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19 September, 2018


Secured Signing has been recognized with the Great User Experience award for 2018 title by FinancesOnline. This reputed business software review platform acknowledged that our digital signature solution allows businesses to utilize basic and “advanced innovative features” to “quickly, easily, and securely” sign various types of documents.



The Great User Experience award for 2018 is reserved to quality solutions that provide an especially pleasing user experience, from product deployment to the overall design of the software. Among the highlights for the FinancesOnline team include Secured Signing’s customizable document workflows, various automated reminders to intended recipients, “top class security” to ensure confidentiality of information, “robust” Secured Signing pricing packages for all types of users, and constant support in releasing innovative features.



Reviewed under their best e-signature website category, Secured Signing was tested and compared alongside various digital signature solutions on the market for a holistic analysis. For an objective analysis, FinancesOnline used its SmartScore System in assessing all elements of Secured Signing, from main functionalities and collaboration features to security and mobility.

 

The FinancesOnline review team also conferred Secured Signing with the Rising Star award for 2018, given to SaaS solutions that are seen by users as a reliable brand for solving their problems. This indicates that our constant improvement to our digital solution has pleased our users worldwide.

 

At Secured Signing, we go the extra mile to provide you with an innovative software for small business and enterprises for the benefit of your company. Try it today to streamline and enhance your processes in a green environment.


About the Author

FinancesOnline is a popular platform for SaaS/B2B software and financial products reviews.


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5 September 2018

Productivity is a tricky science to master for businesses. What works for one industry, company and even employee might not work for another.

In many ways, that’s why productivity tools exist: to give even the smallest businesses a chance to intelligently and flexibly make improvements in a way that suits them. Productivity tools include those that allow safe but broad access to the information people need whenever they want it, digital signing tools for added speed and efficiency when handling documents, and data dashboards that give you insights across your entire enterprise at the click of a button.

However, arguably just as important as knowing how to improve workplace productivity is knowing what not to do. The worst of these productivity foes come disguised as friends, so you’ll think you’re helping your business and your staff but might actually be doing the opposite.

Here we debunk seven of the most common productivity myths.

1. The best employees can multitask

It’s a myth that the best employees are great at multitasking. In fact, it’s a myth that multitasking—as in doing more than one thing at once—exists at all. According to a Stanford Multitasking Study, humans don’t really multitask but their brains switch quickly between single tasks.

That means people trying to multitask are actually “sacrificing focus” by concentrating on the actual job switching itself. And there’s more bad news for job jugglers…

2. Job juggling makes the most of time

We all have more than one thing to do at any given time in the work day. But whether you or your staff are trying to “multitask” or actively job switching, it actually doesn’t help to do more than one thing at once, studies show.

In fact, studies show your brain will nag your unconscious mind if you’ve started but not finished a task, creating a feeling of unease.

We seem to work best, then, when allowed to focus on single tasks to completion, even at the expense of momentarily ignoring others, rather than juggling multiple jobs at the same time. It may even be better for mental health.

3. We can effectively “will” our way through a task

While people can push through an unfavourable job on sheer willpower alone, the idea that they can do so and still produce their best work is pure mythology.

On the contrary, it might be a half-baked idea to push through in this way, according to a piece of cookie-related research. Psychologist Roy Baumeister gave hungry participants a difficult mental task to complete and a plate of fresh biscuits, saying the subject could have one either before or after the job.

Results showed that participants who willed their way through the tasks before rewarding themselves with a treat spent their energy on self-control and performed significantly worse on the tests.

Baumeister coined the term “ego deletion”, a form of mental exhaustion from using ones’ willpower. Businesses may want to consider how much they can expect of their staff when asking them to push though difficult tasks. In reality, it might be counter-intuitive to their—and your business’—productivity.

4. The current working hours are optimal

Working 9–5 (what a way to make a living) with a lunch-break and two 15-minute rests is the norm—but is it ideal for productivity?

Studies suggest not, particularly for jobs that require a mental workout. That’s because of something called the ultradian rhythm, which fixes the brain into productivity cycles. The optimal time for a person to work on mental challenges is 50–90 minutes, followed by a rest of around 20 minutes.

The Atlantic even heralds the perfect productivity formula to be working for 52 minutes followed by a 17-minute break.

5. “Facebook breaks” improve productivity

So, as a general rule giving staff the time to take short breaks more often allows people to rejuvenate and work more productively. But the effectiveness of that break depends on what people do while resting.

Social psychologist John Bargh found that if the break is used for something also mentally taxing, or on something that feels like a task, the productivity boost is lost.

That’s because the brain is convinced that it has actually done something in that time, giving you a feeling of accomplishment and diminishing your motivation to do more arduous tasks.

Checking Facebook, tidying the desk or running errands, while they might seem like breaks, are only mythological productivity tips. Instead, stretching, reading a magazine or going for a walk might instead promote true workplace efficiency.

6. Being “always on” helps productivity

This can be true or false, depending on what “always on” means to your people and your business.

The idea of working late into the night to complete a project is unfortunately unavoidable to most people at some point in their working lives. To help, today’s generations likes to think of themselves as always on and available to work on something if required—or even always connected to the wider world through modern technology.

The major loser of this trend is often sleep, which is where productivity can be ruined if people don’t get enough of it.

Harvey B Simon, the editor of Harvard Health, says a third of people in the US aren’t getting enough sleep to perform at their peak ability, costing the country’s economy some $63 billion a year in lost productivity.

So use “always on” in the right ways. Give your staff the ability to work remotely, leveraging cloud-based business apps to make out-of-office work more productive. But be sure “always on” doesn’t include those essential eight hours at night.

7. There’s a one-size-fits-all solution

All that being said, there isn’t a single magical solution to improve business productivity. Techniques that work for one employee might be different for another. One might be more productive in the morning, one at night; one in the office, one at home.

It’s up to individual businesses to find a bespoke solution that works for them and their staff. And while productivity apps aren’t a silver-bullet solution either, they do give business owners and managers a wide variety of help, so they can find an approach that works for them and their business.

About the Author:
9 Spokes is a free data dashboard that connects your apps to identify powerful insights to deliver your business KPI's.


General

31 August, 2018

Digital signatures are new, but not nearly as new as you might think. In the US, President Bill Clinton signed the Electronic Signatures In Global Commerce Act (ESIGN) in 2000, nearly twenty years ago. For context, thats two years after Google and four years before Facebook. So its hardly untested territory. Digital signatures are faster and easier than traditional wet signatures, and here are seven reasons why.

1) It’s Legally Recognized All Around the World

The law requires that a signature is legally binding because it identifies the signatory, his or her intend, and tracks any changes to the signature (has document integrity).  These are a few of the key requirements for an electronic signature to be considered reliable. The following is a condensed list of the countries that accept electronic signatures and the laws or acts that they passed that recognizes them:

 

     Australia – Electronic Transactions Act (2000-2003, depending on state)

     Canada - Uniform Electronic Commerce Act (UECA)

     China - Electronic Signature Law of the People's Republic of China

     Europe - EU Directive for Electronic Signatures (1999/93/EC); EU VAT Directive

     New Zealand – Electronic Transactions Act 2002

     South Africa - Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002

     UK - Electronic Communications Act 2000 (chapter 7)

     US Electronic Signature in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN)

2) It Can Be Used With Mobile Devices

Six of the seven billion people on the planet have access to a cell phone. Many people only use a cell phone, and dont have a home computer at all. So, if your document requires a signature, it wouldnt be feasible to print it out and scan a copy. Secured signing can work with mobile apps because it fits the requirements that it have data integrity, authenticate the signers identity, and the signer cannot later deny that it their signature (called non-repudiation).

3) It Saves Paper

When you save paper, youre doing more than just saving a few trees. Youre saving the money it takes for paper and printer ink (which is more expensive than many campaigns), and the space it would take to store all that paper as well. And unlike paper, you can actually use it in a search engine—so youll never misfile it, either.

4) Digital Signatures Are Faster Than Paper

As I mentioned above, you can use Secured Signing on mobile devices, which includes tablets. You will be able to keep your line moving quickly if your business requires it. You can have many people sign a form at once using Secured Signings Broadcast feature. No more need to pass the clipboard around.

5) It Saves Time by Keeping Records Together

The Smart Tag feature automates document creation and organization by tagging a signature with important metadata about the signatory. In other words, when you create a signature, you also associate it with the pertinent information, like emails and addresses. This saves you time and lowers the chances of making mistakes or losing data.

6) Customers Like It

According to a recent study, 77% of customers are moderately to very comfortable signing a document online. And 77% is also the number of people who have used an electronic signature three or more times in the last year. Your customers are probably already using it in some fashion or another, you should get ahead of the trend.

7) It’s Secure. Really Secure

Digital signatures are protected by secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption, which ensures that all data passed between the web servers and browsers remains private and maintains integrity. In addition, it secures the date and local time of the signatory, which is something paper records cant verify. Secured Signing creates a unique digital certificate to a user, an invitee, and a witness.

In fact, The top clients for digital signatures are finance, which make up 39% of digital signature customers, more than twice the adoption rate of human resources, which make up 17% of digital signature clients. If an industry that requires one of the highest levels of security is the most frequent adopter of digital signatures, you can be assured that your data will be safe.

The Final Word

If youre unsure about whether to adopt a digital signing solution, theres nothing new or scary about it. Electronic and digital signatures have been legally recognized for twenty years. It will save you time, money, space, and in some ways its more secure than paper. You should take advantage by reading up what to look for in a digital signature solution, and then try a free trial of it.


About the Author:
Reuben Yonatan is the CEO @ GetVoIP, a leading VoIP systems comparison guide that connects shoppers with relevant providers.

 


General

9 August 2018

You may have heard about digital signatures, but you’re not sure whether it has any practical benefit for your business.

The case for digital signing is compelling.

     Eighty-percent of companies who implemented digital signatures saw a return on investment in the first year.

     Twenty-five percent saw ROI within three months.

But the most immediate impact is the massive boost to productivity companies have seen on the back of digital signatures.

We’ll discuss some of the most valuable uses for digital signatures using real-world examples.

Faster Turnarounds to Complete Sales Contracts

Saleforce ditched wet ink for digital signatures, and immediately reduced the time it takes to complete sales contracts.

Key outcomes:

     Turnaround decreased from an average two days, to as fast as one hour

     Over 90% of contracts completed on the same day

     Less manual work for staff – freeing sales to focus on generating revenue

Salesforce is expanding the use of digital signatures to its procurement department, where digital signatures allow teams to track and manage the contracts throughout the process.

A Simple Process to Finalising Legal Agreements

The legal industry generates a vast amount of paper.

And along with the flood of paperwork, comes hours of document prep: scanning, signing, printing and storing volumes of documents.

There’s a campaign to change this approach, arguing that digital signatures can save “countless hours, even days and weeks”.

 The uses of digital signing in law provides:

     Enhanced security: each document comes with a visual audit trail

     No room to alter terms, conditions or dates of signatures

The practical benefits include reducing the number of hard copies the legal department needs to manage and cutting down on storage costs.

Improved HR Processes

Like the legal sector, human resources consume reams of paperwork in its core functions.

Recognising this, a tax company set out to find a way to streamline its hiring process.

The Australian operation of H&R Block hires hundreds of new agents around tax time each year. Time went into preparing the documents, tracking which had been signed and storing the final contracts.

H&R Block opted for Secured Signing’s digital signing solution. Now District Managers can send up to a thousand employment contracts in one sitting, with new hires  and managers signing from wherever they are across the country.

H&R Block realised an immediate return on investment. There was a reduction in turnaround times, and staff praised the more convenient option.

Better Customer Experience

There’s a surge of growth in the global digital signature market.

Along with the rise of digital signatures, smartphone penetration is already at 90% in some parts of the world. Customers expect to do everything online, and they’ll look for businesses who can extend this electronic experience.

Most customers don’t have access to printers at home, and the need for a physical signature may end up costing you the deal as customers opt for digital tools.

Companies who rely on paper-based processes risk frustrating customers due to delays caused by errors and unsigned documents.

More companies are allowing customers to complete the following actions using digital tools:

      Information forms for new customers

     Quote approval

     Statement of work

Conclusion

Companies across industries are answering the call and meeting the customer’s need for a simple and quick electronic experience.

Internally, companies recognise digital signatures remove the hassle of many routine administrative tasks to make way for firms to focus on the work of growing the business.

Digital signatures help companies to craft more competitive offerings, and better workspaces: building businesses who can prosper in the new economy.

Till next time,

John Webster


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21 June, 2018

In the last decade there has been much change in the tech world. One of those changes is the increase in popularity for systems integrations. Many customers are looking for system integrations, and rightly so, there are many benefits that come from an integration.

So what is integration?

This is the process of linking together different computing systems and software applications physically or functionally, to act as a coordinated whole. Essential building your own ecosystem of solutions and platforms to meet the needs of your business.

Many software providers have seen the opportunity to build a community or ecosystem for its users – commonly known as a ‘Marketplace’. Here you can choose which solutions you need and build them into your own ecosystem.   

What are the 4 reasons you should consider use integrations?

1.    It makes things easy – one system for everything. The user experience is much simpler with what appears like one system with all the functionality you need. This removes the need to manage multiple sites/logins for different solutions part of one business process.

2.    Automation will save you time and increase your teams productivity. They will no longer need to manually copy and paste data from one system to another. An integration allows for data to automatically flow and be shares across systems. For example, information of a new staff member during their onboarding process can be automatically sent to you payroll provider.  

3.    Standardise your processes – with a system integration you have oversight over the complete process, allowing you to implement best practice methodology, especially when your team is spread in multiple offices.

4.    Have more fun – by eliminating administrative tasks, which are now completed through the integration. Your team will have more time for value adding tasks. Doesn’t that sound fun?  

With Secured Signing’s API, you can add e-Signature tool to any process! We can integrate with any system. 

Contact us for a chat today.

Check out some of our current integrations and keep an eye out for new integration solutions coming soon.

Till next time,

John Wbster


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