In general, the field of ICT (Information Communications Technology) is so broad that you might not expect that a decent course could be based around it. While there may be some difficulties with forming an effective training structure, this isn’t an impossible goal however. If you’re considering creating a program to teach your employees the ICT skills that they need to survive in their jobs, read on and discover some secrets behind this complex planning process.
What Do Your Employees Need to Know?
Since this is a broad topic, you’ll need to hone it down so that you can confidently cover the subject matter without having to take too long with your staff. After all, you’ll need to train them without eating too much into their work schedule. To do this, it is important to think about the many different categories covered within ICT and which ones apply to your staff members’ responsibilities. Some of the most important here are listed for your information below:
- Word processing & spreadsheets
- Desktop publishing & graphic design
- Accounting, sales & finance platforms
- Customer relationship management (CRM)
- Computer aided design (CAD) software
Determining which of these programs your employees use the most will then help you tailor your ICT training to their specific needs. This will ensure your employees learn precisely what they need to know for their position.
Do Your Research about IT Certification
These days, there are plenty of standards that your business will have to follow when it comes to how technology is integrated into your operations. Your clients expect that their personal information will be protected from data leaks, virus attacks, etc. after all! Because of this, it’s important to put your staff through the proper training courses so that they are eventually accredited in the correct manner.
If you’re unsure about what your staff need however, it may be confusing to pick and choose the right sort of certification. This complexity and confusion is the reason why most people seek sources like an ITIL to prepare for various ICT certifications. As the business owner, it is up to you to find out as much as possible about the types of accreditation available out there. To give you a head start, some of the most popular are listed for your convenience below:
- UK DPA
- PCI DSS
This is just a short list of the different certification available. The exact details here will depend on your staff requirements as well as your company’s location.
Consider Your Employee Schedules
Since your workers will be spending time away from their desks in order to study the courses you’re creating, you’ll have to consider their timetables to make classes more convenient. Your ICT training should allow for uninterrupted work time as well so as to not disrupt the flow of any projects that you have going on. This balancing act will be important to master as you find the perfect time for your staff to learn without causing any delays in the workplace tasks that you’ve appointed for them. If the courses are being held within the office, you won’t need to account for travel time either, a viable alternative for the busy corporate manager who really needs his employees to stay focused as much as possible.
Create a Workplace Education Policy
Having your ICT training written into your employee handbooks will form a much more productive and ordered working environment. This is because it encourages your staff members to actually improve their skills and knowledge by:
- Stating how often each worker is required to train
- Specifying the suitable accreditation courses available
- Providing adequate reimbursement for this extra study
All of this will let your employees know exactly what is expected of them with their ICT certification. In this way, they can plan their schedule as they’ll know exactly what they’re studying, what the topics are, and what the compensation will be.
By following this advice, you can then set out to create a comprehensive ICT program for your business. In this way, you can keep your employees motivated and informed, provide them with the proper accreditation, and update their skills and knowledge, all without disrupting their schedules in any way.
Zoe George is a freelance writer for IT Governance Ltd, a company in the UK that offers products and services that address different IT concerns. They even have an Information Technology Infrastructure Library® or ITIL for managing IT as a service.
Starting and running a business in India is challenging. But there’s a reason more and more U.S. offices—as well as other businesses across the globe—are setting up shop in New Delhi, Bangladesh, and other Indian regions.
So, what are the benefits and drawbacks of making such a move, and which types of businesses are thriving in India’s market?
India has a lot to offer in terms of manufacturing, natural resources, and the importing and exporting of goods. All this leads to a healthy market and strong economy that lends itself to a thriving business sector.
Growing economy aside, here are just a few more reasons why India is such an attractive business destination:
- Specialization – India’s workforce is extremely experienced in almost all facets of business. Because education and certification are such prized assets in the Indian market, local employee recruitment is impressive. And because India has the desire to compete in the world market, the pool of qualified candidates is incredibly diverse.
- Dedication – When an employee is dedicated and hardworking, it makes running a business that much easier. With that in mind, a strong and reliable work ethic is part of the Indian culture. The Indian workforce is willing, trained, and prepared to go the extra mile by working overtime and around the clock to ensure any business runs smoothly.
- Accepting – The Indian market as well as its workforce is accepting of new business ideas and open to innovation. Because India takes stock in its market, it’ll do whatever it takes to see new businesses form and grow. By adapting to the way new and unfamiliar industries are run, India is always expanding and strengthening its appeal as a worldwide business destination.
Unfortunately, there is always a little bad with the good, and India’s downfall comes in the form of complex regulatory systems and complicated business startup procedures.
Some other reasons why doing business in India might raise some red flags:
- Tax Rates – Taxes are a way of life no matter where a business decides to take its offices, but India’s tax rates are particularly high. Foreign corporations are subject to a 40% tax rate with an additional 1% to 5% wealth tax increase.
- Formation – In order for company formation to take place, a minimum of two shareholders and two company directors must be Indian. That’s regardless of where the company hails from.
- Start-up Capital – Any business opening offices in India is required to pay around $3,000 in startup capital to the Indian government. And if the business wants to use India or Hindu in its name, it’s an additional $10,000.
With the good and bad taken into account, which businesses are currently thriving in India? Information technologies, web hosting/outsourcing, and online reputation management services prosper in India’s market
And with all the talk about eco-friendly products, it looks like India is listening. Their green technology industry is growing every day as well as their production of quality consumer goods for the worldwide market.
So, for new businesses looking to open their offices in other lands, look no further than India.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including personal health and business markets across the world.
If you’re in business for yourself, you need bookkeeping software. Not only do you need a bookkeeping program, but you need the best accounting software possible.
The days of the handwritten ledger are, thankfully, long gone. There are a million programs for a million different kinds of businesses, and when you find the one that’s right for you, keeping your books straight will become less of a nightmare than it’s ever been.
Here are just a few benefits of investing in bookkeeping software.
It’s Not Much of an Investment
Depending on the needs of your business, you can get good software for very little money. In its purest form, bookkeeping software keeps track of money coming in and going out.
If you don’t do a lot of invoicing, there are good, reliable, easy programs like Outright that don’t require a download and are free to use.
Good bookkeeping software does more than keep the books. Good accounting software can make life easier for everyone. Invoicing, payroll, inventory, pricing, and employee records can all be integrated into the same system with most modern accounting software.
Mistakes Are Costly
Getting paid is the best part of being in business for yourself. Counting the beans is among the worst. Mistakes — whether they’re in the payroll department, accounts receivable, shipping, or receiving — are easy to make and can be hard to catch. A skilled accountant can keep the books straight with almost no errors. Good financial software can keep the books straight with zero errors.
Among the biggest benefits of quality bookkeeping software is that it makes tax time less, well, taxing. By keeping track of income and expenses, as well as calculating deductions and reminding you of quarterly payments, your software will prepare you for April. Many programs even let you scan in receipts and records for write-offs.
In case of fire, theft, flood, computer crashes, or whatever else can and eventually does happen to every business owner, good accounting software backs itself up on a remote server. There was a time when records had to either go in a fire- and flood-proof safe at a remote location. Now, you just log off and go home.
Accounting software can tell you, at a glance, how things are looking. By providing a clear, easily understood picture of your business’s financial situation, you can make much better decisions on future dealings with vendors, employees, and creditors.
There are times for a business to cut corners and try to save a buck. Bookkeeping software isn’t one of them. If you’re a small operation, you can probably get away with paying little or even nothing. If you’re a more sophisticated business, you’ll have to invest a few hundred bucks — but it’s money well spent. After all, if you can’t keep track of your money, why are you in business in the first place?
Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about small business and personal finance.
All this talk about MOOCs has led people to believe that online learning is a new phenomenon, a disruptor to the way we deliver education. News flash, distance learning has been around for decades, albeit in different forms based on the available technology.
I began working in the field of online learning in 2000 when I became an instructional designer at Florida Atlantic University. FAU, which opened its doors in 1964, “was aimed to be a whole new kind of university, one that would harness broadcast technology to beam classes to students wherever they might be, thus swinging the door of higher education open wider than ever before. In a very real sense, FAU was the first Information Age university.”
The first university buildings to rise among the abandoned wooden structures of the old airbase were the Library, the Learning Resources Building, the Sanson Science Building and General Classrooms South, which featured classrooms shaped like slices of pie arranged around a core containing the most advanced audio-visual resources available in the early 1960s. A few steps away, in Learning Resources, four fully equipped television studios stood ready to broadcast classroom lectures across campus or around the world. The Library featured a technologically sophisticated Media Center, an automatic check-out system and a computer-generated catalog instead of the familiar Dewey Decimal System manual card index.
While the hype surrounding MOOCs has led to interesting conversation around changing delivery models, no one advancement or technology is going to radically alter our education system. It will take a lot more effort than that.