End of Week Roundup! [Issue #31]

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End of Week Roundup! [Issue #31]

Happy Friday everyone, another exciting week is almost over!

Here is our Weekly roundup to keep you wonderful lot updated on what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. But before we jump into it, don’t forget to send us an email to hey@wearebeem.com if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications, share it with us and we’ll feature your post in our upcoming issue.

Right, what’s been making waves this week? Check this out and join the discussion below!

Enjoy!

 

The Best Companies Know How to Balance Strategy and Purpose

 

 

Most companies have articulated their purpose — the reason they exist. But very few have made that purpose a reality for their organizations.  Consider Nokia. Before the iPhone was introduced, in 2007, Nokia was the dominant mobile phone maker with a clearly stated purpose — “Connecting people” — and an aggressive strategy for sustaining market dominance. Seeking to extend its technological edge (particularly in miniaturization), it acquired more than 100 startup companies while pursuing a vast portfolio of research and product development projects. In 2006 alone, Nokia introduced 39 new mobile-device models. Few imagined that this juggernaut, brandishing vast resources with such steely determination, could be quickly brought down.

To safeguard your company at the level of purpose, you must make strategy the servant rather than the master. Strategies are time-bound and target specific results. Your purpose, in contrast, is what makes you durably relevant to the world. Strategy is but one of several important means to operationalize your purpose. Intrinsic human connection to your purpose is even more important. Very few companies though excel at operationalizing their purpose, which organizes human effort at a deeper level: how did they do it?

 

 

20 must-have tech accessories under £20 right now

 

 

A good accessory should complement or enhance the functionality of the main product. Whether it’s a printer working with a computer, or an Apple Pencil with an iPad Pro, the two should work in lockstep to give you a better experience.

But accessories get expensive, some can run well into the three-digit range, and some are meant for only a niche audience. To make your day-to-day computing experience better, though, a few key, inexpensive accessories can make all the difference.

Whether you’re trying to charge multiple devices at once, keep your stuff more secure, or clear up clutter, these 20 accessories can make that happen — all for £20 or less right now!

 

 

Maintain employee wellbeing to reduce absence

 

 

We’re only human, after all, and the soaring pressures of work and home life are preventing employees from looking after their health.

In fact, the latest YouGov Everyday Health Tracker, in partnership with Simplyhealth, has found that almost 1 in 3 people working full time feel the demands of work are a key reason for not being able to follow NHS health guidelines* on the amount of exercise they do and eating a healthy, balanced diet. This strain is making people ill. And even for us caring employers, illness just isn’t good for business.  Keeping our employees in work is a growing priority. In the current economic climate, many businesses are seeing their HR budgets squeezed and stretched; while the cost of employee sickness absence is a constant drain.

As the pressures of modern life continue to mount for employees, it’s no surprise our workforces are feeling the weight of their responsibilities. Nearly a third of businesses reported an increase in stress-related absence levels in 2016 in the CIPD Absence Management Survey. But how can we reduce these overwhelming outgoings? How can we reduce our employees’ stress levels to keep them in work and productive?

 

 

iPhone X goes on sale, bringing out the true Apple superfans

 

 

Production problems? Forget it. The iPhone 8? A distant memory. The iPhone X went on sale around the world on Friday, drawing crowds and long lines as Apple fans patiently waited to get their hands on the very best iPhone money can buy.

And spend money they did. The iPhone X (that’s pronounced “ten” not “ex”) just scrapes in under 1K in the US and UK, with a starting price of $999 and £999, respectively. This second launch, which comes more than a month after the launch of the iPhone 8, is the latest wrinkle in the annual gathering of Apple fanboys, gadget enthusiasts, and publicity seekers. Apple’s decision to stagger the launches presented consumers with the dilemma of buying the more readily available iPhone 8 immediately or holding out for the supposedly supply-constrained iPhone X.

To the people who showed up today, there was no question which iPhone won out!

 

 

 

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll feature your article into next week’s Roundup!

Also let us know what type of content you guys want more or less of, we’re all ears!

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