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Why data backup is essential for your business

Alyssa Sisco

If you were to sell your company tomorrow, what exactly would you pass on to a buyer? More than just a company name on a building; You have records, contracts, contacts, financial data and more that go into making your business unique and valuable. It takes an incredible amount of time to acquire, develop and build that network of information. If disaster struck and your computer crashed, how long would it take you to get all that information back? Your data is one thing you should never gamble with.

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Topics: Data Breach, Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Network Security

For the love of dogs...

Alyssa Sisco

From Baby Boomers to Millennials, studies show that we all have one thing in common. We love our pets. Not only does having our pets around bring proven health benefits, but it also enables us to work more cohesively with others. This is good news during a time when stress levels are high, morale is low, and finding common ground could be improved. Read on to find out how your workplace may be improved by a “bring your pet to work” policy. You may be surprised by what the research reveals!

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Topics: The Workplace

Give meaning to meetings

Alyssa Sisco

As you race to meet a deadline, your calendar notification goes off. You have a meeting in five minutes! 

This is the absolute lowest priority on your totem pole, but attendance at all meetings is required. You then spend the next 30 minutes listening to someone ineffectively probe for anything to discuss, to make this meeting seem like it has a purpose. After a vast amount of time wasted in awkward silence, you are dismissed.

Finally free to be constructive, your motivation has been completely diminished. You're left frustrated after spending that half hour contemplating all the things you could have been accomplishing.

As you can imagine, this is not the best environment to inspire productivity. But all too often, this seems to be the outcome of our daily routines.

Our professional lives certainly don't have to follow this pattern. There is such a thing as an effective meeting. We just need to find what we're doing that's not working and transform it into something advantageous. Below, I have listed some essential factors in giving your meetings, meaning.

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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

Conquer your Stress in 6 Steps

Emily Moulder

It is impossible to avoid stress in the fast paced society we live in today. Trying to organize work, family, friends, and activities within 12 hours sounds impractical; yet, people find themselves working to balance a million different tasks in a short period of time. The stress this causes can have negative effects not only on a person’s relationships and quality of work, but overall health as well. So, what is the key to winning the battle against stress? Creating a plan to minimize it through actions you take outside of work.

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Topics: The Workplace

What's so important about software updates?

Lauren Hunter

It can become quite irritating when the little box pops up on your phone, laptop or other device saying you need, yet another software update. You click, "remind me later," and continue on with your day. As irritating as they are, software updates are extremely important and you should get in the habit of following through with those pesky notifications. Why? Read on...

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Topics: Security Threats, The Workplace

Is your business taking advantage of mobility benefits?

Lauren Hunter


Mobility as a business strategy continues to trend upward. Studies project 9 billion users will make mobile connections by 2018, with 50% of the population utilizing a tablet or smart phone as their first method of contact. With numbers like these, it is critical that businesses review how they are taking advantage of mobility and if they are capitalizing on the benefits. If used correctly, mobility will allow employees to work more effectively and efficiently. In, addition your business may benefit from using mobile devices to communicate with clients and vendors at anytime and place. Here are some benefits to consider.

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Topics: The Workplace, Trends

Meet the team: Peter Stratos

Lauren Hunter

Peter Stratos is a Systems Administrator here at CoreTech, and joined us about three months ago. He works with eight clients as their IT Manager and oversees their technology systems proactively, remediates any problems they may be having, and works on projects.

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Topics: The Workplace

10 frustrating Google Chrome irritations and how to fix them

Frank Hannaford

Surfing the internet is a daily task for many people. Whether it is for fun, or for work, the internet is something that many people could not imagine life without. So why not get to know your browser better and make it work for you, not against you.

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Topics: The Workplace

Managing your workplace stress

Brooke Nielsen
For almost all of us, work is one of the biggest parts of our lives, and the stress in this environment can greatly impact our ability to do our jobs effectively. This stress can lead to negative relationships with our coworkers, and even health risks. Although some amount of stress is a good thing, it is important to maintain a healthy balance by efficiently managing our stress in the workplace.
 
Identify your Stress
 
The only way to begin managing your stress is to first understand where it is coming from. A good way to do this is to create a stress diary to recognize the causes of stress in your life and begin to think about what causes each event to cause you stress. Identify which stressors affect which parts of your life and then you can begin to determine which strategies are best suited to help you manage your stress in each area.
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Topics: The Workplace

How to attract millennial talent to your workplace in 2016

Brooke Nielsen

Is putting forth the effort to attract and hire millennials worth it? If you knew they will make up half of the global workforce by 2020 would this influence your decision? It’s true, as more and more millennials are entering the workforce, it is important to understand how to interest and hang onto these valuable assets. So what is the best way to go about this?

Before we look at some things you can do to attract millennials, let’s take a step back to find out what these individuals value in a company. The 54 million adults between 18 and 34 in 2015 have some definite commonalities in what motivates them to choose a workplace. One of the biggest factors that the majority of them agree on is their need to grow. Many millennials are looking for opportunities to help them climb the ladder, even if it means climbing out of your company. They are also looking for a “sense of purpose” in a company, or a chance to be a part of something bigger than just company profit. Finally, they are looking for a coach rather than a boss, someone to lead not just command.

So as a business, how can you become more attractive to this potential workforce considering their wants and needs? Let’s explore some options:

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Topics: The Workplace