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Working With COVID: 3 Steps to Limit Presenteeism



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Right now, many people are holding their breath in hopes that their company will extend work-from-home policy. While Pfizer has a promising COVID-19 vaccine underway, the fact remains; nearly 250 thousand Americans have died a premature death.

Somewhat more promising, Alex Azar, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary said they will have enough doses to immunize the U.S.’ “most vulnerable by end of 2020,” and by Summer 2021 they expect to have over a million vaccine doses available.

This news is like a breath of fresh air until the realization that: There are only 30-some days until 2021 to vaccinate the most vulnerable. And one or two million vaccines sounds great until you realize the U.S. has over 330 million citizens.

We must accept the hard truth. We will work (and live) next to this deadly virus into the foreseeable future. Bill Gates suggested that COVID-19 will likely spread well into 2022.

Businesses who care about corporate stewardship must be prepared to adapt, manage, grow, and inspire in a virtual climate of despair and dispirit.

How to Control Your Work Environment

It’s easy to control our environment at home. And, in grocery stores we can dodge those who aren’t wearing masks. But how can we control our environment at work?

The answer to this question comes from a new startup called Floss Bar, a leader in pop-up dental services who’s now blazing the trails with onsite Mobile COVID-19 TESTING services. When the company was founded by Eva Sadej in 2017, she set out to make a difference. And that she did and is still doing. When the pandemic hit the States, her team created a new medical wing called Med Bar dedicated to containing the virus and thus protecting employers and employees.

Med Bar understands the concerns, fears and anxieties that employees experience as they walk across the parking lot to work each day. These are the same worries that nurses, assembly line workers, and grocery store cashiers feel as they mask up, arm themselves with sanitizer, and hide behind plexiglass shields — hoping this won’t be the day they contract the virus and spread it to loved ones.

Presenteeism & Preoccupied Brains

These weighty thoughts don’t stop at the workplace entrance. Fears that evoke fight-or-flight responses cannot be checked at the door. To that end, bodies may sit behind desks. But, brains may not be present. This kind of stress leads to impaired cognitive function. That not only makes it difficult to focus, it also “impairs the body’s immune system, exacerbates any already existing illnesses, and contributes to loss of sociability and the avoidance of interactions with others.” The inability to fully function in the workplace is known as presenteeism. It is one of the top performance and productivity killers. Even though organizations have largely ignored it in the past, presenteeism is right up there with disengagement, and far more prevalent and costly than absenteeism.

Building Employee Confidence

Med Bar partners with doctors and clinicians across the U.S., providing modular healthcare teams that deliver COVID-19 testing and sanitizing services. Beyond pop-up and on-demand services, they provide an app that features staggered COVID-19 testing so employees can schedule within their morning work window. The app also maintains a database for test results, and contact tracing and trending. Med Bar will also develop new COVID protocols and custom policy — helping companies decrease employee stress, presenteeism and liability. Top organizations know that it is nearly impossible to engage employees who are under stress or depressed. Even before the pandemic, presenteeism killed profits, costing U.S. companies billions.

When looking at the big picture, presenteeism is the least of our worries. An interview with Keith Bogen, senior HR business partner at Med Bar, put things into perspective: “We are not just helping people—we are saving lives.”

Bogen, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and Six Sigma Green Belt, said that presenteeism isn’t simply connected to medical issues. “People are carrying deep worries and concerns that involve eldercare, absence of childcare amidst school closings, homeowner and financial issues, and a host of other issues that aren’t necessarily medical or new, but are exacerbated by COVID.” Adding to this, some workers have family members who have fallen ill to cancer or other diseases that weaken the immune system, which can cause an intense sense of danger, nervousness, and panic among employees, and in turn can lead to lack of productivity and/or costly mistakes.

COVID-19: A Workplace Safety Issue

Today, corporate responsibility is critical. Employers are responsible for the safety of their employees, stakeholders, and the larger community. Lest we forget, the thousands of fatalities that occurred leading up to the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act. Workplace mortality statistics will need to factor in COVID return-to-work plan and policy next to its standard workplace mortality rates, which typically center on access to healthcare and quality of healthcare. That is, the workplace itself serves as a breeding ground for COVID-19. It appears employees are in a quandary: They cannot line their pockets with posies and a paycheck cannot protect their families from the pandemic.

Why Are Companies Pushing for Employees to Return?

Short answer: Old school, authoritarian micromanagers were taught to lead with control. Therefore, they not only sense a loss of control when employees are out of their sight, they also don’t believe their employees can perform without them. But, data across the nation is telling a very different story — a story with a happy ending!

After surveying nearly 800 employers with full-time teleworkers; Mercer, a top HR consulting firm, discovered that 70 percent of employers said their productivity was the same, while 30 percent said productivity was higher than it was before the pandemic. Bogen sees the same thing, “Productivity has actually increased since we have been at home. Plus, there are other advantages he said, “The cost savings in fuel is tremendous. And the time saved in commute is typically added onto the work day, so the employer is essentially getting more for their money.”

Should Employees Return to Work — If the Work Can Be Accomplished at Home?

“Personally I don’t think they should,” Bogen said. “Many companies are bringing people back that they don’t necessarily need. I would urge each company to focus on what they are trying to accomplish. What is the goal of the company and what is the goal of each employee. If they are getting ‘XYZ’ done, why risk it? Unfortunately, it’s not possible for those in the medical, manufacturing, and distribution fields, but non-essential workers need not return now or maybe ever.” Bogen’s key takeaway, “Organizations need to look at the productivity — not at the presence in the office.”

Working From Home: It’s Not Our Future — It’s Our Now!

Working from home is the new norm. Skepticism about employees working from home points to managements lack of trust in their employees — a clear indication of a high-handed company culture. In the very near future, companies may not require as many managers, apps can track and trend performance—often better than humans. Either way, this should grant some free time to the busy micromanager. Now managers can lead (which means to serve others) and can focus on the wants, goals, and needs of the employee to better align them with the company’s objectives.

Now coined “The fourth industrial revolution,” by Twitter HR chief, Jennifer Christie, COVID-19 has forced us to change the way we work. Like Twitter, many companies have noticed an improvement in productivity and as a result they are sending their employees home indefinitely. Twitter executives say, a distributed workforce gives employees more freedom and autonomy. Importantly, it provides the ability to hire from a more diverse talent pool.

Doing the Right Thing: Taking All Precautions

A loss in profits to presenteeism is one thing, but when it comes to jeopardizing employee health or putting them at risk of death — it’s about doing the right thing. Even though (as of recent) over 140,000 new COVID-19 cases are reported each day, Bogen has noticed that some of the more antediluvian industries in the financial sector are requiring their employees to return to the office. In our high-tech life of cloud based systems, smart phones and powerful Apps, many question why. What function of their job cannot be accomplished remotely? Businesses need to step-it-up and remember that (good or bad) they set the example. Asking hoards of employees to return to work is no different than TikTokers throwing superspreader events in the Hollywood Hills.

As head of The HR Whine & Dine Group, Bogen speaks with hundreds of HR professionals each week. “Many of those who have been required to return to work are severely agitated,” he said. “They know they were productive at home and now they feel they are being forced into the office to do the very same thing—only now they must fight off a deadly disease.” A pressure no one should have to bear.

“Every week the stories get worse. I hear about companies who are not taking enough steps to protect their employees or are simply not willing to do anything, with the exception of asking employees to bring in their own masks. Yet others are not taking any precautions, but are insisting their employees return to work.” There are some companies who get it, and they are doing all the right things. But in the end, as Bogen put it, “the white-collar workforce is worried sick because no matter what accommodations are made, they see the return to work as a gamble with their lives.”

Demands to Return-to-Work

If companies insist on reopening (and some do) they must invest in preventative measures to protect their employees. Being known as a “superspreader” not only weighs on the Board’s conscious, but it wreaks of risk, liability, and ethical/moral lapse in judgement.

Reputation is everything, yet “many companies just aren’t doing much of anything,” Bogen said, “They pick and choose preventative measures. Some are hiring a cleaning crew, but most are not testing or doing routine temp checks, and have no sustainable way to track testing and lab results.” When asked what employers should really be expected to do to protect employees, Bogen said, “From a HR practitioner perspective that seeks to limit the liability of their organization, companies will want to do more than less. And you will lessen your liability if you have an impartial person to head this endeavor.”

In addition, Bogen said, “organizations will pay dearly if they don’t get this one right. There are a lot of angry employees who will return to work because they have no choice. And they will do–what they need to do–to keep their job. Mark my words, when the pandemic is over, they will hold their company in contempt for not protecting them and their families, and will ultimately walk out the door.”

Steps Organizations Can take to Protect Employees

Working for Med Bar, the one-and-only mobile COVID-Crisis testing system, Bogen has a wealth of knowledge on the subject of protection. “While testing doesn’t prevent COVID, you can take steps to protect people,” Bogen asserts. Med Bar, uses a combination of finger-prick and naso-pharyngeal swab samples to determine active and past infection—both in compliance with FDA guidelines. “Since we have clinicians and partners in the field, we have access to rapid antigen testing and can typically deliver results within 1-3 days.” That a good thing, especially in a world were lab results can take up to three weeks or more.

Step 1. COVID-19 Antigen Testing

Procuring an “impartial infectious control team not only increases accountability and accuracy,” said Bogen, “it lessens liability … particularly in terms of HIPPA compliance.” When it comes to testing, Bogen suggests that companies set up temperature stations, mandate employee swab testing once a week (or every other week), use an app to record results, schedule employee tests, require employees to inform as to recent exposure to COVID-19, and use a certified screener to test before employees set foot in the building. “The more there is perceived effort to mitigate the danger,” Bogen said, “the more confidence people will have in the workplace.” In the wake of COVID-19, it’s also vital that employers not only have a defined COVID-19 plan, but also make every effort to keep employees in the loop about all protocols and preventative measures, as well as keep employees educated about (new or extended) medical leave policy, and encourage the use of employee assistance programs to decrease anxiety/depression.

  • Procure impartial infectious control team or clinician
  • Mandate COVID-19 testing and exposure feedback once per week
  • Use an app to schedule, record, trace, and track results
  • Revise/establish flexible work from home policy and stagger work hours/shifts
  • Provide anonymous way for employees to report a person who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19
  • Adopt a plan of action for approach, isolation, contact tracing, and area disinfection in the event a worker is suspected of having the virus. (Start piloting).

Step 2. Redesign Performance Review System

The tectonic shift to a considerably larger remote workforce requires an equal tectonic shift in policy. Counted on to root out all areas of bias, this means HR must amend performance appraisals so that employees who decide to work from home are not inadvertently evaluated on obsolete criteria. This means that managers should have a revised set of performance questions that are reflective of remote employees. In addition, organizations should make every effort to ensure their virtual workers are managed by virtual managers. Research by Paul M. Muchinsky, expert in industrial/organizational psychology, shows that virtual employees are more likely to feel more trusted, satisfied, and productive, when they have a virtual manager, and less likely to feel that their virtual status would have a negative impact on their careers.

  • Amend annual performance review templates
  • Redefine company’s core competencies / reflect telework and pandemic-related changes
  • Ensure virtual employees and teams are managed by virtual managers
  • Encourage virtual managers to mentor traditional managers–who are new to managing remote employees.

Step 3. Create Safe Spaces

CDC research shows that wearing a mask (properly) and maintaining a distance of 6-feet or more from others provides the best protection against COVID-19. These measures have proven to work wonders when practiced correctly, but they are iffy in the workplace. If an organization insists on having employees on-site — here’s what they can do to build employee confidence and mitigate the spread of the virus. Bogen recommends that companies, “adopt one-way corridors or walking zones. Get rid of common, snack, and food areas, and prohibit food in the refrigerator to minimize gatherings and touch points. Consider using things that operate by motion rather than touch. Invest in dividers. And if you don’t have your own established work space, get disinfecting services to ensure the next person doesn’t pick up germs.”

  • Adopt one-way walk zones
  • Prohibit use of convenience common areas (no gatherings in offices or conference rooms)
  • Purchase hands-free automatic hand-sanitizer dispensers/stations
  • Implement hands-free door access
  • Hire professional services that use (COVID-Killing) disinfectants
  • Reposition workstations with plexiglass partitions (See
    OSHA for details)
  • Invest in space and desk divider panels and/or screens.

In the end, it is cheaper and safer for companies to continue a work-from-home policy. But, if your company must open its doors, consider a consult with Med Bar and/or implement the above recommendations. Doing so will help you build employee confidence, reduce presenteeism, and help to create a hale and hearty culture.

Let me know: What do you think companies should do to protect employees from COVID-19?

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Key Performance Indicators to Check for Website Maintenance



If you’re looking for ways to improve your website performance, then you should consider checking out Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Whether your website is converting visitors or not, KPIs can help you determine whether your website needs maintenance or not. Novateus Listed below are the key performance indicators to monitor Conversion rate, Mean time to repair, First paint, and downtime. Read on to learn more about these metrics and how to use them to boost your business.

Conversion Rate

Conversion rate is one of the key performance indicators to monitor when maintaining your website. This measurement tells you how many visitors converted into buyers. It is calculated as a percentage by multiplying the number of conversions by the number of total website visitors. If your conversion rate is too high or too low, it may be time to change your marketing strategy. Fortunately, there are several ways to increase your conversion rate.

The conversion rate is the most common KPI for a website. It doesn’t necessarily mean that a visitor makes a purchase. Instead, it could mean that they download an e-book or contribute to a cause. However, if your conversion rate is low, this could indicate friction in the checkout process. In either case, you should make changes. Once you’ve figured out what to change, your conversion rate will increase.

Mean Time to Repair

“Mean time to repair” refers to the average time needed to restore a system. Depending on the situation, this can be longer or shorter than the quoted response time. It is vital to clarify these metrics before signing a contract with a maintenance provider. Also known as the MTTR, this metric measures the average amount of time it takes to repair a website. To calculate the mean time, divide the number of incidents by the number of days the website was unavailable.

“Mean time to repair” is a valuable metric that can be used to identify a facility’s weaknesses and improve performance. When used effectively, this metric can help organizations increase their uptime and reduce costs. This metric can also be used to determine the optimal way to allocate limited resources to a given maintenance task. This metric is an important investment in improving application performance. Meantime to repair a website is a simple formula that can be applied to all websites and systems.


When choosing a KPI, it’s important to consider the criticality of the asset, the business objectives, and other factors. Some metrics are supported by research and others are based on trial and error. Whichever one you choose, choosing the right one can improve the planning and execution of your website maintenance activities. 

When choosing a KPI for website maintenance, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s no one “right” answer. Some KPIs may be better suited to a certain industry than others. Additionally, some KPIs may be outdated or obsolete. However, choosing the right KPI will help you improve your website’s uptime and revenue. And it’s important to consider the type of assets you’re managing.

First Paint

Top software companies in Houston ensure that your website is performing as efficiently as possible, you should regularly check for indicators that indicate first paint. The first paint occurs when your current display changes, such as the background color or the fonts. The measure of this time enables you to identify the reasons why your page takes a while to render. While the main content of your page takes longer to render than its background color, the measure of First Paint focuses on the first content of the DOM.

Several ways to lower your FCP score are available. One way is by optimizing for Total Blocking Time and Largest Contentful Paint. Alternatively, you can optimize for other metrics and implement best development practices to improve your website’s performance. However, lowering your FCP score may be difficult without implementing an action plan. First, you should understand your target FCP score. This is because you should keep your website’s FCP time at around 1.8 seconds. In addition, you should know the FCP scores of your competitors. You can use field tools or lab tests to measure your performance.

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How to make your Packaging Unique for Cosmetic Items



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Women of today require perfection in all things. All of these cosmetic items require a protective and secure packaging box. Although, the cosmetic market requires the right packaging box. These lip gloss boxes should be stylish and spectacular so that the product sales get escalates. There are numerous brands that should cater to the specifications of their consumers. Almost every cosmetic company requires a packaging box. It is imperative to utilize these product boxes to escalate sales. Along with that, all these companies should add artistic and vibrant add-ons to mark the sales higher. You can present these products in a unique and excellent way. You can add a logo to escalate the sales. Moreover, give an intriguing look to mark the sales higher.

Customers should add a tagline, name, and all the important details to these boxes. However, companies can focus on the exciting words that can enhance the worth of their products. These boxes can also be availed of in distinctive shapes, shades, and styles. You can also add an alluring look by adding embellishments. You can add stickers of your choice to attain the attention of the consumers.  

Add a unique look

You can add an exciting look to your products with these packaging boxes. However, you can also utilize these creative and excellent designs to make these lip gloss boxes look pretty and beautiful. These boxes can aid you in becoming the most prominent brand in the market. Although, you can also find out different vibrant and bright shades that can aid in making your brand prominent. You can also invite new consumers towards your products just with these lovely custom lip gloss packaging boxes. You can also order them at economical and affordable rates.

Customized boxes

You can add embellishments to make your product look intricate and dazzling. These newly presented boxes can bring huge benefits. Also, these boxes can aid in standing out your products in the whole market. However, if you add a stunning look to your products, the sales will escalate to a greater level. A colorful and appealing box can make your product look dazzling. However, you can invite your consumers towards your brand. It is essential to personalize the packaging for lip gloss in an enchanting and alluring way. This is the only way to acquire success in the cosmetic market. Thus, place an order at the lowest and cheapest prices.

Different customization options

There are numerous brands in the market that can alter the outlook and boost sales. However, there are several packaging boxes that can be styled in a lovely way. You can also add designs that are perfect considering the choice of a consumer. You can also utilize different printing and packaging tools that can aid in grasping consumer attention. Along with that, you can add different add-ons that are intricate and perfect. You can utilize the latest printing ideas with different lovely finishing looks. You can prefer to give an amazing outer look to the packaging boxes. Moreover, try to add embellishments to add a fancier look to these packaging boxes. Thus, this will change the consumer purchasing decision.

Quality of the product

The packaging boxes must be manufactured of top-grade material as it holds a great impact on a consumer’s mind. However, it can also help in changing the perception of your brand. You can get top-quality lip gloss boxes that can be made of Kraft and Cardboard material. All of these brands should understand a high-quality packaging box is the only way to gain the consumers.  You can utilize this material to add an elegant look to the items. These boxes are durable and sturdy. Also, you can add embellishments to mark the sales higher in the market. If you want to become prominent and successful, then you should come up with different ideas for packaging. Although, these boxes can simply secure fragile and delicate items from spilling or dust.

Elegant and Vibrant designs:

As lip gloss or lip balm products add beauty to your lips, similarly, a packaging box adds beauty and grace to the product. However, customers don’t like to opt for dull and mundane boxes. Hence, they choose packaging boxes that are alluring and dazzling. You can add a graceful and sophisticated look to your products. Along with that, you can design these boxes with different packaging materials. You can add an intricate look to add a spectacular appearance.

Moreover, you can add a company name, and logo, and you can also automatically captivate them with vibrant and bright shades. Your display of the items has so much to do with sales. Your products must be displayed in a proper way. Also, personalize these boxes in an appealing way. Add lovely colors to add a sophisticated look to your items. Thus, this customization gives tough competition as it can promote the brand image.

Easy Storage Facility

If you want to store your cosmetics, then it is very crucial. It can also be broken and smashed. You can store these products in a great way. Along with that, you can provide these boxes with a secure and durable packaging box. However, you should facilitate your consumers in a unique way. Although, you can store them for a longer time. If you package these products in such boxes, then the sales are likely to increase. You can also avail of these boxes in different shapes, shades, styles, and designs. The packaging box of lip gloss must be spectacular and stunning. Thus, place an order at the cheapest rates.

Box Pricing

The main concern of every other business is to generate higher revenue by enhancing the sales of their lip gloss products. You can make an effort to make your product look more distinctive than others in the market. These lip gloss packaging boxes can be availed of in distinctive styles and shapes. If you want to lessen the price of packaging, you should order these boxes in a bulk quantity. Moreover, you can always opt for an economical company, the one that caters to all your packaging specifications. Your product can look beautiful and elegant in these custom lip gloss boxes. Thus, place your order now.

Final Thoughts

If you want to make your product look stunning and appealing, you can package them in custom Boxes with logo. These boxes aid in protecting fragile items. You can also transfer these items to far-off places without any worry and hassle. Moreover, you can also contact a proper packaging manufacturer.

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Tips For Home Made Candle Packaging Ideas For the Business



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The candles have become an essential part of our everyday lives, as we all know. On the other hand, these candles are in trend nowadays and have become a fashion symbol. So, candles are available in all sorts of forms and textures so that you can gift them to your loved ones. The excellent packaging adds a plus point to the product display. Now, many people manufacture this product at home like a small-scale business. In this way, unique packaging ideas play an essential role in product promotion and positioning. The candles with excellent packaging are used as a gift on different occasions, bringing happiness. Moreover, you can order candle packaging boxes when you commence your handmade candle business. 

You can make your custom boxes as per your requirements. So, the packaging with the brand logos gives an attractive look to the end customers. Homemade candle packaging ideas help the product stand out in the market. On the other hand, many small-scale candle businesses go for premium, high-quality candle packaging to make a place in the market. So, the main focus is on the creativity and affordability of candle packaging boxes.

Importance of Candle Unique Packaging

The packaging is the primary tool to catch the customer’s attention, so the packaging must be visible and straightforward. In addition, the main goal of any business is to earn more profit, so you should focus on the box’s quality material and color selection. You can add unique finishes to your candle presentation to get more crowded. You need a clear message about your brand and product to do that. On the other hand, appealing design is an excellent way to display and promote the candles. Meanwhile, it would be best if you were specific about the packaging because this tool decides whether either buyer is interested in your product purchases or not. So, a great idea can turn your life whole.

As a candle producer, if you want to create a lasting impression in the customers’ minds, then try to be unique and different compared to the rivals. Always use quality material to protect the product from damage during shipment and storage. Therefore, you should not compromise on the product quality as well so it can prevent the candles from being damaged on the shelves. also

Home Made Candle Packaging Ideas

There are many kinds of unique candle boxes present in the marketplace. These boxes are in various shapes and sizes, and you can select them according to your candle’s layout. Some packages are for plain candles, and some are specially designed for scented candles. The containers should be of high quality to absorb scented essential oils. On the other hand, these boxes have a price range from tens to hundreds.

Moreover, many candle producers go for custom packaging because it is cheap, and you can design it according to your requirements. For example, homemade candles need quality, unique packaging to get a competitive edge and stand out in the market among the rivals. Some packaging ideas are given below:

Quality Cardboard For Candle Packaging 

The quality premium cardboard candle box is a composite packaging box. Therefore, thick cardboard is used in various shapes to wrap candles to display on the shelves in the stores. On the other hand, this packaging idea can add some colors to attract customers to your brand. So, this packaging idea is elementary and affordable. You need to make a box for the candles. Besides that, the most significant advantage of this packaging idea is that you can produce these boxes in various layouts according to the shape of the candles.

Corrugated Candle Packaging

If you talk about homemade candles, this corrugated candle box is the best choice for economical packaging. On the other hand, the corrugated cardboard gives a premium look to the candles. Generally, corrugated boxes provide a premium look to the candles and attract customers. In addition, these candle packaging boxes have good strength and shock resistance. If you are concerned about the budget, the price is meager in box making. Therefore, this classy packaging idea is adequate for homemade candle packaging because you need a low budget. So, it is a good candle packaging solution.

 Subscription Candle Packaging

The candle subscription box uses to present as a gift box with the candles inside. Moreover, these boxes are of high quality and excellent for packaging purposes. This packaging gives a premium look to the candles and appeals to the customers also. In addition, It usually contains scented candles and plays a vital role in product purchasing.

Kraft Paperboard Candle Packaging

This packaging is eco-friendly and affordable for small businesses. The quality material enhances the candle look. On the other hand, it defines your image as a producer committed to environmental sustainability and natural products. Moreover, it can also be a fantastic choice to give your homemade candles a vintage look. So, this simple packaging is very light and adds a plus point in candle delivery.

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