Work Smarter

Work Smarter (May 13, 2015)

By Work Smarter

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Staying focused will help you work smarter. Develop routines and use tools to help you keep or regain your focus. Take a break when you need to. Have a little something. Don’t let distractions and interruptions break your momentum. Good work habits produce good work.

How to Stay Focused at Work

“Many people complain that they are not productive enough during their workday. As a result, they work overtime in order to finish everything by the deadline. However, by doing small changes to your daily routine, you can increase your performance and use your time more effectively.”


“Feel distracted? Falling behind? Chances are your instinct is to flip through the 20 tabs you have open — many of which have nothing to do with the task at hand — or grab your phone and start thumbing through notifications.”

Why Dark Chocolate Should Be Your Mid-Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

“Researchers at Northern Arizona University found that snacking on chocolate with high cacao content seemed to improve brain alertness and attentiveness as gauged by EEG testing (which measures electrical activity in the brain).”

11 Things Ultra-Productive People Do Differently

“It feels incredible when you leave the office after an ultra-productive day. With the right approach, you can make this happen every day. You don’t need to work longer, or even do more — you just need to work smarter.”

Turn It Up: How the Right Amount of Ambient Noise Increases Creativity

“Inside the office, there are constant interruptions, last-minute meetings, and an often unbearable amount of noise. On the other hand, locking yourself away in quiet isolation can sometimes be just as counterproductive (not to mention boring).”

Quote of the Day

“Any time you’re tempted to upsell someone else, stop what you’re doing and upserve instead.” — Daniel Pink

Work Smarter (April 24, 2015)

By Business, Franchise News, Work Smarter

Boy in cowboy outfit with lasso around his father

If you are looking for a franchise opportunity, you don’t want to get roped into a business that doesn’t suit you. Do your research, learn what franchising is and what the terms mean, ask the right questions, and find the franchise that will help you work smarter and live better.

How-To Franchise Guide

“…an informational website that sheds light on franchising — from fundamentals to more advanced operating procedures and techniques.”


Clear, concise definitions for franchising terms, such as: Business format franchise, FDD, Royalty, and more.

Find the Right Franchise

“Whenever you’re investing your money you want to make sure you’re investing it wisely. Following are some guidelines on what to look for (and look out for) in your quest for the ‘perfect franchise.’”

How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document

“At least two weeks before you sign a franchise agreement, you’ll receive a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) from the franchisor, as mandated by the Federal Trade Commission.”

Sizing Up a Franchise in Six Steps

“The criteria you will use to compare and contrast businesses, regardless of whether they are in the same industry, are their ability to deliver your desired lifestyle.”

Ask Before You Buy

“Much has been written about the questions prospective franchisees should ask a franchisor (and their franchisees) before they buy; yet people still don’t ask them. Here’s a reminder of some of the most common and important ones.”

Quote of the Day

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” — Stephen Covey

Work Smarter (April 3, 2015)

By Business, Work Smarter


When you work smarter, you might find a simpler way to get where you want to go. It is important to stay positive, be confident, and communicate clearly. Don’t believe everything you read, but always look for the best in others.

7 Habits of Happy Employees

Staying happy in the working world can be challenging, especially if you feel that your job is unfulfilling or more stressful than it’s worth. But your attitude can determine your destiny; a bad attitude can make a great job seem terrible, while a positive mentality can turn even a bad day into a relatively enjoyable experience.

What is customer service for?

Customer service is difficult, expensive and unpredictable. But it’s a mistake to assume that any particular example is automatically either good or bad. … Customer service succeeds when it accomplishes what the organization sets out to accomplish.

12 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

When it comes to confidence, one thing is certain: truly confident people always have the upper hand over the doubtful and the skittish, because they inspire others and they make things happen.

Here’s the Truth About Testing Batteries by Bouncing Them

A group of engineers looked into whether this trick actually works.

IBM uncovers new, sophisticated bank transfer cyber scam

IBM has uncovered a sophisticated fraud scheme run by a well- funded Eastern European gang of cyber criminals that uses a combination of phishing, malware and phone calls that the technology company says has netted more than $1 million from large and medium-sized U.S. companies.

5 Phrases That Should NEVER Be in Your Business Vocabulary

Phrases that motivate do not necessarily come without practice. The starting point is having a positive attitude. To solidify strong relationships, certain phrases should never be in a business vocabulary. Make sure your business dictionary has omitted these:

Quote of the Day

“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.” — Winston Churchill

Work Smarter (March 11, 2015)

By Business, Cleaning And Disinfecting, Work Smarter

Eiffel Tower construction

When you endeavor to work smarter, you can finish what you start, perhaps faster than you expect. But don’t believe everything you read, and beware of false assumptions and public dangers. Trust your friends, though, and be friendly toward others.

Protect Your Company From Resume Fraud

“Sadly, statistics reveal that up to 50 percent of resumes contain one or more major misrepresentations. When reviewing resumes, don’t proceed with blinders on. You must protect you company from unscrupulous people who falsify their accomplishments.”

Survey Reveals the Truth Behind Restroom Cleaning

“Most cleaning professionals believe that restroom handles harbor the most illness-causing germs and bacteria, particularly restroom door handles, faucet handles, and toilet or urinal handles. However, secondary research shows that this is false and that door handles pose the least risk for germs.”

The 10-Minute Rule: It Seems Crazy, But it Will Revolutionize Your Productivity

“Every task on your to-do list should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. If it takes longer than 10 minutes, then you should have broken it down into smaller tasks or delegated it to someone else.”

Why You Need to Have Friends at Work

“Having friends at work is beneficial both for the employer and you, the employee. Many of you work at least 8 hours a day and see the same people every day. Therefore, having friends at work gives you an incentive to come to work every morning.”

13 Habits of Exceptionally Likable People

“In a study conducted at UCLA, subjects rated over 500 adjectives based on their perceived significance to likeability. The top-rated adjectives had nothing to do with being gregarious, intelligent, or attractive (innate characteristics). Instead, the top adjectives were sincerity, transparency, and capacity for understanding (another person).”


“Community-acquired infections — such as Ebola, Enterovirus D68, colds, and flu — are increasing every day. This spike in public health concerns means it’s more important than ever to educate your customers and decision-makers about the critical role cleaning plays in keeping building occupants safe and healthy.”

Quote of the Day

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” — David Brinkley

Work Smarter (February 24, 2015)

By Business, Hand Care, Work Smarter

All in a day's work

It is good to work smarter, but you still need to work hard. When you work smarter, your hard work is more effective. You can get things done on time. You can identify and deal with the challenges you face every day. You can keep your team together. You can keep your hands and your tools clean. And you can enjoy your work.

Why “Work Smart, Not Hard” Is The Worst Advice In The World

“Work smarter, not harder? Don’t tell it to Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, who meets some of the hardest-working people in America. In fact, he argues, that mantra is the opposite of the attitude we need to beat this lousy economy.”


“Research … published in the Journal of Consumer Research shows the key to motivating yourself to start working on a task may be picking the right due date. It turns out meeting our deadlines requires changing the way we think about time.”

The Other Superfish-Like Malware You Should Check Your PC For

“Last week, the internet erupted in anger after discovering Lenovo has been bundling Superfish, a horribly insecure piece of adware, on new machines. Superfish isn’t the only program of its type out there, though. Here are a few others you should check your PC for.”

3 Enemies Within: They’ll Destroy Your Business!

“I’ve known plenty of entrepreneurs whose businesses blew up right after they achieved the success they’d worked so hard for. If you want to avoid a blow up and stay on course for long-term success, you need to stay alert and watch out for the three enemies within…”

High-end Bathrooms Need Foam Soap

“Besides providing an upscale environment for restroom patrons, high-end foam soap also provides cost savings over time. A single application of high-quality foam hand soap provides enough lather to wash hands, thus eliminating the need to return a hand under the dispenser for more product.”
We can help with that.

5 Ways To Ensure Your Employees Never Quit

“It doesn’t matter how big or how small your organization is — employee retention is always a concern. To help you hold on to your top performers, here are five ways to ensure your employees never quit.”

Quote of the Day

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” — Aristotle

Work Smarter (February 11, 2015)

By Work Smarter

Person with monster feet slippers

Find ways to work smarter, and you can stand out from the crowd, in ways that might not be immediately noticeable. Just don’t lie to yourself about how you work best. Be honest, but don’t boast of your honesty. Form good habits and meet good people. Be aware of how you respond to others’ expectations, as well as your own. And remember — be careful out there.

Five Productivity Lies We Tell Ourselves

“No, you don’t actually work better under pressure. This and more myths we tell ourselves about how we work best.”

8 Daily Habits That Will Make 2015 Explosive

“To truly find success in your life, it is important that you take the time to do the little things that matter most. Small changes to your daily routine can translate into monumental success in all of your endeavors.”

Professional Networking Makes People Feel Dirty

“Francesca Gino and colleagues find that people avoid professional networking — even though it’s good for their careers—because it makes them feel physically dirty.” (We can help with that.)

Winter Driving Guide: Tips to Survive the Snow and Ice

“Winter driving isn’t as hard as people think it is. It just takes a little more concentration and awareness. Drive like you’re tiptoeing on ice, because you might be.”

Sales Word of the Day: Honestly

“It’s honestly amazing how many people now tack the word ‘honestly’ or the phrase ‘to be honest’ to the beginning or end of their sentences.”

How Do You Respond to Expectations?

  • Upholders respond readily to outer and inner expectations
  • Questioners question all expectations; they’ll meet an expectation if they think it makes sense
  • Obligers meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves
  • Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike

Take the quiz and learn more about yourself.

Quote of the Day

“I don’t need a Bentley or a Rolls Royce, I need a car; I don’t need a mansion with 15 bedrooms, I need a nice house.” — Mike Ditka