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What You Need to Know About Wearables

Wearable technology was once limited to athletes and medical practices, but in recent years, it has become almost ubiquitous for both personal and professional use.  Sales of wearable devices generated $3.5 billion in 2014, and that amount is expected to quadruple by 2019.  Wearable technology has massive potential for the construction industry, but before you implement it, carefully consider the potential risks.

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4 Emerging Technologies That Can Benefit Your Firm

It is an exciting time for design and construction professionals.  In the last few years, innovations in technology have emerged that are rapidly changing the way that you work, and will continue to shape the industry for future projects.  Here are a few of these emerging tools and how they can benefit your business.

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Should You Allow Employees to Use Personal Electronics?

To be successful and remain competitive, architects, engineers, and other construction professionals must be aware of with rapidly-changing trends in technology. Some businesses have shifted from company-provided laptops, smart phones, and tablets in favor of employee-provided devices, known as bring-your-own-device, or BYOD. While there are many benefits, there are some legal risks that you should consider.

Bring-your-own-device is embraced by younger workers, and is gaining favor among more experienced professionals. The Society for Human Resource Management recently reported that nearly 86% percent of employees own the smart phone they use for work. Allowing employees to use their preferred devices can aid in recruiting and boost productivity and job satisfaction. It can reduce a company’s equipment and technology costs. In addition, because workers are able or even expected to troubleshoot problems on their personal devices, BYOD can reduce the workload and budget of an IT department.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Cyber Insurance

Is your firm at risk for a cyber attack?  The answer may surprise you.  Attacks against all businesses are increasing, and though smaller companies may assume they won’t be targeted, Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report found that 43% of all attacks in 2015 were against small businesses.  You can’t entirely prevent an attack, but you can protect your company by purchasing cyber insurance.  Here are a few things to consider.

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Should You Monitor Employee Use of Company-Issued Devices?

Ever wonder what your employees are really up to while they’re on the clock?  You’re certainly not alone.  Many companies place restrictions on employee activities.  According to a recent survey, 40% of companies have a formal social media policy and monitor social media activities on company-owned equipment.  Another survey showed that 76% of companies have rules regarding email use and content, and half reported that they regularly monitor workers’ incoming/outgoing emails.  Is it legal and ethical to monitor what employees are doing with their company-issued devices?

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