Security is undoubtedly one of the foremost considerations when starting up a business, regardless of nature and size. The main purpose of having efficient video surveillance storage and management solutions is protecting the business and the area it encompasses. However, customers and site workers can also benefit from being assured of their safety. Business owners and executives can also monitor their employees’ work-related activities more effectively through a functional video management … [Read more...] about Securing the Workplace with a Unified Video Management System
Desktop virtualization opens up a new world of IT flexibility as far as businesses are concerned and thin client technologies play an important role in streamlining many of the associated processes. Thanks in part to thin clients from Dell, managing desktop computers and the applications being used within an organization need no longer be the power-hungry, data intensive, costly and often time consuming processes they once were. Thin Clients – the Advantages Thin clients function as … [Read more...] about How Thin Clients Help Streamline IT Management
Businesses are regularly swamped with customer details, deliveries, product information and accounts, as well strategies and future plans. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information that surrounds a company, which is why organisation is essential. How can a business function properly if its data is a mess and its employees are basically working blind? As soon as poor organisation skills take hold the mess it creates begins to grow and becomes a difficult job … [Read more...] about Organisation is the Route to Success in the Business World
One recent example is Hearing Awareness Month, which took place in September. Championed by hearing care provider Hidden Hearing, they offered 20,000 free hearing tests in an attempt to raise awareness of hearing loss and encourage anyone unsure of their hearing ability to seek help. Hearing loss in the UK affects one in six people in some way with varying degrees of impairment, but many can be treated using hearing aids or other medical treatments. The biggest hurdle is getting … [Read more...] about Raising Awareness: Do Awareness Months Work?
Applying for a new job is one of the hardest tasks you have to do, mainly because it’s so important to you emotionally as well as personally. If you can get the application right, then you’ve done a lot of the hard work that goes into sealing a new job – the rest, obviously, is down to your performance in the interview. The search process can be long and drawn out which often affects your morale, but on other occasions you might find something very quickly, it’s all down to luck. Quite often, … [Read more...] about The Components of a Good CV
Tablet computers, cloud storage, smartphones and super-slim laptops are everywhere in the modern age and it seems that the only way to get ahead, remain on trend or get the job done to the highest quality is to invest in the latest and greatest gadgets that the technology world has to offer. In order to keep up with today’s digital audience, many businesses are now incorporating social media into their marketing strategies, while others are replacing humans with computers in the more advanced … [Read more...] about Embracing Modern Technology: How Much is Too Much?
As more parts of modern businesses become reliant upon technology and utilizing the latest digital innovations, it’s important that we establish exactly where we want the business to go and how we’re going to make the best use of what is available to us. It’s no longer enough to save a file on your computer, you want to store it in the cloud and share it with other people and even edit it while you’re away from your desk, and at the same time you want the folder to be well organised so that when … [Read more...] about Why You Need a Virtual Data Room
Starting up a new business? Then make every penny count. A recession is the perfect time to set up and grow your business in a niche market, as the only way is up. Of course you still need to take into consideration that times are tough, everyone is feeling the pinch. So how is your product or service going to appeal to a wider audience, and the general public? The main hurdle to overcome is actually seeing your business ideas take form and grow into something profitable. Use comparison sites … [Read more...] about Tools of the trade setting up your business
As you glance over the recent flyer you received in the mail for another professional marketing conference you think to yourself, “Not another conference. Should I even bother going? What will I get out of it?” The answer is you will get out of it what you put into it. As a marketing executive you can learn a lot from attending marketing conferences. Attending one requires planning in order to make the conference a more valuable experience. Starting with the conference agenda in your hand take … [Read more...] about What Can I Learn from Marketing Conferences?
As a business owner, it's important to look at your company periodically and figure out where you're succeeding -- and where you need to improve. Whether your business is stagnating, struggling to be heard above your competitors, or just not growing as you expected, identifying the problem is the first step toward fixing it. If you're not sure how to bump your business out of its rut, here are a few things to consider: Do you have standards in place? From product quality to customer service … [Read more...] about Is My Business Better Off Today Than a Year Ago?
In spite of tough economic times, many people still choose to start up small businesses. The draw of owning and operating one’s own business, and succeeding against all odds, is testament that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. For those considering the idea of opening a small business, file away a few tips, among which include: 1. Write the plan: Whether it’s a formal or an informal written business plan and/or financial plan, it is essential to provide a big picture view … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Get a Small Business off the Ground
In today’s world, technology is taking over every aspect of our lives. Business and networking have exploded in the digital age. You can send tweets while you are waiting at a stop light (not recommended) or write a blog post from a local diner. Our whole world has made a huge technological turn, and although networking has joined the digital world full-force, some networking is still looming in its conventional state. Businesses really should take advantage of both digital and conventional … [Read more...] about Digital vs Conventional Networking
Small business owners have lots on their plate to accomplish on a daily basis. With that being the case, outsourcing your payroll needs can remove the stress of having to pay employees on time, not to mention worry about whether or not all the necessary deductions are properly covered. Before your notion is to turn to a payroll provider, however, what are some of the things you should look for and expect from such a company? Among them: 1. Reliability – Have you ever had to deal with … [Read more...] about Is Your Small Business Paying the Price for Not Outsourcing Payroll?
The Cost of Stress Did you know that in 2011, sickness absence due to stress cost organisations an average of £673 per employee per year? Indirect costs have been estimated as twice the amount of direct costs, so the total business cost per employee is nearer £2,000 per year. The 2011 CIPD/Simply Health Annual Absence Management Report shows Stress as the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for the first time. Workplace stress affects over 400,000 people a year, which can be … [Read more...] about The Cost of Stress
Is Your Company’s Online Reputation What It Should Be? In a day and age when it seems just about everyone is online in some capacity, it does not take much for one’s professional business to be turned upside down by a negative comment or two. In fact, it can be downright disastrous if not properly addressed. For the business owner, be they a large business or a little mom and pop shop, their company’s brand and online reputation are two of their most important facets. Without a desirable … [Read more...] about Is Your Company’s Online Reputation What It Should Be?
Does Emotional Intelligence Make You a Better Leader? There are a variety of qualities that make up a leader, ranging from confidence, passion, and initiative. However, all these on their own are not enough for leaders to truly succeed. Instead, leaders require emotional intelligence to tie these qualities together and allow them to become a successful leader. Daniel Goleman, a proponent of emotional intelligence, shows that the skills provided by emotional intelligence allow leaders to … [Read more...] about Does Emotional Intelligence Make You a Better Leader?
Learn How to Avoid The Top 5 Payroll Mistakes Mistakes in payroll can be embarrassing and costly for small companies – as well as demoralising for their workforce. Small firms can ill afford to pay penalties for sloppy procedures. Many employees do not immediately check their payslips so it is important that errors are prevented before it is too late. Nobody wants to confront an angry or frustrated employee or a tax bill at the end of the year. If your company has not outsourced payroll to an … [Read more...] about Top 5 Payroll Mistakes | Learn How to Avoid Them Now
A guide to setting up and facilitating an action learning programme Action learning is a powerful method of learning; a group of 6 or 7 people meeting on a regular basis to discuss work related issues support one another and take action. The process is non-directive, non-judgemental, supportive, and confidential. Set members present a current work issue they are experiencing and the other members of the group ask questions. The crucial point here is that the other set members are asking … [Read more...] about A guide to setting up an Action Learning Programme
Why are we so bad at training new managers? In the knowledge economy getting talented people on board is more crucial than ever before, so more and more effort is going into the recruitment process. What happens once these talented individuals are hired however often leaves a lot to be desired. Leadership IQ, a research and management consulting firm, reports 67% of employees learn about their jobs from co-workers and not from their bosses. So new hires tend not to learn about their new … [Read more...] about Why are we so bad at training new managers?
The Hybrid Theory - beyond management & leadership... It’s the 21st century and, being an ‘evolved species’, we’ve come to recognise the requirement for progressive adaptation in response to external stimuli and environmental conditions to maintain competitive advantage. Civilised society has put comfortable distance between ‘natural selection’ and survival. From perpetual battles under empirical regimes to co-operative negotiation and global trading through ‘organisations’, complex … [Read more...] about The Hybrid Theory – manager, leader or something else?