The end of the year is just around the corner, and with that being said, many of my own friends have been putting in extra hours at work to help meet quarterly sales goals. I caught up with a few of my friends last weekend to catch up and discuss trade negotiations on behalf of our fantasy football league, when two of my friends became engrossed in a conversation regarding their sales targets for the end of the year:
“It stresses me out to know I have to hit this sales goal before the quarter is over. It’s not as easy as simply picking up the phone and asking someone to buy something, you know? It’s not really even in my control; I do my part of the job and get someone on the phone, and then it’s in the hands of one of the senior guys to close it out. Half the time I don’t even know who’s responsible for my sale, and it’s not until later that I actually know if it went through.”
Rather than interrupting in the midst of a conversation I had no part in, I continued on with my evening and enjoyed the time spent with good friends. Yet the conversation has stuck with me for the past few days. After digging deeper into the intricacies of sales, I was reminded that American businesses frequently divide their metrics up into monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports. However, nearly every sales team we work with primarily divides their metrics into monthly forms of tracking. In an effort to maintain a better understanding for why our monthly boards are so popular, I spoke with a few members of Magnatag’s own sales team.
What I found was that many Sales Managers approach their quarterly goals on a month-to-month basis, and while it may sound counterintuitive to further consolidate a calendar year, many managers believe daily and monthly tacking offers sales teams more control over their quarterly expectations. Continue reading How To Amplify Sales Tracking For Your Team
Household chores are no different than the deliverables you are responsible for at work: they have to be done, someone is checking to make sure they get done, and there has to be a reliable method for guaranteeing jobs are followed through.
For adults, that method comes in the form of quarterly reports, annual reviews, and meetings. Children on the other hand typically don’t have a formal means of tracking their daily responsibilities, leaving parents with an unreliable method for tracking their list of household duties.
More often than not, your children want to help—whether it’s because they believe there’s something in it for them, or due to the kindness of their hearts is an entirely different matter. In an effort to help track chores with a reliable solution, many parents have began implementing whiteboard chore charts into their homes. Whiteboard charts make tracking and assigning chores simple, erasing any doubt of chore assignments and the payment structure that may (or may not) follow suit.
With over 50 years experience in developing custom whiteboards built around the sole purpose of tracking and measuring data, we thought we’d apply some of our expert knowledge into developing the most effective dry erase chore chart imaginable. Here’s what will work best in your home:
Continue reading The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Whiteboard Chore Chart That Works
The healthcare industry is currently in the midst of a massive growth spurt, experiencing a period of extreme change. Part of that change involves a reform of industry-wide culture, placing more importance on standardization and communication. We recently spoke with Linda, the manager of our sales team and loyal Magnatag employee of 31 years, to get insight into the efforts that some healthcare facilities are taking as they progress further into this new shift in healthcare reform.
Out of all of our healthcare products, our OR surgery schedule is constantly topping our sales charts. Any idea as to why this is the case?
It’s become so popular in recent years because all the information you could ever need is readily available. It gives both nurses and doctors the opportunity to quickly look at the board and get a sense of what is going on. When everyone on a unit knows when surgeries are occurring and who’s responsible for a particular patient, it keeps things moving at an even pace and really organized—something that I’ve heard an increased demand for from healthcare professionals in recently.
Are there any issues healthcare facilities are attempting to solve with the help of this product?
Most people that come to us for help are looking for a simple method to inform everyone on the status of the facility. The thing that people really like about our boards in particular, is that they’re easy to use. So a patient can switch rooms at a moments notice, but regardless of where they are getting moved to, someone can easily reflect that transfer in real time on the board itself. Continue reading Q&A With a Visual Systems Specialist: Tackling Healthcare Policy Reform Head-On
Teaching plays a fundamental role in the upbringing of our youth. We’ve all met that one person that we view as a positive influence; perhaps it was a parent, teacher or close friend—someone you could count on. With October 5th recognized as World Teachers Day, we wanted to give the spotlight to those that make a difference. We asked you to share personal stories of teachable moments in your past, highlighting individuals that strive to make a difference every day. Here’s a few of our favorite stories:
Continue reading Showing Appreciation On World Teachers Day
Now more than ever before, companies across the globe are taking proactive measures to create high levels of employee satisfaction. Major tech companies like Google, Netflix and Facebook are viewed as trendsetters for deliberately crafting their workplace around their employees, redefining defining company culture in the 21st century. But you don’t have to offer free gourmet meals or gym memberships to your employees to increase satisfaction! In fact, according to recent statistics, 2016’s leading job satisfaction contributors include: respect, compensation/pay, and job security—none of which require a personal chef.
October 4th is National Improve Your Office Day, a day created to help bring a sense of well being and excitement to your office. In an effort to celebrate the day ourselves and help your company bring about a culture change of your own, we thought we’d bring you a list of a few ways you can revolutionize your workspace with the help of dry erase.
Continue reading Top 3 Ways To Improve Your Office With Dry Erase
Between brainstorming sessions, random acts of doodling, and non-stop note taking, you’re probably interacting with your whiteboard on a daily basis. Just like hardwood floors and granite countertops, proper care and maintenance is required to help dry erase boards stay in top shape. In an effort to help you keep your whiteboard in tip-top share, we’ve put together this how-to guide for cleaning and maintaining your dry erase surface.
For starters, here’s the list of cleaning solutions you should avoid cleaning your whiteboard with:
Do not use:
- Any standard kitchen or bathroom cleaner, industrial cleaner, or solution containing isopropanol alcohol.
- Coarse or granular cloth like paper towels and toilet paper.
Continue reading How to Properly Clean & Maintain Dry Erase Board
Summer’s now behind us, and with that being said, 2017 is just around the corner! It’s been an outstanding year so far for the Magnatag team, with hundreds of custom boards coming through our manufacturing and shipping facility in the past 9 months, ranging from patient bedside boards for hospitals to tactical maps used by branches of the US government. For this week’s whiteboard Friday, we decided to show you a few of the more new and unique custom board layouts our design team has done for customers who needed special features to communicate their message.
This first design is a reimagining of our traditional patient bedside board. While many healthcare facilities use bedside boards to enhance communication between patients, their families, and hospital staff, this particular board was designed to include a Wong Baker pain scale and an hour by hour daily agenda. Our designers completely overhauled the layout of this bedside board by placing a 24 hour treatment schedule along the right side of the whiteboard, in addition to allocating the bottom third to strictly patient-to-staff communication. Also involved in the planning process of this whiteboard, was the decision to add icons/symbols to make headlines easier to understand from a distance. With charge nurses frequently poking their heads in and out of multiple rooms within a short period of time, the hospital wanted to ensure that every headline was easily readable and standardized for accessibility purposes.
We also receive a large quantity of custom board requests from members of the US Military. This magnetic dry erase board was designed completely from scratch to acting as a centralized hub for a local Coast Guard division. The ranking officer that commissioned the design was looking for a solution to help inform both incoming and outgoing crew members of the current conditions, procedures and missions for the day. Since the safety of a large number of people was at stake, this design went through multiple iterations by our design team until everything was perfect.
Continue reading Our Favorite Whiteboards of 2016…So Far!
It’s Tuesday, September 7th; it’s 3:00 PM and all across the nation, children have finally completed their first day of school. They get home and leave their shoes at the door; it’s time for you to ask roughly 50 questions regarding their new teacher and classmates—but not before you grab them a post-school snack—and in the meantime, they’ll unload their entire backpack all over your clean house. Amongst the many folders and crayons that now litter your kitchen table, there will undoubtedly be a lined notebook buried within the chaos.
Recognized as an essential item for any back-to-school checklist, the lined writing surface—and the entirety of the school supply industry in general— has remained unchanged in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape. It’s no secret that lined writing surfaces serve a distinct purpose in providing structure to an otherwise blank slate, but after a bit of thinking about my own schooling experience, I couldn’t help but wonder what other benefits—if any—lined surfaces present underneath their face value.
After some Internet sleuthing, I stumbled upon a study that had been conducted by GA Lindsay, of the University of Sheffield’s Education Department, back in 1983. The study aimed to take a look at the effects lined and unlined paper has on the writing ability of young students. It was found that legibility increased among younger children using non-lined paper, but decreased when applied with older participants. In turn, when the same study was applied using lined paper, the exact opposite was found to be true: older children possessed legible handwriting, while younger children struggled to do so. Some researchers have since hypothesized that this correlation is due to the cognitive differences that can be found between a child in their early and later years (4-10 and 10-16 respectively).
Continue reading Why Handwriting Matters For The Development of The Brain
There’s the famous saying that goes a little something like: “If you want to have a happy life, you’re best to leave your work at work.” While that may remain true for most right-minded individuals, the reality of the situation at hand is that it’s not always possible. Some people work irregular hours, forcing them to conflict personal time with their hectic work life. Others may find themselves in a different situation entirely: working from home to best combat the harsh reality of two full-time working parents. Regardless of what the situation at hand may be, it helps to have access to a workplace that feels comfortable and inviting. By inserting yourself an environment that feels homey, you’re inherently easing the natural tension that comes with the territory of a typical workplace.
The idea of creating a “natural” workplace seems to be a rather vague goal; after all, what exactly goes into making a workplace feel “natural” anyways? A good place to start is by keeping your office tidy and organized. As a company that manufactures a variety of dry erase boards that can help you better organize your workplace, we like to think we have a pretty good idea as to what works when it comes to the ins and outs of organizing your office. That’s why we’ve put together a list of six tips for cleaning your workspace using the 6S methods our customers live by.
The first step of any cleaning initiative should involve eliminating clutter from the designated area. The same can be said for the manufacturing industry as well; if your shop floor has a collection of unused machinery or unused shelf space, you’d want to get rid of it, wouldn’t you? So go ahead and pick up the stack of papers that have been sitting in the corner of your desk for the past six months, they are only adding to the problem.
Continue reading 5S Outside The Factory: Learning To Organize Your Life
Every industry develops its own set of words and phrases. Whether you’re a lawyer, production manager, executive, accountant, or engineer, you’ll encounter catchphrases and trade names on a daily—if not hourly—basis. Frequently used as a method to help us communicate complex or multifaceted items quickly and efficiently, industry slang is a great device for the sake of simplicity in the workplace. The thing about industry-specific terms and phrases is that they carry an enormous amount weight for people familiar with the trade. The only downside is: they’re not universally understood.
How many times have you found yourself in a meeting and heard one of these phrases and felt slightly embarrassed for of asking what that stood for? It’s not necessarily words that trip us up, but the thought process and industry specificity of them that ultimately trips us up. In cases like these, a lack of base-level communication creates anxiety among professionals and can even lead to frustration at times. Imagine how much more productive you would be if you could bridge this communication gap. Well, some companies are setting out to do just that.
We recently caught up with Henry Jacobson, Product Manager of Pulsafeeder, to inquire about the difficulties he faces when aligning the sales, marketing, and engineering departments that work as a collective. Pulsafeeder is one of the few manufacturers that specialize in highly engineered chemical injection pumps—think chemical processing plants or wastewater treatment centers. Part of Henry’s responsibilities as a Product Manager is to strategize a roadmap for Pulsafeeder’s products, defining their purpose and position in the marketplace; this requires a constant need for simultaneous collaboration between members of every department in their organization. When speaking to us in regards to his duties as a Product Manager, Henry also made note of the distinct language barrier that can be found between different departments of a company.
Continue reading How To Crush The Language Barrier Between Departments In Your Organization