06.30
2016

Project Management on the Biggest Stage with Marvel, DC, and Actsoft

Marvel and Detective Comics (DC) have been household names for the better part of the last century, having woven a complete mythology using comic books since the early 1900s. Mere mention of these franchises evoke iconic images of caped crusaders and web-slingers doing battle with countless villains. Marvel led the charge with Iron-Man (2008), and the concept of a shared cinematic universe for superheroes was born and grew with several solo hero films in the years following. DC stepped into the cinematic arena with its Man of Steel (2013). Each company followed a different route for establishing their cinematic universe (both intent on giving flesh to the gods of American mythology).

The Marvel Cinematic Universe and the “All Roads” Model

Marvel Studios has orchestrated its entire cinematic universe around an “All Roads” model where all the individual paths eventually come to a head. Imagine several trains, traveling individual routes, intersecting at a massive hub. This provides a wide, but defined space for the smaller, independent films to operate within.

  • By breaking their cinematic universe into “Phases,” Marvel can designate a single film as the destination or lynchpin for the individual films (Avengers, Avengers Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War).
  • This tactic creates a sprawling web of a universe, requiring precise organization to remain on schedule.

The DC Expanded Universe and the “Big Bang” Model

DC made its first concerted step into the cinematic playground half-a-decade after Marvel. With its chief competitor racking up success after success, DC didn’t have the luxury of playing the long-game like Marvel did.

  • The “Big Bang” model involves a single movie (Batman vs. Superman, 2016) packed with the foundational information or “matter” the audience needs to build upon.
  • From that point, DC can form the rest of its movie universe based off of these first films.
  • DC must be able to manage all of their pieces efficiently in order to contend with their opposition.

Project Management with Marvel, DC, and Actsoft

The primary issue facing these massive film companies is project management. With the task of creating and cultivating an entire cinematic universe on the agenda, the costs can become hefty; making a ton of money doesn’t guarantee success when you consider operating costs. Fortunately, Actsoft specializes in project management – reducing costs by ensuring every facet of your business is running as smoothly as possible.

Here are some specific features that can help with business project management:

  • Timekeeping: Marvel and DC already face the lofty costs of paying actors. Actsoft’s timekeeping feature makes it possible to track clock-ins, clock-outs, lunches, and breaks from an employee’s mobile device. Accurate timekeeping could prevent both companies from paying out wages for hours that were not worked, driving down costs and potentially maintaining the movie’s budget.
  • GPS Tracking: These movie franchises often film in remote locations. Cast and crew can both get lost, which causes delays. With the Actsoft’s geo-fence feature either company could mark and monitor activity around specific landmarks or locations. Cast and crew, through the mobile app, could then find the quickest route to their locations through a near real-time map interface.
  • Messaging: Constant channels of communication can be the difference between staying on schedule or costly delays. With messaging, directors could better communicate and ensure the cast is where they need to be when they need to be there. The crew could benefit from the ability to relay information quickly and efficiently around a shoot without traveling from one point to another.

When it comes to the movies, we’re dealing with project management on the world’s biggest stage. Marvel has created a multi-billion-dollar cinematic universe and DC is poised to do the same. Actsoft’s software could simplify procedures, drive down costs over the course of production, and elevate these franchises to Olympian heights.

 

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05.10
2016

People Management, Tracking and Netflix’s Daredevil Series

*Daredevil, is an American web television series, created for Netflix by Drew Goddard. It is based on the Marvel Comics character Matt Murdock.*

Some guys have all the luck, and then there’s Matt Murdock. For starters, it’s pretty safe to say he lost the birthplace lottery. Matt grew up in Manhattan’s infamous Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, and to be totally honest, they chose the right name for the place. They say in life there are only two certainties: 1. “You’re born.” and 2. “You’ll die.” In Hell’s Kitchen, there’s a third stipulation: “You’ll suffer.” Criminal syndicates are more embedded in the culture than wisdom teeth. The most powerful players are the Russian mafia, the Japanese Yakuza, and the Chinese Triads (spoiler alert: they play by their own rules, and those rules aren’t fair).

Matt’s life was turned upside down in a freak accident that left him blind. The accident took his eyes, but left him with advanced, other-worldly senses. It sounds like a good trade, but for him, it wasn’t. As a child, he was bombarded with the incessant, desperate cries of a dying city. His super senses painted a picture of universal pain that no one else could understand. He sensed it all, but had no real strength to help anyone (himself included). Matt’s childhood was a rough one.

Then, he lost his father under some grisly circumstances. Matt’s dad was a boxer, but more importantly, he was a fall guy for one of those powerful players I mentioned a little earlier. They made ends meet, but eventually his dad chose the path of righteousness, and he won a match he was expressly told to lose. It didn’t go over well.
Long story short, Matt meets the right people, and learns to hone his razor sharp senses to help the helpless. He goes to law school where he meets his best friend, Foggy Nelson. About 15 years pass and that brings us to the beginning of the Netflix series. Now, Matt Murdock fights crime on two fronts, by day as a lawyer and partner with the Nelson and Murdock law firm, and in the dark of night with blind fury as Daredevil.

*You’ll have to consult Netflix to find out more, but there’s plenty of action and moral conundrums associated with Matt’s lifestyle choices.*

Netflix’s hit show, Daredevil, has a reoccurring theme: “People Management.” Everything that happens is a direct result of someone’s execution of people management, or their lack thereof. The good guys have an agenda, so do the bad, the difference is organization and follow through.

Client Tracking with Actsoft

Foggy Nelson and Karen Page (Nelson and Murdock’s secretary) find themselves constantly tracking Matt. In Matt’s defense, duty always calls, as he grapples with the forces of evil for the soul of Hell’s Kitchen. Be that as it may, disappearing for days at a time is bad for business. They need him for things like talking to witnesses, working with the police, preparing for trial, and a multitude of other ins and outs required to run a three-person law firm.

The team could really benefit from Actsoft technology, especially features like GPS Tracking and Geo-fence alerts. Here’s how those features could specifically help:

• GPS Tracking- This could give Foggy and Karen complete visibility to Matt’s current locations, and his proximity to jobs (or clients). They could keep track of Matt from a cell phone, smartphone, tablet or vehicle-mounted device.
• Geo-fences- This feature would allow them to enter, import or draw custom Geo-fences on a virtual map that are used to easily identify locations or work sites.
• Geo-fence Alerts- Alerts would keep them aware of conditions and incidents in the field as they arise (such as Matt’s arrival and departure times from specified locations). They could use automatic alerts to send email notifications of when Matt leaves a specific area, or enters a “restricted zone.”

Matt Murdock’s greatest foe is the duality he embodies. He and Foggy operate in the slums of New York, but it’s still New York. They have real bills, and the only way to stay in business is to take clients and win cases. In a melded world of heroes, vigilantes and real life business, Actsoft technology could shed some light on where Matt spends most of his time, with simple but powerful tracking software on his own cell phone.

 

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04.20
2016

Tips on how to keep your business from going bankrupt

This fiscal year, some companies will be faced with decreased sales, delinquent payments, and in the worst case scenarios bankruptcy. In fact, companies like Sports Authority and PacSun face bankruptcy. In recent reports by CNN Money, bankruptcy has loomed over Sports Authority since January 2016, when the company disclosed that it had missed a $20 million debt payment. According to The New York Times, PacSun was on the brink of filing Chapter 11, but they were able to file for bankruptcy protection with Golden Gate Capital, a private loan lender.

Staying out of bankruptcy can be difficult for some business owners especially when the market changes and people aren’t purchasing products the way they once were. Having a plan in place for times when sales drop and business takes a plunge for the worst, could save some businesses.

Starting a business can cost a significant amount of money. According to Intuit QuickBooks, the average cost to start a business could be between $5,000 to $250,000. A survey done by RestaurantOwner.com based on 700 respondents, showed that the average cost to open a restaurant was $498,888.

To avoid being a victim of bankruptcy, here are some tips to help keep your business afloat:

Free Up Some Cash:  Look for ways to save money! If you’re currently renting an office space or furniture, you might have to re-evaluate how you’re spending your money. If you have furniture that you’re not particularly using, sell it.

Get a Budget in Place: If your debt is accumulating each month, you’ll want to revisit your budget. Create a budget that reflects your current financial status, and make sure that your monthly costs like rent and utility bills aren’t more than your revenue.

Use Accounting Software: Keep track of your debt and budget with accounting software such as Intuit QuickBooks, Quicken, or Sage Software’s Peachtree. This software will keep your books balanced while showing you how much spending you are doing.

Minimize Debt: Don’t let debt continue to mount, plan to tackle it. Go for the highest-interest debt that you have. If you have credits cards with high-interest rates, then you should concentrate your energies on paying them down first.

Consolidate your loans: Reduce monthly payments on your loans by consolidating smaller loans into one long-term loan package that will yield the best interest rate.

Taking the responsibility of avoiding bankruptcy can seem daunting, but it’s worth the sacrifice. As you continue to search for ways to cut costs,Actsoft’s Advanced Wireless Forms (AWF) could help you stash some extra cash. The average office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of paper every year in the U.S., which means companies are spending more than $120 billion a year on printed forms, according to The Paperless Project. Some companies are spending thousands of dollars a year in printing forms alone.

Actsoft’s AWF saves your company money while giving your mobile workforce the accessibility that they need from the field. AWF can help turn your paper forms into digital ones so that your mobile employees can fill out and submit forms from the field. With the versatile features of AWF, you can create fields that auto-calculate equations, and capture signatures or photos from jobs. You can also create forms based on decision logic, which will allow you to create fields that display predetermined choices based on other questions in the form.

Filing for bankruptcy can seem like a constant threat to businesses across the board. Having a meticulous budget, discipline to stick with the budget, and keeping a keen eye for detail will help keep your business afloat. Advanced Wireless Forms provides you with the flexibility to streamline workflow while cutting costs and keeping your business productive.

 

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04.08
2016

Make Your Mark with a Dynamic Personal Brand

Like it or not, we’re living in a digital age. These days branding is more critical than ever, it supports your company’s reputation and can ultimately lead to the success or failure of your business.
In the past, branding as a concept was exclusive to businesses; today things are very different. Personal branding is picking up speed, as internet users become more aware of their digital footprint. Often times the information we seek is telling about where our values lie, who we are, and who we aim to be. That information coupled with our social media presence makes up our digital footprint.

If you’re on the internet, you have a digital footprint. According to an AVG study, 92 percent of children under the age of two already have a digital footprint, thanks to their parents posting images of them online. Everything from the things they’re wearing, to the toys they play with all help mold their digital footprint long before they’re aware of it.
Your digital footprint and personal brand are representations of your online presence. They can affect everything from the marketing materials you receive (via popups or suggested websites), to the jobs you’re considered for. It’s imperative you market yourself to the best of your ability in the professional realm and these tips should make it easier to do that:

  • Adopt the Right Mentality: When it comes to your personal brand, what do you want associated with your likeness? When people come across your brand, how do you want them to feel? Keep these questions in mind; they’re the difference makers when it comes to creating your brand’s unique voice and perspective.
  • Establish Your Unique Space: Find your niche and make a name for yourself at all costs. When you stake claim to your own personal website, you’re essentially carving out your own cyber territory to promote your brand. A personal website is critical when it comes to successful ranking with major search engines like Google and Bing.
  • Track and Monitor Your Online Presence: It’s a good practice to Google yourself and setup reoccurring alerts for your brand. If you have a common name, do something to make yourself stand out (try adding your middle initial or name to set yourself apart). Your personal brand is your intellectual property, it’s a good practice to be aware of what’s said about it.
  • Keep Respected Company: When it comes to building your network, look at your own contacts first. Where’d you go to school, what jobs have you worked, what groups do you subscribe to? People with shared interests will be more likely to give favorable feedback to you and your brand.

Actsoft Gives Your Brand a Voice

Personal brands in many way mimic business brands. They are representations of your ideals, business practices and operational habits. Actsoft technology gives companies the ability to create their own business identity by implementing totally customizable forms that record exactly what’s important to their operations.

Advanced Wireless Forms put the customization of business processes squarely in the hands of decision makers. The technology allows management the power to decide what they want workers in the field to focus on.
The freedom to make custom processes and requirements is what gives businesses their identity. With Actsoft, companies can decide if they want to focus strictly on their inventory and work orders, focus on consumer feedback, or blend the two. Actsoft can help your business encompass the same captivating elements your personal brand must have to stand out in the perpetual sea of information we all face.

 

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04.01
2016

4 Keys to Protecting Your Drivers During Unpredictable Weather Conditions

The early signs of spring can be seen in most parts of U.S., but not in places like Denver Colorado, where the snow fall is steady, creating treacherous driving conditions for people as they navigate through the mountainous road ways. In recent reports by 9news (Denver’s local news station),  a blizzard recently hit the Denver area,  leaving all roads  incapacitated due to heavy winds and snow. USA Today also reported heavy snow in Northern-Central U.S. regions and severe rain storms to the South. The bad weather makes life difficult for professionals working in the trucking industry.

Whether there’s a snow storm freezing roads, or rain flooding them, trucking companies in the U.S. take the biggest hit. Bruce Johnson, Director of Capacity Development at C.H Robinson, says that one of the most important factors for the trucking industry is the weather conditions on the road. Constant road closures and delays cost trucking companies time and money, neither of which they can’t afford to lose.

According to Legend funding, smaller trucking companies suffer the most because they are  often precariously balancing low budgets, minimal resources, and the persistent threat of  losing their employees and customers  to bigger companies.  Maintaining a fleet of drivers in unpredictable weather is increasingly challenging when mother nature decides not to play along.

Safety is an issue that most trucking companies deal with. Ensuring that each truck driver takes the proper precautions to stay safe could save lives in addition to insurance paid out in the event of an accident. Bruce Johnson  says that professional truck drivers should use The American Trucking Association (ATA) as a reference to ensure their safety on the road.

Taking the right procedures for staying safe on the road isn’t just a want, it’s a necessity, especially when sharing the road with other drivers. Here are some helpful tips to keep everyone safe on the roads when the weather isn’t optimal:

  • Slow down: Driving the speed limit is one way to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. Going over the speed limit during a storm could result in a fatality. Don’t rush, do the speed limit!
  • Don’t follow the tail lights of the vehicle in front: When you’re driving through a snow storm or in heavy rain don’t rely on the driver in front of you to be your compass. Back Off! Stay at least a car length from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Follow good judgement: If the weather is severe and you need to pull over, do it. There’s nothing wrong with finding a place to wait until weather conditions are safe again. Don’t ignore severe weather! It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  • Avoid stopping on the shoulder of the road: When there’s little visibility pulling over on the shoulder of the road isn’t the best idea. However, if you must, make sure that when you pull over, the other drivers don’t think that you’re still on the road.

Bad weather can strike at any time, it’s impossible to be 100 percent sure of when a blizzard or rainstorm will hit. Actsoft understands how harrowing running a trucking business can be when foul weather comes into play. The lack of visibility on the road during a bad storm can cause a lot of confusion and frustration in the back office.  Actsoft’s Comet Tracker can provide you with the visibility to see your drivers on the road and in the field. With Comet Tracker, you can see traffic on a virtual map, allowing for effective dispatching in the case of bad weather. You can use this technology to redirect your drivers to better and safer routes.

Stay safe on the roads during devastating weather so when the skies clear it’s smooth sailing down the highway.

 

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03.25
2016

How the NCAA’s Travel Office Pulls the Strings on March Madness

March Madness is upon us and the tournament is currently in full swing. While fans focus on established powerhouse basketball programs facing off against the new Cinderella stories each tournament presents, they remain completely unaware of a different mad dash going on behind the scenes. Making this tournament a possibility takes an exorbitant amount of planning and sometimes a downright scramble to execute travel plans for the teams involved, once the match ups are revealed.

Unveiling the Match ups

On Selection Sunday, the first round match ups for the NCAA tournament are revealed to the college basketball world. Historically, it’s one of the busiest days of the year for the NCAA’s travel office. Officials have to orchestrate travel plans for 68 men’s teams with no previous notice. For the travel office, the mayhem continues all tournament long.

Often times, the travel personnel are the real heroes of the tournament. According to NCAA Vice President for championships Mark Lewis “The people that run our travel department are heroes. They’re miracle workers to pull this off every time.” The NCAA spends $15 million annually on transportation for the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments alone, so the stakes are high for airline and charter company officials, all fighting for a slice of the pie.

The Obstacles

Over the last few years, things have only become more difficult since there’s been a noticeable drop in the number of available charter planes big enough to transport players, bands, cheerleaders and school administrators. New Federal Aviation Administration regulations are now demanding crews get more rest for safety reasons. Additionally, some charter companies the NCAA used to work went out of business resulting in fewer planes and crews airborne during the tournament. The NCAA has between 10 and 15 designated charter planes crossing the country, but it’s their availability that has decreased from previous years.

The travel guessing game gets even trickier when you factor in the time of year the March Madness tournament kicks off. The NCAA is contractually bound to the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) network, with stipulations preventing them from receiving match ups before Selection Sunday. So as soon as match ups are revealed, the scramble starts; teams use mileage calculators to figure out whether they can drive to their round one match ups, or if they qualify for chartered flights.

Transporting people from one end of the country to the other is never easy, even with adequate planning and preparation. March Madness impacts everyone from pilots to baggage handlers and of course the athletes and their coaches, all performing on the world’s biggest stage. Everyone has to be on the same page for it to be a success.

In March, travel industry workers deal with one emergency after another, quietly pulling the strings that keep the entire show afloat for basketball fans to enjoy. Without the efforts of the NCAA’s travel office, there’s no March Madness Tournament. Newcomer teams like Hawaii would never be able to knock off storied programs like the University of California’s Golden Bears (shocking the world for their first tournament win), simply because of the distance between the schools.

Coordination, precision and punctuality extend far beyond College basketball’s heralded tournament. Every day business owners operate with the same core principles, especially when it comes to maintaining their fleet vehicles. With Actsoft products, business owners essentially become their own travel office, dispatching, tracking and maintaining their assets, while they travel to job sites.
Actsoft’s CometFleet makes it possible to accurately track vehicles by showing their locations, traveling directions and historical travel patterns. This information makes dispatching more effective at increasing a company’s productivity and revenue. Organizing and executing travel plans takes an eye for detail and comprehensive planning. Actsoft products let business owners create and execute their game plans, by providing the organizational technology needed to always call the right play in the field.

 

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03.21
2016

Create Dynamic Content for your Company’s Facebook Page

Communicating to customers in today’s world is different than it was a few years ago. Back then, sending out emails to customers was one of the ways to get exposure, but now it’s just one of the many ways you have to connect with your customers.

Social media makes communicating faster, and in some ways tailored to the crowd you aim to reach. Platforms like Facebook have billions of users scouring the internet every second looking for something new, fun, or trending to share with their personal network.  Business owners, need to know how they can create compelling content to engage their customers and market their products.

Successful business owners know their audience. In order to master reaching consumers, they have  to understand their customers pain points and needs. Meltwater.com says that when developing content for Facebook don’t make the content all about you, instead, cover  topics like these that are relevant to your industry:

  •          Breaking news
  •          Tips
  •          Hacks
  •          Insights
  •          Problem solvers

For instance, taking a breaking news story and developing it into social media content could pique the interest of your audience. Another way to find what your consumers are reading is by using Google Analytics, which helps you understand your consumers’ behaviors and interests online, so you can provide engaging content from your brand.

Don’t only use visual elements and pictures to convey your message; relying on corporate logos or repetitive robotic sounding messaging is a bad idea.  Content producers want to tell stories from actual people that have used your company’s products or services. Posting content that gives sneak peeks on new updates or special events that your company is hosting could be a great teaser to keep your audience coming back for more.

Quality content is one way to get engagement, but it’s not the only way. Posting schedules are just as important, if not more so. Posting every second of the day can actually do more harm than good to audience engagement levels.  A study done by Hubspot.com found that Facebook pages with over 10,000 + followers were the only ones where clicks-per-post peaked at 31-60 post per month. These same companies didn’t see an increase in clicks when they posted 61 times or more per month. Another finding by Hubspot.com showed that organizations with fewer than 10,000 followers posted more than 60 times a month receive 60% fewer clicks per post than the companies that post 5 or fewer times a month. So as it turns out, less can equal more when it comes to your posting schedule.

Below is a chart from Hubspot.com that analyzes the amount of monthly Facebook posts in relation to the number of clicks by visitors per post. 

Spending some extra money could help boost the reach your posts have. Meltwater.com suggests that with a budget as small as  you can ensure that your Facebook content is doing  the job when it comes to marketing and selling your band.

Actsoft understands the power social media has and the benefit it can provide to potential business clients.  Understanding customer pain points, concerns, and needs when developing content for social media sites, results in content that means more to consumers. Pairing content with customer testimonials is a strategy that adds a relatable touch to content for potential partners. Blending a creative vision with a strategic and consistent posting strategy can create dynamic content companies can use to inform and market their products to a wide audience.

 

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03.15
2016

Successful Negotiations and Your Business Plan

Negotiation is something we all have in common. Sometimes we negotiate with others, sometimes with ourselves; it all depends on where we are and what the subject matter is. In business, negotiation is vital to current and future opportunities. Employees who prove to be poor negotiators can cripple a business plan, in a single meeting. When it comes to negotiation, there’s an undeniable truth: what you say and how you say it matters.

Keep the following in mind as you look to improve your negotiation skills:

  • Act Quickly: In negotiations, time is always of the essence. Choosing the right course of action and striking while the iron is hot often become a careful balancing act. Sometimes waiting until cooler heads prevail allows conflict to spread to more people than originally intended. The key is diagnosing problems quickly and acting confidently to reach quick, effective solutions.
  • Remain Neutral: No one wants to feel like their perspective isn’t as valued as the opposing view. Conflict negotiators need to be balanced and fair (even if they have a bias towards a particular point of view). Negotiations should always be respectful towards both sides and create an air of transparency and unrestricted communication.

Even though negotiations sometimes span complex, nebulous topics, they’re usually restricted to a few possible outcomes:

  • Win-Lose: Based on a highly competitive mindset, this scenario is focused on a reward that’s in limited supply. The loser is the one who compromises.
  • Lose-Lose: All parties involved are very competitive and they need to win at all costs. Ultimately, neither get what they are looking for because they’re unwilling to come to a consensus.
  • Win-Win: Both parties win. In theory, this solution creates the most value for all involved parties. It might sound counterintuitive, but win-win scenarios can be very bad for business.

Consider this example:

Suppose you and a friend are preparing a separate dish for a dinner party. Your recipe requires one orange. However, your friend’s recipe also requires one orange. For argument’s sake, there is only one orange in the entire house and purchasing more isn’t an option.

A win-win would involve cutting the orange in half, that way you get half of the orange and your friend gets the other half. However, as it turns out, you were baking a cake and needed the orange’s zest. Your friend was making a smoothie that required the orange’s juice. Neither of you got what you really needed because you settled for a “win-win” scenario. Sometimes compromise isn’t the best option.

Before commencing negotiations of any sort, always make sure the other party has the authority to make commitments their company can stick to. You don’t want to discover you’ve made successful negotiations with someone who still needs approval from his or her supervisor.

Actsoft and Employee Negotiations

Actsoft can give you a powerful bargaining chip when negotiating salaries with your employees. Comet Tracker allows system administrators to track workers’ locations in near real-time, with GPS positioning. As an administrator, you can document employees’ moves and work habits, providing valuable information that can be used to negotiate promotions or pay increases when the time comes. You can see which employees work quickly and efficiently in the field, while properly utilizing company assets. That information can help differentiate the exceptional employees from the average workers.

Whether for a performance bonus, raise negotiation, or even the occasional disciplinary action; full transparency into your employees work habits can help you effectively negotiate each instance with the proper documentation to support your claims.

Actsoft provides the software needed to remove some of the potential guesswork from employee negotiations. However, negotiation is a skill requiring constant practice. As you encounter people with different backgrounds and viewpoints, your conversations with them will change. Use the tips discussed to help you stay at the top of your game as a negotiator.

 

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03.11
2016

What Effective Recruiting Can Do For Your Business

If you’re looking for the cream-of-the-crop, when comes to hiring new employees, you’ll have to do some serious searching, and you’ll need an eye for talent. It might be tough at first, but in order to discover the best candidates, you’ll need to invest some legitimate time and money into finding them.

Help from a skilled staffing agency can take some of the fear out of the recruiting process, as you search for the perfect candidate. Robert Half.com says you should look for a staffing firm that offers specialization, industry recognition, stability and a wide enough reach to meet your specific recruitment needs.

Ensuring that the staffing agency you select specializes in your particular field of service is critical to successful recruiting. According to Robert Half.com, non-specialized or generalist staffing agencies work with a broad variety of candidates, so finding someone with the exact skills and qualifications you need will be more difficult and take longer if you work with a firm that’s not necessarily focused on your field.

A lot of times, staffing agencies that are specialized in your industry know more about the skills and experience successful candidates need to be the right match for your company.

Don’t forget that communication is key when using a staffing agency to look for candidates. You want to make sure that the recruiter knows your particulars when it comes to the job description, work policies, dress code, overtime etc. Don’t expect the recruiter to innately know the procedures and processes of your company.

As you search for the right staffing agency, don’t get caught up with the glitz and glam of the name of the agency. Make sure that the agency’s reputation is as respected as its name. According to Robert Half.com, working with a well-established agency also gives you a “behind the scenes” advantage: Recruiters who are confident they’re working for a stable company won’t feel pressure to make a placement just to help keep the staffing firm afloat.

Consider the market that the staffing agency is tapping into. You’ll want to make sure that they’re not covering the same locations you have already tried. The best firms have access to candidates you can’t reach, suggested Robert Half.com. When you hire a staffing agency, find out if they have a global reach when searching for new candidates. If they do, it will give your business quick access to highly skilled candidates in other markets.

Finding the right staffing agency might take some time, especially with all the nuances that go into the candidate search. The pressures of searching for new candidates, while running your business can be taxing and stressful.

Actsoft knows the pressures businesses face, as they search for the right candidate. With Actsoft’s Comet Tracker, you can manage everyday business, while meeting with staffing agencies.

Comet Tracker helps you keep track of the clock-in and clock-out time punches of your mobile employees while on-the-go. All time punches are date and GPS location stamped. As you’re running from one meeting to the next, stay up-to-date with your workers in the field with Comet Tracker’s worker status updates. The updates give instant information on worker availability, job assignments and dispatching activity. System Administrators can also use Comet Tracker’s dispatching feature to send out new work assignments electronically.

Actsoft technology makes it easy to manage your mobile workforce, while you meet with recruiters to bring in new talent. The applications give you the flexibility to keep things running smoothly, while you focus on your company’s future.

 

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03.07
2016

The Advent of Networking in the Business Arena

In the business realm, successful networking can make or break potential partnerships. New business venues are often chaotic and riddled with underlying pressures as professionals look to make connections. Those who show networking prowess can potentially forge new relationships in foreign territory that can potentially change the direction of their entire business.

Here are some tips to make you an even more effective networker:

  • Keep Your Questions Simple- A simple, direct approach can often prove effective. For instance, opening with “Hello, what brings you to this event?” could prove to be a great ice-breaker. Once you have a better grasp of who you’re speaking with and why they’re at the event, you can come up with more specific questions to ask them.
  • The Art of Conversation- Truth be told, when some people get nervous, they overcompensate by talking too much. Try to avoid this at all costs. Holding the conversation hostage ensures you label yourself as overly aggressive and a poor listener.  The best networkers are masters at making other people feel good about themselves. Active listening is key for successful networking.
  • Always Follow Up- Networking is where the conversation begins, but not where it ends by any means. At networking events, potential partners are speaking with sometimes hundreds or even thousands of suitors all vying for their business. If you’ve had a great exchange, ask for the best way to follow up with them after the event. It’s a good practice to reach out within 48 hours.

We All Network Differently

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to networking. Your success will depend on your comfort with communicating in unfamiliar environments. The reality is that people handle those scenarios differently. Introverts and extroverts react differently to the stimuli encountered during networking events. Extroverts tend to want the focus of the discussion on themselves, while introverts generally prefer listening and questioning.

The key is understanding the type of person you are and focusing on your strengths in networking environments. When it comes to networking, the emphasis should always be on quality, rather than quantity. In her book Poised for Success: Mastering the Four Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals, Etiquette Expert Jacqueline Whitmore says “One quality conversation is more beneficial than 20 superficial ones.”

Regardless of your personality type, doing your due diligence before a networking event can make a world of difference. Discovering who will be attending an event and researching them will make your questions more logical and effective.

Actsoft Can Help Facilitate Networking

Networking is about proficiency and time management. Professionals usually have a very limited amount of time to make connections before they’re heading to the next opportunity. Actsoft’s Comet Ez can keep track of how long it takes professionals to reach each networking event with GPS tracking. The application can help professionals create the most direct and efficient routes, reducing travel distances, while maximizing the amount of time professionals spend building relationships.

When events are in progress, it’s easy to lose track of time, especially if the conversations are flowing. Networking professionals can use Comet Tracker to set alerts notifying their management teams of when they’ve spent too much time at any single event. With the help of Actsoft technology, it’s possible to create networking game plans that focus on speed and efficiency.

Effective networking is often linked directly to personal and professional growth; as people improve at it, they gain confidence that they can use to advance their own careers. For business professionals, mastering it can be both challenging and time consuming. The proper networking techniques can build trust and understanding; two foundational pillars lasting relationships are built on.

The more you network, the easier it becomes, but practice and repetition are key. Try practicing it by starting short, impromptu conversations with your co-workers around the office.

 

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