Internalized Stress

“Stress at work is common, but it shouldn’t come from employee relationships”

Dealing with stress arising from the tidal push and pull of working with other people should not be detrimental to the work that you are trying to achieve.

If you are encountering resistance or friction from co-workers; whether they see it a perceived jostle for position or they feel the need to scramble to be seen by the higher management, that insecurity comes from within them – not you and you should rise above it.

Inspiring, no BS, Spartan founder Joe De Sena has a simple 1,2,3 format for dealing with this. His advice – TRANSPARENCY

  1. Talk directly– what are you afraid of? Say what you need to say, right to the point, don’t beat around the bush, address the issue right out.
  2. Don’t talk if they are not there – simple really. Don’t waste time and energy talking about someone unless they are there to hear it. If you can’t say it to their face, don’t say it.
  3. Get shit done! Just get on with it and stop allowing others to tie you up with their negative energy. 
Remember we are all here to work and achieve the mission that the company has challenged us to achieve. Don’t let internal workplace stress take over and deflect you from the goal.

Software as a Service (SaaS) providing Solutions

In case you are unaware, for many of us now, working remotely or ‘offsite’ is made possible by working in the cloud. The tools that enable us to be effective in this work are SaaS or Software as a Solution which is essentially the distribution model of internet hosted applications which are used on a subscription model.

What are the benefits of SaaS?

SaaS offers many potential advantages over the traditional models of business software installation – trialling, buying, installing, licensing and updating.

Some of the advantages are:

  • Lower up-front cost – SaaS is normally subscription-based and has no up-front licence fees resulting in lower initial costs and ease of adoption.
  • Quick set up and deployment – SaaS application is already installed and configured in the cloud.
  • Easy upgrades – The SaaS providers deal with hardware and software updates, deploying upgrades centrally to the hosted applications and removing this workload and responsibility from you.
  • Accessibility – All you need is a browser and an internet connection. This is generally available on a wide range of devices and from anywhere in the world, making SaaS more accessible than the traditional business software installation.
  • Scalability – SaaS providers generally offer many subscription options and flexibility to change subscriptions as and when needed.

Negatives?

There are some disadvantages for sure – no access if network coverage is poor, slower speeds than installed software but the biggest gripe I hear is the lack of ownership and the perceived passing of oftentimes sensitive information to the control of others.

What happens to my data if I end my subscription? Who owns the information? Will my client data be secure?

These are valid questions especially in light of recent data breaches and security issues globally. The reply we give is double edged, lesser of two evils really.

You need this particular software and the options are:

  1. Cloud access – outbound traffic from devices, desktops, mobile etc to a portion of your business information that enables operations
  2. Internal hosting on servers – inbound traffic through a VPN from the same mobile devices but also opening up the risk of accessibility to all other business information hosted on the same servers by hackers.

We always prefer Option 1 and that’s without going into the cost considerations of internal network, bandwidth, IT services etc.

SAAS

The norm in software is becoming SaaS for most operational management, which is why we refer to it as Software as a Solution (SaaSaaS is a bit longwinded).

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Finding the right software to provide you with the solution comes from identifying the requirements and needs of your business first. That is where we come into the picture. We can help you find the right fit, chose your SaaS solution and develop the system to work for you.

Get in touch with us for more information or to set up a meeting.

Resource Management

Regardless of how simple, complex, large or small your project is you will need resources in order to complete it.

A resource is any material, machine, person or software that is integral to the success of your project. Ensuring you have the right resource at the right time and place that it is needed is where resource management comes into play.

What do you need?

People to manage and fulfill tasks

Machinery, tools and vehicles to enable them to carry out work

Raw materials, components and supplies that make up the product or service.

Where do you need it?

Usually at the project worksite or manufacturing facility however the transport and logistics behind getting everything to your location as you require it is part of resource management.

How many are required?

Goes without saying whether it is 1 or 100 of anything you still have to know “how many are required?” This comes from experience and knowledge of your particular field.

You also need to consider the productivity (of human resources especially) level in resource management. There’s no point in throwing all your equipment and people at a task and having 50% not being utilized.

When do you need it?

Obviously referring to your project schedule you will have a fair idea of when you physically need your resources in place. It is worth bearing in mind you will also need to note any mobilization time necessary to get your resource to where you want them when you want them – this is your “lead time” when it applies to materials & machinery; “availability” or “workload” when it comes to staff & subcontractors.

Ultimately efficiency & productivity in any project will be a reflection of how well resources are being allocated and managed.