Taking even a short break during the workday to focus on centering and caring for oneself is critical when running a business. Every entrepreneur knows that running a business is an endeavor that can easily spill stress over to areas of life outside of work. That’s why practicing mindfulness is top of mind for business leaders wanting to change this unhealthy dynamic. While telling yourself to slow down and focus on something besides work seems simple enough, taking a break, even one as short as five minutes, is easier said than done. To help leaders learn how to take it easy, 11 Newsweek Expert Forum members share advice on how one can simply approach practicing mindfulness while also operating a successful business.
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Positive, collaborative relationships between colleagues can greatly enhance your company culture. Here's how to encourage this type of dynamic. For most people, work takes up the majority of their waking hours. Whether you're working a 9-to-5 or running your own business, your professional life can sometimes blend in with your personal one, especially when it comes to friendships in the workplace. While it's normal and natural for colleagues to form strong bonds, it's important for leaders to encourage their staff members to forge appropriate and productive connections. Otherwise, they may let close personal relationships with their coworkers cloud their judgment or cause them to play favorites when it comes to working with the rest of the team. Below, 11 members of Newsweek Expert Forum offered their best tips for leaders who want to encourage meaningful but appropriate relationships among their employees.
A commitment to authenticity and open communication can help you build relationships that last long term. In business, establishing an authentic relationship with each and every person you meet is critical to building a professional network that helps you meet with the right people and source new opportunities. Building these kinds of connections with new people, such as clients or coworkers, doesn’t even require a lot of effort; in fact, being yourself and genuinely asking how you can help can go a long way in building a long-lasting relationship. To help professionals interested in cultivating business relationships, 13 Newsweek Expert Forum members share recommendations on how to best build rapport with a new client or colleague.
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