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Many hope for health and prosperity in the New Year and make resolutions to do the things that will help them achieve it, but what about your business? What resolutions have you made to maintain a healthy business? The New Year is the perfect opportunity to recommit to the ele- ments that make your business successful.
“During the holiday season, we often think of new goals and resolutions we can set for the New Year, but it’s easy to forget to do the same for our business,” said Melanie Duquesnel, Pres- ident & CEO of BBB Serving Eastern Michi- gan. “If you set goals for yourself and your busi- ness and make a valiant effort to reach those goals, you are more likely to have a successful year.”
If you want to revamp your business style in 2018, here are some New Year resolutions to consider.
Improve Your Digital Presence
Your website should be updated every few months. Even if it’s just scrolling news or a cal- endar, make sure your website is up to date. Editing your website regularly also helps your business maintain or improve its ranking in
search engine results. If your website isn’t mobile friendly, it’s time to add that to your res- olution list. Is
your company
that affect your business most. Once you have set your goals, create a system that helps track your team’s progress. You may have one large goal you are trying to reach. Break your large goals down into groups, and disperse them among your team. This will help
you achieve your larger goals at a faster rate.
Have Better Customer Relations
According to Forbes, understanding your customers is one of the best ways to improve your business’ service. If you have a business that works with individual clients, make sure your team knows the importance of personal touch- es. Remembering an individual’s preferences or information they’ve shared in the past, can be an effective way to set yourself apart. Always remember your client’s needs and objectives. Once you know what problem your client wants solved, you can more effectively serve them.
Focus on Growth
If you are the head of your company, you may
often find yourself bogged down with paper- work or other tasks that don’t directly relate to the leading of your company. Consider delegat- ing more of your tasks to those you can trust with the work. As the CEO, the best thing you can do for your business is to figure out how you can maximize the return on the time you invest in your company. According to Forbes, you should create an internal system that allows your team members to take on additional responsi- bilities as they grow in the company. When an employee’s experience and knowledge grows, their ability to help the business grows as well.
Become a Better Communicator
Determine the best way to communicate
with not only your clients but, with your employees as well. Communication issues or misunderstandings with employees lead to a lack of morale which could hurt your business. Treat them as you treat your clients. Being an effective communicator is key to a successful business.
New Year Resolutions To Consider
The New Year is the perfect opportunity to recommit to the elements that make your business successful.
active on social
media? If not,
research what
platforms your
customers are on
and explore creat-
ing a profile for your company. Being on the same social media platforms as your customers will help you with customer relations. Have you thought about creating a business blog but haven’t? The New Year is the perfect time to do this for your business.
Know Your Company’s Data
In this ever changing world, it is important to always be mindful of needed changes in your business. If you check your company data often, you will be able to identify any issues that may arise and make changes as they are necessary instead of having to do them all at once. If you invest in data analytics, you can view daily, weekly, and monthly reports on those metrics
3 Simple Ways To A Healthier Heart
Heart disease is a formidable foe. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 800,000 deaths every year. The Government of Canada notes that heart disease is the second leading cause of death in that country, annually accounting for tens of thousands of deaths. (Note: Canada's population is slightly more than one-tenth the population of the United States.)
Cardiovascular disease accounts for 31 percent of all deaths across the globe.
In spite of the prevalence of heart disease, men and women are not helpless against it. In fact, there are many ways for men and women to reduce their risk for heart disease.
1. Maintain a healthy weight.
The American Heart Association reports that between 60 and 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Carrying around extra weight takes a toll on the body, increasing a per- son's risk for heart disease and stroke.
2. Understand and manage blood pressure.
The AHA notes that high blood pressure, a common condition affecting roughly one in three Americans, is often referred to as "the silent killer" because it does not necessarily pro- duce symptoms. Blood pressure measures the force pushing outward on the walls of blood ves- sels as they carry blood oxygen to the body's
organs, and the force created as the heart rests between beats. Over time, the arterial walls of people with high blood pressure may become stressed and develop weak spots or scarring that makes them vulnerable to the buildup of plaque. Plaque buildup can increase the risk of blood clots and stroke. Blood pressure can rise as a person ages, so managing blood pressure involves routinely checking it and making cer- tain changes, such as eating healthier foods and exercising more often, if it is high.
3. Control cholesterol levels.
High levels of low-density lipoprotein, often referred to as "bad" cholesterol, can increase a person's risk for heart disease. The AHA notes that excessive amounts of cholesterol can be deposited into the arteries as plaque. When that happens, it leads to a condition known as ath- erosclerosis, or a narrowing of the inside of the artery walls. That narrowing leads to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Men and women should get their cholesterol levels checked at least once every four to six years beginning at age 20. Men and women who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol should recognize that cholesterol is only found in ani- mal products, so a diet that is rich in fruits, veg- etables and whole grains and low in animal products can provide a simple way for men and women to lower their cholesterol.
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