Helen Hoart's blog
If you’re stepping over piles of laundry, shuffling through piles of paperwork and struggling to find a pen in a sea of clutter, your workspace is not as efficient as it could be. Disorganized workstations can cause stress and a lack of productivity. According to the American Psychological Association, the most significant sources of stress for Americans are related to money (75 percent) and work (70 percent). Implement the necessary changes to make your workstation a relaxing place where you can be more creative and productive.
I don’t believe in giving special rewards to employees for doing their jobs. That’s why they get paid. But when I worked at a publishing company several years ago, I did just that. When I became head of a division I discovered the marketing department had stopped marketing. (Why that happened is a post for another time.) To get everyone back on track we had a small party every month when all marketing deadlines were met. Obviously this couldn’t go on forever. After all they were doing the job they were hired for. But as a short-term step to help right the marketing ship it worked.
To most observers, business acumen translates as the inner brilliance one possesses to be able to make money from looking at an opportunity on the business landscape. Put another way, smart business people are able to view the business landscape in a particular area, figure out a way to make money from a new technique, tip or solution, and then develop a strategy to get the desired results.
We're all capable of that kind of thinking, aren't we? Look below to two extraordinary examples of leaders who parlaid their business acumen into forward-thinking and business-changing ventures.
'Bring your own device' (BYOD) adoption is on the rise. According to a recent report by Gartner, 44 percent of companies provide at least some form of support for personal devices being used in the workplace. When the primary attacks on the mobile platforms involves malware-laden apps, stopping personal apps from connecting with your business network is an important goal. One way to keep your network safe is with the addition of an enterprise mobile app store to control the applications used on the network.
A successful business carries with it a lot of financial responsibility. Once you've built up your business credit, it also brings about a lot of credit card offers. Your banks and other financial institutions are more than happy to make credit cards available to you after you've proven your business is solid, and you're credit worthy. When you make business credit card decisions, keep certain considerations in mind — the situations you're using the credit cards in, the amount of time you intend on keeping a balance, and whether you need employee cards all determine the best type of card for your situation. Here's what to be aware of: