How To Prepare For Upcoming 2017 LinkedIn Changes

LinkedIn has announced a redesign of the desktop user interface. The rollout has begun at the end of 2016 and will continue at the beginning of 2017. This update is anticipated to be the largest redesign since the inception of the website. The goal is to align the desktop and LinkedIn mobile app experience.
Industry experts suggest a few simple precautionary steps to protect your valuable LinkedIn data before upcoming changes are made to the networking platform. LinkedIn has avid users in the slight panic as they prepare for the “soon to come” changes that the popular networking site has promised for 2017. It is better to take steps sooner as LinkedIn is famous for its small updates ahead of the main site changes.

 

  1. Archive your data — Archive your LinkedIn data by creating a .csv format file of your LinkedIn account. This will secure your contacts, email inbox, positions, profile, and connections. When you ask for an archive of your data, you will receive a complete “data dump” that will include not only your profile information, but also a spreadsheet with the names of your first-level connections, as well their current companies, titles, and primary LinkedIn email addresses. To receive this archive directly go to privacy and settings.
    Click on your photo in the upper right hand corner of your LinkedIn profile. Click “Manage” next to “Privacy & Settings” in the drop down menu. Select “Getting an archive of your data” to open another dropdown menu. “Fast file” includes selected information from your account and “fast file with other data” includes account activity and history. Choose your option and click “Request archive”. Enter your password and click “Done.” You will receive a notification email that includes a download link.
  2. Create a PDF for your profile — A PDF of your current profile is an excellent way to ensure that you retain all of the information that you have gathered during your time using LinkedIn, including the valuable recommendations that you have received from other companies and connections. In addition to creating a PDF, it is a good idea to also print a copy for your records. To make a PDF of the written content on your profile, go to “edit profile”, “view profile as,” then select, and save as a PDF. You should use the same tactic to also create a PDF for your company page. An alternative way to protect this vital information is to use the browser print function; it is important to note that the latter method will also save, and subsequently print, any of the visual components on your profile or company page.
  3. Import Notes and Tags — This step is for any holder who has upgraded to Sales Navigator. If so, make sure that you take advantage of the current notes and tags features by transferring all pertinent information. According to industry reports, LinkedIn is contemplating getting rid of Advanced Search, Notes and Tags Features on Profiles, Exporting out connections into an Excel or CSV file by March 2017, which means that you shouldn’t delay. These features will be removed from the basic and premium LinkedIn plan by March 31st, 2017.

For more information:

https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/linkedin-profile-changes-2017
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-prepare-upcoming-linkedin-changes-2017-julbert-abraham-mba

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How to organise work in the most effective way during travel disruptions

Southern railway and London tube’s strikes that occur frequently have an impact not only on our everyday activity, but most importantly on our ability to get to work on time or even at all. According to the law, usually staff are not paid for travel delays; however, some companies could offer discretionary payments for travel disruption.


Today let’s talk about the best ways to organise the workforce in the situation of public transport cancellations.

  • Flexibility and work from home

Due to bad weather and train cancellations’ an employer could suggest to its staff working from home. It could be a win-win situation for both. Using laptops and smartphones from home do not influence on working activity. Employees still can meet deadlines, stay safe at home and even save time and money.

  • Smart planning

Consider reviewing policy and predict all possible scenarios. The best option for a company is to include all force majeure situations “bad weather conditions”, “public transport disruptions” etc. into the company’s policy. As a result in the case of such occasions the employee will know how to act and the employer will protect itself and their staff.

  • Lone working app

MyTeamSafe is specifically designed to simply keep the business in control (www.myteamsafe.com). It is a quick to set up and simple to operate application with a range of affordable subscriptions that provides the whole organisation with a comprehensive, flexible and robust safety solution. You can choose and adjust any strategy that is suitable for the Company. Staff must regularly check-in. Late check-ins are audited, monitored and escalated using app notifications, emails and text (SMS). What is more, a central web dashboard allows you to manage and monitor users as well as their locations.

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Safety and Business Travel

Companies have a duty of care to look after their staff at all times and this includes when they are travelling for Business (whether this is in their own country or abroad).  Employees also need to take extra care whilst travelling.  Here are some things to consider to help keep you safe when you are on your next business trip:

Company responsibilities:

  • Companies should ensure their travel insurance policy provides adequate accident, health and emergency response benefits for traveling employees.
  • Employees should have access to a travel assistance provider, especially when travelling abroad. They will be able to provide assistance in case of theft and delays and cancellations etc.
  • Employers should establish a method for tracking employee travel and develop a communication system for emergency situations.
  • Employers should carry out a risk assessment for any employees that are taking prescription medication or who have a known medical condition to ensure they are safe and fit to travel.

Employee responsibilities:

  • Do not pack your passport in luggage that you are going to check in as this can either be lost or stolen. Keep it with you at all times and make sure it is secure.
  • Keep a mobile phone with you at all times and ensure that the battery is kept charged up.
  • Ensure any prescription drugs are with your hand luggage at all times.
  • You may wish to keep some over the counter drugs with you too so that you can start treatment at the first sign of illness.
  • Always keep your carry-on baggage in sight.
  • Stay alert and be especially vigilant when travelling through a security checkpoint and whilst waiting in a lobby or terminal.
  • Whilst on the plane always keep your laptop underneath the seat in front of you. This way you can keep it safe and it is less likely to get damaged than in an overhead locker.
  • If renting a vehicle ensure you know how to use all the lights and know where all the emergency equipment is before leaving the building.
  • Make sure all routes are well planned and only pull over in well lit, busy areas if necessary.
  • Lock your car doors whilst driving and pack valuables and laptops etc. in the boot.
  • Ensure you are aware of the local driving laws and ensure that you adhere to them.
  • Stay on main roads and do not take unknown shortcuts.
  • When staying in a hotel try not to stay on the ground floor as you are more vulnerable to break ins.
  • Ensure your hotel windows and doors are always locked and make sure any valuables are locked in the safe.
  • Make yourself aware of the escape routes, elevators and phones.
  • Always check who is at your door using the peep hole and if you are unsure do not answer the door or phone to reception to check if it is staff.
  • Whilst walking around do not talk on your mobile phone – you could be easily distracted and get lost or your phone could be stolen.
  • Ensure all valuables are safely stored on your body and do not leave wallets in back pockets as these are easy targets for pick pockets.
  • Do not forget to log on MyTeamSafe on your smartphone to stay safe.

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