Liberia A ‘Center for Human Trafficking’?

first_imgThe National Secretariat of Trafficking in Person (TIP) working with the Ministry of Labor has identified the South-eastern region of the country as the area from which most children trafficked to Monrovia and other cities originate.The disclosure was made last Wednesday in Monrovia at a one-day workshop organized for journalists by World Hope International (WHI).Adolphus G. Satiah of the National Secretariat for TIP emphasized that most children his organization has identified in Monrovia as being trafficked come from Grand Gedeh, Maryland, River Gee and Sinoe counties.He said parents of some of the trafficked children give them to either relatives or friends who promise to send them to school, but on the contrary, the children end up being used as domestic servants.“Most people in those South-eastern counties are poor so they sometimes give their children to people living in urban areas, especially in Monrovia, hoping they would be sent to school, but instead, many are made to work without going to the school,” Mr. Satiah said.He said they have found out in Monrovia and Bomi County from investigations that most of the children selling in the streets and burning coal trace their backgrounds from the South-eastern region with a few from Nimba and Lofa Counties.Mr. Satiah also pointed out that Liberia is recorded in a U.S. State Department report as the center for trafficking. He said in Liberia, traffickers from other parts of the world bring trafficked persons and take them to various destinations around the world.He said human trafficking is illegal and is prohibited by law in Liberia, and urged journalists and the public to take keen note and report cases of trafficking to th relevant authorities.For his part, World Hope International Program Manager, Wellington A. Kollie, defined trafficking in persons to be “Modern day slavery,” noting that trafficking is identified by the act, means and purpose.He said the act involves the recruiting process, the means as the pretense under which recruitment is done and the purpose serving as the reasons for taking the recruits to the intended destinations.He clarified that obtaining a person through deception, force or coercion for the purpose of exploitation in all forms constitutes human trafficking.Mr. Kollie said children less than 18 years have been trafficked from one place to the other in the country to work on farms, sell in the streets, beg, burn charcoal and mine minerals in the bush.He also said young girls are also trafficked and prostituted in hotels and bars in Monrovia, and areas where diamond and gold are mined in the country.Earlier, Mr. Kollie said young people (males and females) were trafficked for war and ritual purpose.He said because of the horrific increase in human trafficking in Liberia with the propensity to undermine the economy and human capita, the media needs to be proactive to report cases through proper investigation.In consonance with presentations from the two men, U.S. State Department of 2015 about Liberia states, “Liberia is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Most trafficking victims originate from and are exploited within the country’s borders, where they are subjected to domestic servitude, forced begging, sex trafficking, or forced labor in street vending, alluvial diamond mines, and on rubber plantations. Traffickers typically operate independently and are commonly family members, who promise poorer relatives a better life for their children. Children sent to work as domestic servants for their wealthier relatives are vulnerable to forced labor or, to a lesser extent, sexual exploitation.Orphaned children remain susceptible to exploitation, including in street selling and prostitution.A small number of Liberian men, women, and children are subjected to human trafficking in other West African countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Victims of transnational trafficking come to Liberia from neighboring West African countries, including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria, and are subjected to the same types of exploitation as internally trafficked victims. Women from Tunisia and Morocco have been subjected to sex trafficking in Liberia. During the reporting period, Liberian women were subjected to forced labor in Lebanon. Bribery at border stations, capacity issues, and generalized corruption within the judiciary continued to hamper trafficking investigations and prosecutions.”Mrs. Princess Taire, Deputy Program Manager of World Hope International emphasized the need for confidentiality in dealing with victims of trafficking.Mrs. Taire stressed that trafficking victims are maltreated that they become traumatized, and exposing them without their consent causes more harm to them.She said while journalists are to report facts, it is expedient for them to work with trafficking victims like trained social workers, who observe ethical guidelines of confidentiality that prevents victims from exposure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LP Software: Incident Management and Audit Software — Booth 307

first_imgFounded in 1998, LP Software, Inc. is a cutting-edge provider of incident management and compliance audit software. The company provides easy-to-use software that is effective in tracking issues within your organization and enables you to quickly conduct audits, checklists or inspections. LP Software’s fully integrable, enterprise-wide suite of software simplifies information management, increases workplace safety, and reduces risk exposure by easily identifying organizational issues.For the last 20 years, LP Software has worked with both Fortune 500 companies and small to mid-sized corporations around the world, providing a big-company product at a small-company price. The company’s products and services include LPMS- Loss Prevention Incident Management Software, CAMS- Compliance Audit Management System, and ERMS- Employee Relations Management system. LP Software’s product suite encompasses risk/safety reporting, incident reporting, investigation and corrective action, OSHA management and much more.Stop by Booth 307 for a comprehensive presentation.- Sponsor – For more information, visit www.lpguys.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

IAB Europe, IAB Tech Lab release revised GDPR-consent framework

first_imgIAB Europe, IAB Tech Lab release revised GDPR-consent frameworkYou are here: Posted on 22nd August 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share IAB Europe and the IAB Tech Lab have launched the second iteration of the Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF) after spending a year gathering feedback from publishers, advertisers, digital protection authority groups and ad tech providers. TCF 2.0 includes technical specifications and policy documents that outline GDPR-compliant processes for delivering digital ads and managing consumer data. This latest iteration states that consumers can not only withhold consent on data collection, but can exercise the “right to object” to how data is processed: “Consumers also gain more control over whether and how vendors may use certain features of data processing (for example, the use of precise geolocation).”Publishers implementing TCF 2.0 will also be able to restrict how consumer data is processed by third-parties on the publisher’s website on a per-vendor basis. “It is a framework for publishers, technology vendors, agencies and advertisers to clearly and consistently communicate with end users about how their data is being used, while also providing an opportunity for users to object,” said IAB Europe about TCF 2.0. Why we should careWith GDPR already more than a year into existence and the California Consumer Privacy Act coming next year, data privacy regulations are top of mind for marketers. IAB Europe and IAB Tech Lab’s latest efforts aim to offer the digital ad industry a framework to help publishers, advertiser and ad tech vendors navigate data privacy regulations. But the reality is many in the ad tech space are being forced to manage consent — no small task when you consider the complexities around programmatic ad networks and technological layers involved across the digital ad industry. “With the number of constituents involved and disparate regulatory interpretations across multiple jurisdictions, it was essential that the evolution of the framework was handled sensitively, with final specifications able to be adopted in a manner consistent with differing business models in a wide range of operational markets,” said IAB Europe CEO Townsend Feehan. According to IAB Europe, the TCF 2.0 had to meet the needs of the 28 different markets within the European Union, “Each possessing a DPA that interprets the rules regarding GDPR compliance in different ways.” IAB Europe also stated in the announcement that it is confident the updates to TCF 2.0 will allow UK companies to adopt GDPR-compliant RTB (real-time bidding) practices. But as recently as June, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released a report addressing concerns that RTB was not GDPR-compliant. IAB Europe said it has continued a close-working relationship with the ICO, but jury is still out on whether or not TCF 2.0 will satisfy privacy regulators even if it does provide more details for vendors and offers “right to object” measures. More on the newsIAB Tech Lab has been collecting comments on TCF 2.0 since April. While Google did not sign on to previous versions of the TCF, it said in February it would integrate this next version as a TCF vendor.The post IAB Europe, IAB Tech Lab release revised GDPR-consent framework appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: IAB Europe, IAB Tech Lab release revised GDPR-consent framework Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingIAB Europe, IAB Tech Lab release revised GDPR-consent frameworklast_img read more

Noteworthy Upcoming Big Data Conferences

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Big Data has had its marquee conferences with Strata and Structure, but there are several newer venues that you might want to consider, including two conferences coming up in St. Louis. If you are just getting started, or even if you are an old hand, these are great places to learn more about this fast-growing technology.Strata is put on by O’Reilly twice a year and is held concurrently with Hadoop World in New York starting October 23. The basic pass is $900, but there are lots of add-ons and specialized tutorials. One of the keynotes is by Nora Denzel, who is Intuit’s senior vice president for big data, social design and marketing. As in past events, there is a long list of vendors who will be participating.StampedeCon claims its focus is “on the role of Big Data, its business value, potential cost savings, and Big Data use cases at Facebook, Nokia, Kraft Foods, Monsanto and more.” It has more presentations from actual end users than vendors, unlike some of the other conferences. For example, Frank Cotignola, the consumer insights manager of Kraft Foods, will demonstrate how to use social media to research important brand topics and provide in-depth insights to new product development, segment analysis and broader topics that companies might not previously have had the funds to research. It is a single-day event on August 1 that is the least expensive of the conferences we’ve seen: A pass will run $250. (I’ll also be speaking there.)St. Louis will see another conference that isn’t exclusive to Big Data but certainly will cover some of its technical underpinnings this fall with Strange Loop, starting on September 23. It is already sold out, but its previous sessions are well worth taking a look. We wrote about one session on NoSQL at last year’s conference here.Another Big Data conference worth checking out is mainly for government workers. It begins September 18 in Washington, D.C., and will cost at least $1,290 for a pass. Scheduled speakers include CIOs and CTOs from numerous three-lettered federal agencies, along with key vendor representatives.And TDWI will be held starting July 29 in San Diego. It starts at $2,430 for a three-day pass and is run by computer publisher 1105 Media. There are numerous add-on tutorials and other pre- and post-conference sessions that can extend your Big Data learning experience to nearly a week and is co-located with a business intelligence conference, which seems like a natural combination. Related Posts center_img Tags:#conferences#hack Why You Love Online Quizzes david stromlast_img read more

Online Merchants Wrestle With The ‘Creepy’ Factor In Web Personalization

first_imgWebsites that morph – that is, literally change their look, feel and content to cater to an individual user’s preferences – can increase purchase intentions by as much as 21%, according to a study by John Hauser of the business school at MIT. But before that can happen, retailers need to figure out the more basic practice of website personalization, or making offers based on what the site knows about a user. Specifically, retailers need to figure out how to make personalization less creepy.The idea behind personalization is, as former Urban Outfitters marketing executive Dmitri Siegel told The New York Times, to “stop marketing dresses to men.” As we share more and more information on the Web, websites are getting very good at figuring out what we want – often before we know we want it. The problem is, sometimes websites get it wrong. And other times, customers are unnerved when a website knows something about them that they had not consciously shared.“We saw customer frustration at being targeted outweigh any benefit,” said Siegel, who now works for Patagonia. “If you got it wrong once, it outweighed getting it right 10 times.”Implicit vs. Explicit PersonalizationThe problem facing retailers trying to personalize a website comes down to how the company collects its information, Bruce Kasanoff, co-author of  “Smart Customers, Stupid Companies: Why Only Intelligent Companies Thrive, And How To Be One Of Them,” said in an interview with ReadWriteWeb. “Implicit” makes assumptions about what you do on the Web – someone who checks Boston Red Sox scores each day and reads articles about the team is probably a fan – whereas “explicit” makes assumptions based on specific inputs (I like the Boston Red Sox).“Generally speaking, explicit works better, but participation rates go way down when sites require explicit personalization,” Kasanoff said.The big winner when it comes to gathering explicit information? Pinterest. dave copeland Tags:#advertising#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market “Pinterest largely solved this problem by creating a really fun way to gather a user’s explicit input,” Kasanov said. “Most people don’t realize they are giving Pinterest explicit personalization input when they ‘pin’ something.”Creepy Vs. Acceptable PersonalizationNick Herinckx, owner of Obility Consulting, which specializes in online marketing for B2B companies, said that in his experience, users like personalized ads – but only as long as they don’t know an ad has been personalized. He uses page visits on websites, age, gender, sex, hobbies, past jobs and education in the campaigns he puts together for clients.“What I’ve discovered through building and running very targeted online ad campaigns using this data is that users respond favorably to ads that are more targeted, but only if the ads don’t make it clear that I’m targeting sensitive information about them,” he said. “What’s most interesting, and what I’m learning, are which attributes are considered too creepy, and which ones are acceptable.”He pointed to a targeted campaign he ran on LinkedIn that was aimed at IT professionals over the age of 30. He got a much lower response when the ads made it clear that users were seeing the ad because of their membership in certain groups on the business networking site.“Here, mentions of professional credibility had a great response, whereas age and mentions of their online activity (LinkedIn Groups) weren’t responded to very well,” Herinckx said in an email. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Netflix Streaming Tops 1 Billion Hours in June

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Netflix CEO Reed HastingsMore and more people are getting their entertainment through online distribution services, a niche Netflix is poised to dominate. The online-rental-service-now-turned-video-streaming giant just hit a major milestone, when it streamed 1 billion hours of video in June.  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced the milestone July 3 on his Facebook page, writing: “Congrats to [Chief Content Officer] Ted Sarandos, and his amazing content licensing team. Netflix monthly viewing exceeded 1 billion hours for the first time ever in June. When [Netflix Original series] House of Cards and [the Netflix exclusive fourth season of] Arrested Development debut, we’ll blow these records away. Keep going, Ted, we need even more!”The video distributor giant has been investing millions into its streaming infastructure in a bid to rival television, and it seems to be working. Netflix, which charges only $8 a month – a considerably cheaper price than cable subscriptions – has begun to “cannibalize cable-TV viewership and it could start cannibalizing advertising,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. In this economic downtown, various households have cut the cord and canceled their cable services. (It’s a common trend among 18-year-olds to go completely cable-less once they go off to college, with few bothering to switch back once they leave dormroom life.)  Netflix competitors, meanwhile, have made calculated deals of their own in an effort to unseat Netflix as the online streaming king. Amazon has been steadily securing licensing agreements with traditional content creators including Fox, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Paramount Pictures, the Discovery Channel and, just last month, MGM Studios. Meanwhile, Hulu Japan recently struck a pair of licensing deals with HBO and AMC.  Amazon charges an annual fee of $79 to access its Amazon Prime library of online streaming content, while Hulu charges the same fee, $8 monthly, as Netflix.  Pachter predicts Netflix will have to start charging more for its streaming subscription, but if it wants to compete with Amazon the opposite might be the case. Amazon’s Prime subscription is $1.50 cheaper than Netflix per month, and its library is set to be more extensive. Photo by JD Lasica. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img fruzsina eordogh Tags:#Internet TV#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Groupon

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The financial turmoil of the earnings restatement forced Groupon to bring in some financial heavyweights, including David Henry, CFO of American Express. With any luck, Henry and company can help guide Mason’s passion into productive expansion.The PrognosisGroupon has cash on hand, though a large chunk of it is earmarked for vendor payouts. The ongoing economic slowdown will affect the entire market, but Groupon will have to fight hard to maintain differentiation. Ultimately, it’s likely to become the biggest fish in a much less important pond. It could easily end up as no more than an obscure division of some much larger, more diversified company.Can this Company Be Saved?Groupon has access to a ton of customer data, including payment information. It also has some powerful applications, like Groupon Scheduler, that could be used for broader purposes. If Mason can find new ways to leverage these assets across other products and services (for example, cross-selling full-priced flights or shore excursions at the point of purchase for a discounted cruise), it could build out a convenience-based commerce system and open up new partnership opportunities and compensation structures. If it sticks to online couponing, though, right now is probably as good as things will ever get.The Deathwatch So FarResearch In Motion: Things are hurtling downhill even faster than expected. Massive losses – more than 11 times worse than expected – and new delays in its Hail Mary BlackBerry 10 operating system update have made the company’s dire situation even harder to ignore. And over the weekend, a federal jury found RIM liable for $147 million in patent damages to Mformation Technologies.HP: No change in statusNokia: No change in status38 Studios: No change in statusBarnes & Noble: No change in statusSony: No change in status. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Deathwatch#e-commerce#web cormac foster When you finally turn a profit and investors simultaneously dump your stock to an all-time low, you have a problem. Groupon is the king of local couponing, but is its deal already as sweet as it can get?The BasicsGroupon wasn’t the first local deal site, but it took the model to the masses. Buyers prepay for a discounted product or service, and when those purchases hit a threshold, Groupon splits the revenue with the merchant and the deal is on. Local businesses acquire customers, customers get a deal and Groupon gets paid.Despite quarter after quarter of losses, Groupon passed on a rumored Google buyout and worked that model into a $12.7 billion IPO only 18 months into its existence.But life since the IPO has been rough. Competitors such as LivingSocial moved in on Groupon’s turf, quarterly losses kept coming, and some dodgy accounting was revealed. And though Groupon finally turned a profit this year, the resulting rally was short-lived when its stock hit an all-time low last week on news of weakness in the European market.The ProblemBut Groupon’s problems go much deep than the Eurozone, all the way to the heart of its business model, for two main reasons:1. It’s a Bad Deal for Vendors Using Groupon costs nothing upfront, but can turn out to be very expensive for vendors. Groupon takes a 50% cut of sales that typically already discount 50%. Some businesses (see GrouponWorks.com) absorb the hit just fine by selling high-margin add-ons and sparking return visits. For others, a 75% revenue hit is awfully rich, even for a loss leader – and especially if the discounts go to existing customers or folks “just passing through.” Meanwhile, Groupon doesn’t share any customer information with vendors – not even email addresses. And many merchants worry about projecting weakness and cheapening their brand.2. The Pie is Shrinking The barriers to entry in daily deals is terrifyingly low. That’s why the competitors keep multiplying, from Living Social to Amazon Local and even the local newspaper. Consumers have a finite amount of disposable income, and they’re loyal to the deal, not the brand. Many vendors rotate identical deals on multiple sites for maximum exposure. The PlayersWith co-founder Eric Lefkosky stepping away from management responsibilities, Andrew Mason, Groupon’s co-founder and CEO, is firmly in charge.While dedicated to the business, he’s also kind of a wildcard. He admitted to drinking too much beer during a meeting in which he said Groupon needed to “grow up.” He’s the public face of a public company, but he posts videos of himself doing yoga in his underwear:last_img read more

Survey: Google+ Whomps Facebook on User Satisfaction

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#Google#social networks#Social Web#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts center_img antone gonsalves Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification If Facebook doesn’t stop walking over its users, it risks having them leave for social networks that do a better job of keeping them satisfied – particularly Google+. That’s the message in the latest survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which lists several ways in which Facebook continues to alienate its user base.While Google+ topped the survey’s social media category, Facebook was dead last. Users are angry over the way it handles just about everything they care about: privacy, advertising and the way they interact on the social network. The survey suggests that if Facebook doesn’t dramatically improve customer happiness, people could leave when given an alternative. “We know that consumers go where they’re satisfied,” said Larry Freed, president and chief executive of ForeSee, which partnered with the ACSI in releasing the survey.Facebook’s bottom-of-the-barrel ACSI score of 61, 17 points below Google+, indicates that Facebook has done a dismal job of coddling users during the many changes the site has gone through while trying to build a business around advertising.“A reasonable person would say Facebook at some point has to make money, but users aren’t always reasonable,” Freed said.Facebook’s Latest StumbleHow a company handles change plays a big part in determining whether customers stay or head for a competitor. Facebook’s latest flub came with Timeline, the user interface introduced in January that transformed users’ bulletin-board-like profile into a visual scrapbook of their lives. The ACSI found that the switch to Timeline was users’ most common complaint.Many people were shell-shocked when the switch to Timeline became permanent. Facebook could have helped users with the transition by letting them switch back and forth between the two interfaces for a much longer period of time.“You want to make changes, you want to make improvements, and yet, if you make them too drastically, consumers struggle,” Freed said.Other Reasons to HateThe ACSI survey also found that users don’t trust the company to ensure their privacy. This skittishness continues despite Facebook’s efforts to give users more privacy controls. People also remain concerned about their data being sold to advertisers and whether it is sufficiently secure.Another user concern is control of their own experience. This month, for example, Facebook caused an uproar on the site by switching users’ default email addresses to @facebook.com without notification.Increased advertising on the site also bothers users. Many see Facebook ads as intrusive and as having no relevance to them. Facebook will have to find a balance to avoid alienating people further.“Satisfaction is a combination of what you get and what you expect,” Freed explained. “The expectations over the years have been not a lot of ads, if any, and now either Facebook will have to adjust or consumers will have to adjust.”Google+ as Competitor?For now, there’s still no place for disgruntled Facebook users to turn to as an alternative. Google claims that 150 million people log into its Google+ social network at least once a month, with half of those signing in daily. That’s a mere fraction of the more than 900 million “monthly active users” claimed by Facebook. But Google+ is only about a year old. It could still grow into a viable alternative to Facebook, particularly if it continues to satisfy its users. Google+ made its debut on the ACSI with a score of 78, tied for number one with Wikipedia.As things stand, Google+ doesn’t have the heft to encourage people to leave Facebook. Instead, Google highlights things it claims the service does better, such as tracking topics people care about and acting as the social glue across Google’s other products, including YouTube, Blogger and Gmail. But Freed predicted that could change over time: “As they grow that network, at some point, it may be big enough to be a direct competitor.”last_img read more

Give Up or Break Up? 7 Books for a Healthier Take on Tech

first_imgRelated Posts Unless you were wealthy, the computers you were familiar with growing up were glorified typewriters. Today, computers can do it all: manage your finances, connect you with friends, suggest media for you, even monitor your home. In between, you might’ve learned technology’s key lesson: Just because you can use it every minute of your life doesn’t mean you should. Although technology can help you build relationships, be more productive, and optimize your life, overusing it works against those goals.The key, many tech thinkers argue, is a Goldilocks approach. If you want to take part in society, you can’t be a Luddite. At the same time, you can’t let technology dominate your life. Not sure how to strike a good balance? Check out these books:1. Indistractable by Nir EyalFollowing his Wall Street Journal bestseller, Hooked, former Stanford lecturer and behavioral designer Nir Eyal’s Indistractable is a field guide for training your attention on what matters. The centerpiece of Indistractable is a map that shows how external and internal triggers can create either distraction or traction — which Eyal defines as any action done with intent that moves you closer to your goals.Eyal’s advice? Do away with the anti-tech rhetoric, and learn to fight distraction from within. Drawing from Greek mythology, psychology research, and Eyal’s own experience as a tech industry insider, Indistractable is as humorous as it is helpful and historically grounded. 2. Beat the Bots by Anita NielsenA sales consultant by trade, Anita Nielsen’s Beat the Bots is tailor-made for salespeople in the tech sector. Open her book, however, and you’ll see how relevant it is to everyone who works in a modern office. Through authenticity and empathy, she reminds readers to default to humanity rather than their digital devices.Although most of the book’s best stories come from the sales trenches, Nielsen also draws from her Chicago home life and background in psychology. Futuristic but practical, Beat the Bots is a great choice for stressed-out sales professionals. 3. Essentialism by Greg McKeownOne of the greatest misconceptions around tech is that it makes you more productive. Greg McKeown, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, wrote Essentialism to explain how to accomplish more by doing less. Although it’s not a book explicitly about technology, Essentialism tugs on its threads. McKeown helps readers reclaim their time, be deliberate about their device use, and fight the compulsion to accomplish everything.4. Alone Together by Sherry TurkleOne of the most insidious consequences of tech overuse is loneliness. In Alone Together, Sherry Turkle, social studies and technology expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explores how tools meant to bring us closer together can actually create solitude. But Turkle’s latest book isn’t a rant against tech. Drawing from hundreds of interviews with parents, children, and partners, Alone Together delivers hope by describing the ways tech users create human connections and protect their time.5. The Inevitable by Kevin KellyIn The Inevitable, Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of WIRED, surveys 12 technological forces that he sees shaping the future. In showing how they overlap and depend on each other, he weaves a picture of how they’re changing the ways we communicate, work, and learn. Kelly’s answer isn’t to abandon those forces; it’s to embrace them, both in life and in business. With optimism and foresight, The Inevitable gives readers a roadmap for rearranging their relationship with technology to adapt to the future Kelly sees. 6. Deviced! by Doreen Dodgen-MageeAsk Deviced! psychologist Doreen Dodgen-Magee what the answer is to technological overuse is, and she’d say, “Intention.” After describing the admittedly dark ways that she sees technology changing users’ minds and relationships, Dodgen-Magee shares a five-part assessment exercise. Through it, she helps the reader understand tech’s emotional impacts and cultivate an internal locus of control. Despite its exercises, Deviced! isn’t a self-help book. It’s a ruminative argument for the middle road: that we can learn to use technology in ways that benefit us, rather than stunt our interpersonal lives. 7. Tiny Habits by B.J. FoggWhy isn’t putting down your phone before bed as routine as pulling up Google? In Tiny Habits, B.J. Fogg, director of Stanford University’s Persuasive Tech Lab, shares what he calls the Fogg Method. In a nutshell, the Fogg Method involves identifying small changes that create healthier habits.Like Indistractable, Tiny Habits is highly applicable, but not limited, to our relationship with tech. Deeply researched yet accessible, Tiny Habits shows how behavioral change is less about willpower and more about appreciating our successes. What unites the books on this list is the recognition that we can’t simply stop using technology. At work and within our homes, we use digital tools everyday. As these authors suggest, we might as well make the most of them. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Tags:#book list#books#mental health#productivity#relationship with technology#tech#tech addiction#technology Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 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How To Enhance Employee Productivity

first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… For any company or business, one of the most important assets is its employees. There are crucial elements if you want to increase productivity in the workplace. Judge what improvements are needed to enhance employee productivity by keeping your employees happy, and motivated and all capacity increases.As a business owner, you want to increase productivity results and quality work in less time. You want to skip wasted time otherwise spent on unnecessary tasks.Here are some important tips that you can try for enhancing employee productivity:1. Set Clear GoalsNothing better than a well-planned strategy for boosting productivity in the workspace. Offer every employee with a clear goal that can help them prioritize tasks. Motivate them to stick to a to-do list to enable well-organized work.This will be resulting in efficient working. One has to be open to any kind of potential change in the way things work. Also, remember that it is very important to make short term as well as long term goals.2. Assign AuthorityWhen employees feel that they have authority over something, their confidence boosts. Delegation of the tasks always has the element of risk but also enhanced responsibility is important for increasing job satisfaction.You should allot responsibilities to employees who are qualified and has a certain field expertise with a good track record. This will lead to better trust and the performance of the tasks will be improved.This approach will be benefiting the company in the long haul by providing the employees with a great sense of achievement and a good career direction.3. Improve workplace conditions and reduce distractions in the workspaceImproving workplace conditions and minimizing distractions can turn out to be the biggest productivity booster. Speaking of distractions, we all know how smartphones can divert our attention from the day to day tasks.But it won’t be practically possible for having a completely no phone policy either.Then what is the solution?In this case, finding the middle ground is the way to go. You can encourage the employees for turning their phones off or on the don’t disturb mode. Let them have small breaks when they can check the phone for some time. This will boost workplace efficiency while the person is at their desk.4. Providing all of the right tools and equipmentOffering the employees with the right tools and also the equipment is vital for increasing workplace efficiency. For instance, if you need some paperwork ready within a stipulated time frame, make sure the printers are working in order.Install good-quality equipment and programs and there will be a huge difference that you will notice on the way the workforce gets improved.5. Provide support as and when neededOne of the most common problems that managers encounter is not having a clear or stronger sense if the employees are performing well or not. You need to let the staff have clear directions so that all the expectations are clear from the beginning.This will also aid in increasing workplace productivity and keep the focus clear. Make sure that you offer support to employees throughout the entire process. Some employees may need interim support like on-job training or help in completion of a particular task. So make sure you are there to support.6. Positive ReinforcementThree things that are critical for better productivity are an encouragement, motivation, and rewards. Makes sure that the employees are aware that they are good at their work and will take constructive criticism in the best way possible.Also, personal incentives must be given after accomplishing something impressive. This can include a takeout coffee for free, or maybe a paid holiday.Highlight the good work of employees to other team members as well. This will work as a motivating factor for other team members and they will also work harder so that they become the winner of the next reward. The company will achieve organizational goals as positive reinforcement will increase employee productivity.7. Encourage them to maintain their physical and mental fitnessTo bring out the best in people, an optimum physical and mental health is a must. A fun sport that is not too exhausting is the way to go when it comes to corporate leisure. There could be few such games like foozeball, carrom, table tennis. Even light sports like over the door basketball add to a fun atmosphere.I like table tennis and have witnessed it as is one of our best stress-busters for the office employees. It’s a fun way to incorporate a mind and body workout into the teams’ busy schedules and enhances active thinking.Long working hours can reduce productivity and with the help of this small distraction, employees can refresh their minds. Any team activity helps employees and teams work better and their loyalty towards the company increases.8. Creation of a family-like positive culture and atmosphere.Creating an office culture when employees feel like home has become essential in order to have enhanced employee productivity.Ensuring the team members feel regarded and taken care of is the very first step. Making sure employees feel safe and can work well without thinking of mistakes or that a bad consequence might occur otherwise.9. Get to know your new employees.A background check of employees is helpful when it comes to determining the security of the workplace. For the safety of your company, always complete a background check of your future employees. It is also wise to inquire into why this employee left their former workplace.Find out the negative factors that caused their departure. Make sure you eliminate those factors from your own firm. Find out what has motivated this individual in the past, and use it to boost your company’s productivity.10. Avoid any kind of favouritismFavoritism is the worst enemy of productivity. People feel belittled if you favor someone else over them. Almost everyone has faced some such issues in their life where they have been ignored or the managers considered other team members more valuable.As the boss, manager, or CEO make sure you hide your bias or favoritism (if you have some) and keep things level under your radar. By being aware of this issue, you won’t be the cause of little gossip group and you’ll aid in making the workload handling a lot easier.Conclusion:Important tips and reminders help us to enhance employee productivity. Staff members always look up to their senior counterparts. Staying diligent, no matter what includes taking time to implement these small measures. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Why Productivity and Customer Experience go Han… Jasika Adams Jasika Adams is a writer with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of human resources, startups and business management. She is a talent acquisition manager currently associated with Index Time Clock. In her free time, she loves to play with her kids and reading mystery books. last_img read more