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Chamber Blog

We're here to share business tips and reflect on the things that make Livingston Parish great.

According to the National Statistics Council, about 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings for the average employee. You may also be surprised to hear that nearly half of employees (47 percent) believe that too many meetings are the biggest waste of time on any day—more than social media or email distractions. That number may be higher in your business if you employ members of Gen Y and Gen X who have little interest in face-time exchanges that could be accomplished through technology.

Smart tech and advanced learning can help you cut costs, improve customer experience, and become more efficient. The cost with some of this tech is minimal. We’ll continue to see this advanced learning through AI and smart tech shape the business scene for even greater efficiencies and improved customer experience. What do you wish could be better automated or “smarter”?

According to the American Institute of Stress (yes, that’s a thing) and itsAttitudes in the American Workplace VII Report, 80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help handling that stress. If you’re one of those nearly 50%, we have a few productivity hacks that may help you tame an otherwise stressful situation.

When it comes to business writing, never stress about the grades you got in high school English class. Those have nothing to do with your ability to write for your business. Today’s business writing focuses on building connections not formal, persuasive arguments. Think about it as a written conversation you’re having with clients or customers. It’s an ideal way to help them out and assist them in getting to know you better.