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Strategies for Rising Above Adversity in Business

Strategies for Rising Above Adversity in Business

Adversity is an inevitable part of doing business. Every administrator, manager, and employee will face challenges at some point. Overcoming these obstacles is crucial for maintaining efficient operations and fostering a resilient work environment. Here are some effective strategies to help you navigate adversity in business.

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How are Companies Handling Employees’ Desire to Work from Home?

How are Companies Handling Employees’ Desire to Work from Home?

Many business owners considered allowing their employees to work from home like opening Pandora’s box; once opened, there was no going back. Unfortunately, for these administrators, they were faced with the very real prospect of losing their business if they didn’t allow it. Millions of people started working from home in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now that public fear has diminished, how have companies reacted? Let’s discuss some remote work statistics to get an answer.

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How to Use Business Analytics to Fast-Track Success

How to Use Business Analytics to Fast-Track Success

Data is at the heart of all successful modern businesses. The information you collect and store can help you make better decisions, plan better strategies, and gain a competitive advantage. Let’s look at how your raw data can be refined into more meaningful insights through the use of business analytics tools.

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Five Methods to Improve Team Productivity

Five Methods to Improve Team Productivity

If you want your organization to be efficient, you must increase productivity. However, this is often easier said than done, as plenty of obstacles, communication challenges, and resource allocation issues can stymie even the most well-thought-out plans. Let’s look at how you can improve productivity for your business by considering these common issues.

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Technology that Can Help You Get Through Tough Situations

Technology that Can Help You Get Through Tough Situations

Running a business has definite highs and lows. When things start spiraling seemingly out of control, it’s important to maintain the confidence that with the right decision-making and conscientious action, you can get through any problem that a business faces. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss some of the technology that can help you get through tough situations. 

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These Tech Solutions Can Eliminate Some Stress in the Workplace

These Tech Solutions Can Eliminate Some Stress in the Workplace

Businesses have a lot of stressful things going on at any given moment, especially when timelines and deadlines are considered. You have projects that you need to complete for your customers and employees who need to be paid on time, and you would be hard-pressed to find a situation for your organization that isn’t under some sort of time crunch. How can you use technology to make sure that these timelines are met? Let’s go over some solutions.

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Are You Innovating Too Much for Your Own Good?

Are You Innovating Too Much for Your Own Good?

Information technology has become a ubiquitous tool employed by almost every organization. The ability to adapt and improve operations has become critical for maximizing productivity and creating an environment conducive to success. The pursuit of innovation, however, often considered essential, may actually hinder productivity. This month, we explore how blindly innovating might not always be the optimal path for steering your business toward success.

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Two Approaches to Collaboration Your Business Can Benefit From

Two Approaches to Collaboration Your Business Can Benefit From

Collaboration is the key to many businesses' success and through the use of technology, your collaborative success could improve exponentially. The problem becomes how to determine what kind of collaboration tools work right for your situation. Today, we’ll go through two different types of software that can help improve your organizational collaboration.

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Tip of the Week: How to Fight Productivity Paranoia in Employees

Tip of the Week: How to Fight Productivity Paranoia in Employees

Back in 2022, Microsoft coined the term “productivity paranoia,” referring to the fears that many managers have that remote workers aren’t working to their full productivity. However, as remote and hybrid work has continued for many companies, a different form has emerged: the feeling a worker has that they have to prove they are still productive while working from home.

Here are some tips to share with your team, so they can use them to avoid these feelings.

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Tip of the Week: Take and Share Screenshots in Windows 11

Tip of the Week: Take and Share Screenshots in Windows 11

A screenshot can be a remarkably handy thing to have on hand, for both your own purposes and especially for the purposes of technology support. While there are many tools out there that can help you take effective screenshots, there is a modern solution available for all users of Windows 11. Let’s look at how you can use it!

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Tip of the Week: How to Make Use of Otherwise Wasted Time

Tip of the Week: How to Make Use of Otherwise Wasted Time

As much as we try to structure our productivity throughout the day, there are always those moments that seem to slip by—both at work and in our personal lives. It can be tough to find time to commit to projects whether your goal is personal or professional.

So, let’s go over some tips that help make this time easier to find. 

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Technology Solutions to Help Solve Common Operational Problems

Technology Solutions to Help Solve Common Operational Problems

Operational problems can not only stymie growth, they can trigger a lot of other issues that can be detrimental to the long term success and sustainability of a business. Unfortunately, it’s often a little difficult to see while you are in the heat of battle. Let’s take a look at some of the solutions that can solve some of the common operational problems that small businesses run into.

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How Small Issues Can Snowball Into Major Operational Problems

How Small Issues Can Snowball Into Major Operational Problems

When it comes to your business’ continuity, you should know that even small issues pose a great threat—especially when they involve your business’ data. Let’s examine two situations where even small mistakes could lead to a cascade of problems that could leave your organization strapped for cash and struggling to stay alive.

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KPIs to Help You Measure Your Business’ Productivity

KPIs to Help You Measure Your Business’ Productivity

Productivity is the lifeblood of any business, and understanding what it entails is paramount for every decision-maker in the corporate world. The concept of productivity is highly contextual, as no two businesses operate in the same way or are managed identically. Today, we present a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that you need to consider. These twelve metrics will assist you in gauging whether your business is meeting productivity expectations or falling short.

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Microsoft and Google Offer Work Profiles

Microsoft and Google Offer Work Profiles

Both Microsoft and Google offer work profile solutions that are designed to separate personal and professional use on mobile devices. These profiles are commonly used in enterprise settings to enhance security and manageability while allowing employees to use their personal devices for work-related tasks. Here's an overview of work profiles from Microsoft and Google.

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It’s Probably Time to Consider a Change

It’s Probably Time to Consider a Change

Ask anyone that runs a business and they’ll tell you that it’s not one thing, it’s dozens of interconnected tasks that make up an efficiently functioning business. The smaller a business is, the more that the people that work in it need to do. This month, we wanted to discuss how even small investments in technology can make a massive difference in the way a business operates. 

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Exploring Some Ways Windows 11 Boosts Productivity

Exploring Some Ways Windows 11 Boosts Productivity

The Windows operating system has gradually improved since it was first released back in 1985, bringing us to Windows 11 and its productivity-boosting capabilities nearly four decades later. Let’s take a closer look at just a few of these features so you can make the most of your time using the OS.

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Copilot AI Set to Make Microsoft 365 More Powerful

Copilot AI Set to Make Microsoft 365 More Powerful

Artificial intelligence is becoming an integral technology for modern businesses, but you can’t just roll up to the AI store and get some AI. The machine learning algorithms that make up modern AI are integrated into the software that your business relies on. Microsoft, long known for being amongst the top business computing companies, has begun to integrate AI into their software. One place that most businesses will get first-hand experience with this technology is through their Microsoft 365 subscription. We will introduce you to Microsoft Copilot and what benefits it ultimately brings users. 

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You Should Make a Strategic Investment in Your Business’ Technology

You Should Make a Strategic Investment in Your Business’ Technology

All small business owners are searching for ways to ensure their organization's long-term success. The truth is that it takes a dedication to building strategies that allows your business to get in the fast lane and stay there; and these strategies aren’t always easy to find. Let’s discuss how leaning into solid technology investment can help bring you closer to your goals. 

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4 Common Pitfalls Holding Back Your Business’ Collaboration

4 Common Pitfalls Holding Back Your Business’ Collaboration

Collaboration tools can be remarkably helpful for businesses, if not downright essential to their success. With the right tools that are, of course, configured the right way, you can see exponential returns on your investment as your staff enjoy the many benefits they provide. Today, we want to discuss four common pitfalls with your collaboration tool security that must be addressed.

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