10 Entertainment Services for Execs
Work can and should be fun. If you’re in the business of doing business but also having a good time, check out this hot list of 10 entertainment services that are either free or affordable and geared towards the working professional.
LinkedIn is the quintessential business-networking site where the mentality of “it’s all about connections” truly thrives. By connecting with someone on LinkedIn, you gain access to view his or her work experience, business contacts and industry insights in a newsfeed format. It’s especially useful for communicating with those in your career field, as well as those you know through someone else while negating the awkward introduction because it upholds that strictly professional vibe.
Whether there’s a stigma or not, you’ll be surprised just how many single and interesting businessmen and women have joined Tinder. The dating app’s formula is essentially built to cater to business-minded types – people who work all the time, are social and usually open-minded, but don’t have time to meet others outside their job. Set desired age range and distance from potential matches and viewing other’s profiles and pictures swiping left for “not interested” and right if “interested.” Everyone needs a little love in their life, even the busiest worker bees around.
3. Milk Music
With productivity-prone Galaxy devices popping up more than ever in the work place, Samsung’s Milk Music is now available. The free radio streaming service is exclusive and free to Samsung Galaxy owners. Best part about this app is it can be hooked up to the office sound system, work laptop or ear buds during the morning commute–all, sans commercials so business can continue jamming on without any interruptions, smooth like milk.
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Happy hours, dinners and lunches are plentiful with the colleagues. The Venmo app is the perfect way to manage money exchange at work-related outings. For instance, if a co-worker decides to put everyone’s drinks on his/her tab for sake of convenience, use Venmo to transfer what you owe instantly into the payer’s account. The service’s activity feed can include a funny comment per payment, which adds an extra element of entertainment.
It’s crucial for business people to be on the pulse of current events. Twitter is the perfect social feed that educates users on up to-second news happening across the globe. Follow top media outlets or thought leaders in your arena to come off as well-informed, 24/7.
6. Amazon Prime
For a measly $99 a year, Amazon Prime is a very valuable membership. Whether you constantly send clients materials or order products for the company, Prime’s FREE Two-Day Shipping is clutch and saves a lot of money in the long term. On top of that, you get unlimited streaming of movies, TV shows, and book borrowing for Kindles – a great way to kill time while travelling for the next business trip or on the train to work.
Be it client dinners or company gatherings, OpenTable is a dining reservation service useful for companies to book restaurant tables online via computer or smartphone. It’s all about capitalization in business, and with the application, you can do just that, earning reward points for each and every dining booked.
When you’re doing the same type of work over and over, it is important to challenge different parts of the brain in order to keep it sharp and well-rounded for better business practices. Developed by neuroscientists, Lumosity is an online tool and app that helps you exercise core cognitive abilities utilizing games and mind-stimulating activities.
If you’re constantly taking cabs for work, download the Uber app. Conveniently call car service near your location with a simple tap on the request button. The best part? There’s no need to bring cash or tip or even ask your driver for a receipt to include in the dreaded expense report because Uber automatically charges fare and gratuity to a linked credit/debit account and emails your receipt immediately after the ride ends.
10. Google Hangouts
Almost everyone who’s anyone in business uses Google Hangouts (aka G-Chat). It’s an easy way to message your coworkers without having to walk over to their physical desk or call them on the office phone. Additionally, video conferencing and calling directly from the application bodes well for production and collaboration. You spend the majority of your time working – make the most of it with these services. They’ll keep you entertained, on point and ready for the job.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.