Month: January 2018

How to Spark the Creative Process in Your Company

General

Company management often employs different approaches to generate creative ideas for new projects or new products, and to come up with out of the box solutions to corporate issues. As a creative technique, brainstorming has been a mainstream tool used by groups for stimulating productive involvement among employees. Different brainstorming models have been developed over the years, including one that taps into current digital trends. But the core principle of the process remains the same despite the procedural variations. 

Genuine Participation

Companies are not homogenous entities, and not all employees feel and think the same way. So, expect the brainstorming process to generate dissenting perspectives at some point. Despite these differences, the sessions should always aim for equal participation. When expertly facilitated, any huddle could end up in a collaborative mode as participants bounce off ideas and strategies with each other. 

Essential Components

As a mechanism for generating ideas and solutions, brainstorming could be effective and transformative as long as several essential components are in place. These components include the facilitator, who plays a critical role in steering the process from start to completion. As a facilitator, they have to be mindful of the process flow and group dynamics. At the start, they should be able to clearly establish the goals of the meeting so everybody is on the same page. They should also have the gift of creating a trustful environment for open discussion. 

Sharing the top of the list are the people involved in the company. They could include management and employees or just the specific divisions involved in the project or program. Another component is the venue. Always consider the meeting space as a contributing factor to the success of the session. Certain types of venues are more conducive to sharing and discussion. 

Brainstorming Tools

Another factor are the tools. Brainstorming facilitators should have the tools and equipment to help clearly map out the process. These staples include the classic black whiteboard and colored markers which adds a spark of color in the brainstorming sessions. 

Note taking is an important part of the process. Colored markers on a dark background makes the details pop out. Session facilitators can use these tools to color code sections and emphasize specific points so participants will be able to follow the process. At the end of the session, the participants can also use these tools to highlight and rank the recommendations based on priority. Once everybody has made their choices, the facilitator can wrap up by discussing the action plans with the group. 

Group brainstorming sessions could either create dissension or facilitate collaboration by inspiring individuals to work together as a group. When the process is done right, it could result in high participant engagement and creative ideas flowing smoothly. Even introverted employees feel more engaged and welcome in a company when they are drawn out of their shell. In the end of an effective session, employees feel more invested in the company since management finds value in their input.

 

How to Protect Your Online Reputation in 2018

Business

We are living in a search-happy world. If one has spoken to his client recently, or networked, or has went in for an interview, the other person sitting next to him shall totally assume that he is being Googled & someone somewhere is typing his name into that search box & making a judgment based on what they find.

Most of individuals when hear this, their first reflex to this is to hide. They change their name on Facebook, and make their Twitter feed private or start spending less time on his social media altogether. That is so wrong. One’s online reputation is the information folks find about him or her online, so hiding behind privacy settings puts one at risk if anything negative were to come out about him or him company. So, no mistake should be made — everybody is at risk of negative content online. Of the 75 percent of adults who often Google themselves, almost half say the results are not positive at all.

The reason is very simple. Anybody can write anything about one online, typically without any consequence. Any jealous competitor can anonymously write some critical blog post or fill out a damning RipoffReport. Any angry client can write a very horrible review for one business. business without recourse.

Without some positive content out there to do defence against digital attacks, one bad no chance of keeping his online reputation clean. While one is hiding behind privacy settings & unidentifiable usernames, one’s real name suffers. Unjustified criticism or aanything negative goes undefended, asap rising to the top of his search results for the whole world to see. Hence, particularly  if one is an elite, an elite online reputation defender is needed. With that, here are few actions one can take right now to protect his online reputation in 2018:

1):- Clean up the current situation: Every person’s online presence is unique in its own way — & he can not improve what he does not know. One must google himself & see what comes up in the first few pages of it. If there is any negative or irrelevant content showing up that one controls — weekend party pictures or old websites, etc. — then what is the wait is for? One must go ahead & delete those now. Next, he must review his entire Facebook & Twitter history and flag any potentially damaging & controversial updates. Once his social media feeds are clean, he can make them public in good conscience.

2):- Registering name as a domain: Registering a website with one’s name in the domain ( such as RyanErskine.com ) is one of the powerful forms of online insurance. He is going to prevent other individuals from taking this valuable piece of real estate away from him — or utilizing it against him in the future. But he must not stop there! One must form his own website as a central hub of information about himself, including his experience, awards, blog content, honors & relevant press. With a strong & descriptive website at the very top of one’s search results, he is going tp ensure that when folks search his name, they get exactly what he wants them to find. He does not get a better first impression than that.

3):- Secure name across all social platforms: A website is the best option, but it merely populates one position in search results (or 2-3 if his sitelinks are ranking.) He is going to require ten properties ranking to have control of the narrative. One needs to lay the groundwork for success by registering his name across the most authoritative social media platforms. Yes, from this we mean classic ones such as Twitter & Linkedin, & lesser-known profiles such as Quora, Slideshare, & Crunchbase as well. When one has done all this, the next step is to not forget to optimize profiles for maximum SEO benefit.

4):- Publish regular content: Building & optimizing websites & social media properties is merely half the battle. He still requires to prove to the search engine gods that those properties are enough valuable to searchers to warrant a high ranking. One very simple to do that is to update the website regularly with content that one’s audience finds very helpful. Having issuing getting started? Distill all expertise into digestible content such as articles, videos, or slideshows. The object is to detect a “sweet spot” between topics one’s audience is genuinely interested in, & where his experience & unique leadership can lend credibility & value.

5):- Claim & verify Google listing: An unclaimed Google listing is bit bad for various reasons. One misses out on an opportunity to give valuable information to his customers, his contact information may be incorrect, & he increases risk of somebody else claiming his listing. Once somebody else claims one’s listing he will have to verify his business prior to hid edits can appear across Google Search & Maps. Lots of businesses verify via postcard — it arrives with a verification code within a week.

IMMIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA: A GATEWAY FOR THE PROFESSIONALS – AUSTRALIAN GENERAL SKILLED IMMIGRATION

Human Resources

Moving to a new country isn’t that easy but who wouldn’t want to live and move to a land of opportunities?  It is the sixth largest country in the world with a population of 21 million people. The natural beauty of that place dominates over the suburban places. The country is home to a range of wildlife and nature, also some of the species of animals and plants which are indigenous to Australia only. The life expectancy is high in the country and the stress level is low because of the good quality of life the country offers to inhabitants. So if you doubt your reasons to move to Australia then here are some great ones!

Australia has been rated as the best country to live in and work by the American Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development for third year in a row. Australia has been ranked the second for its quality of life by the United Nations. The quality of education is amazing with numerous government and private schools along with a number of tertiary institutions to choose from.

The economy of Australia is a success story in itself and it has been growing and growing for the last few decades. Economy is very strong and the proximity to Asia proves further growth.  The majority of the people who are living in Australia can be termed as Middle Class. The country is more meritocratic than any other country, employment rate is high and there are casual jobs available in most parts of the country. The availability of casual work helps the young Australians and the international students to get an employment. Interestingly, the wages of even the casual jobs are higher than any other country in Europe.

The standard of education is very high in Australia; the subjects covered in the courses are very diverse which enable the students to learn more. A high number of international students from all around the world are enrolled and welcomed into the education institutes for higher education. Australia is a great educational hub for your children they would be able to learn and grow without having to pay high international fees.

Security is an aspect which is very crucial and it is the point which every individual looks for before moving to a new country. Australia is considered to be a safe place and the crime rate is very low. The people of the country are very community conscious and extremely friendly, they have a very laidback lifestyle and one could easily become their ‘mate’!

If you are someone who is moving from a colder climate country then Australia is going to be idyllic for you. The country has mild winters and warm to hot summers. However, the north of the country and the interior gets the real heat in the summer though New South Wales and Victoria have snow during the winter so skiing along with other winter sports are available. But the long sunny summer evenings are something which is enjoyed by everyone.

Australia is a very rich multicultural society and it is interesting to know that almost 40 per cent of the population has been born outside the country. Australians believe in the “work hard, play hard” policy, they work during the weekdays and spend their weekends in parks or on beaches. The climate allows the people to enjoy their weekends. Since the coastline is 16,000 miles surfing is very popular in the country.

Cricket, rugby and Aussie Rules Football are the sports which are most popular in the country and nowadays soccer has started to gain its popularity too. Almost every town in the country has swimming pool, athletics club, squash and tennis, bowls and even golf courses.

If you are someone who loves nature then you would fall in love with this country. Australia is the country which has a park in every city and town. In short, there is always someplace green to sit and have a nice relax time. There are national parks, conservation parks, game reserves, recreation parks, wildlife protection areas, conservation reserves and marine reserves in the country. You wouldn’t have to give it a lot of thought to select a place to spend the weekend with your family. And of course, we just can’t neglect the beaches.

The healthcare system of the country is similar to the UK’s National Health which is fair and equal for all the people living in Australia. There are a number of health care organizations and private hospitals in Australia.

Lastly, about the accent which you will get familiar to after spending few days in the country and you will be all ready for Australia.

Lalani & Associates is offering a program which would help you in moving to Australia, it’s for individuals through the skilled worker immigration program; Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM). The program was launched with the initiative of “Skill Select” which would help cater the needs of the economy of Australia. The program helps the Australian government to manage who, when and in what numbers could apply for the Skilled Migration program.

Following are the programs under the Australian Immigration:

Skilled independent visa / Permanent visa:

The program is designed for individuals who are not sponsored by anyone residing in Australia. Upon gaining the visa, the individual would be allowed to work and live in Australia as a permanent residence. An applicant to become eligible for this program is to have an occupation listed on the skilled occupation list (SOL).

Skilled – Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) visa:

The applicants applying through this program will be able to live and work in specified regional areas of the country within for a period of four years. The occupation of the applicant must be listed on the consolidated sponsored occupation list (CSOL) to become eligible for the program.

Sponsored or Nominated visa:

This program is designed for applicants who are sponsored by a state or a territory government agency. The applicant would be able to live in Australia as a permanent residence and work after getting the visa. The occupation of the applicant must be listed on the consolidated sponsored occupation list (CSOL).

Eligibility criteria:

  • age must be under 39 years old
  • minimum 15 years of education
  • 3 years of relevant post qualification experience
  • Minimum of 7 bands in each component of IELTS exam

Citizenship and Residence criteria:

  • Applicant must be living in Australia on a valid visa for four years immediately before applying, also one year as a permanent residence
  • Applicant must not be absent for 1 year in the four years period including not more than 90 days in the year immediately before applying

Assessment of Eligibility:

Get your eligibility assessed by the experts of the best immigration consultants in Pakistan, Lalani & Associates. Visit our website https://lalaniassociates.com.pk/and take the Free Assessment and start your immigration process to Immigrate to Australia.

Importance of Sales Tax- A Guide

Accountant Services

Sales tax has become a big challenge for the businesses given it should be taken into consideration in both the fields of sales and purchase transactions. For instance, while selling something, a business need to ensure that it is collecting and remitting the sales tax properly. Besides, while purchasing, the business should also factor in the sales tax.

But business sales tax has become a more complex issue as the technological advances fuel the growth of ecommerce as well as allow even the small online company owners to develop the multi-state presence. These compliance complexities and the related concerns about the fair taxation, mean that sales tax has not just become the part of the daily business conversation, but it is the issue, which every business should understand.

What is sales tax?

Sales tax is a type of tax imposed by the local and state jurisdictions on the retailers for the opportunity of selling Tangible Personal Property (TPP) in the same jurisdiction. The responsibility of collecting sales tax is usually borne by the seller. In case the seller doesn’t have any minimum connection needed to charge sales tax.

Benefits of having sales tax:

In case you are undecided whether to have sales tax, then here are the details of the benefits of having sales tax:

  1. Simplicity: Income tax often becomes highly complex. There are actually various rates at which people are taxed. But sales tax actually simplifies the entire method. Here everyone needs to pay the same rate on goods. Therefore, there is no requirement of maintaining detailed records of deductions and earnings throughout a year.
  2. Additional revenue: While some people propose sales tax at the alternative to income tax, others consider it as the supplement to income tax. In fact, the sales tax adopted along with income tax offer additional revenue.
  3. Fairness: At present, people need to pay different types of rates on the taxes. But the sales tax successfully eliminates this type of seemingly arbitrary disparity. This thing charges everyone at the similar rate on the basis of what they actually consume and not on the basis of what they earn.
  4. Productivity: Some critics of the progressive income tax think that sales tax is restrictive of productivity. Where income tax places the tax on productivity, the sale tax mainly taxes on the basis of consumption. According to the proponents, this thing leads to an enhancement in the productivity by releasing the fetters.