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Tip of the Week: Three Ways to Make All Meetings Better

Tip of the Week: Three Ways to Make All Meetings Better

Remote collaboration, especially online meetings, have recently surged in popularity amongst businesses. However, as this has happened, many new adopters have gotten the impression that they just can’t accomplish as much as they could otherwise. To help readjust this perspective, we wanted to share a few productivity tips to apply to your next remote (or even in-person) meeting.

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Tip of the Week: Google Lens Makes a Handy Productivity Tool

Tip of the Week: Google Lens Makes a Handy Productivity Tool

While Google Lens has flown under the radar for most Android users, it can be leveraged as a major productivity booster. Let’s go over a few of the capabilities that can be embraced after installing the application on your mobile device for this week’s tip.

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Partition Your Network to Improve Productivity

Partition Your Network to Improve Productivity

Most homes and businesses use Wi-Fi of some sort. It is the most useful way to get the computing resources to computers and mobile devices without having to go through the headache of laying cables and dealing with data overages. What you may not know about your Wi-Fi network is that it can be set up in a way that can ensure that your most important Wi-Fi processes get the bandwidth they need. Let’s take a look at how partitioning your Wi-Fi can benefit your business.

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Remote Collaboration Depends on Good Conferencing Practices

Remote Collaboration Depends on Good Conferencing Practices

Like many other businesses, COVID-19 has foiled the big plans you had for 2020, but it has presented a different set of opportunities. Many businesses had deliberately avoided providing remote work opportunities for their employees, mostly out of the fear that their teams would become inefficient, less productive, and present management and security challenges. Now, after a few months with little choice but to suddenly embrace it, the major challenges are actually delivering the resources your nelly remote workforce needs to produce results in line with expectations.

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Tip of the Week: Advanced Google Searches

Tip of the Week: Advanced Google Searches

Google—the name that has become synonymous with searching online, it is (if we’re being totally honest) the go-to means of seeking out the information we need. We’ve all used it, but did you know that there are tricks to make your searches more efficient? For this week’s tip, we’ll go over these tricks so that you can use Google Search that much better.

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Why Overworking is a Serious Issue for Your Remote Workers

Why Overworking is a Serious Issue for Your Remote Workers

As so many businesses have had to close their doors recently, remote work has become a very popular option. Unfortunately, this sudden shift has not been without negative side-effects. One such byproduct of this shift has been a serious overworking problem. This is a big problem, and one that you need to address if it has presented itself in your operations.

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How Automation Will Play into the Post-COVID-19 Workplace

How Automation Will Play into the Post-COVID-19 Workplace

As workplaces and offices everywhere have struggled to cope with the restrictions brought on by social distancing mandates, the adoption of automated solutions has surged ahead. Of course, this does open a few important questions to consider. For instance, what this could mean for employment post-pandemic, and how automation may be used in the future to mitigate the impacts we’re currently experiencing.

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Addressing the Toughest Challenge in Remote Conferencing

Addressing the Toughest Challenge in Remote Conferencing

Video conferencing is a crucial technology for businesses, especially now. Although, while it has the benefits of accessibility, it certainly is a different animal than your run-of-the-mill in-person meeting… as due to this, it has a challenge that an in-person meeting does not. Let’s go over what this challenge is, and how to overcome it.

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Collaboration Tools that Can Help Your Control Costs

Collaboration Tools that Can Help Your Control Costs

Most business owners are looking for a way to cut their costs. One way that many firms can see some cost reduction is to increase productivity through solid collaboration. Today, there are many digital tools designed to get more eyes on a project, but they may not completely fit your strategy. Let’s look at some strategies that are used to promote collaboration, and some tools that can fuel it.

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The Employee’s Guide to Working Remotely

The Employee’s Guide to Working Remotely

It’s not uncommon where a situation arises and you will find yourself working from home. To make this work, it is important that you keep a few additional issues in mind so that you can make the most of it. We have put together a few simple best practices that you should keep in mind as you operate remotely.

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What You Need to Know to Manage a Remote Workforce

What You Need to Know to Manage a Remote Workforce

There are many reasons that your team may want (or need) to work from home, and there are many reasons to allow them to do so. A 2019 survey by OwlLabs indicated that 71 percent of remote workers are happy with their job (as compared to 55 percent of on-site workers); remote workers responded that they are 13 percent more likely than onsite workers to stay in their current job for five more years than onsite workers will; and when respondents claimed to be working longer than 40 hours per week, onsite workers were doing so out of necessity, while remote workers did so out of desire and enjoyment.

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New Features are Appearing in G Suite Applications!

New Features are Appearing in G Suite Applications!

The G Suite is clearly a project that Google is far from finished with, as they have consistently made improvements to the suite and its included software. Recently, a few were added that could very much benefit a business’ users. Let’s go over a selection of these updates, and the benefits you could see as a result.

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Using Smartphones to Be More Productive

Using Smartphones to Be More Productive

The smartphone is the defining invention of our time, and as a result, it has to be used for more than gaming, social media, and messaging. The smartphone is a great device to supplement your productivity efforts while you are on the go. Since these devices can do more than they ever have, more can be done by using mobile apps designed specifically to increase interdepartmental collaboration and business-to-client communications. 

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Use Microsoft Office 365 as What It Is: a Collaborative Productivity Suite

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Let’s take a moment and consider your typical workday. You come into work, and what’s the first thing you do? Chances are, you pull up Microsoft Outlook and check your email. Maybe you have to edit a Word document, or update the data you have in an Excel spreadsheet, or review a PowerPoint before a big presentation… you get the idea.

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How to Keep Your Employees On-Task While Online

How to Keep Your Employees On-Task While Online

For any business, it is crucial that time is spent effectively in the office for the sake of productivity. This productivity often requires the use of the Internet in order to take place, however, the Internet can also be a source of distractions for the user. As the authority in your business, you have to ask yourself...

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Tip of the Week: Collaborate Better and See Better Results

Tip of the Week: Collaborate Better and See Better Results

Collaboration is an important part of nearly every business. If there were no collaborative strategy, every task within the business would be delegated to a single person with a limited scope and mindset, placing a cap on both the task’s potential and the business’ potential.

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Tip of the Week: Collaboration in Microsoft Office 365

Tip of the Week: Collaboration in Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 might look like Microsoft Office, but it has many other features that allow you to make your documents and services more accessible and collaborative than the standard desktop application would. This week’s tip is dedicated to helping you get the most out of the features of Office 365--particularly in regard to Microsoft Word.

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Head Into The Cloud

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“640K ought to be enough for anyone.” - Bill Gates* 

Past Is Prologue

Oh, how have times changed. I have been in this industry long enough to remember when one gig drives were first introduced, and we felt our storage needs were finally solved with the power of one thousand floppies! Who would ever need that much space, let alone use it? ...yeah.

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Project Management Tips From the Pros

Project Management Tips From the Pros

If you’ve ever managed a major IT project, you’re probably well acquainted with Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Every project is going to have some rough patches. The key to overcoming these challenges lays not with the execution of the plan, but with the preparation. Here are four things to consider when you’re planning out your next long-term IT project.

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You May Want to Remove These Unproductive Windows 10 Apps. Here’s How to Do It

You May Want to Remove These Unproductive Windows 10 Apps. Here’s How to Do It

Windows 10 sure does come with plenty of helpful, pre-installed apps. However, the OS also comes with its share of useless apps that most working professionals have no need for, and will likely never open. What are these useless Windows 10 apps and how can you get rid of them?

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