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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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The Gig Economy for Businesses [Infographic]

It’s no secret that the modern workforce is changing. In an era where more value is being placed on workplace autonomy, flexibility and freedom, the gig economy is becoming the new normal. In fact, 36% of workers in the U.S. work in the gig economy (in some form or another). Spurred by technology, the gig economy has helped create a buyer’s market for many job seekers, offering businesses who utilize it’s services the agility businesses need to stay competitive.

It’s likely that you’ve heard of the gig economy as “side hustles” offered through on demand platforms like Uber, Amazon Flex and Postmates. However, the gig economy encompasses a broad range of workers, that are simply “independent.” This means that gig work is everything from rideshare and delivery services to freelance writers, designers, and other contractors.

In the gig economy, there are two sides: that of independent workers and that of businesses who utilize the services of independent workers. To help you better understand the history of the gig economy, how each side works best practices for businesses and independent workers. Startup insurance company, Embroker, put together this comprehensive guide that covers all facets.

For example, in their gig economy for businesses chapter, they cover best practices for startups and companies to best utilize the skills of independent workers. Some of these include:

  • Identifying your needs and skills gaps.
  • Developing a long-term strategy that lets you take advantage of on demand talent
  • Utilizing different platforms like Upwork, Freelancer and others to find experts that work best with your business
  • Different ways to efficiently operate with a blended workforce.

To learn more about these best practices and ways to implement them in your businesses, check out their full guide to the gig economy. Read more of this post

15 Surprisingly Hackable Things in Your Daily Life [Infographic]

Our technology has grown and evolved in such a short time that it’s almost impossible to remember a time before we were able to control our car from our phone. Although this interconnectedness of everything (called the Internet of things) has made our lives much more convenient, it also has left us vulnerable to cyber attacks on the most unlikely of items.

What’s the big deal if someone decides to hack your baby monitor? Well, if someone has access to one of your devices, they can leapfrog across all your connected items and eventually compromise your system.

Check out this infographic from BigRentz to check out the wildest ways the everyday items in your life can be hacked. Read more of this post

Beyond Bitcoin: How Developers are Helping Traditional Banks Modernize

This article was originally published by Index Code

 

Bitcoin and blockchain tend to grab headlines in the world of banking. Cryptocurrency is the poster child of “disruptive technology” in the traditionally slow-moving finance industry. But, there are other areas where developers and software engineers must update business-as-usual in banking in order to survive.

 

According to one survey, 80% of bankers agreed that their institution “needs to complete an assessment over the next three years, but only 15% expected that to lead to a modernization effort.” Security threats, the demand for mobile banking, and outdated core banking systems are all driving banks to consider massive overhauls to their IT systems. These are the biggest modernization challenges facing financial institutions – areas where developers and remote software teams can play a significant role in keeping banks competitive.  Read more of this post

What is CyberStalking? [Infographic]

This is a follow-up post to Oversharing: Your Biggest Cybersecurity Risk Could be You [Infographic].  “[W]here does curiosity end and cyber-stalking begin? Psychologist Dr Emma Short has told Newsbeat that people don’t always know when they’re crossing the line,” states Emily Thomas, author of Cyber-stalking: When looking at other people online becomes a problem.

Although the risks of cyber-stalking are often associated with a romantic context, anyone online can draw the attention of someone who is overly interested and fixated. This means that those who must maintain a robust online public presence for professional reasons also benefit from learning:

  • What cyber-stalking is
  • What types of risks and consequences are associated with it
  • Actionable prevention tips.

The following infographic provides exactly that. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Thou Shalt Not Use Email Notifications!

This article was originally published at ModelFA.com.

email notifications, Thou Shalt Not Use Email Notifications!

Here’s a question for you. Between this morning and right now, how many times did your computer or phone chime at you to let you know you just got another email?

Chances are, your number is somewhere around a dozen or more.

Many advisors think that keeping those alerts turned on is no big deal. After all, who would want to miss a critical, time-sensitive message? What if a journalist on a deadline wanted to get a quote from you? Or what if a client had an urgent question about his portfolio?

And so, “new message” alerts continue to ping throughout the day. Some of those emails are informative. Others are fun. Many are a complete waste of time. But here’s what unites them all: they kill your productivity.

Two reasons to stop email notifications from ruining your day

There are at least two reasons why you should turn off your email notifications right now and never look back. Read more of this post

Robots and Drones Saving Lives in Disaster Areas [Infographic]

This infographic, which was created by EKU Online, covers the potential benefits of robots and drones in the service of saving lives wherever natural disasters occur. According to this infographic:

Though drone regulations are currently tight, according to an article by U.S. News, “The FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] projects the eased regulations could generate economic returns of more than $82 billion over a 10-year window, while potentially creating more than 100, 000 jobs.” With the No. 1 concern with UAS technology being safety, professionals skilled in safety, science and emergency management will be ready to solve the nation’s problems concerning disaster aid and relief.

Via EKU Online: Read more of this post

The Rise of the Robot Nurse [Infographic]

As a natural follow-up to the previous post on designing technology for the aging population, the following infographic, which was submitted by Circa Interactive, describes the rise of robot nurses. This infographic was originally created by Ohio University’s Masters of Science program in nursing.

Via onlinemasters.ohio.edu/masters-nursing:

As technology continues to advance and become cheaper and more accessible, its uses are increasingly benefiting human workers in the healthcare industry.Globally, medical professionals are experimenting with ways in which robots can fill growing caps in the healthcare workforce. These experiments are becoming increasingly important: U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicate nearly 25 percent of the population will be 65 or older by 2060, meaning demands for more care will be imminent.

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Designing Technology for the Aging Population [Infographic]

The subject of adapting technology to facilitate ease of use and play a supportive function in older adults’ daily activities is an important one, especially given the large numbers of aging adults in the population. That’s why I found the following infographic so informative. This infographic was submitted by Circa Interactive and created by USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology under the Master of Arts in Gerontology (MAG) & Master of Aging Services Management (MASM) online program.

Via gerontology.usc.edu:

While many older Americans use technology, it’s rarely designed with them in mind. Discover what people are predicting about the adoption of technology by Americans over age 65, barriers to usage, and strategies to engage seniors with technology.

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