How to Handle Performance Reviews

Performance reviews are never fun, but they’re necessary. Might as well do them right!

If you have ever been the boss, then you know that employees sometimes have the tendency to blaze their own trails. Some like to do their own thing. On the surface this isn’t such a bad thing. They’re showing creativity, independence and the opportunity to think for themselves. However, this behavior can lead to employees making up their own unique rules to adhere to – in addition to the company guidelines. That IS a bad thing.

For this reason you’ll need performance reviews to help keep everyone in line and on the same page. Look at it this way. Employees are people and as people, they ultimately long for structure and guidance. Performance reviews offer that. They let them know what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. The reviews show them where they can improve. What are their strong points? The review will tell you!


Wasted time is just as valuable, if not moreso, than productive time to your business. It makes everything harder on the rest of the team when one player isn’t doing his or her fair share. Nobody likes to be the bad guy and call people out on this, but it has to be done or your business may as well be the Titanic and that slacker employee the iceberg.

Review your employees regularly. Make sure they know exactly what the company expects of them and instill in them the desire to expect that greatness from themselves. A well-rounded, happy, always smiling employee makes others around them a little more joyous. It makes them want to be happy, too. And why is this employee so happy? They have a leader (you!) giving them guidance. Through performance reviews you are showing them the right way to be!


Keep the people in line with solid, continued guidance is what they will need in order to grow as employees. Plus, it is what your company requires to grow as a business. You can’t have dead weight holding your biz back so you have to keep your people trained and at peak performance. Being that you’re the boss (or at least an interested third party) it falls on you to extend your expertise and mentorship to the lacking personnel. It’s just good business that way.

3 Industries That Benefit From Using Stainless Steel

Have you at any point seen how hardened steel is the material of decision for a wide range of ventures? It is utilized as a part of everything from business land to the medicinal business. This is because of a large number of its emerge attributes including its capacity to remain flawless under extraordinary temperatures, how it displays simple to-clean upkeep and its 100% recyclable/supportability. Today I will impart to you three ventures that advantage from utilizing treated steel as their favored material of decision.

Restorative and Science Industry

The restorative and science industry utilize this sort of metal because of its no danger of sullying and rust proof attributes. This steel does not shred, go into disrepair or leave leftovers around when set in cruel settings and conditions while at the same time different materials do fall flat bringing about undesirable, negative defilement. Next time you are in a building where restorative research is led, science tests are overseen and dental work finished at that point investigate and see how treated steel is utilized all through the offices. It is the metal of decision for the medicinal and science ventures.

Neighborliness Industry

Providing food and eatery organizations have profited from tempered steel. It’s minimal effort upkeep and long haul supportability makes it a financially savvy choice for such organizations. It is likewise the perfect choice for the kitchen. Nourishment, cleaning specialists and water decay away at an assortment of materials yet when you utilize tempered steel these flawed influences don’t happen.

Nourishment Processing Industry

In nourishment preparing plants, this kind of steel is the favored, excellent metal. The reason is the extraordinary temperatures, the high corrosiveness in the sustenance it handles, the preparing synthetic concoctions exchanged and the weight connected in the inside of these offices. For example, usually to apply burning heated water with fierce weight as a component of a cleaning system which satisfies the consistence prerequisites. Under such conditions, you require a material ready to withstand these components without going into disrepair while not tainting the items around. Moreover, the sharpness in a few nourishments start splitting and disintegration in specific materials. Diminishing the development of such hazardous variables is the way to an effective business.

To discover how your industry profits by picking treated steel, converse with an overall merchant today. Get some information about the distinctive steel grades accessible, costs, redid sizes, brush completions and that’s just the beginning. Reveal what works best for your business, how treated steel spares you cash on support and upkeep and how your clients will be pleased to discover that your business picked a 100% recyclable, ecologically safe purchaser item.

A Whole Different Ballgame for Couriers

Most people think of courier loads as parcels that can be carried or picked up by hand. They vary in size of course, and in weight, but most of them can be managed simply by picking them up from the back of the van and taking them to the recipient.

However, not all loads are like that. Some drivers deliver pallet loads of goods on a daily basis instead of smaller loads. If you are thinking about changing your type of work and opting for pallet deliveries instead of hand delivered ones from the rear of your van, it’s worth thinking about the difference between the two.

Are courier loads on pallets very different at all?

They are in that you could be driving a different and larger lorry each day. Since some couriers drive a car and not even a small van, this could amount to a big difference indeed. The other obvious difference between the two is that you will need to know how to operate a pallet truck, not to mention a lorry with a tail lift. Many delivery workers in this line enjoy this extra challenge. Don’t think you won’t get as much exercise though – this is still a highly physical job to do every day.

Different goods

You’ll likely find the goods you deliver as courier loads on pallets are different too. Obviously they’re larger, which means you’re not going to deliver all those smaller items on a daily basis either. This also means you’re more likely to be delivering to businesses rather than private customers. In fact, it would be quite rare to deliver to a private customer, since pallet loads are always significantly larger than other parcels.

Of course you may not always be aware of the exact nature of a delivery. But you can be sure you’ll be going to businesses, shops and other similar destinations if you changed to pallet deliveries. You’ll also be more likely to visit the same customers all the time, so it brings the opportunity to get to know them a bit more than you would otherwise.

Since some people like the sociable nature of delivering courier loads to different people every day, this is something to think about. Every courier meets lots of people, as you will know from your experiences and career thus far, but going to businesses rather than individuals will mean seeing some of the same people on a regular basis. Since couriers don’t really have a workplace they spend all day in, this can be a nice thing to look forward to.

Your Trade Show Display Rental – What Matters Most

If you’re preparing to enter a convention with your company, you need to know what aspects of your booth are going to set you apart from the competition. Although you’ll get companies that believe otherwise at every single show, designing a great booth is not something best left to those without design experience. Creating an installation that will attract eyeballs takes planning, thought, and talent. For the best of all possible worlds, you may want to look into trade show display rental companies, where you can get what you need without purchasing it. Before you do, however, here are some things to consider.

Shipping and Storage

Design is always going to be the most important aspect of your trade show display rental, but this is nothing you didn’t already know. The details beneath the surface matter most when looking for a company to handle your business. How are you going to get your installation from your office to the convention? Where will you store it in the days leading up to the show? These may seem like “we’ll figure it out later” types of questions, but it’s something you should consider when picking out your booth. The more a company can help you out with these logistics, the more you should favor going with their wares.


If you’ve paid for plenty of convention hall space, there’s certainly nothing wrong with putting the biggest, most ostentatious installation up you can afford. It would be an oversimplification to say that size doesn’t matter, and a striking untruth at worst. People are attracted to size. If you can get more attention than the competition simply through “size bullying,” then you should take advantage of that opportunity. That said, you don’t have to have the biggest trade show display rental in the hall to make a big impression. If you can attract passersby and put all of your information out there in a smaller space, you can have an effective exhibit without spending a fortune.

Know What You’re Buying

As with any field of retail, there are trade show display rental companies that put a premium price tag on their services simply because they can. For years, Blockbuster thrived while renting videos for far more than local competitors. They were able to do this with brand recognition and little else. But that didn’t make the movies any better than they were from the mom and pop video store down the street. Keep this in mind as you shop around. If you’re paying a higher price from a certain company, know why you’re doing so and whether or not it is really worth it.

Choosing The Right Upright Piano

With over ten-thousand makes of piano, and hundreds of variations in composition, choosing the right instrument for you can be an expensive minefield. The post-purchase care of the piano is also crucial to extending the life of your piano, such as regular (bi-annual) piano tunings, finding the right piano technician, identifying the right place for it in your home and the best way to look after the casework and inner-workings.

Bringing it back to basics – three good rules of thumb to adhere to when selecting your piano is to ensure that it has 1) a Full Iron Frame, that it is 2) cross(over)-strung and that it has 3) an under-dampered mechanism. The Full Iron Frame is essential to ensure that the piano will hold its tuning; with literally tonnes of pressure being exerted on the construction of the piano – if the frame is made of wood or only partially cast iron it will require much more frequent tuning, a cost which can quickly add up. An over-strung piano is advantageous as the bass and mid-sections cross over one another (as opposed to older pianos where the strings all run vertically parallel), allowing a greater length of strings in these areas. This is important for the purity of the sound of the bass tones. In an ideal world, each string would be the length of the sound wave (one of the reasons for Concert Grands being nine foot long). As this is not possible (or practical) weight is added to the string by winding (usually copper) wire onto the string. The more weight that is added the duller the sound, so this innovation of crossing over the strings means that there should be a richer, clearer bass and mid-section. The third point is important because this method of dampening the strings is one of the most effective ways of stopping a note ringing on unwantedly. Older instruments have an over-dampered system, using gravity to pull the dampers to the string, which is not always reliable when competing against stiff hinges or flanges, and definitely not as effective as the under-dampered system, which is based on a mechanism employing springs and levers.

Something also to be considered is the aesthetic of the instrument. You have to be drawn to the instrument to want to sit in front of it, otherwise it simply will not get used, so do measure the space you have available to avoid disappointment. For example, if you are planning to place the piano in an alcove or on a wall by a door, measure the width of the space, taking into account skirting boards and the angle of the door. If it is going under a window, again, measure the maximum height. As a guide, most pianos with seven or seven and a quarter octaves are at least 135cm wide and most modern pianos have a minimum height of 100cm. Whilst we’re talking about space – it is important to pay attention to how the piano will get in to the desired room ie. if you have stair work, visualise the passage of the piano to get to where it needs to go. Is this viable? Are there low ceilings above the stairs that might arrest the delivery of the piano?

Lastly another point of attention is whether you are looking at the piano as an investment. Second-hand instruments are the best value for money as with new pianos, as soon as the piano leaves the showroom, you have lost about 25% of the value of the piano. They are a good purchase if you are not looking to sell the piano within the next ten to fifteen years. Some makes of piano hold their value better than others. The only piano you are almost guaranteed not to lose any money on is a Steinway. Other brands that are good investments as they are popular, well made, well known and well reputed (and as such, you should have no problem re-selling the instrument, either privately, or to a dealer) would be: C. Bechstein, Blüthner, Bösendorfer, Yamaha and Kawai.