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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Three Best IT Practices for Any Sized Business

Three Best IT Practices for Any Sized Business

Seeing as technology is a critical component of most modern business processes, it is basically guaranteed that it will benefit your operations to abide by a few particular best practices. These practices are reviewed below so you can move forward and utilize your technology to its highest capabilities.

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Tips for Stopping Robocalls

Tips for Stopping Robocalls

“It was getting to the point where I wouldn’t answer my cell phone anymore.”

Does this scenario ring a bell? If you get a lot of scam calls, you are probably ready to throw your phone into the ocean. Not only are these calls irritating, they can be outright dangerous. Stopping them altogether isn’t easy, but there are ways to prevent them to a degree.

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Socialization is Even More Important While Working Remotely

Socialization is Even More Important While Working Remotely

With remote work becoming the standard for many businesses in their efforts to maintain operations in recent months, this potentially company-saving adoption has not been without its disadvantages. Most notably, the mental health of many employees has been impacted as teams have been working together while keeping apart, in large part because the quick conversations that happen throughout the workday have mostly been eliminated.

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Testing Your Backup is Critical

Testing Your Backup is Critical

If there is one thing that you could take away from our blog it is that data backup is a critical part of any business continuity strategy. Alas, there are so many different parts to it that it’s not surprising some data could slip through the cracks if not maintained properly. If you’re not actively taking measures to keep disasters from derailing your business’ progress, you stand to lose more than some data. Below is a look at some of the imperative parts of a data backup and disaster recovery process and why it is essential to give them a test regularly. 

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The Fundamentals of a Successful BDR

The Fundamentals of a Successful BDR

As much as you hope it will not happen to your company, a disaster could strike at any time; statistics have shown as much to be true. To remove some of the risks associated with disasters and the data loss they lead to, Macro Systems recommends that you implement BDR into your business continuity strategies.

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Best Practices to Prevent You From Losing Technology

Best Practices to Prevent You From Losing Technology

People working remotely has been on the rise even before the COVID-19 pandemic made it the safest way for a business to operate. Of course, this makes organization a particularly important thing to consider, especially as public areas reopen as workspace options.

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Best Practices are Critical to Your Business

Best Practices are Critical to Your Business

If you are a continual reader of our blog, you will notice that “best practices” is a term that is used generously. That is because there are certain ways to go about things when you are working with technology.  Let's go over what the term actually means and why they are critical when managing your business. 

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Three Steps to Creating a Successful Backup Strategy

Three Steps to Creating a Successful Backup Strategy

It is very likely that you have already heard us talk about the importance of a comprehensive data backup strategy. Recent events have made such preparations no less imperative for you to have in place. Listed below are some of the key steps that you need to undergo.

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Can Breaks Lead to More Productivity in the Workplace?

Can Breaks Lead to More Productivity in the Workplace?

Today's society is greatly focused on the virtue of hard work, of productivity. This has resulted in a type of unspoken prejudice against breaks in the workplace, that any break that is not earned is a sign of an unproductive employee. As it turns out, the opposite is true. So, how can turn your breaks into a way to accomplish more in the workplace? Read on.

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How an Inventory Strategy Can Help Your Business

How an Inventory Strategy Can Help Your Business

How many times have you traveled to the store and purchased items that you already had? Alas, this happens all the time, but fortunately it’s usually a carton milk or a loaf of bread. When it happens in your business, it can be much more costly. Listed below is a recommendation for an inventory strategy that will stop you from spending tons of cash on redundant investments. 

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How to Protect Your Employees As You Reopen

How to Protect Your Employees As You Reopen

As businesses of all types either reopen or find themselves quickly approaching that point, the ongoing status of COVID-19 guarantees that these companies must carefully evaluate how to proceed. With infection numbers rising at the time of this writing, it is imperative that you establish the means to protect your employees from infection and illness.

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Three Factors That Should Be Included In Your Company Policies

Three Factors That Should Be Included In Your Company Policies

If you haven’t kept your most current policies and procedures recorded somewhere, you absolutely must rectify this as soon as possible. A written guide to your business’ policies and procedures is imperative because it gives your team a resource to turn to for an answer to any questions concerning their employment. Listed below are some things you must include in your written employee handbook.

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Considerations Your Business Needs to Make to Reopen

Considerations Your Business Needs to Make to Reopen

Many states’ stay-at-home orders that were implemented to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus are now lapsing all over the U.S. As a result, business owners are re-opening their doors to a great deal of uncertainty. Listed below is a guide to help the business owner understand that, even though you’ve finally been given the go-ahead, you have a responsibility to keep your staff and customers safe.

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A Business Continuity Planning is Critical to Your Business

A Business Continuity Planning is Critical to Your Business

Disasters, at least in the business sense, always seem to be underestimated. While you usually hear about disasters that are often seen, there are some that can go under the radar until they strike. However, regardless of the nature of the disaster, you need to be prepared to maintain both your operations and your communications to some degree.

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One Trait that Makes Video Conferencing Less Awkward

One Trait that Makes Video Conferencing Less Awkward

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, more business than ever are now conducted via video chat. You may be using it yourself as a tool to work remotely. Nevertheless, while these conversations may help keep your team connected to one another, the experience certainly isn’t the same as what would be found in the office conference room. There is one specific trait that can help video conferencing be as smooth as possible for everyone, though. 

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How to Better Manage Your Email

How to Better Manage Your Email

Microsoft Outlook has some cool, overlooked features to help reduce the time you spend managing your email. Listed below are two tips on this subject.

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How Ergonomics Can Help You Remotely Work More Effectively

How Ergonomics Can Help You Remotely Work More Effectively

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, many businesses are maintaining their operations by enabling remote work. While we normally focus on how you should properly take care of your technology, we wanted to shift our focus momentarily to the people using this technology, and how they can do so more safely.

To do so, we have to consider ergonomics.

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Enhance Productivity by Sticking to a Routine

Enhance Productivity by Sticking to a Routine

Business efficiency can be helped by putting a concrete process in place, which is why it feels natural to develop one in the workplace. Naturally, these processes should also come into play when working remotely. What makes a routine so advantageous, and how you can develop one to optimize your success?

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Business Continuity is Critical These Days

Business Continuity is Critical These Days

March 31st is World Backup Day, which makes it the ideal opportunity to share the benefits of having a comprehensive backup plan. Alas, the current COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant business interruptions make World Backup Day only too timely this year. Below we'll examine how these tough times make a business continuity strategy and data backup all the more critical to have.

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A List of Considerations When Moving Your Business

A List of Considerations When Moving Your Business

When you transition your business into a new workspace, it can be one of the most exciting times for both you and your staff. Of course it isn’t easy, however. Listed below is a short list of considerations that you should take in order to make this process go smoothly.

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