In today’s fast paced world, speed is our number one concern. We want magic to happen with a quick text, a simple tweet, or a series of posts we have autoscheduled throughout the week. We rely on technology so much that in many cases we forget the one thing that can build our success more than anything … our relationships.
Telecommuting is becoming a widely accepted practice throughout all industries. Surveys show that more than 13 million people here in the US currently telecommute for at least part of their workweek. And research suggests that as many as 45 percent of all positions are prime candidates for telecommuting.
In some aspect, every business is a service business. Making sure a customer is handled effectively from beginning to end is the key to a happy customer. But many businesses struggle to keep this process in top shape. While even tiny improvements can have a big impact on both retention and increased satisfaction, it won’t happen if you don’t spend the time putting a plan in place.
After July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue fixes or updates for anyone running a Windows Server 2003. And while this isn’t new news – they’ve been warning customers for months – if you are still running Windows 2003, it could have major impact on your business.
Remember the days of making a decision about what programs to purchase for the office? You carefully evaluated needs, looked through your software options, made a decision, then worked for days to get the program loaded and functioning on every computer in the office.
We’ve all been through it; the meeting that goes on and on. Instead of listening, you resort to playing with your phone or daydreaming the time away, all the while wondering why you are even in attendance.
According to Salary.com, meetings are ranked as the number one office productivity killer, and they are increasingly filling up a good portion of our days.
Being online means growing and sharing all that you do under the watchful eye of the public. It isn’t just your business that is impacted; every single person in your organization can have an influence on how people view what you do.
Imagine an employee constantly whining about having to work for your company on Facebook.
Data breaches have become a common topic in the news. While we tend to think of data breaches as being caused by hackers in far away lands, studies consistently show that isn’t true. Internal threats are equally dangerous to customer data, whether they are caused by malicious behavior or by human error.
By the end of 2015, it is predicted that well over 2 billion smartphones and 1 billion tablets will be used on a regular basis throughout the world. And if you look around your office, chances are the majority of your employees have at least one of these devices of their own sitting on their desks or tucked away in their pockets.
Think back to the last time you found yourself in a situation where you were developing a relationship with a new friend or possibly even a love interest. A lot of things went through your mind as the relationship grew. On some level, you probably asked yourself questions such as:
What will we gain by deepening this relationship?
What are the expectations if we move forward?
While the outcomes may be different, a relationship is a relationship.