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Give Yourself A Break

March 17, 2021


This Google add-on gives you the break you deserve

Nobody will argue that the epically unplanned WFH experiment is great for productivity. In fact, remote employees are almost 50% more productive than those working in-person. 

But they're also more burnt out. Probably because work-life balance is still sitting at the office with that plant you promised you'd go back for.

Take back your time with BreakBot

We get it - if you're anything like us, your calendar is filling up weeks in advance. And you're having a hard enough time stepping away to grab a coffee, eat lunch, or even go to the bathroom. Let alone disconnect at the end of the day. 

But all this only adds to the burnout. Luckily, there's an easy trick for preventing it: take a break. Specifically, a 15-minute break every 90 minutes.

I know - when exactly are you supposed to take said break?

Enter BreakBot. AKA the free Google Calendar add-on that automatically puts breaks on your calendar. That way, you don't have to worry about your day filling up. Because even if it does, you'll still get the break you deserve!

👉 Download the free add-on.


Zapier wants you to never code anything…

When you get your hands on Zapier, and someone asks you to code...

...if you don't want to, that is! But this is nothing new. Zapier has been leading the no-code movement with their "just a few clicks" integration software since 2011. And last week, they acquired Makerpad, a no-code community, to double down on the mission. 

Just like it sounds, this movement is looking to create software that empowers people with zero coding skills to do programming stuff - using a simple visual interface. And by 2022, this movement is projected to be worth $21.2B (up from $3.8B in 2017). 

But as of right now, even no-code apps take some skills. For example, Zapier doesn't suggest which apps you should integrate to make the automated processes happen. Or how to set them up. 

How do I do that?

So, education communities like Makerpad pick up the slack. For the last 2 years, the no-code community has taught people exactly how to leverage apps like Zapier for their business. 

The acquisition makes total sense for both companies. Zapier just hit 1.5M users and $140M ARR, but this will almost surely unlock exponential growth. And Makerpad doesn't have to go through the trouble of raising funding. 

All while both companies can pretty much continue doing their thing. And your no-code experience gets easier (which is the whole goal of everyone involved). 

👉 Get all the deets on the deal.


The best hiring process (from start to finish)

Your hiring process matters big time! That’s because you’re not just filling desks. You’re investing in the people who will keep your business running. 

So you’ll want to hire people who are awesome at what they do and who will stay for the long haul. 

But how do you consistently bring in the best candidates? With a standardized hiring process!

The hiring process timeline

That way, every candidate will get the same experience - making it easier to secure top talent that will stick around. And you can make sure you’re hiring your ideal teammates every time.

Here’s how: 

  • Prepare to hire. This is 50% of the entire process (which includes creating a hiring checklist, tapping in key stakeholders, and writing a job description)
  • Post the role. And rather than waiting for ideal candidates to come to you, reach out to them via LinkedIn
  • The interview process. Usually, 3 to 5 interviews are ideal. And make sure each interview focuses on different topics so it doesn't feel like Groundhog Day
  • Have them do a project. You’ve heard your candidate talk the talk. Now, curate a role-specific project to see if they can walk the walk
  • Review the candidate. Send a feedback form to your interviewing team to hear their thoughts on the candidate's skillset and fit with company culture
  • Check references. Of course, they’ll probably only say nice things. But you want to make sure that their ex-coworkers think they’re as great as you do
  • Make the offer! Give them a rundown of pay and benefits. And when they accept, set the start date, and immediately start prepping for their onboarding!

👉 Get a full breakdown of the best hiring process.


Other news you'll want to know

  • Quick heads up before you share your next #WFH selfie - hackers have been using people's home office selfies to capture personal data. (Thank us later.) 
  • Okta, the access management giant, just acquired Aut0 for $6.5B to expand its identity business. (P.S. Use Okta? Use it to log into Trainual! Try for free.)
  • Hi, welcome to the Club(house)! You'll probably notice it's loud in here - so here's the entrepreneur's guide for cutting through all the noise. 
  • Google better watch out! Neeva, an ad-free search engine founded by former Google ads exec Sridhar Ramaswamy, just secured $40M in Series B funding.
  • Next month, Thasunda Brown Duckett will step in to head TIAA - marking the first time in history where a Black CEO succeeded another at a Fortune 500 company.
  • It sucks when repetitive processes clog up your business. So learn how to automate them with custom tech in today's webinar. Save your spot.

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