Leaders need to develop a high care quotient for the new challenges they face

  Everything has taken a hit in 2020. Nothing has gone unscathed or unchanged – and the same goes for leadership. From boardrooms to living rooms, meeting rooms to spare rooms, leadership has moved away from face-to-face interactions to digital communications. Meanwhile, forward-thinking initiatives, spurred on by continuing diversity imbalances …

Wellbeing of overwhelming majority affected by events of 2020

  A new study commissioned by Perkbox of 13,271 employees claims that 93 percent of employees have faced new wellbeing challenges in 2020. The most common being feeling less connected to the company/colleagues, increased loneliness/feelings of isolation and increased financial concerns.  The study looks at the wellbeing impacts of the …

The loneliness of the long term flexible worker

Flexible working arrangements are those which ‘allow employees to vary the amount, timing or location of their work’ and may include part-time working, mobile/home working, compressed hours or job-sharing – among others. Before the lockdown, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), more than half of all employees …

Majority of people looking forward to office return, but on their own terms

A new survey from Office Space in Town (OSiT) claims that the overwhelming majority of workers are looking forward to a return to the office. However, most also want to avoid the commute, have more control over their times and places of work and want new working environments that help …

Younger workers careers suffer in lockdown, but are hopeful of better future

In the face of unprecedented health and economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘millennials’ and ‘Gen Zs’ express resolve and a vision to build a better future, a new Deloitte survey claims. The 2020 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey, now in its ninth year, suggests that both generations remain resilient in …

Research claims two in five workers not offered flexible working

According to research conducted by conference call provider PowWowNow and Censuswide, 40 per cent of UK employees are still not offered flexible working as part of their company’s policies. The survey claims 67 per cent of those employees wish flexible working was available to them in their current role. The …

How to Ensure Flexible, Reusable PHP Code with Insphpect

Insphpect is a tool I wrote as part of my PhD project. It scans code for object-oriented programming techniques that hinder code reusability and flexibility. Why? Let me begin with two mundane observations: Business requirements change over time. Programmers are not clairvoyant. New product launches, emergency lockdown regulations, expanding into …

COVID anxiety changing commuter travel habits, according to research

Around 6 in 10 London commuters will change the way they travel when the return to work begins, research by Addison Lee claims, with COVID-19 safety concerns changing transport demand patterns. In a survey of 1,000 commuters across the capital’s 32 boroughs, 56 percent of commuters who travel into London …

Companies fail to consider employee needs during digital transformation

Lenovo has published a new study which claims that organisations are placing business and shareholder goals above employee needs during their digital transformation. The research, conducted among 1,000 IT managers across EMEA, suggests that just 6 percent of IT managers consider users as their top priority when making technology investments. …

Recruitment firms remain upbeat about longer term economy

Research conducted by Bullhorn, suggests that recruiting professionals are optimistic about COVID-19’s future economic impact. According to Bullhorn’s Global Recruitment Insights and Data (GRID) COVID-19 Impact Survey, only two percent predict a sustained depression that extends past 2021, and more than half (56 percent) expect the economy to improve by the …

America — Land of the free, home of the small business

For decades presidents have called small businesses “the backbone of America.” That statement rings true, perhaps now more than ever. The United States happens to be an incredible place to start your own business — and that is not something to take for granted. Though the economic landscape has changed …

What is website analytics — and how can it help your business grow?

What is website analytics and why should you care? Simply put, website analytics are the numbers behind your website’s traffic and performance. Your web analytics metrics will provide you the data that lets you know what activity is happening on your website … or not happening. Yikes! Your web analytics …

How to Keep Working Remotely in a Post-COVID-19 World

Though the COVID-19 pandemic is still far from over, many companies and employees are already looking to the post-COVID world. For many organizations, the enforced move to remote working over the past few months has presented significant challenges. On the other hand, there are many employees who, despite being reticent …

Obo becomes the UK distribution partner for Gustav agile working office toolbox

Workplace advisor, obo, has become the U.K. distribution partner for Gustav, the award-winning, office toolbox for agile working. The first ergonomic and portable solution of its kind, Gustav allows users to carry their workspace with them wherever they go – whether you are working from home or in an office. …

Creating great cultures will be one of the main drivers for firms in the new era of work

Workplace design is – or should be – inextricably linked to both an organisation’s identity and its culture. The issue of workplace culture, and why it might succeed or fail, has become a matter of a great deal of study as the basis for work has moved on from the scientific management theories …

Research suggests men are more likely to struggle with lockdown isolation

New research claims that more than three quarters of men who live alone feel isolated while they’re working from home and two fifths of 18-30 year olds feel their mental health has deteriorated. This latest research from The Institute of Leadership & Management ‘Homeworking trials and triumphs during Covid-19: mental health …

Carers consider giving up work due to lack of employer support

New research suggests that almost half (44 percent) of working carers in England and Wales, equivalent to around 1.6 million people, are struggling to cope with the pressures of balancing their work and caring responsibilities – and that a quarter (24 percent) have considered giving up their job entirely. These …

Investment in talent will drive market share gains as economy rebounds

Organisations that favour agile working and make strategic investments in human capital during the coronavirus crisis will be best positioned to gain market share and overtake competitors, according to a new Talent Trends report released by Randstad Sourceright. “Talent Trends, COVID-19 & the future of work,” which draws from a …

Educating Clients About the True Value of Your Services as a Designer

Okay, freelance designers. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: you’re working on a project for a client, and all of a sudden there’s a discrepancy with your payment. Perhaps it’s because of scope creep, or maybe the client just went over budget for some reason. Either way, you’ve been …

Tips for Converting an Existing WordPress Website to Use the Gutenberg Block Editor

When the Gutenberg block editor was released as part of WordPress 5.0, a number of web designers were worried about the effect it would have on existing websites. Some vowed to keep using the Classic Editor for the foreseeable future. But the newfangled block editor has settled in nicely. Its …

BBP and BSRIA publish new soft landings report for property owners

Better Buildings Partnership, together with BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association), has today published the joint report: Soft Landings: The Benefits to Commercial Property Owners. The commercial property sector is waking up to the fact that it needs to take responsibility on climate change and there is a broad …

British Land commits to net zero carbon portfolio by 2030

British Land has launched its sustainability strategy for the next decade, announcing its ambition to transform the entire portfolio to net zero carbon – including developments – by 2030. The company will create a Transition Fund which it claims will drive operational progress and finance the retrofitting of the standing …

Shifting Mindsets for a Post-Pandemic Economy: A Quick Convo with Jim Blasingame

https://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com/embed/interview_widget.php?v=1&f=20200527-AFind interviews with Small Business experts on the Small Business Advocate show Ramon joined Jim Blasingame for an interview to discuss how to identify and eliminate pre-pandemic practices & behaviors that could prevent businesses from surviving in the post-pandemic economy. Things will look and happen differently in a post-pandemic world, …

All-in-one online marketing solutions to help you grow your business

The GetResponse platform contains a suite of email marketing and online campaign management tools designed to help you grow your sales, maximize ROI, and succeed in online marketing. From unlimited broadcasting and top deliverability to 5-star customer service and over 50 easy yet powerful features – we’ve got you covered. …

All-in-one online marketing solutions to help you grow your business

The GetResponse platform contains a suite of email marketing and online campaign management tools designed to help you grow your sales, maximize ROI, and succeed in online marketing. From unlimited broadcasting and top deliverability to 5-star customer service and over 50 easy yet powerful features – we’ve got you covered. …

14 mentor qualities that separate the good from the great

Whether you are a mentor, mentee or interested in getting involved in this type of relationship, it’s important to understand the qualities that make for a great mentor. A high-quality, motivated mentor makes the experience a winning endeavor for everyone involved. 14 mentor qualities that separate the good from the …

Hacked: What to Do When Your WordPress Website Has Been Compromised

It starts with a sinking feeling that something is amiss with your WordPress website. Maybe your security plugin has alerted you to a changed file that you know you didn’t touch. Or you see some unfamiliar content within your post listing. Whatever the indicator, it leads to one conclusion: Your …

The Most Important Thing Your Clients Should Know About Their Website

When a client hires you to design and build a website, they’re making an investment in their organization. And, depending upon their particular sector, that website can play a major role in determining future success. Yet, it’s not always viewed that way. Some clients will nickel and dime their way …

Improve The Ergonomics of Your Workspace & Prevent Back Pain With The Posture Stand

Standing desks are all the rage right now in the office industry. However, many home business owners crave even more versatility and the ability to bring their work to various rooms of the house. The Posture Stand is exactly what they’re looking for! Smaller and more convenient than a standing …

London demand for tech skills threatens new North-South divide

A new analysis of the UK’s jobs market by Accenture claims that despite growing opportunities in other cities, London has increasingly greater demand for talent in emerging technologies than ten other UK cities combined. According to the report,  there are currently 422,000 UK-based professionals with skills in emerging technologies such …

Artificial Intelligence is transforming the workforce as we know it

It may seem like an inevitable fact of administrative positions that anyone who fills them will be subjected to a never-ending litany of repetitive tasks. Employees in these jobs often don’t receive work that engages their brains or peaks their interests. Rather than flexing their critical thinking skills, these workers …

6 WordPress inventory plugins to help you manage your stock with ease

Inventory control is critical to managing your business and your bottom line. Depending on the type of products that you sell, incomplete or non-existence tracking can cause lost profits, product expiration or inability to be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. If you sell products on a WordPress website, WordPress inventory plugins …

Converting Visitors into Subscribers into Customers

How to Grow a Blog Converting Visitors into Subscribers into Customers Steven Briggs, Technology Content Specialist @ Article-Writing.co Getting people to read your blog is one thing, but what about turning these readers into subscribers? Or to take things one step further, turning your subscribers into customers? After all, many …

This Woman Got an Allergy Test and Came Away With a $48,329 Doctor’s Bill. Here’s What Went Wrong

Janet Winston had a rash that wouldn’t go away. The English professor from Eureka, Calif., always had been sensitive to ingredients in skin creams and cosmetics. This time, however, the antifungal cream she was prescribed to treat her persistent rash seemed to make things worse. Was she allergic to that, …

Beautify Your Desk & Create An Inspiring Work Environment with the Trance Copper Sphere

Throughout the busy workday, sometimes entrepreneurs just need to take a break to regain their focus and energy. One simple way to do this is by placing a few aesthetically-pleasing, inspiring objects around their desks to focus their eyes on when they need to look away from the computer screen. …

Freebie: Cute Valentine’s Day Cards and Backgrounds (AI & EPS)

If you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day card that doesn’t quite look like it’s last-minute, then you’ve come to the right place! Courtesy of our friends over at Freepik, we have a small collection of creative and fun Valentine’s Day card templates you can quickly customize, print out and …