2017 was a good year for many businesses, including my own. I earned a few bucks, brought on a few more clients and – most importantly – learned a few things. Here are just a few bits of knowledge gleaned from the past twelve months that should help all of us navigate through the next twelve.
1. Keep your hands to yourself.
Oh, and whatever you’re thinking…don’t say it. Keep your mouth shut. Don’t touch. Don’t comment. Don’t talk about anything but business. Do I even need to write this? Apparently I do because some of the country’s most well-known business leaders, politicians and celebrities haven’t been doing this. I know that the great majority of men do know how to behave with their female colleagues and employees. But for the rest of you…stop.
2. If you’re not prepared for ransomware, you’re going to get screwed.
Ransomware is the first malware where its makers can actually make money. Guess that’s why it’s now a multi-billion dollar a year industry and is expected to explode in 2018. Chances are you will be attacked. Update your security software. Get your people trained. Subscribe to an online backup service.
3. People who complain about millennials are idiots.
“They’re lazy! They don’t work hard! They’re soft! They’re not reliable!”
Oh, stop it. The millennial generation now makes up about half of the working population. Sure, these people have different (and in my opinion healthier) priorities about work-life balance. But it’s not up to them to adjust. If you want to attract the best talent to your company it’s you who has to adjust. And besides, weren’t your parents saying the same about you when you were their age? And their parents about them?