Brian Sloan is Head of Business and Economic Policy at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. He was talking with the city’s Key 103 radio station, as part its Making Business In Manchester series, supported by Regus. Manchester is home to nine Regus business centres.
To continue our ‘Future working’ theme we invited guest blogger Scot Mckee, from Birddog, to write a piece based on his own experiences as a business owner, knob-grabbing experiences aside it makes for a pretty entertaining read!
If there’s a single inherent attribute to business evolution, it’s that the evolutionary process is slow. Despite growing populations, technological advances and improved communications channels, we have advanced little in our core working practices in the last hundred years …
(This is a snippet of a blog post published on lovehatetravel.co.uk. Please visit lovehatetravel.co.uk to read in full.)
4 ‘Workation’ Tips for 3/4 of Americans
Do the slideshow stats above surprise you?
- If colleagues need to update or consult you, ask them to send a single daily report, by email, at a set time each day. That way, they won’t overwhelm you with hour-by-hour questions and progress updates.
- Change your smartphone settings so you have to actively check your emails, rather than have them arriving all day long.
- Decide that you’ll work for a set period each day, at a set time. Don’t work outside these times.
- If you’re going to work, make sure you have a proper setting. Instead of struggling with unreliable Wi-Fi or phone signals, find somewhere professional to work – for example, a local business center. That way, you’ll wrap up your work quicker.
Will you be working during your summer break? Vote in our Facebook poll here. Maybe you have some tips of your own, or even some “Throw your smartphone in the sea” -style advice? Let us know in the Comments area, below.
Europe’s Post-Volcano Video Demand
Interest in Regus video communication facilities is still much higher than pre-Eyjafjallajökull volcano ash cloud levels.
After the disruption caused last year by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Iceland’s Grimsvoton volcano is threatening to disrupt European air travel and consequently businesses. Because of the continued raised interest in Regus’ video communication facilities since Eyjafjallajökull (68% increase across Europe in video communication enquiries, far above pre-cloud levels) we believe businesses will be better prepared in order to minimize disruption.
Businesses across Europe are now more familiar with the idea of virtual meetings as an alternative to face-to-face meetings. Video communication facilities provide the ideal solution to maintain those scheduled meetings and to avoid any interruption to the day to day running of a business.
Is your company cutting back on flying as a result of 2011’s ash cloud crisis or perhaps carbon emissions or cost are a contributing factor in changing your travel policies? Please share your view in the Comments, below.
In the last 12 months, prompted by Apple with is widely popular iPad, (today sees the much-anticipated iPad2 announcement) there has been an increased interest in tablet computers. It’s predicted that there will be a growth in tablet use and in the tablet market in 2011. A testament to these predictions has been that Samsung, HP and Dell are releasing their own tablets to rival the iPad.
What are the benefits that tablet computers bring to start-ups and entrepreneurs? Can they change the way you work?
Tablets aren’t just the latest technological fad for the computer geek that resides inside of some of us. They are becoming more accepted as a serious instrument that can facilitate everyday work tasks. This has become evident with the news that Dell is releasing a tablet computer that will use a Windows operating system. Dell’s tablet is specifically aimed at office workers, who would be familiar with MS Office programs, and will be able to easily integrate the new tablet with existing company networks and IT systems.
Despite the fact that we are still in the early days of a ‘tablet era’ we can affirm that they are making it easier to work on the move. Due to their intuitive interface we can send emails and surf the net literally at the touch of a hand thanks to their touch screens (which have become a standard feature of tablet computers). The user interface has become one of the standout features that have made tablets highly sought objects as they guarantee a pleasant user experience.
From a more technical aspect, tablets possess processors that are equally as powerful (if not more so) then the latest netbooks (smaller laptops), which allow tablets to run various programmes simultaneously, and carry out relatively complex tasks. They are also devices which are geared towards an ‘on the go’/ mobile use because of their short startup times, and their integration into Wi-Fi, 3G (and soon 4G) networks. These features make them ideal for use out of the office, and while travelling on the train or bus (as long as you’re not driving!). Their touch screen feature eliminates the need of a physical keyboard or peripheral, so that they can be easily stored and used in restricted spaces while commuting, allowing you to do those last minute tweaks on a document on the go.
Together with the technical aspects, there is already a great quantity of software available that allows users to draft documents, create presentations, use spread sheets and calculate finances, among many other business-related programs. As long as you have an internet connection, these programs (now commonly referred to as apps) can be easily downloaded direct to the device eliminating the cumbersome installation process we associated with CD-ROMs and DVDs. In our next blog post on the subject we’ll be looking at some of the best business apps for tablets.
So…..What do you think about tablet computers and their place in the business world? Do you think they can improve productivity for workers on the go?
(This blog post has been adapted and translated from a post in our RegusHispano blog)
Photo credited to:
- iPad / anitakhart, via Flickr