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Year End Wrap Up – Office Life

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This year, we’ve talked a lot about software and employees, but we’ve also talked a lot about business too. From needed technology to stabilize and protect your business, to tips and tricks to help you get the job done faster, we’ve tried to bring you the best tricks and tips for keeping your business in tip top shape.

Were you too busy and missed one of our articles? No problem. We’ve put together this year end wrap up to help highlight anything important you may have missed during the year. Get your reading in now, and you’ll be prepared to hit the ground running come 2013.

Productivity

5 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Productivity: This

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two part article discussed five ways you could be sabotaging your productivity, without realizing it. Are you guilty of one of these five time wasters? Part One | Part Two

3 ways to Reduce Email Clutter: Email can be a big time waster, but it doesn’t have to be. This article helps you reduce your email clutter, so that you can get to what’s really important in your inbox.

Stop Checking Your Email: While we’re on the subject of email, it might not be as important as you think. Did you know that you can regain time just by NOT checking your email? There might be more to this than you think. Read the article to learn more.

Multitasking is a Myth: Many people think they can multitask, but the truth is, none of us can. Read this article to learn what multitaskers are really doing, and how it can hurt, not help.

Technology

5 Reasons Your Business Should Use a Professional IT Company, Rather than the Kid Next Door: We know the kid next door has been good to you, especially when your business was small, but now that it’s much bigger, he could be doing you a disservice.

Top Mistakes Small Business Make with their IT Solutions: Here are some of the most common mistakes we see small businesses make when it comes to their technology. Is your business guilty of any of these costly pitfalls?

Is Your Business Properly Backed Up?: If you lost your data today, would your business survive? Now days, data is one of the most valuable assets a business has, but many don’t take the time to ensure its properly backed up. Is your business protected?

Which Backup is Better: File Based vs. Image Based Backups: While it’s important to back up your data, using the wrong type of backup can also cause problems. Is your business using the best backup possible?

What is a Backup Disaster Recovery Device (BDR): These wonderful devices not only backup your business, but can also migrate your business into the cloud in case of an emergency. Read this article to learn all about one of our favorite devices – the BDR.

Your Old Technology is Costing You Money – How to Upgrade: Even though your old computers are paid for, they could be costing your business big bucks in terms of productivity. Read this article to determine how much your old technology is costing you, and what to do about it.

Hardware as a Service: What is it and how can your business benefit?: Hardware no longer needs to be a huge up front expense. Learn about how you gain flexibility and budgetability with your hardware, by utilizing hardware as a service.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you create a better business. Email:julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.

Year End Wrap Up – Creating a Better Business with Better Employees

Employee of the Month

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One thing that all business owners have in common is the drive and desire to make their business better. While there are many avenues to take to accomplish this, one of the quickest ways to help ensure success is through your employees.

Every day, your employees are representing your business. It is often their voice or face a client sees long before they know who you, the business owner, are (unless you run a one man show, of course). Additionally, employees help make your business function and run on a daily basis. Without them, your business would come screeching to a halt,

or at the very least, would have to be severely scaled back.

So doesn’t it make sense to take care of your employees, so that they in turn take care of your clients, and ultimately your business?

There are many ways you can appreciate and care for your employees. Increased schedule flexibility through remote access, increasing productivity by relaxing the rules, or even allowing music in the office can all go a long way in fostering a better relationship with your employees.

Throughout 2012, we posted many articles about helping you strengthen your business through better employee interactions. Here are some of the highlights.

Productivity

Motivating Employees to be More Productive: Motivation, when done improperly, can cause more harm than good. Learn the three factors that are key to truly motivating your employees in a way that will achieve the results you want.

Unstructured Time Gets Results: Should you manage every aspect of your employee’s workday? Many big companies are finding increased success and innovation by providing unstructured time for their staff.

Creativity in the Workplace – How a Skunk Works Program Could Work for You: Contrary to popular belief, allowing employees to play during the workday could yield HUGE results for your company. Here’s how some big tech companies are making play time a priority, and they results they are achieving because of it.

Why You Should Allow Music in the Office: Want employees to be more productive and more satisfied at work? Let them listen to music. This article explores why and how allowing music in the office can benefit your workplace.

Should You Monitor or Blog Internet Activity at the Office?: Contrary to popular belief, blocking the internet at the office could do more harm than good. This article reviews the pros and cons of blocking the office internet, so that you can decide if it’s truly in your best interest.

Remote Access

The Benefits of Having Remote Workplace Access: Allowing remote access into the office is more than just a fancy new toy – it’s a powerful tool that can help you and your employees do business more effectively. Read this article to learn about the benefits of allowing remote access to your business.

Ensuring the Productivity and Success of Remote Employees: Setting up remote access doesn’t necessarily guarantee employee productivity. Here are some tips to help set expectations and guidelines for remote access to help ensure productivity and success.

Technology

How to Replace All the Computers in Your Office, Without Breaking the Bank: Your employees are only as good as the equipment they’re given. So why not upgrade the office computers? We have creative ways to do so, that won’t break the bank.

Are Tablet Computers a Viable Option for Work?: Maybe your employees were pushing for a tablet this year, or maybe you just want to update the office with the latest technology. Whatever the case, read this article before you run out and buy several tablets for the office, so that you know what works, and what doesn’t, with your network infrastructure.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you create a better business. Email:julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.

How to Achieve a Peaceful, Relaxing Relationship with your Business – Part Three

Peaceful_Relaxing_BusinessThis article is the final entry in a three part series where we outline steps to take to help you achieve cohesion with your business technology. By following the steps outlined, you should see a dramatic increase in the stability and flexibility of your computers and equipment, freeing you up to focus on more important matters. Click here to read part one and part two of the series.

Part one of this series examined the critical areas of your business which should be in place to help you achieve peace and relaxation. Then, part two examined ways in which you can make your technology work for you, freeing up your time and allowing you to take your business anywhere. If you have not read part one and two, please do so now before continuing.

Aside from stabilizing your systems, having backups and redundancies in place, automating and streamlining processes, and allowing remote access into the office, there is one more area where your technology can help you achieve a more cohesive relationship with your business.

5. Flexibility

However, the easiest way to achieve peace and relaxation with your technology is by having flexible systems that work with you, not against you.

In order for your technology to truly be beneficial, it should give you the ability to go anywhere you need to go. Often, this is accomplished through remote access, and mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, aircards, mobile hot spots, and more.

But having flexibility is more than just being mobile with your business. It also includes being able to adjust readily and easily. When you need to add more staff, more equipment, more of anything, your current structure should be scalable, and easily grow as your business changes.

Additionally, a flexible system is one that works with your schedule. This means that problems and outages are handled after hours, when at all possible, in order to have the least impact on your productive time. Now days, with computers this is completely possible, as log files often show errors on failing hardware long before the part actually breaks. This allows repairs to be scheduled when the computer isn’t in use.

While there are many ways to achieve peace and relaxation with your business, these are some of the key areas we find to be the most beneficial for reaching this goal quickly. If your technology is problematic, chances are you are going to be dealing with headaches, stress, and more time away from your core focus, leaving you frustrated and wiped out. By taking these key components into consideration, and changing where needed, you can be on your way to a better relationship with your business. After all, your business is only as strong as the technology it uses.

While this series doesn’t illustrate all of the ways to achieve peace and relaxation with your business, these suggestions will go a long way to helping you have confidence in your business infrastructure and enjoy your technology more. You should assess your business to see where improvements can be made. If you find that your current IT Company isn’t doing some of these important things, give us a call. We can help get your technology on the right track, freeing you up to focus on the most important thing – your business.