Your employees' well-being directly impacts your company's success, but stress and burnout can leave your team feeling drained and disengaged. 

 

While a real-deal getaway might sound like the ultimate R&R, most employees can't just pack up and leave every time they feel overwhelmed. That's where the power of micro-vacations comes in— short, intentional breaks that allow your team to recharge and refocus. 

 

So here are some ideas on how mini "getaways" throughout the workday can lead to happier, more productive employees: 

 

 

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Are You in Tune With Your Team? 

 

 

 

 

 

Implementing these micro-vacation strategies isn't just about boosting short-term productivity; it's about creating a sustainable, supportive work environment that prioritizes employee well-being. When your team feels valued, respected, and encouraged to care for themselves, they're likelier to show up as their best selves and stay engaged for the long haul. 

 

Feeling Tension at Work? How Do You Handle It Like a Pro? 

 

Even with these mini-breaks, there will still be times when the workload feels overwhelming, and your in-house team needs extra support. 

 

That's where HireSmart's virtual employees come in. Our skilled, reliable VEs can help lighten the load, tackle time-consuming tasks, and free up your core team to focus on high-level projects while reducing your overhead costs. Our bill rate is $9.50 an hour for a highly vetted, quality employee with a skill set matching your needs. 

 

If you're interested in learning more about how HireSmart's virtual employees can support your team's well-being and productivity, click here to schedule a consultation with us.  

 

Investing in your employees' well-being isn't just being the "nice boss" — it's a necessity. Running a business is a marathon, not a sprint. That goes for working at one, too. Make sure you help everyone keep a reasonable pace. 

 

Cheers! 

   

Anne + The HireSmart Team 

 

As a business owner, you've poured your heart and soul into building your company. You've weathered storms, celebrated triumphs, and invested countless hours in making your vision a reality. But have you given the same level of attention to planning your exit strategy and securing your legacy? 

 

Retirement may seem like a distant dream, but the truth is, it's never too early to start preparing for your ultimate vacation. Whether you plan to sell your business, pass it on to the next generation, or simply step back from day-to-day operations, having a clear roadmap can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth transition and a financially stable future. 

 

At HireSmart, we've worked with countless business owners navigating the journey toward retirement. We've seen firsthand the challenges and opportunities that come with this significant milestone, and we're here to help you make the most of it. 

 

Here are 47 tasks a virtual employee can handle for you 

 

Here are some actionable steps you can take to start planning your retirement today: 

 

 

 

 

Here Are 10 Ways You Can Get Your Life Back 

 

 

 

 

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Planning for retirement may feel overwhelming, but you don't have to go it alone. At HireSmart, we specialize in providing the support and resources business owners need to thrive in their professional and personal lives. 

 

Our virtual employees can be a valuable asset in your retirement planning journey. By taking on key tasks and responsibilities, they can help you create a more agile, resilient organization that can thrive without your constant presence. They can free up your time and mental bandwidth and give you the space to focus on the big picture and prepare for your next chapter. 

 

Ready for Fun? Here's How to Prepare Your Business 

 

We'd love to chat if you're ready to start planning your ultimate vacation. Click here to schedule a consultation with our team and learn how HireSmart's virtual employees can support your retirement goals. 

 

Your business is your legacy. By taking steps today to plan for tomorrow, you're securing your own future and ensuring that your hard work and vision will continue to make a difference for years to come. 

 

Cheers! 

   

Anne + The HireSmart Team 

 

Co-Founder – HireSmart Companies 

Direct: 678-389-9929 

 

Helping Business Owners Find Great Workers – HireSmart Virtual Employees 

www.HireSmartVirtualEmployees.com 

 

Helping Kids – HireSmart Cares in Action 

Thank you to our clients who are creating an impact 

www.HireSmartCares.org 

 

Need to talk? Schedule a time – www.MeetHireSmart.com 

 

διακοπές — That's the Greek word for "vacation." And for several years, "vacation" was as unfamiliar to my husband and me as its Greek translation. 

 

As new business owners, we poured every moment into our entrepreneurial endeavors, forgoing our own paychecks to pay our employees, getting little sleep, and squeezing every little luxury out of our lives to make our businesses fly. 

 

This comes at a personal cost. 

 

You can't bring your best self to your work when you're perpetually exhausted, stressed, and spread thin. Your creativity suffers, your decision-making is impaired, and your ability to lead effectively diminishes. 

 

On the flip side, when you take time to rest, recharge, and gain perspective, you return to your business with renewed energy, fresh ideas, and a clearer sense of purpose. You're better equipped to tackle challenges, seize opportunities, and guide your team. 

 

But as business owners, unplugging can feel impossible. There's always one more email to answer, one more fire to put out. That's where having the right team and systems in place becomes critical. 

 

At HireSmart, we've seen firsthand how having skilled, reliable virtual employees (VEs) can be a game-changer for entrepreneurs looking to take real time off. Our VEs are carefully selected, rigorously trained, and deeply committed to our clients' success. 

 

Anne Lackey's Company Offers a Unique Virtual Solution for Staffing Issues 

 

They're not just temporary stand-ins but integral team members who can keep operations running smoothly in your absence. Whether handling customer inquiries, managing projects, or keeping your social media presence active, VEs can give you the peace of mind to truly step away. 

 

But don't just take it from me. Here's what one of our clients, Iliahi, an operations manager at a vacation rental company, had to say: 

 

"They (the VEs) take a lot of the backend work away from us here on the front line," she said. "It kind of frees us up to be more hands-on here, and since they're on the computer all day, they're able to complete all those administrative tasks for us and free us up for more important things that we need to take care of." 

 

Imagine being able to take a vacation knowing your business is in capable hands, that essential tasks will get done, and that you won't come back to a mountain of catch-up work. That's the power of having a well-integrated VE team. 

 

The Costs of a High Turnover Rate 

 

But it's not just about covering for you while you're away. Having VEs can also help prevent the kind of chronic overwork that makes vacations feel impossible in the first place. You can create a more sustainable workload and rhythm by delegating regularly and strategically to your VE team. 

 

So, as you look ahead to the summer months, I encourage you to start planning for some real διακοπές — not a "workcation" where you're still tethered to your laptop, but a true break to rest, recharge, and come back to your business with renewed vitality. 

 

If you need help making that happen, we at HireSmart are here to help. Our VEs can provide the skilled support you need to confidently step away, knowing your business is in good hands. 

 

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Click here to schedule a conversation at your convenience. We'd love to learn about your unique needs and craft a plan to help you and your business thrive — no Greek required. 

 

To your well-deserved διακοπές. 

 

Cheers! 

   

Anne + The HireSmart Team 

 

One of the best things about travel is that it reminds you of what you love about home. When you come back, you see everything familiar through fresh eyes. 

 

You can assess the good and bad aspects of your environment compared to others, making changes where needed while developing a deeper appreciation of the good things you have. 

 

This can be applied to work, too. 

 

Getting away lets us see things with fresh eyes. We can be more creative when pulled from our norms. 

 

It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind, putting out fires, managing teams, dealing with clients — it's constant work. But when was the last time you stepped back and really looked at your business with fresh eyes? 

 

Could Your Next Business Leader Be Right Under Your Nose? 

 

That's where vacations come in. And I'm not just talking about sipping a cool drink on a warm beach (although that sounds pretty great right now). I'm talking about the benefits of time off on your creativity and problem-solving skills. 

 

The Science of Recharging 

 

Numerous studies have shown the cognitive benefits of taking breaks. When you're constantly focused on a task, your brain gets tired. You start to lose focus, make more mistakes, and feel burned out. But when you step away, even briefly, you give your brain a chance to recharge. 

 

During periods of relaxation, your brain switches into a different mode. It starts to make connections between seemingly unrelated ideas. This is often when those "aha" moments strike — in the shower, on a walk, or even on vacation. 

 

My husband and I love the "aha!" It's one of the joys of life— that moment when we know we're on to something special. 

 

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Vacation Eureka Moments 

 

Some of the world's greatest inventions and business ideas were born from vacation insights. Did you know that the idea for Instagram came to co-founder Kevin Systrom while he was on vacation in Mexico? Or that Lin-Manuel Miranda came up with the idea for Hamilton while reading a book on a beach vacation? 

 

These are just a couple of examples, but the point is clear: stepping away from the daily grind and immersing yourself in new experiences can spark innovation. 

 

Structuring Your Vacation for Inspiration 

 

So, how can you increase your chances of the vacation "aha?" Here are a few tips: 

 

 

 

 

 

The VE Vacation Safety Net 

 

Now, I know what you might be thinking: "This all sounds great, Anne, but I can't just abandon my business for a week!" I hear you. The thought of stepping away can be stressful, especially if you're used to being the one holding everything together. 

 

But that's where HireSmart's virtual employees come in. Our skilled, reliable VEs can help keep things running smoothly while you're away, giving you the peace of mind to unplug and let your mind wander. 

 

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Imagine taking that dream vacation, knowing that your customers are being taken care of, your projects are moving forward, and your business is in good hands. That's the power of having a solid VE team in your corner. 

 

I've worked for over a decade perfecting the process of finding the best virtual office employees in the Philippines, where the cost of living is much lower than in the U.S. You're billed just $9.50 per hour worked, which allows you to scale your business with quality employees at a less expensive rate. 

 

These are quality employees. We find and evaluate talent, and we're the tops in the industry with an over 97 percent successful placement rate. We learn your needs, then find three employees who match that specific skill set. You meet all three, pick one, and we spend a week training that employee about your industry so they understand the terminology and the basics before onboarding with you. 

 

HireSmart VE Shows' It's All About Respect’ 

 

Our certification process is our key to success. It allows us to ensure VEs have the necessary skills and talent to serve our clients. We have live trainers, including myself, so we can easily evaluate their skills. We track our success and adapt as needed. If I wouldn't hire a candidate for my company, they won't be processed through to our clients. 

 

"I would like to credit my virtual employees' success directly related to HireSmart going in and giving that one week of HOA training on the front side, prepping them and preparing them for what this world looks like on our side because, for a lot of folks, HOA is very new," said Philessia, whose company partners with HireSmart. "So that one-week training HireSmart gives really sets them up for success on our side." 

 

HireSmart was an "aha" moment for my husband and me, born of a vacation story. We love being the "aha" for others, too. We've been that hundreds of times, and it's always so fun. We'd love to be that for you, too! 

 

Click here to set up a time to talk at your convenience. 

 

Cheers! 

   

Anne + The HireSmart Team 

The HireSmart Genesis story is actually about a vacation nightmare. We finally managed to get our property management company into a state where we could step away. We booked the flights, packed the bags, said farewells, got to the resort, and then the text hit. 

 

For my husband and me, the short digital message arrived as a meteor strike, like something blazed through the sky to land right on our heads, creating an explosion and leaving chaos. 

 

Karen quit! No! 

 

That's who we left in charge, but now she was suddenly gone. All of our responsibilities crashed back on our shoulders. All of our planning was destroyed. Our vacation was ruined. 

 

But our smashed sandcastle of a vacation was the least of our worries. We felt exposed to our clients. We quickly scrambled to ensure every duty was met and every promise kept. We met our obligations, but the stress was immense. 

 

Never again! That was the vow. We were too reliant on one person. We realized we would never relax on a vacation if someone could do that to us again. We needed a team, not a Karen. 

 

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But how could we afford a team? How could we stretch responsibilities across a network of people who provided insurance against the sudden absence of any individual? 

 

We realized we do most of the work on a computer or by phone, not onsite. We also saw that the internet links us from LA to Atlanta and from New York to Seattle, but it also ties us to Australia, Europe, Africa, and anywhere on the globe. 

 

The dollar is the strongest currency in the world. So, if we could find quality office employees in a country where the dollar has the most value, we could hire virtual employees with quality wages for their market while paying a lower cost than our local market rate. 

 

We extensively researched the best markets for virtual office employment and determined the Philippines provides the best option. With English as the official business language of the nation, a shared strong work ethic, and where "Bayanihan," the much-cherished Filipino spirit of solidarity, civic unity, and cooperation, is strong, the Philippines is the best option. 

 

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We partnered with a Filipino agency to help us ensure we meet all laws and human resources obligations in the Philippines. We also added Theriza, our first Filipino virtual employee, who was wonderful! She helped our onsite staff immensely. We added more virtual employees. 

 

We wondered: Are there more Therizas? I was determined to find them. That became our new business. I would be the best around at finding each great hire, one by one, for other businesses, and I got really good at that. 

 

That was a decade ago, and we're thriving more than ever. An interesting fact also is Theriza still works with us. We have a very low attrition rate here because we treat our Virtual Employees well. We are the best in the business at locating quality Filipino virtual employees for various industries, with an over 98 percent successful placement rate. 

 

Anne Lackey's Company Offers a Unique Virtual Solution for Staffing Issues 

 

Think about that: 24 of 25 employees work out for our clients. Is that typical in an office? Would you feel good with a 96 percent hiring success rate in your office? Of course, if you're the one in 25, we will work with you on a solution. 

 

We also help our clients through the onboarding process, but before that, we put our virtual employees through a 40-hour certification process where they learn the terminology and basics of the client's industry. 

 

"I can walk away and know that our clients are in excellent hands with Abby at the helm," said one client about her virtual employee. "She even keeps the rest of our team in line making sure they get their jobs done on time and up to standards! She's a joy to work with and truly an incredible virtual employee!" 

 

We get that sort of feedback all the time, and it's such a blast. I love the connections I make between people who are far away geographically but are close in values and spirit. 

 

Our vacation meteor strike was the negative that launched a huge positive — hundreds of quality virtual relationships that wouldn't have otherwise happened. I love telling that lemons-to-lemonade story. 

 

And I want you to love your vacation — without meteor strikes! Enjoy life! Recharge, you absolutely need it! I'm serious. It's healthy to pull away at times. 

 

But when you step away, you need confidence in a quality team to relax. My job is helping other people find that relaxation. 

 

Let me know if you'd like me to help you. Click here to set up a chat at your convenience. 

 

Cheers! 

   

Anne + The HireSmart Team 

Co-Founder – HireSmart Companies 

Direct: 678-389-9929 

Helping Business Owners Find Great Workers – HireSmart Virtual Employees 

www.HireSmartVirtualEmployees.com 

Helping Kids – HireSmart Cares in Action 

Thank you to our clients who are creating an impact 

www.HireSmartCares.org 

Need to talk? Schedule a time – www.MeetHireSmart.com 

 

 

We tend to think of “fun” as the quick dopamine jolt of joy, a side-splitting laugh, or a toe-tapping tune. 

 

But there are more profound types of “fun,” which aren’t so fleeting. It’s “fun” to see incremental progress in learning an instrument, to lose yourself in a long novel, or to restore something old and make it new. 

 

I view our professions as mental craftwork infused with many long-form fun possibilities if we know how to look. 

 

Think about the next level of “fun,” that more profound thing. The challenges you overcome, the skills you acquire, and the milestones you reach provide a sense of achievement that quick-hit pleasures can’t match — the fun of growth and personal development. 

 

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Think of the“fun” in building relationships and contributing to something larger than oneself. This joy takes time and effort to develop and is about the journey, the shared experiences, and the bonds you build. 

 

My world, my business, my passion — it’s about creating this sort of “fun.” How do I help generate it? How do I help spread that joy? 

 

It starts with helping my clients feel empowered. Work can be so hard, right? When we’re overwhelmed, it shows up in our bodies with issues like chronic fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, and stomach problems. We get irritable with others. We’re tense and unable to pull our minds from constant job-related stresses. This is no fun! And it’s not healthy. 

 

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The whole point of my business is to flip that script for others. I meet daily with business owners and managers on workload management plans. How can we shift time-consuming tasks off their plates at a low cost in a quality way? How can we transform stress into fun? That’s it. That’s my work. 

 

I connect stressed business people with highly vetted, smart, thoughtful Filipino virtual employees, and I watch clients’ pressures ease and their smiles return. 

 

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And it’s fun! I love hearing from clients who feel a heavy weight lifted and find more free time to pursue what they consider fun. 

 

“I could walk away and go on vacation, and I know our business is in great hands with Brenda and Abby,” said our client Colleen about her two HireSmart virtual employees. “And Abby is communicating with all of our clients; our clients are communicating with Abby. It’s beautiful. It’s wonderful. It’s perfect. And Brenda is just one of those incredible people that’s just amazing. I think we just hit the pot of gold.” 

 

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I also have a blast working with our virtual employees to improve their lives. We provide our VEs free health and dental care at no cost to the clients. We provide educational scholarships to the children of our VEs. We have their backs in times of need, such as offering financial support to the families of 31 employees affected by Typhoon Rai.  

 

HireSmart Cares Typhoon Assistance — Richan’s story 

 

We provide our VEs with a 40-hour “certification” course before onboarding with our clients. This boosts the employees’ confidence and helps our clients enjoy a smooth onboarding process since our VEs are educated on terminology and industry practices before joining their teams. 

 

Let’s chat if you’re interested in bringing some fun into your office by efficiently allocating tasks at a low cost, which leads to significant stress reduction. This conversation is my version of fun. Truly.  

 

Whether we partner in business or not, I’ll enjoy hearing about your office outlook and talking with you about various efficiency possibilities. We’re a business success management agency. And our success only happens when we help others succeed. That’s goal number one. 

 

Click here to set up a talk at your convenience, and while I can’t promise a toe-tapping tune, let’s share a laugh or two. Let’s have some fun! 

 

 

Wasn't that fun? 

 

Well, that's subjective, right? Some people enjoy a brutal roller coaster ride or two hours of a jump-scare horror flick, while such experiences are torture for others. The extrovert loves a party. The introvert can't wait for a pillow and a good book. 

 

How we laugh, play, and find fun varies greatly. Are you a thrill-seeker, a chill-seeker, or something in between? 

 

Most businesses include a mix of personality types, so bringing fun to the work environment requires thought about the people you want to engage. The best way to jazz things up is with variety, which gives different personality types the opportunity to find something appealing. 

 

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But how do you do this in a remote work setting? Well, here are a few ideas for fun in the virtual office: 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ready for Fun? Here's How to Prepare Your Business 

 

 

 

 

In business, we're involved in a shared commercial purpose, but each of us brings something unique to the table, and employees need opportunities to express that and feel valued. Your team's curiosity, purpose, and fun matter. When employees feel personally engaged with others, they are much more likely to thrive. 

 

I love talking to business owners about their staffing situations and how to be efficient, but I also want our clients to live their best lives, which involves spreading the "live-your-best-life" attitude to others. A big part of that is having fun in whatever you do. 

 

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If you're interested in discussing how to bring cost savings, greater efficiencies, and more fun to your office, I'd love to chat. Click here to set up a time that works best for you. 

 

 

Think of a 180-degree dial, like a speedometer. On one extreme is a person performing a repetitive, mindless task while on autopilot, completely disengaged day after day. They desperately need a new challenge. 

 

On the other extreme, a person can hardly sleep because their mind won't shut off. They're engaged in complex, strategic thought on a myriad of issues. They need help managing their impossible workload. 

 

Where are you on this dial? Where are your employees? 

 

Nobody has fun at either extreme — whether "checked out" or "stressed out." Each person needs to be at a challenging yet manageable engagement speed. Nothing gets done at 0 mph. Crashes are common at 180 mph. 

 

It's necessary to assess your entire team in this way. Are they appropriately engaged? What can you do to rev up those who aren't at the right pace and bring your potential stressed-out burnouts down to a safer speed? 

 

When Tom Quits, Consider a VE Team Instead 

 

Employees are all different, so they can't be managed identically. Here are some tips on moving the dial toward the right for those not appropriately engaged, followed by tips on relieving your workhorses of some stress. 

 

For the disengaged: 

 

 

 

The Web is the Great Equalizer 

 

 

 

For the stressed workhorses: 

 

 

Don't Let the Good Ones Get Away  

 

 

 

That last point is where HireSmart Virtual Employees steps in. Most business owners are hyper-focused on efficiency, and their employees are generally stretched thin and unable to take on many new tasks. It's hard to shift duties from one person to another because many offices are maxed out, and hiring new employees locally may be too costly. 

 

We provide another option. What if you can hire dedicated, thoughtful, and skilled office employees from abroad at a fraction of the cost of a local hire? Our bill rate is $9.50 per hour per employee. 

 

For that, you get someone with a skillset specifically matched to your office needs. We don't have employees already lined up in some queue. No, we talk with you about what you need. We then search for the specific person in the Philippines with the appropriate capabilities and personality to fit into your office culture and workflow. 

 

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Your virtual employee gets free health and dental insurance through HireSmart at no cost to you. Meanwhile, you get more quality hours at a low to help your workhorses focus on what they do best while reducing the chances they'll get burnt out and bolt somewhere else. 

 

If you want to get your office in a better place on the workflow speedometer, we're here for you. 

 

Click here to meet with us at a time that suits your schedule. 

 

 

Play teaches young children cause and effect. Hey, if I squeeze this rubber duck, it squeaks. Isn't that funny? If I stack these blocks high, they'll probably fall. But if I place them carefully, they might not. 

 

A child's curiosity fuels their mental growth through imaginative play. 

 

But people often seem stripped of this instinct over time. Play gives way to pure utility. Gotta eat. Gotta have a roof over me and a vehicle to get places. The idea of play seems relegated to a past life as if the young one was a completely different person than the adult we've become. 

 

But the instinct remains. We seek novelty, entertainment, and fun. We are creatures of play, all of us, even if the pressures of life overwhelm that sensibility at times. 

 

Ready for Fun? Here's How to Prepare Your Business 

 

Business owners need to be mindful of this simple fact. Everyone in your organization was a kid and still holds some of that old playfulness in their heart, though their body has aged. 

 

How can you engage the curiosity within each of them? 

 

Here are some thoughts: 

 

 

 

 

Want to Challenge Your Comfort Zone? Here's How 

 

 

 

 

Recognize that play is a powerful tool in the business world. It can lead to a more engaged, creative, and productive team. A place that values play and curiosity is somewhere people want to be. It helps in recruitment and retention. Such a work environment ties us to a basic childlike instinct: We want fun. We want to play! 

 

Help your team feel that way. 

 

That's where we can help you. It's hard for employees to be playful if they're overwhelmed with tasks. Often, we're too swamped with mundane duties to engage with the fun parts of our jobs. 

 

Do You Need a Way Out Of Conflict? 

 

But what if you can shift your best employees' hours in a positive direction, giving them more freedom to engage their creative sides? 

 

HireSmart is a business success management service, not just a virtual employee agency. We help business owners improve their workflow at a low cost, which means onsite employees have a better overall experience. When employees produce, have fun, and engage in creative thought, businesses thrive, which makes any owner happy. 

 

Our Filipino virtual employees (VEs) are at the top of the industry because we have the most extensive vetting process of any outsourcing agency. I've spent a decade developing my "Anne-alytics" process, and I oversee every hire, meaning that if I wouldn't hire the person to work directly for me, I won't let that person ever meet you. 

 

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Only one percent of our VE applicants pass through our rigorous process, but the ones who do are special. 

 

Here's what one of our property management clients said about her virtual employee, Lucky. 

 

"She learns quickly and can share what she has learned with others," said the client. "She has become a master of the banking portal and can assist with a variety of complicated questions. She is friendly and popular with our residents, to the point that sometimes when I answer the phone, they sound disappointed and say they were hoping for Lucky again…Thank you for finding her for us." 

 

If you're interested in adding highly vetted, skilled employees to your workforce at a bill rate of $9.50 an hour, click here to schedule a chat.  

 

Creativity is fun, right? That's true in childhood and far beyond. We'd love to work with you on creative solutions for your office needs. Let's have some fun! 

 

We think of "chunky" as it relates to weight, which isn't a nice thing to call someone. But let me give you a new, positive connotation for the word. Recognize that you're healthiest when you're "chunky" in time management. 

 

We all need starts and finishes, even if we are on one long road that seems endless. A beginning brings freshness, a new challenge, and a sense of difference, while an ending allows us to grab a moment of accomplishment and shift focus from one mental journey to another. 

 

Being "chunky" in time management regularly brings both opportunities — new starts and finishes. I'm a perpetual planner, and I set calendars far in advance. I'm thinking of spring cleaning at the moment — packing away winter hues in the wardrobe in favor of spring wear. 

 

I'm doing this with work, too. HireSmart is in our 90-day spring sprint now. We've packed away our winter objectives and now enjoy a fresh start on our spring missions. Yes, we have day-to-day responsibilities that are always there, but a quarterly objective allows you to address a goal with an intense burst of energy in a needed direction. 

 

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For instance, a spring quarterly mission for a community association manager might focus on boosting resident engagement and connection. People tend to spend more time outdoors in the spring. Days are longer, and it's an ideal time for a community event, beautification endeavor, or walkability enhancement project. 

 

But what do residents want? As people walk through their community, what do they see? While you always want community input, spring is a prime time for heavy solicitation of residents' perspectives. You could enter a 90-day spring sprint to gather feedback from the community on aesthetics, safety, and event preferences, then create a resident feedback report for the HOA for summer consideration. 

 

The following quarter, you may sprint toward improved educational resources for all of your residents and HOA, or upgrading maintenance protocols, or any number of issues. 

 

But when do you have the time? You have two hands, not four. "If only I had some help, I'd be just fine." We all know that feeling. We're too swamped in reactive mode to even look in the proactive direction. 

 

The Catch-22 is that the more proactive you are, the less "hot-mess" reactive you'll be. 

 

Well, that's where chunking helps. And at HireSmart, we're pros at proactive "chunking." We help business owners and managers shift chunks of time-consuming tasks to quality employees in the Philippines, a market with a far less expensive cost of living 

 

With us, you can find educated, thoughtful, skilled Filipino employees at a fraction of the cost of a local hire, meaning you can create a quarterly objective and put quality virtual employees on the task, or you may do the opposite, shifting some of the more routine day-to-day duties on VEs so you and other in-office staff can address objectives in your 90-day sprint. 

 

When Tom Quits, Consider a VE Team Instead 

 

I've been delighted watching hundreds of our clients find new time-management freedoms by working with our VEs, who are truly top-notch. There's so much I can tell you. I can brag for days on our VEs. 

 

But I prefer to let our clients do that. 

 

"She respects everyone she comes in contact with, clients and co-workers alike," said one property manager about her VE, Ina. "She always checks on her team and makes sure if there is something she can help with, and communicates what needs to be addressed. Along the lines of teamwork, her heart is in everything that she does and you can feel that with the relationship we have with her. She is amazing!" 

 

Our VEs enrich our clients' work lives and provide a connection across the globe they might not have otherwise. Our virtual employees make us proud, and we love the impact they have on others. 

 

We love supporting them with health and dental benefits at no cost to clients, educational scholarship opportunities for their children, and ongoing advice and support. We also have their backs when disaster strikes, such as providing financial assistance for 31 families after Typhoon Rai in 2021. 

 

HireSmart Cares Typhoon Assistance — Richan's Story 

 

If you want to learn more about how VEs can help you manage your workload while saving you money, I'd love to chat with you. Click here to set up a time that works best for you. 

 

Oh, and remember that "chunky" is a great thing in time management. 

 

And, well, chocolate treats, too. Oof, don't get me started on desserts. OK, gotta go. 

 

 

 

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