When Bad Things Happen, Is It Really Wise to Make Quick Changes?
Good intentions and $5 will get you a cup of coffee anywhere — thinking through the ramifications of changes will provide for a better outcome altogether
On September 16, 2013 tragedy struck in Washington, DC.
Now, more than 2 months later, many are pushing for tougher employee screening processes.
This presents a question — what lessons can we learn from the Navy Yard shooting?
There is a Principle That Magnifies the Positive Affects Basecamp Has with Project Management
Getting stuff done requires re-thinking how you are doing things now
This is the 2nd of what will be 7 articles of the software Basecamp.
Our first article, Basecamp Will Definitely Change the Way You Do Project Management, we discussed how 37Signals claim, “Making collaboration productive and enjoyable for people every day”, with Basecamp exceeds everyone’s expectations.
With 8+ million projects already under its belt, this software is definitely the software you wish you had on your past projects.
In today’s article, we will continue this series by discovering who is behind this great tool and how it came to be.
We will also discuss the principles behind Basecamp that makes it unique — and very adaptable to any size project, whether writing articles or performing a full-blown multi-product, multi-line enterprise implementation.
Workforce Demographics Are Shifting, So Is the Need for Vigilance
The tides of change in technology means security and policies need to be in sync as well
A study by the research group Ovum found that more than 60% of employees use their personal mobile devices to access company data.
A BYOD (bring your own device) policy seems like a win-win proposition for employees and management alike, but this tech trend is raising concerns about security and communication.
Effectiveness Is Grand but Efficiency Has Value As Well What good is it to be effective if it is going to consistently consume more time? more money? It may be a little bit of a cliche, but time really is money. If you’re looking at ways to make your business more efficient then technology may be the answer. Technological advances mean that computers and the internet can play a growing part in how your business functions and runs on a daily basis. When your business is operating efficiency, it gives you more time to market your business and...read more
How Long Has It Been Since You Said “WOW!” About Any Software?
A series on re-thinking how Project Management is managed
When you land on the home page for 37signals, a company already renowned for its customer-centric collaboration software, you are greeted with
Making collaboration productive and
enjoyable for people every day.
Find out why this software is revolutionizing Project Management software by clicking the ‘read more‘ button…
The World Economic Forum Introduces The Human Capital Index
New index identifies countries’ ability to develop and nurture human capital
Thanks to the works of The World Economic Forum, a country can ascertain, via an index, where it stands globally right now and what it needs to do to become a better nation through its most valuable resource — their people.
Human Capital Report
A nation’s human capital endowment – the skills and capacities that reside in people and that are put to productive use – can be a more important determinant of long term economic success than virtually any other resource.
The Human Capital Report details the findings of a new Index which measures countries on their ability to develop and deploy healthy, educated and able workers through four distinct pillars: Education, Health & Wellness, Workforce & Employment and Enabling Environment.
For those that use Microsoft OneNote often, you know the frustration of how to reclaim unsynced files in OneNote.
Especially after dealing with attempts to re-organize the SkyDrive so it doesn’t look like something blew-up there.
Effectively, when you move, rename, or delete a file on SkyDrive, you have broken the connection to your desktop OneNote.
We are heavy users of Microsoft’s OneNote — an extremely effective and fluid way to consolidate your information into one centralized application, no matter what the source of that information.
But we also needed to clean up our SkyDrive after some messy setups recently.
Once we finished organizing SkyDrive we noticed we had lost more than 80% of our OneNote syncs during the process.
We scoured the web for solutions… and none were found!
Not to be the type to give up so easily, we tried a few things and found one technique that worked every time for us.read more
Talking at the U.S. State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world.
Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows.
Though his talk is geared towards dynamic statistics vs perspectivs being tested, there are principles here that are applicable to systems of any sort… With the ever present question being, “Is your dataset representative to your perception?”read more
The European Union Compliance Has Been Simplified for the Small Business
The small business is being recognized as wanting to comply but lacking the resources to do so
With HM Revenue & Customs (HRMC) proposing to change the way in which small businesses are checked for compliance, it is clear that government bodies are striving to ease the burden placed on independent ventures.
Without a strong infrastructure or considerable financial and human resources, it can be extremely difficult for small businesses to remain compliant with the law while also maximizing their productivity levels.
With this in mind, the new legislation and framework may well have a positive impact in terms of empowering small businesses and enabling them to grow.
Talent Management is Key With Today’s Workforce
Teneo hosts high level B2B conferences, seminars and forums for international executives who wish to better their knowledge by sharing their experiences.
They provide learning opportunities for professionals in the Human Resources & Communications field, and as a leading company in our industry, we have built our entity around strong values empowering management development.
More than 2.500 senior executives have attended their events…
The Tide Of Unemployed Is Shifting
Thanks to a stronger economy, more resources are now available to the employer but caution still needs to be embraced when selecting a candiate
The British employment market is enjoying a period of robust growth, which in turn is triggering a rise in the level of job seeker activity.
In comparison with June’s figures, July saw CV registrations and job searches soar by 19% and 21% respectively, while the number of total job application rose by 38%.
The knock-on effect for business owners is considerable, as there is now a wider pool of talent from which to choose from.
Given that business confidence is also on the rise, this provides an ideal window of opportunity for entrepreneurs who are looking to expand their existing venture.
Globally, The Workforce Is Changing and Becoming Challenging to Manage
The size of the workforce is shrinking yet the workload is increasing — training on many levels has become essential
According to the latest CBI survey, business activity and confidence in the UK services sector has grown strongly during 2013.
This trend is also prevalent across multiple industries, with business and professional services experiencing the most significant increase in trading volumes.
This is creating an increasingly competitive employment market, as companies look to capitalise on this growth by expanding and taking on addition staff.
While is largely positive news, however, small and independent businesses can find it challenging to compete when it comes to retaining and recruiting top industry talent.
CSP – Customers, Sales, Success Are the Focus of Your Tactics
Developing, differentiating, improving, investing, planning are your keys
Keeping your business ahead of the competition requires that you review fundamental business tactics for gathering new customers, increasing sales and planning for success.
It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day crises in your company to the point that you lose sight of the bigger picture, which is your company’s growth.
Regardless of which business you are in, that’s your ultimate goal.
Let’s step back from the contained chaos of running your company and revisit some basics of running a 21st century business.
Windows And Apple Are Predominant However Linux Has Gained Much
Stablility is mandatory once anything reaches high speeds – car, motorcycle, planes… computers…
While Linux doesn’t have a share of the market that comes anywhere near Windows or OS X — or even a share of the market that could reasonably be called mainstream — those who do use it tend to be dedicated, advanced users who are part of powerful institutions such as governments, major corporations, and scientific organizations.
Linux users aren’t many, but they are a loyal, knowledgeable bunch.
Asking the Right Questions Creates Value
When you ask the wrong questions, you only end up with the answers you were seeking
You’ve decided that it was time your company moves its data to a cloud server.
That was the easy part.
Next up is figuring out which cloud provider is the right one for your business.
While no 2 companies – not even companies within the same industry – will have the same needs when it comes to the cloud, there are some very basic and very valuable questions that every company should ask before choosing a cloud provider.
The Fast-Changing IT Landscape Requires A Fast-Changing Security Mindset
Some net technology maybe needed, but technology can never replace discernment in managing security
IT security is on everyone’s minds these days.
With news of IT security breaches and cyber threats ripped from the daily headlines, most businesses face challenges maintaining an IT infrastructure free from vulnerabilities.
HR Information Systems bring with them their own unique IT security issues.
Enterprise-wide applications such as Payroll, Benefits, Human Resources, Compensation, Talent Management, Applicant Tracking, Timekeeping and other business systems are the lifeblood of the organization.
Cloud Computing Levels the Playing Field for Many SMB’s
Operational costs have plummeted for large systems, thanks to the cloud
The commercial world has changed beyond all recognition during the last decade, thanks to a series of diverse technological advancements that have changed the way in which companies operate.
Despite their diversity, however, this series of innovations has had a cumulative impact on the business market and created a more even playing field for small and independent ventures.
One of the most prominent examples in recent times has been the development of cloud computing, which offers numerous advantages to independent firms and their day to day operation.
GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out
Though data never has a ‘freshness date’, it will become stale and stagnant when integrity is not exercised
Though the following focuses on marketing, customer service and sales efforts, the same principle can be applied to HR, HRIS, ERP, even Big Data — the GIGO principle is like a cancer to your data that will slowly distort your reports until it becomes painfully obvious that something has to be done. So why wait until this discovery to do something about it?
Bad data: these two tiny words can kill your entire business.
You may have streamlined your data-gathering initiatives so you’re getting an appropriate amount of data for your marketing, customer service and sales efforts, but even when you put every bit of effort in verifying the accuracy of your data, over time your records become tainted.
They may be out-of-date, become duplicated or edited.
See what happens when your data may be out-of-date, become duplicated, or edited…read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –One of the single most important determinants of success or failure of the present administration’s vision of healthcare reform, or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), is the establishment of a Health Insurance…read more
Buyers of commercial cloud services, especially software as a service (SaaS), are finding security provisions inadequate
Gartner, Inc. said SaaS contracts often have ambiguous terms regarding the maintenance of data confidentiality, data integrity and recovery after a data loss incident.
This leads to dissatisfaction among cloud services users. It also makes it harder for service providers to manage risk and defend their risk position to auditors and regulators.read more
|NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – As women globally are gaining more foothold in boardrooms – even as numbers in the U.S. stay constant – women directors around the world share common priorities in governing their companies and ensuring the survival of their organizations.
At the WomenCorporateDirectors third annual Global Institute, more than 250 women corporate directors, board chairs, CEOs, other C-level officers, and policy experts gathered to discuss and debate topics weighing on the minds of boards today – from regulation to corporate resiliency to the growing power of emerging markets.
With more than 20 countries represented at the Global Institute, the directors voiced a number of shared priorities about the top issues they and their companies face today…
EAGAN, Minn., July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — While social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, are popular for sharing photos and other aspects of people’s lives, many users are worried that their postings could someday cost them their job.
According to a new survey from FindLaw.com, the…read more
SEATTLE, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –TheCloud Security Alliance(CSA) today announced a…read more
SAN FRANCISCO, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the world’s #1 CRM platform, today launched the new Salesforce Chatter Mobile, helping employees make every moment count. With the fourth generation of Chatter Mobile, employees will be able to edit records, view…read more
EAM : Enterprise Asset Management
The more the moving parts, the more likely something will breakdown — including how your maintenance technicians work as well
Maintenance technicians are on the move now more than ever before, so they need quick access to information about equipment and repairs to work productively.
Shrinking Workforce Is Accompanied With Increased Workloads
Creating value of your employees will create value to your business
Whether you oversee a staff of 2 or 200, every minute of your day is probably accounted for.
This applies to every single type of business model, from those that have a traditional infrastructure to others that employ a more flexible, project based workforce.
This provides multiple challenges for business owners, who must strive to understand the needs of their employees while also overseeing all operational and strategic tasks.
Apps, U.S. Lead the Spend
By 2014, Latin America will emerge as the fastest-growing
From TechCrunch, published Monday, 15-July-2013
Forrester Research has now released its annual look at the state of IT spend globally, and the analysts project that there will be $2.06 trillion invested across software, hardware, and IT services by enterprises and governments in 2013.
Within that, U.S. will be the biggest-spending country by a long shot, and — in a sign of the times — apps will be the single-biggest spending category of all.
There Are 5 Reasons the Hybrid Cloud is THE Preferred Cloud
These reasons are allowing an increasingly diversified and distributed workforce
The hybrid cloud is a hot product today.
Because it gives enterprises the ultimate flexibility to combine low-cost elastic resources in the public cloud with the security and control afforded by the private cloud, it is not hard to pinpoint the reasons why.
HR Performance Challenges Are Conveyed In What Is Desired in New Systems
The challenges can be distinguished between hands-on HR managers and HR strategic managers
Sometimes, we think we have all the answers.
And then, the numbers make us think again.
A Survey of Global HR Challenges, put together by PriceWaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, turns some ideas upside down.