Team Building and the Invisible Thief

I was visiting with a motivational speaker recently and I discussed some of my views on team building. There was discussion on the need for making sure everyone could identify with the goal of the team and they understood their role in the team.

Since my friend had been a part of a major team oriented business throughout his career he could identify with what I was saying and he found himself in general agreement with my assessment of the need for team building.

1) They are not employees they are team members.

2) Productivity increases when team members work together as opposed to a business comprised of lone rangers.

3) Problem solving is best observed in team-oriented brainstorming.

When we began discussing some of the problems inherent in a lack of team building I mentioned the lack of productivity and cooperation. My friend agreed and then he said something that I hadn’t considered, “It won’t be long before those employees steal something.”

At first I found the comment strange. After all, why would an employee steal something just because team-building ideals were not observed?

The more I thought about the issue the more I began to understand the scenario my friend was talking about. You see, employees often look at what they do as slave labor. Yes, they willingly took the job, but they often find the notion of being an employee frustrating as their job satisfaction level plummets. Many of these workers will say things like, “They do not pay me enough for this.”

“Employees” can often find themselves in a place where they simply carry out orders without being considered as useful in overcoming problems. They can get frustrated when they feel that you really do not consider them valuable. In larger corporations they might wonder if you even know who they are.

If these frustrated employees come to the conclusion that you do not consider them valuable and rewards are non existent or minimal they may reach out and reward themselves. They believe there should be more to a job than what they experience, but no one has given them a voice to express their opinions on matters that affect them.

These ’employees’ may steal time, office products or other items that may not be missed. Of the items listed it is time that is most often stolen. These employees will figure out ways to manage the bare minimum in duties and then they might spend time on the Internet or talking to other employees or on the phone.

Many employees find ways to take their work as slowly as possible to keep a low expectation of their efforts. In this way they steal from their employer.

Team building not only maximizes potential it also provides the purpose many need to feel as though their work is valued and that they can contribute to the overall success of a company.

No one likes to feel invisible, but if they do expect the potential for employee theft.

Ecommerce – Discovering Life’s Best Rewards

We’ve all seen those rewards based credit cards. You know, the kind where you spend a dollar and you get a free airline mile or you get cash back whenever you use the credit card. Some even offer points redeemable for actual merchandise.

Did you know that the individuals who gravitate toward reward-based credit cards might be the same individuals who develop their own online business?

When it comes to ecommerce there is a strong desire to access personal rewards.

Think about it this way – in a typical 9 to 5 job there is very little personal reward for exceptional work ethics and there’s very little penalty for weak work ethics. In most cases even those who try to do their best often feel forgotten when there is little reward for an amazing effort or result.

Some will even say they have gotten little more than an ‘atta-boy’ or ‘atta-girl’ for developing something that either saved the company significant money or brought in more work.

You see, while the world around you becomes more attuned to rewarding effort or loyalty it becomes harder to live within a framework where it seems inequity breeds inequity.

When a burgeoning entrepreneur begins to unfold the prevailing ideas surrounding a personal business they often see it filled with the potential for rewards. Yes, there are multiple risks involved, but for many the real risk may be in simply surviving in a job where they feel as if they will never experience the thrill of reward.

I do think traditional business is trying to involve their employees in the reward process, but many have been slow to develop meaningful rewards for employees.

Interestingly there are many online businesses that are a sideline for an otherwise full time employee. These forays into online business may provide enough reward to allow the individual to remain employed outside his or her online business pursuits. It could also be the catalyst to move that individual into full time online business.

Individuals are exploring options and opportunities to push forward with their dreams. The motivation is rewards – not just a paycheck, not just job stability, but rewards for a job well done and for goal advancement.

It could be that by exceeding personal online sales goals you might be able to reward yourself with a new purchase or a short trip away. It’s possible a reward could be as simple as music downloads you’ve been wanting or a new grownup toy.

It is amazing how motivational the idea of rewards can be to an individual who may be languishing in the subtle inference that they should just be happy they have a job. Business owners may not phrase it that way, but many employees don’t really feel that they are valued. Perhaps you can understand why. A credit card company will reward them for making a purchase and a business owner usually won’t extend a meaningful reward for positive contributions to the success of the company.

Online business continues to be the place where dissatisfied employees are discovering some of life’s best rewards.

Ecommerce Website From The Consumer’s Aspect

“First rule of thumb is to never buy something that you can’t make your children carry.”

Being into the world of ecommerce I am sure you must have realized that we are into a consumer-driven society.

This means that your product selection and services provided basically depend on the consumer’s tastes and preferences. With advent of internet it has been realized that the consumer is actually reaching out there to choose the best for himself and he is at the driver’s seat.

You can apply several marketing tools for an Ecommerce Website Design, and the first step for this is to do a strong market research. Before introducing a product in online world of ecommerce you need to be very sure that the consumer wants it or else you’ll be spinning your wheels.

You may risk the chance of introducing a product without the consent of the consumer; however in that case you need to work really hard in making your prospective customer understand why this product is beneficial to them and why they should go for it. Till the time your consumer doesn’t feel the necessity for it, he is not likely to buy your product and your sales will not boost up.

If a consumer doesn’t believe that there is actually a need of the product, there is built- in motivation factor that will encourage the purchase.

But this does not even mean that you should be deceitful. Provide with true and real information to your customers. You can attract your visitors with a beautiful Ecommerce Website Design and in that highlight the testimonials from your clients on how your products and services have been beneficial for them. This way you will encourage your prospective customer to understand the usefulness of your commodity and inspire them to buy from you.

It has been discovered in a survey that thirty percent of customers are put off with the added costs such as shipping or too stretched delivery period which makes them disappointed and dissatisfied. Therefore you must make sure that you provide all the details with the products on your ecommerce site so that the customer has a clear picture in his mind and doesn’t feel deceived later on.

To conclude I would like to say that to have a successful online store it is important to analyze everything from the customer’s point of view and then implement strategies accordingly to boost your sales. Right strategy implemented at the right time for the right target audiences will work wonders for your ecommerce store. So be wise and act smartly!