Why Some Companies are Now Providing Company Phones to All Staff

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Why Some Companies are Now Providing Company Phones to All Staff

Work-related expenses for employees doing their jobs remotely are often covered by employers, and that can include the use of cell phones. When it comes to mobile phone services, there are two ways employers can go. They may reimburse employees for work completed or business-related communication through their mobile phones or smartphones, or they can provide employees with company-owned phones. If a company may need to know the whereabouts of an employee due to business, the easiest way to locate a cell phone is to also install a tracking app within the phone. Perhaps not all staff require a company phone – for instance, some might be based in the office and do not go out on trips or client meetings and they are not on call after hours. Here are some reasons for company phones being provided.  

Pros of a company phone

Plans may change after a colleague has left the workplace for a trip – they need to be contactable at all times to ensure the reason they are out of office goes smoothly. Giving employees company phones, for this reason, is possibly the most important. They need to know any last-minute arrangements while they are out and about, and also have a device on them through which to contact the office or other services in the event of an emergency. To save company costs, you may want to distribute company phones to those who need them. Make it clear that they are just for business use and that the colleagues who have them do not make any personal gain from them. This will hopefully unease any tensions or claims of unfairness in the office over who deserves or needs a company cell phone. Giving company-owned phones means that the employer gets to pick the hardware, OS, and mobile service that fits the organization’s needs. Enterprises might want to go with Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, etc., but whatever they pick, they will be certain that each staff member will have access to what they require, thanks to a homogenous system. This, in turn, enhances communication and streamlines work for IT departments.  

Cons of a company phone

Although there are many great things about providing a company phone, there are some cons. The mobile phone industry, particularly smartphones, is one of the fast-changing industries in this technologically driven world. While companies can invest in software and hardware that can last for years, it would be unrealistic to think that phones of a few years old will be able to keep up with the current trends and demands. If employers are going to be giving employees mobile phones, then expect to pay for upgrades at least every two years. If the staff members are frustrated due to the dated technology or slow devices, it will likely hamper productivity. It may be difficult to find a phone that is efficient yet durable, as many phones are slim and can be easily broken. It may require research to find the best phone that will remain durable and suit your company. Despite considerable increases in mobile technology, mobile phones possess a number of technical limitations and restrictions imposed by carriers. Unlike landline phones, which typically experience little downtime, mobile phones may frequently lose service. Businesses in rural areas may have limited or no mobile phone service, and wireless data coverage can vary considerably even as employees move about the office. In addition, carriers often impose limits on the number of minutes of talk time or volume of data transfer the business can use per billing cycle. Many carriers also require businesses to sign a contract for service, locking in a price and service for a period of time; this limitation can prevent businesses from taking advantage of lower-cost solutions or new technologies that might emerge before the contract expires.  

Why do companies provide them?

Examine the role that the employee has in the company and how often this individual is in or out of the office. Business Development and Sales personnel should be spending the majority of their time with customers and partners. As a result, their roles in the company point to their need for having a mobile device. The mobile employee needs a computing device, whether it be a smartphone, tablet, or laptop in order to perform the duties of the job. Sales and Executives are the employees that most frequently travel on company business. Travel may be across the country, across the world, or just across town. They must be reachable in order to service customers, manage the business, and make quick decisions. In today’s online culture, customers, vendors, and partners are now expecting instant responses to their needs. Being readily responsive to customer needs from anywhere, at any time, will be a strong competitive differentiator.

Internet History: How Much has the Web changed in the Last Ten Years

The development of the internet was very revolutionary, it provided a whole new way to find and store information, and the diversity of what could be done at the time it was created was quite shocking. However, when you look back and compare the internet then to what we now have access to, the changes and development of this product would have to go down as one of the most life-changing creations in the world of technology. Even within the last ten years, we have seen a huge change in the technology sector with the devices that are offered to us become smaller and more innovative with every release.  

Accessibility of a Strong Internet Signal

In the last ten years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of people who now have access to a professional-grade internet signal within their homes. As technology has progressed a lot in the last ten years it has been necessary in most cases that a strong internet signal was required to be able to compensate for the amount and for the strength of the tech in most people’s houses. Ten years ago it would have been normal in many households to have a couple of internet gadgets per person, nowadays each room in the house is fitted with an array of internet-capable devices that all require a connection to function properly. As the demand for strong internet in our homes increased the development of stronger wifi devices occurred and suddenly everyone has access to a professional-grade connection.  

Internet Crime

Although the internet solves a lot of our problems and its development has generally had a positive impact on our lives there are some negative sides to the internet. Within the entertainment industry, the internet also brought about the illegal process of torrenting which is when you are able to download content like music, films, and video games for free. This is very harmful to the creators who put so much work into what they produce only to have it accessible for free which will affect their income, however with some of the extortionate fees that some platforms charge it is no surprise that people turn to these methods. It is unclear when torrenting was actually developed but it has been around for some time now, many people use torrents to find high-quality downloads at a much more reasonable price but the question of when did torrents originally become popular is left unanswered.  

Entertainment

I would argue that ten years ago we did not see as many entertainment uses within the internet as we do now, in these times it is likely that you use online streaming services more often than you find yourself using standard cable TV. There are so many different entertainment platforms each equipped with a varied library of films and television shows that can be used on-demand. The internet has provided a strong platform that can be relied upon for entertainment as well as providing creators out there another way to find success with their own material. When you look back to ten years ago it would be more expected if you were still using outdated forms of entertainment such as DVD’s or by watching what was on live television, although the internet had other forms of providing content it was nowhere near as much of a crowded market as it is now. As a viewer this is great as you are provided with a plethora of options in terms of finding something good and entertaining to watch, however, it has arguably put a strain on the more classic entertainment platforms which have also caused an increase in the amount of on-demand applications. Another aspect of entertainment that has been affected by the internet would have to be music. Ten years ago people were still using CDs and downloading music onto their phones or music players. Thanks to the internet most people are signed up for a music subscription application of some kind that offers a huge library of music for a monthly fee, as you have the option to download music this concept has basically replaced the function of CDs and the process of downloading music completely. The entertainment industry has gone through arguably the most change and a lot of that change is due to the internet’s influence over mainstream media, as well as the development of more innovative options that suit the lifestyle of those of us who use technology within our everyday lives.  

File Storage

If you look back on the last ten years in terms of how you used to store your computer or laptop data and files, many laptops and mobile devices were not equipped with the infinite online cloud storage functions that they have today, and many people had to invest in an external storage device in order to have enough space for their files. Nowadays the internet has provided a storage solution that can be accessed on multiple devices whenever you require it, your files are safe and can be recovered if anything was to go wrong. The security and accessibility of the online storage platforms that we now have would have to be one of the biggest selling points that make this better than using an external device like a hard drive.

How to Get Started In Coding in 2021

Coding is becoming one of the most popular things that people are attempting to learn while they have so much extra time in lockdown. People who can code and are good at it are known to make a lot of money, many Americans are aware of this and are hoping to learn some code while they have the chance so they can ditch their own jobs. Some people are hoping to join the tech industry, many students have also expressed an interest in learning how to code and many people are just interested in tech and just want to know what all the hype is about, the one thing all these people have in common is that they don’t know where to start. Your first steps into coding are always the hardest, to begin with, coding will seem very intimidating but if you have a good plan in place and you stick to it you’ll start to pick up coding in no time. Keep reading if you want to find out how to make a start in coding this year.  

Choose the software that you want to learn.

There are hundreds of various software’s available that you can learn coding on, they all have different uses and meet different needs so before you start to think of a project, think about what it is that you want to code first and choose a software that will accommodate for this. If you’re wanting to transition to the tech industry then do some research on what programs are most commonly used in the jobs you’ll want to get, one of the most widely used programmers is Python. Make sure that your computer is compatible with the program you’re wanting to learn too!

Make use of the free resources.

Coding is one of many things that you can find out all the information that you need for free on the internet. There are so many resources available that no matter what your learning style you’ll be able to find something that works for you. A good first step is to read a book before jumping right in as this will help you to develop an understanding of the theory side of programming which will make it much easier when you start. Another option is there is plenty of Youtube series’ that split the content into small videos so they’re easy to learn and digest. If you’re strapped for time then there are plenty of podcasts too so you can learn all about coding whilst shopping for your groceries. Once you start there will be hundreds of useful websites that will provide you with tips to help you progress, when we gave coding ago we found the tech tips at softwaretesttips.com was really helpful.

Make sure you network.

Whilst all of these free resources are extremely helpful and the best way to get started, what is more, helpful is finding people who share your interest and creating your own little coding community. This is one of the most important things to be successful in coding as when you get stuck there are people who can help and these people will encourage you to commit to learning coding, a good place to meet people is Reddit.

Pay for classes.

If you’ve tried all of the free resources and already asked your new coding friend hundreds of questions and you still can’t seem to grasp it then luckily for you there are coding classes that you can attend. Having a teacher sit and help you is the best way to learn coding without a doubt so don’t despair, with these classes you’ll master coding in no time.

Common Coding Errors and How to Solve Them

Coding has become much more popular in recent years with more people than ever learning how to code on various programs. As technology has developed coding has become more important and relevant than ever before. People are learning to code as a way to change their career and many students are learning it to earn some extra income while they study. Anyone who has tried coding will know how easy it is to accidentally make a mistake, we’ve rounded up some of the most common coding errors and found the solutions for them so that when you next get stuck you don’t have to.

Syntax Error

Every single person who has ever tried coding will be aware of the syntax error. It is the most common error in coding because it’s so easy for it to happen. A syntax error is similar to a spelling error, it’s caused by a typo in the code you’re writing. When we communicate with other people minor errors aren’t an issue as the brain can understand even with mistakes, computers, however, are not programmed like this so any slight error will be flagged up. Luckily, these errors are one of the easiest to fix as coding programs highlight where you’ve made an error so you can easily fix it.

Logic Error

These errors are much less common than syntax errors but they are much more difficult to locate and fix. Logic errors occur when your coding all seems correct but it does not match up to the requirements of the program you’re using to code, the most famous example of a logic error in coding is back in 1999, NASA lost one of their spacecraft because of the difference in units between America and England, the coding was correct but the program required the other unit. To deal with these errors software testing can be a great help as it evaluates the requirements so you can make sure you’re using the correct ones.

Compilation Error

Not all coding will have these errors as they only occur in some programming languages. Compilation errors occur when programming language is converted among levels and your compiler doesn’t know how to convert it. These are quite common issues but they will affect your coding less the more practice you get, to solve these issues it’s a good idea to run your compiler often so you can flag up any mistakes early so it doesn’t become overwhelming.

Runtime Error

This is also commonly known as an execution error. These errors aren’t noticeable when you’re coding they become apparent when you start to run the program you’ve just coded, these errors are what cause programs to crash. They can occur for many reasons such as programming steps in the incorrect order, programming something that is impossible for your program to complete. They also occur when a user runs your program and they do something that you had not predicted and so not coded for. The best way to solve these is to test your program as much as you can so errors will flag up before you allow other people to use what you’ve coded.

Mathematical Error

Mathematical errors aren’t as common as the other types of error but they do appear sometimes, they’re similar to a logic error but to do with numbers, for example, it is impossible to divide by zero so if you program this it will flag up as an error. Mathematical errors also commonly occur when negative numbers are involved, lots of testing is also the best way to solve this problem.