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How to Inspire Innovation Within Your Business

Today’s digitized and technology-influenced world demands that CEOs and managers must navigate a “new landscape of work” – one that requires a significant change in strategies for nurturing talent and inspiring creativity. Networking tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Glassdoor, etc. enable people to easily find details about an organization’s culture at the touch of a button. This means that leaders need to up their game in ensuring that the work environment where their workers operate in inspires experimentation and creativity. Talk to psychologists, business leaders or analysts these days, and you will realize that a creative workforce is a necessity in today’s complex work environment and this is largely due to the following factors: Business organizations that are driving for growth are entering new markets and consequently, competition is coming thick and fast. Emerging technologies (think Artificial Intelligence, Big Data/Analytics, Internet of Things, Blockchain, etc.) are reinventing the nature of work. Employees are looking for more meaning and purpose in their work and being more creative helps them feel more confident and innovative. An employee will always need new skills and the ability to continuously learn and adapt to the above-mentioned conditions. To be successful in this ever-changing digital age, workers need to generate new ideas, solve tough problems, and think outside the box. Google, for instance, is a strong supporter of creativity in the workplace, and it demonstrated this by creating a “20%” program that gives its developers permission to spend 20% of their work hours on a creative project of their own. In fact, the policy works well, with some of the best products of Google such as Gmail, Google Suggest, Google News originating from the program. Creativity in the workplace is hot but often relies on a few factors, similar to a ‘block party’. Here are some of the ways that managers and CEOs can inspire creativity in the workplace. Design A Culture Fit That Inspires Creativity In order to inspire creativity among employees, leaders must ensure that the organization’s culture favours it. CEOs and managers need to understand that work culture is like a personality – it…

Cyber Security Insights from Four Experts You Can Trust

Welcome to the future. Here’s your smartphone, smartwatch, connected house, and a printer that’s part of your automated, networked workflows. Also, it turns out that human nature changes more slowly than technology, so don’t forget to pick up your IT security solution. Security breaches have always been top of mind. That’s why Xerox builds security into its hardware and services. Chief information officers (CISOs) flock to events like Black Hat in order stay up to date on information security research, development, and trends. Some of what you will hear there is available here. What follows are insights and advice from information security experts at Xerox, McAfee and Cisco. Security experts address today’s top security concerns and what to do about them Alissa Johnson: IOT security is a mission impossible Xerox CISO Alissa Johnson (Dr. Jay) says that when you look for a particular problem, you will miss other things that you’re supposed to notice. The “adversary” — hackers and cyber thieves — know what you’re looking for, so they send things into your infrastructure that you’re not looking for. Or, at least, cleverly disguised as something you want. The lesson of the moon-walking bear warns us that even security professionals will miss something they’re not looking for. At the two-minute mark in this video, Dr. Jay explains. Dr. Jay, outlines three proactive security measures that you can do right now to spot the adversary. Hunting: Assume you’re compromised; take the offense. Breaches are based on three things; a visible IP, an open port, and a vulnerable service. Focus your efforts there. Zero Trust Model: Our innate nature is to trust and love. Think in terms of whitelisting instead of trusting. Whitelisting means someone asks permission to access before you grant the ability to access the network. The default can no longer be that if you’re in the network, then you are trusted. Trust must be earned. Cognitive security. Allow products to do things for us. Also known as advanced automation, it’s the most disruptive part of proactive measure. Allow systems to think and do. Right now they think and learn…

Space Saving Technology For Work And Home Offices

You have heard the mantra: increase productivity to increase profits. There are hundreds of books that discuss how to increase productivity, but did you know that by implementing a few space saving technologies for both a work and a home office, you reap the benefits of a more productive office space and hence, a more profitable work environment? A survey of a little more than 2,000 professionals discovered a strong relationship between the design of a work space and employee productivity. Professionals that had a say in the design of a work space and made the decision to maximize the amount of space used to perform work-related tasks were more satisfied with their work environments. Other studies have linked worker satisfaction to improved business performance. Let’s look at a few simple ways to incorporate design and electronic technology into the creation of space saving work and home offices The Move to Open Space Plans Forget placing corridors and dividers to separate office spaces. Instead, embrace the trend of creating open office space plans that foster collaboration and enhance communication. According to research performed by Kahler Slater, about 75% of offices located in the United States have introduced some type of open office space design. In 2014, real estate brokerage company CBRE got rid of desks and instead, placed couches and sofas inside a large space to create a work “neighborhood. The trend towards adding open office space plans has not translated to the same concept at home, where most offices continue to operate behind closed doors. Since telecommuting has become an integral part of our work routine, the same open plan for work offices should be the norm for home offices moving forward. When it comes to both work and home office spaces, the mantra for the future will be “less is more.” Smallbiz expert @RamonRay explains why. Out with PCs, In with Notepads The traditional office typically contained a large personal computer that required a monitor, keyboard, speakers, and an assortment of additional space clogging electronic devices. Advanced technology has made it practical to connect a notepad or a…

Six Ways to Growth by Thinking Differently about Your Business

In the age of digital disruption, every company needs to think differently about their business – both to grow beyond their core markets, and to head off competition from new entrants. But often the exact skills that helped companies succeed in the past prevent them from finding success in the future. At Xerox, we have reinvented the company multiple times as technologies and markets change over time. While today’s chapter in our history is still being written, we have found several ways to think differently about our business. These six insights may be helpful to other companies with a similar need to transform and grow beyond their core business. Focus on what your customers want, not what you make Your customers buy from you for a variety of reasons, the most important is that you help them achieve the outcomes they want. But it’s all too easy to lose sight of that, and focus only on improving your product or service to keep up with competitors. This tunnel vision can prevent you from helping your customers achieve their outcomes in new and better ways, and exposes you to new entrants that have figured this out. With this mindset, you focus on how to deliver your core value to your customers in new ways. For instance, auto manufacturers will still be around in the future, but they are starting to define themselves as “mobility services companies.” They will increasingly deliver transportation as a service that meets the needs of young people who have little interest in car ownership. When you think about Xerox, it’s not wrong to think “Xerox makes printers.” But Xerox is not just a printer company. Fundamentally Xerox has always helped customers with work – using or inventing the best technologies of each age. Printing, scanning, and managing documents are key components of work, but only a subset of all the activities that define work. It is critical for us to understand how our customers define work. Our office customers don’t just want to print; they want to automate workflows and accelerate decisions and revenue. So we created…

4 Things Your Remote Teams Wish You Knew

Innovation isn’t always about the tools we use at work. Just as often, it’s about the way we work. As more and more businesses begin to appreciate the benefits of enabling their employees to work remotely, the size of the remote workforce is approaching record numbers. It’s easy to understand why. The idea of breaking free from the 9-to-5 mold is the goal of many an office worker. Being able to work where, and in many cases, when they want makes for a happier and more satisfied worker. Millennials, in particular, are embracing this change to the status quo, so it makes sense to consider this option when recruiting them (and you should definitely be recruiting them). But with rapid growth like this comes an inevitable learning curve. There is no handbook for how a remote office should operate; no precise guideline for what percentage of the team should work this way, or for what percentage of the workweek. Business owners who embrace flexible and remote work options are pioneering a new way to work. Due to the innovative nature of remote offices, best practices for managing remote teams effectively are constantly evolving. At Xerox, we spend our days talking to business owners, managers and employees just like you. Don’t you forget about me! Here’s the innovative technology you need to stay connected to your virtual teams & provide a full in-office experience from anywhere Here are the top four things your remote workers want their teammates to know: It’s Any Time, Not All the Time The flexibility of working remotely is one of the largest draws for most employees. But their in-office counterparts would do well to remember that simply because today’s mobile work tools make it possible to work from anywhere, at any time, doesn’t mean that virtual employees don’t struggle to balance work and home life just like anyone else. It makes sense that they want the same freedom as other employees to say no to meetings, phone calls or emails that take place well outside normal working hours. They also have the reasonable expectation of being able…

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