Everyone looks forward to payday, and when the moment their payslip lands on their desk or through their letterbox, most people tear it open eagerly. Before the days of electronic payments, the pay packet was even more anticipated, with many employees given their wages in cash in a little brown envelope, with the more highly paid getting a monthly cheque. Clearly times have moved on massively since those days, but many employers are still giving out paper payslips.

In the same way that most bills and bank statements can now be accessed online, there is a strong argument for businesses to make their payslips electronic too. If you are looking for reasons why your business should be using ePayslips, then there are many.

Better accessibility

For starters, an electronic payslip is much more readily accessible to your employees, so if they are completing financial applications, for example, they will be able to source back copies of their payslips without needing to even contact the human resources department. They can print them off themselves, if necessary, or simply use them in their electronic format.

Improved information

An electronic payslip also has far more scope for added details which a traditional payslip simply doesn’t have the space for. This could include benefits, bonuses, pensions, expenses and other perks, giving your workforce the chance to really see a breakdown of their salary and extras, which can often lead to improved morale and an increased sense of worth.

The paper-free future

More and more offices and businesses are choosing to go paper free. While in reality it may not be feasible to be completely paperless, there are many ways to cut down on the amount of printing you do, with payslips at the top of the list. Even small businesses will benefit from the reduction in paperwork, and it’s an extra task you can cross off your to-do list.

Reducing costs

Cost is another big factor in the argument for ePayslips. Consider how much time is spent printing and preparing payslips, then delivering or posting them to each employee. Less administration for your payroll staff can only be a good thing.

Online 24/7

It’s great for your employees to be able to access their payslips at any time, too, without having to sort through files and paperwork. A quick look online can show them when they’ll be paid, how much, what tax and National Insurance they have paid, and if they have any issues then they can be sorted swiftly and resolved effectively.

Moving your company forward with technological developments is key in helping you make cost savings, improve efficiency and add a host of benefits for your workforce. Improvements in technology such as ePayslips are here to help businesses focus on their core activities and reduce their administrative workload. With the right attitude, the right software and the right training for the relevant staff, any business can implement an electronic payslip system quickly and easily.

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Integrating a new employee into your business does not have to be a difficult task. Assuming that you have hired an intelligent, hardworking employee, they will be eager to learn everything they can in the shortest amount of time possible and become a productive member of your team. Ensuring a smooth transition into the workplace is essential for both the employee and the rest of your team as training takes up company time and money. Therefore, your main job is to provide the new employee with all the tools and resources they need to get better acquainted with the company workforce and begin contributing to your business.

Shadowing Another Employee

This is a tried and tested method that has proved to be extremely successful and is the quickest way to get hands-on experience. Choose a manager or other responsible team member to show the new member around and introduce them to their new colleagues. Depending on the level of difficulty of the job they will be performing, you may need to extend this initial shadowing period to several days. Make sure the existing employee explains the parts of the job that are not usually discussed during the hiring process such as break times, smoking policy etc.

Organise a Company Outing

If your new employee arrived in your company via a job finder service or recruitment agency, then they will not have any existing bonds with your current workforce. Gathering your employees together outside of the workplace is essential to increase team moral and build better work relationships, and the arrival of a new team member provides a great opportunity to do this. Choose an activity that does not put pressure on the new employee such as an informal lunch or company picnic. Some employees prefer to keep their personal and professional life separate, and do not generally socialise with other team members after work. Building strong relationships between your employees will improve their work performance, so providing a little encouragement to help the more reserved team members get integrated will benefit them in the long run.

Provide Training Resources

Preparing training videos, manuals and booklets is a great way to inform new employees about company policies, mission statement, future ambitions and any other information that will be of value. A staff handbook is essential for medium and large size companies, and employees can refer to it in the future in case they need guidance on issues such as holiday entitlement, maternity leave or complaints procedure.

If you are a large company, you may want to hire somebody for the sole purpose of designing training programs and orientation procedures to integrate new employees into the workforce as soon as possible.

Training managers can also provide on-going support to existing employees and assist with personal development and employee evaluations. Ensuring that new employees feel comfortable and secure in their new position will allow them to stretch their wings and realise their full potential. A satisfied workforce is essential for the success of any business, and this applies whether they employ a staff of one thousand or a tiny workforce consisting of only five members.

Simon Morray is a highly experienced employer. He often writes about effective employee management skills and expectations.

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If you’ve taken the CCENT and passed, you might be wondering what’s next as you move towards your career goals. There are several associate layers, each of which has its own exam, and some professional certifications, as well. Below is a guide to several of these exams in a bit more detail.

CCNA

After you’ve taken the CCENT and passed it, you’ll want to take the CCNA. This exam tests you primarily in routing and switching paths. It is an associate certification that stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate, which demonstrates your ability to install, monitor, and troubleshoot infrastructure within a network. You should be able to perform the daily duties of someone in the position of a network administrator, specifically where routing and switching are concerned.

CCDA

The CCDA is a design path certification at the associate level which stands for Cisco Certified Design Associate. Those who hold this certification are able to design intricate routed and switched network infrastructure, and can do so for small and large companies. If you already have knowledge and abilities in network engineering, then this certificate will help you demonstrate your networking design background, as well. Your configuration and troubleshooting tasks as a network engineer will be greatly improved by mastering the material necessary to obtain this certification level.

CCNA Security

The CCNA Security certification is an associate level certificate stating that you are a Cisco Certified Network Associate Security. The title means that you can install and monitor virtually all of Cisco’s security technologies, and that you can perform the day-to-day activities of a network security specialist, as well as an administrator.

CCNA Wireless

For those who would rather apply their networking abilities to a wireless setting, the Cisco Certified Network Associate Wireless certification demonstrates that you can use Cisco equipment to configure, implement, and support wireless local area networks, or LANS, as well as perform the duties of a network administrator.

CCNA Voice

The Cisco Certified Network Associate Voice certification demonstrates your preparedness for a career in voice networking, and verifies your skills in managing and supporting voice networks and their various applications. You’ll have to take test 640-461 ICOMM in order to pass, and have a CCNA or CCIE Certification before taking the exam. You can also choose to be a CCNP Voice, which demonstrates your ability to operate and troubleshoot a converged IP network, work with QoS, gatekeepers, IP phones, and various voice applications and utilities.

CCNA Data Center

The Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center certification verifies your ability as a data center professional, including design, installation, and maintenance tasks. There are no prerequisites for this exam, so if working in a data center is a direction in which you’d like to take your career, this path is a great option.

CCNP Data Center

The Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center demonstrates that you are an experienced data center professional, that you intricately understand design, implementation, and troubleshooting skills as applied to a data center setting, and that you have the skills associated with the CCNA Data Center, as well. There are various prerequisites and tests you can take to obtain this certification.

CCNP

After your associate level certifications of choice are completed, you can move on to professional certification, such as the Cisco Certified Network Professional certificate. You may choose to receive additional training for this path, which you can do if you visit website information for your local training program. This tells potential employers and business partners that you are able to work with highly advanced technologies and with specialists in areas such as security, wireless, voice, and the like. You will be able to work with local and wide-area networks in various engineering capacities, such as support, system, and network engineering.

 

CCDP

 

The Cisco Certified Design Professional certification is for those who can demonstrate their ability to understand and implement network design architectures for enterprises. Intelligent network design demands that you can articulate a plan and carry through to completion a secure, multi-layered network system and extend your knowledge to virtual private networking and wireless domains, as well.

 

Beyond this there are various certifications at the professional level you can obtain in the areas of wireless, security, service provider operations, and the like. The path you take completely depends on what you hope to achieve over the course of your career. Work with a professional in the field or a mentor who can help you make the right choices for your specific path, and enjoy the benefits that added certification can afford you.

 

Travis Adams loves his IT work. He often writes about his career experience and tricks to success in the industry.

 

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Graduating from University is daunting for everyone. After three years of either blissful relaxation or constant stress, depending on how you chose to spend your time, it’s time to throw you into the deep end of the world of work. However, recent Graduates will have a harder time then those who graduated five years ago. A fifth of graduates are unemployed, work for free or are in low paying jobs six months are leaving University. It seems that nowadays a first class degree and an enthusiasm to work isn’t enough to secure you a job anywhere. Some people get lucky, or some people recognised the stalling job market and helped themselves through University, but the majority of students have come out of University expecting jobs and are met with the sound of crickets chirping. So what can you do? What’s the secret formula to getting that interview? Here are some ways to help you gain the key to locked door that is the 2013 job market.

Experience

Job sites are supposed to help the unemployed Graduate, unfortunately if you specify your criteria is to ‘Graduate Jobs’ or ‘Entry Level Jobs’ , you’ll find that most listings incredulously ask for experience. Whilst this is the opposite of ‘Entry Level’, finding a job listing that doesn’t ask for some kind of experience is the Golden Ticket of the job seekers world. Internships are the best way to get your foot in the door of the industry you eventually want to work in. Whilst internships themselves have caused controversy of late because their tendency to be unpaid, if you secure a good one then payment doesn’t compare to the experience you’ll gain and that fantastic reference on your C.V. An internship doesn’t paint the picture of the glorious full time paid with benefits job most students want after University. However, most Graduates realise after a few months of joblessness that their planned picturesque future won’t always pan out like they want without significant extra effort on their part.

The Alternatives

There are many alternatives to the typical career path for Graduates. These ventures can be even more successful as the current job vacancies are reducing for Graduates year on year. Alternatively you could start freelancing your skills, there are lots of websites where you can advertise your services to gain some extra cash. If your dream job has come up, but it’s only part-time, then don’t squander it because it doesn’t look like your planned future, many people work two part-time jobs to make ends meet. Apprenticeships, another option, are like a combined internship and a full time job, you learn whilst you work and you will be paid for your time. City and Guilds apprenticeships offer lots of different qualifications in all types of areas and apprenticeships can be offered by some of the biggest and best companies.

After University don’t despair that you won’t come out with the dream job you’ve always wanted, unfortunately the job market isn’t like your parents and you will have to work harder. However, there are lots of different ways you can accomplish your goals.

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There’s never been a better time to get into IT – the industry is booming, with more IT jobs being created year on year. It’s safe to say that almost all businesses incorporate an element of IT into their everyday work, so there’s no shortage of positions in this industry. A career in information technology can be lucrative too, with average IT salaries in the UK of around £40,000 and top salaries rising well into six figures.

Fancy taking advantage of the jobs available in this rewarding industry and harnessing your inner computer geek? Without a degree, it can seem a difficult industry to get into, but there are more ways to gain a foot in the door than you might first think.

1. Teach Yourself

There’s no better place to start than with teaching yourself! Sit yourself in front of your computer and experiment; you may be surprised at what you can do. It’s the best way to familiarise yourself with new systems and programs, and at the very least you will feel more comfortable with operating a computer. You could invest in a few IT books and try to teach yourself some basic programming, or even look online for free tutorials. Being self-taught can prove to be an asset in job interviews, as it shows your capability and determination to improve your skills in your own time.

2. Find A Mentor

Most people working in office jobs will have some element of IT knowledge, so find yourself a helpful friend with a knowledge of computers. Ask them to give you some tutorials or explain anything you’re unsure of. Don’t just stop at one friend either; different people will have different specialisms – you should be utilising the knowledge of everyone you know to gain the best all-round understanding.

3. Take A Course

This is a sure-fire way to gain knowledge and skills, plus you should come away with some sort of qualification to show for your work. You can find courses fairly easily – try your local library for basic computer courses, or look around online for more advanced ones. These days, you don’t even have to physically attend the course; you can choose to study remotely online if you prefer.

4. Use What’s Available To You

Consider your existing skills and experience in order to find your ideal entry-level role. For example, if you have gained great communications through a call centre position, why not look into an IT helpdesk position? If you have experience in administration, an IT administrator position may be for you. If you’re currently working in a non-IT-related role, why not enquire if there are any IT positions at your current company? Use whatever you have to your advantage.

5. Network

The importance of networking with other professionals should never be underestimated. Find IT people through online forums, social media and even training courses and groups. They should be able to provide you with a great understanding of what it’s really like to work in the field – so you can gain a clearer picture and can make sure that an IT job is for you.

6. Visit IT Agencies

There are thousands of recruitment agencies out there, and many specialise in this lucrative area. Get in touch! Contact as many IT agencies as possible to find out what they can do for you. Whether it’s advice, training or temporary or permanent job opportunities, an IT recruitment agency could provide you with a fantastic foot in the door of the IT industry.

This guest post was written by Emma Williams for Aim Hire Recruitment, a leading supplier of specialist IT service management resources.

 Aim Hire Recruitment links to: http://www.aimhirerecruitment.com/

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