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The Bike Industry Soars Post COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been detrimental to the majority of outdoor gear manufacturers. However, the bike industry has been set up to thrive, as more and more people are looking for activities outside of their homes. Bikes sales have been so successful, in fact, that retailers struggled to keep inventory in stock to meet the consumer demand.  Both e-Commerce and brick-and-mortar sales have skyrocketed since March. On the e-commerce side,

How to Consolidate Your Marketing Efforts & Streamline Your Revenue in 2020

When it comes to marketing strategies, many businesses are too spread out. Whether it’s contracting a graphic designer who lives out-of-state, outsourcing marketing strategy to an outside agency, or relying on a single in-house social media specialist to push out the materials, it’s difficult to have your marketing team on the same page and cultivate an organized approach when everyone is all over the place.  However, bringing the task of

How to Hire Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

Emotional intelligence has emerged as a key strategy for success within the workplace, replacing the idea that an employee’s success is completely tied to their skill set. It’s not enough to simply have a wide array of “hard skills,” like being a hard worker, smart, bold, and willing to take risks. Those who are great communicators, collaborators, and who value teamwork over going at it alone have proven to be

Great Off-The-Beaten-Path Mountain Biking Destinations

Mountain biking is unique in that it offers both physical and mental benefits. Of course, extended mountain biking is a great way to get in shape, but the mindful focus required can also help clear the mind and leave you refreshed. And a big factor in completing a physically and mentally beneficial ride is the lack of crowds. Uncrowded trails, unfortunately, are becoming harder to find these days as more

6 Steps To Strategically Grow Your Business in 2020

When it comes to running a successful business, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day details and operations of simply surviving, especially in 2020. Without a strategic growth plan driven with quality data, it’s nearly impossible to grow your business. Leadership teams find themselves being reactive, in a continuous cycle of putting out fires rather than preparing for change and following a well orchestrated plan.  Simply going through

7 Ways to Foster Healthy Competition in the Workplace

Competition in the workplace is imperative for growth and success. That competition must remain healthy, however, in order to foster growth and creativity. When too much competition sparks a dip in morale, increased stress, and backstabbing amongst employees, it becomes a detriment to the company. “Whether professional musicians or school children, studies have shown competition fuels creativity and even improves the quality of the work produced. More than that, the
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Outdoor Participation Springs Back in Wake of COVID-19

Outdoor participation has declined in recent years, with screen-time taking priority over outside time for Americans. The Outdoor Foundation’s 2019 Outdoor Participation Report indicated that just over half of Americans recreated outside at least once in 2018, however, that left nearly half of the population choosing to stay inside, exclusively. With the advent of new digital technologies and the rise of distractions like smartphones, streaming services, and social media, Americans

How COVID-19 Could Impact the Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap has been an ongoing issue that is only exacerbated by increased unemployment brought on by the pandemic. According to the the statistics from the Department of Labor, unemployment peaked in April This was the highest rate and the largest month-over-month increase in the history of the data. These numbers disproportionately impacted women with a rate of 16.2% percent, versus 13.5% for men.  Businesses may finally be

The Impact of Hiring a Diverse Workforce

The benefits of developing a workforce with different backgrounds and experiences go far beyond just cultural diversity. It doesn’t matter if you are a huge company or just a few people working out of home offices, a diverse workforce will positively impact not only the quality of your output but also your company culture.  Companies being open to hiring employees from all sorts of different backgrounds regardless of race, religion
5 Tips To Keep Remote Team Members Engaged

5 Tips to Keep Remote Teams Happy and Engaged

COVID-19 has changed the landscape for many businesses and workers. Here are a few tips on managing a remote team in the short and long term. Due in part to COVID-19, successfully building and managing a remote team is now a critical part of any business strategy. But fear not. OUTRIGGER ADVISORY GROUP is here with some best practices and tips to keep your team happy and healthy. Remote work