The very first Apple Keynote, on June 29th 2007, was a revolutionizing event which changed everything forever-the way we used to look at the technology. That single event 11 years ago, made us change our opinions towards the handheld devices and we ‘embraced’ the technology in a way that is inexplicable nowadays.
The man who was responsible for that revolution, is not anymore among us, but his presence is felt by that one historical event, 11 years ago! It was when the first iPhone was introduced to us.
But it’s not just about iPhone, or Macbook, or iPad, iTunes, iPod or anything else that Apple introduced in a progression of time. It was about the man himself, who thought different! And his name was Steve Paul Jobs.
The entire world went in shock and mourning, the moment Jobs’ death became viral. It was 7 years ago, same day, but a dark one which was to be followed by an irreplaceable void-it was on October 5th 2011.
Of course, no individual is perfect by any means; nor was Jobs himself. The only thing which made him stand out from his contemporaries, was his focus. According to him, one should always focus and follow one goal at a time, even if it means refusing 100 other great ideas.
Throughout his tenure at Apple, after the big comeback of course (1997), he made it important at Apple that only priorities be taken into consideration to prevent a chaotic situation. It was his vision when the first iPod came into existence to enable every person on this planet to really enjoy music in an unimaginable manner. It was his vision when the biggest and by far the greatest ever device, in iPhone, was originated. Jobs wanted a device that could perform every task whether it was creating documents, taking photos, talking over calls, or availing the multimedia features.
It was his vision when the first tablet was born in reality, bringing the idea of sci-fi films in the actual world. He nearly brought fiction to reality.
Still he was beyond all these inventions and technological marvels. He was a person who never wanted to stop bettering himself. He always kept himself occupied for working on new goals and sticking up to them till they were achieved.
In his many great speeches given to budding, young minds, he always used to emphasis on improvising oneself. He believed that an individual one must think of only his or her ambitions and objectives in life. A person should avoid what others think or have opinion about him. One must never make him/herself bothered because of others. As Jobs himself said once, “Don’t waste your life on others.”
A decade ago, there were also days, when taking Apple’s name directly meant Steve Jobs-in true sense, both were synonymous to each other. Even today, the true admirers of Apple Inc. know what the company would have been had the ‘man in the machine’-as he was called-been still alive. It was highly unfortunate that he died so early but the void which is still visible, after his departure, is impossible to fill, ever, even in the coming centuries.
As a gesture of nostalgia, there’s a clip of Steve Jobs, below, of that moment 11 years ago, when he first unveiled the very iPhone, aka the first smartphone.
How to Spot and Stop Bullying Issues in the Workplace
It’s sad to say that the alarming case of bullying isn’t only visible and experienced in schools but also happens or occurs in the workplace. It’s believed that one-third of the working population are experiencing bullying in their work premises – with women being more prone than men.
This disturbing case should be given an immediate solution. Also, raising awareness regarding bullying in the workplace must put in a serious discussion.
As a band-aid solution, here are the effective and possible tips that your company or management may use to pinpoint and end bullying issues surrounding your office. Thus, search no further and stay on the next pages rather.
Tips to Effectively Spot Bullying in the Workplace
The case of bullying in the workplace may be evident and may occur in different forms, and unfortunately, it can happen behind the scenes or even behind the screens. Moreover, if the undesirable act of bullying isn’t resolved immediately, it may also happen out of the workplace as desired by the ones who commit it.
There’s no easy way to track down bullying inside the company especially if it’s a big one. However, the simple act of awareness and showing attention to such incidences will do help in spotting bullying.
The following are several tips to pinpoint bullying in the workplace:
- Pay attention and raise complete awareness about and against the act of bullying in all forms. Bullying can be represented or conveyed through the following:
- Execution of harmful and inhumane pranks
- Verbal mortification
- Tenacious and unreasonable criticism
- Obvious signs of sabotage of a workmate’s performance
- Clear indications of physical or openly verbal abuse
- Expulsion from social activities
- Blackmailing and/or intimidation
- Visible isolation from company activities or programs
The following listed above are merely some of the major forms of bullying. In the digital age, cyberbullying is also booming which is more complicated to handle and may cause a more serious impact on the one who’s being bullied.
- Be alert for the major target of bullying behavior
There are types of people who possess certain behaviors that make them an easy or major target of bullying. As part of the management or most importantly the HR department, be aware of these factors.
Workplace bullies can always keep their prying eyes on those employees who have compelling work performance, “apple of the eye” of the management or the company, those who are favored in the company, or those that aren’t expressly aggressive.
- Take note of bullying reports or records seriously
Unfortunately, there are certain instances where management doesn’t take bullying reports seriously. If you’re part of the management, most particularly the HR department and/or the higher ranks, it’s necessary to also give your time and efforts to resolving bullying issues.
The bullying incidences inside your company may greatly affect the bullied employee in terms of his productivity at work and willingness to work. If there are two or more bullied employees in the workplace, this can somehow affect the business’ overall growth.
- Give urgent response to reported bullying incidences
Once you received a report concerning bullying issues, always give a handful of support to resolve the problem right away. Don’t disregard and pretend not to hear the voices longing for your help.
If you belong to the management, you better act as an advocate to the involved parties. And if you think you can’t act in between for being a co-worker, you can also be the one to address it to the authorities and ask for their assistance.
Tips to Stop Bullying in the Workplace
It’s highly necessary to eradicate bullying in the workplace. And if you’re a concerned co-worker or manager, you’ll give a helping hand in ironing things out.
With that, you can follow the stated tips below to effectively contribute to putting bullying to end.
Remember, if you aren’t in the situation, then at least be the help to get someone through it.
Enhance the HR department’s programs and awareness
The HR department and/or professionals are keen on providing HR solutions to the following concerns of employees – and one could be the issues on bullying. The said department may take time to examine the problem and provide one-on-one interviews with the parties involved to efficiently deliver appropriate HR solutions to the current problems.
Conduct team-building or company activities
It’s also important in one company to build a bond between its employees. And one effective way to attain that is by conducting team building or company activities.
Through these activities, the workforces can share their strengths and weaknesses in a fun and adventurous way. Moreover, the closeness of the employee will be developed and will more likely result in a sound relationship in or out of the workplace.
HR department to take part in personality development training and programs
In a greater view of the picture, the HR department has a big role in retaining a pleasant atmosphere in the workplace. It’s because aside from hiring and assessing the applicants, they’re also responsible for handling and monitoring the behaviours of the employees.
If one lacks confidence or self-reliance, the HR department can take part in the issue by providing free personality development training and program. Having all these in one company, one employee won’t find a way to intimidate any of his co-workers.
The unfortunate cases or instances of bullying must’ve no room in companies. If the act of bullying continues, the person being bullied won’t be the only one to receive the negative impacts but as well as the company’s overall growth.
Thus, if bullying is visible in your company or any department, you better put your concern into it and give the efforts to send help. If you have stories and tips to share, never think twice to share.
Kath Ramirez embraced the dream of being a writer since she was in 4th grade. She took it seriously and she now writes for HR Dept HR Services UK, a company in the United Kingdom who provides human-resource assistance. Aside from writing, Kath also keeps herself busy spending time with her family, cherishing the role of a mom to 3 dogs and a puppy, reading random books, and diving into the world of photography. She’s not even a pro to whatever she’s engaged into right now, but one thing she knows, she’s happy and that’s more than enough.
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The Age of Online Reputation Management: 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs
Managing business marketing has always been standard, but what about in the age of social media and online presence? In today’s digital world, online reputation management is now a business unto itself.
The practice as a standard endeavor began in the early 2010s. In 2011, The New York Times ran a piece about a divorcee who found that, as he tried to date, a simple search of his ex-wife last night brought up a dearth of revealing photos. He hired Reputation.com to repair his online presence, one of the first companies of its kind. Today, online reputation management has become big business. When it comes to the Internet, information travels fast. Whether it’s a tweet, such as the case of a PR professional whose career was ruined in 140 characters, or a bad review, online reputation makes a difference to customers. Here are three ways for entrepreneurs to effectively manage your online reputation.
1. Put out Content You Want People to See
Online reputation is a constant battle between outside objectionable content, versus the good stuff you want to pop up in online searches. While it’s not advisable to try and stifle all content you don’t control, it’s also worthwhile to blot out content that’s targeted to harm you. Entrepreneur suggests the best way to do this is to create your own content, producing valuable information like articles, videos, and slideshows that your audience is likely to pay attention to. The baseline idea is to control content by pushing the bad stuff to the bottom with a landslide of your own. This not only works with analytics by rearranging search results but also contributes toward forming an identity that customers can buy into.
2. Crossover of Personal and Professional Reputations
It’s common for entrepreneurs to use their individual name in the name of their business. Inc. names such small enterprises as photographers, wedding planning, and realtors as some of the more prominent ventures where SMBs may use their own name as their business. If you find yourself in this camp, then it’s essential to monitor not only the content on your business’s social media accounts but also on your personal accounts. The fact of the matter is that the first go-to for people looking to gauge the trustworthiness of a business is Google. Inevitably, these search results will not only bring up your business activities, but also all other personal activities attached to your name. The lesson to take away from this is that, while people looking for information about your business may not be interested in your personal life, they will still see it with a simple online search.
3. Authenticity Goes a Long Way
While one approach to online reputation management is to fight back, some companies actively embrace the negative and are able to turn a flaw into an attribute. Business 2 Community gives examples of corporations like JetBlue and Zappos that went on record answering customer complaints on social media and Yelp with personal, validating responses. Online reputation management can potentially not only be a glowing assortment of positive results but also reveal how your company graciously handles conflict. If there’s one thing customer’s value, it’s authenticity.
Online reputation management is something that can’t be ignored, whether you’re a startup or a freelancer. Google yourself regularly, and keep a close watch on what’s being said about you online. Your business is only as good as its reputation.
An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Staying Healthy While Running a Business
Staying healthy while you’re an entrepreneur and running a business can be difficult. As an entrepreneur, you’ll have plenty on your plate to deal with, but nothing in your business is as important as both your physical health and emotional health. Why? Because if you’re laid up in bed because you’re sick, or wallowing in sadness because you’re depressed, the business you’ve devoted your life to (and maybe even your life savings) will be the biggest entity to suffer.
But luckily for you entrepreneurs, we’ve got a guide with advice on how you can stay healthy while running your business.
Learn to prioritize yourself
Prioritizing yourself, without a doubt, might seem nearly impossible when you’re running a business. For some people, just the mere suggestion sounds outrageous—after all, entrepreneurs aren’t always globetrotting stars and multi-millionaires without a care in the world. Most entrepreneurs have real responsibilities, including families to take care of, bills to pay, business expenses and more. There’s so much that you need to do at all times!
And that’s exactly why you need to prioritize yourself. Burnout, a type of work-related exhaustion, affects thousands of employees, accounts for anywhere from $125 billion to $190 billion in healthcare spending, and has been attributed to the development of serious health conditions like type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and even death for people under the age of 45. If you’re not careful and don’t set out to proactively create boundaries, you might end up being another statistic.
Prioritizing yourself doesn’t mean slacking at work and being selfish; in fact, it’s just the opposite. By prioritizing yourself, you put the needs of the company—the need for a well-rested, thoughtful, paced leader—ahead of what you want, like the desire to work long hours or increase sales for the quarter. Running a business is a marathon, not a sprint. If you want to succeed in the long-term, you need to pace yourself, remember why you’re doing this, and ensure you’re not letting your ego be your business’s obstacle to success.
In addition, If you want to be a better entrepreneur and run a healthier business for both yourself and your employees, taking rests to recuperate after something like a major milestone or accomplishment is healthy and can help boost morale, reduce dissatisfaction, and decrease job turnover. Little breaks like these will make your job easier in the long-term, as well as more enjoyable.
Start to avoid stress and stressful situations
The best way to stay healthy while running a business is to avoid getting sick. While you might think to live in a hermetically sealed bubble, running away whenever someone coughs and making a doctor’s appointment every time you sneeze is the best way to stay healthy, stressing about your health and every threat to your body might just be the thing that makes you sick.
Stress is one of the most significant factors when it comes to someone getting sick. While living a stress-free life is almost impossible, it is possible for you to avoid unnecessary stress and develop coping mechanisms to keep stress at bay. According to their Health and Safety Executive, work-related stress accounted for over half of working days lost to illness in Great Britain last year. Just like burnout, stress can make you sick, and you can avoid the worst of the condition by pacing yourself. But in addition to those small breaks you take and prioritizing yourself, you can avoid stress by avoiding stimulants containing caffeine and alcohol, which will increase your stress levels, getting more sleep, meditating, seeking counseling, and learning to say ‘no’ to unimportant requests or matters that you just can’t take on.
Keep up with your physical health
Physical health isn’t just about looking good. It’s not even just about feeling good. Physical health is about being good and performing the proper, regular maintenance that your body requires to avoid atrophying. Everyday life puts small physical stress on your body, and it’s good to exercise regularly in order to keep your body in good physical shape so it’ll last a long time, will be able to cope with physical tasks, and so you have a positive outlet for any energy you need to redirect. A great way to set aside time for physical activity is to become a member at a health club so you have the opportunity to fully separate yourself from work.
Part of keeping up with your physical health is eating a healthy, balanced diet. If you have dietary concerns or just don’t know what a balanced diet means for you, see a nutritionist or talk to your primary doctor. They also are a great resource for customized tips on how you can stay healthy.
Staying healthy for your business
We’ve offered you just a few, brief ways for busy entrepreneurs to maintain their health, but there are so many more things you can be doing so you can stay healthy for your business. Some of the best people to ask are the entrepreneurs you already network with. Reaching out to them will help strengthen your relationships with them, which can be good for your business. What matters most is that you start taking the necessary steps today and that you don’t wait.
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