Owning a business is a lot to take on, but for those who believe in a product or causes so strongly, it is well worth it to push on. Thankfully, there are some resources available that can help to make the process of looking after employees and keep a tight ship. Efficiency is everything. Technology should be utilized to maximize efficiency.

A time card machine is a great way to keep employee’s time. A time machine records an employee’s time. An employee places their finger on a plate. The machine reads the employee’s unique fingerprint to identify the employee. In this manner, employees cannot clock one another in. Since the machine stores all the information electronically, information about the times an employee clocked in, when they clocked out and when they were absent can be access virtually anywhere in real time.

A program manager can help assist with a great deal of tasks in an office. A program manager is a software designed to hold information related to meetings, promptings, emails, electronic files, scanned items and other information to help office members coordinate with one another. These software programs are particularly helpful in law firms where a lot of information needs to be electronically stored to keep up with each case. Client names, client information, important depositions, court depositions and other information is stored to keep on top of case workloads.

If a boss owns a few offices, it is well worth it to set up a network between all the office computers to share information and to check out where offices are on projects. Many businesses are also utilizing cloud-based systems to keep their information, which avoid the need for a network of computers. This information can be accessed from any computer or device with internet access. This can be particularly helpful while attending a meeting that’s away from the office.

With all the demands of the world and problems of the past, technology is helping businesses run more efficiently, be more productive and experience growth like no other time. If a business does not utilize the resources available, they will get passed up by other businesses because clients will go elsewhere.

I had to repost these because I found them to be funny. Enjoy!

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An entry-level programmer was working hard on a deadline one night when he decided to get up and get another cup of cafe au-lait. When he went dashing around the corner he found the CEO standing by the paper shredder with a document in his hand. The CEO said, “My secretary has gone for the evening, do you know how to operate this thing?” The young programmer (feeling a spot of pride) said yes and placed the document in the machine and hit the “GO” button. Just as the document disappeared, the CEO responds, “Terrific! Now, I just need 10 copies.”

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A programmer, a systems analyst and a network administrator drive in a car on the way to a trade show. As they drive down a steep hill, the brakes fail. The system analyst (who is driving) tries to manouver the car down the narrow road around the sharp curves. Thanks to his incredible driving abilities and due to a lot of luck, they reach the bottom of the hill unharmed and manage to bring the car to a stop.

They jump out of the car, and the network administrator shouts “We have to open the hood and check all the wiring to make sure all the connections are fine”. “Yes,” the system analyst agrees, “we need to analyze the brake system to find the problem”.

“Pha!”, says the computer programmer “we’ll restart the engine, take it back to the top of the hill, and see if it happens again…”

Programmers in work are often categorized according to their levels Here is one basis for a programmer competency matrix to determine if applicants are fit for the job on a certain level.

Note that the knowledge for each level is cumulative; being at level n implies that you also know everything from the levels lower than n.

So programmers, developers or however you call yourself, check out the programmer competency matrix and see which level you fall under.

Visit http://www.starling-software.com/employment/programmer-competency-matrix.html

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