Del Mar May Tries Turf For The First Time And Goes Gate To Wire To Win $59,000 Santa Anita Allowance Feature By 1 ¼ Lengths Under Franco; Trained By Baltas, She Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:02.83

first_imgDEL MAR MAY TRIES TURF FOR THE FIRST TIME AND GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $59,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER FRANCO; TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:02.83ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2020)–Well beaten in a Grade I sprint stakes opening day, Calvin Nguyen’s Del Mar May tried turf for the first time on Sunday at Santa Anita and she responded with a rousing gate to wire performance, winning by 1 ¼ lengths under Geovanni Franco.  Trained by Richard Baltas, the 4-year-old filly by Jimmy Creed got 5 ½ green furlongs in 1:02.83.“You can see on her form she’s run in some really nice races and she’s a nice filly,” said Franco, who was aboard for the first time today.  “She handled the grass well.  I didn’t know if we’d be on the lead, but it didn’t look like there was too much speed in there, so it worked out good.”Sixth, beaten 12 lengths going seven furlongs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes Dec. 28, Del Mar May was off at 4-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $10.20, $7.60 and $4.40.With today’s win, Kentucky-bred Del Mar May, who is out of the Distorted Humor mare Big Lou, is now 8-3-2-0.  The winner’s share of $35,400 increases her earnings to $175,451.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, An Eddie Surprise sat a close fourth to the quarter pole, split horses two from the fence a furlong out and was second best on the day, finishing 1 ¼ lengths clear of Devils Dance.  Off at 8-1, An Eddie Surprise paid $7.60 and $4.00.Devils Dance, who broke from the far outside, sat second, just to the outside of the winner into and around the turn and held third money, finishing a neck in front of 2-1 favorite Holly Hundy.  Ridden by Jorge Velez, Devils Dance was off at 6-1 and paid $4.40 to show.Fractions, set by the winner, were 22.63, 45.60 and 57 flat.Racing resumes with a three-day week on Friday at Santa Anita.  First post time is at 1 p.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Police file charges against SuperBet operators

first_img…GPF has no authority to institute such charges – lawyer…Magistrate adjourn matter, no charges readFollowing civil proceedings filed by Guiana Holding Inc at the High Court to reverse the decision of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), which requires that the company submits a certificate of Good Standing as a condition prior to the issuance of a Betting Shop License under the provisions of the Tax Act, several SuperBet operators specifically in the areas of Georgetown and the East Bank of Demerara were summoned to appear in court on Friday to answer charges filed by the Guyana Police Force (GPF).The Georgetown agents Devanand Singh, Rhonda Josiah, Kurt Sunich and Devendra Gangaran all appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, meanwhile, the East Bank agents namely: Roumayne Dunn, Lachman Fredrick, Jessica William and Hamauth Satayadeo appeared before the Providence Magistrate’s Court.At the case hearings, Attorney Anil Nandlall appeared on behalf of the operators and made preliminary objections to the charge being read to them, as well as an application that the charge be dismissed as an abuse to the process of the court. This, the lawyer said, is on the basis that the charges were instituted and are being prosecuted by the GPF, an agency that has no authority to proceed. The Magistrate did not read the Demerara charge but rather adjourned the matter to August 16, 2019. On that occasion, the prosecution is expected to disclose information regarding the authority which authorises them (GPF) to institute and prosecute the charge along with the identity of the person who reported the matter.After the court hearings, Nandlall in providing more details on the matters explained to media operatives that the only agency which has the authority to institute and prosecute such charges against these SuperBet operators is the GRA. On that note, Nandlall pointed out that it was confirmed that the GRA is unaware of the said charges.“I confirmed this morning (Friday) before going to court that the Guyana Revenue Authority is unaware of the charges, they did not authorise the police either to investigate, institute or prosecute these charges…The authority to do so is the GRA and the GRA has not authorised the prosecutions, and the charges are being prosecuted with improper methods to carry out a vendetta by someone powerful in Government and the GPF [is] being used as an instrument to this executive vendetta.” He stated.In addition, Nandlall underscored that pending the dismissal of the charges, the persons charged will be advised to sue the police and Attorney General for compensation of malicious prosecution.The matters are being heard before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Providence Magistrate’s Court and Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.last_img read more

College roundup: Lee equals school record in UCLA men’s golf win

first_imgUCLA won with a three-round total of 25-under 839, 28 strokes over Cal State Bakersfield (3-over 867). WOMEN’S GOLF BASEBALL Pepperdine 13, UC Irvine 2: Sophomore third baseman Chase d’Arnaud had twohome runs and a career-high six RBIs for the host Waves (11-3). USC 7, Loyola Marymount 1: J.J. Owen’s two-run single broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth as the host Trojans (10-7) swept a two-game series against the Lions. USC freshman Robert Stock (Agoura) drove in tworuns. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA sophomore Lucas Lee tied a school record in leading the Bruins’ Blue Team to the Cal State Bakersfield Invitational team title in men’s golf. Lee fired rounds of 65-67-70-202 and won medalist honors by four shots. His 54-hole score of 14-under tied the school record set by Duffy Waldorf (1985) and Jay Delsing (1981). center_img Junior Dewi Claire Schreefel fired her lowest round of the year – a 1-under 70 – to finish a season-best tie for second, leading USC to a third-place finish at the 2007 Arizona Wildcat Invitational hosted by the Arizona National G.C. in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona State won with a 16-over 868 in four rounds. USC shot a 29-over 88. Pepperdine tied for fifth with an 897 and UCLA was ninth (912). SOFTBALL UCLA 5, Loyola Marymount 2: Megan Langenfeld had two RBIs, and Anjelica Selden struck out 11 for the host Bruins (11-5) . CSUN 13-16, Siena 5-1 (DH): Amanda Peek went 6for 6 with seven RBIs in two games for the host Matadors (4-7-1). last_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: If you are looking for something fun for your children to do after school or on Saturday mornings look no further than The School Door!The School Door is a startup based in the CoLab in Letterkenny – and it was founded by Maggie Green earlier this year. Maggie is a primary school teacher (currently on a career break) and has a background in working with children with additional learning needs.Maggie has a particular interest in the areas of autism, Down Syndrome and Speech and Language Impairment and is currently completing an MSc by research in LYIT with a focus on language development.Maggie started The School Door when she was inspired by her partner’s bravery to take a job 9000 miles south of Donegal in Antarctica.Maggie told Donegal Daily, “When Danny left for Antarctica in October 2014 for an 18 month contract I just thought to myself if he is brave enough to do that then I can take a risk too!! “He’s due back in April next year and I can’t wait. I think he will be proud of the way that The School Door has been welcomed and received by Donegal!”The School Door has been going from strength to strength since it’s inception in April 2015 and LEGO Literacy, Numeracy and Early Engineering workshops are in high demand in schools all over Donegal.Maggie’s team also provides training to principals and teachers in the area of educational technology.Maggie and her team run after-school and Saturday morning LEGO workshops in a number of areas in Donegal and Northern Ireland too!The workshops are hands on learning experiences and cover a wide range of areas from literacy and numeracy to LEGO art, problem solving and early engineering skills.Maggie added, “The aim is to build collaborative working skills, communication and problem solving skills whilst having fun and learning. “The children who come to our workshops are engaged from start to end and the programmes are designed to challenge them not to think outside the box but to get rid of the box altogether!”.There has been great feedback from principals and children alike.Well-known radio presenter Colm Ferriter was delighted with the LEGO workshops The School Door ran in his school, “bhí Frances ar barr a réime mar láithreoir- dóigh iontach deas aici le na daltaí.Chuaigh na seisiúin i bhfeidhm orainn uilig go mór; smaoineamh maith Lego a úsáid mar ais teagaisc agus chun comhrá & plé a spreagadh, bhí lúcháir ar na páistí chomh maith. Thapaigh siad an deis samhlaíocht & cruthaitheacht s’ acu a úsáid”- Colm (Scoil Phádraig, rang 5 & 6)Glenswilly based principal Joseph Gallinagh had this to say about the educational technology training he and his staff  received from The School Door:“We at Glenswilly N.S. are delighted with the service which we have received from ‘The School Door’.“Maggie is a fountain of knowledge on all things digital and her enthusiasm has spread throughout the school.“We have received great advice and practical strategies for making school management more streamlined and efficient while teachers have a bank of recommended resources tailored to their needs.“It is a great testament that months later teachers are discussing and referring to the advice which they have received at our staff meetings.“Maggie is very approachable and is always on hand to solve and progress our ICT queries. She also maintains an unwavering enthusiasm as she politely attempts to drag a 20th century style principal into the 21st century!!”Letterkenny based principal Paraig Cannon sees a place for the The School Door in the digital landscape of schools,“I met Maggie Green on two occasions and I found her approachable, encouraging, and fired with ideas to enhance staff awareness and skills.“We have since agreed a time plan for staff development in the area of technology for the 2015 2016 academic year.“Digital schools require digital expertise. Boards of Management will have to outsource in order to up-skill its staff.“A need exists in the market and the demand is huge for a company profile that characterises The School Door.”If you would like to learn more about The School Door or if you would like to book in for one of their many LEGO workshops that will be running in January and February 2016 across Donegal visit their website www.theschooldoor.comVouchers are also available for the workshops!! ENTREPRENEUR LAUNCHES AMAZING LEGO WORKSHOPS was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesLegonewsThe School DoorWorkshopslast_img read more


first_imgSwilly Seals after winning the Swim Ulster P.T.L Division 3 last season.Swilly Seals A.S.C. got of to a magnificent start in their first gala of the Provincial Towns League division two. The gala was at home against Ballymena A.S.C.A lot of new talent took to the water in the younger age group and indeed throughout the ranks and did themselves proud with some fine wins. The Seals dominated from the start during the medley relays with a fine display of swimming and team effort. The individual races covering all four strokes and the individual medley saw both clubs share wins. This kept the scoreline close.The last events the freestyle relays saw the seals dominate again and take the majority of points leaving a 70 point gap between the club’s at the end of the two and a half hour event.The Seals notched up 607 points to Ballymena’s 537 to take victory in the first of five galas. This win is the clubs tenth gala in succession undefeated over the last three seasons. The next gala is at home again versus Lurgan on 24th October.A massive thank you to Ballymena for making the long trip to Letterkenny and for a very competitive and exciting meet. A huge thank you also to the committee, coaches, official’s, catering and parents and of course a big congratulations to the swimmers who were magnificent. SWIMMING: SWILLY SEALS GET GREAT START TO SEASON was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Swilly Sealslast_img read more


first_imgTis the season — to be mindful, according to Donegal Crime Prevention officer Sgt Paul Wallace.Sgt Wallace has compiled a list of tips for ensuring that our festive season is not turned into a festive nightmare. The lead in to the busy Christmas period is identified as an ideal opportunity to promote crime prevention and encourage awareness. Although it is the time of the year where the majority of us will practice the tradition of giving gifts, unfortunately the majority of burglars view it very differently and see the festive season as an opportune time to break into a home.To help prevent burglaries from happening over the festive season the Garda Community Relations Bureau would like to share the following tips.Going Away For the Festive Holiday• Avoid discussing any holiday plans or planned Christmas outings on any types of social media or in public where strangers may hear or view details of your absence from home. • Make your home look like someone is living in it.• Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.• Trusted neighbours and friends may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car in your driveway.• Leave important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe.• Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are traveling to your holiday destination. A work address will suffice if you want to label your luggage. • If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house.• Check the locks on any gates or sheds and upgrade/replace if necessary. Make sure anything that can be used by a burglar to gain entry to your property i.e. garden tools are safely locked away.• Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your house alarm if you have one.At Home • Lock and bolt your doors and windows.• If you used a ladder to put up outside decorations remember to put it away after, preferably in a locked shed. Remember bins and ladders could be used to access first floor windows by a potential burglar.• Remember never leave any presents or valuables where they can be seen by a burglar i.e. in view of a window! Consider putting presents under the Christmas tree early on Christmas morning.• Keep out any unwanted visitors ‐ it is always a good idea to have a door viewer or chain fitted to your front door especially in the holiday season where you are likely to receive more visitors to your home.• Consider fitting exterior lights with sensors in the garden and front of your house. This will help to deter a burglar as they are more confident when working in the dark.• If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it is delivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the door step.• Keep keys, mobile phones, purses, wallets and other valuable items locked away out of sight.• Don’t leave your keys in the door at any time.• Never leave keys in view of the windows or doors.• Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on view outside to advertise your good fortune to criminals.DONEGAL GARDAI HELP PUBLIC TO HAVE A SAFE AND CRIME-FREE CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmascrime preventiondonegalSgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more

Dept urges action on fuel security

first_img20 June 2008A senior official from the Department of Minerals and Energy has urged members of Parliament to approve the construction of a new multi-product pipeline between Durban and Gauteng province in order to avoid future liquid fuel shortages in the country.The department has also recommended to Cabinet several changes to improve South Africa’s capacity for streamlining its oil demand, which could involve costs of up to R1-billion – much of which would have to be carried by the fuel industry.Addressing the media in Cape Town this week, deputy director-general for hydrocarbons and energy planning in the department, Nhlanhla Gumede, warned that the costs to the economy would be far higher if the recommendations were not implemented, as South Africa could end up facing a liquid fuels shortage.He pointed out that by 2025, South Africa’s energy demands were likely to have doubled, with the country importing far more than it currently produces. The country had run out of surplus refining capacity by the end of 2006, he told Parliament.Fuel reservesOutlining a number of factors placing pressure on supply ahead of the completion of a new pipeline from Durban to Gauteng by 2010, Gumede said South Africa currently had capacity for only about eight to 10 days’ of fuel storage.In the case of airlines, the storage times were even shorter, with OR Tambo International Airport, for instance, having only five days’ of storage capacity. The international best practice standard is 30 days’ of stored fuel supply.Proposed solutions to this tight supply situation include enforcing obligatory stock holding levels in the airline industry, with every “customer group” being made to pay for its own stock holding.If nothing is done about the current situation, road freight would be severely over-utilised, said Gumede, outlining a scenario by 2010 where road tankers carrying fuel from the port of Durban to the country’s industrial heartland of Gauteng would be at the rate of more than 10 an hour.By the third quarter of 2009, South Africa would not be able to supply inland demand unless major changes were made, he said.The new pipeline being laid between Durban and Gauteng will have an initial capacity of 1 100 cubic metres of fuel per hour, rising to about 3 000 cubic meters of fuel per hour by 2025, when all pump stations along the Durban-Gauteng route are completed.Improving rail freightHowever, the rail system would have be to be improved in the meanwhile to ensure security of supply, with a proposal for a consolidation of the network by using, for instance, block trains as well as route substitution.The turnaround time for a container travelling from Durban to Johannesburg and back is currently around 14 days, said Gumede, adding that this needed to be reduced to four days, with an ideal of two days over the longer term.The country currently had “no choice” but to reduce this turnaround time down to four days at the most, he said, adding that investments in infrastructure such as rail sidings would have to be made to make this possible, with the additional costs to be carried by the oil industry.Other solutionsOther changes would also be needed, such as increased overtime and weekend work, while the government would need to examine the question of a more efficient rail system in the light of the country’s competition law.Outlining other possible solutions to refining capacity, Gumede said that while South Africa had a substantial capacity to manufacture coal-to-liquid fuels, a new coal-to-liquid plant – such as those operated by Sasol – would be needed every three to four years to supply 85 000 barrels of fuel per day.The Department of Minerals and Energy has also recommended that at least 30% of the country’s petroleum products be made from indigenous raw materials, be it from gas-to-liquid technology, biofuels or coal-to-liquid technology.In the meantime, the approval and implementation of the Multi-Product Pipeline Project was “a matter of urgency”, Gumede told members of Parliament.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Absa academy builds financial skills

first_img4 October 2011Banking group Absa has successfully trained the first group of financial advisers through the Absa Insurance and Financial Advisor Academy, as part of its efforts to develop skills and create jobs in South Africa’s financial services sector.The academy recruits trainee financial advisers in line with business requirements. Since its establishment, there have been three intakes, namely, in October 2010, February 2011 and October 2011.The first group of the trained financial advisers will now be integrated into Absa, where they will provide much-needed financial advice to clients.“This will complement the number of advisers who will be able to provide informed financial services advice to existing and potential customers and, thereby, boost the culture of savings and investments in our country,” said Izak Smit, managing executive for Absa Distribution, the business unit that houses the academy, in a statement this week.“Established in 2010, the academy presents us with an opportunity to grow our own talent from grassroots level in order to meet the scarce and critical skills in the financial services sector.”Coaching and mentoringDevelopment managers with extensive financial planning skills, knowledge and extensive industry experience, coach and mentor the trainee financial advisers in all key aspects of financial advice.The trainees undergo a rigorous and intense programme to allow them to develop the skills needed to assume the responsibilities expected of a competent financial adviser, while ensuring that they comply with the requirements of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act.“This marks a very significant milestone in the relatively short existence of the academy as it will continue to develop high-calibre, professional advisers with the necessary skills and competencies who will be able to meet the evolving needs of our clients,” said academy head Rabbia Sarang.“In providing industry-recognised training to our financial advisory staff, Absa is ensuring that our academy will ultimately benefit the investment choices and portfolios of our customers.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How to Manage Happy Remote Marketing Teams

first_imgUber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Related Posts I’m Ben Aston, a digital project manager and founder of The Digital Project Manager, one of the fastest growing online resources for digital project managers. I’ve been in the industry for over 10 years at top digital agencies including Dare, Wunderman, Lowe and DDB. I’ve delivered everything from video virals to CMS, flash games, banner ads, eCRM and eCommerce sites across automotive, utility, FMCG, and consumer electronics brands. 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Building an exceptional marketing team has always been a trying task unto itself. Happy marketing teams will come to the table with invigorating ideas, thought-provoking questions, and a ready-to-hustle attitude. As a project manager, you want to keep your “big ideas” people happy so that they continue to produce the best work possible.Leading a top-notch marketing team with a fleet of remote, or partially remote, workers adds a host of new challenges to the mix. CNBC reports that up to 70% of employees now work remotely at least once a week. That means on top of daily face-to-face issues present in any place of work, you must also consider distance-specific problems like communication, daily task management, and the sharing of resources.That being said, your company will actually benefit by making your team happy. The American Psychological Association did a study that found that happiness actually leads to success. Similarly, a Stanford study notes that positive emotions make you better at motor control, memory, problem-solving, focus, and attention. Knowing this, you can’t afford an unhappy team.How to go about managing a remote marketing team and making them happy isn’t an exact science. Experimenting with different strategies and digital solutions will eventually reveal the formula that works best for you and your team. In saying that, there are some basic steps you can take to get the ball rolling.1. Foster CommunicationIf you want to keep your remote marketing team happy, make sure communication is convenient and seamless. Make sure everyone knows one another by name and face, even if they work across the world from one another. There are different avenues of communication you need to consider for remote marketing teams:E-CommunicationKnow your e-communication strategies and convey the best way for remote marketing teams to reach you and reach one another. Teams that can’t communicate will be unhappy for various reasons. They may feel isolated and uninspired, on one hand, and on another, they may feel frustrated that they keep hitting communication roadblocks while trying to manage complex task lists. In order to keep your team happy, come up with some basic communications guidelines, like what kind of messaging system is best for what kind of message. Is email better for longer queries, while in-app comments are best for quick updates? Make sure your remote marketing team doesn’t feel like they are running in circles or repeating themselves ad nauseam when trying to post a project status, update, or question.Face-to-Face CommunicationWhile this might mean the occasional in-person work retreat or meeting, it doesn’t have to be so drastic (or expensive). Tools like Skype and Google Hangouts are the new “face-to-face.” There is no real replacement for face-to-face communication and your remote marketing teams will be happy that you’ve made an effort to be present. We can be doing a thousand things while firing off another email or text-based communication, but face-to-face communication asserts that all of your attention is on them. Your remote marketing team will be happy to know that they can reach you (or one another) in this manner when back-and-forth emails are ineffective or cumbersome.Emergency CommunicationSomething went wrong, it’s the middle of the night, and your team needs to start working on a fix pronto. What’s the line of communications for taking action fast? You need to set your remote marketing team up for success in order to maintain a level of happiness and wellbeing even in times of crisis. In fact, remote teams will be particularly put to the test when under pressure. Keep your team happy by putting emergency protocol into place before there is an incident, not during.You will also want to clarify the best modes of communication should part of your team need an unexpected few days off due to medical issues or a family emergency. Making sure your team is taken care of both at their best and at their worst moments will make them feel supported, secure, and therefore happier. Setting your team up on Slack or Hipchat could be just what everyone needs to feel prepared.2. Provide Job ResourcesAny marketing team needs a host of different software, free and paid, in order to succeed at their job. They might need research tools, analysis tools, project management systems, communication software, and a host of other things. When working with a remote marketing team, you’ll need to invest in ways that keep your projects connected and organized. This will keep your remote marketing team happy—as well as yourself.Marketing Project ManagementMarketing project management tools, like 10,000ft or Clairzen, will keep your marketing team happy because everything they need to get the job done is found in one place. This prevents tab-hopping between different products that each do a tenth of what your marketing team needs. By cutting out unnecessary administration, like copy-pasting the same data across different disconnected elements, your team will be freed up to focus on more important tasks. What kind of software your teams needs depends on their day-to-day agenda, which only you and your team know. Do you need time and expense tracking? Project management? Reporting dashboards? Resource management? Invoicing? Something else altogether? Do your own marketing project management software comparison to decide what your team needs most to keep them happy, efficient, and productive.Use Portfolio Planning ToolsYou want your team to keep growing and succeeding, obviously. And most of them probably want that, too. But an ever-scaling portfolio of projects and programs can get unwieldy and overwhelming, particularly when managing a remote team that can’t pop into your office with questions and concerns as the business grows and develops. In order to keep your remote marketing team happy, you may need to invest in portfolio planning tools in order to navigate growth and new projects in an accessible, trackable manner. This is like taking a high-level view of all the projects and programs that are in your network. Being able to “see the big picture” is important for making your remote marketing team feel like they are an integral part of the company and not just another brick in the wall.Professional Development Opportunities Investing time, resources, and training into your remote marketing team will emphasize that you see them as a cohesive whole. Remote workers may feel disconnected to the company because they aren’t in the office every day, using desk space and drinking the free coffee. It’s important to offer them training and development options, just as you would an in-house worker. While there are many benefits to being a remote worker, it also means giving up your personal space, computer or laptop, cell phone, and so on, for work, which would otherwise be provided by the company if you were on-site. Acknowledge this by offering different development resources to your remote marketing team. They will be better employes for taking a digital marketing course or going to a conference in their area of expertise. Webinars are another way to bring everyone together for a learning session that can make them feel happier and supported as employees, no matter the distance. Encourage Work-Life BalanceWork-life balance can be tough with remote marketing teams because hours are often flexible, personal technology is often tied to work (work email on a personal smartphone, for example), and there are no locked doors to people from “coming in” on a weekend or holiday. While you can’t force your remote marketing team to unplug and take a break, you can do a few key things to ensure that they have a proper work-life balance.Health and Wellness Seeing as you are managing a remote team, having a gym facility “at the office” doesn’t make a lot of sense. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t offer your team some sort of health and fitness benefit. Whether this is through health insurance options or other avenues, make sure that your team can focus on their mind and body wellness when needed. Exercise has a host of positive benefits, one being that it boosts your mood. Making exercise, and other health amenities, readily available to your team encourages them to engage in activities that are natural mood boosters. Other options you can consider include: message coverage in health care packages or expensing standing desks for the staff.Events, Tickets, and PerksAnything that encourages members of your team to take a night off to rest, relax, and have fun, will contribute to them feeling happier. A monthly raffle for concerts, sporting events, or even a simple night at the movie theater, can make people feel valued. Anything that shows you have gone out of your way to treat your team will instill feelings of gratitude and contentment. Not only will they appreciate a free gift but they will appreciate the time you took out of your busy day to organize a fun event. Small gestures like this will not be lost on your team. If your team works in vastly different locations, you can also consider giving away a Ticket Master or Amazon e-giftcard. Let People Unplug Encourage “unplugging” for designated holidays and let people know that it’s okay not to check their email on vacation. Taking breaks to recharge will not only make your employees happier but will result in them doing better work. Put plans into place for appropriate coverage so that team members can take a vacation without feeling pressured to check-in to do tasks no one else can handle in their absence. Like I mentioned in the “Communication” section above, being able to reach one another in case of an emergency is still important. However, know what is an actual emergency and what merits taking people away from their family dinner or holiday plans. Also, don’t forget to lead by example. If you are working around the clock, even weekends and STAT holidays, then your team may be pressured to, as well. ConclusionMost project managers want their teams to be happy. What some people don’t realize, though, is that happiness must be achieved and earned. Big companies like HubSpot, Netflix, and Google have already realized the value of happy employees, as they were rated as the companies with the “happiest employees” in 2018. If these tech and marketing giants see the benefit of boosting employee happiness, then shouldn’t you too? If you still don’t know where to get started, try asking your employees for feedback: What do they need to feel happier and more satisfied in their work life? What can you do to improve their day-to-day workload? What are some things they struggle with as a remote employee, and how can the company help them to overcome these things?Do they have enough tools at their disposal? Are the tools they have working well?How do they feel about their current work-life balance? What is one thing they would change at the company if they could?Do they feel like they are being heard and valued? Use what you learn to build an e-workplace that caters to the needs of its employees, just as it would an important customer or client. Happy remote marketing teams produce better work. Give some of these suggestions a try and watch the boost in morale that they may inspire. center_img CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Ben Astonlast_img read more