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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?


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…

What to consider before purchasing an existing business

Opening your own business is an exciting time. Many people relish in the idea of being their own boss and having a higher level of control in their jobs. These reasons are two of the many to look forward to when enjoying the many benefits that accompany becoming an entrepreneur.

Why text messaging is a good promotional tool

In today’s digital-centric world, text messaging has long been a staple in daily communications for many people. They use it to make plans, send short messages (and even sometimes long conversations!) and to simply touch base with family and friends. But what many do not often consider is that text messaging can also be used as a promotional tool.

Can 'too much' tech create negative customer experiences?

Technology is second nature in today's business environments. It's unusual in today's world to find a business that operates solely on old-fashioned cash registers and does not take credit cards. While there are a few out there, those establishments are far from the norm.

Why businesses should invest in email marketing

Email promotion is a popular marketing channel for many reasons. Different email techniques are used by marketers to reach their target markets or already established customers. If designed correctly, email marketing campaigns can be very successfulin any given industry. However, if poorly conceived, a campaign is likely to be ineffective and a waste of energy and resources.

How deceptive advertising hurts businesses

Ever deal with a company that tries to sell you a bogus deal or a poor quality product? Or maybe you have seen they just aren't being truthful? If you have, from the customer perspective, you know deceptive advertising is poor business practice.

Pros and cons of a limited liability company (LLC)

The limited liability company is a relatively new kind of business structure in the United States, although in other parts of the world, such as Europe and South America, this type of business structure has been around for some time. Fundamentally, the limited liability company, or LLC, combines the best of other business structures to provide business owners with another kind of opportunity to structure their business.

What to consider when choosing a commercial building color

As the old saying goes, appearance is everything, and commercial buildings are no exception. The outer appearance of a business will likely play a strong role in how customers, or potential customers, perceive the establishment even before they step foot inside the door to see what the merchant has to offer.

Ways technology creates a better customer experience

While there may still be a few holdouts, most businesses have picked up on the fact that technology can enhance operations and be a good cost-savings factor. They've also realized the many ways technology can create a better customer experience - in fact, many businesses can't function without various forms of tech these days. 

How does a denial of service attack affect a business?

A Denial of Service (DoS) attack, unlike other security compromises such as basic attacks, identity attacks, and malicious code, are created to target a server or other network component with the intent to make the site unavailable to users. Typically, in a DoS attack, the primary motive is to deny the victim access to a certain resource and this attack will "prevent legitimate users of a service from accessing that service" (Carnegie Mellon).

How to pick a location for a new business

The approach taken when choosing a location for a new business is one of the most important decisions an entrepreneur will make. There are several important factors to consider when determining where a new business will be opened. 

Ways businesses use deceptive advertising