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15 Virtual Assistant Software Tools To Optimize Productivity

By Liam Martin, a co-founder of Time Doctor With the advent of the Internet of Things comes several innovations that help companies save time and money. One of the coolest of these is the rise of the “cyber secretary,” or virtual assistant. Rather than paying a hefty salary, offering bonuses, and dishing out more benefits to an in-house employee, you can now reduce costs by hiring remote employees and investing in virtual assistant software programs to streamline your pr...

IBM Asks Work-From-Home Employees to Head Back to the Office

The tech giant IBM, once a pioneer in the work-from-home concept, is now calling its employees back to the office, the Wall Street Journal reports. The change is rattling workers. But, the company says the move is vital for their growth. IBM Has Embraced Remote Work For Decades Many of the people who work for IBM have taken advantage of remote work options over the years. As early as the 1980s, IBM began installing “remote terminals” in some employees’ homes. By...

How start-ups should hire good staff and persuade them to stay

Young businesses need to retain their culture and compete for good people. When Richard White began to recruit employees to Goodlord, an online property rental platform, he and his co-founder hired cheaply and informally from a range of interns, family members and existing contacts. “Originally, our hiring process was to sit [potential candidates] down, have a chat for about 10 minutes . . . and then we took them out for a beer,” Mr White says. &ld...

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Social Enterprise: The tricks of balancing business and charity

I, like many other aspiring entrepreneurs, was inspired by stories of TOMS shoes and other world-changing businesses. Making us dream of creating the next best global social movement. Despite all the dreaming, the question still stands…. How DO YOU balance social impact with business?   The Social Enterprise Dream Like many other socially minded entrepreneurs, CorkYogis started with a dream rather than a business plan. We dreamed of creating the highest performing, most eco-...

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Atlanta Company Promotes Telecommuting To Fight Traffic Woes

On the evening of March 30, Thomas Crosson was grabbing a slice of pizza at Amalfi Pizza near SunTrust Bank, and watched as large flames rose from a section of the Interstate 85 in Atlanta, causing it to collapse. "It was funny to watch everyone gather around the TV. Even the cooks came out from behind the kitchen and all of them had the same expression on their face," Crosson said. Shortly after, Crosson, a spokesman for SunTrust Bank, said emails from his managers star...