Work from home

April 16, 2008
Smaller companies are struggling to match big organisations in regard to working from home, one expert has said.
Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK, noted that in some cases, big companies even offer incentives to encourage their employees to work from home.
According to Mr Flaxton, BT is a good example of a company that uses flexible working schemes.It provides “tremendous cost savings” to the business, he stated.However, Mr Flaxton remarked that small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) “find it harder” to accommodate such moves.
“It’s not really the norm to be able to provide all of this,” he said, but noted that it is likely to become more popular in the future, due to the cost savings involved in such schemes.
A survey by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform revealed that more female employees request to work flexibly than their male colleagues.
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Empresas obrigadas a controlar o peso dos seus colaboradores

April 8, 2008

Pode parecer uma medida um pouco estranha, se tivermos em conta que os japoneses são conhecidos pelos hábitos de vida saudáveis e pelos elevados índices de longevidade.

Mas a verdade é que estas ideias pré-concebidas estão realmente a mudar. Tanto, que o Governo Japonês decidiu obrigar as empresas do país a controlarem a medida da cintura dos colaboradores que tenham mais de 40 anos de idade.

O objectivo é evitar o aumento do número de japoneses com peso acima do normal.Assim, os colaboradores do sexo masculino que tenham a medida da cintura superior a 85 centímetros, tal como as mulheres que tenham mais de 90 centímetros de cintura serão considerados grupos de alto risco. De acordo com os especialistas japoneses estas pessoas são portadoras da síndrome metabólica.

Isto significa que estes funcionários têm uma maior probabilidade de vir a sofrer de problemas cardíacos, tensão alta ou, em casos mais graves serem alvo de um AVC.

A síndrome metabólica foi identificada em 2005 por investigadores de várias especialidades médicas – diabetes, obesidade e arteriosclerose – que, em conjunto, estabeleceram um padrão, por forma a controlar os comportamentos de risco.

A obesidade, o sedentarismo e uma alimentação pouco saudável são factores responsáveis pelo aumento do colesterol e, por conseguinte, de doenças cardio- vasculares. Após as empresas sinalizarem os casos mais importantes, os colaboradores deverão ser vistos por um médico que lhes fará um plano, com o objectivo de mudar os seus hábitos de vida: a alimentação saudável e o exercício físico são dois dos aspectos essenciais que os funcionários deverão incluir na sua rotina diária.

Reduzir em 10% o número de colaboradores com peso acima do normal nas empresas, é a meta que o Executivo japonês estipulou até 2012.

Apesar de algumas empresas se mostrarem surpreendidas com esta medida, a verdade é que no Japão tem vindo a aumentar o número de pessoas obesas.

Recorde-se que neste país, as doenças cardiovasculares são a segunda causa de morte mais frequente, ultrapassada apenas pelo cancro.

A nova medida do Governo entra em vigor já no mês de Abril de 2008.

Publicado em New@This por Nuno Batista

Empresas obrigadas a controlar o peso dos seus colaboradores

April 8, 2008

Pode parecer uma medida um pouco estranha, se tivermos em conta que os japoneses são conhecidos pelos hábitos de vida saudáveis e pelos elevados índices de longevidade.

Mas a verdade é que estas ideias pré-concebidas estão realmente a mudar. Tanto, que o Governo Japonês decidiu obrigar as empresas do país a controlarem a medida da cintura dos colaboradores que tenham mais de 40 anos de idade.

O objectivo é evitar o aumento do número de japoneses com peso acima do normal.Assim, os colaboradores do sexo masculino que tenham a medida da cintura superior a 85 centímetros, tal como as mulheres que tenham mais de 90 centímetros de cintura serão considerados grupos de alto risco. De acordo com os especialistas japoneses estas pessoas são portadoras da síndrome metabólica.

Isto significa que estes funcionários têm uma maior probabilidade de vir a sofrer de problemas cardíacos, tensão alta ou, em casos mais graves serem alvo de um AVC.

A síndrome metabólica foi identificada em 2005 por investigadores de várias especialidades médicas – diabetes, obesidade e arteriosclerose – que, em conjunto, estabeleceram um padrão, por forma a controlar os comportamentos de risco.

A obesidade, o sedentarismo e uma alimentação pouco saudável são factores responsáveis pelo aumento do colesterol e, por conseguinte, de doenças cardio- vasculares. Após as empresas sinalizarem os casos mais importantes, os colaboradores deverão ser vistos por um médico que lhes fará um plano, com o objectivo de mudar os seus hábitos de vida: a alimentação saudável e o exercício físico são dois dos aspectos essenciais que os funcionários deverão incluir na sua rotina diária.

Reduzir em 10% o número de colaboradores com peso acima do normal nas empresas, é a meta que o Executivo japonês estipulou até 2012.

Apesar de algumas empresas se mostrarem surpreendidas com esta medida, a verdade é que no Japão tem vindo a aumentar o número de pessoas obesas.

Recorde-se que neste país, as doenças cardiovasculares são a segunda causa de morte mais frequente, ultrapassada apenas pelo cancro.

A nova medida do Governo entra em vigor já no mês de Abril de 2008.

Publicado em New@This por Nuno Batista

New@This

April 8, 2008
Visitem um dos meus blogs, o New@This em
http://nbnewatthis.blogspot.com/
New@This é um blog que aborda diversas temáticas, nomeadamente Marketing, Economia, Gestão e Actualidade. Deixe o seu comentário.
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Visit one of my blogs, the New@This at
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New@This is a blog (in Portuguese) that develops several thematic, like Marketing, Economics, Management and Actualities. Please navigate and leave your comments.
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New@This

April 8, 2008
Visitem um dos meus blogs, o New@This em
http://nbnewatthis.blogspot.com/
New@This é um blog que aborda diversas temáticas, nomeadamente Marketing, Economia, Gestão e Actualidade. Deixe o seu comentário.
Powered by Nuno Batista.

Visit one of my blogs, the New@This at
http://nbnewatthis.blogspot.com/
New@This is a blog (in Portuguese) that develops several thematic, like Marketing, Economics, Management and Actualities. Please navigate and leave your comments.
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Which Community Do You Live In?

April 8, 2008
Economists think about reality in terms of markets. In practice, a market is just an abstraction, and drawing the limits of markets out of actual information is a difficult task.
Consider the social networking market today and one can easily conclude that the rate of change makes it difficult to actual put boundaries around the definitions of “the market”.
Systemically speaking, some well differentiated markets are transformed into new ones, because of changes in the technology and the demand that cause the products or services of the original markets to end up by serving identical needs to the same customers. In such a situation, firms are faced with big opportunities and big potential drawbacks. Example: How many people are networked to the same people in different networks? How many businesses do you know that are leveraging the reach and richness of the social web?
Those that is able to correctly foresee the future developments can gain an important head start and position themselves so as to obtain an important competitive advantage. On the other hand, making irreversible investments in the wrong technology can seriously threaten the competitive position of a firm. Thus the dilemma for today’s operators of social networks and uninformed business leaders that consider the social web as a fad.
New markets are formed by visionaries who can see beyond the chaos and complexities of the day. Visionaries formulate strategies for creating products and services that are driven by the natural phenomena of convergence and demand for improved performance by end users. So step back from what you think the market definition is today and define what you believe it will become tomorrow. Just think about movements like OpenSocial, Doc Searls VRM and the current craze for new video technologies. Collectively the meaning of all this goes way beyond what we are experiencing today.

Technology is Converging
There are different technological segments
currently operating independently but on the fringe of convergence. Consider what is happening in the telecommunications industry. Mobile devices have advanced to the point of enabling users to watch live and on demand broadcast, receive emails, surf the net and now the fastest growing mobile applications are aimed at social networking. Mobile devices have a shelf life of six months only to be replaced by a newer version having increased functionality. Information and communications technologies are advancing faster than ever before.
Now consider on line social computing technologies. Look at the rate of new applications flowing out of Facebook, the rate that new networking platforms are appearing on the market, the grow of YouTube as a defacto online broadcasting medium, digital content is exploding, new developments are being announced daily and users are having difficulty keeping up. This growth has regulators concerned about privacy issues, abuse concerns and of course fulfilling their perceived position of protecting the citizens from abuses. When you follow the threads of forums discussing the current “market noise of social networks” common themes from the user’s perspective are becoming clear. These include:
1 – “I am getting tired of all this networking”
2 – “I am being invited to join yet another network from people I am already networked with”
3 – “What do we really gain from all this networking”
4 – “I wish networks would network with each other thus making my life easier”
5 – “I am in way to many communities and all this is a distraction from real work”
6 – What Video application enables me the greatest function, features and easy of use?
7 – Which community should I focus on?
8 – How do I create returns from all the time I spend on this stuff?
9 – How does one keep up with the rapid changes, it is crazy out there”
10 – When will all this make sense and be easier?
Convergence usually comes from outside an existing system and led by those watching the fringes. Our conclusion is that the obvious is starring us all in the face but the chaos of the moment distracts us from seeing the obvious. We are in fact the community but for now we have to jump from one community to another to effectively converse, share and collaborate. Tomorrow we will individually be the “community” and we’ll be empowered to choose who, what and when others participate in “our space”.
From our perspective convergence is not a question of will it happen but rather an issue of when. The sooner the better for the end users. In the end we, the users, will gain more control over our time. The technology will enable us to consolidate our activities, participation and empower us to be our own broadcast stations with affinity channels that we leverage for “your attention and the attention of others”.
When will this happen? The ripples of change are already forming waves. Can you see it or are you drowning in the “choices of the moment”?
Source: The Relashionship Economy. Published by Nuno Batista in Blogger.

Which Community Do You Live In?

April 8, 2008
Economists think about reality in terms of markets. In practice, a market is just an abstraction, and drawing the limits of markets out of actual information is a difficult task.
Consider the social networking market today and one can easily conclude that the rate of change makes it difficult to actual put boundaries around the definitions of “the market”.
Systemically speaking, some well differentiated markets are transformed into new ones, because of changes in the technology and the demand that cause the products or services of the original markets to end up by serving identical needs to the same customers. In such a situation, firms are faced with big opportunities and big potential drawbacks. Example: How many people are networked to the same people in different networks? How many businesses do you know that are leveraging the reach and richness of the social web?
Those that is able to correctly foresee the future developments can gain an important head start and position themselves so as to obtain an important competitive advantage. On the other hand, making irreversible investments in the wrong technology can seriously threaten the competitive position of a firm. Thus the dilemma for today’s operators of social networks and uninformed business leaders that consider the social web as a fad.
New markets are formed by visionaries who can see beyond the chaos and complexities of the day. Visionaries formulate strategies for creating products and services that are driven by the natural phenomena of convergence and demand for improved performance by end users. So step back from what you think the market definition is today and define what you believe it will become tomorrow. Just think about movements like OpenSocial, Doc Searls VRM and the current craze for new video technologies. Collectively the meaning of all this goes way beyond what we are experiencing today.

Technology is Converging
There are different technological segments
currently operating independently but on the fringe of convergence. Consider what is happening in the telecommunications industry. Mobile devices have advanced to the point of enabling users to watch live and on demand broadcast, receive emails, surf the net and now the fastest growing mobile applications are aimed at social networking. Mobile devices have a shelf life of six months only to be replaced by a newer version having increased functionality. Information and communications technologies are advancing faster than ever before.
Now consider on line social computing technologies. Look at the rate of new applications flowing out of Facebook, the rate that new networking platforms are appearing on the market, the grow of YouTube as a defacto online broadcasting medium, digital content is exploding, new developments are being announced daily and users are having difficulty keeping up. This growth has regulators concerned about privacy issues, abuse concerns and of course fulfilling their perceived position of protecting the citizens from abuses. When you follow the threads of forums discussing the current “market noise of social networks” common themes from the user’s perspective are becoming clear. These include:
1 – “I am getting tired of all this networking”
2 – “I am being invited to join yet another network from people I am already networked with”
3 – “What do we really gain from all this networking”
4 – “I wish networks would network with each other thus making my life easier”
5 – “I am in way to many communities and all this is a distraction from real work”
6 – What Video application enables me the greatest function, features and easy of use?
7 – Which community should I focus on?
8 – How do I create returns from all the time I spend on this stuff?
9 – How does one keep up with the rapid changes, it is crazy out there”
10 – When will all this make sense and be easier?
Convergence usually comes from outside an existing system and led by those watching the fringes. Our conclusion is that the obvious is starring us all in the face but the chaos of the moment distracts us from seeing the obvious. We are in fact the community but for now we have to jump from one community to another to effectively converse, share and collaborate. Tomorrow we will individually be the “community” and we’ll be empowered to choose who, what and when others participate in “our space”.
From our perspective convergence is not a question of will it happen but rather an issue of when. The sooner the better for the end users. In the end we, the users, will gain more control over our time. The technology will enable us to consolidate our activities, participation and empower us to be our own broadcast stations with affinity channels that we leverage for “your attention and the attention of others”.
When will this happen? The ripples of change are already forming waves. Can you see it or are you drowning in the “choices of the moment”?
Source: The Relashionship Economy. Published by Nuno Batista in Blogger.