Convicts In Call Center Units

The call center industry is known to provide employment to varied and disparate sections of the population. With its flexible routines and work timings, housewives and retired professionals have signed up with BPO units to be a part of the workforce. But nowhere has the all-inclusive ethic of the business process outsourcing sector more pronounced than in the way in which they have embraced convicts into the workforce. Yes, thanks to the initiative of some BPO service experts, several call centers across the world have found a way in which they can save costs and at the same time employ some unfortunate souls. The step is not free from danger, though. Lets take a closer look at this emerging trend from the point of view of a telemarketing unit.

As a call center, getting convicts on board as telemarketing agents is a risky proposition. To begin with, you have to be very careful with the data that you are sharing. I am not saying that because they are convicts, you need to be paranoid about your data. Lead generation data must always be handled with care. Do not share more with the call center agents than what is necessary. You can divide the dissemination of the data in a way that no single agent knows the entire picture. Call center services when run by the convicts have to be cautious about financial details. Do not part with the credit card figures of your clients and customers. These are more of precautionary steps than anything else.

But there are many advantages of having the convicts as call center employees. You can get the telemarketing work done without spending too much on manpower. You can easily negotiate how much these BPO agents will be paid with their supervisors. There is no question of attrition as well! But the primary reason why call centers are doing this is to provide a meaningful employment to these society discards. They are a bunch of people who have very little option to carve out a life for themselves. The BPO service that they do will hold them in good stead. They can earn far more than what they do in the prisons. With this money, they can start off a new life when they get out of prison. They can also use the call center services that they learn to find profitable employment when their prison term ends.

The call centers that hire convicts generally leave out those that have been convicted of fraud or trickery. This is so because the BPO managers dont want to take a risk with their psychological tendency to cheat. The call center recruiters also go for those convicts whose terms end in the very recent future. There is cold business logic in this decision. The recruiters believe that when they finish their term in prison, they can join in as a full-time employee. That way the cost that the BPO service incurs in training these convicts are not wasted. This is one aspect that every participating business process outsourcing unit must be proud of.

Book Review The General Theory Of Employment Interest And Money by John Maynard Keynes

It seems that most editorials about John Maynard Keynes are have an tremendous political slant and are generally done by those who have never even read this book. Primarily they are against his core conclusion that broadened government participation is required in the economy for stabilization functions. The key to comprehending Keynes is the idea that at unique times in the business cycle, an economy can become over-productive (or under-consumptive) and consequently, an agressive spiral is started that results in considerable layoffs and cuts in production as businesses try to balance aggregate supply and demand.

Thus, full employment is simply one of several or multiple macro equilibria. If an economy reaches an underemployment equilibrium, something is necessary to enhance or spark demand to generate full employment. This something could possibly be business investment but The General Theory Of Employment states because of the logic and unique characteristics of investment choices, it is less likely to rapidly reestablish full employment.

Keynes logically seizes upon the public budget and government expenditures as the shortest way to restore full employment. Borrowing the money to fund the deficit from private households and businesses is a fast, direct approach to restore full employment while at the same time, redirecting or transfering off the funds from the private sector which prompted the over-production in the first place. This book is essential to understand modern economics.

There are many things The General Theory Of Employment and Keynes was right about as well as completely wrong about. However, understanding his perspective is important when weighing alternative viewpoints. It is also important to compare his ideas with the actions of governments. You will at times see massive deviations from his theory into areas that he never suported to such extent that he wrote an open letter to FDR protesting his actions while trying to recover from the Great Depression.

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Asiabiz Provides Personalised Employment Pass

In order to facilitate the contribution of global talents to Singapore, the country introduced a new scheme called the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP).

Through PEP, foreign professionals are allowed to work in Singapore for up to 5 years and the holder is not tied to one single employer. PEP is granted based on individual merits and this visa can be applied individually without first securing a job in Singapore. There is a grace period of six months from the collection of the visa to secure employment.

Currently, the Employment Pass or EP can only be granted on the basis of confirmed employment with a specific employer. Unless the EP holder finds employment with a new company, the work pass is immediately cancelled and the EP holder has to leave Singapore the moment the employment ends or the EP holder leaves. A new EP application is needed when the holder needs to move to a new job with a different company or employer. PEP is granted on the strength of an applicants individual merits and does not tie the holder to any employer, thus, a PEP holder is allowed to remain in Singapore for up to six months in between jobs to evaluate new employment opportunities.

The following requirements are needed in order to be eligible to apply for the PEP:

* Must have a minimum monthly fixed salary of S$7,000 and the last drawn salary is not more than than 6 months at the time of application
* A former P1 category Employment Pass holder who resides overseas and is not unemployed for more than a continuous period of six months at the time of application.
* A current P1 category Employment Pass holder.
* A current P2 category Employment Pass holder with at least two years of working experience in a P category of Employment Pass and earns an annual income of at least S$30,000.
* A foreign graduate from institutions of higher learning in Singapore that has at least two years of working experience on a P or Q1 category Employment Pass (please take note that your annual income should be a minimum of S$30,000).

PEP pass holders cannot start their own company in Singapore. However, they are allowed to hold a minority Shareholding in the company including acting as one of the Directors.

Having a PEP affords job flexibility. They can be employed with any sector. In case they change jobs, PEP holders do not need to re-apply for a new pass.

PEP holders are also given the flexibility of a continuous period of up to six months without a job to evaluate employment or work opportunities. However, at this time, such PEP holders cannot leave the country.

Foreign professionals who are eligible for PEP are the following:

* Overseas foreign professional with at least S$7,000 monthly salary overseas. The last monthly salary overseas should be drawn not more than six months from the time of the application
* Former P1 Pass holders who are presently overseas residents
* Former P1 Pass holders should not be unemployed for a continuous period not longer than six months at the time of application.
* P1 Pass holders. Upon application, P1 Pass holders will be accorded In-principle Approval for the PEP
* P2 Pass holders. P2 Pass holders must have at least two years of working experience under a P Pass. A fixed salary of at least S$30,000 should be earned by them in the preceding year.
* Q1 Pass holders. Q1 Pass holders must have at least five years of working experience under a Q1 pass. They should earn a fixed salary of at least S$30,000 in the preceding year.
* Foreign graduates from tertiary academic institutions in Singapore. Foreign graduates from tertiary academic institutions in Singapore with at least two years of work experience on a P or Q1 Pass. They should earn a fixed salary of at least S$30,000 in the preceding year.

Massage Courses Teach Natural Healing Skills

If you are looking for an education in natural healing, a massage course could be a good place to start. With more than a thousand massage schools across the U.S. and Canada, it will be easy for you to find a course in massage, but which is the right one for you? There are hundreds of massage variations, and each course is different; so it is vital that you consider your goals for the future before you begin your massage studies.

In general, massage training focuses on expanding the students’ knowledge of the natural healing benefits of nurturing human touch. All massage courses can instruct you in therapeutic touch methods and techniques that allow the body to heal naturally. But, each form of massage has its own particular benefits and its own particular type of client. Western styles of massage are designed to reduce pain and physical dysfunction, while other forms are meant to induce relaxation. There are also some ancient, Eastern forms of massage that take a holistic approach to overall health and healing. And, if you are thinking of going into private practice upon graduation, it will be helpful if your massage school includes some instruction on the practical aspects of operating a massage business. You may even decide to extend your studies into the fields of acupuncture, or even a chiropractic training program.

As a natural healing art form, the practice of massage is meant to increase the lubrication of muscle tissue, improve circulation, and provide the client with improved flexibility. Regardless of the massage curriculum, all the various forms of massage offer amazing benefits to the human body, including stress reduction, relief of pain and depression, and even strengthening of the immune system.

Once you have completed a massage course, you will find many exciting employment opportunities. With a certificate in massage, or degree in natural healing, you can be qualified for jobs in a clinical setting or private massage practice; or you may seek employment on cruise ships, in a spa, or a sports venue. The employment possibilities are endless, making massage training a popular course for today’s natural healers.

To learn more about courses in massage, we invite you to visit our website where you can review hundreds of accredited massage schools. It’s time to take that first step to a rewarding new career in natural healing!

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