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Time Tracking—Best Practices and Mistakes to Avoid

At first glance, tracking employee time seems pretty straightforward. Your employees simply denote the hours they were at work on a timesheet, or punch a time clock and turn their time cards in at the end of the week or month. What could go wrong? 

As it turns out, a lot. The ability to accurately track employee hours is one of the most important tasks a business undertakes. Timesheets and time cards provide invaluable data to your business regarding how efficiently you use employee time, your labor costs, and areas for productivity improvement. 

For big and small businesses alike, finding ways to make your time tracking both easier for employees and managers is essential to improving margins, accurately bidding projects, and ultimately running a more successful company. 

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Google Maps and Route Optimization Software: Why They’re Different

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The difference between planning routes on Google Maps and route optimization software is enormous. In order to understand the two route planners, we must define their route planning purposes:

What is a Route Optimization Software?

A route optimization software is powered by algorithms to efficiently and logically organize the order of stops for multiple drivers, accommodating the various constraints that your business has. 

What is Google Maps?

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3 Security Best Practices for Organizations Managing a Remote Workforce

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In response to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, an increasing number of companies are urging employees to work from home. Despite the severity of the disruption caused by COVID-19, employees and even companies may find a silver lining, as remote work can have a number of benefits, including increased employee satisfaction and productivity. Although it’s far too early to tell, these benefits may serve to motivate organizations to make a more permanent transition to remote work. As employers figure out the role remote work will play in their organization, special attention will need to be given to how employers will ensure the security of both their workforce and their business-critical data. Security teams can help organizations navigate this transition by putting established security best practices into place. Below are three practices worth considering. 

1. Make security part of your organizational culture

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The Differences Between Routing and Scheduling and Why You Need to Excel at Both

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If you manage delivery operations or oversee a mobile workforce of service or maintenance professionals, chances are you’re already using some sort of route planning and scheduling. But understanding the unique advantages of each of these tools could make you more effective, increase your business’s delivery or service capacity, and generate a lot more revenue.

 

Executing scheduling and route planning without first understanding their respective purposes is kind of like trying to eat a bowl of soup with chopsticks. In this article, we’ll show you precisely what each tool is designed for, the advantages they offer, and why you need to do both well.

 

How Is Route Planning Different From Scheduling?

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How to Optimize Your Small Business Delivery Services

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Growing demand for delivery may have you thinking it’s time to outsource your last-mile delivery process. But what if your team could deliver faster and more efficiently and handle greater capacity without giving up control over your customers’ experience? A route-optimization software can help small businesses across the globe do all of these things and more.

 

The Delivery Challenges Small Businesses Face

When it comes to the local delivery challenges facing small businesses, we’ve learned a lot from working with more than 800 businesses all over the world. There is immense pressure on companies of all sizes to be able to compete with Amazon’s standard for two-day delivery and consumers’ rising expectations for convenience. 

 

Shoppers expect retailers to offer delivery, and if those customers aren’t able to get their orders fast enough (or at a price that they find reasonable), many customers will go somewhere else. 

 

According to a study conducted by the National Retail Foundation, 90% of consumers say convenience impacts their decision when selecting retailers, and 97% of consumers reported that they had abandoned a purchase because they felt it was inconvenient. Read more of this post

5 Types of Corporate Culture: Which One Is Your Company?

This article was originally published at Enplug.com

Culture affects every aspect of your company, from the public’s perception of your brand to your employees’ job satisfaction to your bottom line. Because there’s so much at stake, it’s important that your corporate culture is adaptable and open to improvement – which starts with being able to articulate just what kind of culture your company has.

While no two cultures are exactly alike (the nuances are too great!), there are defining characteristics that tend to place organizational cultures into one of five categories, or types, which we’ve outlined below. Often, the industry of a company will dictate its culture to some degree, but that doesn’t mean your culture can’t be changed. Thankfully, culture is not static, but rather evolving.

So which of these five corporate culture types sums up your company best? Or do you have some elements of each? While no one culture is the best or worst of the bunch – each has its pros and cons – there’s something to learn from companies that fall under any of these categories. Read more of this post

Why Use Route Optimization Software?

With route optimization software you’ll spend much less time planning – and the routes produced will be far superior to manually created routes.

For a mobile workforce, route optimization is the process of determining the most efficient routes, in terms of cost, resources and time. All other relevant factors such as order and driver restrictions, as well as the various workflows of a particular business are also factored in.

The aim is to maximize efficiency and fulfil more orders: getting to more addresses with fewer resources. This allows businesses to save time, costs and ultimately increase their revenue.

With route optimization software, your business will:

  • increase earnings by 10-30% simply by allowing you to complete more orders,
  • improve employee productivity and customer satisfaction,
  • cut operating costs and overtime by 30%.

Using a map, or any other manual means, to create optimized routes is incredibly difficult and time-consuming. As the number of drivers and orders increases, the complexity of the task of dividing up the work accurately and efficiently grows exponentially. Read more of this post

What Are the Sunday Scaries? (+ How to Combat Them!) – Infographic

Lazy Sundays are a thing of the past. With the rise of hustle culture, the gig economy and workplace apps like Slack and email downloaded to our phones, the pressure to work beyond the typical 9-5 can seem insurmountable –– and that bleeds into the weekend.

The unfortunate reality is that many professionals spend Sunday playing catch-up on household chores and worrying about the workweek ahead. This anxiety, nicknamed the “Sunday Scaries,” has been reported in 80% of professionals

Sunday Scaries mostly manifest as anxiety, but those affected have also reported insomnia and depression, with these feelings increasing throughout the day and peaking in the evening. 

But, luckily, the Sunday Scaries aren’t indestructible. By being mindful of our life choices and adopting some helpful habits (journaling, exercising and socializing included), we can help ease this Sunday anxiety and go into the workweek relaxed and motivated. 

This infographic from Bestow provides a jumping off point for how to identify and combat the Sunday Scaries. 

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Creative Advice From 11 of the World’s Greatest Architects [Infographic]

The combination of art and functionality that architecture displays is a direct reflection of the complexity of the field. From sketching schematic designs to determining a building’s spatial form, architects have a diverse and challenging profession. People that have been successful in the specific role require patience, diligence, and originality; these are all qualities that anyone in the creative industry might aspire to learn more about. To help creatives of all kinds learn from architects, here’s a list of expert advice from famous architects across the globe.

With jobs that require creativity and juggling various projects, it’s normal to have days where you don’t feel your creative juices flowing. A common piece of advice circulating the quotes was to write out your ideas and stick to them, regardless of external influences. While others may try to set a limit on the endless possibilities that you can achieve, that shouldn’t be the path you take for yourself. With this idea in mind, here are some of the notable architects mentioned along with the advice they offer.

  1. Frank Lloyd Wright shared that no matter how big or small the project is, your work is important.

  2. Sharon Davis explained that her creative journey was risky and different, but in the end, that aspect could’ve been the reason for its success.

  3. Alberto Campo Baeza focused on the entirety of the project instead of the little mistakes throughout.

  4. Zaha Hadid believed that thinking outside of the box without following the guidelines sometimes is necessary in a creative world.

  5. David Chipperfield stated that if you delegate a large portion of time on something, it’ll result in success no matter what.

Just like all other forms of art, architects have designed pieces that help establish cultural trends from around the globe. Specifically, architects create buildings and landscapes that millions of people see or enter every day. Whether you are creative at work or at home, there is an appreciation for art in all forms and the innovation behind the projects. The quotes below from the well-known architects can serve as inspiration for your next creative endeavor. Read more of this post

Is Imposter Syndrome Costing You Your Dreams? [Infographic]

Do you ever get nervous when sitting in a meeting, or pitching your business to another investor after years of experience in the industry? Slight nerves are pretty normal, but if you’re feeling like you didn’t earn your spot on center stage during any meeting after years of experience, you may be suffering from the imposter syndrome. 

Turns out, even the highest of achievers, like Serena Williams and Tom Hanks, deal with the same extreme case of self-doubt.

The syndrome is reported to have, and continue, to affect 70 percent of millennials. This extreme self-doubt stops you from chasing after your goals and let you feel proud of those you’ve already nailed. But guess what? You aren’t crazy! You’re worthy of the achievements you have earned. You are worthy of your place no matter what stage of life, or your career, you are in. 

This syndrome may deter you from reaching your biggest career goals. If you think you may be dealing with imposter syndrome, Mint created an infographic explaining the different types, how each type may affect your finances, and tips to overcoming it. Push past your self-doubt and push past to conquer anything you put your mind to! Read more of this post

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