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5 ways to reduce your stress at work

(Business News) Stress can be a major factor in a team’s productivity and a company’s attitude, and there are ways to reduce the stress so we all perform better.



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Work can be a huge source of stress

Whether you are a calm and peaceful person, or a tense and high-strung person, stress can be a factor in anyone’s life, particularly at work. We all know that we can prevent stress through a positive life, particularly through yoga, but let’s face it – sometimes work just sucks. People are mean. Bosses are demanding. Employees are slow. Customers are aggressive.

We talked to Dan Lee, CEO and Co-Founder of NextDesk, (the standing desk of the future) and their company is highly focused on improving the worker’s day. Lee notes that “One of the biggest causes of insomnia is stress, and a frequent source of that stress for many people is the workplace.”

Studies show that 40 percent of adults are affected by the stress of the day, causing them to lay awake at night. Lee opines, “The good news for stress sufferers is there are some concrete steps you can take to feel better.”

In his own words, Lee offers the following expert tips on managing your workday to reduce stress points and be a more productive and ultimately happier individual:

1. Organization is your friend

Try to correlate your work stress levels to what is going on in the office. Are you frantically searching for a file on your computer? Do you have six stacks of projects spread out in front of you? One way to combat workplace stress is to be better organized. Multi-tasking isn’t always the right way to go. Create a to-do list and do one thing at a time. Keep a clear desk for a clear mind and include some family photos or other personal items to help you stay calm.

2. Manage your eight hours

Proper time management is one of the core reasons some people are high achievers. Start your day off right by taking a few minutes to settle into your desk with a positive attitude. Then dive into your list of tasks that is organized by priority. Block off portions of your day for larger or ongoing projects. Do you have a task that is especially annoying or time consuming? Dive into it first to get it over with. The satisfaction and relief you’ll feel will give you a boost to help you with the rest of your day.

3. You need fuel

Lunch should also be productive. Try to avoid working at your desk and take the time to relax or plan the rest of your day in a positive and energetic way. Lunch shouldn’t be just about a filling meal, but it’s also an ideal time to take a walk to raise your endorphins level. A brisk 10-minute walk can do wonders for your alertness and productivity and help you avoid the late-afternoon crashes.

4. Find the balance

Leaving your work and the related stress at the office is easier said than done, but it’s a crucial step. You need to establish a good work/life balance so you can be more productive while you are at work. The nature of work is that there is always something to do. You can’t completely “finish” your work for the day, there is always tomorrow. Think of work in broader terms to avoid stressing over the small details.

5. Communicate effectively

Focus on the work and results. Don’t blame yourself for situations that are out of your control. For example if you make a routine mistake, don’t make it overblown and think your entire 1,000 person company is going down the tubes. If stress can’t be controlled, then be sure you talk to a coworker about what you are experiencing. They very well might have similar feelings, and talking through any issues can help you both to see things more rationally. Find a company mentor who can help you change your perspective and reduce everyday stress.

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Are Gen Z more fickle in their shopping, or do brands just need to keep up?

(BUSINESS NEWS) As the world keep changing, brands and businesses have to change along with it. Some say Gen Z is fickle, but others say it is the nature of change.



Gen Z woman shopping outside on a laptop.

We all know that if you stop adapting to the world around you, you’re going to be left behind. A recently published article decided to point out that the “fickle” Gen Z generation are liable to leave a poor digitally run site and never return. Now of course we’ve got some statistics here… They did do some kind of due diligence.

This generation, whose life has been online from almost day one, puts high stakes on their experiences online. It is how they interact with the world. It’s keyed into their self-worth and their livelihoods, for some. You want to sell online, get your shit together.

They have little to no tolerance for anything untoward. 80% of Gen Zers reported that they are willing to try new brands since the pandemic. Brand loyalty, based on in-person interaction, is almost a thing of the past. When brands are moved from around the world at the touch of your fingertips there’s nothing to stop you. If a company screws up an order, or doesn’t get back to you? Why should you stick with them? When it comes to these issues, 38% of Gen Zers say they only give a brand 1 second chance to fix things. Three-quarters of the surveyed responded saying that they’ll gladly find another retailer if the store is just out of stock.

This study goes even further though and discusses not just those interactions but also the platforms themselves. If a website isn’t easy to navigate, why should I use it? Why should I spend my time when I can flit to another and get exactly what I need instead of getting frustrated? There isn’t a single company in the world that shouldn’t take their webpage development seriously. It’s the new face of their company and brand. How they show that face is what will determine if they are a Rembrandt or a toddlers noodle art.

The new age of online shopping has been blasted into the atmosphere by the pandemic. Online shopping has boosted far and above expected numbers for obvious reasons. When the majority of your populace is told to stay home. What else are they going to do? Brands that have been around for decades have gone out of business because they didn’t change to an online format either. Keep moving forward.

Now as a side note here, as someone who falls only just outside the Gen Z zone the articles description of fickle is pompous. The stories I’ve heard of baby boomers getting waiters fired, or boycotting stores because of a certain shopkeeper are just as fickle and pointed. Nothing has changed in the people, just how they interact with the world. Trying to single out a single generation based on how the world has changed is a shallow view of the world.

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Chasing Clubhouse success? How the audio chat room trend affects products

(BUSINESS NEWS) It is inevitable that when a new successful trend comes along, other companies will try to make lightning strike twice. Will the audio chat room catch on?



Smiling woman seated in dark room illuminated by lamp and phone light, participating in audio chat room.

Businesses are always about the hot new thing. People are the always looking for the easiest dollar with the least amount of effort these days. It tends to lead to products that are shoddy and horribly maintained with the least amount of flexibility in pleasing their customers. However, you also have to look at the customer base for this as well. You follow where the money is because that’s where its being spent. It’s like a merry-go-round, constantly chasing the next thing. And the latest of these is the audio chat room.

During the pandemic the entire world saw an eruption of social audio investments. Silicon Valley has gone crazy with this new endeavor. On the 18th of April this year, Clubhouse said it closed on some new funding, which was valued at $4 billion for a live audio app. This thing is still in beta without a single penny of revenue!

The list of other companies who have pursued new audio suites (either through purchase or creation) include:

  • Facebook
  • Spotify
  • Twitter
  • Discord
  • Apple

This whole new audio fad is still in its infancy. These social media and tech giants are all jumping headlong into it with who knows how much forethought. A number of them have their own issues to deal with, but they’ve put things aside to try and grab these audio chat room coattails that are running by. It’s a mix of feelings about the situation honestly. They are trying to survive and keep their customers.

If a competitor creates this new capability and they stay stagnant then they lose customers. If they do this however without dealing with their current issues then they could also lose people. It’s an interesting catch 22 for people out there. Which group do you fall in? Are you antsy for a new toy or are you waiting for one of these lovely sites to fix a problem? It’s another day in capitalism.

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This web platform for cannabis is blowing up online distribution

(BUSINESS NEWS) Dutchie, a website platform for cannabis companies, just octupled in value. Here’s what that means for the online growth of cannabis distribution.



A small jar of cannabis on a desk with notebooks, sold online in a nicely made jar.

The cannabis industry has, for the most part, blossomed in the past few years, managing to hit only a few major snags along the way. One of those snags is the issue of payment processing, an issue compounded by predominantly cash-only transactions. Dutchie, a Bend, Oregon company, has helped mitigate that issue—and it just raised a ton of money.

Technically, Dutchie is a jack-of-all-trades service that creates and hosts websites for dispensaries, tracks product, processes orders, keeps stock of revenue, and so much more. While it was valued at around $200 million as recently as summer of 2020, a round of series C funding currently puts the company at around $1.7 billion—approximately 8 times its worth a mere 8 months ago.

There are a few reasons behind Dutchie’s newfound momentum. For starters, the pandemic made cannabis products a lot more accessible—and desirable—in states in which the sale of cannabis is legal. The ensuing surge of customers and demand certainly didn’t hurt the platform, especially given that Dutchie is largely responsible for keeping things on track during some of the more chaotic months for dispensaries.

Several states in which the sale of cannabis was illegal also voted to legalize recreational use, giving Dutchie even more stomping ground than they had prior to the lockdown.

Dutchie also recently took on 2 separate companies and their associated employees, effectively doubling their current staff. The companies are Greenbits—a resource planning group—and Leaflogix, which is a point-of-sale platform. With these two additions to their compendium, Dutchie can operate as even more of an all-in-one suite, which absolutely contributes to its value as a company.

Ross Lipson, who is Dutchie’s co-founder and current CEO, is fairly dismissive of investment opportunities for the public at the moment, saying he instead prefers to stay “focused with what’s on our plate” for the time being. However, he also appears open to the possibility of going public via an acquisition company.

“We look at how this decision brings value to the dispensary and the customer,” says Lipson. “If it brings value, we’d embark on that decision.”

For now, Dutchie remains the ipso facto king of cannabis distribution and sales—and they don’t show any plans to slow down any time soon.

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