How to manage a remote workforce

Future HR Trends’ 2015 Report “Profile of the global workforce: present and future” suggests that remote working has now become part of mainstream work culture, with almost 50% of managers in the US, the UK and Germany allowed to work remotely, and the share of managers who work at home in many developing countries rising to between 10% and 20%.

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5 reasons to start your own business in Dubai

When we look at how far the city has come in such a short space of time, it is easy to see why starting a business here is such an attractive prospect to many entrepreneurs. In fact, Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) reports a 13% year-on-year increase in new startups looking to do business in the city.

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What leadership style am I?

Great leaders have the power to ignite passion, inspire the best in us – and get results. Ok, you knew that, right? Well how about this: In a study of over 3,000 organisations, Daniel Goleman, who popularised ideas around emotional intelligence, showed that leadership style is responsible for up to 30% of a company’s profitability.

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4 questions you should ask yourself before starting your business

Starting a business is one thing, making a success of it quite another. Even in a marketplace so full of potential as the UAE, launching a startup is still a leap into the unknown, and it’s not necessarily right for everyone. The following four questions are those we at Virtuzone like prospective clients to ask themselves before they take the leap.

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Why business owners must take holidays

How many of you entrepreneurs out there include time off as part of your business plan? Probably not enough. And I bet I know the reason: You fear that any time away will have a negative impact on your business. After all, you are needed 24/7 in those first few years, right? Wrong. And in fact, getting away will actually do your business good.

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Does cold calling work?

According to a recent survey, only 11-17% percent of business prospects were annoyed by getting an unsolicited cold call. Much more significant is the fact that 45-53% of the executives interviewed said that a cold call they received had helped vendors leapfrog onto the consideration shortlist for purchases. So, do you cold call?

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