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July 19, 2016

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 07/19/2016

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The Monday Motivator!

34th edition of The Monday Management. Topic is about Management Focus. Click here to open pdf document.


Use Barter To Inexpensively Boost Employee Attitudes

Employee attitudes (not cash flow or technology) most affect a company's competitiveness, reports the Stanford Business School Magazine. It is not always possible to give top performers a monetary raise. But you can show each one you value their contribution by creating a variety of low-cost, high impact rewards.
 
The following examples may be a springboard to further ideas …
 
√ Take your employee to lunch at one of the restaurants in your trade exchange. Or obtain scrip, to give them a dinner for two.
 
√ Award a one-month, half-year or yearly health-club membership through your exchange.
 
√ Give flowers or a balloon bouquet.
 
√ Provide a monthly premium parking space.
 
√ Volunteer to do the employee’s least desirable work task for a day.
 
√ Give a gift certificate (scrip) from a jewelry or other fine retailer from your trade exchange.

√ Send a thank-you letter or e-mail card to the deserving employee.

√ Give a gift certificate for a massage, or day at a local spa through your exchange.


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Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company's listing on BarterNews.com isn't current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com receives heavy traffic - with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly "Tuesday Report," and the "Contacts Section" of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company's listing up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company's listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

Here's how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

For new listings click here.


How To Motivate Part-Time Employees

Here are some proven methods for motivating and retaining part-time employees:

  • Orient them properly. Take 15 minutes to describe job duties and go over the basic rules.

  • Assign a mentor. The part-time worker will feel more like part of the team, and the mentor will feel good about the added responsibility.

  • Mix up the workload. Don't overload your part-time workers with grunt tasks only because it's demoralizing.

  • Eliminate any hard feelings between part-timers and full-timers. Make sure full-time employees know their jobs are not being threatened.

  • Offer flexible hours. By allowing flexible work hours, you'll retain your part-timers longer, eliminating the need for costly retraining.

  • Offer financial incentives. Set up a bonus plan for part-time workers, based on company revenues. Give them a reason to get excited about their jobs.

  • Set higher wages than standard. It will prevent competitors from raiding your part-timers, thus forcing you to hire new ones.



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Highly Mobile Population Perceives Workplace As "New" Family

Our highly mobile population is causing the traditional relationships — family, alumni from high school or college, church members, and friends — to atrophy. And this large void leaves the workplace to become the new family or social group. It's the perfect environment and opportunity to build a sense of mission, as long as communication and a clear direction are provided. Take advantage of a newfound desire for expression and creativity by your employees.

This can be accomplished by making sure everyone in your workplace feels they’re a vital part of your company's destiny. Use special promotion and advertising programs to rev up sales. And be sure to consult with your trade exchange when devising such programs, so you can write checks against your inventory rather than your bank balance.


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Retirement Requires Addressing NOW!

Fact: You may live as many years in retirement as you’ve spent working.

Consider: A Merrill Lynch study revealed that outside the equity in a home, the average financial assets of those in the 45 to 54 age bracket totaled a mere $6,300.
 
Given the startling fact that many Americans are now living nearly as long in retirement as they've worked, means one thing. You'd better have something put away for the day you're no longer working.
 
In other words, would your pension, home equity, savings and future savings cover you if indeed you live for 25 or 35 years after you retire?
Most people have the wherewithal to set up a serious savings or investment program, but they simply don't want to make the effort. It's like getting a physical each year from the doctor — we manage to find reasons why we needn't get around to it.
 
For the business owner who's a member of an exchange, one way to start (or increase) putting additional dollars away for retirement is to focus more effort on paying expenses with trade dollars.

The cash outlay saved may then be invested for the most productive return available. The sooner you get started, the sooner you'll be prepared for retirement.


The Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates Unprecedented Wealth In Today's New Age Of Possibility

There are many forms of secondary capital — which can be defined as any financial instrument that measures and communicates value in a common language. Would you like to see and learn more about the many forms of secondary capital?

 We have 70 free, informative and inspiring, articles for you in our "Secondary Capital Section."

Check it out... www.barternews.com/secondary_capital.htm.


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