Why Your Team is Your Most Valuable Asset

In a world of profit margins, balance sheets and dollar signs, it can sometimes be easy to forget the human side to a business. Unless you employ, make and sell robots, chances are that people are integral to your business. So how much do you value your team of employees? Have you fully realised their potential and how much they contribute to your business? If not, read on below and maybe you’ll start thinking differently.

Perform Basic Functions

Think of your current business. Perhaps you sell t-shirts or computer parts, or maybe you provide hairdressing or dog washing services. Your business could have five employees or it could have 35. Next, think of a typical day in your business. Customers call, email or walk in. Orders are taken, goods are exchanged or services are performed. Now take away all of your employees. What are you left with? Never forget that your employees are the heart and soul of your business. They are the individuals who perform the basic functions that allow the business to survive.

Make Work a Joy

When you have a healthy team culture, the workplace becomes a welcoming and sociable environment. You benefit from this positive atmosphere too; office laughter, jokes and banter can all be instrumental in reducing stress and anger. From hotel staff recruitment to physiotherapist recruitment, this is why many HR departments and companies across the country, such as Chandler Macleod, use psychometric testing to assess the suitability of candidates’ personalities. Maybe you have even developed long-lasting friendships with your staff?

Source of Support

If you have an open-minded, collaborative managerial style, your team of employees can also be a real source of support. When it comes to those big, tough decisions, use them as a sounding board. Dick Smith, the Australian business mogul, was quoted as saying, To be successful you must surround yourself with capable people and ask lots of advice. Are you taking advantage of the skilled, knowledgeable members in your own team? Start now and you may just be surprised at the insight you receive.

Diversification

When you take a day or even a week off, what happens to your business? Does it stand strong or does it fall to pieces? If it’s the latter, listen up. A diversified team is one where members have been cross-trained and are confident in performing a number of different roles and/or tasks. If you want your business to operate come rain, hail, or shine, take the time and effort to invest in and develop your employees.

Do you already have a diversified team? Congratulations. Knowing that you can leave your business in the hands of your capable, experienced employees must lighten the proverbial load. Did you ever stop to think that maybe other managers or employers don’t enjoy the same perk? You can thank yourself but also your team for that.There really are many, many reasons why your team of employees is your most valuable asset.

Do you value and celebrate your team? How else do they contribute to your business? Let us know by commenting below.

Ideal Careers For Number Crunchers

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The modern age places more demand on our mathematical skills than ever before. Mathematics is a fundamental part of the universe and it is by learning and putting it to good use that the human race has made such startling leaps. Hundreds of years ago, the gifted few understood mathematics too a high level and this allowed them to explore the world and discover new things.

Understanding and implementing modern technology has placed mathematical demands on more people than at any time in the past. According to Maths Doctor, understanding maths is the most important part of academic education.

Here are some Careers that demand a deep knowledge of mathematics if you are to succeed in them.

Ships Captain

In the days of satellite navigation you may think that there is no requirement to navigate from charts and clocks. How wrong you are. A ships captain needs to be fully qualified in the use of a sextant if he is to qualify. Using the sextant to find the angle of the sun above the horizon, and then applying that figure to the time of day within the calculations will enable the captain to tell, precisely, the ships position on the globe. The ships captain also needs to plot courses, calculate the journey times and fuel consumption. As a captain, there are numbers to be crunched at every turn.

Submariner

The submariner is a ships captain that has no little use of satellite navigation and is driving blind. Every course change has to be calculated exactly; speed of the vessel and time to the next course change are all driven by mathematical formulae. It could be said that a submarine captain has to count his way around the globe.

Accountant

If an accountant gets the number wrong it could cost someone dearly. Accountants are the ultimate number crunchers and they keep the country running. Alongside a knowledge of mathematics they must also be aware of the relevant tax laws to which they are applying the calculations.

Surveyor

Have you seen a surveyor standing at the side of a road or in a field? They use a device called a theodolite to calculate routes for roads and many other things where construction needs to take place. By taking readings and using geometry they are able to accurately map out terrain.

Statistician

Statisticians see a kind of beauty in numbers and extrapolating conclusions from them. We all know that the value of statistics only lies in the interpretation of the figures and working this out is a fascinating job.

Commercial Pilot

The pilot of your flight to Spain, for example, is highly educated in mathematics. They will have to plan routes, know the weight of the plane and load fuel accordingly, and get you safely to your destination. If you think planes can’t get lost these days you only have to listen to the news to make you realise it is possible.

Astronomer

The people watching our skies are using mathematics every day to check the trajectories of meteors and comets that may be getting a little too close for comfort. These calculations are highly complex, so a love of numbers is advantageous.

These are but a few of the millions of jobs requiring a good mathematical knowledge. In fact, it is hard to think of many careers that don’t use calculations every day. If you love numbers, there is an exciting world awaiting you.