Setting up a business is not easy! From product concept to finances, infrastructure to man power, there are several factors that need to be considered. But, after setup, it is not a cakewalk further on. In fact, the real struggle starts only after business starts operating. Any new product that enters the market faces stiff competition for existing products; products that customers are quite familiar with and using already. Creating need for a new or similar product is very tough, and appearance of the product creates its appeal. Whether it is address labels or box, product packaging involves minute details. Remember, product packaging is the first look of your product that customer gets and you wouldn’t want to lose this golden chance of striking an impression, will you?
Changing your career path is an exciting challenge for any professional, whether you’re switching for financial reasons or purely personal. Some people can’t focus unless they move around from time to time, while others are still looking for that perfect job role to settle into. For whatever reason you’re looking, it’s a daunting prospect, so here are some top tips for presenting yourself in the best possible light.
Update your CV
If your career change is a drastic one, it might seem impossible to make your current role relevant to the one you’re applying for. Take a more forward approach and start your CV again from scratch, this time making it more skills-based rather than a timeline of your work history. Highlight the skills that are transferable, such as communication, administration and people management, and show how you have applied these in a variety of settings to prove your versatility. The Guardian has an excellent CV re-writing guide just for this purpose; make sure you take a look.
In a world where unemployment is at its highest level in a long time – and with this figure expected to rise – interim managers have been criticised for their role, in that they take what is perceived to be someone else’s job and for a high rate. The truth is, this isn’t really the case; in fact, they can provide a very good service indeed. Here’s a guide to what they are, why they’re used and when they’re most often implemented.
What are interim managers?
Interim management gives people instant access to a senior-level manager with a proven track record that reflects the exact needs of the business hiring them. Usually hired for between three and nine months, they tend to specialise in aiding organisations that are going through major changes, creating critical strategies or helping plug a management gap. Often, required roles are not permanent positions, or the skills required cannot be found quickly enough.
Large businesses often do highly specialised, excellent work – but that doesn’t always mean that there isn’t any room for improvement. Many large companies could benefit from updated, enhanced ERP systems to make them more effective and enable them to plan their resources better. Here are five ways in which ERP systems can help large businesses.
Enhances technical capabilities
Probably one of the main ways in which these systems can help big companies is in enhancing their technical capabilities. Often, companies grow, gaining more staff and customers, but their technology fails to grow with them. This can usually be managed up to a point, but there comes a time where businesses need to invest in new technology to help them manage their processes better and make sure that they have the capacity to cope with further expansion. This is what ERP systems can help them do.
The role of the two varieties of pension trustee, the independent trustee and the lay trustee, have probably never been so sharply in focus as now given the huge and complex changes company pension schemes are about to embark upon within the United Kingdom. The changes, which are set to begin towards the end of 2012 and carry on for several years until completion, will affect every company, both large and small.
It’s a truism the role of the pension trustee is a very responsible one at the best of times even if, historically, that’s not always been the case. But although the coming changes are surely piling on the pressure, trustees who have always fully embraced their responsibilities are likely to sail through them with ease. If organisation is everything then good organisational abilities will certainly help in ensuring a smooth implementation of the coming pension reforms.
Every company, no matter how small or large, has a social obligation of giving back to the society. Charity done by a small organization located in serviced office space in Australia is as important as the work done by a multinational. Serviced office spaces are not only used by small business, even big business operate branches in serviced offices.
There are many people in the workplace who would like to give a little back to society and for a company that creates such an opportunity, it makes the small wishes of their employees come through. This helps build the company in the eyes of the society.
There is a saying that you only truly give when it cost you something. A company can choose to allow people to volunteer for charity as per the time allotted to them but this should not cut into their individual off day, else it is more the individual contributing than the company.
The role of independent trustees is an important one, even more so given the pension reforms which the government is currently proposing. From 2012, all UK employers will have to automatically enrol their employees into a pension scheme, whether it’s the employer’s current pension scheme or a completely new one.
Under the reforms, employers will also be required to make contributions on behalf of their workers, communicate certain information to employees, and register their pension scheme with the Pensions Regulator. Whilst the impact predominately falls on the shoulders of employers, independent trustees will also have to keep abreast of the changes.
At the very least, they should check with the employer to find out if the company’s current pension scheme is to be used for automatic enrolment when the reforms kick in. If it is then the independent trustee should try to ascertain whether the changes are likely to affect the company pension scheme’s current membership.