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New Survey Finds Work Time and Personal Time Bleeding Together, And That’s a Good Thing

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

The thin veneer separating work time and personal time has seemingly disappeared. Mobile devices, like smartphones and tablet computers, now allow professionals to get to work as quickly as it takes to unlock their home screens. They can respond to emails, field phone calls, answer texts, edit presentations, and more, all on their mobile devices. Plus, they’re the dominant way for people to get online now, too. Consumers spend about 60% of their time online on mobile devices, as opposed to laptops or desktops. Perhaps surprisingly, many business professionals think that this is a good thing. According to a new survey from Entrepreneur, about 80% of surveyed professionals felt positively about being tethered to their offices via their mobile devices, while nearly three in 10 thought it was “great.” Naturally, a lot of work is being done remotely. According to the survey,...

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Predicting the Growth of Public and Private Cloud Computing Through 2018

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

Cloud computing technology has quickly become the go-to solution for companies of all sizes around the world. By the end of this year alone, American businesses will have spent approximately $13 billion on cloud-based technologies. But how does cloud computing’s future look? According to recent studies, we can expect the cloud’s growth to continue on the upward trajectory it’s been on for the last few years. According to a Cloud Tech article, a recent Cisco study found that some 78% of all workloads will be based in and processed by cloud data centers by 2018 — with global annual cloud network traffic reaching an astonishing 6.5 zettabytes (for comparison, one zettabyte is equivalent to one trillion gigabytes). Of these cloud-based workloads, approximately 69% will be located on private cloud space, with the remaining 31% on public cloud servers, the...

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Research Shows that Half of U.K. Small Business Owners Don’t Know What They Spend on Utilities

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

According to recent research, more than half of small business owners in the United Kingdom have no clue what they actually spend on their utility bills. In a survey conducted by Utilitywise, a U.K.-based energy and water consultancy, 52% of small businesses in the U.K. reported no knowledge of the overhead they were spending on gas, electricity and water. A third of respondents reported being unable to access data that would tell them how much energy they use. Small businesses have a lot of responsibilities to take care of, from cleaning carpets to reduce indoor air pollutants, to regularly maintaining HVAC systems and operating equipment. Keeping track of utilities is the key to constructing a budget that allows for all these costs. Monitoring of utility expenditure is also the only way to find out if there’s a significantly better...

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“Waters of the United States” Rule Pits EPA against Small Business Administration

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy is clashing with the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s “Waters of the United States” rule. The EPA hopes that the rule will help clarify which smaller bodies of water (like streams and wetlands) that the agency is responsible for regulating under the Clean Water Act. The Agency website states that jurisdictions for streams and wetlands became unclear following Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. The SBA, however, argues that the proposed rule would give federal regulators jurisdiction over water even on private property, like ditches and pastures, and put undue strain on small businesses by forcing them to meet regulations. According to a letter sent by the SBA to the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the rule would have “a direct and potentially costly impact on small businesses.”...

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Why Are More Small Businesses Not Making Energy-Efficient Improvements?

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

Energy-efficient measures could save smaller businesses money, but a recent roundtable discussion presented by The Guardian determined that many of these businesses aren’t take advantage of these resources. The roundtable, which was sponsored by ScottishPower, gathered experts in the fields of small business and energy. The group discussed ways in which small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a classification used by the European Union, could improve their efficiency, thereby reducing their energy costs. The discussion comes at a time when businesses, especially startups, need to save money more than ever. A survey by the Forum for Private Businesses found that 87% of companies reported increased energy costs in 2013, yet the Business Energy Index found that 53% of UK small businesses had no methods in place to curb their energy consumption. Hannah Mummery, who handles small business policy for Citizens...

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Why Germany Is Considering Legislation To Restrict After-Hours Work

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in National News | 0 comments

After a German study of 57,000 people showed that more than half of the participants worked outside of their normal hours — e.g., working in the evening after leaving the office, and possibly not being compensated for this extra work — a movement to restrict working hours across the country is expected to show up in federal legislation soon. Although much of this extra out-of-office work seems to materialize in the form of phone calls from co-workers on the weekends or emails from a boss in the evenings, and it seems feasible for workers to ignore the interruptions, it’s clear that the majority of workers aren’t leaving their work at the office. Experts theorize that the explosion of the smartphone and easily accessible wi-fi has caused employees to feel obligated to check their work emails or answer work-related phone...

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