Dell’s BYOD campaign aims to increase workplace productivity

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There is no denying that today’s world is heavily connected – almost everyone has some form of internet-connected device, be it a phone, laptop or tablet. Dell’s newest campaign for workplace innovation drives to increase productivity from this connectivity.

Dubbed the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) campaign, the company aims to enlighten businesses across the world on how using a device from home not only increases productivity, but also wants to demonstrate the scheme’s potential in improving working life for all. Dell quotes that BYOD could extend productivity hours by 460 a year per employee, as the scheme would allow each employee to bring their projects home in addition to developing them in the workplace.

However, embracing a BYOD scheme does not come without its risks. Of course, by allowing your employees to bring their own devices into the workplace, you could open up your business to potential dangers. For example, computers infected with malware could cause huge amounts of damage if your network is not sufficiently protected. Dell has further encouraged businesses to take up BYOD by providing ways to guard against these dangers. Dell is launching Mobility Solutions, which, according to the company will allow businesses to “welcome employee-owned devices in the workplace without putting company data at risk”.

Previously, companies would secure their networks by providing devices for their employees to use, controlling what these devices could access and regularly checking them for harmful data. Dell’s Mobility Solutions will allow devices into business networks securely, where protected resources can be accessed to aid with business tasks. This means a great change for businesses that formerly provided working devices – rather than paying for these devices to be provided, employees can bring their devices from home with ease.

Dell’s Mobility Solutions will also provide “complete endpoint protection, secures company and customer data, and supports the system disk and external media”. This means while there will be many devices accessing potentially sensitive business data including customer information, this can all be securely held, with no risk of this data being accidentally leaked or lost. Loss of data can be a real headache for many businesses, so this protection will prove invaluable to those using BYOD in the workplace.

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Screenshot from Dell’s BYOD Infographic

The company also wants to improve the way that devices function while being used in the workplace – Mobility Solutions provides  Desktop Virtualization, which allows connected computer devices such as laptops to sync with company services and receive a workplace version of system OS, files and media straight from the cloud. Employees can then get on with their work as if they were using an office desktop. This data is kept on secure servers, so business information is not vulnerable.

Dell have created a brand-new infographic which is called Bring Your Own Device Derek, which explains the BYOD concept in more detail.

 

We worked with Dell in creating this post. The words and opinions above are ours, however this should be considered a ‘sponsored post’. Image courtesy of Patrick Quinn-Graham.

Office essentials: Dymo Touch Screen LabelManager 500TS

Whether you work in a busy office or have a booming eBay business at home, the Dymo touch screen label maker, otherwise known as the LabelManager 500TS, is sure to make your life easier. The time it will save you in editing, printing and cutting labels is worth its weight in gold, or at the very least save you from tearing your hair out whilst you try to print off multiple labels at once.

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The touch screen interface is easy to use and means you can quickly edit your label before it is printed. There is also the option to add special fonts and clip art. The 300dpi resolution will clearly show any graphics and fonts in crystal clear clarity. There are also a range of built-in symbols to choose between to further personalise your work.

The automatic label cutter is a real boon, and will not only save you time, but it will also eliminate any costly mistakes that may be made when manually cutting and sizing your labels.

Compatible with either a PC or Mac, you can also use the label printer without connecting it to a computer thanks to its rechargeable battery pack. The clever device is capable of printing a wide variety of DYMO D1 labels in 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 19mm and 24mm widths.

The Dymo LabelManager 500TS – which prints twice as fast as any other previous Dymo label maker – is available from most stationary shops or online at the company’s website. The recommended retail price for the LabelManager is £197.99.

For more information on how your label-printing life could be made easier, visit www.dymo.com.

Work Rights iPhone app review

Two and a half million unemployed. More redundancies to come. Families going hungry. Don’t worry – there’s an app for that. Work Rights is an iPhone app that has been designed by barristers to help ensure employers are treating their staff right – and that no-one is wrongly dismissed.

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The app is basically a tool to help workers identify employment rights relevant to their situation. You chose the big button labelled “Start” to begin, and then there’s a simple questionnaire full of tick-box or Yes-or-No questions.

It works like a question-based consultation, with the app taking over the role of an expensive solicitor. You’ll be asked questions surrounding issues such as unfair redundancy, dismissal or harassment or discrimination in the workplace. The whole process should take no more than 10 minutes.

While answering questions is as easy as tapping the screen, understanding them can be a little more difficult. Fortunately, the app includes a technical glossary for giving precise meanings for work rights-based jargon. From the definition of “Employee” to “Constructively Dismissed”, the range of definitions is quite broad.

After completing the questionnaire, the app helps identify whether or not a claim can be made. If so, it’ll present the user with the information that identifies the key components of that claim.  It’ll also offer compensation and damages information, which, if we’re honest, was our favourite bit.

Users can then use this information to fill out a claim form at a Citizens Advice Bureau – without the help of a £500/hour lawyer.

If you’re not interested in going through the consultation, the app is still pretty useful as a jargon-buster. It only takes one tap to open the technical dictionary inside the app – it’s right on the front page. From there, a whole world of definitions are at your fingertips.

It’s got all five-star reviews at iTunes (although there have only been two), and it’s also free, which is nice.