Something Good: A Note to Small Businesses

Something Good: A Note to Small Businesses   At a business lunch a few months ago. Someone told us about a technique he likes to use during his daily employee meetings. At the beginning of their meetings, he has all attendees take turns telling everyone something good that happened. It can be something personal, professional, a joke, anything that shines …

The State of the Union: Where Technology Stands Coming Out of COVID-19

Over the past couple of months, everything has changed. Many of these changes will have ongoing impacts on our businesses. As we begin to see businesses looking toward their futures again. It’s time to take a look at the state of the union. Particularly where things stand with technology, communication, and the workforce of the future. Shifts in Communication A …

Five Tips for Working in the In-Between

We’ve reached an in-between status of this quarantine. Businesses are starting to open back up (with restrictions), but a lot of employees are finding themselves in an awkward spot between working in the office and remaining at home. Doctors are utilizing video and tele-conference appointments but are holding office hours to see patients and perform “elective” surgeries. Companies are requesting …

How Do We Make This Work? 5 Ways to Adapt in this New Work World

You’ve probably grown tired of hearing the words “adjusting to the new normal.” Unfortunately, though, there’s really no other way to say it. This pandemic has permanently changed our work environment, whether you’re already back in the office or remain in quarantine for several more weeks. We must create a new normal for how we work, manage network security, and …

Surf Securely while Staying at Home

As this COVID-19 crisis drags on, we’ve noticed a few new habits amongst our clients. Some have taken this opportunity to get their business in order and prepare for a resurgence. Some are just gritting their teeth and holding on. Nearly all of them have increased their time on social media. In addition to typical surfing, we’re seeing dramatic increases …

9 Things To Do Before Business Picks Back Up

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, most businesses have slowed down. A recent Goldman Sach’s survey found that more than 50% of 1,500 small business owners said they couldn’t continue for more than 3 months at current rates. Rather than wallow and wait, though, take the opportunity to do those things that you never have time to do. Here are nine things …

Work From Home Tips: F.O.C.U.S.

Follow One Course Until Success It is easy to fall into the trap of multi-tasking when working from home. Maybe your spouse and kids are there with you, your dog jumps on your lap, and you need to make lunch, right? Some people seem better at multi-tasking than others, but the truth is no one is great at it!  You …

Work From Home Tips: Psychology

Be intentional, remember you are not on vacation. You are working just like before but in a different space.  Set up rituals  Having a routine will help you stay on track and be consistent (i.e. have a bedtime and set an alarm) Have start and end times to your workday, take coffee breaks, and don’t forget lunch. Having a schedule …

Work From Home Tips: Get Technology in Order

A computer is an important piece of technology. A laptop is easiest to use at home, however if you don’t have access to a laptop you can set up a desktop PC Ensuring you have access to company resources is essential. Think of files you access as well as any special programs. You can utilize a remote desktop program, or …

Work From Home Tips: Conference Call Etiquette

Turn on Video if Possible Turning on video will help you stay engaged and let others know you are paying attention Utilizing video makes the call more personal and more like a real conversation Not using it can come across as rude Make Sure Your Environment is Suitable for Conference Calls Have a comfortable workspace where you can sit up …