Are you ready for the 4th Quarter?

We are excited for the return of our weekly PC Pointers filled with valuable information that we know can benefit you and your business. We recently took a sabbatical to regroup and get ready for the 4th quarter. This time of year can be challenging with wrapping up goals for the current year and resetting for next year.

With less than 90 days left in the year it is again the time to sit down with your management team and your staff to review the progress of their current year goals and what you can do to ensure that they will achieve these goals for 2015.


3 Best Practices to Keep Telecommuting Programs Productive

With the advent of all of the new technology that makes it possible for employees to communicate effectively with coworkers from anywhere in the world telecommuting is an option that more and more employees want. However there are definitely concerns and hurdles that companies have to take into account.

A major concern is that telecommuting is beneficial only to the employee and not the company. Are employees actually productive when they work from home?
ConnectedSolutions a cloud-based storage provider conducted a survey with hundreds of workers to find out directly how telecommuting has affected their performance.


The Importance of Open Feedback in Company Culture

When  was the last time you received open and honest feedback in the workplace ?

When we strive to make advancements in our careers we sometimes neglect this important and vital part of many people’s success. If we never stop to check in and see how we are doing we will never know how to improve or whether or not we should continue the good work we do on a daily basis. Many companies have what they call an “open-feedback” culture. They encourage employees not just to give feedback but to also go out and seek it as well.


4 Tips for Grabbing a New Graduate’s Attention

As summer is coming to a close many companies are looking to ramp up their staffing with some fresh new faces. Yes we are talking about hiring new college graduates. This is great because new people bring new perspectives and ideas to the table. But how exactly do you get these young minds to choose you over the competition?

Today’s college graduates want a lot more than stability and a paycheck. There is a completely different set of criteria that these millennials look for in potential employers.


The Power of Being a Team

You can spend all of the money you want on advertising and marketing to make it look like you’re the best place in the world to work. Unfortunately none of that will get you the PR that you’re looking for as much as employees who love their job. Many employers tend to overlook that their company’s biggest spokespeople are those who work for them. But you can’t just fake something like that. You need to make your employees part of the team where they have just as much of an ability to contribute and participate as their CEO.


Making the Most of Your Team Meetings

Work meetings are an essential part of any company’s ecosystem. They can deliver relevant information keep employees updated on changes create a platform for discussion and can even spark creativity within your team. However a lot of businesses are struggling in making these types of meetings a reality. One consulting firm Get a Klu explains that professionals can lose up to 31 hours a month on unproductive meetings. That’s a lot of money to be throwing away when you aren’t getting the results you are hoping for. So what are some ways in which you can facilitate more constructive workplace meetings?

We’ve listed some suggestions to help get you started.


Removing the Stigma Associated with Human Resources

When is the last time you heard the term human resources and didn’t feel a sense of nervousness or anxiety?

For many years now HR has been getting an increasingly bad reputation for not being so in tune with the needs of employees. When people think of this department their mind more often than not tends to side with the negatives associated with it: getting written up or put on probation or not getting the promotion they’ve been working for. The reality of it is that if your HR team is doing their job right these are the type of challenges they are going to be dealing with.


How to Survive Without Your Mobile Devices

In today’s world it is hard to imagine not having luxuries like smart phones and tablets. We use these devices on a daily basis for our work our personal life and for fun. However it is becoming an increasingly huge concern that many of us do not know when to put down the touch screen and focus on what is happening in the world around us.
With the 4th of July right around the corner maybe it is time we take a short vacation from the daily emails click-bait articles and status updates that cloud our mental news feed. If you are the kind of person who can’t be without their phone for an extended amount of time then this may be the article for you.


Improving Your Company’s Culture

We are sure you have heard it time and time again. Company culture also known as corporate culture plays a big role in how your employees view your business. It is also vital to maintaining employee morale. Presently many people who are out seeking jobs want to make sure that a company is a good choice for them by seeing if a business’s morals and values align with their own. But what exactly defines company culture?


Management: Do You Have the Right People for the Job?

There is a saying that goes “employees don’t leave companies they leave people’. Having a good management team is essential for any successful business. In fact one study done by Gallup showed that they account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores across business units. But if that is true then why is it that the same study found that the wrong candidates are being chosen by companies a whopping 82% of the time?

How can you ever be sure that you are choosing the right person for the job?