Europe has always had stricter rules than the United States concerning personal data collection, use, and disclosure. Recently, the European Union further strengthened consumer privacy rights, and is considering even stronger data privacy rules that would provide people with greater say about how companies can use their online data. Most significantly, Google has begun to delete search results linking to certain historical content under recent “right to be forgotten” regulation. Could it happen here? And what should your company do if it does? Read the full entry
It was the most wonderful time of the year; when shoppers flock to the mall in droves to stock up on holiday gifts. Black Friday brought deals a-plenty, especially at huge retailers like America’s favorite red and white superstore, Target. Millions upon millions shopped and swiped, never thinking that they were at risk of exposing their private information to anyone other than the cashier. Alas, on November 30, 2013, more than 70 million credit card numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information, were in the hands of hackers in Russia. Read the full entry
Businesses use video surveillance systems for a lot more than catching shoplifters or reducing the time employees spend goofing off. “Employee monitoring is being used to increase customer satisfaction, improve employee performance, and enhance productivity,” according to Kristin Morgan at St. Francis University. Read the full entry
In a recent survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association, 65 percent of Americans cited work as a leading source of stress, and almost two-thirds said they’re not doing a good job of coping with the avalanche of work heading their way (Tweet This).
What does this mean for you? If you’re not equipped to manage workplace stress, your company and your employees will start to feel it. Stress isn’t good for your health, either. Or your sanity.
Isn’t it time you began controlling your day instead of letting it control you? Keep your sanity (and your job!) by using these insanely cool time management apps: Read the full entry
As businesses grow, so do the expectations of consumers. Today, 58 percent of Americans own a smartphone and use it daily to access the internet. Consider the facts:
- 74 percent of mobile users will leave unresponsive sites. Nearly a fourth of all internet users access the Internet solely through mobile devices (Tweet This Stat).
- More mobile users than ever before are using their devices to make purchases. Investing in a responsive site ensures that you don’t miss out on the growing mobile market.
Before transitioning your static site into a fully functional responsive website, it’s important to understand the key features of responsiveness and what this means for site coding. Read the full entry
The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon is more than just a trend. But businesses are establishing different policies- some ignore it because of the security issues while other instate a complete BYOD policy to minimize costs and maximize productivity. According to Gartner, by 2017, half of employers may have a mandatory BYOD policy — making staff bring their own devices to work (Tweet This!). At the same time, Gartner’s BYOD research shows that by 2016 over 30% of BYOD strategies will leverage personal applications, data and social connections, for enterprise purposes. Read the full entry
To be honest, we initially made this decision for economical reasons. However, even now that we have the financial possibility of renting an excellent workplace, we still choose to keep on working remotely to keep a work-life balance. Back in 2008 we were an exception; we were a unique start-up working with no office. Today, many start-ups adopt this new working mechanism. Read the full entry
The quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to set up a meeting with people located in distant and diverse geographic locations is using Web conferencing. According to GAN Conferencing, 54% of professionals feel that video conferencing is the most effective communication tool- more than doubling the perceived effectiveness of phone calls (Tweet This!). This goes for both sales prospects and remote employees. 87% of those working from home said web conferencing helps them feel more connected to their colleagues (Tweet This!).
Just about every computer and communication device comes with a microphone and camera built in. All that’s needed is software that provides:
- A common screen that everyone shares
- An environment that fosters collaboration, interaction, and creativity
- Desired performance at a reasonable cost
The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) market is on track to reach $88 billion by 2018, according to a recent Fierce Telecom article (Tweet This!). Part of this growth comes from increased adoption by small and home offices (SOHO), but several emerging trends are also converging to push the VoIP market forward. Here are five to watch: Read the full entry