Methods for Building Employee Loyalty

The days of lifetime employment at a single company are long gone, so business leaders today need to make an extra effort to retain talent and foster employee loyalty.

Loyal employees are the heart of successful companies. When people feel fulfilled at their jobs, they go above and beyond to help the organization improve. They share expertise, resolve conflicts, suggest improvements, boost morale, help co-workers, conserve resources, and more. “Those behaviors make groups and organizations more effective — sales are better, production loss is lower, everything is better,” says Diane Bergeron, an assistant professor at Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland.

To become one of those lucky companies, take time to understand what your employees need and provide it for them. “As in any relationship, if you get what you need, you’re more likely to stay,” Bergeron says.

Loyalty is largely inspired by flexibility and individual attention. These four techniques can help you offer that to every employee:

1. Invest more time in the hiring process. Hiring takes a lot of time, but a rigorous process pays off when you find the right person. “Person/organization fit is huge,” Bergeron says. “If you’re selective on the front end, you lose fewer people later.” Well-matched employees are naturally more loyal, so retaining them takes less effort.

As you hire, introduce the candidate to several people on your team, ask them to complete a project or share samples of past work, and screen for personality. “Make sure their values match the values of the organization,” Bergeron adds. A good match will blend naturally with the others on your team, rounding out their skills and fitting in with the overall culture.

2. Make your employees marketable. A good working relationship must be beneficial for both of you, meaning that employees need regular opportunities to enhance their professional skills. Many companies worry about investing too much in employees in case they leave, but you want to do just the opposite. “The more [employees] feel they can leave, the more likely they are to stay,” Bergeron says.

Managers are the most important source of growth and inspiration. “The relationship with the manager is the number one predictor of whether or not someone stays [at a job],” Bergeron says. Make sure your managers are trained to inspire their employees, share their expertise, and offer opportunities for growth.

3. Allow many paths to promotion. Your employees’ needs are ever evolving, so you can help them grow and inspire loyalty by offering opportunities for advancement tailored to their skills and goals. For example, many computer programmers want to move up without shifting into management, so tech companies often offer a choice between a technical or managerial career path.

Go one step further by helping an employee create a new job based on their skill set, or allowing them to rotate between different roles. “If people have the flexibility to tailor their job to their needs, they’re less likely to leave to find what they need,” Bergeron says.

4. Empower employees to make choices. Inspire loyalty by giving employees a sense of freedom and control. “When people feel that they’re trusted, they respond to that,” Bergeron says. You might let employees work from home when needed, make decisions autonomously, or adjust their work schedule to balance family. Those freedoms show confidence and help employees tailor the job to their needs.

“Trust is this basic component of society,” Bergeron says. “Without it, [organizations] cease to function.” Trusting companies have less rigid management, greater creativity, and higher employee satisfaction. They also inspire employees to go above and beyond, making the workplace better for everyone.

BUDGET-SAVING IDEAS FOR 2013

A simple way to improve the bottom line is to reduce office supply spending. In fact, businesses can cut office printing costs by 25 percent or more by making a few simple changes.

According to http://www.Reduce.org, the average office worker can use 10,000 sheets of paper every year. “Considering there are more than 21,000 U.S. and Canadian firms with 500-plus employees, that’s a huge volume of printing,” says Tom McLaughlin, Marketing Director for Cartridge World North America. “There are three ways businesses can immediately reduce their printing costs. Reduce the number of pages printed. Reduce printer ink and toner expenses. Use the right printer.”

With 600 stores in the United States and Canada, Cartridge World is the largest specialty retailer of ink and toner printer cartridges for the home and office. Each Cartridge World store serves hundreds of business customers and can provide cost-saving solutions:

  1. Reduce paper use:
  • Use duplex (two-sided) printing on all “draft” documents
  • Reduce margin areas on each page to print 10 percent more text
  1. Reduce ink/toner printer cartridge cost:
    • Purchase recycled / remanufactured printer cartridges instead of OEM to save 25 percent or more
    • Use high-capacity printer cartridges that provide cheaper per-page printing
  1. Use the right printer:
    • Low-cost printers may cost more in the long run. Confirm what kind of ink or toner cartridges they use first.
    • Check your printing volume. You might save by upgrading or downsizing your equipment

Buy the Right Printer

PC World magazine may say it best, “If you buy a cheap inkjet printer, you’re going to pay a small fortune for the ink to run it (assuming that you use the ink that its manufacturer specially designed for it).” If you buy a $100 inkjet printer and print 10,000 pages per year (40/day), you can use 23 standard ink cartridges per year. At a cost of $20 per cartridge, you’ll pay $475 for black ink alone. In three years, you could pay 15 times the cost of the printer for ink. Plus, you could pay up to three times more if printing in full color.

Selecting the right printer to meet the demands for your office, and confirming the cost of replacement printer cartridges should determine what kind of printer to buy. When buying a color inkjet printer, opt for a printer with four separate color cartridges, not tricolor (three-colors-in-one) cartridges. With tricolor cartridges, as soon as one color is empty, you need to replace the entire cartridge.

“Office managers and executives don’t always realize how much they can save by changing printers and their ink and toner provider,” explained McLaughlin. “If you’re using the wrong printer, it pays to switch ASAP. Plus, if you buy remanufactured printer cartridges, you can easily save another 25 percent or more.”

Cartridge World helps businesses of all sizes save money by selling remanufactured ink and toner printer cartridges. Rather than purchasing brand new cartridges every month, customers can simplyrecycle their empty cartridges at Cartridge World and buy remanufactured cartridges – saving hundreds on their office printing expenses. Cartridge World stores sell printer cartridges for all major brands of office printers – backed with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.

Businesses can save even more money by taking advantage of Cartridge World’s free printer program – available at many stores. Business customers may qualify for a free loaner printer if they sign a 12-month service agreement to purchase printer cartridges exclusively from their local Cartridge World store. To participate in the free printer loaner program, call or visit your local Cartridge World store.

“Like most other businesses, we are always looking for ways to cut spending,” said Christina Potenza, an Executive Assistant in Tampa, Fla. The company she works for, ProCare, has participated in Cartridge World’s free printer program for several years.

“We have a huge call center and purchase ink and toner monthly. By using Cartridge World, we’re saving 30 percent off what we would pay for other brands, and they deliver it for free. Plus, as part of the free printer program, they help us with any equipment issues that arise.” Since 2007, she estimates ProCare has saved nearly $13,000 by using Cartridge World cartridges.

If you have questions about what printer is right for your office, what cartridges are best or how to start recycling printer cartridges, contact your local Cartridge World store.

BUDGET-SAVING IDEAS FOR 2013

A simple way to improve the bottom line is to reduce office supply spending. In fact, businesses can cut office printing costs by 25 percent or more by making a few simple changes.

According to http://www.Reduce.org, the average office worker can use 10,000 sheets of paper every year. “Considering there are more than 21,000 U.S. and Canadian firms with 500-plus employees, that’s a huge volume of printing,” says Tom McLaughlin, Marketing Director for Cartridge World North America. “There are three ways businesses can immediately reduce their printing costs. Reduce the number of pages printed. Reduce printer ink and toner expenses. Use the right printer.”

With 600 stores in the United States and Canada, Cartridge World is the largest specialty retailer of ink and toner printer cartridges for the home and office. Each Cartridge World store serves hundreds of business customers and can provide cost-saving solutions:

  1. Reduce paper use:
  • Use duplex (two-sided) printing on all “draft” documents
  • Reduce margin areas on each page to print 10 percent more text
  1. Reduce ink/toner printer cartridge cost:
    • Purchase recycled / remanufactured printer cartridges instead of OEM to save 25 percent or more
    • Use high-capacity printer cartridges that provide cheaper per-page printing
  1. Use the right printer:
    • Low-cost printers may cost more in the long run. Confirm what kind of ink or toner cartridges they use first.
    • Check your printing volume. You might save by upgrading or downsizing your equipment

Buy the Right Printer

PC World magazine may say it best, “If you buy a cheap inkjet printer, you’re going to pay a small fortune for the ink to run it (assuming that you use the ink that its manufacturer specially designed for it).” If you buy a $100 inkjet printer and print 10,000 pages per year (40/day), you can use 23 standard ink cartridges per year. At a cost of $20 per cartridge, you’ll pay $475 for black ink alone. In three years, you could pay 15 times the cost of the printer for ink. Plus, you could pay up to three times more if printing in full color.

Selecting the right printer to meet the demands for your office, and confirming the cost of replacement printer cartridges should determine what kind of printer to buy. When buying a color inkjet printer, opt for a printer with four separate color cartridges, not tricolor (three-colors-in-one) cartridges. With tricolor cartridges, as soon as one color is empty, you need to replace the entire cartridge.

“Office managers and executives don’t always realize how much they can save by changing printers and their ink and toner provider,” explained McLaughlin. “If you’re using the wrong printer, it pays to switch ASAP. Plus, if you buy remanufactured printer cartridges, you can easily save another 25 percent or more.”

Cartridge World helps businesses of all sizes save money by selling remanufactured ink and toner printer cartridges. Rather than purchasing brand new cartridges every month, customers can simplyrecycle their empty cartridges at Cartridge World and buy remanufactured cartridges – saving hundreds on their office printing expenses. Cartridge World stores sell printer cartridges for all major brands of office printers – backed with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.

Businesses can save even more money by taking advantage of Cartridge World’s free printer program – available at many stores. Business customers may qualify for a free loaner printer if they sign a 12-month service agreement to purchase printer cartridges exclusively from their local Cartridge World store. To participate in the free printer loaner program, call or visit your local Cartridge World store.

“Like most other businesses, we are always looking for ways to cut spending,” said Christina Potenza, an Executive Assistant in Tampa, Fla. The company she works for, ProCare, has participated in Cartridge World’s free printer program for several years.

“We have a huge call center and purchase ink and toner monthly. By using Cartridge World, we’re saving 30 percent off what we would pay for other brands, and they deliver it for free. Plus, as part of the free printer program, they help us with any equipment issues that arise.” Since 2007, she estimates ProCare has saved nearly $13,000 by using Cartridge World cartridges.

If you have questions about what printer is right for your office, what cartridges are best or how to start recycling printer cartridges, contact your local Cartridge World store.

BUDGET-SAVING IDEAS FOR 2013

A simple way to improve the bottom line is to reduce office supply spending. In fact, businesses can cut office printing costs by 25 percent or more by making a few simple changes.

According to http://www.Reduce.org, the average office worker can use 10,000 sheets of paper every year. “Considering there are more than 21,000 U.S. and Canadian firms with 500-plus employees, that’s a huge volume of printing,” says Tom McLaughlin, Marketing Director for Cartridge World North America. “There are three ways businesses can immediately reduce their printing costs. Reduce the number of pages printed. Reduce printer ink and toner expenses. Use the right printer.”

With 600 stores in the United States and Canada, Cartridge World is the largest specialty retailer of ink and toner printer cartridges for the home and office. Each Cartridge World store serves hundreds of business customers and can provide cost-saving solutions:

  1. Reduce paper use:
  • Use duplex (two-sided) printing on all “draft” documents
  • Reduce margin areas on each page to print 10 percent more text
  1. Reduce ink/toner printer cartridge cost:
    • Purchase recycled / remanufactured printer cartridges instead of OEM to save 25 percent or more
    • Use high-capacity printer cartridges that provide cheaper per-page printing
  1. Use the right printer:
    • Low-cost printers may cost more in the long run. Confirm what kind of ink or toner cartridges they use first.
    • Check your printing volume. You might save by upgrading or downsizing your equipment

Buy the Right Printer

PC World magazine may say it best, “If you buy a cheap inkjet printer, you’re going to pay a small fortune for the ink to run it (assuming that you use the ink that its manufacturer specially designed for it).” If you buy a $100 inkjet printer and print 10,000 pages per year (40/day), you can use 23 standard ink cartridges per year. At a cost of $20 per cartridge, you’ll pay $475 for black ink alone. In three years, you could pay 15 times the cost of the printer for ink. Plus, you could pay up to three times more if printing in full color.

Selecting the right printer to meet the demands for your office, and confirming the cost of replacement printer cartridges should determine what kind of printer to buy. When buying a color inkjet printer, opt for a printer with four separate color cartridges, not tricolor (three-colors-in-one) cartridges. With tricolor cartridges, as soon as one color is empty, you need to replace the entire cartridge.

“Office managers and executives don’t always realize how much they can save by changing printers and their ink and toner provider,” explained McLaughlin. “If you’re using the wrong printer, it pays to switch ASAP. Plus, if you buy remanufactured printer cartridges, you can easily save another 25 percent or more.”

Cartridge World helps businesses of all sizes save money by selling remanufactured ink and toner printer cartridges. Rather than purchasing brand new cartridges every month, customers can simplyrecycle their empty cartridges at Cartridge World and buy remanufactured cartridges – saving hundreds on their office printing expenses. Cartridge World stores sell printer cartridges for all major brands of office printers – backed with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.

Businesses can save even more money by taking advantage of Cartridge World’s free printer program – available at many stores. Business customers may qualify for a free loaner printer if they sign a 12-month service agreement to purchase printer cartridges exclusively from their local Cartridge World store. To participate in the free printer loaner program, call or visit your local Cartridge World store.

“Like most other businesses, we are always looking for ways to cut spending,” said Christina Potenza, an Executive Assistant in Tampa, Fla. The company she works for, ProCare, has participated in Cartridge World’s free printer program for several years.

“We have a huge call center and purchase ink and toner monthly. By using Cartridge World, we’re saving 30 percent off what we would pay for other brands, and they deliver it for free. Plus, as part of the free printer program, they help us with any equipment issues that arise.” Since 2007, she estimates ProCare has saved nearly $13,000 by using Cartridge World cartridges.

If you have questions about what printer is right for your office, what cartridges are best or how to start recycling printer cartridges, contact your local Cartridge World store.

CARTRIDGE WORLD DONATES $19,000 TO THE NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

In December, Cartridge World North America donated $19,040 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). More than 100 Cartridge World stores participated in the fundraising campaign. The non-profit organization will use the donation to offer early detection services and support programs for breast cancer patients.

“According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide – and that impact is felt by everyone, including the Cartridge World family,” said William Swanson, Chief Executive Officer for Cartridge World North America. “Raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation is our way of getting involved in our community, raising awareness and giving back for a cause that touches so many of us.”

The NBFC was presented with the donation at its headquarters in Dallas on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. With a mission to save lives through early detection, the NBCF partners with 94 medical facilities to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to women in need. The foundation also offers multiple educational resources aimed at breast cancer survivors.

“With the support and partnership of Cartridge World, NBCF is able to provide funds to support our mission and programs,” said Brent Hail, Senior VP, Development of the NBCF.

During Cartridge World’s “Round Up for Pink Ink” campaign, more than 125 stores raised funds for the cause, including:

Cartridge World will continue its collaboration with the NBCF to raise funds for the non-profit organization. In the meantime, visit the NBCF website to learn how you can get involved or donate now.

With 600 stores across the U.S. and Canada, Cartridge World is the world’s largest specialty retailer of ink and toner printer cartridges. To learn how much Cartridge World can help you save on printing costs, use our online savings calculator. For more information about Cartridge World’s programs and eco-friendly products, visit www.CartridgeWorld.com or call your local Cartridge World store.

 

There are two main kinds of cartridges: inkjet and xerographic toner

There are two main kinds of cartridges: inkjet and xerographic toner. Both types
accomplish the same function, but in two very different ways. Xerographic toner printers use toner powder, whereas ink cartridges use liquid ink. Due to the differences in printing mediums, the mechanics of each cartridge are fundamentally different. These differences contribute to their varying cost and ability to be recycled.

Toner cartridges work by using three main parts: the toner hopper which holds the toner
powder, the developer unit which is an assortment of negatively charged magnetic beads, and a metal drum that the beads are attached to. The revolving drum coats the entire sheet of paper with a positive electric charge. Then a laser removes the positive charge in the places where the image is going to be printed, leaving behind a negatively charged electrostatic image. Since the toner contains compounds that carry a positive charge, namely iron oxide, the negatively charged beads pick up the toner from the hopper. As it is being rolled over the paper, the toner is attracted to the places where the laser created a negative image. Before the page is printed it out, it goes through a pair of heated rollers called a fuser which melts the toner onto the page (Harris, 2007).

This process allows for speed, economy, and efficiency—you are able to print more for the amount of toner purchased. Since toner is usually sold in larger quantities, however, its unit cost per cartridge is higher than that of ink. Inkjet cartridges are slightly more straightforward but the technology within the cartridge is equally as innovative as the toner cartridge. Within an inkjet printer, the ink is contained in an 26 airtight foil-lined compartment. As the cartridge deposits ink onto paper via small jets, the
airtight compartment volume decreases because of a vacuum effect. Within the cartridge there is a silicon chip with microscopic jets – small etchings in the chip that act as hydraulic jets – which are connected to a metal plate underneath the ink compartment. When electricity passes through the metal plate it superheats the silicon chip and a small droplet of vaporized ink is released through these small etchings.

A basic black inkjet cartridge for a small personal printer with 600 dots per inch (dpi) contains a matrix of about 300 jets and up to 14 jets can be fired in 22 different phases (Wandel, 2003). This process can create dots approximately 55 microns wide, smaller than a human hair. More jets can create a dpi up to 1440×720, surpassing the resolution of most toner cartridges. On a price per print basis, inkjet cartridges print higher cost prints that that of toner. The cost of an inkjet cartridge however, is less than that of toner
cartridges (Tyson, 2001).