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Are Smartphones Appropriate for the Workplace?


Smartphones have become a huge phenomenon with an estimated 42.4 million smartphone users in the UK. In January 2017, the Labour Force Survey found that there were 31.85 million people in employment. When there are 10.55 million more smartphones per user than there are employees in the UK, it becomes that smartphones have changed the way we go about our everyday lives, both in business and pleasure.

It seems that the younger generation are the most influenced. Growing up with the technology, research has suggested that seven out of ten 18 to 24 year olds check their phones in the middle of the night. This post-digital generation are likely to shape the way smartphones are incorporated into working practices in the future.

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Opening a Restaurant: A Step by Step Mini Guide for Nervous First Timers


Starting your business can be very challenging especially for first timers. There are number of items you need to take care of before you can open the doors for business. Opening a restaurant is even more challenging due to number of health and employee related regulations and permits you need to address. Ni wonder first time entrepreneurs feel stressed out even before they can start the business. It helps to have guidance from someone who has been in your shoes before. It also helps to do research and learn everything you can before jumping in the water. Here is a mini guide we have developed for first-time restaurant owners to help you navigate the treacherous waters.

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Maintaining the Grounds of Your Property Cost-Effectively


Maintaining the property can be very time consuming and expensive. Many property owners mistakenly think that they only need to make sure all “big ticket” items such as roof, furnace, windows, etc. are properly maintained and taken care of. While you certainly need to maintain those “big ticket” items on a regular basis, you also need to pay attention of other aspects of the property. When it comes to making an impression with the tenants and potential buyers the little things count equally! One of those is keeping the grounds. You’ve got to keep the trees on your property properly maintained.

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Effective Techniques to Deploy to Stay Ahead of Competition


Managing a business is all about being in the right market, making the right decisions, developing best products and providing excellent customer service. In short, you need to be the best in all aspects while staying ahead of competition. Now, we all know that you are bound to find some challenges in certain aspects of managing the business. Also, you need to remember that your competition is not standing still while you are working on improving the business. So how do you make sure you bring out the best while at the same time staying one step ahead of competition. Here are some techniques you can deploy to achieve your best.

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Considering a Legal Benefits Plan for Employees? What You Should Know


It’s quite common to offer employees a medical benefits plan, but more and more businesses are starting to look into offering a legal benefits plan for their employees to use, too. It doesn’t matter what size company you operate, and how many or little employees you have, a legal benefits plan can not only be a good thing for your employees, but it can be a huge incentive for staff to stay with your company.

Let’s look at what a legal benefits plan is, and what you should know before you make your decision.

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How to Deal Effectively with Traumatic Incidents in Workplace


Health and safety legislation has made modern workplaces far safer than they were 100 years ago. Major accidents and incidents are rare, but accidents do happen, and small business owners and managers need to have systems in place to deal with the aftermath of such an event. Failure to do so can have serious consequences on your business, employees and yourself. To deal effectively with such incidents you need to understand what you need to do before and after the incident. Here are few tips that will help.

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10 Ways to Boost Workforce Productivity


Every company in the world has issues with workforce productivity. There are always new ways to work harder, to create better synergy in the workplace, and to get the most bang for your buck. While you’ll never truly be able to operate at 100%, you should always endeavor to get as close to this as possible. The key is to put yourself in the best position to work effectively. Here are ten ways to improve your productivity.

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6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an SEO Company


When it comes to SEO practices, you need to stay ahead of Google’s algorithms. How can you do this without having any prior SEO knowledge? As a business owner, you need to hire an SEO company to manage your website and help you rank highly on search engines.

However, you should make sure that the firm you are hiring has real experience by asking these questions:

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Marketing Methods That Will Give Your Business an Edge


As we all know, marketing is an integral part of any business strategy. Unless you already have more customers than you need, you are probably in the large population of businesses that are looking for innovative marketing techniques that will get them ahead of their competition. Different industries tend to have different progression paths when it comes to marketing. As soon as one company begins to invest in their marketing strategy and starts to see results, others will realize they must do the same if they are going to keep up.

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Direct Benefits of Corporate Team Building


It would be fair to say that corporate team building has become immensely more popular over recent years. Once regarded as something of a fad, the practice is now sworn by a lot of companies around the globe and judging by the benefits they bring, it’s no surprise why.

Additionally, the types of events have started to vary immensely. The definition of team building may have been a traditional school sporting activity, although now that is just one element. It could be something like these corporate hospitality events, which include experiences such as drinking on a London bus, or even going to Paris for the day.

In short, these days can be extremely creative and the stereotypes that were once associated with them have certainly disappeared.

To highlight just why so many companies are heading down this route, let’s take a look at some of the benefits that teams who frequent these days can take from them.

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