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Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween: Balancing work and play in the office

Halloween can be a great opportunity for your team to bond together and get to know each other better. A strong, communicative, happy team is the foundation of a successful business. Check out these do's and don'ts for using the upcoming Halloween holiday to foster a imaginative, enjoyable and productive office environment!
  • Don't be a scrooge
    • Come into work with an open mind and be ready to participate. Lead by example and help your team come together. If your office wants to put on some sort of Halloween event, be enthusiastic and encouraging.
    • Be down to earth and show some humility, this will allow you to appear more approachable to your employees and create a more welcoming environment, year-round.
  • Do feed the masses
    • Nothing unites people like food, whether you've been noticing issues with the office morale or you're just looking for an easy way to keep the team happy, food is a great solution!
    • Go out for lunch with the team at a local eatery and encourage productive conversations.
    • Sponsor a team picnic, cater a lunch in the break room, or have everyone bring their favorite fall dish to pass at a potluck!
  • Do facilitate (and participate in) team building opportunities
    • Think of creative ways to unite your team through team building activities in the spirit of the Halloween season. Take lots of photos and show them off on your social media sites and around the office for anyone to see!
      • Have everyone bring in their own Halloween decorations. Spruce up the office with Halloween and autumn-related décor, and vote for whomever you think was the most creative.
      • Take group pictures at a local park or scenic location.
      • Have your office host a pumpkin carving event, and vote for the best office pumpkin.
  • Don't ignore productivity
    • Keep in mind the mission and goals that your business has set out to accomplish, these fun activities should motivate people to want to be productive members of the team, not distract them from their duties for too long.
    • Remember to have fun, but set guidelines and limitations.
  • Don't create more stress
    • Halloween shouldn't be a stressful time for your team, it should be a fun and engaging time to boost company morale before the crash holiday season starts. Take the opportunity to bond with your team and get to know them a little better. After all, Halloween only comes around once a year!
Remember, happy people are productive people so take the time this month to encourage team building and having fun at work in order to keep your employees happy and productive! Have an idea that we forgot to mention? Leave a comment, write to us on our Facebook page, Google+ page, or Tweet at us!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gearing up for the Holiday Season: Tackling Holiday Stressors

20% - 40% of yearly sales for small and mid-sized retailers take place within the last two months of the year, according to the National Retail Federation and 49% of consumers begin shopping before Halloween. Planning ahead and preparing your business and staff for the upcoming holiday season is the smartest way to help your business succeed. We've put together a holiday survival guide for you and your business as the holiday season rapidly approaches!

  • Prepare well in advance so you're not rushed
    • The last thing you want is a hurried marketing plan or impulsive staffing decisions around the holidays. Employees will feel the pressure and stress while customers will feel neglected and unimpressed. Prepare your team, your store and your customers for all the exciting and fun promotions and plans you have for the holiday season. From upcoming sales and promotions to hour changes, closing times and more, keep everyone on the same page for a smoother, calmer holiday season.
  • Get to know your customers
    • Understanding your target audience's wants and needs over the holidays will allow you to better predict their buying behaviors and what they are hoping to see from your business.
      • Accenture reports that 65 percent of consumers plan to browse online and then go into a store to purchase their holiday goods. Is your website up to date? Does it include the contact and store information needed to drive those online shoppers to your location?
    • Are discounted prices or longer store hours more likely to drive more sales this holiday season? Will offering gift wrapping help, or just cause more headaches for your staff? Do you need to make extra reminder calls to make sure people remember their appointments? The more you know your clientele, the better you can predict how to lessen their stress and keep them happy with your business this year!
  • Create a welcoming environment
    • This is beneficial for your customers and your staff! To do this for your internal team, decorate behind the scenes too. Make sure break rooms, staff bathrooms and employee entrance ways aren't ignored when decorations go up!
    • Keep your decorations inclusive; don't ignore the holiday traditions of any of your customer base! This can be alienating and push customers to the competition.
    • Beyond decorating for the holidays, pay extra attention to the cleanliness of your stores, to create a calm, clean and healthy environment for everyone.
  • Prioritize a healthy work-life balance for yourself and your employees
    • According to recent research done by the American Psychological Association for those living in the United States, job pressure including co-worker tension, bosses and work overload were the #1 causes of stress in their lives. Make it easier on your team by letting them know you appreciate and respect their time and efforts!
    • Do your best to show consideration for requested days off and altered schedules, of course the work needs to be done, but show some flexibility when you can to make sure the holidays are enjoyable for your employees as well!
    • Do your best to maintain a positive attitude, if you can bring a positive attitude to the work environment, you can help boot the attitudes of those around you, which in turn will improve the quality of customer service that your employees provide.

What other tips do you have for tackling the upcoming holiday season? Don't hesitate to share any additional tips with us in a comment, on our Facebook page, Google+ page or Twitter!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dental Equipment Leasing Solutions that Target the Stigma behind “Going to the Dentist”

As a dental professional, you're no stranger to the reputation your field has for some patients. There seems to be a unique stigma associated with visiting a dentist office and fighting that notoriety can be a challenge. For some, growing up dreading the idea of having to go to the dentist for anything from getting a cavity filled to a routine teeth cleaning was commonplace. The first step in overcoming these issues is understanding them…

  • Procedures and situations may be uncomfortable for patients – Beyond the physical
    discomfort associated with some dental procedures, there is an anxiety and stress some patients feel while in the dentist's chair.
  • Some dentists may not foster a welcoming environment – Some dental offices may lack a warm, inviting environment that patients are looking for.
  • Old dental equipment can look scary - Keeping up with modern dentistry equipment and practices is crucial when trying to attract new patients and maintain positive relationships with current clientele.

So what can Tiger Leasing do to help your business overcome this stigma?

  • Provide you with the best in dental equipment and office supplies
  • Keep your practice up-to-date with modern trends in dentistry equipment and practices
  • Help you foster a comfortable, welcoming environment
  • Preserve your case and lines of credit, so your working capital and borrowing availability can be used for other expenses
  • Overcome budget limitations, because leasing is 100% financing, the new dental equipment you lease will pay for itself over time with use

Here at Tiger Leasing, we strive to provide customized dental equipment leasing solutions that fit your business's technology, equipment and financial needs. We’re confident that the equipment and services we provide will create a welcoming environment for your patients. If you're ready to let us help you fight the stigma surrounding dentistry through Tiger Leasing’s affordable and functional dental equipment leasing solutions, then please contact a Tiger Leasing representative today! We'll work with you to develop a solution that fits both your business's and customer’s needs.

For more information on specific dental equipment leasing solutions and programs available, contact Tiger Leasing today.

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