The Federal Financial Help That Small Business Need to Stay in Business

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Well. well. Thanks Thanks for for joining. joining. This This week's week's radio radio show show remembered. remembered. This This is is the the final final word word in in small small business business for for those those keeping keeping track track listeners. listeners. Now Now show show number number five five eighty eighty four. four. I'm I'm recording recording this this from from my my home home studio studio because because of of Corona Corona virus virus and and I I just just want want to to say say that that this this episode episode provided provided by by next next diva diva the the all all in in one one communications communications platform platform for for your your small small business business fun. fun. That's That's a a word word that that we we need need more more of of these these days days especially especially as as I'm I'm now now recording recording from from home home during during the the cove cove in in one one thousand thousand nine nine hundred hundred and and it's it's very very difficult difficult with with everyone everyone really really working working remotely remotely. but What what role role is is fun. fun? Still Still play play in in your your business business and and how how can can use use it it to to spoil spoil your your culture? culture? My My next next guest guest is is Nick Nick Jenolan. Jenolan. Who's Who's the the founder founder of of the the Fun Fun Department Department Consulting Consulting and and Training Training Company Company that that featured featured on on BBC BBC Washington Washington Post Post Ted ex ex and and many many other other media media outlets outlets his his clients clients range range from from fortune? fortune? One One hundred hundred companies companies those those as as few few as as ten ten people people known known as as the the Godfather Godfather of of fun fun he he began began his his company company after after experiencing experiencing firsthand firsthand the the enhanced enhanced culture culture and and Business Business Results Results Fun Fun during during his his twenty twenty year year corporate corporate management management ten. ten. You're You're with with a a company company that that embraced embraced a a work work hard hard player player and and culture. culture. He He partnered partnered with with delivering delivering happiness. happiness. Two Two leading leading cultural cultural experts experts that that were were born born Zepos Zepos culture culture and and bestselling bestselling book. book. Nick Nick welcome welcome to to the the show. show. Thank Thank you you so so much much for for pleasure pleasure to to be be cyber. cyber. Had Had The The godfather godfather of of fun fun on on well. well. It's It's not not the the intimidating intimidating kind kind not to shoot above above. Actually actually want want a a James James Brown Brown dance dance competition competition competition competition in in my my early early twenties. twenties Godfather godfather souls souls so so so so all all of of us us are are shelter shelter in in place. place. How How are are you you and and your your family family doing doing it it during during this this time? time? Good Good thank thank you you feel feel very very fortunate fortunate. in you Know know in in spite spite of of everything everything that's that's going going on on so so very very well. well. No No one's one's been been sick sick and and and and we we are are trying trying to to have have fun fun every every day. day. That's That's that's that's one one of of our our mantra. mantra. So So we're we're we're we're we're we're enjoying enjoying making making the the best. best. So So there there are are a a lot lot of of coal coal company company cultures cultures out out there. there. Some Some could could be be called called fun fun not not fun. fun. Everyone's Everyone's got got their their own own type type of of thing thing but but now now that that people people are are sheltering sheltering in in place place and and there there are are workers workers it it does does change change the the cultural cultural dynamics. dynamics. Doesn't Doesn't it it absolutely absolutely sure? sure? So So how how does does it it change change in? in? How How do do you you still still keep keep fun? fun? If If that's that's part part of of your your culture culture going going so so we've we've been been getting getting requests requests long long before before krona krona virus. virus. Actually Actually it's it's our our biggest biggest call call out out over. over. The The last. last. Several Several years years has has been. been. How How do do we we engage engage remote remote workers workers so so this this is is not not a a new new phenomenon phenomenon but but it's it's been been exasperated exasperated obviously by by by by Corona Corona viruses viruses and and social social distancing distancing? but But it's it's important important because because Some Some reports reports indicate indicate that that eighty eighty percent percent of of workers workers are are working working remotely remotely in in you you know know to to some some degree degree these these days days and and different different locations locations whether whether it it be be a a company company with with multiple multiple locations locations or or just just working working from from home home so so it's it's a a phenomenon phenomenon it's it's been been going going on on for for some some time time and and keeping keeping employees employees engaged engaged is is important. important. People People feel feel isolated isolated that that you're you're lonely lonely some some depressed depressed and and just just to to be be the the culture culture right right right. right. Yes Yes so so everybody everybody knows knows that that feeling feeling now now so so So So it it is is important. important. And And there's there's there's there's little little things things that that you you can can do do to to you you know know to to keep keep people people engaged engaged in in happy happy so so and and it's it's not not so so much much about about fun fun it's it's about about it's it's about about really really enhance enhance your your culture culture and and keeping keeping that that that that culture culture alive alive and and consistent. consistent. So So what what steps steps would would you you take? take? I I mean mean some some people people are are doing doing you you know know zoom zoom happy happy hours hours or or things things like like that that where where people people just just get get on on and and shoot shoot the the crap. crap. What What kinds kinds of of things things you you seeing seeing that that companies companies that that want want to to preserve preserve their their fun fun culture culture are are actually actually doing doing during during these these times. times. Sure Sure so so we we recommend. recommend. There's There's some some really really easy easy things things to to do. do. You You can can always always start start a a meeting. meeting. Zoom Zoom meeting meeting with with with with a a video video right. right. Videos Videos are are abundant. abundant. They're They're free. free. They're They're on on Youtube. Youtube. You You can can you you can can share share a a video video and and maybe maybe it's it's a a leadership leadership meeting meeting and and there's there's a a lot lot of of funny funny ones ones when when it it comes comes to to mind mind as as the the you you know know the the dancing dancing guy guy video. video. So So there's there's there's there's plenty plenty of of a video videos that that are are topical topical that that kind kind of of you you know know out out a a little little. levity. Levity they They take take a a couple couple of of minutes minutes and and it's it's well well worth worth the the time time to to do do that. that. Another Another thing thing depending depending on on the the size size of of the the audience audience is is to to just just take take a a minute minute and and do do something something literally literally thirty thirty seconds seconds and and ask ask people people hey hey share. share. What's What's on on your your your your background background of of your your Your Your iphone iphone or or your your your your cell cell phone phone so so we we call call it it background background check. check. It's It's just just a a quick quick little little game. game. It's It's usually usually something something personal. personal. That That will will just just connect connect people people and and humanize humanize a a meeting. meeting. So So there's there's little little things things like like that that and and then then they they go go well well beyond beyond we we you you know know we we create create videos videos contests contests and and themes themes that that people people can can can can do do as as a a group group you know know virtual virtual team team building building if if you you will will but but little little things things are are important important and and I I can't can't stress stress that that enough enough that that it it doesn't doesn't have have to to be be big big elaborate elaborate productions productions just just a a little little bit bit of of Levity Levity On On a a consistent consistent basis basis goes goes a a long long way way I I the the biggest biggest mistakes mistakes a a lot lot of of small small business business owners owners make. make. Is Is You You know. know. They're They're actually actually nervous nervous about about people people working working from from home. home. Are Are they they really really doing doing their their jobs? jobs? So So they they have have a a tendency tendency when when they they get get on on these these zoom zoom calls calls or or they they connect connect with with people people in in their their company. company. They They actually actually are are all all business. business. And And they're they're actually. actually. It's It's a a lot lot of of pressure pressure instead instead of of humanizing. humanizing. What's What's going going on on to to galvanize galvanize people people together together from from a a loyalty loyalty standpoint standpoint to to go go towards towards one one mission? mission? It's It's a a great great point. point. You're You're absolutely absolutely right. right. And And the the data data is is there there to to support. support. All All these these people people are are productive productive in in home home right right so so the the actually actually more more productive productive at at home home so so it it if if you you can can kind kind of of get get over over that that shift shift that that paradigm paradigm and and just just just just recognize recognize that. that. It's It's kind kind of of just just like like at at the the office. office. There's There's GonNa GonNa be be a a little little water water cooler cooler talk. talk. There's There's going going to to be be a a little little break break in in the the day. day. Like Like that's that's a a healthy healthy thing thing for for for for everybody everybody to to to to stay stay connected. connected. Stay Stay engaged engaged and and and and really really to to be be able able to to live live your your your your culture culture and and your your values. values. It It was was so so fascinates fascinates me me because because I I was was talking talking to to one one of of my my longtime longtime clients clients the the other other day day and and I've I've been been probably probably helping helping him him for for fifteen fifteen years years he he said said really really for for the the first first time time people people in in his his organization organization are are really really stepping stepping up up and and in in fact fact being being remote remote now now his his company company is is actually actually working working better better than than it it did did in in the the office office and and he he was was kind kind of of person person that that said said he he didn't didn't want want anybody anybody working working remote remote and and now now it it actually actually is is more more optimal. optimal. Yeah Yeah that's that's that's that's phenomenon. phenomenon. I I hear hear every every day day from from companies companies that. that. Oh Oh my my gosh. gosh. We We didn't didn't think think this this was was at at all all possible. possible. And And the the facts facts are are that that the the work work is is getting getting done. done. People People are are stepping stepping up up as as you you say say especially especially in in these these times times so so it's it's It's It's going going to to change change the the work work place place forever. forever. I I I I really really feel. feel. That's That's the the case. case. That That working working remote remote is is here here to to stay. stay. It's It's it's it's particular particular to to a a few few industries industries that that have have been been doing doing this this for for a a long long time. time. So So you you know know tack tack in in creative creative have have been been doing doing it it for for a a long long time. time. Traditional Traditional professional professional services services banking banking finance finance and and professional professional services services have have been been a a little little bit bit later later to to to to come come on. on. But But it's it's here here to to stay stay now. now. So So what what happens happens if if you you have have a a culture culture which which is is not not a a fun fun culture culture right right now? now? I I have have a a client? client? Always Always tell tell the the story story where where when when they they used used to to get get together together as as a a company company when when they they all all worked worked in in one one place place they'd they'd have have bowling bowling night night right right and and bowling bowling night. night. Start Start at at seven seven o'clock o'clock and and bowling. bowling. I I ended ended at at ten ten o'clock o'clock would would show show up up two two minutes minutes before before seven seven and and leave leave one after after ten ten after after a a while. while. They They realize realize we're we're just just not not people people that that really really want want to to get get together together so so if if you you have have a a company company that that doesn't doesn't have have a a culture culture of of fun. fun. What What else else can can you you do do to to make? make? Sure Sure people people feel feel like like they they belong belong and and to to actually actually help help them them in in their their isolation isolation. Yeah so so one one of of the the things things that that all all the the data data again again indicates indicates and and that that it's it's it's it's been been part part of of our our model model from from the the very very beginning beginning fund fund really really should should occur occur during during working working hours. hours Right right. that's That's what what people people recognize recognize is is real real genuine. genuine. And And they they they they appreciate appreciate the the most. most. If If it's it's after after hours hours it it's feels feels a a little little more more obligatory obligatory so so if if you're you're doing doing things things after after hours hours not not to to say say you you can't can't do do those those things things but but if if it's it's always always after after hours hours it's it's not not gonna gonna be be embraced embraced for for for for the the long long term term so so we we encourage encourage these these short short brief brief consistent consistent breaks breaks during during the the course course of of work work whether whether it it be be remote remote or or at at the the office office and and it's it's almost almost like like permission permission to to play play right right that that it's it's a a you you know. know. Some Some people people have have fun fun and and play play. as As part part of of their their core core values. values. Many Many people people have have not not gone gone that that far far but but It's It's it it really really starts starts with with leadership leadership and and leadership leadership saying saying you you know know it's it's okay. okay. This This is is part part of of you you know know we we work work hard hard and and we we want want our our people people to to have have a a break break and and

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