Contact managers and CRM systems are incredibly stupid | ZDNet


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Contact managers and CRM systems are incredibly stupid | ZDNet.

David Gewirtz writes:

I’m having a crisis of faith. I can’t stand contact managers. Whether you call them CRM systems or contact managers, they all seem to be stuck in the land time forgot. They’re incredibly inefficient, and no matter how hard I try to force myself to use them, I find I get busy and never bother to update my contacts.


Find out why…

Immigration Service for non-EU managers coming to Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia

Immigration – in reality often quite a lot more to negotiate than a set of lanes in an airport!

Immigration into Central European countries was never a friendly and comfortable matter but after the entry of countries in the Poland-Czech-Slovak area into the EU at least things got easier for those of us who are from other EEA countries living in this region. However, for those coming in to do business in this area who are not Europeans, matters only got worse. On the one hand the Schengen rules, which are among the strictest in the free world, apply to these countries now, and on the other the way that rules which are supposed to be international are actually applied in practice differs still to a degree from one member state to another.

If you are, or are sending, an important manager to live in Central Europe, you probably wouldn’t want for them to suffer the consequences of going through the immigration processes unaided. People have been known – still are known – to camp outside of the relevant office half the night in order even to see an official and progress their matter. Then when they do see an official they cannot expect that person to speak anything other than the local language. It is time-consuming, and the results can also be unforeseeable also. And what do you do if you are not successful?

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Why do Governments try to make competitive businesses follow the same kind of labour law that applies in their own offices?

Labour law concerns the inequality of bargaini...

I was reading on Linked In today a post by someone blaming Labour Law, and the risks associated with having employees, as one reason why Europe is having more difficulties getting out of the Crisis than maybe some other places.

I think his comments were quite true. There are now, in situations where employers even have any choice, serious reasons not to employ anyone whatsoever and just go for self-employed subcontractors. Reasons include:

1. What you said, the inability to sack anyone, and the huge potential claims if you bungle the sacking of an employee

2. Employees cost more because the social insurance regime in most EU countries is expensive on employment and the onus falls on the employer

3. Self-employed people are likely to be more entrpreneurial anyhow. They already showed themselves to be less supine than the chronic employee by dint of actually going on the self-employed subcontractor route.

The problem is, where does this leave people who cannot deal with the challenge of saying, “to hell with my social shield in employment law, I will put my self out as self employed and stand and fall on my daily performance, and not on the basis that I have accrued rights that make me unassailable even if I become useless”? Even those who genuinely intend to be conscientious and profitable parts of a boss’s team often can’t get their heads around the transition to self -employment, and simply remain unemployed. And where does this leave bosses in businesses in places or sectors where the tax office doesn’t smile on people being self-employed and calls it “crypto employment”?

The reform of labour law to be a little bit more business-friendly is long overdue in most of Europe. And it’s not just the EU. I did some work in the Ukraine a few years back and what I heard about the claims wrongly sacked people can bring about there I found simply astounding. I learned that if the employee who sacks a person – even in a disciplinary way which is fully justified, and fails to pay them all they owe by accident – if it is found even 5 or so years later that they did not pay them everything, even if they were under by a miniscule amount, they now owe that ex-employee their whole final monthly salary for each month of the intervening period as if they had been working!

Have people in Government who write these laws got some kind of grudge against business or what? Certainly they are welcome to have such luxurious laws to protect Government workers if they want to, but why do they insist on forcing them on private businesses? They don’t seem to understand, these Governments, that even though the government of the Czech Republic is not in competition with the government of China for the role of running this Central European country, the same is not true of Novak s.r.o., competing against China or anywhere else in the world with lower social leveraging, in order to make money which, if it is succesful, pays for the taxes that pay for the salaries of these Czech Government people. They certainly don’t create any wealth themselves – excpet for those politicians who have real business interests also, that is. And often the less there is said about that, the soonest mended.

Exports from Poland increased by 15% in 2011.


This morning’s Rzeczpospolita newspaper led with the figures showing Polish exports up 15% on the prior year. This is a zloty measurement, which is aided by the low value of the zloty to the EUR in the second half of last year. As this situation is now reversed then that element of it may well reverse also if the current rate of exchange continues but this does not by any means account for the whole. The map shows that certain countries receiving higher exports are not Eurozone, and some such as the Czech Republic, even had currencies which decreased in value against PLN so an underlying volume increase is also highly probable and on this exporters can hope to build in the current year also.

List of minimum wages by country – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Minimum Wage In Paraguay, one simple figure
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List of minimum wages by country – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The above link’s content should provide most people with food for thought.

Compare the minimum wage in Holland or Luxembourg, just shy of 20 thousand dollars a year, with Burundi at less than 100 dollars per year – I don’t know why they even bother with minimum wage legislation, but presumably they need it which is harrowing even to dwell on.

Can it be that an unskilled person in Holland is really worth over 200 unskilled people in Burundi? Regardless of where they are, they are both unskilled.

There’s no easy answer to this one – if you increase the minimum wage then the investment in labour intensive jobs for lowly-skilled people just goes to a more competitive country, and more people starve.

Also of course, one dollar in Burundi will buy you a lot more than a dollar in Holland (especially in terms of unskilled services, should you require them, but also in terms of food, clothing and shelter).

In and of itself it’s not the most useful index of human development, but it certainly makes you think.

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