Workplace of the future . . . from the past

Here’s Walter Cronkite in 1967 doing a feature on the home office of the future that would be possible in 2001. Fascinating!

Higher minimum wage would save government $7.6 billion

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One of the biggest battle in Washington and in states around the country involves the minimum wage. It’s basically a fairness argument versus those who think this can hurt jobs.

Still, this data should also be taken into account:

- If the minimum wage were raised to $10.10, more than 1.7 million American workers would no longer rely on public assistance programs.
- Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would reduce government expenditures on current income-support programs by $7.6 billion per year—and possibly more, given the conservative nature of this estimate. This would allow these funds to be repurposed into either new programs or expansions of existing programs to further leverage the poverty-fighting impact of this spending.

Corporations are making tons of profits and we have very low inflation. It seems like a perfect time to raise the minimum wage!

What every Business Owner needs to know about Cloud Storage

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Whether you’re a single contractor or the head of a multinational organisation, it’s likely your business could benefit from a cloud-based storage solution. Storing files and software in the cloud allows for easy file sharing, mobile access, and file security. There is a range of cloud storage platforms out there, from the generic, lower security options through to specialised, security-focussed platforms like Your Digital File. If you’re considering a cloud storage solution for your business, this article outlines a few key issues and considerations.

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Safety Checklist to Ensure Your Workers are Protected from Risks

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Protecting workers from safety hazards is the number one priority of business owners and site supervisors. Advancements in personal protection equipment (PPE) has made this process much more simple than it used to be, leaving no room for unsafe working at heights projects. Before you set off for your next worksite, consider whether you have checked all the safety boxes.

Have Risk Assessments Been Completed?

This is standard practice for most worksites. As existing hazards are different for each new site, an assessment should be completed before workers even set foot on the site. Completing a risk assessment allows site supervisors to identify any potential safety issues, as well as providing ample opportunity to work out the measures needed to avoid an accident or injury.

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3 Solutions For Innovation And Sustainability In the Workplace

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Innovation and sustainability are more than just buzz words. They are the way of the future, and not just for business. As technology advances and we look for long term viable solutions, we are being introduced to a wealth of possibility unlike anything we’ve seen before, particularly as far as software and computing goes.

Wanting to provide an innovative and future forward solution for clients is often what draws people towards a software solution like aXcelerate RTO Software

Find out more below about how you can start developing a culture of innovation and sustainability in your workplace – and it might be cheaper than you think to implement.

1. Cloud Computing

In this day and age, people move between their desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile multiple times in a day. Businesses have multiple offices spread across cities, states and even the whole world. Previously, logging onto a server has been a cumbersome process, particularly for those needing remote access. Cloud computing has changed that by offering a web based data storage solution that is accessible from any device, anywhere. Whether you go for one of the more basic offerings like Drop Box or take out a powerful hosted solution, cloud computing is definitely the way of the future and something that you should start thinking about sooner rather than later.

2. Subscription Based Software

Previously, businesses have been slow to take up the latest version of software and computer applications because of the exorbitant start-up costs associated with fitting the whole organisation out with the latest technology. Often you’ve just invested in what used to be the most up to date solution and suddenly a new release is announced or comes out less than twelve months later. New options for web based downloads and monthly subscriptions guaranteeing access to the latest release software have been real game changers. It is often a more affordable solution, and payable either by annual fee or monthly direct debt. Everything from the latest Microsoft Office applications to powerful design tools like the Adobe Creative Suite are all available on a subscription basis.

3. Video Conferencing

Skype and other face to face video call options like Apple’s Facetime have revolutionised the traditional business meeting concept and opened new opportunities for global collaboration without the need to travel long distances or deal with at times patchy international connections. Even a cross town meeting can significantly impact on your usable work time in the day by the time you factor in travel and preparation time.

You may be wondering where the sustainability comes in to these solutions. While it is often associated with environmental benefits (and there are definitely some ‘green’ wins in reducing the amount of IT hardware and travel that the average business can rack up in a year), businesses looking for sustainable solutions need to focus on cost effective, viable and long term benefits when making decisions. Paying tens of thousands of dollars every year or two to stay up to date with the latest software is neither viable nor sustainable for the bottom line long term and being able to work with people in another country may help businesses to grow beyond what they previously thought possible. These solutions are going to be the way of the future, so it is definitely beneficial to start giving them serious thought and consideration now.

What is the most innovative thing that your company has done?

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