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Managing a Remote Workforce in Worcester, MA

Managing a Remote Workforce in Worcester, MA

As the Telegram admits, Worcester has never really been a “bastion of work-from-home flexibility” unlike New York City or cities on the West Coast...until now. Seismic changes may be happening in Worcester. The lockdown that went into effect in March suddenly gave businesses in the area an ultimatum: let employees work from home or close entirely. Classes for students of all ages went online, and teachers moved with them; when offices closed, jobs in marketing, human resources, insurance, sales, information technology, and more were all forced online. For industries that were lucky enough to face this decision, the choice was an easy one. 

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Getting Back to the Office During a Pandemic

Getting Back to the Office During a Pandemic

Many offices across the country are now allowed to reopen, albeit with some significant restrictions in place. You may very well find yourself returning to the office soon or have already done so. One thing is for certain: things are going to be a lot different than you were used to previously.  

Rather than dwelling on the past, it’s helpful to look forward. For one thing, it’s great that people are getting back to work. For workers who were furloughed or otherwise displaced during the lockdowns, returning to the office can mean breathing a big sigh of relief.  

But just because lockdowns are lifted to an extent does not mean it is time to rush back into things.

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10 Things Successful Remote Workforces Do

10 Things Successful Remote Workforces Do

The rapid adoption of remote work is an exciting development across the globe. While there are some hurdles to clear in establishing a successful remote workforce, companies that utilize one have the ability to garner the best talent, regardless of location. When workers don’t have to physically commute, they can do the same great work from much farther distances. A Georgi-based company can work with an employee in Vermont without her having to fly back and forth every day. 

That all makes sense, but how do you run a successful remote operation?

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Reopening MA: Second Phase

Reopening MA: Second Phase

After two months of having the stay-at-home advisory in effect, Massachusetts residents in non-essential industries finally got back to work, approaching something close to a normal routine.  On May 18, Governor Baker had released a four-phase approach for reopening the state. It lists the protocols that businesses and individuals are to follow to jumpstart the economy while keeping the numbers of new cases down and giving the strained healthcare system time to catch up. 

We are now entering Phase Two of Baker’s plan. To make things just a little more confusing, we’re in step one of two for this phase.

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Health Care is the Target of New APT Attacks

Health Care is the Target of New APT Attacks

How strong are your passwords? This is the question that security agencies in both the US and the UK are asking health care professionals. That’s because they’ve identified a dramatic rise in the number of attacks targeting these workers and their institutions. 

CISA, the cybersecurity arm of the US Department of Homeland Security, has issued a joint alert in conjunction with the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). According to them, advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are seeking to steal from organizations responding to COVID-19. 

This victim group in US and the UK includes health care bodies, medical research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and local even governments and universities. 

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