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Mindfulness has become a trendy word used in and out of the workplace. While each person may define and practice it differently, it generally refers to focusing attention on the present moment. You may be thinking how can I be mindful at work when my job is so stressful? That’s a problem many have. But mindfulness, and mindfulness practices, can help reduce this stress. Being mindful at work means you are consciously present and notice…

As an agency, you have the important responsibility of protecting the private information about your business and the clients you serve. But how can you make sure that your client data is safe? It’s not uncommon for an agency’s employees or contracted workers to access sensitive data and information from multiple devices to do their job – whether it’s on their mobile devices, laptops, or tablets. Many agencies now operate with distributed team members who…

By Cynthia Guzmán, Product Designer at Gain For any company growing quickly or changing direction, a rebrand is an excellent opportunity to focus in on what is resonating with your customers and to build a stronger connection with them. Teams that work together in the same location can organize in-person brainstorming and collaboration sessions to share design ideas and feedback. But for distributed teams, undergoing an entire redesign remotely can seem overwhelming and challenging. Our…

Becoming a manager for the first time is both exciting and nerve-wracking. You want to prove that you can lead and also keep everyone on the team happy. Especially if you’re promoted and have to manage people that you at one point were on the same level as, management can be tough. There are steps to take to ensure a smooth transition. For someone who is hired to lead a brand new team or for…

Distributing a workload is most manager’s top priority. Figuring out a way to get everything done, on time, and in the right way is difficult. Most agencies are comprised of a varying set of skills and team members who work at different paces. Managers often find it difficult to distribute a workload fairly and effectively. There are common mistakes managers make when divvying up the work. These mistakes mean less collaboration and reduced cohesion within…

Not all team members pump out work at the same rate. There are some on the team that have very fast turnovers and others that lag behind. Sometimes there is someone on the team that is very slow…too slow. This can be a delicate situation because you don’t want to put more pressure on this person and cause even more delays. However, it’s a situation that should be dealt with in order to keep up…

Today we’re excited to announce the biggest Gain update yet: a new look and new collaboration tools to supercharge your team’s workflow and get more done! The first thing you may notice is that we gave our brand a face lift! We put a lot of love into our new logo, and we hope you love it as much as we do. 😄 Our new look and new logo represent the core pillars of our…

Maintaining an updated, highly-engaging Instagram page requires many manual steps. Because Instagram still has strict rules for third-party and automation tools, it’s not possible to automate your Instagram marketing entirely. There needs to be someone on the team who can produce high-quality photos and videos, someone who can write catchy captions to accompany the posts, and someone to review the content before it’s shipped off to clients for final approval. Whether your agency handles Instagram…

With team members distributed across multiple countries, our team is no stranger to working together from a distance. But as we’ve opened up to hiring team members who aren’t physically in the same location, we’ve learned it can be challenging to collaborate when you don’t see each other every day. Therefore, we’re constantly seeking new ways to improve how we work together. As we’ve scaled our team over the years, we’ve collected a great deal…

The holiday season is officially upon us. It’s the time of year for family, friends, and eating copious amounts of food. However, if your team doesn’t plan ahead, the pumpkin pie might not taste as sweet. The holiday season can be a busy time, so it’s important for your team to prepare. Here are four ways your team can best plan for your time away from the office and ensure you get the holiday rest…