Performance in a pandemic: How Yale artists adapted to life during COVID
One of the COVID-19 pandemic’s many harsh impacts has been its stifling effect on live performance. From the days when Broadway went dark to the crash of the arts economy that followed, performers worldwide have felt the consequences of the pandemic over the past two years.
The same has also been true at Yale, which is home to dozens of performance groups, not to mention hundreds of students whose academic curricula require honing their skills in front of live audiences.
But, as they say, the show must go on. And from the earliest days of the pandemic, through the recurrent waves, Yalies have taken creative steps to keep performance alive, exploring ways to engage in their craft — and connect with audiences — in safe and meaningful ways.
This spring, the campus has enjoyed a slow return of live performance, from the reopening of the Yale Repertory Theatre in February to in-person concerts at Yale School of Music. But the process has been a slow, unsteady one, forcing students, faculty, and staff to find innovative ways to convene with each other and communicate their art to audiences. They’ve produced online plays, staged virtual musical collaborations, recorded dance videos, and devised strategies that allowed technical crews to operate remotely.
More than two years since stages went quiet, we take a look back at some of these ways the Yale community found to keep performing.
“Together, we adapted,” said Yale School of Music Dean Robert Blocker. “And with the help of technology and even the availability of outdoor spaces on our campus, our students have been able to continue their impassioned work, albeit in less-than ideal circumstances.”
Finding the ‘mood in a Zoom room’
For the Theater and Performance Studies program, whose mission is grounded in live, embodied transmission of knowledge, the pandemic presented obvious and immediate barriers. During the first year of the pandemic, including the entirety of the 2020-21 school year, social distancing requirements prevented artists from rehearsing onstage and performing before audiences in theaters.
So in February, 2021, Emily Coates, professor in the practice of Theater and Performance Studies, helped launch a new project. “Transpositions: Dance Poems for an Online World” gave artists work and creative outlets, while fostering connections for students through space.
Created in collaboration with the Yale Dance Lab — a faculty-directed, co-curricular arts research initiative — in partnership with the Yale Schwarzman Center, the project connected students with 16 professional choreographers to create digital “dance poems.”
“The project helped us learn more about what the virtual space can and can’t do,” said Coates, who has a secondary appointment in the directing program at the David Geffen School of Drama. “‘Space-eating,’ a stage practice that enables performers to fly across a stage, which makes dance spectacular — is not an option, squeezed in a bedroom, dancing between your bed and dresser!”
But Coates and the other Transpositions collaborators found surprising possibilities of dancing on Zoom.
“Energy exchange is possible over Zoom — that was a clear lesson,” Coates said. “You can feel the mood in a Zoom room, and you can tune in to what another mover is putting out into the space, even on mute, by really listening to their energy.”
Theater Studies professors Nathan Roberts and Elise Morrison also explored some of the profound possibilities of digital performance. The pair co-taught a course during the spring semester in 2021 year called “Alone Together: Live Performance during COVID-19.”
“When Broadway shut down in March 2020, it didn’t seem clear how performance would continue,” Roberts said. “Elise and I noticed there were an astonishing amount of creative performance that occurred in the eight months immediately after that moment that was really worthy of attention and study.”
The course analyzed past digital works and culminated in an original live performance by two students over Zoom. The performance, titled “Camera-Ready,” explored themes of surveillance through a “choose your own adventure” style plot, allowing the audience to make choices that would influence the paths the show could take.
“Our hope in creating this class was to help students understand that the work emerging in the midst of the global pandemic was extraordinary, but that it was actually a continuation of a long lineage of digital performance,” Roberts said.
In his role as production manager for the curricular Theater Studies season, Roberts and his colleague, Technical Director Tom Delgado, helped students and faculty use technology to create an innovative and robust virtual theater season during the pandemic.
Working with Yale Information Technology Services, they set up remote network systems so that individual actors could access the theater while stage and tech crews worked remotely. These systems allowed directors, lighting designers, sound engineers, and stage managers to control digital equipment far from the stage.
In fact, for one show — a senior project by Chayton Pabich Danyla ‘21 called “Flores caídos” — a stage manager triggered lighting, sound, and camera cues using his smartphone. At the time he was in California. For this show, Pabich Danyla was allowed to work unmasked, in total isolation in the theater, while all other collaborators worked remotely. This show, which premiered in October 2020, was the first senior project of the 2020-2021 season, and the department’s first attempt at a virtual production.
“Our students are developing skills that are going to serve them in their work beyond Yale, because they’ve been practiced in crafting digital theater,” said Roberts. “It’s going to be another tool they can draw upon in making their own work marketable to producers, designers and directors.”
Finding silver linings
During the first year of the pandemic, student extracurricular groups also used hybrid formats. Rhythmic Blue, Yale’s hip hop-inspired dance group, learned dances on Zoom and recorded videos of their group dancing in-person and distanced in Beinecke Plaza. The group shared videos on social media, creating a series of virtual dance numbers.
“While connecting and dancing over Zoom was lovely, nothing beats moving together and feeding off each other’s energy in real life,” said Ke’ala Akau ’22, who served as co-president of Rhythmic Blue last year. “[But] during a time that often felt so physically isolating, I cherished the opportunity to simply be with people.”
The hybrid experience revealed some other silver linings.
“Learning movement over Zoom comes with its own challenges such as impaired visibility of the choreographer, directionality challenges, and missing out on nuances in the choreographer’s quality of movement,” Akau said. “This made it difficult to exactly match the choreographer. However, I believe these changes allowed for more interesting, stylistic interpretation of the movements which, as a choreographer, I loved seeing.”
This year, members of Rhythmic Blue were able to resume in-person semester showcases with reduced capacity and masked dancers and audience members.
COVID-19 also disrupted Yale’s vibrant a cappella community. By developing careful public health procedures, however, campus groups were able to resume in-person performances this spring.
The Yale Singing Group Council (SGC), an umbrella organization for a cappella groups led by four senior co-chairs, helped make it possible for a safe return to in-person singing by crafting protocols. This year’s season kicked off in early September with a hybrid concert in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall featuring 16 groups singing before prospective group members.
“The excitement and enthusiasm for a cappella from groups and prospective members this year was unlike any other I’ve seen,” said Grace Larrabee ’22, a SGC co-chair who is a member of the group Whim ‘n Rhythm. “The a cappella community on Yale’s campus is so special. I felt honored to have been a part of its return.”
All together now
During the 2020-21 school year, rehearsals for the Yale Symphony Orchestra (YSO) were performed virtually on Zoom, with groups of musicians split up by instrument.
Last fall, however, musicians were able to rehearse live and in real time, wearing masks. Featuring 93 members, the orchestra performs four concerts per year, plus specialty concerts such as the Halloween Show and a joint “Messiah” concert with the Yale Glee Club. Tickets for this year’s Halloween Show, which was held in person with restricted capacity, sold out in under a minute.
“The fact that musicians are able to gather in one place and make music again was a breath of fresh air,” said Supriya Weiss ’24, student president of YSO.
A few weeks into rehearsal last fall, Weiss relished the energy of returning to performance. “You can hear the excitement of the orchestra in every note we play. More than anything, this past year showed me the unwavering resilience of our musicians.”
At the Yale School of Music, during the early months of the pandemic students relied on online instruction and outdoor rehearsals in response to public health restrictions, said Dean Robert Blocker.
Now, nearly two years later, the School of Music is inviting audiences to witness the extraordinary musical gifts of students in person once again. Concerts at the Yale School of Music, which are held in venues such as Sudler Recital Hall, Morse Recital Hall, and Woolsey Hall, are now open to members of the public who are asymptomatic and vaccinated.
“Performing for live audiences is what drives and motivates us, and it is what inspires and offers hope to our audiences,” Blocker said. “For our students, whose optimism and spirit gave us the confidence to find a way forward during seemingly impossible conditions, this moment is well deserved.”
Article originally published at YaleNews: https://news.yale.edu/2022/05/06/performance-pandemic-how-yale-artists-adapted-life-during-covid
How Your External Appearance Can Increase Your Confidence if You’re a Woman
As women, we oftentimes get caught up on our physical appearance and how society perceives us. We find ourselves struggling with insecurities and constantly comparing ourselves to other women. However, what we sometimes forget is that approached in a healthy way, our external appearance can actually increase our confidence. When we look good, we feel good, and we present ourselves confidently in social or professional situations. In this blog post, you’ll take a closer look at the reasons why your appearance matters, how it can impact your level of confidence, and what practical tips you can apply on a daily basis to enhance your external appearance.
We’re increasingly told that what’s on the outside doesn’t matter, because it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And while women are becoming more empowered to embrace their own body size, shape and style, this doesn’t mean that external appearance doesn’t matter. On the contrary, viewing our external appearance in a healthy way can bring a whole host of positive benefits and knock on effects. Here’s why your external appearance can make a positive difference to your life, and how to make it the best it can be for you.
The Power of a Good Outfit
We’ve all heard the phrase “dress for success,” and it couldn’t be more true. The first time we meet people, they form an impression of us based on our appearance. Therefore, looking put together and wearing something that makes us feel confident is essential. A good outfit not only enhances your physical appearance but it also impacts the way you carry yourself and how you feel about yourself.
Tip: Take time to plan your outfits and invest in staple pieces of stylish womens clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Don’t forget to add a touch of your personal style to your outfits as well!
The Importance of Good Hygiene
Personal hygiene is a crucial aspect of your appearance that often goes unnoticed. Good personal hygiene goes beyond just taking a shower and brushing your teeth. It includes things like using deodorant, cleaning your nails, and taking care of your hair. Poor hygiene habits can impact your confidence levels and leave a bad impression on those around you.
Tip: Make a habit of taking good care of yourself and set aside time for self-care routines. Invest in quality hygiene products that work for your body and make you feel good.
The Significance of a Perfect Smile
Your smile is one of the most noticeable things about you, and it can drastically impact your level of confidence. Having healthy teeth and gums is not only essential for your physical health but also your mental health. A bright smile can help you feel more confident and comfortable in social settings and leave a lasting impression on those you meet.
Tip: Brush and floss your teeth regularly and visit a dentist for regular check-ups. Consider investing in teeth whitening treatments or fixing any dental issues that may be causing insecurities.
The Impact of Proper Posture
Posture greatly impacts the way you present yourself in different situations. An upright posture exudes confidence, while a slouching posture can make you appear uninterested or uncomfortable. Additionally, proper posture can have an impact on your physical health, reducing pain and improving bodily functions.
Tip: Practice good posture regularly and invest in things like ergonomic chairs or standing desks to improve your posture throughout the day.
Keeping your Body Fit and Strong
Exercising and staying physically active is important for overall wellbeing, and it can also enhance your external appearance. It’s not just about looking good in a bikini, but rather feeling healthy and strong. When you take care of your body by exercising and eating well, it shows through your external appearance.
Tip: Find an exercise routine that works for you and commit to it regularly. Remember that physical activity can be enjoyable and doesn’t have to be a chore.
Make Healthy Decisions
Your external appearance is not only impacted by the clothes you wear and the way you take care of your body. Making healthy decisions like limiting your alcohol intake and getting enough sleep can have an enormous impact on your physical appearance. Also choosing plenty of fruit and vegetables in your everyday diet will help keep your skin and general appearance looking good.
Tip: Make sure to get enough sleep every night, eat nutritious meals, and limit your alcohol consumption.
Analyze your Body Language
Body language is one of the most powerful communication tools. How you use your body can make an impression on those around you, and it can also have an impact on your own level of confidence. When we stand tall and keep our head up, we feel more confident in ourselves and others will perceive us as such.
Tip: Notice how you stand and sit, take note of your facial expressions and movements, and pay attention to the way you interact with others. Remember that non-verbal communication speaks volumes.
Take Care of Your Skin
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and taking good care of it is essential for your external appearance. Investing in quality skincare products and making sure to hydrate the skin will help maintain a glowing complexion. Also protecting yourself in the sun is important for maintaining a youthful and healthy complexion.
Tip: Develop a skincare routine that works for your skin type and include products like SPF, cleansers, serums, and moisturizers. Also make sure to get enough water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated.
As women, we need to recognize the importance of our external appearance and the influence it can have on our confidence levels. While we should always aim to feel comfortable and confident in our own skin, taking care of our physical appearance can enhance these feelings and make us feel even better. By investing time and effort into our hygiene, wardrobe, dental care and posture, we can present ourselves more confidently and make lasting impressions on those around us. So let’s start embracing our physical appearance and cultivating the confidence we deserve!
Understanding Vein Disease: Signs and When to Seek Help
Our veins are an essential part of our circulatory system, responsible for carrying blood back to the heart. However, just like any other part of our body, they are susceptible to disease. Vein disease, also known as venous insufficiency, affects a significant portion of the population in the Western world and can lead to a variety of painful complications. This article will introduce you to vein disease, common signs to watch out for, and what to expect when you visit a vein doctor.
What is Vein Disease?
Vein disease refers to a group of conditions that affect the veins, which are blood vessels responsible for carrying oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. Vein disease typically involves impaired blood flow and weakened vein walls. There are several types of vein disease, but the two most common ones are varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
Common Signs of Vein Disease
Varicose Veins – Varicose veins are the most known type of vein disease. They are not only a cosmetic concern but can also cause discomfort and pain. These enlarged, twisted veins are often visible beneath the surface of the skin, primarily in the legs. They may appear bulging, lumpy, or rope-like in texture. Varicose veins can cause aching, throbbing, or a heavy sensation in the legs. Discomfort may worsen after prolonged periods of sitting or standing. Some individuals may experience restless legs, a condition characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs due to discomfort.
Spider Veins – Spider veins are smaller, dilated blood vessels that can appear red, blue, or purple and are commonly found close to the skin’s surface. These clusters of veins may resemble spider webs or tree branches. While spider veins are generally harmless, they can be a cosmetic concern for some individuals. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are typically painless, but occasional mild itching or discomfort may occur.
Leg Pain and Discomfort – Vein disease often presents with persistent leg pain, aching, or cramping. The pain may vary in intensity from mild to severe and can interfere with daily activities. It is common for these symptoms to worsen after prolonged periods of inactivity, such as sitting or standing for long periods. Elevating the legs or moving around may provide temporary relief.
Swelling – Vein disease can lead to the accumulation of blood and fluid in the affected veins, resulting in noticeable swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet. The swelling may cause tightness or a feeling of heaviness in the affected limbs. It can make it difficult to wear shoes, and indentations from socks or clothing may linger on the skin for an extended period.
Fatigue and Heaviness – A common symptom of vein disease is a persistent feeling of leg fatigue or heaviness. Individuals may experience this sensation, particularly towards the end of the day or after prolonged periods of standing or walking. The legs may feel tired and weighed down, prompting the need to rest or elevate them for relief.
Itching and Skin Changes – Vein disease can cause itching and irritation of the skin around the affected veins. This may be accompanied by redness, inflammation, or a dry, flaky appearance. In more advanced cases, the skin may develop a reddish-brown discoloration known as hyperpigmentation. Additionally, chronic venous insufficiency can result in venous ulcers—painful open sores that form near the ankles or lower legs.
What to Do If You Suspect Vein Disease
Consult a Healthcare Professional – If you suspect you have vein disease or are experiencing symptoms, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis. Schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional, such as a primary care physician, a vascular specialist, or a vein specialist, who can evaluate your symptoms, perform a physical examination, and recommend appropriate diagnostic tests.
Share Your Symptoms – During your appointment, provide a detailed account of your symptoms, including their duration, severity, and any factors that alleviate or worsen them. This information will assist the healthcare professional in making an accurate diagnosis.
Diagnostic Tests – Based on your symptoms and physical examination, your healthcare provider may recommend diagnostic tests such as Doppler ultrasound or venography to evaluate the function and structure of your veins. These non-invasive procedures can help determine the extent and underlying cause of your vein disease.
Treatment Options – Treatment for vein disease will depend on the specific condition, its severity, and your overall health. Lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, weight management, and elevating the legs, can help alleviate symptoms. Your healthcare provider may also suggest medication or minimally invasive procedures like sclerotherapy or endovenous laser treatment to address underlying vein issues.
Follow-Up Care – Vein disease is typically a chronic condition that requires ongoing management. It is essential to follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations, attend regular check-ups, and report any changes in your symptoms. Open and regular communication with your healthcare team is crucial for the management of vein disease.
Vein disease encompasses a range of conditions that affect the veins, particularly in the legs. Recognizing the common signs, such as varicose veins, spider veins, leg pain, swelling, and skin changes, is vital for early detection and appropriate treatment. If you suspect you may have vein disease, consult a healthcare professional who can evaluate your symptoms, provide a diagnosis, and guide you towards the most suitable treatment options. By taking prompt action, you can improve your quality of life and prevent potential serious complications.
Seven Reasons Visuals Are So Effective in Advertising
Using visual elements and graphics has been a powerful part of marketing for many years. By creating an ad that is colorful, well-designed, and attractive, marketers are more likely to catch the attention of their potential customers as well as remain in their memory. Marketing teams and researchers spend a lot of time learning about the best ways to reach, influence, and impact their audience and have become highly successful. Researchers have found that one of the ways marketers can be most effective is by employing visual elements in their advertising. Visual marketing is highly effective for several reasons:
Visuals Grab Consumers’ Attention
Visuals can catch the attention of your audience quickly. In today’s world of advertising and information overload, catching and holding the attention of your audience and helping your ad stand out are among the essential elements of effective marketing. Creating attractive, simple, eye-catching visuals can help your advertising efforts stand out and be noticed. Using a social media or video marketing agency can help you to capture the attention of consumers, become a recognizable brand, and appeal to your target audience.
Graphic Elements Are Easy to Understand
Visual elements in advertising have the power to convey complex ideas or messages in a simple and concise manner. A well-designed visual, such as an infographic, can communicate a lot of information at a glance, making it easier for the audience to understand and remember the message being conveyed. Creating well-made visuals that bring a strong impact and deliver a message that people can quickly understand is key to utilizing visuals effectively.
Creating helpful value-add infographics that your customers can actually use, learn from, or benefit from is a powerful way to grow your audience. Consumers who agree with or appreciate the information in your graphics are likely to share it on their social media, and they are also likely to have friends who are similar to them. This is why using visuals will help organically promote your business, as well as help your audience feel heard and understood.
Visuals Can Have an Emotional Impact
Visuals can be a good way to create an emotional impact in your advertising. Emotions play a significant role in decision-making, and visual marketing can effectively influence the audience’s perception and feelings toward a brand or product. By creating emotional impacts in your audience, you can inspire them to make a decision today about your product, especially when coupled with a sincere and clear call to action.
There are many ways to add emotion and feeling to your visual elements and many different scientific principles that can help you do this effectively. By using colors, images, graphics, and design elements, visual marketing can tap into the viewer’s emotions, whether it’s joy, excitement, curiosity, or empathy.
Create Increased Engagement by Using Graphics
You can also use visual elements in your marketing to help generate higher engagement rates. People are more likely to share and comment on visual, engaging, and humorous posts on social media. In addition, visuals help catch consumers’ attention as they are flipping through magazines, watching television, or scrolling social media. By creating more engagement and catching the attention of more viewers, visual advertising helps spread your message, build a stronger connection with your audience, and foster brand loyalty.
In order to benefit from the increased engagement and connection that visuals can bring, be prepared to stay on top of your social media accounts. Make sure that you or your marketing team are regularly engaging with clients on social media by answering questions, responding to comments, and staying on top of customer concerns and complaints. This helps to close the engagement loop that your visuals create and keeps your customers feeling heard and connected.
Utilize Visuals for Information Retention
Visual components, graphics, and photographs have been shown to enhance information retention and recall. Studies have found that people remember information better when it is presented visually compared to text alone. Visuals can help create mental associations and triggers which can aid in memory recall, making both the message and your brand more memorable and impactful. This is one reason that brands work so hard to promote their logo and style. Remember to add your logo and name to all your visuals, and make sure that you have a cohesive style in your marketing. This can help your brand stay forefront in your audience’s memories.
Foster Cross-Cultural Appeal With Visuals
Visuals such as graphics, cartoons, and photographs have a universal language that transcends cultural and language barriers. They can communicate ideas and concepts without relying heavily on text, making them more accessible to a global audience. This is particularly advantageous in today’s interconnected world where brands aim to reach diverse markets. If you are trying to appeal to a cross-cultural or multilingual audience, use visuals to help create a cohesive and consistent style. No matter what language your advertisements are written in or what specific culture they are targeting, they should have some form of cohesion with your larger advertising campaign as a whole. This can help your brand become recognizable across many platforms and situations.
Logos and Color Can Help Create Your Brand Image
You can create a powerful, recognizable brand image by utilizing visual elements. Color, graphics, logos, and style can all be used to form a cohesive marketing strategy. By using visuals in a consistent, well-planned way, marketers can capitalize on brand recognition to help build momentum in their advertising. Visual elements are so powerful that many well-known brands no longer add their names to their television, online, or graphic advertising efforts, relying instead on their well-known logos, brand style, and colors to get their message and brand across.
Visual-based marketing works so well because it leverages the way the human brain naturally works. The human brain’s natural inclination towards visual stimuli helps advertisers effectively communicate messages over cultural and language barriers, helps to create a strong brand image, facilitates emotional decision-making, and creates powerful memories. Incorporating visual elements into marketing strategies can significantly enhance the effectiveness and impact of communication efforts.
Why Investing in People Should Be a Top Priority for Businesses
In today’s competitive business environment, companies need to do more than simply offer quality products or services. In order to thrive, businesses must also prioritize investing in their employees. When a company invests in its employees’ growth and development, it sets itself up for long term success. Not only does investing in people result in a more skilled and engaged workforce, but it also leads to higher retention rates and increased loyalty among employees. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about the many benefits of investing in your people and why it should be a top priority for businesses.
Many companies focus their financial planning on the business itself, in order to make the company grow and make more profits. This can involve investing in better infrastructure, developing new products and advertising to the right customers. Investing in people can be an afterthought, but it is often just as beneficial. After all, a company is nothing without the people who run it. So why exactly should investing in people be a top priority for businesses?
Increased Employee Engagement
When employees understand that their employer cares about their professional development, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work. When employees feel as though their contributions aren’t respected, they often disengage or burn out, ultimately resulting in lower productivity and higher rates of turnover. Investing in your people can help foster a workplace culture where employees feel valued and supported, leading to an increase in job satisfaction, employee morale, and a strong sense of commitment to the company.
More Niche Skills
As a business grows, there may be opportunities to hire employees with more specialized skills. Investing in people by providing training and development will allow the company to attract and retain high performing employees with the specific skills needed for the job. This can help a business become more agile, allowing it to adjust quickly to the changing demands of the market. Focusing on hiring employees with specific skillsets may require using an IT staffing firm to find the best talent. A new hire can help a business thrive and fill a skills gap and continue to build the in-house staff and abilities.
Retaining top talent is critical to business success, and investing in your people plays a significant role in keeping employees loyal to your company. Valued employees who feel supported are more likely to stay with a company long term, which is beneficial in all aspects of business, from productivity to building a great reputation in the industry. Investing in people involves providing opportunities for employees to develop their skills, learn new ones and progress in their career. If a company invests in them in this way, they are more likely to stay instead of seek new opportunities.
Employees who are regularly trained and upskilled will not only stay on top of the latest technology and trends but can also take on new challenges. When a company invests in its employees’ professional development and provides learning and development opportunities, they are laying the groundwork for continued growth, which is essential for businesses to remain competitive.
Stronger Company Culture
Investing in your employees can help create a strong company culture. When companies prioritize employee training, employees feel valued, and it can create a sense of community among co-workers. When reduced to its most basic form, company culture is how employees work together, and investing in your employees is a crucial way to mold your company culture into a positive, collaborative environment.
Improved Customer Satisfaction
A business is only as strong as its customer relationships and the loyalty they inspire. Companies that invest in their employees often find that employees are motivated to provide exceptional service and exceed customer expectations. By offering the necessary tools and resources, employees can become more effective in their roles, which can help improve the customer experience.
When employees have the necessary resources and training to stay up-to-date, they can come up with creative ideas that bring success to their company. Investing in people often leads to increased employee motivation, greater job satisfaction and improved productivity, all of which can lead to more innovative ideas that can help the business to grow. This will help put your business at the cutting edge of your field, and staff will want to share their ideas with the company if they feel valued.
Improved Internal and External Communications
Good communication is key in any business, and those who invest in their people create an environment where employees are comfortable to come forward with ideas or share their opinions. This helps to foster collaboration and encourages employees to work together on problem solving, thereby streamlining communication between departments and improving relationships with external stakeholders. Investing in people helps to create an open culture where everyone feels heard, and this can help to build a successful business. This positive feedback will make an impact both internally to other staff members, and externally to potential customers and investors.
Investing in your employees can help drive business growth and improve employee engagement, retention rates, skill development, company culture, and customer satisfaction. The benefits are clear, and businesses should prioritize investing in their people to remain competitive and successful. Whether it be offering training and development opportunities, providing a mentoring program, or simply communicating with employees and showing that their contributions are valued, investing in your people is a sound investment, and the returns are invaluable. It’s time to create a workplace culture where employees feel valued, and their professional growth is a priority for the company.