow. In business, Growth = Survival.

Growth requires consideration of the organization’s vision and mission, from which a list of attainable goals that reflect and enhance the vision and mission are developed. A clear understanding of the type of growth that the organization would be wise to pursue must be reached. Organizations usually pursue the following types of growth:

1. Growth of sales revenues

2. Growth of market share

3. Growth of the customer base

4. Expansion of the products and services offered

5. Expansion of capital holdings, e.g., property and equipment

6. Expansion of business locations

7. Expansion of staff

A growing organization is in building mode. Growth is positive and when launched correctly brings with it a sense of energy and optimism that permeates the organization. Who doesn’t love to work at a growing company?

In addition to the samples of tangible growth and expansion goals given above, there can be intangible but no less compelling motivations for leaders to plan for growth. Infrastructure growth can promote and sustain operational efficiencies, improve cash-flow and financial management and marketing functions, processes that are vital for creating the conditions for business success,as noted below:

Save time

Productivity is a key component of success. Whether you prefer to view productivity as working hard or working smart, nothing happens until what must be done is actually done. Making it possible to quickly and inexpensively bring in as many customers as possible to your organization, so that you and your team may deliver to them at modest expense your products and services, for which they (gladly!) pay premium prices, is the essence of productivity. How can your organization perform those functions faster and less expensively and maintain customer satisfaction along the way?

Increasingly, technology is essential to supporting productivity. Evaluate your organization’s tech capabilities and confirm that your devices, software and protocols are user-friendly, time-saving and energy-efficient.

Examine the processes for delivering your products and services. Operational efficiencies save time and money and allow you to direct the staff’s creative energies toward money and lead generating activities, such as conducting market research, performing competitive analyses and generating content marketing.

Save money

Decreasing fixed and variable expenses is money in the bank. Confirm that you are paying the best prices for the costs of goods that you sell and supplies that are used. Manage inventory costs and movement with care and buy more when prices are low if you can be assured that sales will follow. Discuss with your agent the annual rates for required insurance policies and try negotiating for a lower cost if you regularly pay on time. If you rent commercial space, request a five-year lease and put a freeze on any rent increase for a couple of years.

Get visible

A productive way for B2B service providers to meet potential clients is to engage in face-to-face networking with those who might hire or refer you. Enhance your reputation as an expert and make money as you do by identifying teaching opportunities that would be a good fit. Seek out speaking opportunities as well, including moderating or speaking on a panel.

While in the office, you and your team can plan or refresh a content marketing strategy that may consist of producing a weekly blog, a monthly newsletter, or quarterly case studies or podcasts. Leaders must demonstrate to clients and referral partners that doing business with your organization will bring them the results that they need. Potential clients want to know that when they hire you, they’ll look smart to their superiors and peers.

Growing and expanding your business venture is a multi-faceted process that will unfold over several months or years. Plan well, execute with precision and confidence. Choose relevant metrics to test the efficacy of your strategies and make adjustments as needed along the way. Continually communicate through a variety of channels the progress of growth to all staff at your organization.

Pastry Box: Benefits Of Packaging Pastries

Pastry boxes are normally produced according to the requirements of the consumer. However, the box is produced from quality material to ensure proper preservation and delivery of pastries. These boxes are usually produced and shipped at a flat rate. It does not also require any form of expertise to assemble.

These boxes can be produced in different designs and styles. Prominent companies also offer different sizes of pastry packaging boxes. Inserts can also be provided on these boxes to store more than one pastry at a time.

The important use of Pastry box
Pastry box is used for packaging Pastries. These boxes help the fragile pastry to retain its freshness and taste for a long period of time. Consumers enjoy eating fresh, moist and tasty pastries. When they discover that your company’s pastries stay fresh for long, they will be more interested to buy your product.

Bakers and confectioners use the Pastry packaging box to promote and grow their businesses. With a lot of competitors producing almost the same taste of pastries, one unique way to differentiate your brand from others is to make your packaging more attractive and unique.

Consumers place more value on items that are neatly packaged. Pastry packaging box help to prevent dust and other items from coming in contact with the pastry. The box helps to keep the pastry in a hygienic state for long.

These boxes can be used to delight the customer in a special way. Apart from the fact that these boxes can retain the freshness and sweetness of the pastry, it also retains their shape. The pastry is fragile and can lose its shape easily. The box helps to prevent any form of abrasion or pressure that may distort the shape of this food item, during storage and while on transit.

Pastries can be offered to guests during birthday parties and other main events. These boxes are usually made more attractive and colorful for such celebrations. For wedding, the color of the Pastry packaging box can be the same as that used for the occasion. This will add more color and beauty to the environment.

For transporting a large number of pastries, these boxes can be customized with special inserts. This will help businesses to save cost of transportation as a large number of pastries can be transported at the same time in a single pastry box. The insert also help to hold the pastries firmly in place. It prevents these desserts from colliding or falling, thereby reducing wastage that the business might incur.

New and existing businesses can also use the pastry packaging box to grow their businesses. This box is also an excellent marketing tool. Company logo, address and other vital information can be printed on the box. The type of ingredients used can also be printed on the pastry box. Kids will fall in love with pastry boxes that are designed with special cartoon characters or printed with attractive colors.

The pastry box can be customized into any unique sizes, shapes, or designs. These boxes can also be customized with handle to make it convenient for customers to carry their precious dessert home.

Benefits of customized pastry box
Customizing your own unique pastry box is a prerequisite for business success and growth. Once the quality of the product is good, another unique way to entice consumers is to deliver your pastry in unique packaging boxes. There is a lot of competition among bakers and for your business to gain successful market penetration you need to get crafty with your pastry box.

Leading packaging companies allow their customers to choose the design, style and type of material they want their packaging box to have. Numerous templates can also be offered to customers to stimulate the customer’s idea. Delight consumers with attractive pastry boxes. These boxes can also be customized with special handles to make it easier for your customers to carry more pastries.

The pastry box can also be made more attractive with high color technology such as the CMYK and PMS technique. This modern color technology in addition to the digital and offset printing techniques can be used to enhance the attractiveness of the pastry packaging box.

Why bakers and confectioners prefer the Pastry box
The handles that come with these boxes are one of the unique features that make the pastry box portable and convenient to handle. In addition to the handle, window design can also be provided on the packaging box to increase the visibility of the content.

Printed Pastry box
Pastry box is printed with high technology such as the digital and offset printing technique. Quality ink and color technology is also used to enhance the appearance of the pastry packaging box. For special events, these boxes can also be printed with compelling theme that presents the product in a unique way.

Pastry box can also be used to distinguish the brand’s identity from others in the same line of business. Logo, brand title and other vital information can also be printed on the box.

Hiring a professional
There are so many benefits of hiring a professional. The individual is not only filled with vast knowledge about how to solve your packaging needs but offers unique packaging boxes that will cause your brand to stand out. You can outshine your competitors by packaging your products in a unique way.

However, the pastry packaging box can be made more attractive with high quality finishing techniques such as glossy, matte, spot UV, and raised ink.

Packaging is very important when it comes to storing and delivering food items. Pastries are one of the food items that require proper packaging. This delectable is consumed by people of all ages around the globe and so must be treated well. The pastry box is designed to protect and deliver pastries in the most delightful way.

Perks of Including Collaboration Tools in Your Business

As the technology has evolved by leaps and bounds, every business around the globe is striving hard to outperform the competition. In this era, collaboration is considered as one of the recognized ways to boost the efficiency of the organization. Hence, business owners are inclining towards including productive and user-friendly collaborative application tools that can empower knowledge workers to work more productively and zealously for the organization. It enhances their work speed and efficiency.

In this virtual world, organizations can excel in the most lucrative way by using collaborative tools that allow the team members to work together on the common projects irrespective of time and physical location. Collaborative virtual workspaces adapt to the context and enable working from anywhere and at any time. It not only empowers human network but also creates a more prolific and decent business environment.

Collaboration tools are designed to simplify the workflow of communication and help organizations to achieve their future endeavors without working physically together. Backed by state-of-the-art technology, these tools are developed for allowing knowledge workers to improve their effectiveness and deliver pioneering solutions. Collaboration tools enable the knowledge workers to perform routine works by evolving better in management capabilities and working strategically on issues & challenges every day.

With the trendsetting companies treading the path towards automating routine business work, volumes of digital data is being constantly generated. By using collaboration tools, companies can manage their data and daily tasks by setting notes and reminders, sharing documents spontaneously through chat modules individually or in groups. With collaborative tools, anyone in the organization can:

  • Ask online questions
  • Post comments
  • Make announcements & perform global searches; thus enabling people to start business conversations, make faster decisions, work quickly and collaborate better.
  • Communicate with the team leader; delegate the task
  • Recognize peers and engage with knowledge workers
  • Share attachments and group messages

It goes without saying that collaboration applications shape the management activities, encourage desired collaborative behaviors within the enterprise and streamline the overall organizational process. In this ever-changing and dynamic work environment, innovation through basic operations is a mandatory task that drives ease and simplifies the work processes.In addition to this, how about monitoring employees by checking their location statuses at the spur of the moment? You can do that promptly with a collaboration app. While the employees from marketing team would be in the field; he could be connected with his office people. Such apps allow its users to know the whereabouts of employees at any point of time from anywhere. Collaborative tools not only help the owner to keep a check on the employees but also create a harmony among all. It allows employees to make the most of the available resources and use them efficiently to achieve the targeted goals in a timely manner.

This new wave of collaborative technologies ignites ideas, enhances productivity and boosts social networking. A prominent research survey suggested that out of 3,600 employees in a major European organization are up to 20% more satisfied with their workplace culture particularly when they have access to collaboration tools. And when combined with a work culture that promotes innovation, these tools lead to workers that are 34% more satisfied with their workplace.

Digital collaboration is mandatory to harness the power of global teams to enhance productivity benefits. There are endless perks of adapting to the changing shift in the culture of business collaboration. The cult of collaboration has reached its pinnacle in the business arena where the value of uninterrupted communications driven by practices of knowledge workers is set in the highest accord.

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Is Emotional Intelligence Always Positive?

We have read about, learned about, and applied emotional intelligence in a variety of ways since Daniel Goleman first popularized it in 1995.

Wikipedia defines emotional intelligence as: “the capability of individuals to recognize their own and other people’s emotions, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goals.”

Regardless of the model (and there are several), when we think about emotional intelligence we see it as a positive combination of skills and characteristics.

But what if “the capability of individuals to recognize… other people’s emotions” can also have negative consequences?

Theresa Edwards, in an article titled: Empathy vs. Sympathy: What’s the Difference explains that “to empathize with someone is to assume their feelings upon yourself and allow yourself to feel what they feel.”

In the informal experiment I’m going to describe, you will see that empathy got in the way of the participants’ success.

In part one of the experiment, Luma Al Halah showed a brief video of a man who ends up sobbing. She then gave the participants a worksheet that had the numbers 1 through 20 placed randomly on the page. They were given one minute to find the numbers in order and complete the worksheet.

In part two of the experiment, Luma showed a brief video with a man who was hysterically funny. She gave the same assignment that she had given in part one. The participants had to complete a different worksheet with the numbers 1 through 20 placed randomly on the page. Again, they were given one minute to find the numbers in order.

Without a sense of empathy with the sobbing man, there would have been no difference in the success rates of the participants in both parts of the experiment.

However, there was a marked difference in the participants’ ability to complete the worksheets. After watching the sad video, the participants had a much harder time placing the numbers in order- so much so that many of them were unable to complete their worksheets in the time allowed.

After watching the funny video, the participants had a much easier time placing the numbers in order- and most of them were able to complete their worksheets in the time allowed.

The participants’ empathy for the sobbing man left them with sad feelings. The results of the experiment showed that we find tasks much harder to do when we are sad.

This does not mean that empathy is bad and should be avoided. This experiment simply illustrates that emotions, whether happy or sad, can definitely affect our performance (or situational intelligence).