Erica Bass

Erica Bass
Erica is the Director of Administration at VTR, and a mom. She delights in challenging the status quo of how organizations run and how work happens, and is on a never-ending journey to make the workplace and culture optimal for human productivity + happiness. She enjoys good coffee, hiking, painting, and is also an enduring fan of The Walking Dead.

Recent Posts

Mental Fatigue in the Workplace

Posted by Erica Bass on 12/5/19 9:00 AM

 

We all experience mental fatigue in one way or another, whether we realize it or not. Have you ever had a brain lapse and experienced a scenario similar to the one below?

I take a seat back at my desk and glance down at my to-do list; I open my browser back up and navigate to Analytics… oh, wait.

I look down at the to-do list again… expense reports, right! Expense reports… I toggle through the files and open last month’s to use as a template. Ooo, nuts.com! I haven’t put in our snack order for next month yet, and it’s already… *clicks to open calendar* Oh yes, the 28th… *starts shopping online for office snacks*

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Topics: Tips + Tricks

How to Write a Blog

Posted by Erica Bass on 11/28/19 9:00 AM

 

As Switchfoot once sang, “If we’re adding to the noise, turn off this song.” If you don’t have a topic and an angle for blog writing, you are noise. Go brainstorm! 

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Topics: Tips + Tricks

Why Business Automation is Worth Your Time

Posted by Erica Bass on 11/21/19 9:00 AM

Could Your Job Be Automated?

Chances are, even as far as technology has come, your job couldn't be automated... BUT something you do on a regular basis probably could be. According to a 2017 McKinsey Global Institute study , less than 5% of all occupations are candidates for complete business automation using current technologies. However, the same study estimates that nearly 50% of all current tasks humans are paid to perform could be automated using already-existing technologies. Okay, so... what does that mean for us, the people whose tasks could be automated?! The answer is... a few things.
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Topics: career guidance, In the News, technology, Tips + Tricks, efficiency

Internal Communication - Backbone of Every Business

Posted by Erica Bass on 2/26/19 9:00 AM

The nervous system is an amazing thing. It’s how we think, how we move, how we plan, how we act. These processes should have many parallels with that of a company's internal communication.

Millions of tiny fibers sending bits of information back and forth, from the center to the ends and back. This allows the entire body to be constantly aware of what is happening internally and externally as well as permits the mind to interpret and react appropriately to all stimuli.

Does your organization run like that?

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Topics: communication

Winning back productivity from your weekly schedule

Posted by Erica Bass on 1/29/19 9:00 AM

 

I came in to work and did the same stuff week after week. Sometimes - who am I kidding - a lot of the time, I'd leave work with a longer list of the things I needed to get to than I had when I'd arrived. It made me feel like my productivity was lacking. I was on a five-day loop and never got past the weekly tasks to things that would further the long-term goals my team and I were so excited to reach, and I got tired of it.

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Topics: Time Management, Tips + Tricks, business meetings, productivity

Business Tools for SMBs

Posted by Erica Bass on 12/11/18 9:00 AM

In an increasingly online marketplace with business automation as the next frontier of every strategy, your company is only as strong as the business tools you are using. A business’s software "stack" decides how agile it can or cannot be, especially in making the most of available manpower. While that is crucial to the success of SMBs, it goes for larger businesses too.

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Topics: Business, marketing, technology, Tips + Tricks, efficiency

Exciting new updates from VTR (and a gift for you!)

Posted by Erica Bass on 6/6/18 1:51 AM

Thanks to great feedback from our customers and fans, we have been hard at work improving the experience our website and courses provide on every type of device. 

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Topics: continuing education online, courses, mobile-friendly, new release, online education, Uncategorized

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