5 Benefits of Buying a Franchise

Many people would like to start their own business but lack the means and resources to do so. Entrepreneurship is a great way to ensure a profitable career and a solid retirement as well. However, not everyone can afford to build and grow their business from the ground up. Fortunately, you can run your own business even without having to start it on your own.

The best way to achieve that is to buy a franchise. Franchises are supported by brands or a trademark also known as franchisors. In other words, they supply you with whatever you need while you run their franchise. That being said, here are a few benefits of buying a franchise.

Lower costs

For those of you who lack the funds to start a business, buying a franchise may be a good alternative. You only have to pay the fixed costs of buying yourself into a developed business model, i.e. franchise, which can be quite less expensive than developing a business all on your own.

Moreover, the operating costs of running a franchise are also reduced, as the franchisor provides you with marketing strategies, consumer base, brand awareness and training for employees. That way, you don’t have to come up with any strategies on your own or fund them solely from your own pocket as well.

Be your own boss, but not on your own

Running a franchise business is excellent for entrepreneurs who don’t have any previous experience in running a business. If you’re indecisive about going forward because you lack the know-how, then a franchise is the right small business idea but for you.

Simply put, you get to run a franchise business but you get continuous support in form of advice, planning, strategizing and anything similar from a franchisor. They will provide you with the know-how and teach you everything you need to know about running a business.

Help the local community

Franchising business is beneficial for the local community, as well as for the local economy. When a franchise business opens up, it creates more job opportunities. A franchisor will hire local employees instead of bringing them from abroad.

Also, other businesses, such as bookkeepers, lawyers, electricians and others in the area have a tendency to thrive when there’s a franchise nearby. What’s more, franchisors prefer to maintain their good reputation and will not hesitate to participate and donate to local charities.

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Brand’s reputation

As mentioned before, franchises are supported by trademarks or brands, which means that you basically operate under the franchisors name. This elevates your franchise on the local market due to franchisors brand awareness and reputation.

What’s more, consumers are likely to recognize your franchise due to the brand name or trademark and will be more willing to engage with your business. In addition, applying for bank loans or financial support from investors is more likely to go through due to your franchisors established reputation on the market.

Seamless operations

Running a franchise business is much simpler when a franchisor has your back. In other words, stocking your business with inventory, ordering products, categorizing and organizing is quite more efficient. A franchisor has an already developed system in place. That means that they know what and why it works, and you only have to follow through.

Furthermore, you have developed marketing campaigns and strategies you can utilize to promote your franchise. When all activities are combined, they ensure a smooth and seamless operation of your franchise. The only thing you must do is oversee the process and ensure everything is going well.

 

Buying a franchise is more suited for entrepreneurs who lack the resources or the knowledge to start their own business. A franchise business will complement your ambition nicely and allow you to grow in the business world.

 

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Top 25 Questions You Should Ask in Your Exit Interviews and Surveys

Asking these questions will help you retain your best employees and attract new talent!

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The importance of asking the right exit interview or survey questions

Unfortunately, most employer neglect exit interviews and surveys. In the current candidate driven job market, it is understandable that most employer rush into recruiting to find a suitable replacement.

However, conducting exit interviews or surveys is a crucial part of the offboarding process, both for the departing employee and the employer. Exit interviews provide closure for both parties.

But exit interviews and surveys are especially useful for an employer. Effective exit interviews can help improve the company’s bottom line by reducing turnover and​ ​the​ ​associated​ ​costs ​of​ ​hiring​ ​and​ ​training ​new ​employees.

In order to reap all the benefits of exit interviews or surveys, it is important to ask the right exit interview questions.

Selection of the best exit interview questions

Here is the list of the top 25 exit interview questions you should ask in your next exit interview or a survey:

Reasons for leaving the company

  • What prompted you to start looking for another job?
  • What was the biggest factor that led you to accept a new job?
  • What makes your new position more attractive than the present job?

Job satisfaction

  • What did you like most about your job?
  • What did you dislike the most about your job?
  • Did you have all the tools and resources you needed to effectively do your job?

Work rewards

  • Were you happy with your benefits, perks and other incentives?
  • Do you think our company offers competitive compensation for your position?
  • Do you believe your work was adequately recognized and appreciated?

Workplace relationships

  • What was your relationship with your manager like?
  • Did you get along well with your team members?
  • How would you describe your working relationship with your colleagues?

Learning and advancement opportunities

  • How would you evaluate the quality of the training you received?
  • Was the feedback you received about your performance timely, helpful, and specific?
  • Do you feel like you’ve had enough opportunities for growth and career advancement at our company?

Company culture and work environment

  • How would you describe our company culture?
  • What could be done to make this company a better place to work?
  • Is there a culture of teamwork and cooperation within the organization?

Workplace policies and procedures

  • Do you think our company’s policies are adequate?
  • Have you ever experienced any discrimination or harassment while working in this organization?
  • Do you have a say in the organization’s policy changes?

Employee brand ambassador score

  • Would you recommend our company to your friend as a great place to work? Why?
  • Would you consider working with us again in the future?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your employee experience in our company?

Bonus exit interview question

  • What skills and qualifications do you think we should look for in your replacement?

Want to learn more about exit interviews and surveys?

➡️ For useful tips and best practices on conducting effective employee exit interviews and surveys, check out The Ultimate Guide for Conducting Effective Exit Interviews!

4 Reasons to Implement HR Technology in 2019

Technophobes have long feared that technology would take away jobs. The truth is, however, technology is not actually taking away jobs, but rather giving businesses the ability to do more with the same number of workers. In fact, tech investments can actually help increase revenue, which gives businesses the ability to hire more employees rather than having to lay them off. HR technology can be leveraged by growing businesses in particular to develop and strengthen their practices, often at very little cost. This year, 45% of large companies and 51% of mid-sized companies say they plan on increasing their spending on HR tech, according to Sierra-Cedar. Here are 4 reasons why you should too.

Design an Effective Hiring Process

Finding and recruiting new staff is one of the most laborious and time-consuming tasks that an HR rep has to do – particularly if they are not doing it effectively. If they are not finding and hiring the right people the first time around, they just have to keep doing it again and again until they get it right. Finding the right people can be a challenge, however, because in truth traditional screening methods give you very little information about a candidate to go on before making such an important decision.

Resumes and even interviews only give a snapshot look at someone’s full potential, when you really need a 360-degree view. Personal biases will also always play a strong role in the hiring and recruiting process, no matter how hard we try to identify and eradicate them. Machine learning and AI, however, can help overcome any number of these issues. AI can screen candidates based on both temperament and skill set to find candidates that have both the skills and the right traits to fit in with your corporate culture.

Save Money by Automating Repetitive Tasks

In 1975, just over 10 million students enrolled in college, in spite of low tuition costs and a low cost of living. In 2018, in spite of skyrocketing tuition costs and an average debt load of $40,000 for graduating students, more than 20 million students enrolled in college. By 2025, Millennials will make up more than 75% of the labor force and more than 50% of them say they would take a pay cut to find work that matches their values. A full 90% want to use their skills for good.

Unfortunately, while 56% of millennials believe that an individual should stay at a single company for more than 20 years and 90% of respondents in a recent Bridge survey said they are looking to grow their careers within their current companies, a Nintex study showed that 53% said they don’t expect to stay at their companies beyond five years, thanks to broken processes. What does all this mean? It means no one wants to spend upwards of $40,000 on an education just to spend every day doing work a monkey can do. Not only does automating processes save time and money, it frees your employees up from mindless tasks to focus on projects that matter.

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Offer Digital Employee Training

What employees don’t want to do is a never-ending series of mindless tasks that a monkey could do. What they do want to do is be constantly learning, growing and developing. In fact, a 2015 Deloitte Millennial survey found that out of 7,800 future leaders from 29 different countries, only 28% said they felt their current organization was making full use of their skills.

While most Millennials grew up with technology in some form, only 36% of Millennials and 29% of Gen Z believe they have the skills and knowledge they’ll need to thrive in the burgeoning world of Industry 4.0. While respondents were certainly interested in continuing to build their technicals skills, their greater concerns were in regard to a lack of training in building interpersonal skills, developing more confidence and engaging in ethical behavior—all of which they consider essentials for business success.

Increase Employee Productivity and Satisfaction

Not only can technology help you to better educate and train your employees to prepare them for advancement, but it can also help you better manage their progress. There may be nothing more frustrating for an employee than expending the time and energy to learn a new skill set only to have it sit unused and unacknowledged.

Modern HR tools are able to help managers effectively analyze and predict staff needs accurately and track progress far more effectively to help significantly improve productivity and increase job satisfaction overall. Technology can help managers better identify quietly consistent star performers that might otherwise slip under the radar as well as allow employees themselves to single out their peers for praise.

Contrary to the fears of many technophobes, technology is not actually poised to take away jobs. What it is poised to do is to take on the kinds of tasks that humans find frustrating, repetitive, boring or even dangerous. This can free up humans to do what they are best at: interact, design, create and innovate. But only if businesses use technology effectively to help them better manage their resources. While hiring may be one of the most important and time consuming tasks HR departments may perform, if you don’t actually manage your human resources well, hiring (over and over) is all you will ever be doing.

Benefits of Partnership Between Employers and Training Providers

The partnership between employers and training providers is important for both small businesses and massive corporations alike. Small business owners find this to be a frugal option, seeing as how they can’t afford to hire experts, which means that they are forced to train their own employees to become experts. As for the big companies, by having a solid collaboration with an RTO, they can customize the training program so that it fits the needs of their company. In other words, they’re not training niche experts, in general; instead, they’re training experts with a specific set of skills necessary for the position that they’re about to assume. Here are several benefits of this partnership that you should know about.

1. The choice of target skills

When it comes to traditional, formal education, its biggest downside is the fact that it gives an uniformed format of education, instead of specializing. This is where RTOs have a much greater advantage. Instead of training your entire staff to do a plethora of tasks around the office, you, as an employer, get to choose courses that benefit your brand the most. Needless to say, this makes your job of delegating tasks much simpler, as well, seeing as how you get to assign functions to your staff according to their skills and abilities. This can also help you avoid a lot about bias in choosing functions for team members.

2. Preparing for the future

The most important thing about the company’s future is the consistency of staff. Now, the problem in this lies in the fact that people leave your employ all the time. They go someplace else, start projects of their own, retire or even go on leave. The latter might not fall under the same category as the first three, yet, it still makes a team member unavailable. So, you need to have someone capable to take their place in order not to allow for an absence of a single team member to cause downtime. Moreover, you need to plan for the growth, which is why you need to start preparing your staff in time. By having assistance from VET professionals, you can easier anticipate these changes and get a better understanding of the process necessary to prepare your staff for this.

3. Setting objectives

Perhaps the biggest advantage, and the most underestimated one out there is your ability to set the objectives for the training. Namely, this training costs effort, time and resources. We’re not just talking about paying for the course but also providing your employees with materials like Compliant Learning Resources. So, you need to know that you’re getting your money’s worth from this deal. You need to know how the performance of the employee will improve after the training. Other than this, you need to know how this will affect your employee retention rate. The last thing you need is for someone to complete the training, under your tutelage and sponsorship only to leave you once a better offer arrives.

4. Including your employees

Keep in mind that while employee training is a positive thing, it’s not necessarily seen as such by an employee who sees it as mandatory and unnecessary. For instance, sending someone on a course that will prepare them to do a task that they don’t really care about might cause the employee to leave or, at very least, underperform. Instead, you need to allow your team members to become an active participant in the decision-making process. This can be much more efficient with the sufficient amount of collaboration with the training provider. In fact, putting in touch the employee in question and the training provider is the kind of networking that works to everyone’s benefit.

5. Internal vs. outsourced training

At the very end, it’s important to mention that there’s another form of employee training, one that’s much more common, yet, also the one that we’ve failed to mention so far. We’re talking about the internal or the in-house training. This either requires you to hire trainers or appoint some of your team members as mentors (start a mentoring program). Such a course of action will tailor your mentoring program to the needs of your company and generate materials to be reused in the future. Nonetheless, by teaming up with the right training provider and learning material supplier, you can achieve all of that with the addition of a much higher quality of training program. After all, we’re talking about specialized RTO.

In conclusion

At the very end, a partnership between employers and training providers is a business world occurrence that takes place virtually every single day. In other words, it’s something that deeply affects your business model and your business plans. Still, until you know all the benefits that you get to reap from this relationship, you won’t be able to tell just how cost-effective it is to invest your time and resources to make it all happen.

How Surveys Can Help Improve Both External & Internal Company PR

Information serves a large variety of purposes in business. Specifically, looking back through annual information can help a business determine where their shortcomings are, as well as their strong points, which can help them decide what areas of their business they should grow or scale back on. There are a few ways to gather this data, but depending on the information you’re looking for, surveys are often the best way to understand both the internal and external perception of your business.

Survey Uses for Management

Company surveys can indicate a lot of things about a company, such as receptiveness to customers and employees, and caring about quality and ambition. When a company holds surveys within their personnel, either for specific departments or general employees, it can sometimes indicate that there is a business practice concern they are trying to work out. Depending on what questions are being asked of their workers, surveys often gives employees the impression that their company cares about them and that if there are concerns they want to bring up, they can be addressed.

If you’re considering using a survey to gain an understanding of employee satisfaction or what employees are looking for in the workplace, make sure you use an effective survey method that follows guidelines for effectiveness to achieve optimal results. This may include a platform that will allow you to ask both open- and close-ended questions, as well as survey channels that are convenient, like SMS. Another important aspect of surveys is to ask the right questions by using careful phrasing in order to receive the type of response you’re looking for.

Employee surveys can help your company come to solutions regarding business structure changes you’re considering making. They are a good way to gauge interest if you’re seeking to begin outsourcing work to freelancers rather than in-house workers. Although these decisions can be controversial, 11 percent of the U.S. workforce get their full income from gig economy, so it’s not uncommon to do so. In fact, there may be a significant number of employees seeking the benefits of gig economy work, such as heightened independence, flexibility, and at times better pay. If you’re gauging employee interest for a change like this, a survey could help your company establish goals surrounding prospective changes.

Improving External Company PR

Surveys can also provide companies with an idea of the areas that your PR team should work to address. A company’s reputation can be instrumental to its success, and if there’s any ongoing speculation about areas of your company, your PR team should be dedicating resources to addressing them. It is then up to the company to make both internal and external changes to get down to the root of the problem.

Although seeking out client reviews is generally a good practice, especially considering that most individuals seek out company reviews before getting involved with a company, surveys allow companies to receive a more thorough understanding of the customer experience. It also gives customers and clients a chance to voice their concerns before any incident that occurred becomes so overlooked that there is no hope in getting their business back.

Although clients are arguably the most important audience for a company, a business cannot succeed without all of the cogs in the wheel that keep the business turning; such as clients, employees and suppliers. It’s important to have a skilled accounting department prepared to handle accounts for your business to ensure suppliers are receiving the attention they need. If your company takes too long to pay clients and vendors, it reflects poorly on your company’s reputation. Therefore, if there are ongoing issues in this field, your company may want to consider adopting accounts payable automation to help facilitate these processes.

If surveys indicate low satisfaction rates due to a lack of innovation or slow growth within the company, consider incorporating some new tech trends that are capable of redefining your business. These can include hiring cybersecurity professionals to limit the number of IT incidents and incorporating AI, chatbots and predictive analytics to help with hiring processes. New technology can help facilitate many steps in business, and by finding small ways to innovate, your company can start to improve its internal and external perception.

Surveys can be helpful in understanding where you company stands to improve and can give you an idea of the ways your clients and employees want to see you innovating. By regularly surveying personnel, as well as clients and other companies you associate with, you can ensure that satisfaction is high and that any ongoing issues are taken care of before they become a PR concern. Internal and external company PR are both almost equally important, and it’s vital to the success of your company to ensure you’re taking care of both.

What is a Necessity for run your Ecommerce Portal or Website?

There are many e-commerce stores available online with wide variety of products for kids, teenagers, men, women and we all are glued to the screen for many hours. To run an e-commerce website everyone needs a wordpress website. With the use of a HostGator Dedicated Server, you can host your e-commerce website more securely and has many features & Discount offers which others don’t have.

Through discounts on web hosting ecommerce you can save more money and it also provides one month free hosting trial.

Running a good e-commerce website

There are no universal features or designs which will surely get your website at the top but there are some of the essential things which you should considered when creating an online store. Some of these points are as follows:-

  1. Make your online shop sell– Some of the retailers create a website only to show their online presence but don’t have an option to purchase from their store. Generally all of the websites have a big icon of “Buy” in their websites. They want to sell products from websites.
  2. Show the advantage of your product– A list of products should be properly categorized, so that customer gets to know which product is where. Special deals and new arrivals should also be on top. Some people don’t know exactly what they want and just hang around. So we have to capture these people also.
  3. Make your website visitors trust you– People watch everything when they spend money on purchasing of a product. Make all things clear about purchase process, payment method, delivery service, warranties etc.  It will help them to make decision securely.
  • Clear logo– A clear and remarkable logo help to find out the products easily and also a sign of trust worthy company. This is for both either it is a new website or an existing one.  
  • Deals & Free shipping– People usually judge a website within a single minute. So a pop up of deals should be highlighted so that you can grab the interest of a customer. It will attract the customer to buy a product.

You are selling products to the world not to a local market. Some retailers adjust their shipping charges to the minimum order purchase.

  • Shopping cart, Login box and Search box– A sign of Basket for shopping cart, a login box and a search box appeared on the top of the website. For online secure transaction people need login ID and password and for a wide variety of products a search box is there for finding the products easily.
  • Payment System– E-commerce websites sell their products all over the world and all have different mode of payment. Usually accepted payment modes are Debit & Credit cards, cash on delivery, PayPal etc. You can find these payments option on the footer of the website.

Social Media Links– Around 20% of the visitors comes from social media such as Facebook, Twitter because people used it so much. Social media gives all of us an opportunity to promote the products or services.

10 Ways to Attract and Hire Diverse Candidates

Here are 10 easy ways to attract and hire diverse candidates and make by making your recruiting process more inclusive!

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Diversity hiring: Employers’ top priority in 2018

Achieving workplace diversity was the top priority for employers in 2018.

The first step in building a diverse workforce is to hire more diversified candidates.

According to LinkedIn’ survey of 9,000 talent leaders and hiring managers across the globe, the number one global recruiting trend was diversity.

Diversity hiring in 2019

Diversity hiring isn’t a passing fad – it’s a smarter way to do business in the global market. A diversified workforce is more than just an item to be checked off form your employer branding list – it a real competitive advantage.

According to research, diverse companies:

10 ways to attract and hire diverse candidates

Here are 10 easy ways to make your recruiting process more inclusive in 2019:

1. Recruit from diverse talent pools

In order to hire diverse candidates, you need to consider widening your talent pool. Have you tried proactively sourcing and adding veterans, autistic people, ex-offenders, LGBTIQ people, people over 40, people with disabilities, etc. to your talent pool?

2. Advertise your jobs through diverse channels

Make an effort to reach diverse candidates by placing your job ads in additional magazines, websites and forums visited by underrepresented groups or dedicated to minorities.  

3. Leverage diverse job boards

Post your job ads on diverse niche job boards. Here are a few examples of diversity specialized job boards you can try out:

4. Offer targeted internships and scholarships

Create and offer internships and scholarships to people from underrepresented groups. Contact minority organization on colleges and ask for their help in promoting your internships and scholarships among their members.

5. Highlight diversity on your career site

Highlight your company’s commitment to diversity on your career site by listing it as one of your company’s top values. Make sure you include photos and quotes of your diverse employees as well!

6. Highlight diversity in your job descriptions

Go beyond regular “equal employer” phrase. Find creative ways to encourage diverse employees to apply for your open job positions. A simple sentence of encouragement could mean a difference to a diverse candidate and make your job description stand out!

6. Ask for diverse referrals

Explicitly ask your existing employees for diverse referrals. Offer innovative employee referral bonuses to your employees who recommended candidates from underrepresented groups in your company

7. Introduce a diverse interview panel

One of the benefits of collaborative hiring is avoiding unconsciousness biases. Thus, make sure that your interviewing panel includes a diverse selection of your employees.

8. Teach your recruiters how to avoid biases

Train your recruiters to be more sensitive on diversity issues. Organize diversity training where your recruiters will learn how to avoid bias in recruitment.

9. Create diversity recruitment videos

Create a recruitment video dedicated to the topic of workplace diversity. Interview your CEO and employees and ask them to share what a workplace diversity means to them.

10. Showcase your company’s diversity practices on your career blog

Writing about diversity is a great blogging idea for your company’s career blog. Let the world know about all your diversity initiatives and efforts!

 

How to Choose the Best Record Players

Looking for and actually buying a record player can be a daunting task. This is because there are many top record players in the market. Just like music, determining an ideal record player is also subjective. This means that a certain brand of record player may be excellent for some users but not for others. However, if you are really serious about your search for record players and want to know some of the best record player brands, then here are some useful tips.

#1 Make use of the internet and do research.

By now, you are already doing the first step because you have come across this review. Before actually buying a record player, gather as much information as possible.

#2 Visit as many online stores as you can.

Do not settle for only one website. If possible, check out three to five online retailers and carefully review their deals and offers. The site with the best deal should be your option.

#3 You have to pay close attention to the features of the record player.

Ask yourself, what features of a record player do I need? You have to determine whether you only want to listen to vinyl or need to convert sounds from vinyl into other formats.

#4 Consider the style of the record player that you prefer.

There are vintage-looking record players and there are modern ones. If you are planning to buy a record player because you want to add it to your antique collection, then opt for vintage ones. Otherwise, buy a contemporary record player if you are planning to use it along with your modern gadgets such as smartphones.

#5 Choose a record player that is reasonably priced.

The best vinyl player in the market is the product that is not too expensive and not too cheap. Its price should be reasonable and it should offer as many features as possible.

Crosley

Crosley has a couple of record players that are all-in-one turntables. Meaning, aside from playing and converting a music from vinyl to other formats, some of their record players can also be used as AM and FM radio and CD player. What is even greater is that most record players of this brand cater three different speeds: 33, 45 and 78 RPM.

Pyle

What many product reviewers like about this brand is the fact that most of its record players are compact and portable. Most of their products also have several outputs such as USB port and AUX input. The speakers of most of their record players also have the ability to play music from an external device like a smartphone.

Electrohome

If you are looking for a brand that has a modern yet traditional-looking record player, then opt for Electrohome. To be specific, the product model is Electrohome Signature Retro Hi-Fi Stereo System with Record Player.

Vibe

Most record players of this brand come with a simple and almost retro design. However, it brags several advantages that make it receive favorable feedbacks from consumers. First, it is the leading brand of the record player in terms of proficiently converting music from vinyl into MP3 format. Second, the use of a computer and other secondary device is not required by most record players of this brand. The Third advantage is portability. Lastly, record players from Vibe are reasonably priced behind their excellent quality.

What is the Best Record Player and Who Usually Buy It?

First, consider what design and style you prefer. Vintage phonographs that come with horn are always available. In addition, there are modern and digital turntables and record players, also. When it comes to convenience, these are all the best.

Second, your needs. You want to download music from vinyl and save it on your computer? You want to listen to vintage and high quality sounds? Plan to buy it.

Conclusion

Behind the fact that there are now too many modern gadgets available, record players are still popular and widely-used. Do you know the reason why? This is because record players have unparalleled quality when it comes to producing superb music. All through the years, there have been countless record player models that were introduced to the public. Some were budget-friendly, and some were a little too classy. Nonetheless, people continue to patronize this kind of device because listening to vinyl records gives an extraordinary feeling of happiness and relaxation.

Pros and Cons of Electronic Voting

When Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader in the July 2016 federal election realised that only 80% of the voters had been accounted for he felt a bit of frustration.

Shorten’s frustration comes as a result of an extended waiting period for the results of the race.

Because of this, he expressed his approval of electronic voting, which he said was “long overdue…in this country.”

Furthermore, Shorten went on to say “it shouldn’t be taking eight days to find out who has won… in the 21st century.”

To confirm the idea, Malcolm Turnbull reveals he, for a long time now, has agreed with electronic voting.

The Prime Minister of Australia is more than interested in recommending electronic voting when comparing the enthusiastic technologies used by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Voting Technologies in Federal Elections

The vision impaired tried electronic voting during the federal election held in 2007. The Australian Electoral Commission or the AEC experimented with telephone voting for citizens in specific locations resulting in efficiency during the 2013 federal election.

The AEC also found electronic technologies to be especially effective in the 2016 election. The primary concerns connected with voting electronically include:

  • Transparency, voter security, safety, and integrity
  • Cost
  • The ability to maintain the privacy of the
    voter and the vote
  • The seeing impaired have the opportunity to vote
  • Voters using a stand-alone computer while
    casting their vote
  • Capacity to use mobile devices to vote

The Pros: Arguments for Electronic Voting

The federal government confirmed it would offer electronic voting to the Parliament of Australia and implement the concept to the lower house in 2019.

This is according to Christopher Pyne, Leader of the House of Representatives. He trusts it will minimise the time residents spend in the election box.

The outcome of the election is learned within a reasonable amount of time. The exactness of the process to examine and mark off voters is raised, along with the transparency of the vote.

Essentially, electronic voting is convenient, and it will free up valuable time to handle critical issues. Another plus is the privacy of the voter’s decision is at low risk for exposure. With this said, electronic voting meets the concerns head-on with solutions.

The Cons: Arguments Against Electronic Voting

The application of mobile and internet voting allows voters to revise their personal information at will.

While this is undoubtedly convenient, having remote access has its disadvantages. According to the JSCEM examinations after the 2004 and 2007 polls, the cost and issues with security exceeded the pros of voting electronically.

The iVote replaces physically going out to the polls to vote if a person:

  • Is absent on election day
  • Lives further than 20 km from the nearest
    polling station
  • Is blind or vision impaired   

On election day, approximately 283,669 people chose the iVote to cast their ticket. The process had its share of problems. Nonetheless, it will proceed to follow the paper trail of tallies and the mortal hands who calculated them.

Regretfully, hackers and cybercriminals attempt to invade some of the most secure systems on the web, including electronic voting.

Prime example being the 2016 federal campaign for a presidential candidate in the US in which adversaries were accused of compromising the electoral voting systems.

Hacking an election is evidence of the vulnerabilities of the web, databases, equipment, and infrastructure.Cybercrime has gained the most attention as DefCon, 2017 when the Australian

National Audit Office in January 2018 determined the proposed systems did not meet strict security requirements. It took an 11-year-old only 10 minutes to hack into a mock voting system.  

The Australian Signals Directorate advised the AEC that IT security problems couldn’t be solved in enough time for the voting day.

Of course, an audit was ordered shortly after the transport and delivery of the ballot system.

The Joint Standing committee finds the AEC needs to upgrade its IT framework in order to support the heart of the election and voter roll management systems.

Digital Voting and Social Media Platforms

Cybersecurity agrees there are plenty of opportunities for adversaries to hack into the
voting systems.

If they are, to be honest, no security system is ever 100% unbreakable. There are risks associated with the internet, and maybe online voting shouldn’t be allowed.

The possibilities of someone stealing highly classified information and leaking it are too high.

This is something that would undermine the public’s trust in the voting system and add to the problems during an election, especially when it comes to social media.

We have become accustomed to how one official abuses his Twitter account to speak out to the public.

In another example, a hacker could use the social media accounts of officials to manipulate their profiles and influence voters.

However, these are just a couple of ways how a hacker plus social media could tarnish an otherwise effective system and a group of individuals. Sadly, these problems aren’t going to go away.

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Top 5 Workplace Diversity Statistics

Discover the top 5 statistics related to workplace diversity and its benefits!

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What is workplace diversity?

Workplace diversity is a term which refers to a company which employs people of varying characteristics, such as gender, age, religion, race, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion, languages, education, abilities, etc.

The importance of workplace diversity

Workplace diversity has many direct and tangible benefits. Employee diversity and inclusion programs are not just nice-to-have HR initiatives – these programs have a direct impact on the company’s bottom line.

Companies with more diverse workplace are not just seen as a more desirable employer, they also outperform competitors and achieve greater profits.

Top 5 workplace diversity statistics

Here is the list of the top 5 statistics related to different benefits of diversity in the workplace:

Workplace diversity statistic #1

  • Companies with more diverse workplace make more money.
  • Companies that have more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenue.
  • Source: Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Workplace diversity statistic #2

  • Workplace diversity leads to innovation.
  • Inclusive companies are 1.7 times more likely to be innovation leaders in their market.
  • Source: Josh Bersin research

Workplace diversity statistic #3

Workplace diversity statistic #4

  • Workplace diversity generates higher job acceptance rate.
  • 67% of job seekers said a diverse workforce is important when considering job offers.
    Source: Glassdoor

Workplace diversity statistic #5

  • Companies with diverse workforce outperform its competitors.
  • Racially and ethnically diverse companies outperform industry norms by 35%
  • Source: McKinsey

How can you improve your company’s workplace diversity?

Hopefully, these statistics have prompted you to learn how to build and manage workplace diversity in an effective way in your company too!