7. June 2012 18:34
Its very easy in our busy lives to remember to change our passwords on some of the applications, systems and email facilities we have.
Simply changing your passwords on a regular basis is a great way to prevent or limit the chances of having your valuable email addresses and social media applications hacked or compromised.
It may sound like a tall order, especially as most business people have a growing amount of passwords to remember, but keeping each password different and not in a similar format is a great way to increase the security of your passwords.
There are sites on the internet that allow you to check the security of your email addresses by simply adding your address, it can be checked to see whether your email address has been compromised so that you can take the appropriate actions to protect you emails in the future.
Such sites as https://shouldichangemypassword.com are a credible way of checking out your details.
It is not just emails that we must protect, but for anyone using applications that include personal details such as date of birth and personal information, these should not be forgotten and passwords changed on a regular basis.
9. November 2011 09:59
Working from home can be a rewarding and positive workplace, but it is not without its trying times!
Whilst getting up in the morning and walking into your office can be convenient there can be a time (especially for the sociable Soloprenuers) can feel quite cut off from the normal social elements of working in an office.
When you work hard in your office all day, sometimes the last thing you want to do is go out or organise something in the evening. Please do not get into this habit as you will find that all work and no play can soon build up and become quite a hard rut to break out of.
Whilst a majority of your time is probably spent in the office, keep to a strict timetable of scheduled work time and scheduled ‘down time’. When you feel you are feeling a bit cut off socially but should be concentrating on business matters consider arrange going to a networking group. This is a good way of getting away from the office, meeting new and likeminded business people and is still part of a business.
We spoke a business woman who works as a recruitment consultant. One of the things she mentioned is that she speaks to a lot of people during the day but doesn’t have the normal non work chatter that she missed in the office. One thing she recommended was to arrange once a week to catch up with another like minded business person to talk generally of any challenges that you both face.
Working from home works for a lot of people but making a strict schedule will stop it becoming all work and no play!
8. November 2011 16:01
There are many grey areas when trying to put individuals into certain categories, but I believe the following is as good a yardstick as any in identifying the category and the approach you should adopt in dealing with each of these types:
A Competent Competent
This person is extremely competent and recognises that fact
Do not over praise this person as they will see it as condescending – In general LEAVE THEM ALONE TO DO THEIR JOB.
An Unconscious Competent
This person is extremely competent but doubts that fact.
They need reassurance, so praise them regularly on a task well done in order that their self esteem is raised enough for them to progress to the next level.
A Conscious Incompetent
This person knows that they have failings and it is likely they will dodge any form of decision making.
These people are crying out for training in order to boost their confidence level – SO GIVE THEM THE RELEVENT TRAINING
An Unconscious Incompetent
This person is DANGEROUS for they believe they are highly competent but in fact are highly incompetent.
Give them a task that you believe they cannot complete satisfactorily, for they will believe they can. The objective being, to make them aware of their deficiencies and to accept the need for training.
8. November 2011 12:05
With the internet providing an extra window for customers to display their services and products, it is important to look at the importance of blogging and its effects on bringing quality internet traffic, rather than just window shoppers.
We have used our blog as a portal for relevant and sometimes fun articles based around businesses so that we can engage with people over business related matters. With a growing need for companies to promote their services using SEO sometimes there can be too much emphasis on quantity rather than quality. Although an article on say Justin Beiber may be a great way of increasing traffic, is this traffic absolutely relevant to your business? If you are a Justin Beiber memorabilia store, perhaps but if you are a financial advisor or IT consultant does it really benefit your business?
If you consider your website or blog as your shop window, what things would you put in it to attract passing trade? Obviously things that show what you do and what you are about and items that would attract passers by into looking into you further. With this in mind it is always a good idea to carefully think out what topics you want to cover on your blogs and what effect you hope they will have. Put it this way, if you were a shop store, say a greengrocer and you put sweets in the windows because it would attract lots of glances, how fed up would you be with people coming into your shop to ask you about sweets rather than what you do sell?
Enjoy blogging, it’s a great way to reach people that you wouldn’t normally reach but make it effective for you by concentrating on who you want to reach.
12. September 2011 10:39
Working out the best Recruitment Strategy for your company,
With so many ways to recruit it can be a minefield just to fill a space in companies. So what are the best ways to help with your employment?
Obviously there are the tried and tested local high street agencies that can really help if you are looking to appeal to local people. They can offer placements on a temporary basis so that you can get to know the potential of somebody before offering a full time placement. This is a great way for some but there are pitfalls. It can be difficult if you don’t really sit down and discuss your requirements at the offset with the agency. Make sure they really understand the Key Points that you require and make sure that they only forward potential workers that fulfil them. Another downside that can arise from trying on a temporary basis beforehand can be that if the candidate is really good they may be in demand so might not always be available if you decide they are the man or woman for the job!
The Jobcentre is still a popular place to start for some companies and with many people using them as their first point of call when looking for work it remains a great resource for recruitment. With trained staff within the Jobcentre they can help the process of recruitment by identifying those that would be a good prospect and those that might not fulfil the criteria you are looking for.
For those looking for really specialist or niche employees then there are a variety of specialist employment agencies. With online agencies offering a great way to search for people based on the category of job you are looking for, such as I.T. Healthcare, Consultants, Financial backgrounds and Legal. Other agencies online can appeal to the upper grade jobs such as Executive placements.
Larger companies have been getting a great benefit from being represented at Job Fairs and recruitment drives. This works especially well for larger companies looking to employ a large amount of people and can be a very positive way of getting people a chance to know the requirements and the company before applying.
Don’t forget to use local publications if you think that the ideal candidate would be a local person close to the working environment. Local papers, like jobcentres tend to be a first port of call for those looking for work or considering a job change. The downside of advertising in a local paper is that you can open yourself up to unsolicited calls from agencies or a large amount of call volumes, so bear this in mind and make sure you have the patience and resources to deal with this if necessary.
So the main points we would recommend to any company are; look at your KPI’s for the job in question and decide the best root from there.
1. July 2011 16:08
We all know that feeling, when coming in to work and remembering snippets of things we need to achieve then spending a whole day doing other things and never getting round to doing what we intended.
For those who have a lot of things on their plate and many tasks to juggle there are basic ways to remain effective (and sane) whilst prioritising without putting off.
The ‘To-Do list’ may sound like an outdated concept, but it really works. Firstly it allows you to sit down and work out what you need to achieve and in what timescale. Sometimes just writing down each job will allow you to make a mental decision on their priority. Another great incentive is to sit down and work out what you want to achieve that particular week, maybe it is just to catch up with customers you have been meaning to call, or work on getting that sale that you really want. The key is to work out what needs to be done now and what is not so urgent, and (if you are in a position to delegate) to pinpoint which items are better suited to another member of your work place.
If you have a whole department to run and balance then agree goals with the team at the beginning of each week. This allows them input and a chance for them to help with tasks and for you to delegate. At the end of the week you can see whether you and your team have been able to achieve them. It can be quite rewarding to know that each week you achieve a common goal or objective.
Always remember that taking a few minutes of your time at the beginning of each week or day to work out your to do list are minutes that make you more time efficient and focused.