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Technology Unwrapped

The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

Improve Password Security with These Easy Solutions

Chris Vilim
Most business owners and managers understand the important role that secure passwords play in protecting business data and accounts from being compromised. When you consider that business technology users maintain an average of 191 passwords, it only makes sense that not every organization wants to take on the considerable feat of ensuring their staff create unique and complex passwords for every application and account they have access to. Nevermind regularly updating all those passwords every ...
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Topics: Staff Training, The Workplace, Network Security

How to Create an Acceptable Use Policy

Wynn Obermeyer
While technology plays an important role in keeping your organization safe from data breaches, security risks, and other malicious online behavior, it can’t do all the work by itself. The most secure companies create a culture that includes risk management, where employees are invested in taking steps toward reducing incidents by minimizing risky behavior and working to protect their technology and data assets.
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Topics: Staff Training, The Workplace

Are Your IT Staff About Ready to Quit?

Alyssa Sisco
According to Ponemon Institute, 65% of IT and security personnel are considering changing jobs or careers. This is due to their ever-increasing workload, the requirement of being on call 24/7, overload from constant notifications and alerts, and the pressure of taking on continuously-growing security threats. It's easy to see how all these stressors are mounting to create an unmanageable work environment. If your internal IT staff are getting burnt out, they’re not alone and it's time for ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Trends

Why You Need an IT Managed Service Provider for Your Manufacturing Business

Tom Montgomery
Hiring a managed service provider (MSP) to oversee IT systems can improve almost any business’s productivity, cybersecurity, and efficiency. However, an MSP can be especially helpful for organizations in the manufacturing industry. An MSP with manufacturing experience understands the unique challenges of your industry — and how to build systems that will keep operations up and running. MSPs can unite various technology in use across production, administrative departments, and management. And ...
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Topics: The Workplace, Manufacturing

9 Reasons to Outsource Your IT

Angela Wight
Years ago, your IT may have been managed in-house, with an internal IT support person or team of on-call technicians to handle user requests and hardware and software updates. However, today’s organizations rely on complicated systems: cloud computing, servers, voice and conferencing, mobile tools, and more. This complexity makes in-house IT management difficult, especially for organizations that rely on a single IT person. Tasking one employee to oversee user support, network maintenance, ...
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Topics: The Workplace, Trends

Tips for creating your bring-your-dog-to-work policy

James Thompson
With roughly 68% of households owning a pet, it's becoming a trend to find dogs in the workplace. It's pretty easy to find employees that would enjoy bringing their dog to work, which is why many companies are now using bring-your-dog-to-work policies as part of recruiting. Even beyond recruiting pet-loving employees, there can be a few major benefits of allowing dogs in the workplace, including stress relief, improved productivity, and increasing the morale of your human employees. Pets can ...
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Topics: The Workplace, Our Company

5 ways Office 365 makes collaboration easy

Alyssa Sisco
Gone are the days where you needed to email revised copy after revised copy, only to be told, “Wait, I have one more change.” Whether you're in the same building, or across the globe, Office 365 makes it easy to work seamlessly with others. Office 365 is the subscription-based version of the Office suite and it receives new features and updates as they become available. With Office 365, you can be productive from anywhere, on any device. But more than just being able to work on documents, ...
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Topics: Cloud, Microsoft Products, The Workplace

How the Right Video Conferencing System Can Enable Your Remote Workforce

Angela Wight
There’s no question that telecommuting is beneficial for businesses in many ways. With no long commutes in traffic or sticking to rigid schedules, employees enjoy a better work-life balance. Office space, equipment, furniture, and supplies are needed in smaller quantities — which saves money for businesses. And most importantly, more than two-thirds of employers reported increased productivity from their telecommuting staff.
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Topics: The Workplace

Do you struggle to create a good work-life balance?

Esteban Hernandez
Having a job that promotes a healthy work-life balance positively correlates with employee well-being, satisfaction and organizational commitment. Personally, I have a lot to juggle between my work-life and home-life. Having a flexible job and employer that’s willing to work with my out-of-the-box, crazy lifestyle is the only way I am able to fully commit to both. How do I balance both my work and family and what can your business do to ensure a healthy work-life balance for your employees? ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

Why you should keep your MSP in the loop

Derek Warak
When it comes to managing your business, there are so many things to monitor and keep track of. Supplies need to be stocked, office space must be organized and used efficiently, employees need to be kept happy and morale needs to remain high. One additional thing that should be done - but is often overlooked - is making sure your MSP is kept up-to-date on employees leaving the company.
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace