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Management of Mobile Workers

It provides employees flexible working conditions that empower them and is also beneficial to the business.Mobile working ensures that the business doesn’t have to worry about office space for the mobile workers but this however does not mean that the business owner is not responsible for ensuring that the employees are provided the same connectivity as the office bound employees.A recent report of a study undertaken by CISCO underlines the need for good management when it comes to mobile workers.... While under communication may make the employees feel isolated and unclear of work goals, over communication may lead to undermining the trust of mobile workers.Stuart Duff, the author of the report is also an occupational psychologist at Pearn Kandola, says “As the mobile working phenomenon continues to grow, organizations must ensure that they have suitable leadership in place to manage teams of mobile workers.”The recruitment of mobile workers is of utmost importance and business owners need to look for self motivated, confident, determined and independent workers.

Businesses Benefit From Switching Off Computers

What may be a choice of convenience is actually costing the company and the environment dearly.According to a report by software solution provider 1E, market research firm Harris Interactive and Alliance to Save Energy, 104 million employed people work on computers everyday and a shocking 60% or 62.4 million do not shut their computers when they leave for the day.... This is money that can be utilized for more productive reasons and can well be controlled simply by adopting a policy to turn off computers at the end of the work day.Every year we pump 14.4 million tons of CO₂ into the environment only due to the computers that are on at night, even if they are in hibernation mode.

Aid for small business revamped or canceled?

It feels like Arctic winter.The insults to small business carry on and on in this piece and I am left with a few questions: What is wrong with wanting to stay a small business and have some life balance?Why don't they do the things we all pay them for, to make our lives easier, for instance by reducing red tape?Why are politicians, who do not know the first thing about running a business, always try to tell us, the business community, what we should do?But it is not all bad news he want to hear from us, he asked us:WHAT SHOULD THE MINISTER DO? Write to him at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET or e-mail him direct at mpst.timms@berr.gsi.gov.uk.Here is an idea, maybe one could stop changing names so often, it would save money i.e waste less of our tax-payers money, be good for the environment, get people less confused and could - although I'm not sure about this one - increase productivity in these departments, maybe?Why not write to him, I will?

Turn a Hobby into a Home Business

An interest or hobby can be developed into a home business after you have done the required research to decide if your favorite activity can actually bring in profits. Is candle making what impassions you? Then how about considering it as a home business? The National Candle Association of the U.S. states that the profession…

Rise of SOHO

It is interesting to note that the concept of a SOHO is not a new one but actually has been in existence since before the 19th Century. It is after the industrial revolution that larger industries and corporations came up in order to lower overhead costs. However the mid 1990s saw several dramatic changes in…

Incentives for Small Businesses to Turn Green

The threat to our natural habitat due to global warming is a dramatic and urgent one that requires effort on the part of all organizations, big and small. And to provide SMEs an incentive to move towards this direction Shell Springboard is offering awards amounting up to £40,000. In a research study undertaken by the…

Data Protection Necessary for SMEs

In a recent research study by Enterprise Storage Group (ESG) it was reported that as many as 52% respondents felt that their current data protection had scope for improvement and their back up and recovery systems were lacking. Interestingly data loss is one of the main reasons that SMEs need to seriously consider data protection.…

Entrepreneurs Slow to Turn Business Ideas into Practice

The start point of any great venture is a terrific business idea, but when that business idea is not worked upon and turned into a concrete business plan and implemented, it often dies a silent death. A research study by NatWest indicates that 17 million people in the U.K. were sitting on their business idea…

A Financial Break for Business Start-ups

Most potential business owners are known to shy away from actually starting their own venture simply because they are unsure about how get funding. The lack of capital is the most common reason that a business start up doesn’t work and closes down soon after it began. A research study taken on by NatWest cites…

In the words of Lord Clyde

Arctic Systems maybe another example of the aggressive nature of HMRC when pursuing taxpayers, however, Arctic Systems is certainly not the first case in history where the Revenue ‘HMRC’ has pursued a taxpayer for arranging their affairs in a more beneficial manner for taxation purposes. It brings to mind a case many years before I…

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