+ Porto to Host WordCamp Europe 2020 #WCEU

Porto to Host WordCamp Europe 2020 #WCEU

Next for WCEU is Porto, Portugal! WordCamp Europe has a new home! For its eighth edition, WCEU will take place in Porto, Portugal on 4-6 June 2020.

WCEU travels to a new European host city each year, and for 2020 WCEU is in for a real treat. A cosmopolitan city with more than 1,000 years of history, Porto is an eclectic mix of ancient and modern. It’s a charming city with a reputation for being warm and friendly, and has been highlighted as a desirable travel destination by media around the world.

The entire event, including Contributor Day, two Main Conference Days and the After Party, will take place in the same state-of-the-art venue.

Porto to Host WordCamp Europe 2020 #WCEU

The venue

Venue: Super Bock Arena / Pavilhão Rosa Mota.
Address: Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Located in the heart of Porto, the Arena is a modern, flexible venue with stunning views that provide a truly unique perspective of the city.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, filled with exotic trees, shrubs, lakes, towers, paths and fountains, the venue has a picturesque backdrop and the best views of the city across the Douro river and with a panorama of Porto’s stunning landscape and history.

Super bock arena – Pavilhão rosa mota
Super Bock Arena – Pavilhão Rosa Mota

The city

What everyone is saying about Porto

Recommended as a must-see destination, tales of treasured experiences are featured in newspapers, magazines and online sites across the world.

Having been awarded Best European Destination multiple times, Trip Advisor considers Porto as the Top Destination on the Rise in Europe and third in the entire world.

Porto is also home to the largest Portuguese university, with more than 25,000 students who bring a wealth of bright youth and innovation to the city.

Visually, it is beautiful. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with medieval townhouses, gothic palaces and baroque churches adorned with exquisitely handcrafted “Azulejos” tiles. It also boasts some of Europe’s most relevant contemporary architecture.

Making headlines for all the right reasons, Porto will be a fitting location for WCEU 2020, but don’t just take it from us. Here’s what everyone else says about Porto.

  • Porto is the Most Instagrammable Destination in 2019, according to Kayak
  • The best place in the world for making friends, according to TimeOut
  • Porto, a magical moment of rejuvenation, by The Telegraph
  • There’s a new hot destination in Portugal and it’s Porto, by Forbes
  • Walking around town is like visiting a free museum, writes CultureTrip, nominating Porto the second best city to visit in 2019
  • Porto is the hottest European city you haven’t heard of, by Business Insider
  • This charming city combines the best of old and new, on New York Times
  • The Portland of Portugal, on New York Times

The event

The event takes place from 4-6 June 2020 and there are plenty of ways to get involved. You can make your mark on WCEU 2020… the Call for Organisers is now open!

Keep an eye out for the WCEU Roadmap, detailing when ticket sales open, as well as Call for Speakers, Call for Sponsors, and other key dates for your diary.

After Party

Toasting to (and with) Porto for WCEU 2020

Home of the world-famous Port wine, Porto is a place where you can eat well and drink better, so we look forward to sharing a toast at our After Party on 6 June 2020.

Until then, enjoy the After Party in Berlin as we see off WCEU 2019 in style.

+ Day Two of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU

Day Two of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU

The second day of WordCamp Europe 2019 is on! WordCamp Europe 2019 has a packed schedule with three main conference tracks and three workshop tracks. Enjoy additional content such as WP Cafe and Wellness at WCEU, or you can hang out in the hallway track and get to know your fellow attendees. There’s something for everyone!

Workshop registration 

Pick up tickets for workshops on Saturday from 8:30. Each attendee can sign up for two workshops per day, and all workshops are free. Learn more about registering for workshops.

Meet Speakers 

Find out who will take to the stage at the event by browsing WCEU list of Speakers.

Meet all Sponsors 

Get to know the generous Sponsors that support WCEU and make the event possible.

Connect to WiFI 

WiFi: WCEU
Password: WCEU2019

Join the conversation 

Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #WCEU. You can also tag @WCEurope in posts.

Swag 

  • Swag Desk: Pick up your WCEU t-shirt from 14:00. Location is #11 Registration.
  • Swag Store Pop-Up: Shop the Swag store until 17:00, and pick up your pre-order if you took advantage of the online discount. Location is #57 at the end of the Small Business Sponsors area.

What else is happening at WCEU?

  • Charity Drop: donate WordCamp t-shirts you no longer need to charity.
  • Contributing Area: keep contributing to WordPress or get some work done.
  • Community Help Desk: get a site health check and answers to all things WordPress.
  • Info Desk: your go-to place for information during the event.
  • Wellness at WCEU: mindfulness, yoga and meditation sessions.– WP Cafe: connect and chat about a range of topics.

Quick links 

Schedule 22 June 2019


Livestream 

Watch the event from the comfort of your own home or wherever you like! Click the link, and you will be directed to YouTube.

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

WP Cafe

WP Cafe 22 June 2019

Wellness at WCEU

Wellness at WCEU 22 June 2019

Reminder: What’s coming up

Everything you need to know, from early check-in on Thursday ’til the After Party on Saturday.

– Warm-up events on Wednesday 19 June
– Contributor Day on Thursday 20 June
– Main Conference Days on Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June
– After Party on Saturday 22 June from 19:00
– Post-WCEU WP Meetup on Monday 24 June

What else is happening during WCEU?

– Charity Drop: donate WordCamp t-shirts you no longer need to charity.
– Contributing Area: keep contributing to WordPress or get some work done.
– Community Help Desk: get a site health check and answers to all things WordPress.
– Info Desk: your go-to place for information during the event.
– Wellness at WCEU: mindfulness, yoga and meditation sessions.
– WP Cafe: connect and chat about a range of topics.
– WordPress Workshop for Kids during Contributor Day for ages 8-14.

After Party

WCEU After Party this year takes you back to the 80s. 
Badge is required for entry. Dressing up is optional.

Food will be available, but we recognise that many may want to have dinner out with friends and colleagues then join the After Party later. Keeping food waste to a minimum, we will only serve food at the beginning of the After Party.



How to use the WCEU PWA

Here is a FAQ on using the new PWA for #WCEU 2019 to access live information while you are at the conference.

What is a PWA?

PWA stands for Progressive Web Application.

It’s a website that has been enhanced to look and feel as though it were an app you have downloaded from an app store. WCEU has created a PWA for the 2019 conference. You will be able to view content optimised for your mobile device and therefore improve your experience.

It is simple to use and does not require any software installation.

Why use it?

The PWA will give you instant and continuously updated information about what is happening at the event in real time. It will show you what is on now and what is up next in each of the tracks, workshops, Wellness and WP Cafe sessions on the conference days, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June 2019.

By using a PWA, you will not need to download and install an app. All you need to do is to visit the WordCamp Europe website and add it to your Home screen (how to details below). You will then be able to view content even if you are offline, for example, the schedule and session information. Any page you visit on the website while you are online will also be available to you offline as the content will be automatically stored locally on your device for at least the duration of the event.

How do I use it?

When you go to the Homepage of the website, you will be viewing the PWA. To have the best experience on a mobile, you need to add it to the home screen on your device. No separation installation of an app is necessary and you don’t need to download anything from an App Store. It will look like you are using a normal (native) app.

Once you have installed the PWA to your device, make sure you visit the full schedule on the PWA whilst online, and it will be there for you when you go offline. The same goes for any other pages you want to make sure are available to you offline.

I don’t know how to save to home screen and use the PWA, where can I get help?

There’s some tips below. But you can also come to the Info Desk open between 08:00 to 18:00 on Friday and Saturday, and one of the team will be able to help you get it set up.

Continue reading “How to use the WCEU PWA”→

+ Enjoy the livestream from the first day of WordCamp Europe 2019 in Berlin #WCEU

Day One of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU

WordCamp Europe 2019 has a packed schedule with three main conference tracks and three workshop tracks. Enjoy additional content such as WP Cafe and Wellness at WCEU, or you can hang out in the hallway track and get to know your fellow attendees. There’s something for everyone!

Workshop registration 

Pick up tickets for workshops on Saturday from 8:30. Each attendee can sign up for two workshops per day, and all workshops are free. Learn more about registering for workshops.

Meet Speakers 

Find out who will take to the stage at the event by browsing our list of Speakers.

Meet our Sponsors 

Get to know the generous Sponsors that support WCEU and make the event possible.

Connect to WiFI 

WiFi: WCEU
Password: WCEU2019

Join the conversation 

Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #WCEU. You can also tag @WCEurope in posts.

Swag 

  • Swag Desk: Pick up your WCEU t-shirt from 14:00. Location is #11 Registration.
  • Swag Store Pop-Up: Shop the Swag store until 17:00, and pick up your pre-order if you took advantage of the online discount. Location is #57 at the end of the Small Business Sponsors area.

What else is happening at WCEU?

  • Charity Drop: donate WordCamp t-shirts you no longer need to charity.
  • Contributing Area: keep contributing to WordPress or get some work done.
  • Community Help Desk: get a site health check and answers to all things WordPress.
  • Info Desk: your go-to place for information during the event.
  • Wellness at WCEU: mindfulness, yoga and meditation sessions.– WP Cafe: connect and chat about a range of topics.

Quick links 

Schedule 

Day One of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU
Day One of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU
Day One of the WordCamp Europe #WCEU

Livestream 

Watch the event from the comfort of your own home or wherever you like! Click the link, and you will be directed to YouTube.

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

WP CAFE

Wellness at WCEU

+ It’s Contributor Day at WordCamp Europe 2019 #WCEU

It’s Contributor Day at WordCamp Europe 2019 #WCEU

The best WordPress Event is happening in Berlin! Yes! WordCamp Europe #WCEU 2019 has started with the Contributor Day. Hey, don’t forget that to attend Contributor Day, you must have already reserved your place.

Contributor Day – 20 June 2019

Arriving at the event 

When you arrive on the morning of Thursday 20 June, follow signs inside the Estrel venue to find the dedicated rooms for Contributor Day.

Check in, collect your badge and confirm the team you would like to join. If you don’t know which team to join, use the Contributor Orientation Tool or browse the full list of Contributor Day Teams.

For a quick and easy check-in process, bring an ID with your name.

Stay Connected at #WCEU

Connect to the WiFI 

WiFi: WCEU
Password: WCEU2019

Contributor Day Schedule 

  • 8:30 – Registration
  • 9:15 – Opening and Welcome
  • 10:00 – Contributing to WordPress
  • 12:15 – Group Photo
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Contribute to WordPress
  • 17:00 – Quiz and wrap-up

You can continue contributing to WordPress during conference days in our dedicated Contributing Area.

WordPress Workshop for Kids 

During Contributor Day, we also have a free WordPress Workshop for Kids aged 8-14. The workshop will run 14:00-17:00 at the Estrel.

Register your child to attend the WordPress Workshop for Kids on Thursday 20 June 2019

Pre-event check-in 

Check in early to avoid queues! Pre-event check-in on Thursday 20 June:

  • If you are coming to Contributor Day, get your badge printed in the morning from 08:30.
  • If you are not registered for Contributor Day, come get your badge after 14:00.
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Get prepared 

Take a look at the menus and venue map. Read about accessibility at the event, local transportation, and staying connected with SIM cards, mobile access and Wi-Fi.

More useful information can be found on our Practical Info page.

+ Contributor Day Teams at WCEU 2019

Contributor Day Teams at WCEU 2019

This year, WordCamp Europe will have 25 Make WordPress teams at Contributor Day. WCEU will be welcoming more than 500 contributors, led by 37 experienced contributors and supported by WCEU organising and volunteer team.

You can also continue to contribute on the Friday and Saturday conference days in the dedicated Contributing Area.

Contributor Day Teams at WCEU 2019

Are you a new contributor?

GET SET UP

The Make WordPress teams use different tools for their contribution work, but as a start all contributors need a WordPress.org profile and access to the project’s Slack workspace. There will be volunteers available at a dedicated table in Room 1 to help anyone who doesn’t have these accounts.

Contributing to some teams requires setting up a local development environment. If you need one but don’t know how to set it up, you can visit the table in Room 2 for help installing VVV on your laptop before you join your selected team.

Varying Vagrant Vagrants is an open source Vagrant configuration focused on WordPress development. Thank you to Tom J Nowell and Lorelei Aurora for generously sharing their time and expertise to help new contributors get started in this area.

Get to know the Teams

Let’s introduce you to the WCEU Contributor Day Team Leads and the current work of the Make WordPress teams.

Accessibility

Team Lead:

The Accessibility Team will focus on WordPress 5.3 accessibility- related tickets from the WordPress Core and Gutenberg GitHub repository. These include:

  • ticket triage
  • making patches
  • issues resolution

Tasks will also be related to the WP Campus Gutenberg Accessibility Audit. The team will collaborate with the Design and Triage Editor (Core: Editor) teams.

Other areas of focus will be: the WordPress Theme Accessibility Audit project, WordPress.org/Meta websites and the Accessibility Team Handbook.

Accessibility – WP Theme Auditor

Team Lead:

The Accessibility – WP Theme Auditor will focus on accessibility auditing tools for WordPress themes.

Automated tests are not the only way to test accessibility, but it is good to include them in the development process. At Contributor Day, the team will look at tools including WP Theme Auditor and pa11y.

Community

Team Leads:

The Community Team will focus on improving existing documentation by moving tutorial posts to the Community Team Handbook, updating outdated pages and writing new docs that are still needed.

The team will also be working on:

  • improving deputy training materials
  • conducting a group Meetup orientation
  • any blockers to the team’s daily work.

Core: Javascript

Team Lead:

The Core: Javascript Team is focusing on a number of topics, including:

  • a discussion on patterns developed in Gutenberg which may conflict or overlap with patterns in the broader wp-admin interface
  • making Dispatch React hook available for use
  • improvements to the @wordpress/scripts package tools.

Core: PHP

Team Lead:

  • Anthony Burchell, Twitter: @antpb, WordPress.org: antpb

The Core: PHP Team is focused on resolving open issues for the new WordPress release candidate. It is working on a minor release of WordPress and addressing between 20 and 35 issues. It will focus on issues that arise from new features and fixes in the major release 5.2. https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/06/01/some-changes-to-the-5-2-2-release-schedule/

Core: Privacy

Team Leads:

The Core: Privacy Team contributed 15 bug fixes and nine enhancements for the WP release 5.2 on 7 May 2019.

During Contributor Day, the team will focus on bug fixes and enhancements to their privacy tools for administrators. It will work on the 14 tickets in its 5.3 workflow and review new tickets.

Core: Triage

Team Lead:

The Core: Triage Team will focus on:

  • ticket-scrubbing techniques
  • Trac keywords
  • and workflows.

It will also help contributors understand how and where to focus their efforts to help with triaging Core tickets in Trac. There will be some overlap with the work being done by other teams.

Design

Team Lead:

The Design Team will work through a range of tasks during the day to offer something for everyone. There will be a group focusing on:

  • Gutenberg
  • Figma components
  • usability testing of the block directory
  • triage for design.

All are welcome to get involved.

Documentation

Team Leads:

The Documentation Team is responsible for areas including:

  • the Codex (moving to HelpHub)
  • Handbooks
  • developer.wordpress.org
  • admin help
  • inline docs
  • and other general documenting across the WordPress project.

This team is working on:

  • content Migration from Codex to HelpHub and DevHub
  • the Gutenberg Handbook
  • a centralised API Handbook

Core: Documentation

Team Lead:

The Core: Documentation Team is working to improve code reference with better usage of the More Info section. It also wants help in reviewing user’s code examples.

Gutenberg Documentation

Team Lead:

The Gutenberg Documentation Team will focus on helping developers by moving forward with developer’s documentation. The team wants to make sure its information and examples are up to date with the latest code.

Glotpress and Meta: i18n

Team Leads:

The Glotpress and Meta: i18n Team will work on:

  • ticket triage for international sites
  • the Translate site component
  • reviewing the priority of each pending ticket

For GlotPress, the team will be checking on the status of the upcoming 3.0 release and trying to solve any open issues on 3.0 prior to enable its release.

The team also hopes to discuss the process of requesting or adding new translation editors for plugins and themes. It will explore how the meta team can help make the process easier and clearer from a technical perspective.

Hosting

Team Lead:

The Hosting Team will be creating PHP upgrade guidelines for hosts for communication with users. The goal is to reflect on last year’s PHP upgrade process and how several hosts managed this process to create guidelines to assist with timing, preparation and support. This will help improve how hosts work with users on future PHP updates.

There will be a live demonstration on how to help users upgrade their website’s PHP version.

Marketing

Team Leads:

The Marketing Team focus on marketing the WordPress open source project and its community to the wider world. At contributor events, you will be able to get involved in one-off or longer term tasks, work on your own or with others, and join a vibrant and energetic team.

Contributors will be able to choose from an extensive list of tasks. Just some of those available include:

  • writing or editing case studies of WordPress sites
  • reviewing and subtitling videos for marketing purposes
  • interviewing and writing profiles about WordPress contributors to inspire others to get involved.

There will be help available on how to use the online tools and Google Drive editing process. A laptop or tablet will be useful to bring, and headphones if you would like to work on video or audio related tasks.

Read more details about the plans and tasks for the marketing table at WCEU 2019.

Meta

Team Lead:

The Meta Team plans to work on open tickets on Meta Trac, review some patches for Support Forums and the Plugin Directory, and work on some good-first-bugs. The Team Lead will tailor tasks depending on members’ interests.

Mobile

Team Leads:

The Mobile Team invites contributors to set up their development environment in advance. Instructions can be found at:
GitHub – WordPress Mobile on iOS
GitHub – WordPress Mobile on Android.

Polyglots

Team Lead:

The Polyglots Team will assist new translators to get started and help teams who want to build style guides and glossaries. It will support existing contributors in their translation work and try and overcome any difficulties they may have faced.

There will also be an opportunity to share your story of being a translator, contact @TranslateWP on Twitter in advance or talk to representatives from WPTranslationDay who will be available to share with you a list of interview questions.

Support

Team Lead:

The Support Team will show you:

  • the tools they use on a daily basis
  • some of the support platforms available (there’s more than just forums)
  • how to collaborate on questions and trying to find the best solutions for users.

No special skills or knowledge is required, but a laptop, tablet or similar would be useful. Contributors can also work together in pairs or small groups.

As the Support Team likes to say: “Support is one of the easiest, low barrier entries into contributing to WordPress!”

Theme Review

Team Lead:

The Theme Review Team will focus on other open source projects including Theme Sniffer plugin and WPThemeReview coding standards.

If time allows, it will also go through open issues and work on a selection in small groups.

For coding standards, contributors will be able to work with Juliette, who will also be able to help newcomers.

The team has chosen to focus on these areas as it feels the better the review tool is, the quicker the theme review can be completed and reduce the number of themes waiting in the queue. More on the Theme Review Team’s plans for WCEU 2019.

Tide

Team Leads:

The Tide Team will be focusing on a theme/plugin standard, and there may be some cross team communication for this work.

Training

Team Lead:

The Training Team works to create Workshops and Lesson plans that can be used by organisers of Meetups, WordCamps, or educators to teach WordPress to learners so that we can work toward democratizing publishing for everyone. This involves:

  • setting learning objectives
  • determining assessments
  • developing facilitation guides
  • creating slides presentations that can be used in a classroom environment or presentation.

On Contributor Day, the team will run a ‘sprint’ to complete one of these lesson plans. The workshop training will focus on Best Practices for WordPress-Friendly Layout includes the lesson plans Introduction to CSS, Web Fonts, Using the Theme Customizer, and Using Child Themes.

Triage Editor (Core: Editor)

Team Lead:

The Triage Editor (Core: Editor) Team’s goal is to make it easier to contribute to Gutenberg. There will be several tasks to work on throughout the day:

  • onboard new contributors, collect feedback and work on documentation improvements to make the process smoother
  • go through the list of open issues, trying to identify tasks which would be an excellent fit for new contributors
  • explore how we could automate the detection of pull requests sent by new contributors to ensure they get enough support from others
  • triage issues looking for those which can be closed because they are no longer relevant, are duplicates or should be moved somewhere else
  • triage pull requests seeking for those which can be closed, need to be updated or can be merged after short review and testing session

WordPress.tv

Team Lead:

The WordPress.TV Team has the following goals for Contributor Day:

  • teach the upload procedure to new contributors and explain the WPTV ecosystem
  • continue uploading enqueued videos from recent WordCamps, with at least one item to work on for each new contributor attending

WordPress Coding Standards

Team Leads:

  • Juliette Reinders Folmer, Twitter: @jrf_nl, WordPress.org: jrf
  • Gary Jones, Twitter: @GaryJ, WordPress.org: GaryJ

The WordPress Coding Standards (WPCS) Team will focus on documentation. There will be some cross-over with other teams.

There are three areas related to documentation which people can work on improving:

1. the information about WPCS in the Make website(s).

2. the he documentation available about the sniffs. For this, some coding knowledge is required, but not much. This mostly involves creating XML documents with minimal code samples of good and bad code for each sniff currently in WPCS. This documentation can then be called up from the command-line by users of WPCS, as well as be used to generate HTML/Markdown pages which can be added to the WPCS wiki and/or Make.

3. would like to soon start improving the WPCS-Docs sniffs. To help with this, we would like to ask people to start creating the unit tests we will need for this. For this, people need to familiarize themselves with (or already have a good understanding of) the WPCS Docs standards so the docblock samples can be created

WP CLI

Team Llead:

The WP-CLI Team is the official command line tool for interacting with and managing your WordPress sites.

Make use of the Contributing Area #WCEU

Make use of the Contributing Area

Did you know you can contribute to WordPress during the main conference days at WordCamp Europe? All attendees will be able to use a dedicated space on 21 and 22 June 2019 to keep contributing to the open source project. You can continue tasks from Contributor Day or from your own contributing activity.

After the success of the Contributing Area at last year’s WordCamp Europe, we are bringing it back for 2019. This is a dedicated space where you can continue your work from Contributor Day or do some of your own work. Make WordPress teams are also welcome to use the room to meet with members, as the WordPress Coding Standards team did last year.

The dedicated space will be located close to the registration tables at the Estrel and signposted with a banner. There will be seating, tables and power sockets available for your use. 

The Contributing Area is open to all WCEU attendees, sponsors, speakers and volunteers, and will be open to coincide with the talks and workshop sessions.

Enjoy contributing!

More resources

Try the Contributor Orientation Tool to find which of the Make WordPress teams you might like to work with.

Contributor Day and links to information and resources to help you start contributing to the global WordPress project, including frequently asked questions. 

Find out more about the Contributor Orientation Tool and the plans for its future development

Benefits of contributing for everyone post with the Make WordPress Marketing team which features contributors’ stories from WCEU.

Ideadeco is proud media supporter of WordCamp Europe 2019 #WCEU

+ An Active Blogger's Birthday

An Active Blogger’s Birthday

Just because we are super active bloggers with a demanding daily blogging schedule, doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate our birthdays like everyone else. Can we, really?

Today it’s my birthday. I am a 46 years old Content Creator & SEO Marketing Expert, with more than 20 years experience in my field. What I have learned so far, is that everything changes rapidly and time flies like the wind.

There isn’t any magical recipe to stay connected with the joy of life. The only thing you have to do is to expose yourself to true life and take risks. The nature of our work demands to use the wifi connection more than our heart.

When you create content and Digital Marketing & SEO strategy for clients you are into the digital universe more than 8 hours per day. It comes a point where you start to miss important events of your life, your family and friends. Don’t let this happen to you.

Make time to celebrate all the important events of life. Like birthdays.

Make time for your birthday

Never regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. Welcome each year with a smile and a piece of cake!

This may sound a bit peculiar but bare with me till the end. In order to celebrate my birthday I have to make arrangements 3 months ahead the big day.

When you reach my age and you have a calendar full of business obligations, then planning becomes your second nature. In my birthday, I want all my friends & family around the same table. To make this happen, we must move a lot of strings in our lives just to spare a night out for celebrations.

Although it takes a lot of effort to find the perfect location and date, we manage to meet and celebrate all the important events. Year after year, these moments are the most joyful and precious ones.

Never neglect your friendships and your need to have your beloved people in your life. Make it a priority to be present in real life. Digital communication is only a media to pass a message and can never replace a hug.

An Active Blogger’s Birthday

+ Social Media Wedding Etiquette

Social Media Wedding Etiquette

My niece is getting married and during the wedding planning the big question come up. How can the soon-to-be-married-couple handle the social media sharing from their guests. The couple is at their late 20s and both side families have a strong opinion about privacy.

The couple wants to share everything through their social media accounts & their wedding website, but both side families are against the idea. Having high profile guests and family members, could raise a question of what to share. You see, young people find it only natural to use their social media interaction before, during and after their wedding. But not everyone agrees with that practice!

Sorry guys, it’s your big happy day but you have to respect that privacy is an important factor. The best way to handle this delicate issue is to control what and who is sharing pictures in an open wedding.

Social Media Wedding Etiquette

Share with Extra Care

Define from your first official announcement what kind of publicity you wish to have. If you are open to create a wedding website and your own wedding hashtag, then you are open to let everyone take as many pictures as they want from any angle they may think.

Bride and groom are the only ones that can set the wedding social media tone from the day one of the wedding planning. Agree as a couple what is the desired protocol for posting wedding pictures. When you are sure, then inform your guests if they can or can not take pictures of the wedding ceremony. Make sure that if you don’t want pictures posted in social media until after the ceremony, that all your guests will get the message ahead of the big day.

I would suggest to let your guests know if they can let their creativity wild or not in the wedding invitation. Of course you can create your personal wedding website and hashtags, but you can also add some specific (and polite) guidelines of what is expected from guests photo-journalist behavior.

You can even ask not to take any photographs and kindly remind them that you will have a professional photography team capturing everything. In high profile weddings, it is common to hire professional social media managers to control the quality of visuals and texts of a wedding.

Social media professionals know how to feed your guests desire for photos without harming your bridal digital look. That will give your guests the opportunity to share real time moments but only those that are pre-approved as “good social media” wedding material.

You may find this odd, but let’s break it down.

Social Media Wedding Etiquette

Social Media Wedding Material

We live in a digital & social media world, where everyone is always connected. All life events are captured and shared within seconds. Especially the generations born after 2000, have grown up in a 100% digital & tech friendly environment. As they say, if it’s not in social media then it’s not happening for real.

Weddings are some of the big happy events that people want to share with everyone in the world. And in the digital world, too.

But when you have invest a tremendous amount of energy, time and money to plan and organize all the details for your wedding, why should you leave it up to good luck what is shared from your wedding day? Ask the professional opinion of a wedding planner if you are not sure what to do.

Make it crystal clear to your wedding planner how you wish to handle this matter. If you want to have only perfect pictures that declare your love for style & design, then add into your contract and a pro social media management service.

In my experience, luxury wedding planning agencies tend to be extra cautious with all the details and visuals assets of a wedding. They screen everything like well trained hawks and share with the public only the top photographs of a wedding.

When the number of your quest list is beyond a narrow family circle, then it would be wise to add a top social media management service for the digital PR of the event.

Include a kind note of clear instructions of how much you will appreciate from your guests, to respect your family’s wish not to use their mobile cameras throughout the wedding. Stress out that plenty of photos will be available via the photography team during the wedding celebration, under the hashtag of #yourwedding.

In other words, this means that the people attending your wedding should use only the selection of photographs that your organizing team has approved. This happens, when the bride and groom, intend to use their wedding visual material for official press releases.

Sometimes, when guests or families are VIPs they want to avoid extra publicity and exploitation of their personal lives. It is very important for all guests to respect the given guidelines, if they don’t want to have an awkward moment of giving their mobile phones to the security.

Believe me, this happens a lot!

Social Media Wedding Etiquette

Wedding Vendors Social Media

Most of the times all wedding vendors are posting backstage moments in their social media accounts. In case, you wish to avoid that, clarify with your wedding planner what is permitted and what is not.

Be open minded, because vendors like to post the process of making and you are not included in these photos. Let them enjoy this creative and happy process. But remind them to use your wedding’s hashtag!

For future submissions to wedding blogs or magazines, most wedding planners will ask for your permission. Have in mind that when a photo album is rolling into the digital world, there is no way you can control it. The only thing you can do is to add into your contract that all future uses of your wedding photographs, must have your wedding’s hashtag.

In the rare case, where both families in a wedding are happy to share everything, then go for it and use it as part of your wedding design. Add a social media corner, have dozens of stories, post live videos and invite your friends to share the magic. Hey, don’t ask your grandmother to share… most probably she will think that you are crazy.

Be aware that in some traditional and religious ceremonies all mobile devices may be forbidden. Check it and inform your guests in written form, for example in the invitation.

I have seen wedding ceremonies to get interrupted by an angry priest who was furious from the guests mobile use. Respect the couple’s wishes and you all gonna have a wonderful wedding celebration.

Do you want to learn more about wedding social media management? Feel free to contact us for more information!


All photographs credits: Sarah Pflug

+ Portrait Photography Project

Portrait Photography Project

Preparing yourself for a professional portrait photography session it takes more than just standing in front of the camera and wait for the personal photographer to use the camera. If you need a pro photo album but you can not afford to hire a PR Specialist then follow this guide for organizing the best photoshoot experience.

60 Days before the Photoshoot

Buy a calendar and start writing down the general idea of the concept you wish to follow in your photography session. Make a list of the reasons you need these photographs: 

  • Where are you going to use them? Will you update your LinkedIn profile and most of your social media accounts?
  • Will you use them in your CV? or
  • Is it only for personal use?

Everyone has some favorite spots in the city they live in. Add a list of your beloved locations in your town. Now take into consideration the date of the photoshoot. You see, in several cases, it is common that all locations can be a bit weather sensitive, regarding the season of the year. My photography was booked for the last weekend of June.

Fortunately, in Athens (Greece) the weather is mild until the end of November. Still, maybe strong winds could delete 10 locations from my 14 choices. After visiting the last 4 locations for one more time, I picked up the location with the following criteria:

  • open space various options
  • indoor options
  • ability to change clothes
  • approachable with different types of public transportation (because cars aren’t always available)
  • friendly to the light corners
  • with fewer cars
  • with an acceptable amount of people in the background
  • near nature backdrop
  • near urban  environment
  • close to coffee and WC
How to have the best social media profile photos

How to find a personal photographer

Make a list of all the Top Personal Photographers you admire their portfolio. And send them a query for a first call. Make clear what you want, how many hours, and the reasons you want to have a Professional Photographer.

Skype video calls can help you recognize which photographer is closer to your mentality. Trust me, look for the chemistry and effortless communication in the skype call. You will know it if you can work with this one or the other photographer or the next!

Book your photographer in advance. Let him/her know the dates you will need them. Make sure to set a specific day for booking the photographer. I found mine 90 days before the photo day.

Monika Kritikou - Fiorello Photography

How I found my Personal Photographer

I was looking at her work in the Instagram and on her website. We had our first Skype call 59 days before the photoshoot. But I booked my photographer 9 days later. Only 50 days before the big day. It was my first photography project having myself as the theme and I was feeling nervous. After talking with Monika Kritikou all my anxiety disappeared. That is the first clue that you found the best match!

55 Days before the Photoshoot

Decide which outfits you will wear. Start with 8-10 combinations and use only the top 1-3 outfits. Hiring a Fashion Stylist could be difficult or too pricey. I suggest you trust your better judgment and your friends. If most of them have pointed out that some clothes make you look great, then add them in your options.

Remember that some colors agree better with us and some others are not so flattering! The same can happen with a certain quality of fabrics. It won’t be a good idea to choose fabrics that make you feel uncomfortable.

Wear the outfits and visit the location. Take a walk, see how you look by taking selfies and repeat it with the next outfit. Discover the best corners for each outfit, and take notes either in your calendar or on your phone.

Summer outfits

50 Days before the Photoshoot

Wire the money and book the photographer. Set the first appointment at your chosen location and walk next to your Personal Photographer. Have your notes and draft photos with you. Share your ideas but let the professional photographer guide you on how to reach the best result.

Together you will create the project plan and probably you will add some new details or corners. A photographer’s eye sees things differently. See why you should Hire a personal photographer in this article.

Hire a Personal Photographer in Greece

40 Days before the Photoshoot

By now, you know for sure what you will wear. Try your makeup – as natural as possible – and pay a visit to the hairdresser to get your hair done. Book an appointment for one last big hairdo 20 days before the photo shoot and one more the morning of the photography session.

Organize your second or third makeup look by starting with the light shades and gradually add the darkest shades. That means for each outfit you should keep a clear note (with photos) of the makeup details. If you can afford to hire a MUA, then just do it. Please, try to avoid strong colors in your makeup. Social media and LinkedIn headshots need to be in softer versions…

Don’t forget the accessories like shoes, jewelry, belts… write down what you will take with you. It is a good idea to have everything you need in a trolley bag, like the ones we use for the 2 days trips.

Take care of your sleep routine and get into bed as early as possible. Don’t wait for the night before to have a good night sleep.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Canal spot 18

30 Days before the Photoshoot

I like to organize and plan ahead when it is possible. Keep notes of how many hours you will have natural sunlight. In my area, at the end of June, there are 10 friendly to the camera light conditions. Discover what time is the sunrise and the sunset.

I suggest you create a map of the best light conditions near the top corners and with that, you will have the final workflow in your hands. In my case, I had 3 perfect backdrops with natural light and 3 complete outfits to wear. The indoor locations had no time limitations.

If you find it difficult to pose in front the camera then don’t pose. Stay natural. But read some guides how to look at your best in a photography session. You won’t believe how valuable these Pinterest guides can be!

These particular Pinterest guides helped me to define my final outfits and the idea of the photography concept. Social media can be extremely helpful when you are looking for inspiration. And it is easier to communicate your idea to the photographer!

Of course, the location could define – in a way – what style you will choose. For example, indoor corporate environment won’t let you pick your blue jeans outfit, right? My spot was Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center. It has it all in one location! Office look, casual look, natural light, outdoor look and with an edgy design as a backdrop.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Map
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Canal spot 18

10 Days before the Photoshoot

Confirm all the details with your Personal Photographer and have a last check list for your outfit. Avoid too much sunbathing if you don’t want to look darker than usual.

Have a walk in your preselected spots while listening to music. This will help you to feel comfortable and connected with the location. For sure it helped me to feel like home!

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Mediterranean Garden spot 12

5 Days before the Photoshoot

Check the local weather forecast. You don’t want rain or winds messing your photo session, right? Also, a face last minute soft cleaning is a must do. Keep a regular night sleep schedule because a tired face won’t look at its best.

Prepare your trolley bag and make sure that everyone involved will be available for your appointment. Sometimes unexpected changes happen at the last minute. So, have a backup plan, ready to go.

The Day before the Photoshoot

The day before forget everything and have a meeting with your friends for a girls evening out, but remember to go to bed quite early!

The Day before the Photoshoot

Day of the Photoshoot

Wake up early, have a shower and a full nutritious breakfast. Don’t punish yourself with just one coffee. Prepare a snack or two for the day, grab your cold bottle of water and visit your hairdresser to do your hair. Fresh and beautiful.

I try to eliminate all stress factors, so I prefer to use TaxiBeat for my transportation needs. The taxi usually arrives within 10 minutes and later I don’t have to worry for parking slots.

Being on the appointment earlier will give you the time to have a smooth preparation. Let your photographer do his/her job without interrupting the flow of work. Surrender yourself and let go all of your worries!

After the Photoshoot

After the Photoshoot

Thank everyone for their work and collaboration. Of course, when you post your new photos, it’s up to you if you will give credits to the photographer. But I will strongly advise you to do so. Showing respect and gratitude for other professional’s work won’t harm your brand. On the contrary, it shows professional courtesy and good manners.

In case you are wondering how you can hire a professional photographer for your blog, then read this article.

How  to hire a photographer for your blog
+ Digital Wellbeing by Google

Digital Wellbeing by Google

Yes, it’s true! You can support your digital wellbeing with Google’s help. As technology becomes more and more integral to everything we do, it can sometimes distract us from the things that matter most to us. Google has designed some new set of tools to make it easier for all of us to stay healthy.

Google has put a lot of effort to create technology that improves life, not distract from it. They are committed to giving everyone the tools they need to develop their own sense of digital wellbeing. So that life, not the technology in it, stays front and center.

Your daily digital habits

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. The dashboard gives you a daily view of how often you check your phone and how frequently you use different apps. Learn more

Digital Wellbeing by Google

Understand and manage your tech use

Explore tools and features that can help you better understand your tech use, disconnect when you want, and create healthy habits for the whole family.

Set a daily limit with app timers

If you want to limit the time you spend using certain apps, you can set daily app timers. When the timer runs out, the app is paused for the rest of the day. Learn more

Customize notifications

Change notification settings for your Android device or just for specific apps. Android proactively offers you the ability to snooze alerts that you frequently ignore and temporarily hide specific notifications for as long as you like. Learn more

Snooze notifications

Temporarily hide individual or groups of notifications by hitting snooze. You decide which alerts you see, what they look like, and how often you see them. Learn more

Do Not Disturb

With one tap in your Quick Settings on Android, Do Not Disturb can hide all notifications so you won’t see them on screen. Learn more

Unplug while your Pixel 3 charges

With the Pixel Stand wireless charger, you can choose to have Do Not Disturb turned on automatically while your Pixel 3 charges. Visit site

Wind Down

Wind Down reminds you to switch off at night by setting a bedtime schedule for your phone. Grayscale changes the screen to black and white, and Do Not Disturb silences notifications to help you get a good night’s sleep. Learn more

Flip to Shhh

Easily turn on Do Not Disturb by flipping your phone face down. Available on Pixel 2 and 3. Learn more

Grayscale

Grayscale turns your screen black and white, reducing the attention-grabbing nature of many app icons. Learn more

Switch off work

Turn off your work profile with one tap to pause work apps and their notifications. Learn more

Digital Wellbeing by Google

YOUTUBE FEATURES

Understand your viewing habits and control how you watch through customizable settings and tools, like Autoplay Controls and your Time Watched Profile. Learn more

Time Watched profile

Your time watched profile gives you a closer look at how much time you spend on YouTube, as well as comparisons to previous time periods. Learn more

Remind yourself to take a break

Schedule custom breathers as often as you want, pausing what you’re currently watching and encouraging you to step away. Learn more

Notifications: Scheduled digest

Now you can get all of your YouTube push notifications bundled into a single notification each day – and choose when you get it. Learn more

Autoplay control

Autoplay lets you decide whether or not you want the next video to start playing automatically. Learn more

Notification quiet hours

By default, all sounds and vibrations from the YouTube app are disabled between 10 pm and 8 am. You can customize the start and end times to ensure that notifications from the YouTube app are sent silently to your phone during a specified time each day. Learn more

Digital Wellbeing by Google

GOOGLE ASSISTANT FEATURES

In addition to helping you find answers quicker, tools like Bedtime Routine and Downtime help you avoid daily distractions and reduce screen time. Learn more

Improve your bedtime routine

To make falling asleep easier, your voice can activate the customizable Bedtime Routine – set an alarm, dim the lights, lower your music, get tomorrow’s weather, and zzzz. Learn more

Voice-Powered Do Not Disturb

With voice-powered Do Not Disturb, Google Assistant lets you tell your phone to silence all notifications and communications. Learn more

Google Home Downtime

When your Google Home devices are in Downtime, they won’t respond to most commands or questions. During Downtime, you also won’t receive notifications from your Google Home devices. Learn more

Digital Wellbeing by Google

GMAIL FEATURES

With tools like Auto Reply and Priority Inbox, you can spend less time in your inbox. Learn more

High-priority notifications

Turn on high-priority notifications to limit the number of email alerts you receive and get notified only when it’s essential. Learn more

Auto Reply

Gmail’s out-of-office auto reply is good for more than just your next vacation. Customize your message to let people know you won’t be able to get back to them right away. Learn more

Custom tabs

See new emails at a glance, and decide what you want to read and respond to. Learn more

Draft now, send later

Draft an email message as you normally would and schedule it to be sent at the perfect time. Learn more


Source of information: Google Digital Wellbeing

+ Call for Guest Bloggers

Call for Guest Bloggers

Do you have a fresh, interesting perspective on digital marketing or SEO or content marketing and business blogging? If so reply to our call for guest bloggers and get published. We would love to have your ideas onboard. Do you have something to share with our audience? Here is your opportunity to send us your article.

Have in mind a few things about the stuff we publish. We aim to be casual, yet helpful and avoid buzzwords or anything that our grandmother won’t understand. Posts must have:

  • Original concepts
  • Compelling arguments or case studies
  • high-quality writing
  • Articles/posts must reflect the writing style/tone of Ideadeco Blog.
  • Always proper attribution of data, quotations, and outside content referenced in the articles/posts is essential.
  • Only one link to your website in the body of the post is permitted.
  • We will not re-publish anything that’s been published elsewhere.

What We Accept

Here are the types of blog posts we accept:

  • Topics: Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, SEO, SEM, Content Creation, Content Marketing, Email Marketing, Video Marketing, Apps Marketing, Blogging, Web Design, Graphic Design, Interviews, Events and Seminars.
  • Research/Experiments/ Analysis/ Guides: If you have tried something new in the aforementioned topics and want to share your experience or a How-To guide, then be our guest. Remember to include solid evidence and deep data about your research. Visit this guide as an example: E-Shop SEO Guidelines
  • Your posts should have a minimum of 1500 words and up to 6000.  When a reader finishes a post, should be able to execute immediately the introduced skill or tool or idea. See this example: How To Craft The Perfect Travel Blog Post
  • The Typography Basics and Graphic Design Basics are a must-have. Keep your writing clean, smooth and easy to the eye. Respect appropriate heading rules (H1, H2, H2, H3), use light paragraphs, add bulletin when is helpful and great quality graphics and visuals. Read this guide: Graphic Design Basics
  • Watch your language and your grammar.
  • Language: English

A note:
Sometimes we publish posts that don’t fall into any of those topics, only if they are breathtaking and inspiring. But in all cases, we never forget the main rules about quality content, language, grammar and authenticity.

Call for Guest Bloggers

What We Won’t Accept

  • Any topic that’s been covered on our blog before.
  • Please do a search of our site before submitting your articles.
  • Spam or clickbait or link-building content.
  • Content which is over promotional directly or indirectly.
  • Violent or offensive or inaccurate or science fiction content.

Last Minute Details

  • Your submissions must meet Ideadeco content strategy and must align with our blogging team’s quality standards in order to get published.
  • The Ideadeco blogging team reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, and update it in the future for accuracy.
  • The Ideadeco blogging team reserves the right to delete your content with no prior notice.
  • Ideadeco does not pay any kind of fee for guest blogging.
  • You can republish your guest post to your own blog, LinkedIn, Medium, or wherever you want afterward, only if you add a referral line that: “ This post was first published on Ideadeco ” with an active link to the landing page of your blog post into Ideadeco.
  • Ideadeco reserves the right to include calls-to-action to Ideadeco content, including but not limited to email newsletters, ebooks, and other downloadable content.

Send Your Article

Send us your article and be part of our guest list. We would love to publish your thoughts and ideas.


How to Submit Your Article

You can submit your article in the form above or you can can send it over through an email at: info@ideadeco.co

  1. Your complete post as a Word Doc file.
  2. Define Topic and Title.
  3. Image files (with attribution) in a separate folder.
  4. Short author bio including a maximum of one link to your own website.

Ideadeco Provides

Ideadeco is an awarded Digital Marketing Agency famous for its Content Marketing, SEO, Web Design, Digital and Social Media Marketing achievements. This is the company’s blog and with your submission, you get traffic and publicity.

  • High-quality backlink from us
  • One dedicated mention for each article to our newsletter (+15000 recipients)
  • Exposure to our LinkedIn network (+7100 connections)
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  • One dedicated post for each article to our Social Media Community: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ (+12000 people)
  • Our Blog hearts from +20500 people
  • High-status networking
  • Mentoring for SEO and Blogging

Our Response

If your article meets our editorial standards and our content strategy, we will let you know when your article will be published. That process may take up to 4 weeks.

Due to the huge volume of submissions we receive daily, we cannot respond to all on time. Please, be patient with us. We do read everything! 

+

Reconnect with yourself at #WCEU

Events can sometimes feel busy and fast-paced. With more than 3,000 people expected for WordCamp Europe 2019, WCEU team knows how important it will be for attendees to have safe spaces to relax, unwind and focus on themselves.

In addition to the Quiet Room, where attendees can go to sit and rest or work in a calm and silent environment, WCEU has introduced some additional content to the schedule: Wellness at WCEU.

Covering a series of relaxing sessions including yoga, mindfulness and meditation, Wellness at WCEU is delivered by qualified practitioners who are volunteering their time to make WCEU an even better experience for our attendees. It’s your chance to participate in some relaxing activities outside of the realm of WordPress and tech.

When

Sessions will run on the main conference days, Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June 2019. Each session lasts between 45 minutes to one hour.

Reconnect with yourself at #WCEU

WELLNESS AT WCEU SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 21 JUNE

11:00 An introduction to mindfulness practice with Raffaella Isidori 
12:00 Yoga with Helen Odia

SATURDAY 22 JUNE

10:00 Yoga with Helen Odia 
12:00 Guided meditation with Jenny Beaumont 
14:00 An introduction to mindfulness practice with Raffaella Isidori

Where

At the Estrel, the conference venue. You will find Wellness at WCEU at location 17 on our venue map. During registration, you will be given a handout of the venue map. Large print versions will be available too.

To get to the room, take the elevator (lift) to the second floor.

What to bring

Some instructors recommend comfortable clothes, but you don’t need to bring anything else.

How to register

There’s no need to register, just turn up. Places are given on a first come, first served basis.


Sessions

An introduction to mindfulness practice with Raffaella Isidori

FRIDAY 21 JUNE AT 11:00 
SATURDAY 22 JUNE AT 14:00

Mindfulness is a state of being, an approach to life (and to our work, regardless of its genre) that calls for presence and awareness, care and purpose.

Living mindfully, designing mindfully, coding mindfully can be extremely rewarding, for us and for the beneficiaries of our work. Mindfulness is defined as the basic human ability to be fully present (aware of where we are and what we’re doing) and not overly reactive (or overwhelmed) by what’s going on around us.

Mindfulness practice refers to the cultivation of this basic human ability through various methods which may include, but are not limited to, colouring, movement, meditation, breathing, etc.

In the 50-minute workshop, Raffaella will illustrate the principles and the applications of Mindfulness and Mindfulness Practice and share her experience and examples of practice.


Guided meditation with Jenny Beaumont

SATURDAY 22 JUNE AT 12:00

Join Jenny for an inner journey that will take you to places both familiar and new!

Beginners are welcome, no prior knowledge of meditation is needed to enjoy and reap the benefits of this unique experience. Come as you are, ready to be guided through diverse landscapes that will transport you in space and time.

Please be punctual. The session starts at 12:00 and after a brief introduction, the guided meditation will begin promptly at 12:15.

If you have any questions, you can contact Jenny on the Make WordPress Slack@jennybeaumont.


Yoga with Helen Odia

FRIDAY 21 JUNE AT 12:00 
SATURDAY 22 JUNE AT 10:00

Set aside any doubts you might have about not being ‘flexible enough’ or ‘good enough’ for yoga and join Helen for a relaxed class between talks at WCEU.

As many of us know, spending long hours sitting in front of a screen can often lead to bad backs, uncomfortably tight hips and poor postures.

Moving in time with the breath, we will gently stretch and twist our way through a flowing sequence of common yoga poses to counteract these niggles.

Don’t be put off if you’ve never tried yoga before – everyone is welcome, regardless of experience.

Mats will be provided, so all you will need to bring is some comfy clothes. Hope to see you on the mat!


Come along

WordCamp Europe is an excellent opportunity to make connections and soak up WordPress knowledge, but it’s important to take some time for you. Come along and enjoy some peace and relaxation with Wellness at WCEU.

Wellness at WCEU sessions are listed in the schedule.

+ When It's Time to Quit Your Job

When It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Lack of trust is the number one signal that it’s time to quit your current job. Any company in the world is based in human relationships and healthy management. Both employers & employees, need trust and mutual respect to grow stronger.

Keeping the best employees isn’t an easy task when a company cannot fulfill the basic requirements of a positive environment. Long delays of payments, insecurity vibes and a sense of “walking on eggshells” from 9-5 are pushing people to the exit door.

Directors or managers that fail to see the early signs of discomfort end up all alone dealing with the ugly truth of social isolation. And one day, the company itself could reach the finish line, sooner than expected.

High performing employees

High performing employees tend to wave goodbye long before it’s clear that something is wrong in a company. When employees feel stressed, anxious, unable to function and are not being appreciated or recognized, then they fly away. Strong and productive employees don’t want to work in a job where they’re not paid on time.

People with a strong sense of responsibility and integrity, don’t want to stay into an unhealthy environment full of agony for the next day. They choose to invest their energy in their next step. They seek opportunities to be creative, shine, feel motivated, enthusiastic and in love with their job.

If in your current job you don’t get this kind of satisfaction and you are underpaid, then it’s time to quit your job.

No company has the right to make a person believe that it deserves to be treated like a soulless object. Our working life is part of our path and should make us proud and strong.

Lack of growth and development

One of the top things most employees are looking for is opportunity for future growth and development in a company. Even a small size business can have a scale up indicator.

That being said, any company can create a plan for development that may include training opportunities, certification opportunities, managerial opportunities, travels for conferences etc.

Creative employees always want to continue moving up, forward, earning more, learning more, grow their skills, grow personally and learn new things that interest them, grow their salary, or earn enough to make them feel comfortable.

Showing that the company is investing in their growth will allow them to see a future in their job. Without all the above, companies will continue to lose good employees.