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Reasons not to work from home

Working from home has become increasingly popular for employers, employees, and self-starters. While there are many great reasons why people choose this option, before making this decision it is also a good idea to evaluate the reasons why it might be better not to work from home.

What works for one person may not work for another and this is why it is important to examine all angles before making a commitment to work out of your own home. Sometimes, the idea initially sounds fantastic but then turns out not to be such a good plan at all. It all depends on your individual situation. Reasons not to work from home could include:
Get easily distracted Working from home can lead to many distractions ranging from kids running around, telephones ringing, checking personal email, or peeking in on social media. It also could simply be getting tempted by other alternatives to work such as projects, cleaning, lunch dates, or other invitations. Another issue people often encounter when working f…

Why negative feedback is an opportunity

People look forward to getting feedback after a lot of effort has been put into a project or job. While the hope is to receive positive feedback from a boss or customer, this isn't always the way things go. It can be pretty disappointing when it happens. For many people, the initial gut reaction to negative feedback is not usually good. It's human nature to sometimes get defensive and, when negative feedback occurs, it is sometimes instinctual to have an adverse reaction to this kind of critique. However, it doesn't have to be that way.
Turn a negative into a positive The very heart of the word "negativity" sounds pessimistic and its connotation isn't a feeling people anticipate or usually want to experience. It is often hard to accept negative feedback, even when offered as constructive criticism. If this happens to you, you can either take the negative feedback as a put-down or you can accept it at face value and use it to your advantage. Instead of taking…

Advantages small businesses have over large companies

Some startups start small and rapidly expand, eventually going public. Other business owners prefer to keep things small. While both large and small organizations each have their own distinct benefits and drawbacks, small businesses, because of their size, often have unique opportunities large companies do not necessarily have the luxury of enjoying.

Choosing the right MBA program for you

Deciding to pursue an MBA degree program is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be made lightly because it is a demanding program. You’ll also have expensive tuition and, more than likely, left with a graduate student loan to consider.

Once you’ve made the decision that an MBA degree is the path you want to pursue, you’ll want to pinpoint the degree structure and type of coursework you want to study. Those are the keys to finding the best MBA program for you.

Click fraud: Its effects and why they are long-reaching

Internet users commit click fraud when they click on ads to intentionally generate payment from a business for a viewed ad. Click fraud can be accomplished by humans physically clicking on ads or by using computer programs (bots) to generate false traffic. While some might think this is not a big deal, the problems caused by click fraud can be long-reaching.

Engaging in click fraud is considered to be unethical because of the artificial traffic sent to the website hosting the ads. It has also become a significant problem for businesses that spend large amounts of their budgeted money on web advertising.
Artificial click fraud One way click fraud is done is by individuals or groups looking to inflate ad share revenues on a web page for personal gain or to drive up competitor prices by using human or robotic clicks. There is also wide scale artificial click fraud occurring (in addition to businesses, some writers can likely attest to this one having fallen victim themselves). This kind …

5 things to avoid putting on your resume

Your resume is essentially your sales pitch to help sell yourself to potential employers. That being the case, you want to be very careful selecting the information to include on your resume. Typically, most employers scan a resume and decide within seconds whether or not the document is worth taking a full look.

Business advantages to giving away freebies

Marketers have long-time considered freebies to be an attractive way to advertise. In marketing circles, this approach is considered a way to allow consumers to have the opportunity to "test drive" products (or services) they want to promote. There are many business advantages to giving away freebies to consumers.

Introduction to Economics: The Concept of Opportunity Cost

Opportunity cost is an interesting concept of economics because it doesn’t necessarily pertain to money; although it can certainly relate to money. One of the primary principles of opportunity cost is the concept of value.

Why emergency preparedness is important for small businesses

Over the last two decades emergency preparedness for business has emerged as a prominent topic. Planning for unexpected emergencies is not a new issue, but it is one that has begun to go beyond the talking stages and brought into action by many organizations. Yet, despite this progress, there is still a long ways to go. Many small businesses still do not establish a disaster plan.

Useful and important information to include on your business cards

A business card is a valuable tool and is useful for both marketing and networking. A professionally designed card with all the right information can be a great portable advertisement for both you and/or your company.

6 differences between management and financial accounting

People who do not routinely engage in accounting practices may initially think that financial and managerial accounting are the same thing. On the surface, the actual crunching the numbers associated with financial data has a lot of similarities because both accounting types use much of the same data.

Optimizing your website’s landing page

User experience should always be at the forefront when developing a website. If the experience is poor, visitors will quickly move on, probably to a competitor. According to Hubspot, if visitors leave a site without going beyond the landing page, it suggests they either didn’t find what they were seeking or they arrived on a page where the user-experience was unfriendly.

Why integrity is important in business

Integrity in business is one of those things that shouldn't be ignored. The days of cut-throat tactics with customers (and employees) are gone. The level of integrity a business acts with can be directly correlated with success because those organizations with a strong code of ethics, one that is immersed in their culture, are more likely to shine above the rest.

Reasons why live chat can offer a competitive advantage

Live chat features on business websites have grown far past being a nicety. In today's fast-paced society that expects quick results, customers have become increasingly inclined to expect a rapid response to their inquiries. Live chat customer service effectively fills this demand.
Email is great because it is convenient, and telephone options are also important to offer to those who want a more “personal” touch, but the one thing live chat features offer that their predecessors don't is the combination of convenience, personalization and speed. With live chat options, customers get a combination of all three.

How Facebook tells employers if someone is worth hiring

Social media has become thoroughly integrated into the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people. For personal or professional reasons, a large number of this population chooses Facebook as a network of choice.
Every day millions log into Facebook to share information. But Facebook's value is not necessarily all about the socialization, or even the marketing. There are many other reasons why some may find Facebook of use. For instance, many employers seeking to make a hire explore Facebook to get a better look at candidates. Is Facebook the standard screening tool? In a word, yes. In past years, employers used a variety of screening tools but often were unable to find out tidbits of details not shared by potential hires. However, with online socialization so ingrained in today’s society, Facebook has emerged as the new proverbial “background check”. Employers have discovered they can garner a lot of information about people by perusing the popular social network. According to …

Economics: How to differentiate between demand and quantity demanded

Economic theory contains many laws that pertain to the concept of supply and demand. These two basic components are a strong foundation of economic law and theory. For the demand factor, there are variables within the theory of demand. Demand and quantity demanded can be a confusing concept. The reason for this is partially because they sound so similar and, when many people talk about demand, what they really mean is quantity demanded.
Demand The demand segment of economics surrounds the concept of need. Needs are what people see as a requirement in their daily lives. The economic law of demand dictates, all other factors being equal, the more expensive a good, the less of that item people demand. It is this perceived demand that affects the price. When the price of specific goods drop, all other things being equal, people will be more inclined to buy more of those items. 

When demand of an item changes, this means the demand curve shifts. There are a few factors which may influenc…

Reasons not to bring your work problems home

Ever had the experience of coming home so frustrated you fling your possessions on the couch and begin to vent to whoever is around to listen? If so, you aren't alone. Many people bring their work issues home on a daily basis because they’ve either had a bad day, or an unresolved issue or other type of pressure is nagging away at them.

Unfortunately, bringing home your work problems can cause negative drawbacks that may impact the quality of your personal life. While it is helpful to talk out your work problems with your spouse, significant other, family member, friend or another sympathetic ear, by doing this consistently you ensure that your work life spills into your home life and, as a result, many other problems can occur.

Increased stress levels at home
If you are consumed with your work problems when you are out of the workplace you aren’t giving yourself the chance to catch a break. What often happens is the degrees of stress you feel at home tends to become mirrored in y…

Are digital distractions at work a problem?

Online activity is often cited as an issue in the workplace. Each day millions of people have continuous access to a computer or mobile device, and a good percentage of them spend at least some portion of their day putting work aside in favor of other online activities. While many people may only engage in personal business that must be tended to, others intentionally seek out external interests to distract from the workday.

Are digital distractions at work a problem? Seems to be a mixed bag.

Social Networking
In 2014 a survey conducted by Robert Half Management Resources asked the question, “Which one of the following is the greatest time-waster at work for employees?” Thirty-two percent responded non-business related Internet use (this included social media, but did not include personal email).

Facebook is likely today's biggest online distraction in the workplace, but it's not the only social network site that draws attention. Other social networks and niche-oriented sites …

Why is punctuality important?

If you've worked in the western culture you know professionals tend to operate on a monochronic time philosophy, meaning the work day is dictated by the clock. Appointments are scheduled and are expected to take place on time. Generally, lateness is typically frowned down upon.

Benefits of linking SOX requirements to business strategy

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was a motion made by U.S. Congress in 2002. The proposal was passed into law as a preventative means to increase financial transparency and mitigate fraud in corporate business. This law was a reaction to corporate scandals such as Enron, Tyco and WorldCom. While this law created a huge burden on organizations, many found ways to use SOX and apply it to their business strategies.

How to successfully telecommute from home

Telecommuting is a great opportunity for employees who are offered the chance to do it. Many businesses have realized the benefits of telecommuting and, as a result, offer this option to employees. While it isn’t for everyone, for many it is a great experience.

Allowing employees the ability to work from home is often a cost-savings measure for employers because telecommuting often increases productivity and helps retain the best employees. With these cost-effective advantages, employers are passing on the opportunity to their employees and many people are jumping at the chance to work from home.

Some of the benefits that come with a telecommuting position are:
AutonomyFlexibilitySavings on commuting costsReduction of stress (for some) While there are many pros and cons associated with telecommuting, for many people the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. The key to maximizing these advantages is to develop strategies to help you succeed. You can best do this by customizing your days to …

How to use social media to create better customer experiences

Social media rapidly found itself a niche in our modern fast-paced and tech-oriented society. Over the years social media has undergone tremendous change and, nowadays, a high percentage of people spend large amounts of time on social networks for personal and business reasons.

Is cyberloafing a problem for employers?

Over the past few years the buzz word "cyberloafing" has appeared in many circles. According to Webopedia, the term is a slang word that describes employees who spend their working hours engaging in online activities that do not have anything to do with work.

In March 2013, U.S. News reported on a study published by Kansas State University. The research
found between 60 and 80 percent of people cyberloaf. Also sometimes referred to as "cyberslacking", some say this has become a real problem when it comes to the level of productivity; others say -- not so much.
What are Cyberloafers Doing? Employees that cyberloaf are involved with a number of different activities which are fall into two general categories: entertainment and personal business.

In the leisure realm of things, people tend to engage in:
Social media Online games Video watching, streaming and viewing live events Instant messaging applications to chat with family and friends. Personal busi…

Courtesy: A winning strategy for promoting

People who publish content on the web generally want to be read. Be it a marketer, writer or anyone else. If they wanted their thoughts or the information they have to remain private they'd keep a personal journal or write on their word processors and let dust collect on their thoughts as they wither

How Demings’ Plan-Do-Act-Cycle applies to today’s business environment

In the 1950s W. Edwards Deming constructed the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle. Deming developed this model on the basis of quality, and his assertion was that when processes are placed in a continuous feedback loop this increases the quality of service and products to customers.

Ways Facebook outages have a ripple effect on other companies

From time to time Facebook suffers outages. With so many people dependent upon the network these days, and a 1 billion+ membership, any downtime is definitely noticed.

Oh #!*! Using profanity in business communications

Correspondence in the workplace should be conveyed on a level that demonstrates professionalism. Profanity is most often than not, inappropriate in business correspondence. Using profanity in business communications reflects on the organization as being unprofessional or sloppy.

What is the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002? An overview

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was a motion by Congress to increase financial transparency and reduce fraud of publicly held companies. This law was passed immediately (2002) after a series of corporate scandals, most notably, Enron. Often referred to as "SOX", this compliance law has become deeply ingrained in the corporate sector.

Benefits of age diversity in the workplace

Today's workplace pool has a lot more age diversity than it had in generations past. People are retiring later and many now working years, sometimes decades, past the former 55 to 65 age range for retirement.This means careers are stretching a lot longer than they used to and it has changed workforce demographics.

As the first decade of the new millennium came to a close, for the first time in the United States there were four generations coming together as colleagues - veterans, baby boomers, generation X and millennials (and now generation Z is also beginning to enter the workforce too). In 2015 millenials became the largest working population.

Each generation brings its own unique attributes to an organization.
Differing ideas and approaches With diversity typically comes innovation, fresh ideas and, yes, sometimes there is conflict too. However, if everyone agreed on everything, there would never be any new ideas or alternative perspectives considered when going through the d…