AssessTEAM: The Must-Have, Next Generation, Online Employee Evaluation Software Tool for Small Business

assessteamThe whole world is moving towards big-data now; whether it’s big business or sports analysis, you won’t be taken seriously if your assertions aren’t backed up with Big Data. Being a more conservative profession, HR has lagged behind the technology and big data curve and has come under increasing pressure to become more data-orientated. CEOs are becoming impatient and studies show that 85% of business leaders believe that HR teams ‘fail to provide insightful analytics’. HR need to make more use of tools and technologies that not only automate processes, but which also provide powerful analytics to make an impact in the boardroom.

This is why I was drawn to the employee evaluation software tool called AssessTEAM, which I consider to be a next generation staff appraisal tool. Why?

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Property Buying Tips from a Professional Buyer 

dreamstime_xs_29698348Buying a house doesn’t have to be a long round of never ending strain and worry. Follow the tips below to make the process flow as smoothly as possible.

Know Your Budget

Watch any of the popular TV programmes on property buying and you’ll usually see properties being offered by experts that are over the buyer’s budget. The reasoning seems to run along the lines of when you’re spending several hundred thousand, what difference does an extra few tens of thousand pounds make.

If you really do have the extra money tucked away somewhere (say you held a bit back for a new kitchen or an extension) maybe you’re willing to spend more up front if the property doesn’t need your planned improvement.

But if the extra money means you’re stretching higher on the monthly household budget, the strategy can be disastrous. It’s hard walking away from the dream house because of money (or lack of it) but far better to do that than have to scrimp on heating or holidays for the next 20 odd years. So, set your budget and don’t let yourself be persuaded you’ll cope somehow with an additional spend. Continue reading

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Business Storage Hacks for Entrepreneurs 

dreamstime_xs_20095916Business storage can be a challenge for any entrepreneur. Whether the items for sale are large or small, how and where they’re stored can either eat into time and profit or help both grow. Here are three storage aspects to consider that will help streamline any business operation:


Accessing and retrieving Items from stock can become a major headache if you don’t have a storage system. Follow these tips for maximum efficiency in your storage area.

  • Know your fastest selling items, and position these closest to your packing or dispatching area.
  • Whatever type of shelving system you use, make sure the fastest selling items are positioned between shoulder and waist height. This makes them easily visible and prevents constant bending and stretching.
  • Create a space in your storage area to receive new stock.
  • Create a labelling system. Whether it’s one you have devised yourself or you use labelling software, stay consistent and make it a rule that nothing is shelved or stored before it’s labelled.

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5 Tips To Help Employers Attract Applicants On Online Jobs Boards.

dreamstime_xs_11220377While we are in the midst of a global talent war, employers and recruiters should never take for granted the availability and flow of talent from on-line jobs boards; the go-to-guy for most companies searching for talent.

Competition is strong and supply is moderate and, unsurprisingly, many employers will have been met with disappointingly weak response rate when advertising on jobs boards.

If employers want to ensure a steady flow of candidates from their job advert to their applicant tracking system, they’ll need to engage in some of the following strategies to make their advert stand out from the crowd and attract talent.

Use an Industry Recognized Job Title

Employers often refer to staff internally using non-standard job titles in order to fit in with their internal culture, language and processes: An internal customer services manager (CSM), might – when you look closely at the duties – actually be a Project Manager (PM). That’s fine internally, but if you advertise the role externally under the title of a CSM, you’ll miss all the PM candidates who’ll be searching for PM roles. Always use an industry recognized job title in your external job adverts. Continue reading

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Make A Difference And A Living With These Exciting Careers

dreamstime_xs_16463260Perhaps, you want more than just a paycheck from your job and career. You might want to look into the possibility of choosing a career where you can have a positive impact on the world. It’s fair to say that a large number of people end up in careers that involve questionable moral choices and actions. You might think that doesn’t apply to you so let’s look at a simple example. You may work in insurance. Here, you’ll be asked to sell services people can’t afford and products that they may not even need. Certain insurance sales also feed on the paranoia of vulnerable individuals. If you want to avoid careers like this look at some of the jobs that will give you a chance to make the world a better place. Continue reading

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Are My Self Employed Workers Really Employees? Should They Be On An Employment Contract

dreamstime_xs_20095916Are My Self Employed Workers Really Employees? Should They Be On An Employment Contract?

We’ve heard so much about the rise of the gig economy: a flexible market of on-line, self employed workers engaged on a project by project rather than job for life basis. There’s huge flexibility, but no job security, (at least in the traditional sense). It favours the adaptable worker who can market and promote their skills and make themselves indispensable to a client. It’s a client-supplier relationship, rather than an employer-employee relationship.

The problem is that this shift from an employee-employer to a client-supplier relationship is confusing employers and employees as many don’t know what their employment status is. Until recently Uber treated their drivers as self-employed, yet a tribunal recently ruled that Uber drivers in the UK are not self employed are therefore entitled to worker’s rights. Deliveroo and CitySprint are also facing legal challenges around the status of their seemingly self employed workers. Continue reading

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