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Tip of the Week: Solve (Don’t Complicate) Problems

Tip of the Week: Solve (Don’t Complicate) Problems

Have you ever heard someone refer to an activity as “yak shaving?” Also known as “bikeshedding,” this is effectively a way to describe a specific kind of procrastination. For this week’s tip, we’ll explore how a freshly barbered yak relates to your business’ productivity, and how to keep you and your employees on the right track.

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Tip of the Week: Getting Around the G Suite

Tip of the Week: Getting Around the G Suite

Depending on what your preferences are for a productivity suite, you might find that the conventional options are slightly less optimal for your needs. Google’s G-Suite solution for businesses can offer your organization a great way to access common applications for a multitude of purposes.

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Tip of the Week: Improve Productivity with a Mobile Strategy

Tip of the Week: Improve Productivity with a Mobile Strategy

Communications can be difficult to manage, especially in today’s business world where workers are more mobile with more devices than ever before. How can you make sure your business’ infrastructure is prepared for the new developments in modern technology solutions? You can start by making sure your team is equipped with the applications and devices they need to stay in touch during the workday.

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Breaking Down Collaboration’s Levels

Breaking Down Collaboration’s Levels

If there’s a single concept that modern businesses are being built around, that concept would have to be collaboration. Group effort and communication are increasingly central to the workflows of today - but there is more to collaboration than just these features. Here, we’ll review what the term collaboration really means, and how it can be leveraged in all its forms.

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What Do You Need Your Business’ Technology to Accomplish?

What Do You Need Your Business’ Technology to Accomplish?

Service offerings for business technology are kind of tricky to approach for administrators--especially if they have gotten by just fine without implementing new technology for the past few years. We want you to ask yourself if you are absolutely certain that the solutions aren’t needed by your business. You might find that you actually do need them.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways IT Adds to Business Success

Tip of the Week: 5 Ways IT Adds to Business Success

Of all reasons that a business doesn’t leverage IT, the one that makes the least sense to me has to be their size. There’s just a reluctance to adopt more than what - for whatever reason - is “enough” for a business of their capacity.

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Why Your Employees Aren’t as Productive as You’d Like

Why Your Employees Aren’t as Productive as You’d Like

There are quite a few factors that can lead to boosted productivity, but unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Your business’ productivity can be hampered by a variety of issues. Below, we’ll review some sources of productivity deficits, and how these deficits can be eliminated.

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Can You Use Your Smartphone to Work Effectively?

Can You Use Your Smartphone to Work Effectively?

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better productivity device than a smartphone, but the fact remains that while it’s a great tool to get more work done, its nature as a communication device makes it a prime target for wasting time. We’ll discuss some of the best ways your organization can take advantage of mobile technology while still remaining as productive as possible with it.

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Is Microsoft Teams the Best Option for Your Communication Needs?

Is Microsoft Teams the Best Option for Your Communication Needs?

Communication is a crucial part of any business, which means that a business will require the tools that allow it to communicate effectively. There are many solutions designed to fulfill that precise need with assorted features and functions. One of these tools is Microsoft Teams. Let’s review some of what it has to offer a business user.

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Tip of the Week: Lost Internet? Don’t Lose Productivity!

Tip of the Week: Lost Internet? Don’t Lose Productivity!

It’s safe to say that most businesses today rely on the Internet, as do most of the humans who work at them. Therefore, when the cable suddenly goes out and their connection is lost, many employees may find themselves struggling with a downtime incident. There can be many causes to a lost Internet connection, with just as many ways to identify and resolve it.

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Tip of the Week: Email Should Be A Tool--Here’s 3 Ways To Keep It Under Control

Tip of the Week: Email Should Be A Tool--Here’s 3 Ways To Keep It Under Control

Email has been one of the primary correspondence methods for businesses for several years. In addition to communicating with your team, clients, and peers, emails also bring you the latest blog in a subscription, or sales and marketing messages from prospective vendors. With dozens of emails flowing in throughout your day, emails can become a distraction that results in a significant loss of productivity. These three tips can help you cut down on time that you waste when compulsively checking your emails.

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Tip of the Week: Tackle Any Problem in 7 Simple Steps

Tip of the Week: Tackle Any Problem in 7 Simple Steps

Problem solving is a major aspect of managing a company, as well as managing pretty much all other aspects of life. The key to successful problem solving is having a plan and taking it one step at a time. For this week’s tip, we’ll look at a popular problem solving plan developed by the UK’s Behavioral Insights Team. It’s a plan so simple that anyone can do it!

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What is the Layout of Your Office Space Communicating About Your Company’s Values?

What is the Layout of Your Office Space Communicating About Your Company’s Values?

How much thought have you put into the layout of your office space? The fact of the matter is that every piece of furniture, equipment, and even the floor plan, all communicate the values of your business, and can also hinder or improve your company’s goals and productivity levels. It’s as if your office has its own ecology.

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Worker Productivity Suffers When Politics Take Center Stage

Worker Productivity Suffers When Politics Take Center Stage

As almost everyone has found out, political tension in much of the Western world has led to some pretty remarkable situations to unfold over the past year. From the controversial Brexit vote, to the election of Donald Trump as the United States’ 45th President, many people have been sucked into political turmoil inside their workplaces; and, it’s costing employers billions.

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