A lot has been made recently about the Twitter CEO telling his employees that they can work from home ‘forever’ if they see fit. This past Tuesday, the Twitter CEO sent out a much-talked-about email (funny he didn’t use his company’s namesake product for this). The email states, “if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever [emphasis added], we will make that happen.”
If you have money, savvy phisherman and whalers will find you. With most of the world hunkered down working from home, normal processes are disrupted, so this is a target-rich environment for scammers. They are lurking. Beware!
It wasn’t too long ago when the term “acclimated” did not mean you were adjusted to high altitude at your favorite rocky mountain ski resort. In the mid-1800’s, it meant you had survived a bout of yellow fever (which had a 50% kill rate) and were now immune.
It is easy to fall into a workplace routine; you know how to get something done and your process works. Eventually you look to train others to use the shortcuts and process that you have found works, happy to hand off the tasks to another.
Impressions of e-signatures today still depend on who you ask. Many users report e-signatures today as “a life saver”, but some still think of e-signature services as “scary to use” or “simply not trustworthy”.
Electronic signature technology is already the industry standard for executing business contracts in almost every industry. Professionals in real estate, legal services, investment management and insurance, particularly, have adopted use of this technology to transact efficiently. As e-signatures have now reached mainstream levels of adoption, where does the technology go from here?
Much of the uncertainty as to the legality of electronically signed contracts has dissipated over the last decade and a half — through definitions in the broad state (UETA) and Federal (ESIGN) statutes, and through practice by the first few waves of adopters.
E-signature technology offers much more than just the ability to get a document signed remotely.
E-signature technology also provides businesses with the opportunity to completely reinvigorate decades-old business processes, enhance productivity, and automate mundane work flows.
People use e-signatures every day without even realizing they’re “e-signing” — signing on an electronic signature pad at grocery store check-out, replying to an email with a typed confirmation of terms, or putting in a PIN code for a debit card transaction, for example. Most people have no doubts about the legality of these everyday “e-sign” transactions.
Recently, we were asked to discuss the RPost electronic signature service in view of “European Directive 1999/93/CE on electronic signatures,” a Directive aimed at creating common standards for legal recognition of electronic signatures within EU member states.