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How Workplace Environment Can Affect Productivity

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Credit: Hugo Chisholm (Flickr)

How do you like your work environment? Believe it or not, the atmosphere of your workplace can have a large effect on your productivity on the job, for better or worse. You need to be comfortable with your surroundings because when you are, great things can come from it. With your work environment being more inviting and upbeat, you will be able to take your positivity and direct it to focusing on completing the tasks at hand. On the other hand, if your workplace environment is poor, it can be tough to get motivated and get things done.

Simply put, if you’re not happy, it’s difficult to become motivated. Early in my career, I worked with a company that had a dark and dreary feel to it. There was barely anything on the walls, it was literally dark at times, and even the coffee wasn’t great. All of this and more led to it being a work environment that simply wasn’t motivating. It’s tough to be productive if you aren’t motivated.

Here are some ways that your workplace environment can have an effect on your productivity.

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5 Ways Whiteboards Improve Time Management In The Office

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In an office setting, it’s important to manage your time efficiently and effectively. Face it, things can get stressful, so you need to have a grasp on everything and manage your time well. We have all experienced it first-hand, and in an office setting, where there are meetings and projects happening all the time, it can be more vital than ever before.

Over the years, I’ve found great ways to manage time better. Not only that, but I’ve found that by managing my time better and being more organized, I don’t experience as much stress as I used to. Stress can be frequent in the office, too, so stopping it is something to really put some care into. Did you know that whiteboards can help?

Time management is of the essence in any office setting, and here are five ways that having a whiteboard around can help.

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Setting the right kind of manufacturing goals


By having goals, you ensure that any process, especially in manufacturing, runs soundly and effectively. Also, it’s important to remember that all of this is a team effort, so keep that in mind. Be sure to map out a plan and your goals, analyze them, and communicate them all with your team. Here are some of the various types of goals that you should have in regards to the manufacturing floor at your company.

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Top Ways to Utilize A Whiteboard for a Presentation


projection-on-wwm1If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you’re completely aware of the many different creative and unique ways that you can use a whiteboard. Whether it’s for a calendar, planning for both the short term and long term, keeping motivational quotes on, or even just using it for artistic reasons, a whiteboard is great to have. Not only that, but one of the biggest benefits of having a whiteboard is that you can utilize it to its fullest extent for your next presentation.

We’ve all sat in on meetings at the office where a presentation or training session was given, and it was done as the standard PowerPoint presentation that we’ve all grown accustomed to. While these can be great in some situations, they have grown tired and can be pretty dry in most instances. By constructing a unique and creative presentation with a whiteboard, you’ll be able to keep the attention of your audience without them losing interest and focus.

Here are a couple of great ways to utilize a whiteboard for your next presentation, both ways that I’ve had success with in the past. Give them a try!

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Tips for Planning A Successful Business Meeting

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If you work in an office, meetings are likely second nature to you. They can happen quite often, but we have all come out of some meetings in a mild state of confusion. In other words, we can leave a meeting wondering what was accomplished, or even what we could take away from it. In most cases, this happens as a result of poor planning for the meeting itself.

When planning a meeting, there is a lot to take into consideration. You want the meeting you’re organizing to have meaning, and result in your colleagues taking away something positive from it. Luckily, I’ve had plenty of experience myself planning business meetings over the years, and while there were bumps in the road over time, practice makes perfect!

Here are some tips for planning a successful business meeting.

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How Whiteboards Help Visual Learners


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There are three main types of learning styles, and while the majority of people will learn through a combination of the three, everyone is unique in their own way. There are auditory learners, people who learn better when having something explained to them, as opposed to having to read about it. There are also kinesthetic learners, who learn best through a “hands-on” approach, with writing things down as an example. Lastly, there are visual learners, which we’ll be focusing on with this post.

Visual learners are those who process information and learn the best by seeing things play out in front of them. Whether it’s through reading, watching a presentation, or looking at charts, for example, visual learners pick up the most information by seeing things happen. With that said, whether it’s in the classroom or the office, whiteboards aren’t just useful for unique presentations, but they’re very effective for the visual learners in the room.

Here are some effective ways that whiteboards can really help visual learners.

  • Tracking Progress: One way that whiteboards can benefit visual learners is through things like project tracking whiteboard systems. With this, those in the room can see where individuals and the company as a whole stand with specific projects, including the start date, due date, who has been assigned to the project, and more. With the information laid out like this, it’s very friendly to those who learn best in a visual sense.
  • Map It All Out: Does it get more visual than a map? With a dry-erase whiteboard map, the sky is the limit, as these are especially useful for companies that may have locations all over the country or ship products to different parts of North America, for example. With this type of whiteboard, visual learners will appreciate seeing things on a big, detailed scale.
  • Colorful Learning: One thing that is often essential for the visual type of learner is colors. There are many types of whiteboards that incorporate many colors, including an open-column magnetic whiteboard. With this, those sitting in on a presentation will see everything put out in front of them in an organized, colorful, and fun manner. With open columns, the possibilities are endless, as one can divide the columns up as different projects or days of the week to keep everything on track, for example.
  • Charts, Charts, Charts: All types of learners can appreciate charts, if only for the fact that they keep everything organized, but they’re especially great for visual learners. Performance Percentage Tracker whiteboards are especially useful in this way, as employees can see where they stand in terms of project progress, which can also teach them where and how they can improve.

What type of learning style best resonates with you? Whether you learn best through the visual, auditory, or kinesthetic style, give these types of whiteboards a shot if you haven’t already! Through charts, colors, visual organization, and more, whiteboards are truly effective for visual learners. Not only that, but they’re different and can be more fun than the traditional slide presentation!

Kanban and manufacturing organization


A Kanban system, which is a way to help organize workflows, is an essential manufacturing process. Not only does it prioritize things for employees, but it puts a clear focus and emphasis on what needs to be done and will help unveil problems that those in charge may not have had a clear understanding of before. In any industry, it’s all about delivery, and especially with manufacturing, a Kanban system is key.

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The Benefits of Having a Dry Erase Board Calendar

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One of the most important things in life to me is being organized, and it’s not something that always comes easy. Life can be hectic, so it’s best to stay on top of things. To avoid any headaches or confusion, I like having my days planned out in advance because if anything, it helps to keep me on track. One way that I keep organized is through keeping a calendar of upcoming events, meetings, and other things that are happening as a part of my schedule.

Being organized will put your mind at ease, and one key component of this is having a whiteboard calendar. In comparison to the calendar that you may already have, there are numerous benefits to having your calendar on a whiteboard, and here are a few.

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How to give a video presentation using a whiteboard


Did you know that whiteboards are outstanding for giving video presentations? When we think of video presentations, we typically think of the traditional, often-boring PowerPoint. We’ve all sat through plenty of these, whether it was in grade school, college, or in meetings at our jobs. Two of the main reasons that people utilize PowerPoint presentations so much is that they’re simple to do and, more importantly, because they’re very cost-efficient.

What if I told you that you could do a video presentation on a whiteboard that was also inexpensive? This is something that I’ve personally had great success with in the past, and now I want to share some tips with you. It’s important to be creative, so here are some reasons why and how you can utilize whiteboards to make some really inexpensive yet awesome presentations.

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Support local philanthropy to decrease employee turnover

Throughout your career, you’ve surely seen employees come and go. It’s the nature of the working world, and it’s bound to happen. There are always a variety of reasons why people leave companies, but frequent employee turnover isn’t good. Luckily, there are ways to reduce it, and one is in a way that you may not have thought of.

Have you ever done something nice for someone? Of course you have. We all have. We know that it makes us feel really good knowing that we made a positive impact on someone’s life, in whatever way that may be. Simply put, supporting local philanthropy can help to decrease employee turnover.

Here are some of the benefits of supporting local philanthropy:

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