On April 17 @shrmnextchat chatted with @DrDianeHamilton, #SHRM19 speaker, nationally syndicated radio host, leadership speaker and author of “Cracking the Curiosity Code,” and Creator of Curiosity Code Index to talk about How to Create Cultures of Curiosity. If you missed this excellent #Nextchat filled with great advice for organizations to encourage more curiosity and innovation, you can read all the tweets HERE or below:
Weston Pate, LPCThe decision to pursue LPQ or LPC certification through the Loss Prevention Foundation means that soon you will be able to achieve better results in your organization and in your professional life. But between that decision and the credential after your name lies just a little work in the form of comprehensive loss prevention courses.Weston Pate, LPC, zone manager, asset and profit protection for Kmart, knows how much hard work must go into the LPC curriculum. In the recent Certification column in the September-October issue of LP Magazine, Pate shares his experience as a working LP professional who elected to pursue certification. In the column, Pate talks about the benefits he has seen on an organizational and personal level since taking the course:“I think that one of the biggest benefits I have seen is the ability to speak to certain parts of the business better, such as supply chain, and I also have seen interest from my peers and my direct reports now that they see the LPC credential on my signature. I believe this has been a great benefit because if others take the course, then they too will be better equipped to drive better results.”Pate also points out how comprehensive the loss prevention courses in the certification process are:- Sponsor – “It’s very comparable to my college coursework and takes the same level of discipline and self-motivation to complete. This is something that you have to motivate yourself to do, and the feeling you get once you have completed the coursework and final exam is amazing.”Check out “Drive Better Results in Your Company and Career” to read the full column and learn how the certification process can change the way an LP professional approaches his job. You can also visit the Table of Contents for the September-October 2016 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
For organizations needing accounting software to stay current on their affairs, QuickBooks has long been a popular program and the most widely used software among small businesses. Remote access capabilities, improved metrics for SMBs, remote payroll assistance, electronic payments, online banking, mapping features and marketing options through Google, and improved e-mail functionality through Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express can give entrepreneurs a variety of tools to help them succeed under a single platform.Similarly, tablets are quickly becoming the go-to device for smaller teams that may need to complete tasks in and around a store, warehouse, or multi-use office in addition to offsite work. Together, the hardware and software can be a powerful pairing. But, it’s crucial to understand the reach and limitations of QuickBooks on mobile. To gain a better perspective of performance, Intel commissioned Prowess Consulting to put multiple devices running QuickBooks to the test.Prowess Consulting evaluated QuickBooks options for mobile users and examined the software’s capabilities and user experience on a range of mobile devices. The QuickBooks user experience varies notably between different mobile device platforms. Of the devices Prowess tested—the Dell™ Venue™ 11 Pro, the Samsung® Galaxy Note® 10.1, and the Apple® iPad Air™—they concluded that the mobile device best suited for productive QuickBooks use was the Dell Venue 11 Pro powered by an Intel processor and running Windows* 8.1.The tests conducted on the three tablets included basic mobile tasks like comprehensive reporting, standard banking, along with importing data and exporting data. Using the Dell Venue 11 Pro, users were able to create a greater amount of reports and get deeper customer insight. Customer service saw improvement, too, with twice as many ways to access richer features, functions, and customer data. Plus, QuickBooks data was better leveraged by exporting it as an Excel spreadsheet available for use anywhere with Windows* 8.If you’re a small business owner looking to stay productive by using QuickBooks on a mobile device, be sure to review your options before purchasing. And be sure to keep an eye on the variety of services available in the market as cloud services may soon disrupt traditional accounting software.For more on the Prowess QuickBooks study, head to “Do More with Intuit® QuickBooks®” to read the full text and view the infograhic for a more detailed overview.