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Will Your Construction Company Be Better with New Technology?

December 11, 2019 | 100 views

Will Your Construction Company Be Better with New Technology?
Will Your Construction Company Be Better with New Technology?

KPMG International recently published its 2019 survey results of the global readiness of the construction industry. The data show progress with initiatives that contribute to success—things like a diverse workforce and effective reporting and governance. A good portion of the report addresses the advancement of technology and how it is likely to affect the construction industry.

As with most industries, technology’s rapid growth and numerous applications are disruptive for construction too. Advancements in modeling, design, and analytics are already entrenched in most organizations. But emerging technologies are coming faster than ever—are these disruptors helpful to the construction industry?

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4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Key System

December 4, 2019 | 156 views

4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Key System
4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Key System

Security concerns are ongoing in any business. Most of us now trust our phones, computers, and information systems. We think nothing of buying items with mobile payments. We share proprietary data across networks, hoping we never have a security breach. And then, at the end of the workday, we close and lock the door, leaving everything we’ve built behind a bolted lock.

Computer systems offer back-ups in the cloud and portals protected with passwords and security questions. We deftly juggle multiple access points and software portals with the help of the system’s built-in protection and security. Unfortunately, many of us do not do the same with our brick and mortar portals—the doors to our offices.

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6 Employee Scheduling Tips for the Holiday Season

November 26, 2019 | 214 views

6 Employee Scheduling Tips for the Holiday Season
6 Employee Scheduling Tips for the Holiday Season

It’s here already—the holiday hours dilemma. Some want more, some want less. Or worse, everyone wants hours or is clamoring for holiday time off. With a short shopping season, labor demands might be different than expected. Instead of four weekends after Thanksgiving’s long holiday, there are only three.

Fewer days means at least one limited asset—time. But it might also mean limited labor as employees squeeze in holiday parties and open houses. The puzzle of employee holiday scheduling demands some serious thought to keep everyone working at peak performance and to ensure a good season.

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7 Up-Selling Tips for a Short Holiday Shopping Season

November 20, 2019 | 302 views

7 Up-Selling Tips for a Short Holiday Shopping Season
7 Up-Selling Tips for a Short Holiday Shopping Season

The 2019 holiday season is a short one with fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, both online and physical stores have six fewer days to rack up sales. According to the National Retail Federation, this shopping season still represents 20% of the year’s sales, on average, for most stores. For some, it’s significantly higher.

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Should Your Non-Profit Close During the Holidays?

November 13, 2019 | 285 views

Should Your Non-Profit Close During the Holidays?
Should Your Non-Profit Close During the Holidays?

The holiday season is one filled with unusual attributes. There are celebrations, parties, and very full social calendars. Families have holidays scheduled, and children are home from school.

Deciding to close down during the holidays can be a difficult decision for a non-profit board to make. As much as each person might personally like the time off, leaders hesitate to leave the phone and turn off the lights. But if staff, many of whom are volunteers, are not as available to help, there may be fewer people to keep things going. 

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Word of Mouth Benefits in the Digital Age

November 6, 2019 | 354 views

Word of Mouth Benefits in the Digital Age
Word of Mouth Benefits in the Digital Age

Word-of-mouth marketing is like free publicity for your business if you provide a good product or service. Richard Branson called it the best and cheapest form of advertising, but what does it mean in the digital age?

What used to be conversations and recommendations shared among friends has migrated to digital platforms but are really no different than the praises or criticisms we’ve always shared. We tell stories about wonderful service and incredible products. Sure, it could be over lunch with a friend, but it also could manifest itself in an online post that thousands of people see.

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Changing Your Credit Card Processor? Ask These 8 Questions.

October 30, 2019 | 718 views

Changing Your Credit Card Processor? Ask These 8 Questions.
Changing Your Credit Card Processor? Ask These 8 Questions.

Credit and debit cards are ubiquitous these days for purchasing power. More than one generation doesn’t carry checks or cash anymore, and with the majority of shopping done online, every business has to understand how they will get paid. Using a credit card processor is an absolute necessity, but the service can be costly.

As you shop around, and shop around you must, get into the nitty-gritty of how each prospective processor can improve your offerings. From easy transactions to low fees to online gateways, educate yourself and ask lots of questions to ensure the smoothest financial transactions for you and for your customers. 

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An ADA Compliant Website is a Legal Must-Have

October 23, 2019 | 376 views

An ADA Compliant Website is a Legal Must-Have
An ADA Compliant Website is a Legal Must-Have

Here’s the simple fact: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that any business providing a service to the public cannot discriminate against people with disabilities. Usually, we think of this in terms of eliminating stairs for those with mobility issues or modifying bathrooms to accommodate wheelchairs. However, this also applies to website accessibility. Lawsuits could be brought by anyone who legitimately felt they are unable to access your product or service online. 

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Employee Ideas Matter–Conversation Starters to Foster Their Input

October 16, 2019 | 607 views

Employee Ideas Matter--Conversation Starters to Foster Their Input
Employee Ideas Matter–Conversation Starters to Foster Their Input

Employees are often an untapped resource. If we are not the ones on the front line every day, we sometimes lose touch with daily workplace challenges or customer issues. But our employees live it every day, and we need to acknowledge that openly. Because even if we don’t hear it, they talk about what is good and what needs improvement. We must find a way to extract those ideas, really consider them, and work together to promote the best possible ones.

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5 Intrinsic Motivators to Boost Employee Contribution

October 9, 2019 | 424 views

5 Intrinsic Motivators to Boost Employee Contribution
5 Intrinsic Motivators to Boost Employee Contribution

Good managers are always looking for ways to improve employees’ motivation so that they perform better and contribute more. Money always talks, of course, but it doesn’t have as lasting an effect as other less costly options, and we honestly don’t always have more to give. Appropriate financial compensation cannot be overlooked, but to encourage a cooperative workplace, consider these five non-financial motivators.

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