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4 Pandemic Business Trends Here to Stay: Time to Rethink Everything?

Things around us are constantly changing from the simplicities of daily life to the evolving technologies we use. With the COVID-19 pandemic people’s lives and jobs have been put on hold while companies are trying to figure out how to cope with this extreme change. People now have to adapt to working at home and still stay connected with everyone they work with.

As the months pass people have new needs and working from your home office or even your kitchen table may not be the most ideal. Will working from home become the “new normal”? Will we ever be able to shake hands again?  Questions like these are constantly on the minds of people who are now working from home.

This changes the game for people all over the world. Even though these changes are occurring doesn’t mean they are all bad, people now can save money on transportation to and from work and can even enjoy a nice meal at home for lunch. Yes, you may miss your work friends and socializing in the break room or around the water cooler but there are plenty of new ways to connect with the people you work with.

Moving forward the new ‘normal’ will consist of a lot of changes but with a little help and encouragement it's nothing we can't get through.

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10 Best Microsoft Teams Tips for Business Pros

10 Best Microsoft Teams Tips for Business Pros

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, people across the world have been getting used to new technologies at a startling pace. Ask just about anyone before 2020 if they had ever heard of Zoom and you’d probably get “No, what’s that?” in response. Now it’s a household name.

The same could probably be said for Microsoft Teams—or Microsoft, anyway. Just about everyone knows this company. Right now, you might be using a Windows operating system (Microsoft) and using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, or another application in Office 365. Now Teams is on the radar of a lot of people, too. In March, Teams usage had ballooned to 44 million daily active users from just 20 million in November.

The chat-based collaboration tool lets you use audio, video, screen sharing, and document sharing (SharePoint) to work over the internet with your coworkers—but you probably knew that much. But here are some features you might not be aware of.

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Your Employees Need Remote Solutions: Here’s How an MSP Helps

Your Employees Need Remote Solutions: Here’s How an MSP Helps

Maybe your business hasn’t made headlines quite like Twitter has. The tech giant announced that all of its employees can permanently work from home if they want to. This generous move is an anomaly for now. More likely, your business is like most others; remote work became the only option during a lockdown, and now that the lockdown is over, it’s still kicking around. 

Turns out that’s probably a good thing. It’s not crazy to think that employees who are happy are more productive, and Americans are falling for remote work. More than three-quarters say they’d like to work from home “at least occasionally.” And it’s easy to see why. Walking the dog, throwing in a load of laundry, cooking up a fresh meal—all these things are possible when you’re at home. Who doesn’t want that? 

Working from home, while desirable, presents a lot of unexpected challenges, though. For both new businesses and old, the concept can be daunting. How will employees stay on task? How will they communicate? How will they stay safe online? How, how, how

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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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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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Where Are the Holes in Your Remote Security?

Where Are the Holes in Your Remote Security?

Since lockdowns went into effect in the middle of March, millions of workers have been working from home. One of the things that we’ve learned from this mass experiment is just how flexible people can be in times of distress. Very few companies were prepared for this abrupt change, but when it happened, they had to adjust. Did they collapse under the burden? No way. American businesses are tougher than that.  They found ways to make the switch work. 

However, the switch to working from home wasn’t always a perfect one. In fact, it still isn’t perfect everywhere, which makes sense. When you take a business of say 100 workers, many of whom have never worked remotely before, and you suddenly have to close the office, things are going to go awry. Without proper contingency plans and polices, you’re going to have a patchwork system. 

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Staying Organized While Working from Home

Staying Organized While Working from Home

It’s unsurprising that the transition to remote work has been so difficultMost companies lacked adequate systems and policies to respond to the sudden, urgent need to move people off-siteThere’s a simple reason for that.“We spent the last 120 years learning how people can be productive in an office,” explains Hiten Shah, an entrepreneur and adviser to remote-work companies.

Most businesses still have to learnthat remote work is different, says The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. And while the percent of the U.S. labor force working from home has tripled in the last fifteen years, most workers were not adequately prepared for this change, either. 

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The Tech Tip That Can Overhaul Your Remote Workday

The Tech Tip That Can Overhaul Your Remote Workday

Now that you’re working from home, your workday probably looks a lot different. For a lot of us who weren’t planning on making this transition, the road has been a little bumpy. There are pros and cons to working from home. Many of us are discovering those now.

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