8 Ways to Dodge Workplace Drama and Make the Office Healthy Again

Workplace drama and politics can be a real chore, a draining part of the routine. Socially toxic work environments are one of the reasons why people opt to work remotely or enter the Virtual Assistant field. But even then the virtual workforce isn’t immune from animosities and issues. These can be quite costly, according to CPP’s Global  Human Capital Report on “Workplace  Conflict and  How Businesses  Can Harness It to  Thrive:”
  • In 2008, employees in the US spent 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict among peers and managers. 
  • This adds up to 385 million working days lost and $250 billion in paid hours wasted on unnecessary conflict.
Ouch! So this shows that avoiding drama is not only wise and healthy on a personal level, in the big picture it’s also best for business.  Dealing with people in the same office or Virtual Assistants overseas? Are you yourself a Virtual Assistant? Whether you’re the boss or part of the rank and file, here are a few practices that can help avoid workplace drama and conflicts while keeping work dynamics healthy:   
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How to Grow Your Career and Diversify Skills with Stretch Assignments

Want to develop your capabilities in new fields? Leading employees who have the potential to branch out, like a web developer dabbling in graphic design or a content writer interested in coding? Expanding repertoires can take some effort but ultimately it will be worth it for both the individual and the organization. It’s what they call “stretch assignments” in corporate-speak. 
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Working Smarter to Help the Environment

Here at VBN we’re all about working smarter to make life easier, whether it’s entrepreneurs running startups and SMEs or the employees themselves. Now it turns out that our approach isn’t just beneficial for people’s work-life balance. These improvements in health and wellness also help the environment!  How? By prioritizing a balanced life and reducing inefficiencies in the workplace, businesses can institute policies like work-at-home or remote-work options that allow people to be with their families and save them from the hassle of commuting, which has the benefit of reducing carbon emissions. Implementing four day work weeks would also greatly lessen power consumption, helping the environment and also reducing the electricity bill! 
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Effective Exercises You Can Do at Work

Maintaining health and wellness at work has never been more relevant or important. Burnout is an official medical diagnosis now, as declared by the World Health Organization. We live in an era where people are Dying for a Paycheck. Thankfully, more sensible parties are pushing back against this rigid ethos by recognizing the importance of work-life balance. Conscientious employers and employees are seeking out ways to avoid overwork and recharge their energy levelsOne modest but undeniably effective way of doing this is by exercising. Even if you don’t have a gym subscription, there are some workouts you can do in the office. While they’re not as intense as hitting the weights or the treadmill for a full session, effective exercises can have a positive results particularly when you’re spending hours seated in front of a screen.  So here are a few exercises and stretches you can do in the office, and even in front of your desk: 
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What To Look For When Hiring Virtual Assistants

Looking for a Virtual Assistant or a Virtual Team? Any online search will net a near-endless list of freelancers, independent contractors and Virtual Assistant companies and agencies. They can provide a variety of services at various levels of expertise and scales. So when you’re hiring Virtual Assistants, you have to sift through these choices, parse them and find the one that best suits your needs. This can be a daunting task, but based on our experience as a provider of Virtual Assistant services, we made this list of tips to make hiring Virtual Assistants an easier process.
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How Stepping Out of Comfort Zones Aids Growth and Development

We love our comfort zones. Otherwise the term wouldn’t have the word “comfort” in it. Whether it’s lounging on the couch with the laptop or phone browsing videos, or taking a safe and steady career path doing things we’re OK at, comfort zones are the path of least resistance. We aren’t at risk, we aren’t challenged, we aren’t in danger of disastrous outcomes. But we aren’t growing, learning and improving as much either. And that’s not a good thing for those seeking personal growth and development.  If you’re fine with your routine, that’s okay. No problem. But if you aren’t satisfied with business as usual, if you want to become better and get more out of life? Then you’re going have to go out of your comfort zones. Becoming physically fit, excelling in your career, getting straight As at school, all these require challenges and risks. But the rewards will be worth it.
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Virtual Assistants Who Understand Your Business Can Help It Better

Nurturing that relationship between clients and Virtual Assistants has many tangible organizational benefits. With a good working rapport, the client can delegate with minimal instruction and the VA will know what to do. On higher levels, the VA can even anticipate the client’s needs, almost as if they were reading the client’s mind. Planning a trip? Your VA can schedule it, create your itinerary exactly as you’d like it – maybe even better. But going beyond even that, a VA who develops a great grasp of the business can contribute in many ways.  Here’s what happens when Virtual Assistants’ understanding of their clients’ businesses reach a higher level:
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More Advice for Managing Virtual Assistants and Virtual Teams

In this day and age more and more entrepreneurs are relying on Virtual Assistants or Virtual Teams to help with their business operations. By delegating tasks such as copywriting, bookkeeping, graphic design, website development or calls to VAs, entrepreneurs can free themselves up to fulfill more vital roles. They can strategize and spearhead business growth. Aside from their proficiencies, VAs are becoming more popular because of their lower cost compared to full-time in-house employees. So businesses can be productive while saving up on expenses. Still, Virtual Assistants aren’t silver bullets or cure alls. To get the most out of them, you’ll need to develop effective ways of managing Virtual Assistants and Virtual Teams. Fortunately, we can help you with that!  
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New Year Resolutions for Businesses and Startups

2020 is here, hooray! So you are planning your New Year resolutions, intending to become a new and better you. You might be considering traveling more, developing new skills, or just getting fit. That’s great since the year brings with it all sorts of possibilities. And these can extend to businesses and startups. Want to improve your business in 2020? Then you’ll need to make some New Year’s resolutions for it as well. With these, you can plan how you can develop your startup and grow it. And by following through with these plans, your startup can soar to new heights this year. So consider the following New Year resolutions for your business:
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