Many small business owners are in a very tough position: not only have they had to navigate months of government-mandated limitations, health scares, and rising vendor prices, they also don’t have any definitive answers to when this whole period might be over, and, what a new normal will look like when it is. For these reasons it is imperative that a business has reliable leadership in place.
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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.
For small businesses and startups, it is extremely imperative to select the collaboration tools your business needs to meet consumer demand. It is often the case where members of your team are going to be asked to work together toward the successful conclusion in the delivery of a service or the creation of a product. Listed below are some considerations that decision makers need to sort through in order to find collaboration solutions that will help meet their business’ goals.
Modern businesses depend on software to help them fill in the gaps. For certain businesses, though, not just any piece of software will do. If your business is dependent on specific software to properly run your business, or if your business functions in an industry rife with regulations, you might be looking for a line of business software.
The office is a location where work gets accomplished, but it’s also known as a sedentary lifestyle. Workplace wellness programs may be an $8 billion industry, but the effectiveness of these programs has yet to be determined. Below we'll take a look at what kind of office wellness programs might work for your business.
There aren’t many more joyful moments for a person than when they land their first big job. The opportunity to utilize the skills they have learned, and to pay off some of the debt that knowledge set them back, are two activities most people who are in this position savor. Nonetheless, you can’t expect these opportunities to keep your employees around forever... you need to meet and manage their other expectations of the workplace.
If you are a business owner that has been in business for a decade you’ve probably seen how emerging technologies have altered the face of business. Technologies such as cloud computing have created opportunities for many businesses to get the powerful computing infrastructures they need without enormous upfront costs. As this trend continues, the IT services have begun to move past core IT management and support and onto providing real solutions for the modern business. Let's take a look at how the Managed Service Provider (MSP) is at the forefront of a data revolution that has no end in sight.
Business owners: do you ever feel like you need to walk around on eggshells when it comes time to implement a new process or policy with your workers? Does it seem like your employees fight back tooth and nail when there is any technology alteration or IT restriction? You aren’t the only one who feels this way.
The office is a workplace; it probably isn’t a place that is usually associated with fun and games. Neverless, different aspects of games have been shown to provide significant benefits when introduced into the professional environment. Let's explore some ways in which some fun activities could help your organization.
Regardless of what you assume, a bias is not an inherently negative thing. Still, if not considered rationally, a bias can lead you to make a business decision that does more bad than good. Researchers have studied why we hold the biases we do, and how we can overcome them.
Internal communications are remarkably important for a business with multiple moving parts. In a world with many choices for communication, how does your company keep in touch? We’ve put together five great ways that your company can take advantage of today’s networking technology to create an infrastructure meant to help your employees stay connected to one another and promote organizational cooperation.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is nearly everywhere these days; as a result, potential security risks are also nearly everywhere. Your company needs to take the risks associated with the IoT into account and prepare accordingly.
IT project managers are an imperative part of any new technology initiative in your business; you should be looking for particular requirements when searching for a project manager for your latest project implementation. Listed below are some specific traits that your organization should look for in an IT project manager.
In homes and offices around the world, Technology has become nearly essentially, and one may find themselves replacing it more often than they expected. This leads to a significant amount of waste that can accumulate in your office; whether it's an extra smartphone, desktop, or something as simple as a random, non-functional hard drive. Disposing your dated, unnecessary technology isn’t as easy as placing paper into a recycling bin, however, and it shows in the amount of e-waste that infects the world every day.
One of the most revered NFL coaches in history, Vince Lombardi once said, “If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late.” Although that wasn’t its intended use, this quotation can easily apply to technology. The tech industry is constantly changing, improving, and innovating. Adapting to changes is something all businesses must do to succeed.
How many emails does your organization receive every day? Chances are that you can’t find time in your day-to-day operations to maintain and manage your email solution as well as you’d like, and in a world where threats to your organization’s network lurk around every corner, you can never be too careful. How can you make sure that you’re taking proper care of your business’s email infrastructure, without sacrificing the time and manpower required to do so?
Entrepreneurs enjoy an almost mythical standing in the business world as visionary leaders risking everything on an idea that, if successful, pays off in a big way. Yet, few understand the role of the intrapreneur; those who have equally big ideas, but operate in the context of established companies. Your business likely has dynamic intrapreneurs in your midst, but how do you make sure their voices are heard?
We have been very fortunate to assist many organizations, and this experience has given us a certain perspective of how many businesses approach their technology maintenance. We often work with new businesses to audit the performance of their IT. We’ve found that small businesses tend to have more issues and are susceptible to bigger vulnerabilities. These aren’t networks that go ignored either--many of them currently pay for an “expert” to support them.
Unless you’re at the helm of a Fortune 500 company, it’s likely that you’re always on the lookout for new ways to save money by tweaking your company’s operations. When you’re in money-saving mode, you understand that even a small change can rack up a lot in savings. To help you in your quest to save money, consider implementing these four practices.
As the business owner, are you the only person in your office who manages your company’s vendor relationships? Chances are that this is a huge responsibility, and one that consumes a significant portion of your time. While communicating with vendors is important for resolving issues or learning more about the service offered, it’s still a pain that you shouldn’t have to deal with.