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How to Convince Management to Introduce Flexible Work into the Workplace

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Let’s face it – the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule probably won’t be around for much longer. In order to stay relevant and attract the best candidates, organizations need to offer their employees flexible work opportunities.   Many employers still feel reluctant to allow employees to work from home or have flexible schedules. Managers often don’t feel like they can trust employees to work if they aren’t in the office during regular business hours because they equate work with facetime. The key to convincing managers of the benefits of flexible work schedules lies in getting them to adopt a different cultural attitude surrounding work.   Managers must understand exactly what their staff members are working on and which of those tasks are the most profitable

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How to Be a #SmartOfficeWorker: Essential Skills in Today’s Workplace

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Good office workers are hard to find, according to one-third of hiring managers. Contrary to what the media might lead you to believe, the talent shortage doesn’t just happen in technical disciplines. There is a talent shortage across all fields because workplaces are changing rapidly. Oftentimes, organizations focus on recruiting employees with hard skills. The problem is that those people may not be capable of communicating complex thoughts or work well with others. To be a #smartofficeworker, you need to have a good mix of hard and soft skills. Some skills are desirable in more than one industry. These hybrid skills allow workers to be useful in a number of different areas of a business. The following are some of the most important and coveted skills for

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The Benefits of BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

The Benefits of BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

In today’s mobile and flexible business environment, a growing number of employees are using their own computers, tablets, smartphones, and other devices for work purposes. Employees often prefer to use their own devices to access their work data because IT departments struggle to keep up with yearly upgrades in technology and may not have the latest devices available.  BYOD is part of the larger IT consumerization trend, which blends the personal and business use of technological devices and applications. BYOD is about offering choice to employees and gives them the flexibility to work how they want, easing the integration of their work and personal lives. BYOD is beneficial to companies because it increases employee productivity. In a survey by Forrester Consulting, over 80% of firms base

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