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Social Media in the workplace is a topic that has come about in the past number of years, and is causing increasing concerns for organisations in terms of management of employees and data protection issues. Social Media is one of the prevailing means of communication in this day and age. This presents challenges in the employment law and data protection spheres. There are a whole host of means by which an employee can communicate with the external environment from the workplace: via Twitter,…

Now more than ever, business strategy consultants play a vital role in the success or failure of sizeable enterprises. We’ve all seen the effects of the sluggish economy. Businesses are trying to find ways to slash spending and be more cost-efficient, but not all methods are as effective for the long-term success of the enterprise. Charting a new course for a leaner, meaner business model requires discipline, planning, operational efficiency, strategic resource allocation and conservative…

In any business, promoting productivity is a goal to strive for. All of the moving parts of your company—from upper management, middle management, personnel, as well as your supply chain and other operations—need to work like a well-oiled machine. This is where Six Sigma and its precise methodologies come into play. While it’s true that Six Sigma is complex in its applications, its core concepts are fairly basic guidelines, a rough understanding of which will be of great help in…

Good indicators of maturing markets are acquisitions and mergers, and a major merger is underway in the freelance employment industry as oDesk and Elance are joining forces. Contractors and providers who regularly use these two online services may speculate on the overall merits of the merger, but from the “big picture” perspective, it’s a measure of how far the online freelance and virtual assistant industry has come in recent years. For quite some time, business owners have been…

Before I begin, let’s clarify that I’m not purporting to be Rico Suave of the freelancer scene. I work for several clients and am lucky enough to be able to stay employed through connections I have built working in the SEO industry, especially here in Seattle where the community is very tight knit. That being said, I have always been fascinated by how appearances can go a long way in convincing someone of your professionalism, and by extent, your worthiness as a business partner. What…

Could your business withstand a cyber-attack that resulted in theft of data or money? Before you decide that protecting your business is a hassle, consider the answer to this question. Here’s a list of the things that you can do to protect your business from cyber theft. Run Background Checks Before Hiring Hackers aren’t the only criminals trying to access your data. Potential employees can be shady, and too many companies, especially small to medium businesses, fail to run…

I bet you have aspirations to grow your business. Of course you do. Well, you can bet that your clients have aspirations to grow their businesses too. Here’s how to make sure you’ll still be working with your clients when they’re bigger. Value the clients you already have It can sometimes be all too easy to get caught up in focusing on getting in more and more clients. That’s the key to growth, right? You need to have loads of clients and be constantly adding more. I…

You’re the owner or partner in a new startup business. You have no time. You have no money. And, you’re so busy that you feel like your rear end is on fire! Can you do everything yourself? Should you even try? Or, should you outsource some tasks to others? And if so, what is the criteria for outsourcing some tasks to outsiders? There is a point at which every small business owner realizes they stink at handling certain tasks, and they find themselves wishing (or secretly crying) for help…

Every single company on the face of the Earth will make a mistake at least once. Employees and their managers are human beings, and sometimes, they do inexplicably terrible things to their customers, and their actions demand some sort of response. Typically, when this sort of problem takes place, companies are encouraged to issue a public apology, in the hopes of quelling the anger and proving their dedication to customer service and responsiveness. I’ve written about reputation…

All newly developed startup teams will go through some turbulence. Many of these individuals have never worked with each other professionally and often have very little business experience if they are college students. In the age of Facebook, Kickstarter and Groupon, startup teams are getting younger, more ambitious and diverse, but the synergy amongst team members is not always there. This is why even the most innovative and creative startups can learn from established companies about…