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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Onboarding During the Pandemic

How do you #onboard a new team member when most of your company is working from home? You bring the office to them! See how we made Olivia feel part of the team even when we’re far apart.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: No and Hell No

If you asked Ben 6 months ago if he would allow remote work, he had two answers: “no” and “hell no!” Now, if you ask is Team Markens successful working from home, he has two answers, “yes” and “hell yes!” Why the change?

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: It’s Fun to Do the Impossible

What’s the most fun you have at work? For Ben, it’s doing the impossible! We’ve found that with the right combination of technology, #strategy, and optimism, you can surprise even yourself.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Practice Patience — Immediately!

Is your “hair-on-fire” mentality driving you or your team nuts? In his most recent tip, Ben discusses the importance of practicing patience—immediately!

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Mathmachicken

Ben shares the legendary Mathmachicken in this week’s tip on the power of humor in virtual team-building!

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Bourbon and BS

How do you stay in touch while socially distant? Ben used to meet with his friends for “Bourbon and BS,” but now they’ve moved the fun to Zoom! Just goes to show how we can stay close even when we have to be apart.

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Associations Matter

Now, more than ever, we see the importance of associations. They have the power to connect and support communities even when life doesn’t go as expected.

Helping these great organizations keeps our team motivated no matter what the job brings. What inspires your team?

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Culture & Rituals

Ben shares how his team is promoting culture and maintaining rituals virtually. Learn more:

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Virtual Connection

Social distance doesn’t have to mean emotional distance. Our President, Ben, reflects on fostering togetherness while working remotely. Learn more:

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Collaboration Tools

How does your team collaborate to get work done? We recently found the right mix of tools and technology to help us communicate and boost productivity. Learn more:

Video transcript available below:

So our team has been working really hard to try to find collaboration tools and we’ve looked at a whole host of software solutions. I’d be happy to tell you the ones we looked at that didn’t work for us. But recently we found one that we’re liking called Monday.com. It’s a little confusing because we just had a meeting on Tuesday about Monday and I was confused about what was going on. Not really.

But then the thing that we found out was one of the deficiencies for Monday is it didn’t have what’s called a chat function. Sort of like we would instant message each other at home. Irene from our team actually found that Slack had a free tool for chat. So it requires us to have another application open but actually in the weeks we’ve been using it, I find it really useful to just be able to dash off a sentence to somebody and I don’t interrupt their day. They get it and they don’t have to respond to it instantly and the collaboration bit on Monday seems to be working pretty well for us. But I’m really interested if you have a really great collaboration tool or a really great chat tool or some other tool that’s helping your efficiency and your productivity. There’s just not enough hours in the day and we’re trying to do the best thing that we can. So let me know and if you like Monday, we’ll talk to you about it on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. We don’t care.

Good luck. Work on your business. Stay in touch.

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