Monthly Archives: April 2015

What is Net Neutrality? Why We need to support Net Neutrality?

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In today’s world, Internet is an indispensable tool in the hands of the people, be it for socializing or for work. To make the most of internet, it is important that all the data and content available on it should be treated in the same manner. This is where net neutrality comes in.

The principle that all the data on the internet should be treated equally by the government and the Internet Service Providers is known as net neutrality. It says that the content should not be discriminated against and also should not be charged differentially on the basis of type of content, site, user, platform or mode of communication.

Internet service providers have the power to control access to online content, control what the user is accessing, how fast can the content be accessed and the price the user has to pay to access the service or the content. The principle of net neutrality prevents the Telecom operators/ internet service providers from misusing this power.

Net neutrality aims at protecting internet users’ right to communicate online without any restrictions. It demands that the service providers must provide the users open networks without blocking or discriminating content and all the legal content and applications should be available to the user on an equal basis.

According to the principle of net neutrality, the service providers should not favour some web-based products or services and block others. Also, the internet service providers should not deliver some content through “fast lanes” and deliberately slow down other content.

Net Neutrality

Why do we need net neutrality?

Some ISPs in India have been arguing that they should be allowed to charge companies for Over the Top services. The ISPs want a share in the profit made by these services. Without net neutrality, telecom operators and Internet Service Providers will have the power to shape the internet traffic in a way which will prove to be beneficial for them.

Without net neutrality, the ISPs will be able to block access to certain services or websites. Also, they may slow down the content or speed it up in order to favour certain websites, whichever proves to be more profitable for them.

Also, the ISPs may provide services on the basis of paid prioritization. This means that the websites which do not pay a fee might be put in the “slow lane.”

Instead of free access to all legal content, telecom companies may offer their customers “package plans.” This means, the customer may only access the sites included under the plan and may have to pay more for accessing websites not included in the plan they have purchased.

Why is Net Neutrality important for online businesses and internet entrepreneurs?

In the present times, most of the organizations rely on internet for various purposes including marketing and promotions, sales, operations management, connecting with clients and more. Absence of net neutrality will give an unfair advantage to big companies who pay the telecom firms to deliver them the fastest services.  The companies which have lesser resources will be left in the “slow lane.”

Net Neutrality in India

In India, owing to excess lobbying by telecom operators, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is planning to permit them to block websites and applications in order to earn more profit from both businesses and consumers. A consultation paper with 20 questions has been released by TRAI. The answers have to be sent to the agency through email by 24th April, 2015. This has given rise to widespread protest to save net neutrality.

Net Neutrality at a Global Level

In U.S., the Federal Communications Commission ruled in favour of net neutrality on 26th February, 2015. It reclassified broadband access as telecommunication service and applied the Title II (common carrier) of the Communications Act of 1934 to Internet service providers. Details of the new net neutrality rule were released by the FCC on 12th March, 2015. The final rule on FCC’s new regulations were published later on 13th April.

Other pro net neutrality nations are Chile, Brazil and The Netherlands. The issue is receiving a lot of support from celebrities, businessmen as well as from the public.

At Brio, we extend full support towards the on-going fight for net neutrality.  Equal access to all content on the internet is necessary for individual users as well as business houses.

Is Time & Attendance delaying your Payroll?

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Time & Attendance is key input for your Payroll. Human Resource and finance departments in any business organization spend ample time to collect Time & Attendance data and process payroll. Employees are the backbone of a business enterprise. Any irregularity in their salary or leave calculation is most definitely going to generate unrest and dissatisfaction among them and will eventually affect the functioning of the enterprise. Payroll system covers sensitive employee information with respect to their remuneration, timesheets, time & attendance and leave records, and also taxes and deductions, whenever applicable. Timesheets and maintenance of attendance records are central to payroll processing, so it must be calculated with 100 percent accuracy and precision.

Earlier, when the processes were not automated, the business firms had to keep a record of the employees’ confidential information manually. The employees’ in/out timings were recorded in physical documents that were used for salary processing at the end of payment cycle. In addition to the employees’ in and out timing, other time and attendance factors to be taken into account for payroll include shift differentials and overtime calculation. But, before this, the timesheets need to be approved by the reporting managers of the employees, which take up time as well as efforts of the respective department in charge of it. Now, another catch in this scenario is that the employee may be reporting to more than one manager simultaneously. This will make the entire process cumbersome.

The HR department employees are also charged with the responsibility of furnishing the approved timesheets and accurate time and attendance details to the finance department employees on time, thereby avoiding any delays in salary processing. A slightest error in its computation could have an impact on the employees’ compensation.

In the manual payroll processes, the employees in the HR department experienced problems in accurately tracking the start/end timings of the employees with respect to their specific tasks as well as a detailed breakdown of the tasks. Further, the timesheets hold due relevance in recording start/end timings related to the particular tasks and projects they are handling within a business enterprise.

Likewise, the employees’ time and attendance records were also maintained manually, raising the chances of committing errors a little further again. Let’s consider a scenario here. If some of the employees forget to sign in the attendance register or get the flexibility of working from home, there could be a possibility that the corresponding entry wouldn’t have been made in the register, it is assumed that the employees was on leave on that particular date. This might result in leave or salary deduction for the employee and lead to employee dissatisfaction towards the payroll management department. In either case, it is a lose-lose situation for the employee as well as the employer.

Migrating from manual processes of recording time & attendance to maintaining details on electronic spreadsheets also did not solve the problems of the employees working in the human resource department. Though, it offered them some relief as all the calculations could be done in the spreadsheet using formulas and all the information was available at the click of a mouse.

With so much competition in every sphere of business, the enterprises resorted to cloud computing, the emerging trend in Information Technology (IT) to automate the time and attendance tracking of their employees. Cloud-based software offers the firms ample benefits that bring a significant impact on their business such as a reduction in their operational cost and effective time utilization, thereby improving productivity.

Migrating to cloud-based software applications significantly brings down the enterprise’s expenses incurred on IT, which includes installation, configuration and maintenance costs.

Working on cloud applications saves the time and efforts of the HR department employees, who can devote that time to other more important and productive tasks, based on priority.

Cloud lends the HR department employees the flexibility to approve timesheets from any remote computing device with internet access. The Finance department employees can also export data for salary processing to the payroll system from any place they can access internet.

Moreover, Cloud-based time & attendance software gets upgraded automatically without any effort on the part of the subscribing enterprises. These system upgrades come without incurring any additional cost, over and above the subscription fees.

Switching to cloud computing enables the business enterprises to carry out the payroll processing smoothly and efficiently. It ensures calculation of timesheets and attendance with accuracy and precision, making the cumbersome processes simpler. With the manifold benefits of cloud-based time and attendance software discussed above, your business ventures can boost their operational efficiency by a substantial decrease in cost and optimum utilization of time.

Do you love what you do?

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The term ‘dream job’ holds different meaning for different people. A good salary, opportunities to learn and grow, employee benefits, and perks are few of the many things people look for in a job.

Sometimes people are really good at what they do and still feel dissatisfied with their work. Then there are others who have the same job for years and one fine day they realize that they do not like what they do.

Every job comes with its own set of challenges. However, things become much easier if you really like what you do. A person works for around 8 hours every day, at an average. Hence it is very important to do what you really love to earn your bread. Easier said than done, finding a job that you love can be really difficult.

Have you found your dream job? Do you love what you do? Here are a few signs that will help you figure out whether you have found the right job.

You like being part of a team

Liking your peers is important since you spend almost half your week with them. If you like what you do, team work will be of utmost importance at the workplace and you will try your best to maintain a good rapport with your co-workers. You will admire the qualities of those who work with you and will help them whenever they would need your help.

Those who are satisfied with their jobs are happy with themselves. They do not feel like they need to prove their worth by hoarding credit for an accomplishment. Instead, they would share it with the entire team.

If you have friends at work and you really look forward to meet you colleagues every day, you really love your job.

You look forward to go to work everyday

Getting up for work every day does not feel like a chore to you. You actually look forward to the new challenges and opportunities which await you.

At work, you do not feel the urge to look at the clock again and again. It often happens that you are so engrossed in a task that you don’t even realize it’s almost time to go home.

Also, you do not dread Monday mornings. For those who love their jobs, weekends are just to recharge and re-energize themselves for the next week. If you really like what you do, you will start your day at work with a smile and try to give your best in everything you do.

Every new task is a chance to learn something new

If you really love your work, you will not dread the project you have to work on or that important meeting you need to prepare for. Each new task will be an opportunity to learn something new.

You will not mind working a little more to get ahead. Working for a few extra hours or taking up extra projects will not be a problem for those who love what they do.

No matter how satisfied you are with your job, there are going to be some tasks which you won’t feel like doing. However if you love your job, these annoying tasks will not really bother you much since you will consider these a small part of a larger project. Instead of complaining, you will try to complete them as quickly as possible.

You feel good about yourself

Other than a good salary, success can also be measured in terms of fulfillment and satisfaction. If your work makes you fulfilled and proud, you are on the right track.

Most of the happy professionals feel that they are an important part of the team and their contribution towards the success of the organization is vital.

The bigger picture

You must always try to see the bigger picture if you seek contentment at work. Successful professionals are aware that their success lies in the success of their organization. They aim at taking their organization to new heights.

If you can relate to most of the things mentioned in this post, you deserve to be congratulated, for you have found the secrets to find the right job! Every job can be challenging, monotonous, mundane, or stressful at some point of time but if you feel fulfilled at the end of the day, it is definitely worth your efforts and hard work.