If you’ve ever though mobile technology was only a small part of our lives, consider this new information from Pew Research:
- Over three quarters of Americans (77%) now own a smartphone. That’s more than double the number reported in 2011.
- Ownership of smart phones is growing quickly among older generations. Now, 74% of adults 50 and older are smartphone users, up 16 percent since 2015.
- The popularity of tablets is on the rise too, with 51% of Americans owning a tablet, up from 3% just seven years ago.
(This is the sixth in a monthly series about Corporate Health, where we examine different methods and ideas for improving efficiency, your company culture, and employee morale.)
Employee training and development should be a critical element of your company culture. After all, companies that invest well in their training and development reap the benefits with increased profits, better employee motivation, less turnover, and more talent to promote from within.
There is a difference between training and development. Training is specific; it’s designed to give employees the knowledge required to perform or improve skills needed for their current job. Development is much broader term, referring to types of formal or advanced training or education which furthers an employee’s professional knowledge in their field while promoting their overall growth and ability.
By Rod Coles, CEO & President, Bold Technologies
It’s now been over 20 years since the first IP Camera was released by Axis Communications back in 1996. Axis developed the system to monitor the sea for oil spills. It saved their customers from having to take two flights a day. Today, this method of video delivery is the norm; digital cameras are an everyday part of life, delivering daily cat videos to Facebook as well as monitoring our businesses and homes for security.
Video is a natural choice for security because as humans, we use our eyes more than any of our other senses. We see CCTV cameras everywhere, so why are the majority of alarm systems not video-enabled? If video is so natural, why is it not being used more in the alarm monitoring industry? Most cameras you see around a building are connected to a NVR/DVR within the building itself, or just recording without anyone watching.
In the years since Columbine, school safety has changed dramatically. Schools have more measures in place to protect their students and faculty, such as controlled access, metal detectors, and cameras. While these safety measures are helpful, it is important to add an extra layer to improve campus safety by tying these isolated safety measures together. In the current climate, many school districts and universities are utilizing alarm monitoring software or Physical Security Incident Management (PSIM) software to integrate multiple unconnected security applications and devices. Using alarm monitoring or PSIM software enables schools to better assess potential issues or threats and to proactively resolve security concerns.
(This is the fifth in a monthly series about Corporate Health, where we examine different methods and ideas for improving efficiency, your company culture, and employee morale.)
It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s that the idea of corporate culture, the set of shared values and beliefs within a business which represent the company vision, even became corporate terminology. Before that, the idea of a job bringing any level of enjoyment or comfort to the employee was fairly rare. But as this new way of thinking grew, companies began to realize that to obtain and retain the types of employees they wanted to embody their corporate culture, they needed to offer a better experience.
The kids are out of school, Memorial Day has passed, and summer has arrived! If you’re taking a trip this season, odds are you’ve done some planning for the destination, the accommodations, the activities, and the packing list. But one thing you should also plan for is securing your home while you are away. Home burglaries are at their peak during summer months, as criminals take advantage of the rise in empty homes.
Because you want your home to still look occupied while you’re gone, the obvious best plan is to have a friend or relative stay there. But if that isn’t possible, you can still give it a lived-in feel:
by Rod Coles, President/CEO
I remember buying my first car: it was a 1967 Austin Maxi; I paid £100 for it. Before I paid out my money, I looked it up and down and then I looked under the hood. To me, it looked like a mechanical mess, but my Dad explained what all the various parts were, and what was good and not so good about the engine. Since that time, I have purchased a few more modern cars, and the engines have become more advanced, but each time I have looked under the hood checking the basics, like the first time.
by guest blogger Caryn Morgan, Bold Technologies
Why is it that when I ask people why they do things the way they do it I often get the response, “that’s the way we’ve always done it?”
As a trainer for over 30 years, I get this answer nearly everywhere I go. Working in the alarm industry for pushing two decades, alarm operators often find themselves having to defend the work they do when angry customers call in complaining they made mistakes. This phrase is the quickest way to shift blame away from themselves and onto the company. That and “I was never trained.”
So much of our life is now conducted online: online banking, online shopping, online socializing, etc. The internet has helped streamline the way we manage our personal business, but it has also presented new opportunities for hackers and cyber-criminals to gain access to our personal data. As their techniques become more refined, the need for smart password security to guard information becomes critical.
(This is the fourth in a monthly series about Corporate Health, where we examine different methods and ideas for improving efficiency, your company culture, and employee morale.)
Have you built the ideal staff for your business? Maybe you’ve fine-tuned your interview processes, done your due diligence on candidates, and hired a genuinely terrific group of talent. You’ve invested time and money into training them and giving them the tools to succeed as employees and you are very pleased with the results. Now, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to ensure this investment, and find a way to keep all these talented people on a long-term basis?