What You Can Learn from Google, Zappos and AIG to Improve the Candidate Experience

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I hear you all in the backseat. Your eager voices echoing like children on a family road trip to Mount Rushmore or Washington D.C.

“Are we there, yet?”

No, not yet. But I promise we’re getting…closer.

I know our last stop in the realm of bad candidate experiences was difficult at times, but it was crucial in order to overhaul and reshape the candidate experience.

So with Bad Candidate Experience-ville fixed in our rear view mirror, let’s set our sights toward a new horizon, one dotted with the shiny skyscrapers worth gasping over — the companies whose candidate experiences are at the heart of their success. Simply said, now that we know what a good candidate experience is not, it’s time to learn what a good candidate experience is.

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Supercharging your business: Understanding what solution is right for your business.

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Before the era of technology, book-keepers, record assistants, and accountants used the paper and pencil method to maintain statement of transactions.  The rise of the computer era led to a wonderful invention called  spreadsheets. The first electronic version of the spreadsheet appeared in 1978 with a program known as “VisiCalc”. Since then,  spreadsheets  became the go-to tool to solve  problems since people started using the program for every single need like collecting information, performing calculations and data analysis.

No doubt, it is a terrific tool on multiple fronts, and it is evident that spreadsheet programs have a huge fan following. Number crunching is a piece of cake on spreadsheets–all you need to know is, to use some formulae and automate calculations in the workbook. Another significant advantage of spreadsheets  is visualizing statistical or numerical data in the most simplistic form. Data need not be necessarily represented as text or numerals; it can be represented as charts or graphs.

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Businesses run on data. Data is needed for making informed decisions and taking actions. Time is also the most important factor while working with data manually. Let’s imagine you run a book store that sells more than thousands of titles. As the best-in- town store, you always  keep track of all your titles that you  sell. And, you have Imagine you have this information stored on a spreadsheet. You are good as long as you want to analyze or visualize data like hot-selling titles of the week or month.

What if you needed your data to work for you? What if you wanted to be notified about one of your hot-selling titles running out of stock? What if you needed to place an order for fresh stock of books to your distributor in order to  replenish your inventory? What if you wanted to get your customer feedback as soon as he or she has made a purchase from your store?

You will agree with me, that spreadsheets can be limiting to perform these unique actions for you.There are many off-the-shelf software solutions for businesses that help solve most of the common business bottlenecks. Each business is unique. That is why you need a custom fit solution for your business to ease out your business operational tasks.

Zoho Creator is a solution that allows you to store, manage and create workflows around your data. It competes business complexity. You don’t need an IT guy to sit down, build something, test it and then wait for it to be rolled out to everyone in the workplace.  Because, building something on Zoho Creator is as easy as and much more than working with a spreadsheet program. Additionally, you can enjoy the advantages such as workflow management and real- time collaboration.

As a growing business owner, ask yourself these questions.

  • Does your company generate an enormous amount of information that is unmanageable in a spreadsheet?
  • Do you have constant changes made to existing data by different teams at different times and  geographical locations?
  • Do you need instant workflow based actions to be triggered or notifications based on available data?
  • Do you need automatically generated reports?

If your answer, is a ‘YES’ to all or any of the questions above, you sure need a powerful and scalable solution to beat complexity, manage and automate your business processes.  Zoho Creator is the right solution for your growing business.

Building Trust in Your Sales Team: 5 Takeaways from TED and HBR

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Simon Sinek’s inspiring TED Talk about why good leaders make you feel safe got me thinking about the implications when it comes to running a business and a sales team. In his discussion, Sinek points out that the military gives awards to those who give their lives for others. We call them heroes, honor them with ceremonies and reward them with medals for their bravery and selflessness. Of course, these folks deserve to be recognized for their contribution.

Those who serve in the military understand that trust is what binds a team together. They’ve got each others’ backs and without that, they wouldn’t be able to carry out an assignment successfully.

When we talk about teams in business, it’s a different story. Often, those who are most outspoken are recognized and those who self-promote (even at the expense of others) are rewarded. Read more

Introducing Zoho Expense: Transforming Business and Travel Expense Reporting from Drudgery to Delight

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As you read this, an employee in some part of the world is struggling to submit his expenses in order to get reimbursed. And his manager is having a miserable time going through a stack of expense reports that aren’t making her day any better. Finally, an accounting department is waiting on employee expense reports to close the books.

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The expense reporting ritual has been the bane of many organizations. The frustration and lost productivity due to expense reporting is draining. Employees come back from business trips tired and tapped with action items from the trip – completing their expense reports is the furthest thing from their minds. After procrastinating for months, inevitably, the envelopes of receipts they saved from the trip are less than comprehensive, and they are unable to fully and accurately complete their reports.

Managers have an equal disdain for expense reports. Managers know they are the gatekeeper for reimbursements and feel the pressure from anxious employees to complete them. Yet, carving out several hours a week to review and approve expense reports is several hours they don’t have. Read more

9 Quick and Easy Tips Every Zoho Docs User Should Know: Part 2

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In our previous blog post, we covered some exciting tips from Zoho Docs to help you be more productive. Today, we are delving a bit deeper to explore one of our online editors – Zoho Writer.

Zoho Writer is an online word processor built and designed to help you create beautiful and professional looking documents easily. While Zoho Writer is intuitively crafted to make every user experience a breeze, the following tips will be extra helpful in boosting your productivity next time you work on Zoho Writer.

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Dashboard design – Part 1: Types of dashboards

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A car’s dashboard shows its driver all the essential info she needs to know. Typically, it’s the car’s speed, engine RPM, fuel level, miles run, location on a GPS enabled map, cabin/engine temperature etc. A business dashboard draws heavily from a car’s dashboard. However, unlike the car’s dashboard which is limited to only its driver, a business dashboard has multiple consumers. Also, a business can have multiple dashboards, instead of just one.

A business dashboard can mean a lot of things. The best way to design it is to know who is going to view it. Based on that, your dashboard can fall under one of the three categories.

  • Strategic
  • Analytic
  • Operational

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Introducing: Zoho Show Slideshow Viewer for Android and iOS Devices

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Did you know that almost 29% of the global workforce is mobile? These employees work from various locations, access office tasks on multiple devices and rely on a spectrum of apps to get their work done. One year ago, most of us would have only had basic apps for email or file storage on our mobile devices. Today, with more people migrating to a mobile ecosystem and working outside of a defined physical location, office documents are increasingly being viewed on smartphones and tablets.

This shift is mainly driven by the increasing use of mobile devices to complete routine office tasks. With a lot of marketing and sales professionals taking this route, it’s hardly surprising that a mobile edition of a presentation software is heavily sought.

We realize the need to support this changing work behaviour and help you in your  day-to-day business while you are on the move. So, we are pleased to introduce the Slideshow Viewer version of our presentation app, Zoho Show, for both android and iOS devices.

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