When Does Office Security Turn Into an Invasion of Privacy?

Offices around the UK need to step up their security game, according to the most recent statistics. There has been a 145% rise in incidents of malware and DDoS attacks to commercial servers across all sectors, and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry noted that 47% of London businesses have been victim of some form of crime in the past year.

Office privacy

Yet when it comes to both cybersecurity and physical security for offices, many employees don’t actually know what their rights are. Despite workplace monitoring of internet use being perfectly legal, a recent Broadband Genie survey showed that only 21% of workers were aware of this fact.…

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3 Changes to Boost Office Productivity

Every company wants to be profitable, and productive employees are key to that success. But how can small business leaders help their workforces become more productive?

Hard working leader

One way is to consider creating a non-sedentary workplace, which research shows can improve group performance. A study conducted by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that when people worked on creative tasks in an environment that encouraged standing versus sitting, they increased collaboration and achievement.

It’s clear that the energy of the environment affects productivity. Small business leaders need to begin thinking more comprehensively about how the modern office factors into the success of employees and businesses alike.…

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How to Say No in the Business World: 4 Tips

No.

It’s one of the simplest words in the English language. Two letters, one syllable, incredibly commonplace. In fact, it even transcends language. Whether you’re in the jungles of South America, the city lights of Paris, or the plains of the United States, your audience knows exactly what you mean when you say no.

Say no

Why, then, is it so difficult to tell someone no – particularly in the business world? Why would we much rather say yes, even when no is the correct statement? These are questions worth exploring – so let’s take a look.

Why We Avoid Saying No

We all have our own unique reasons for saying no – many of them specific to the situation or scenario at hand – but it often comes down to one of three factors: fear of conflict, unwillingness to disappoint, and a desire to fit in.…

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How Using Business Self Storage Can Benefit Your Company

It’s a little known fact, but self storage is a godsend for small businesses and ecommerce companies worldwide. These handy units give companies the flexibility, security, accessibility, and space-saving ability that all modern businesses rely on for successful operation – and all at an affordable price.

Self storage

Self storage units are valuable for a broad range of commercial applications – including business storage, retail storage, document/file storage, office storage, or stock storage.

To find a reputable storage provider, see those recommended by an authoritative organisation – if you’re looking for self storage companies in the UK, for example, search your postcode on the Self Storage Association website.…

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4 Important Considerations When Switching from a Virtual Team to a Physical Office with Full-time Staff

For a virtual team that is transitioning to a rented office space and a full-time staff roster, there are many changes to accept. Some are obvious whereas others are a little unexpected when you haven’t previously had to think about those types of considerations.

From virtual office to physical office

It may surprise you, but both the internal and external areas of the office matter. The reason is simple – when visitors first drive up, what do they notice? The exterior creates a client’s first impression before they even reach the reception area on your floor of the building. The internal layout and decorations on your floor are not to be forgotten either.…

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Understanding the Top Challenges of Expense Management

At the macro level, there’s a lot affecting businesses when it comes to expense management. For example, international expansions and globalization are two elements that are influencing expense management, and also making these costs rise in many instances.

Expense management tips

According to the Global Business Travel Association, there will be an estimated four percent increase in costs this year, and businesses need to be prepared to address this general challenge, as well as many others.

One of the best ways to address most challenges of expense management is to choose the right expense report software. Along with keeping costs in check, the following are some of the other challenges businesses need to realize they’re likely facing, as they select expense management software.…

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Top Contract Management Tools for SMBs

When you’re running a business, it’s vital that you create contracts carefully, so so issues crop up in the future. While once entrepreneurs had to spend huge amounts of time preparing and issuing contracts, today, due to technology, there are all sorts of excellent tools available that make the process quicker and easier.

Contract management tools

Read on for some top contract management tools you can use plus some tips for selecting which is right for you.

Exari Contracts

When you’re after an easy-to-use contract lifecycle management tool, one for the top of the list is Exari Contracts. Its dashboard is user-friendly and makes it simpler for people to generate and manage self-service contracting.…

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Your Business and Inspiring Social Change

Everyday people form the backbone of charitable giving in the USA, but business is a driving force behind that, with the National Philanthropic Trust finding that charitable business assets totaled $85bn. A clear sign of the importance US corporations place on philanthropy, these numbers only increase as foundations like the Gates’ influence smaller companies. What, exactly, motivates business to give money away to those less fortunate?

Charity partnership

Brand and reputation are linked to charity but that’s not the only reason. It seems counterintuitive also to give money away freely, so money might not be the benefit. Instead, look at the stories of philanthropy, and how they inspire social change; in the end, everyone is benefited, including the business.…

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How Having Competitors Nearby Can Help Your Business Grow

Business owners in general avoid locations where there are competitive businesses, wrongfully assuming that the more similar businesses there are in the area the fewer clients/customers there will be for them. And naturally, fewer clients or customers translates more often than not into lower profits.

Competing shops

But even though this conviction may make sense at a first glance, it’s not entirely true. On the contrary, it has been proven that having competitors nearby can actually be beneficial and help your business grow.

Here are a few examples how you can benefit from choosing a business location within a short distance of your ‘business rivals’:

Attract more clients/customers

Areas with high concentration of similar businesses within a short distance from one another often tend to be associated with those particular businesses.…

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Virtual Office: Mail Service Only or Full-Fledged Service?

If you find yourself reading this, it’s likely you’ve been considering renting a virtual office for a while. Making the move to a virtual office is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, just as you wouldn’t rent the first physical office your Realtor shows you. For all intents and purposes, the virtual facility you rent will be listed on your website, marketing materials, and government business registration profile.

Businesswoman working in a virtual office

Some CEOs rent a virtual office merely to legitimize the business, receive official mail, and have it forwarded from the virtual location to their actual location. However, that’s not all a virtual office service can offer.…

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