TweakBiz http://www.tweakbiz.com Business Talks Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:27:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 135655778 How Advancements in HR Analytics Will Improve Business Performance http://www.tweakbiz.com/how-advancements-in-hr-analytics-will-improve-business-performance/ Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:27:39 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=910 Decision-making in the human resources area of business is starting to see a change. In the past, HR decisions have been guided by instinct and intuition, but in today’s world, we have access to such large amounts of data that we can use it to help make those decisions. We do not have to rely […]

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Decision-making in the human resources area of business is starting to see a change. In the past, HR decisions have been guided by instinct and intuition, but in today’s world, we have access to such large amounts of data that we can use it to help make those decisions. We do not have to rely on intuitions any longer.

In 2015, it was discovered that 35% of companies were developing methods of data analysis to use in conjuncture with their HR department. In a world driven by data, it should be no surprise that HR analytics are being used to help decide what candidates to hire.

A lot of organizations use metrics to influence how they recruit and compensate employees. The reason this is such a huge benefit is that it allows organizations to analyze data in ways that simply were not possible before. More data equates to less reliance on intuition. In short, we can use facts to drive the HR process forward.

It’s Transforming the HR Landscape

Before I can show you how analytics improves performance, it’s important that we identify what analytics are in the first place. These are known to the industry as “talent analytics.” This process is designed to provide greater insight into employee management and hiring in an effort to achieve business goals.

Since there is so much data out there to wade through, the first step is always going to be the identification of metrics that are relevant. Then those insights must be used to improve the bottom line.

In a world where businesses are starting to realize just how powerful of a role this data plays in hiring and retaining the right employees, the entire landscape is experiencing a major shift. Hiring managers can be guided by information to help them make decisions.

HR Analytics is changing the landscape by:

  • Assisting in the selection of job applicants.
  • Identifying common factors in the creation of high-performance sales teams.
  • Analysing company culture and helping find ways to improve it.
  • Identifying career paths that are considered “high value” by workers.

How HR analytics are applied to the Workplace

HR analytics is great for making decisions in regard to hiring new employees. They make it easier to identify those who have the highest chance of being high performers. Furthermore, analytics can show you if this person needs to be shifted into a fast-track program so that they can gain the skills to be a top performer in your business.

Another valuable application is when we use analytics to model changes within a business. For example, if a business is trying to fine-tune its overall structure and finds a need to change some job positions, HR analytics can help estimate the impact those changes will have.

There are several other methods of applying HR analytics to the workplace. Teams are better able to allocate resources when hiring. Some metrics that are sure to see a vast improvement are: cost per hire and expense per employee.

Data analysis can also help a business create their hiring plan by identifying common factors and important patterns that are seen during the hiring process. The hiring managers can use that knowledge to make informed decisions.

HR Analytics Help You Face Difficult Challenges

It’s essential that we keep in mind that HR analytics is only the first step when it comes to leveraging business data. The real value comes from turning insights into practice. In short, that’s what creates the biggest challenge. Fortunately, there are data analysis firms out there that can help make this transition.

HR analytics will continue to expand well into the future. Businesses are either going to have to start utilizing this data or fall behind.

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How Social Media Marketing Helps in Running a Profitable Business http://www.tweakbiz.com/how-social-media-marketing-helps-in-running-a-profitable-business/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:25:31 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=907 The internet has made life easier for everyone. It has opened a world of opportunities for all walks of life. The internet has made marketing easier for businesses as it offers an opportunity for small businesses to compete with large companies that have big marketing budgets.  Every company needs to have a functional, effective and […]

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The internet has made life easier for everyone. It has opened a world of opportunities for all walks of life. The internet has made marketing easier for businesses as it offers an opportunity for small businesses to compete with large companies that have big marketing budgets.  Every company needs to have a functional, effective and easy to use website so that you can share all the information about the company with potential clients. There are social media platforms that are perfect for new and small businesses.

Here are some advantages of the social media platforms that you can use to reach out to the customers and run a profitable business.

Effectively targeting the audience:

The first thing that you need to do is to know your target audience. Knowing the audience is critical because it allows the businesses to focus their resources on the strategies that will work. The social media makes it easier to determine the target audience. There are tools in the social media that will allow you to target the demographics of the intended potential customers by focusing on specifics like age, gender, language, etc. When you know the target audience then you can adjust the marketing strategies accordingly.

Interacting with target market:

The social media offers the perfect opportunity to the businesses to get in touch with the customers. Interacting with customers is the perfect way of understanding what the potential clientele wants and satisfy them. You can use the tweets and Facebook posts to get reviews from the clients. It is the best way of improving the business.

Effective response:

If you want to earn the trust of the customers then you need to make them feel heard. The customers always prefer to buy the products from businesses that are quick to response. They do not like to wait to get their questions answered. The social media offers the best platform to look at the complaints of the people and give a prompt response.

Keeping up with competition:

Nowadays all businesses use the social media to target the potential clients. If you want to get their attention then you need to keep an eye on the competition and make sure that you are always ahead of them when it comes to following latest digital marketing strategies. You need to work on boosting the internet traffic and try to convert the traffic into sales.

Affordable and convenient:

The social media is an excellent tool but if you try to do too much and try handling too many social media platforms at once then you may end up with a mess. Choose one, two or three platforms and focus on them. The best thing about these platforms is that they are easy to use. If you stay focused then you will be able to establish an effective presence that will let you stand out from your competition. They are affordable as well.  You can create a profile without spending any money which makes it perfect for businesses with small marketing budgets.

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9 Essential Elements That Build Up a Strong Online Brand Reputation http://www.tweakbiz.com/9-essential-elements-that-build-up-a-strong-online-brand-reputation/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:49:08 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=917 There are several online mediums and platforms that are considered highly important in terms of developing a strong, rapid and targeted online brand reputation. According to most of the industry’s well-versed professionals, social media has undoubtedly become the top most influential and effective medium for achieving considerable online brand reputation but there are a few […]

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There are several online mediums and platforms that are considered highly important in terms of developing a strong, rapid and targeted online brand reputation. According to most of the industry’s well-versed professionals, social media has undoubtedly become the top most influential and effective medium for achieving considerable online brand reputation but there are a few key elements that have a proven track record of bringing the desired online branding outcomes.

If we move on to other channels and mediums then the websites official blog, news section, community contributions, whitepapers, infographics, case studies, syndicated content and much more are also a set of effective content-based online marketing. The real question is not about what to choose from all of these but, choosing the best elements that gear up your online content to gain success. Let us now go through a few vital factors that can help you transform your content into an effective tool for strong branding.

Industry Awareness

Staying strongly connected with your industry is of paramount importance. Yes, it is true that you can develop huge stacks of traditionally existing content or several ideologies that fall under the umbrella of your industry but, online readers are mostly looking a more proactive source of content. Staying fully aware of what’s actually trending within the industry helps a lot in developing pinpointed and trending content that is capable of becoming the center of gravity for your target audience.

Strong Focus

Focus makes things better. When it is about online branding everything needs to be well focused and balanced right according to the discrete needs and wants of your target audience. Starting from the website design and its overall look and feel up to the content of your website copy and other various forms of content need to be highly focused in order to gain better online brand reputation results compared to your competitors.

Enriched Authenticity

Effective online branding required the considerable level of authenticity and when it comes to your content, the level of authenticity exponentially rises in terms of absolutely satisfying your target audience. Online readers are not only looking for easy to understand set of knowledge and information but, they are more interested in authentic sources of content. If you think you have delivered the most authentic piece of knowledge and information within your content then it is absolutely all set to trend higher compared to your competitors’ content.

Building Trust

Building trust is one of the most challenging tasks for digital marketers all across the world. It is indeed true that now customers can find hundreds of websites selling or offering similar products and services which makes it really difficult for a brand to gain its target audience trust.

Most of the famous online brands do not believe in quantity. Now bringing quality content that is 100% unique, easy to understand, well referenced and real-time is everything for attaining strong trust and long-term affiliation.

Meaningful Content

Most of the industry experts have concluded that a piece of content that really doesn’t make sense is not even good for nothing. Modern day search engines are completely backed by machine learning and artificial intelligence concepts based on which they try to reflect the most useful and relevant piece of content to the audience.

If you think your content makes sense, comes up to the mark for addressing your target audience concerns and fulfills the purpose that brought the reader to your website then you are good to go for attaining strong online branding.

Avoid Selling

The majority of internet marketing experts agree that the content should not sell your product but it should promote your brand neutrally. More specifically, selling copies tend to be discouraged more by online readers. Now customers look for those websites that think more than just selling. Try to be a strong stakeholder in your customers’ final decisions rather simply pitching selling content that can be found everywhere.

Stay Accessible

Achieving the level of well positioned and ranked online brand is not at all enough for successful online business development. Now customers are always looking for those brands that tend to stay well connected with them. Either it is about online support or the domain of social media engagement, brand accessibility plays a vital role in creating the strong brand reputation.

Stay Responsive

Staying responsive not only refers to the act of making sure your availability for the target audience but, giving them an instant and adequate response. It can be your 24/7 online support where many potential customers spill over just because there is no one to properly respond to them. It can also be your social media pages where your target audience is continually contributing and interacting with the pages but you are less responsive to their comments, likes, share and other elements of engagement.

Community Matters

One of the last but not the least approach is to let people add their valued opinions and feedback to the various forms of your online content. Community matters a lot especially when it is about building a strong online reputation. Allowing people to talk independently about your content, products, and brands allow them to express their valued feedback which definitely helps a lot in improving and enriching your future content right according to their preferences. According to most of the expert digital marketers, it is more important to hear from your target audience rather than simply confining them to only read and hear from you. These above discussed 9 elements are given paramount importance by most of the industry experts and considered to be role-playing in achieving the desired goals.

Author Bio:

Lara Hawking is a well-versed and experienced digital marketing expert who has several years of unrivaled experience in effectively branding a number of businesses over the internet. She started her career by working as a freelance resource for custom assignment writing and over the years emerged as a successful internet marketer.

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What Advantages A Web Based Document Management System Offers? http://www.tweakbiz.com/what-advantages-a-web-based-document-management-system-offers/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:26:30 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=887 Web-based document management system is an electronic system that is employed by the business organizations to keep a record of their electronic files. The programs are developed in such a manner that storing, managing, retrieving and archiving of documents can be completed in a simple way. These programs are not only employed- by big organizations […]

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Web-based document management system is an electronic system that is employed by the business organizations to keep a record of their electronic files. The programs are developed in such a manner that storing, managing, retrieving and archiving of documents can be completed in a simple way. These programs are not only employed- by big organizations and businesses, but also, by small organizations and even education institutes. Web-based document management system has many advantages like:

  • It saves huge space as this system assures paperless office and workplaces. The files and documents are kept in electronic layout, thus reducing the requirement of physical document keeping system.
  • As various people just keep the single file in their office that improves its threat of getting misplaced, web-based document management system lets saving files and data online, thereby decreasing the feasibilities of data larceny.
  • As document management is completed automatically and there are no substantial files or records, the electronic files will not get misplaced or spoiled.
  • There is no requirement of any kind of technical help, upgradation, continuation and various services as most of the document management systems have these inherent features.
  • This system lets improved control over record maintenance and files.
  • As web document management system is handled electronically through the internet, different departments of an organization can synchronize and interact whereas accessing the information and significant records from anyplace and anytime. The organization can give access to only those people who have the power to deal with the documents.
  • This system permits quicker recovery of documents.
  • This system decreases the outfitted and administrative charges of the organization and the efficiency of the employees enhance due to the problem free paperwork. This system lets access and management of document-based procedures like invoice creation, salary slips, debt collection graphs, pay slips and various kinds of documents.
  • Record management systems of online programs are so well-resourced that it takes the support of the document in different manners by the time the document is kept. So, there are completely no possibilities of losing any data evidence or as of the data recuperation system attributed inbuilt in these programs.
  • Data safety is always a big disquiet in most of the organizations as there are possibilities of data larceny. The documents can be protected by carrying out timely audits and offering a password account to those people who have the power to access and renew any file in the program.
  • Any document can be made safe effortlessly by the bureaucrat if he or she does not want different employees to create any modifications in the file.
  • Document management server holds up the requirements of any organization by accumulating, placing, arranging and safety documents and assuring reliable business workflows for document management. Employing a document management system not only enhances the everyday record maintenance and document management processes but also, increases the flow of data.

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New Tests for Forklift Operators Come into Play Following Accident Spike http://www.tweakbiz.com/new-tests-for-forklift-operators-come-into-play-following-accident-spike/ Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=858 It was recently announced that anyone who is training as a forklift operator must now complete a much more difficult and rigorous set of tests than what has been the standard up until now. This industrial business news comes after spikes in warehousing accidents and media attention surrounding these industrial calamities. As a result, the […]

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It was recently announced that anyone who is training as a forklift operator must now complete a much more difficult and rigorous set of tests than what has been the standard up until now. This industrial business news comes after spikes in warehousing accidents and media attention surrounding these industrial calamities.

As a result, the main four Accrediting Bodies – AITT, RTITB, ITSSAR and NPORS – have all collaborated with many stakeholders and the ABA (Accrediting Bodies Association) to form a new standard, regarded by many as a long overdue move. Speaking with the Managing Director at accrediting body company AITT, he said

This standard reflects much more closely, the modern working environment and meets the needs of employers, as well as the industry. A key change is that the test targets habitual bad practice: those repeatedly committing the SAME safety-related fault will automatically fail the test’s practical element and require further training.

The changes will come into effect immediately, addressing and altering four main aspects of the current forklift technology tests.

  1. The first is the change in pre-shift and daily checks made, as now this will be a mandatory action that wasn’t present before. Operators will have to carry out forklift truck battery checks, correct functionality, charge checks and hygiene reviews etc before deeming the machine fit to use.
  2. The second change comes in the form of penalties as now there will be an increase in penalty amounts, with serious faults now carry out five points penalties instead of just 3 – this will mean less room for error during testing so higher rates of failure.
  3. Next is tougher scoring. Mixed with the last point, rises in penalty points means that it’s easier to hit the 40 point limit so tests need to be more accurate.
  4. The final change comes in the theory test. While the theory test paper has the same number of questions as before, there are now four multiple-choice answers, rather than three. Five of the questions are mandatory and therefore must always be included. In the 20 multiple-choice questions, ten must be safety related and ten must be operational.

Following concerns the test was too simple, this news is welcome to industrial businesses and factory owners as the new measures are set to help cut workplace incidents and as the test covers counterbalance and reach trucks, it means more staff can be trained to a more proficient level. Work is already underway on revising the test for low-level order pickers and power pallet trucks which will follow a similar process of assessment and agreement before coming into force.

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Keeping on Top of Your Freelance Finances http://www.tweakbiz.com/keeping-on-top-of-your-freelance-finances/ Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:00:43 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=864 Not having a boss, managing your own work hours and working from home are some of the biggest perks when it comes to being a freelancer or startup entrepreneur. But, having enough money in your bank at the end of the month can be a struggle, and many people struggle when it comes to managing […]

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Not having a boss, managing your own work hours and working from home are some of the biggest perks when it comes to being a freelancer or startup entrepreneur. But, having enough money in your bank at the end of the month can be a struggle, and many people struggle when it comes to managing freelance finances. If this is the case then getting yourself in order can be an important first step – or quick catch up – in your freelancing career.

With that in mind, how can you make sure that your bank balance in the black every month as a freelancer?

Emergency!

Funds. It’s a simple concept, but a backup plan just in case a payment or two fall through is absolutely necessary as a freelancer. You cannot always rely on your clients, so it’s important to make sure you have some money tucked away for a rainy day.

For added benefit, you should also open up a business account to keep some money in. This is important for taxes and other business expenses. As, after all, you don’t want to accidentally spend your tax payments!

Invoice Clients

One of the worst problems for any freelancers wallet is the non-paying client. It’s a headache no matter if it happens during a period of feast or famine, so making sure you take the steps to get paid is extremely important.

There are plenty of free or cheap invoicing and financing software out there, which happily sends reminders for late payments so you don’t have to. So, if you are struggling with this aspect of your freelancing career then getting a software to do it for you could be a simple solution. Software such as Wave and Due are easy to use and free, making it a no-brainer!

Rule of Three Incomes

Unless you are in traditional employment you should never rely on one income stream, and even if you are full time employed it’s not always a good idea. If you have one client that you rely on each month to pay you, then one late payment, non-payment or canceling could put your whole freelancing empire in distress unnecessarily.

So, the best option is to always have more than one stream of income. Whether this is something outside of your typical freelancing efforts or multiple clients, the important thing is to have money coming from a number of different sources each month.

Cut Down Unnecessary Spending

You are in line at your favorite chain coffee shop. Your eyes gaze woefully up and down the list of syrups, wondering how a shot of hazelnut can seriously raise the price to such an extent. Can you really afford this nutty coffee goodness? More importantly, do you need it?

Probably not. Being a freelancer, at least at the beginning and in times of famine, is learning how to cut expenses in sensible ways. Artisan coffee may be one of the cuts that can hurt your heart but benefit your wallet greatly.

Insure Yourself

Sometimes clients can become unhappy, or you can be clapped with an unfair copyright claim. Unfortunately, it does happen. When it does it could leave you financially bankrupt if you choose to deal with it out of your own pocket. To save yourself from this fate and potentially having to re-enter the traditional workforce, you should invest in freelancer insurance.

For a small fee each month you can have a policy which pays out your legal fees in the case of copyright or negligence suits. Leaving you with the peace of mind to continue with your work and keep earning money as a freelancer. So, investing in freelancer insurance or professional indemnity insurance can be the best thing you ever do to help keep on top of your freelance finances.

Don’t Accumulate Loans

Credit cards and loans while good short terms solutions can be terrible for you in the long term. Especially if, as a freelancer, you aren’t sure where your money is coming from each month. The best idea is to avoid them as much as possible, but if you must get one then make sure it is as minimal as possible.

Monthly repayments take away from your freelancing earnings each month. Earning enough money to cover loan repayments, rent and other expenses can be a stressful weight to put on your own shoulders. Try and make your financial burdens as minimal as possible for a much more peaceful freelancing career.

Overall, keeping on top of your freelance finances isn’t impossible. It does, however, take a little self-control on your part and some forward planning. Yet, if you keep on track before you know it you will have a healthy amount of savings for this inevitable rainy days.

Making your career as a freelancer that much less stressful and making your Mondays’ fun again.

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Best Way to Use Financial Models to Evaluate Business Risks http://www.tweakbiz.com/best-way-to-use-financial-models-to-evaluate-business-risks/ Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:42:52 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=866 Risk has a negative stigma attached to it. It’s often viewed as something that should be avoided at all costs. However, a risk is not inherently bad. As entrepreneurs, it’s important that we understand that risk is an essential part of doing business. Understanding risk is the only way we can build a business that […]

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Risk has a negative stigma attached to it. It’s often viewed as something that should be avoided at all costs. However, a risk is not inherently bad. As entrepreneurs, it’s important that we understand that risk is an essential part of doing business. Understanding risk is the only way we can build a business that grows beyond its initial glass ceiling.

The Monumental Difference Between Risk and Uncertainty

Uncertainty is often associated with risk but the two are vastly different. The level of risk that we endure is directly related to the probability of specific outcomes. Higher risks just mean that there is a lower probability of actually achieving the goal. We understand that fact, but sometimes the low probability is worth the potential rewards. In other words, it’s okay to take a path that has a low chance of success as long as the potential rewards are worth the likely failure.

On the other hand, if you are uncertain about the probability of failure versus success then that would-be uncertainty, not the risk.

Now that you understand the difference between risk and uncertainty, we can start to evaluate potential business risks. One of the best tools for doing that is going to be using financial models.

Why is Financial Modelling Always Associated with Risk Management?

One of the first rules that you must understand when it comes to financial models is that they need to be completely free of errors. To achieve that end, you need to keep it as simple as possible. Following that key principle will help you create reliable models.

Businesses tend to base most of their risk management on financial models. This is done in all three major sectors of business:

  • Corporate Risk
  • Capital Risk Evaluation
  • Project Risk Evaluation

There are a number of reasons why businesses use financial modelling, the foremost reason being that it’s very easy to create accurate financial models using spreadsheets. That’s not the only reason though. Others include immediate feedback, clean presentation, the ability to link with databases, and the ease in which graphics can be created.

The actual practice boils down to six easy to follow steps that can be broken down into two very distinct phases. Let’s look at those now.

Phase 1: Risk Assessment

This is the phase where we identify potential risks and prioritise them.

Step 1: Identify Risks: Here, you will use your financial models to create a list of specific risks that might compromise a new project. Put these all on a list.

Step 2: Risk Analysis: Now we go through the list created in the previous step to determine the probability of losing money. Performance models and cost models are two examples of risk analysis reports that we see a lot of business.

Step 3: Risk Prioritisation: Once we have more information, we can rank the risks. Start a new list with each risk listed in order of probability, starting with the most likely to lose money.

Phase 2: Risk Control

This phase allows us to use the information gathered in the previous step to put in controls to limit our exposure to the risks listed in the previous phase.

Step 4: Risk Management: Create resolutions for each risk listed above. This will likely include new budgeting, resolution techniques, and outlines.

Step 5: Risk Resolution: If there are any risks that can be outright eliminated, then we will list those steps here.

Step 6: Risk Monitoring: We have to track each risk that cannot be resolved. Take corrective action when necessary.

If your business does not have a risk management plan in place, then you should make creating one a high priority.

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Is Linkedin a Hindrance to the Recruitment Process? http://www.tweakbiz.com/is-linkedin-a-hinderance-to-the-recruitment-process/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:43:00 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=854 Hiring a new employee can be a complex and time-consuming process. Most employers find that using their industry contacts and resources brings them the most success, whereas others believe that external recruitment agencies have a better chance of finding the right candidate. Linkedin is becoming one of the most commonly used resources to find new […]

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Hiring a new employee can be a complex and time-consuming process. Most employers find that using their industry contacts and resources brings them the most success, whereas others believe that external recruitment agencies have a better chance of finding the right candidate. Linkedin is becoming one of the most commonly used resources to find new employees, and it gives candidates the opportunity to showcase their skills. For both employers and employees this network has brought many successes and has helped businesses to flourish, but on the other hand, it has also led to a lot of confusion and mistrust of the online world. So, the question is, is Linkedin a hindrance to the recruitment process?

Social media recruitment as a whole:

Online activity has become increasingly influential in the recruitment process and often becomes part of the screening process when an employer is making a decision. Using personal social media profiles during the recruitment process has always been a grey area, and many believe that this is an intrusive and unfair strategy. It’s a well-known fact that people keep their personal and professional lives separate and that and information available on a social media account may not be a true indication of their work ethic or capability. It’s been revealed that 55% of employment professionals have rejected an individual because of something they have seen at their social media, whether this is regarding their drinking or drug-taking habits, things they have said about their previous employers or inappropriate content or images that have been posted. In the UK, this kind of screening process is being clamped down on, and any employer who rejects a person because of something they have seen on social media, they could be prosecuted.

Linkedin is a hub of knowledge and is a place where professionals can meet up and share ideas. Whichever profile you click on, you will find that the profile has been preened and groomed by the individual to reflect their best professional self. As with any form of social media, there is a level of trust that has to be exercised, and each profile should be taken with a pinch of salt during the selection process, as you will find that many people bend the truth to appear to be more capable or employable. Linkedin is helping to make the recruitment process more salient in some ways, but more difficult in others, so is it worth the time and investment that companies make?

The pros of using Linkedin in the recruitment process:

As previously mentioned, Linkedin is a great network of professional employable people, and as an employer, if you make people aware that you are hiring, then people will get in touch with you, or refer one of their connections. In some cases professionals can be found, interviewed and hired in a matter of days thanks to the help of Linkedin, as people have built up a level of prestige and an excellent network of professionals. The world is changing and becoming more digitally focused, instead of just searching for potential employees on job advertisement websites, Linkedin offers a whole host of fresh-faced and capable professionals that may not be able to be found anywhere else. For exposure to new professionals and a more salient process, Linkedin is currently unbeaten on any other social networking website and strives to create a harmonious network of skilled professionals.

The cons of using Linkedin in the recruitment process:

As previously mentioned, Linkedin is a platform that allows people to show the best version of their professional selves, and this means that it can be filled with pretenses. As an employer, it can be easy for you to become drawn in by all of the fantastic things that somebody writes on their Linkedin profiles, but again this could be spun content or somebody else’s ideas simply mimicked to make a good impression on employers. When searching for a new candidate on Linkedin, it can also be the case that they are difficult to reach, and therefore miss any opportunity at hand, because they do not regularly visit their profiles.

Additionally, some professionals find Linkedin recruitment to be impersonal and potentially intrusive. Recruitment professionals who are working for other companies, often use Linkedin as a method of communicating with potential “candidates,” and in poor practice, send messages to people who aren’t looking for a new job. If an individual receives a barrage of messages from recruiters on Linkedin, they may begin to lose their faith in the Linkedin recruitment process. It’s always important to build up a relationship with somebody on Linkedin and to make sure that they are seeking other employment. Otherwise, they may feel harassed.

Linkedin is a great resource to use alongside the more traditional employment techniques and can expose employers to a wider network of potential employees, but it can also be an abused resource which can lead to mistrust. It’s important to practice a more ethical technique when it comes to the employment process, but also to take every individual with a pinch of salt and to exercise the standard interview process after connecting with a professional.

(Alice Porter is a Tier 2 Visa Employment Specialist from Manchester)

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6 Contacts Every Business Should have in their Phone http://www.tweakbiz.com/6-contacts-every-business-should-have-in-their-phone/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:07:41 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=842 All businesses no matter how big or small need connections and contacts to not only thrive but survive in the fast pace in an environment of modern day business. Timing is everything in business and having a phone book with these five contacts will save you time and money in the long-run. The Advisor An […]

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All businesses no matter how big or small need connections and contacts to not only thrive but survive in the fast pace in an environment of modern day business. Timing is everything in business and having a phone book with these five contacts will save you time and money in the long-run.

The Advisor

An advisor is crucial for any business having someone that can mentor you through problems and give you advice for business development is crucial. It’s important that you have a good relationship with your advisor; however try to find someone who thinks differently to you, as this will offer new ideas to your business. An advisor will ensure you don’t make the same mistakes they previously had, or the same mistakes their other prologues have made.

The Accountant

Running a business takes up an extremely long amount of time. Adding in the time it will take to do staff payroll and taxes can increase the chances of error. An account can ensure you spend time doing what you love and focus on growing your business leaving the bookkeeping to a professional. Not only will an accountant save you time, they will also likely offer you financial advice which will benefit your business.

The ex-employee

Having an ex-employee as a contact can help in many ways. They will likely be more honest about the business and how they felt working for you than a current employee would do. The ex-employee can tell you reasons why staff morale can be low and even offer advice to who deserves a promotion/pay rise. Maintaining a good relationship with ex-employees can also lead to networking opportunities with other businesses in your local area, once they find new jobs.

The Emergency Cleaners

Emergencies happen in life whether it be vandalism, a fire or your business getting flooded you need a plan. The longer you leave your business damaged the longer it will likely be closed, which will lower staff morale and damage your relationships with customers. Having an emergency cleaners such as CleanSafe in your phone book ensures minimal disruption to your business, meaning you can return to normal business hours as soon as possible.

The Freelancer (Part-Timer)

Having a reliable freelance or a part-time member of staff is crucial for any growing business. Whether it be to design a new leaflet or help out during the busiest times of the year, having an extra pair of hands can be a massive benefit. Having a reliable freelancer will also benefit your business in the future, once your business grows rather than spending hours looking at CV’s and conducting interview’s you’ll know exactly who to offer a full-time job too because of their previous freelance work.

The Local Businessman

Nothing is more important to any growing business that networking. Having a good relationship with another local business will benefit you massively both in the short term and long term. A local businessman who has run a successful business can not only offer you advice and his own contacts, it is more than likely he will tell his customers about your business grows your customer base.

Having these 6 contacts in your address book should ensure your business grows the way you’d like it too. Not only will these 6 contacts offer you help and support while growing your business they will also give you extra free time. Rather than spending hours working out tax codes, designing new leaflets or cleaning up flood damage these contacts will allow you to focus on building better relationships with your customers.

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Business Development: Why Every Organisation Should Consider Using Virtual Offices http://www.tweakbiz.com/business-development-why-every-organisation-should-consider-using-virtual-offices/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:15:09 +0000 http://www.tweakbiz.com/?p=835 The virtual office feels like a relatively new addition to the corporate landscape in Singapore. However, these super flexible workspaces have been around for some time. While the benefits are undeniable to anybody with experience of using them, there are a lot of misconceptions around about how they function. For instance, it’s often believed only […]

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The virtual office feels like a relatively new addition to the corporate landscape in Singapore. However, these super flexible workspaces have been around for some time. While the benefits are undeniable to anybody with experience of using them, there are a lot of misconceptions around about how they function.

For instance, it’s often believed only small companies or home-based ventures are welcome. This is not the case, as virtual vendors rarely have rules about what constitutes a suitable tenant. These resources are fully customisable, so they suit businesses of all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to be a young venture or a startup to register with one today.

This article explains why the benefits of virtual offices are available to everybody with an interest in mobility, flexibility, and scalability. Visit www.servcorp.com.sg/ for more details.

Professional Address and Mail Processing

 With a virtual office, tenants get a credible, professional address to attach to all communications. For smaller businesses, this is a huge asset, as it creates an association with success and wealth. For larger companies, it gives professional to offshoot ventures, expansion plans, and the early stages of new branches.

Admin Support When You Need It

 One of the best things about virtual solutions is their flexibility. These vendors have few hard and fast obligations. Instead, they invite tenants to pick and choose from a selection of resources, so that leasing packages are personalised. For instance, you can recruit the help of onsite receptionists and secretaries for mail sorting, taking calls, and redirecting messages.

The Ability to Work from Home

 Imagine how much work you could get done if you didn’t need to waste time travelling to the office. You could get up, get dressed, and start the day in a positive, energised manner. You’d also save a lot of money on transport costs and contribute to the fight against global warming. Furthermore, studies have shown that remote work can be even more productive than being in the office.

‘Pay As You Go’ Conferencing

 If your business is new to Singapore, forging connections and building relationships is important. Without the right sponsors, clients, suppliers, and investors, it’s tough to grow and become an established brand. This is why virtual offices include access to premium conferencing spaces and boardrooms.

Substantial Cost Savings

 Building and establishing a business in any part of the world is an expensive affair. It starts with the big things (like rent fees, furniture, and décor) and stretches all the way to the littlest details (like tea and coffee costs and cleaning charges). With a virtual office, none of this is your responsibility. You don’t have a physical office space, so there’s nothing to maintain.

Finding a Great Virtual Office in Central Singapore

 There are a number of virtual facilities in and around the Singapore CBD (central business district). The best plan, if you are interested in trying one, is to call the provider directly and ask for a tour of the facility.

Even if you’re not permanently resident there, it’s helpful to know what the facility looks like and how efficiently it runs. So, take a tour, ask lots of questions, and get to grips with going virtual. If you’re not sure how long you’ll be staying, talk with the vendor about the possibility of paying for just a few months. That way, you can leave early if the arrangement isn’t a good match for your brand.

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