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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Quick Glance at Telecommuting: Going Wireless

The telecommunications industry is made up of many different parts including software, hardware, provider services, wireless networks and a host of other elements. Finding your business’s potential amidst the almost limitless opportunities can be difficult. Can and should your company go wireless?

Advantages
According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, common advantages of telecommuting include the following:

  • Improved work and family balance
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased morale and job satisfaction
  • Increased employee retention
  • Decreases absenteeism
  • Increased employee performance
  • Positive recruitment tool


Entrepreneur magazine explains that telecommuting is effective because it “alleviates more stress than it creates,” citing a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Going wireless and having employees telecommuting from home can give your business a competitive edge and boost internal morale. So how can you make it happen?

Best Practices
Implementing a telecommuting program can provide many benefits only if executed properly. Following best practices like these can help increase the rate of success in your organization:

  • Identify telecommuting benefits specific to your company
  • Identify changes needed for telecommuting success
  • Create necessary documents including a telecommuting policy and telecommuting request form for employees
  • Clearly communicate your organization’s expectations
  • Ensure regular training, feedback and program evaluation
  • Promote strong communication between employees
  • Investigate important legal topics associated with telecommuting
  • Incorporate in-person activities as a supplement
  • Stick to your established rules and update your telecommuting policy when needed
  • Work with an expert when transitioning software and hardware
  • Make technology documents and resources easily accessible to employees


Now that a successful program is in sight, is your company ready to take the leap with telecommuting? A leasing program can serve as an affordable way to invest in a productivity-boosting telecommunications system. Learn more about the programs Tiger Leasing has to offer and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Meet the Management: Profiles/Advice from Steven Robbins

“The key to achieving success is to assemble a strong and stable management team.” –Vivek Wadhwa

The people behind Tiger Leasing are what make our company great. A dedicated team of individuals who care about each and every customer is a direct reflection of the strong, knowledgeable President and Founder, Steven Robbins . So what makes him tick? Learn more about this leasing industry expert, today!

Meet Steven Robbins

Who: Tiger Leasing President and Founder

Experience: Steven is well-versed in the leasing industry with over 35 years of experience in areas such as leasing and finance transactions, marketing and negotiating. He worked on the creation of the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors, becoming its executive director. Steve has also served as an officer of First Interstate Bank of California and vice president of sales at Wasco Funding Corp.

Education: BA, University of Pennsylvania and MBA, George Washington University

Q: What motivates you to strive for success at Tiger Leasing?

A:Our customers and vendors. We are always looking for ways to make the leasing experience an enjoyable one. If our clients and vendors have a great experience with us, they will always come back for future needs. That’s our focus and it shows in our numbers: over half of our business comes from existing customers.

Q: What are some strategies you use or recommend when developing close relationships with new customers?

A: We listen. I think that’s the most important “strategy” we use. Every customer is a little different in their needs as well as the timing of those needs. We want to know the details of their business, what’s important to them, and what their goals are. Then we craft a leasing structure that best fits those requirements.

Q: How does experience give you a unique perspective of the leasing industry?

A: I’ve been fortunate to operate in this industry my entire working life. Although technology has changed the way we operate our business, the benefits we offer clients have not changed at all over the years. We help companies acquire equipment and grow –plain and simple – and we do so in a way that is financially beneficial to our clients.

Q: Did you ever consider other animals besides the tiger to represent the company?

A: Never!!

Contact: srobbins@tigerleasing.com, (212) 791-2250 ext. 627

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Do’s and Don’ts of Training Employees on New Equipment

Are you gearing up for a new equipment acquisition? Don’t forget the importance of new equipment training. Depending on the type of equipment you’re working with, the guidelines for effective employee training can vary. However, there are several do’s and don’ts that are important for any company to follow. Take a look at what to do and what not to do for your next equipment training session.

New Equipment Training Do’s

  • Set goals. What are your goals for training your employees? Are you hoping for them to be able to simply operate the machines, or operate them at a certain efficiency level? Are your training goals matching up with your company’s goals? Keep these questions in mind when developing training goals.
  • Make things hands-on. Business & Legal Resources recommends that you use as much hands-on training as possible. While manuals and PowerPoint slides are great, actually getting to see and test out new equipment in-person tends to be most effective.
  • Utilize testing. If your new equipment includes a lot of specific information and many safety points that could quickly go in one ear and out another, try frequent quizzes and tests to encourage better absorption of materials.
  • Always ask for questions. Something that may seem like common sense to the trainer could in fact be confusing to the trainee. Frequently stop and ask for questions so employees have an open space to voice their concerns.
  • Know your safety guidelines. Working with new equipment can be dangerous, especially when it involves heavy machinery or complex operational needs. It’s important to be well-versed in all safety guidelines before training employees.
  • Create a learning environment in your workplace. According to the HR Council of the Community Foundations of Canada, a positive learning environment is critical for the success of not only new equipment training, but also the organizational culture as a whole.
  • Develop a schedule. A detailed training schedule that includes things like performance checks, periodic reviews and any sessions on new operation methods should be a part of the plan.
New Equipment Training Don’ts

  • Cutting training short to meet budget requirements. Sometimes training time is the first to get cut because management is unable to see its long-reaching value. Make sure your budget allows plenty of wiggle room to accommodate adequate new equipment training.
  • Focusing exclusively on text-learning. Especially with machinery, it’s crucial to have experience directly with the equipment during the training process. A manual or training booklet can only lead an employee so far.
  • Keeping training to a one-time event. Business & Legal Resources explains that a lack of continuing education and support from management over time is a key reason why training programs fail.
  • Not communicating often. Part of acquiring new equipment is having open and transparent communication with employees in order to facilitate a smooth training process. Keep the lines of communication open between trainers, trainees and management.
  • Administering training in large blocks. Online resource Electrical Construction & Maintenance suggests that training in smaller doses actually helps to avoid trainee burnout. Break up long topics and tasks into smaller, more digestible pieces to keep employees focused.

Not sure what your training should look like? Check out these helpful resources with additional tips on developing a training plan that will work for your company:


Tiger Leasing is dedicated to ensuring your next equipment upgrade runs smoothly. We offer a variety of equipment leasing programs to help your business move forward. Learn more about our programs.

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