The number one tip for managing remote teams

The number one tip for managing remote teams

Since the advent of high-speed internet access, remote work has become infinitely more prevalent. A recent Gallup poll found that 37% of US workers have telecommunicated, compared to only 9% in 1995! Companies can save money on overheads associated with physical workspaces while enlisting the services of specialist workers from diverse geographic regions. 

Contrary to popular wisdom, a TINYpulse survey found that 91% of workers were more productive as a result of their remote working arrangements. Your employees don’t need to be in the same office in order to get their work done! However, if you aren’t seeing your employees every day, conventional management techniques need to evolve in order to get the most out of your remote workforce.

Why open-plan offices should be outlawed

Why open-plan offices should be outlawed

Ironically, open-plan offices were innovated by German designers in the 1950s as an attempt to break down barriers and help bring people together. Unfortunately, sociopathic business leaders quickly realized that this well-intentioned office plan could be used for packing as many workers into a space as possible, therefore bringing down costs. As the 20th century progressed, open-plan offices became the standard in workplace design, and while costs were saved initially, far more problems were created in the long-term. Today, open-plan offices are the source of mental anguish, paranoia and poor health for millions of employees around the world.

Expert spotlight: an interview with voice actor Ross Huguet

Expert spotlight: an interview with voice actor Ross Huguet

It was my grade 3 Teacher who first sat me in front of a microphone to record books on tape for the children in the younger grades! From there, DJ at the local roller rink, PA announcer at high school, late night shifts at the local radio station, then daytime announcer, then full time voice over. There were some twists and turns along the way but the mission has remained the same.. to become an outstanding vocal communicator which is now called: voice actor.

Guest blogging 101: how to pitch, write and promote an excellent guest post

Guest blogging 101: how to pitch, write and promote an excellent guest post

Guest blogging is one of the best ways to improve brand awareness, and it costs absolutely nothing (other than time and dedication). We’re fortunate to have been featured in Convince and ConvertKissmetrics and Duct Tape Marketing. Each one of our guest posts resulted in a surge in traffic and new inquiries, and while short-term benefits such as these are great, we ultimately sought out these guest blogging opportunities as a way to build our brand for the long-term.

5 indicators that you are a creative person

5 indicators that you are a creative person

Creative people are often stereotyped as being overly sensitive, obstinate, emotionally volatile, unconventional and outrageously self-assured. When asked to picture a creative person, you may immediately conjure images of an eccentric French oil painter wearing a beret and striped t-shirt, but in reality, those with strong creative inclinations are present in every segment of society. 

Why no one is learning from learning games and what to do about it

Why no one is learning from learning games and what to do about it

Thousands of learning apps have hit the market and the impact on math and science scores is a big, fat zero. 

With games that teach everything from multiplication to chemical bonding, this should be the smartest generation ever. Actually, since the invention of the iPad, the change in scores of American students in math and science has been – well, nonexistent.

Why?

5 beautiful eco-friendly infographics

5 beautiful eco-friendly infographics

There are a number of environmental issues currently ravaging our planet, including: overpopulation, climate change, deforestation, ocean acidification, ozone layer depletion and more. While finding appropriate solutions to these problems is certainly challenging, progress is being made and thanks to the internet, awareness of environmental issues has never been higher.

What's the difference between an infographic and data visualization?

What's the difference between an infographic and data visualization?

Data visualizations and infographics are two of the most powerful mediums for conveying information in a visual context. Because both mediums contain vast quantities of data, provide (often breathtaking) visual displays and help to facilitate an understanding of complex concepts or information, the two terms are often used interchangeably. However, there are subtle but distinct differences between data visualizations and infographics.

Content Machine by Dan Norris

Content Machine by Dan Norris

Content Machine by Dan Morris is an essential read for anyone looking to grow an online business without a significant advertising budget. In the introduction of the book, Dan tells the highly relatable story of his early failures in the world of entrepreneurship, most poignantly, his inability to market his business effectively. After failing to grow his business with a multitude of content marketing tactics, things changed when he decided to measure the success of his content by how much traction it received (rather than by how much time he spent creating it.