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The Six Factors that make Workplace Communication a Breeze!

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Communication within the workplace can be a hassle if you don’t find ways to both streamline it and make it engaging as well.

 

With more people contracting in and out and working from home or other off-site locations, workplace efficiency may suffer from a lack of coherence and community. Fortunately, as much as mobile technology has made it easier to work with people you may never see, it also makes it easier to have some sort of human contact with them.

 

As with all communications, the keys to effective workplace interactions are elements such as clarity, directness, respect, openness, honesty, and appropriateness. While it may be tempting to hide behind screens and cubicle walls, the technological advances in workplace communication make it just as easy to be forthright and forward thinking.

 

In terms of actual practices that support workplace communication, the following are quickly rising to the top of the list: Read more

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The 13 Mobile Enterprise Apps Enhancing HR

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Mobile applications are easing their way into enterprise operations, and help make HR responsibilities easier to manage.

 

There was a time when applying, interviewing, and being hired for a new job involved multiple visits to the employer and a lot of real-time, face-to-face interaction. Resumes and statistics were important, but the human element played a major role as well.

 

These days, as is true in so many fields, human resources (HR) is slowly conforming to the rapid growth of digitalization and even mobile applications. Even if a firm’s HR team still prefers to meet with potential candidates in person, once the person becomes a corporate number, that number can be tracked in any algorithm the smartphone generation cares to throw its way. From scheduling and time cards to payroll and benefit claims, mobile apps are becoming highly regarded in HR. Internal communications for employees to file reports, complaints, and provide day-to-day information has become extremely efficient and streamlined due to the “Digital Age.” Read more

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The Five Best Benefits of Augmented and Virtual Reality in Real Estate

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Augmented and Virtual Reality have gained massive interest in the eyes of the tech community and beyond, because of their broad applications. These technologies are ready to (greatly) benefit real estate.

 

You are standing in the foyer of your dream home. Above you, the cathedral ceiling offers a dazzling crystal chandelier like those in the Disney princess films. As your eye drifts over to the left side of the grand staircase, your model wife comes floating towards you in a dazzling designer gown. A beep of the horn alerts you to the arrival of your chauffeur-driven Italian sports car and you turn to see the halogen headlights seep over your Koi ponds and manicured lawn, complete with topiary depicting the pivotal battle scene in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

 

Suddenly, you hear a distant ringing and the room and all in it goes black.

It is your mother-in-law calling.

The fantasy is over.

 

This is now the norm for many on the house hunt, as advances in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become standard issue for those in real estate (RE). Whereas VR involves allows you to see and even navigate a space that may not exist, AR places that space into a space that does, potentially imposing what could be over what is.

 

For the consumer, the main advantage is that, instead of just flipping through Architectural Digest or scrolling through Hauzz, looking for that table or paint color that will make your home the envy of all your other social-climbing friends, you can now see yourself in the house and see everything in it, making changes in real time before you ever set foot in a real open house. Read more

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Rally the troops and gather the data with Executive Rounding

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A great leader uses all of their tools and personnel to ensure success. Executive Rounding does just that: leveraging people and tech to gather powerful insights.

 

Alexander the Great.

George Patton.

John Blutarsky.

 

What did they have in common? They all knew how to rally the troops in order to get maximal benefit from their supporters. Even when challenges arose and the odds were against them, these masters of strategy could effectively and efficiently survey the field, while presenting the best possible plan — or at least one that got them out of Double-Secret Probation.

 

In today’s technology-driven world, nearly anyone can be an Alex, or George, or even a “Bluto.” Using geolocation and mapping technologies and your handy-dandy smartphone camera (which, for many, has become the primary option and purpose of purchasing/using a device), individual team members can survey the landscape, make and share comments, and spot, report, and deal with issues more effectively than ever.

 

We call this concept Executive Rounding.  Read more

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The Three Biggest Reasons why “Texting your Boss” is acceptable

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The advent of digital workplaces caused a relaxation of texting communication within a majority of companies and businesses. We’ll explain —

 

If you had ever said four or five years ago that it is ok to text your boss for any reason, then most people would think that you were crazy. Fast forward to 2016 and you have a totally different picture.

 

Industry experts like Dana Manciagli of the Denver Business Journal found that more than half of Americans aged 18-34 text their superiors when they are out sick. Cultural analyst Rune Vejby noted in his book “Texting in Sick” that eight out of ten young people rely on text-based media (email, SMS, etc.) to communicate with anyone, ranging from co-workers to family and friends. 

 

This so-called “crazy prediction” that texting and similar text-form communication would become universally accepted, has happened due to two major factors that have shaped today’s workplace.  Read more

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Why The Human-Embedded IoT is the Future of Facility Management

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The IoT is a powerful industry that will (and currently) advance tech into a new era. An even more advanced IoT will be the future of Facility Management.

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is drastically changing how people consume goods and services. One tap of a finger on their smartphone and people can get a ride, order a bite to eat, purchase tickets to a sporting event, schedule a meeting, and post on social media within minutes. Consumer-facing apps like Waze, Grubhub, and Uber have exploded into the lives of Americans because of the easy-to-use, intuitive features. They are the paragon of the ever-expanding self-service economy, where internet apps produce instantaneous fulfillment for the end-user.

 

As with all things however, the current IoT is lacking a highly critical piece of data to leverage on: people. The infinitely unique preferences of people offer powerful points of feedback that should be in the hands of decision makers, and has a variety of applications. One of these applications that could benefit highly from this human-embedded IoT is facility management. Read more

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The Next 100 Years: Technology Predictions

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When predicting technology within the next century, one can easily identify future tech based on current trends. However, some of these “future technologies” may already exist today. 

 

In every technology prediction, there are a few no brainers.

 

We know, for example, that military funding will continue unabated so it’s logical to predict that more advanced weapons will be developed. Space-based technology will expand. And new military bases will be located on our moon, distant planets, or orbiting “Battle Stars” (that’s for you Star Wars fans!)  Read more

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This Brand-New Market drives Industry Consolidation

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Large companies are taking advantage of this emerging market, and changing the landscape of industry consolidation.

 

The fundamental drivers of industry consolidation range from harnessing growth and taking advantage of market opportunities to tax and expense savings; to environmental factors, such as global warming; to financing opportunities, such as strong company stock or low cost financing. 

 

Putting aside the other benefits – especially tax and expense savings – exploiting market opportunities is a major driver for industry consolidation. Today the environmental health and safety (EHS) industry is consolidating and it’s all about market opportunity. Read more

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SaaS: Why it’s time to throw out the Kitchen Sink

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SaaS should be a competitive advantage for your organization that can drive productivity, lower costs, improve transparency, and increase workplace contentment. So why is it right for you?

 

Our COO and Head of Sales Kevin Loos wants you to ditch the archaic legacy system and join the SaaS movement. He explains in his post below why it’s time “to throw out the kitchen sink!” Read more

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Internal Advocates: Why they’re the Future of Tech

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Internal Advocates: a company’s best customers, the ones that tell all their friends to use your product are the future of business. Here’s why:

People need some necessity, or incentivization to buy and consume products. If a service or item doesn’t address a need, then it needs to provide a delight experience of some sort. If a company masters the process, then they will reap a great reward: internal advocates. These are customers that tell all of their friends and family to use your product/service on their own accord. These are the customers that will change enterprise in the tech world for a myriad of reasons:

You can share from anywhere — How easy is it for someone to send you a video on social media? Or give you a restaurant recommendation through an “instant enterprise” app, like Yelp or FourSquare? Contemporary society has become one where content and services can be sent from person to person in seconds. In a world that is saturated with tech services, how will yours become “sharable?” Queue in the Internal Advocates. When you have a following or a group of people who love your product, you can imagine the outreach can be immense when combined with instantaneous sharing features. You have viral-like advertising, and you don’t have to pay a cent to do it.

Customers become “hobbyists” —

Waze is the paragon example of building a strong community of internal advocates. They have thousands of volunteers that update their maps, giving their platform extremely powerful data. That is because these people love the features of the tech, and can do things to make it even better. Waze gets production from people who aren’t even on the payroll. This applies to Reddit as well: you have users that monitor, organize, and evaluate sub-communities on their platform because they truly enjoy the information sharing capabilities of the Reddit platform. These people are also paid $0.00, as the user moderators, or “mods,” volunteer.

The most powerful mutually beneficial relationships —

Ultimately, internal advocates build an extremely positive relationship with the technology/companies they are using. Since they trust you to give them an intuitive tool or service, they provide legitimate feedback on how to advance your services and advance your business as a whole.

A company’s customers become data points and don’t have to second-guess what works, and what needs to be built, as mysteries about product usage vanish. A system of interaction is created,where you have all the information needed to provide an awesome service and your customers have their needs met to the point where you’re recommended by them constantly.

You need a fanbase to become a rockstar. Time to build a following.