Sunday, February 1, 2015

title pic Google+ Tips for Beginners

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on January 27, 2015

I’m still getting to grips with Google+ but here are a few things I have learnt so far.

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  1. Fill in your profile completely – make sure you link all social media platforms and any google products (You Tube, Blogger etc .. the views total is made up using this too so if you have a blogger blog you can score really high in comparison to us wordpress users). Google+ profiles allow you to add links to practically anywhere I have an amazon link to my book “Crafting a Successful Small Business” on mine.
  2. Follow people and put them into “circles“. This is a great way to share relevant information with one set of followers, unlike normal social media where you share to your masses. For example if you have a great post for bloggers you can share to just that circle. Something Dorset based I share  to my Dorset Small Businesses circle.
  3. Join communities – there are lots of communities out there and share relevant content into these groups. Also take time to network and G+/share others content too.
  4. Drip feed content – when you share stuff into different communities it still appears on your main feed. Which can be really off putting to readers when they open your profile and see the same post 26 times. Be sporadic and for every piece of your own content you share G+/share another from someone else.
  5. Use hashtags – adding hashtags to your updates and when you share content is a great way to get it seen. I also spend time looking, reading, G+/sharing content which has used similar hashtags to me. Google+ is also really good at suggesting hashtags as you start typing.
  6. Syndication – just like with twitter and facebook syndicate your blog posts to publish live onto your Google+ profile. You can always go back later and reshare or edit with appropriate hashtags tag certain people etc.
  7. G+ buttons – make sure your content has a G+ button on so others can share your content just like with Facebook and Twitter.

In September 2014 when I first started looking at my Google+ profile I had 7K in views now I have 33K just by using it consistently and ensuring that I’m social – it’s not all about you and your content.

Do you have any Google+ tips to share? What do you find works best?

Do pop over and follow me on Google+ and add me to one of your circles.

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title pic 5 simple steps to a safer workplace

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on January 22, 2015

As a business owner, there are certain issues you simply can’t afford to ignore – and safety is one of them. Regardless of their roles, employees have a right to know that their well-being is protected, and part of your job as a boss is making sure it is. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to controlling risk in the workplace, but the following five simple steps should help you to create a safer environment for your personnel.

1) Invest in suitable training

All workplace safety plans have to include worker training, and plenty of it. It’s vital that your staff members are aware of the risks facing them and know how to mitigate these dangers. To boost your workers’ knowledge, you can arrange sessions with safety training specialists such as www.sheilds.org. For the best results, make sure you focus on the most relevant courses for your personnel.

Ensuring that your employees benefit from the best possible safety training may require a little investment, but this should prove to be money well spent. It will help you to fulfil your legal obligations and make controlling risks in your work environment much easier.

2) Keep your buildings and equipment in tiptop condition

Keeping your buildings and equipment in a good state of repair is also key. Any defects and problems should be detected and addressed immediately. Bear in mind that this principle does not only apply to industrial equipment and other items that are associated with high levels of risk. Even seemingly innocuous resources like lighting, computers, printers and so on can pose a danger if they are not maintained properly.

3) Conduct regular risk assessments

Risk assessments are another must. It’s a legal requirement for all employers with five or more members of staff to conduct and record such assessments. The analyses involve identifying any dangers that might cause harm to people and deciding on appropriate controls. Bear in mind that the assessments should be reviewed on a regular basis. For example, you’ll need to reassess your risks if you introduce new equipment or change your working practices.

4) Focus on first aid

It can be impossible to predict if and when medical emergencies will arise and so it’s important that your firm is prepared to cope in the event that they do. Even if you’re in charge of a low-risk environment, like a small office, you’ll need a minimum of a first aid box and an appointed person who is responsible for taking charge of medical arrangements.

To help you establish your firm’s precise requirements, you can conduct a first aid needs assessment that covers the dangers your personnel may face. As part of this, you’ll need to think about the nature of the work your company does, the size of your workforce and your working patterns.

5) Create comfortable conditions

As well as controlling immediate dangers, it’s vital to protect the long term wellbeing of your staff members. To do this, you’ll need to make sure you provide comfortable working conditions. For example, you must get the temperature of your buildings right and you should make sure your employees benefit from effective ventilation. You should also provide your personnel with effective lighting, and try to offer natural light where possible. Well planned workstations complete with comfortable seating are another priority. Ensuring that your employees benefit from suitable conditions like this reduces the risk that they’ll develop long-term injuries or illnesses as a result of their work.

It may not be possible to eradicate workplace risks, but by following steps like these, you can at least minimise any dangers.

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