Drug Testing Concerns in the Workplace

Employees have a split differing opinions regarding drug testing. Some might deem it unnecessary and some might view this of greater importance. Since the workplace is the main source of productivity, concerns regarding the drug use of employees should not be taken lightly.

Workplace drug testing

Since every person differs in viewpoints, this entails clashing of opinions. Therefore before anyone argues on its significance, one must be fully educated on its importance.

Here are some must-know benefits and tips that can reaffirm your concerns regarding drug tests:

1. Ensures that employees are drug-free

An employee cannot operate efficiently if they are under the influence of drugs therefore affecting their quality of work.…

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Save your Business Money with a More Efficient Boiler

Fuel is expensive, and the prices only continue to go up. Boiler systems can waste energy for a variety of reasons; older systems are just not as efficient as newer systems, for example. In addition, heat loss is a problem. If your boiler is not efficient, you are going to pay more in fuel each month. However, you don’t simply have to accept this cost as a fact of life. There are things you can do to help the problem.

Boiler system maintenance

Use the following tips to get the most out of the boiler at your facility.

1. Maintenance

Regular boiler servicing and proper maintenance: Like any other appliance, your boiler will wear out with time thus reducing its efficiency.…

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3 Ways Your Small Business Could Be At Risk For Fraud

Fraud is one of those words that can put the fear into even the most confident of businesses. Being a victim of fraud within your small business can be a real kiss of death if you’re not able to rectify any damage done and make up for your losses. So to help your business stay one step ahead of those who’d like to defraud your company, here are three ways in which your small business could be at risk of fraud.

Fraud alert

Unauthenticated Callers

If your business is one of the millions that does any portion of your business over the phone, you could be at risk for fraud in this arena.…

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Project Derailed: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Commercial Construction

The majority of commercial construction projects are rarely straightforward and offer plenty of opportunities for cost overruns and other potential problems which could prove a setback when you are working to a deadline.

There are ways to avoid the stress and financial implications associated with an unexpected derailment of your project.

Worker at a construction site

Here is a look at how to manage expectations and build a strong team, the importance of budgeting, and why you need to address legal compliance issues as a priority. There is also an overview of negotiating a fair price and bringing all the components of the project together.

Harmony within the project team

There are going to be a number of different key people and companies who need to be able to work together and work as a team when it comes to commercial building projects.…

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These 6 Strategies Will Make Your Business More Efficient

Are you looking for ways to make your business more efficient?

There’s no shortage of opportunity. The trick is knowing which strategies are likely to pay off for your company, and which are best left to others to pursue. As with so many other things, investing in efficiency is all about ROI: the greater the potential return, the higher the priority.

Business people working together

While every company is different, these six efficient business strategies have proven effective across a broad range of industries and niches. If you’re seeking to streamline and improve your company’s operations, they’re all worth a closer look.

1. Automate High-Volume Functions

You probably have more to do than that of which your staff allows.…

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10 Things To Remember When Expanding Your Business Globally

Expanding your business into overseas markets may be a long-cherished dream of yours, but when doing so, you shouldn’t presume that your success at home will automatically translate into success elsewhere.

Global expansion

Follow these 10 tips to ensure that you do well in new markets.

1. Ensure stability back home

You should ensure that your business is already thriving in its current market, before going to the effort of targeting overseas business. Expanding a business is a time-consuming and sometimes risky undertaking, so you need to be sure that the business has first established the strongest possible foundations in its original territory.…

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How Companies Can Make Use Of CRM Systems

Customer relationship management systems, better known as CRMs, make running a business much simpler. Regardless of the industry you work in, it’s important to keep on top of your relationships with customers to improve trust, increase brand loyalty and deliver an excellent service. Below, we’ve put together just some of the ways in which companies can make the most out of CRMs.

Using CRM

To improve time management

Managing time can be difficult when running a business, but customer relationship managers can be used to follow up activities, automate alerts and give customers the levels of communication they deserve. If you work in hospitality, for example, you can rely on an online booking system like Eviivo to manage bookings, deal with clients and keep on top of customer invoices – saving you time, money and allowing you to deliver a professional, confident and streamlined service to your guests.…

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How To Make Sure Your Christmas Party Doesn’t Turn In To A Nightmare

It’s nearing the time of year when you get to have fun at the office Christmas party. These parties are often held as team-bonding activities that ingratiate employees to their employer. They can start off positively because they are intended to show them that they are valued by the company, but there is also the risk of these parties becoming nightmares for the small business that throws them.

There is no one who wishes to have their Christmas party become an awful affair. One of your coworkers could drink too much eggnog and give away an inappropriate gift for Secret Santa.…

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Studies Show Businesses with More Females in Management Do Better. Here’s Why.

Not to play the gender card, statistics actually show that companies with females on their board of directors do better than those with no women. A study of Fortune 500 companies demonstrated that those with the highest number of women in management, recorded higher financial performance on the average. The study was based on three financial measures: return on equity, return on sales and return on invested capital.

Female managers

There have been a number of other studies that show a link between a balanced gender distribution in a company’s management and its profitability. These studies have been carried out in different countries, at different times, and across a variety of sectors.…

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The Importance of Worker Engagement

No doubt, you are sitting there right now scratching your head wondering what we mean by worker engagement. Do not worry because you are not alone. The term is one that has gradually fallen out of use over the years.

Happy and engaged employees

Simply put worker engagement is the way in which firms interface with their workforce. How they manage their relationship with their employees.

Sadly, the reason the term is no longer in common use is because few firms think much about worker engagement. This partly explains why the relationship many companies have with their workers is no longer healthy and mutually beneficial.…

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