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Why you should be practicing philanthropy

Companies are always interested in ideas that make good business sense. They invest millions of dollars in marketing, research and development and technology upgrades to launch new products that help in improving profitability and increasing the company’s market share.


The benefits of philanthropy to a business can sometimes be a little more subtle, but the results are equally tangible and real. For some companies, the act of giving is a one-off exercise often done for media mileage, or maybe even as a tax write-off.


Yet, in today’s competitive environment, companies that embrace philanthropy as a core business philosophy reap far-reaching and consistent rewards. Philanthropy, corporate volunteering and employee giving are essential business tools today.


Philanthropy is good for the company


While companies are in business to make money, a corporate vision beyond this basic goal gives the company a broader sense of purpose. Embracing the vision of giving back to the community can help in revitalizing the energy levels within the company.


When a company builds itself around a larger mission, it infuses that passion into its products, services, employees, customers and shareholders. This passion manifests itself in innovation and creativity, which leads to business growth.


Giving leads to employee engagement

business charity


All successful companies realise the importance of engaging employees in the core mission of the business. Today’s employees want more than just a pay check at the end of the month. Employees want to engage with the company’s initiatives and to see their efforts produce results, for both the company and the community at large. This is the core of employee engagement.


Increasingly, knowledge workers make up a large part of the corporate workforce. These young, inspired and engaged workers are exponentially more productive than someone just doing their job. The younger employees value engagement at work more than their peers from previous generations.

Originally posted 2015-10-08 04:49:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How To Pick The Career That’s Right For You

Whether you are new to the working world or you are just ready to start over and try a new career, figuring out what career is right for you can be a challenge with so many options and so many reasons to make the right choice. For some people a big paycheck and insurance is the most important thing, while for others having a job they love with many freedoms beats a large paycheck.

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Originally posted 2015-10-20 08:29:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Five Best Job Search Websites For 2017

Today’s workforce is primarily composed of online applicants.  The internet has completely taken over the present day job hunt.  Thousands of job boards, social media channels, networking groups, and staffing companies advertise employment opportunities daily.  The market is so large that many find the present day job search a bit overwhelming.   Continue reading »

Originally posted 2016-12-22 08:37:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Expanding your business through outsourcing

Outsourcing can be a way of focusing on your business’s core attributes while employing the best possible level of expertise that you can afford to implement your approach. There are many good reasons for outsourcing, ranging from the purely financial to the tactical and strategic. Many companies outsource any activity that is peripheral to what they actually do – that is, their essential function as a business. In the marketing sector, this might mean farming out technical tasks such as data management, website design or search engine optimisation, while focusing your company’s energies on the overall vision for the campaign, as well as the key attributes that will help sell the product. Companies such as Atlantic Umbrella ( provide PAYE services for freelancers, contractors and temporary staff with a wide range of skill sets and valuable experience.


Technical expertise

Businessmen shaking hands

Businessmen shaking hands


Most B2B companies, for instance, don’t have a full complement of specialist staff capable of effective marketing, while many marketing organisations lack high-end technical expertise, and even may not possess the tech or the software in the first place. It can be more viable to outsource these tasks than to have staff trained and experienced in these areas on the payroll full-time. Hiring in experts as and when needed also means that your staff can work with the specialists to develop their own skills and to familiarise themselves with the latest technology.


Bringing in specialists from outside means you can be sure they’ll be up to date with changing demands, priorities and technology. After all, that is their job, and it’s where their experience and reputation resides.


Financial flexibility


Originally posted 2015-09-15 20:13:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What skills should you be looking for when recruiting managers?

All companies are concerned about making the right choices when it comes to appointing managers, as they can make or break an organization, especially when they’re in crucial senior positions. There are certain core competencies that are particularly important to pin down during the recruitment process, and here we’ll take a look at some of them:


Communication and flexibility


Good managers need to be able to adapt their working practices and style, possibly on a daily basis for companies that are geographically disparate or operate across different sectors and areas. Consultants, for example, have to be able to get on top of complex information and succinctly present their findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Businessman Conducting Meeting --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Businessman Conducting Meeting — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis


Interpersonal skills


As employees typically work in teams to achieve company goals, it’s crucial that team leaders and departmental managers have excellent interpersonal skills. In the case of working with clients, this becomes even more of an issue and verbal communication is just the start of it. Under project pressure in particular, body language, listening and negotiation skills become critical.




Top managers in particular need an exceptionally high level of personal initiative. This will enable them to quickly identify those operational areas where it is necessary to take some form of action, and to respond to the requirements in an appropriate and timely manner. Problems frequently turn out to be more complex than first envisaged, and office hours for managers can be long. Such key figures therefore need to be able to maintain order and discipline, motivate their teams, and have the tenacity needed to push through unforeseen obstacles and deliver results.


Originally posted 2015-09-24 00:16:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Choosing an Office Space: Corporate versus Characterful

One classic literary trope is to use settings to create an atmosphere, and evoke certain feelings and emotions. Gothic horror stories always take place in dilapidated, grey stone mansions, whilst chick flicks are set against a backdrop of Georgian town houses and cosy cottages. The reason for this is simple: it is grounded in reality.


One of the key tools used by visitors to assess the status and personality of homeowners and business owners is the appearance of a property. Streamlined modern skyscrapers and workplaces made of glass are associated with the young and ambitious, whilst black and white Tudor conversions are a symbol of respectability, trustworthiness, and honest dealings.


This all means one thing: when it comes to choosing a business property, appearance is key. But which style is better suited to your enterprise: a dazzling corporate workspace or a characterful conversion?


What Image Do You Want to Project?

When it comes to making decisions about the personality of your business property, the best place to start is by sitting down and thinking about the image that you want to project. In the world of enterprise, image is everything, so staying ‘on brand’ is really important. Sleek, modern buildings, for example, are highly evocative of fast-moving, competitive commercial enterprises, whilst a more characterful domestic conversion is better suited to businesses that are slightly slower paced, with a need to project an air of reliability and trustworthiness.

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Originally posted 2015-10-04 04:15:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

6 Tips for Building a Community When You Work from Home

Do you ever have those days when you work from your couch in sweatpants and don’t speak to a single soul? You send emails while blasting music and eating popcorn, just because you can.

Working from home has obvious perks: no dress code, no commute and a flexible schedule. But for a lot of entrepreneurs and small business owners, independence comes at the cost of isolation.

It’s not as easy as water cooler talk with co-workers or company wide outings, but with a bit of creativity, you can develop a community while you build your business at home.

Originally posted 2015-05-21 11:42:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter