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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.

Examining a Four-Day Workweek

Examining a Four-Day Workweek

When you think about the workweek, there’s a good chance that some iteration of the 40-hour week, broken into 9-to-5 shifts on the weekdays, is what comes to mind. It’s just the way things are done. This may not be a good thing, however. Listed below is a consideration of the origins of our modern work schedule, and how changing it could provide us all with some significant benefits.

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What a Recent Study Reveals About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

What a Recent Study Reveals About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

You might think that remote work for specific positions is taking off, and while this is true for some companies, it’s not the case for all. For instance, Knowledge workers are seeing fewer and fewer new job postings, as evidenced by a report from Braintrust. This report analyzed 150,000 new job postings and had some surprising results on the remote work front.

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Why Content Filtering is Necessary for Your Business

Why Content Filtering is Necessary for Your Business

The Internet might be a great resource for today's businesses, but it can also waste a lot of time and expose your organization to more risks than you’d think. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to take action against these threats and do what must be done to protect your organization from them. One of the best ways you can do this is by implementing a content filter for your network traffic.

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How to Enhance Organizational Productivity

How to Enhance Organizational Productivity

Every business is constantly looking for a way to enhance productivity, but it’s not always easy to find strategies that lead to higher yields and more profitability. Even the most sound strategy may take time to get going, and sometimes what seems to be a well-laid plan doesn’t come together. This month, we thought we would provide four tips on how to boost organizational productivity without many headaches. 

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How to Enhance Productivity via Google Chrome

How to Enhance Productivity via Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a very popular browser. For example, in June of this year, about 65 percent of the overall browser market share was attributed to Chrome. Because so many people use Chrome, we put together a few tips that can help make Chrome even more productive for the user.

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4 Dated Office Conventions that Should be Replaced

4 Dated Office Conventions that Should be Replaced

The office environment has evolved a lot over the years with technology being the impetus for such change. In your years doing business, how much has changed? How much of that change was driven by technology? Many of the traditional conventions of conducting business have been changed for the better as a result of these technological developments; listed below are just a few of them.

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Tips on Overcoming Distractions in the Workplace

Tips on Overcoming Distractions in the Workplace

Technology is such a great tool for productivity, but one thing that you need to comprehend is that it can't work miracles. At the end of the day, we are all still human; distractions creep in that technology cannot prevent. Some users struggle with staying focused, which leads to unproductive behaviors, all of which compounds to create wasted time and money. Listed below are some ways that your employees can overcome distractions in the workplace.

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How Microsoft is Addressing Employee's Mental Health

How Microsoft is Addressing Employee's Mental Health

Workplace stress has increasingly been viewed as a prescient issue for businesses, with an enhanced focus on identifying the causes and mitigating the impacts. A recently published patent from Microsoft helps to demonstrate how seriously this is now taken… although it also raises the question: do we really need technology’s help to identify when we feel stressed?

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How to Find the Right Productivity App for your Business

How to Find the Right Productivity App for your Business

Businesses need to maximize productivity however they can. Some look to software to make this happen. When looking for productivity software, it may seem like you are looking at the same thing over and over again. While we admit that many productivity programs are similar, it’s critical that you acquire the software that will give your organization the tools it needs to succeed. Listed below is a look at how you can find the right productivity apps for your business’ needs.

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A Look at Productivity during the Pandemic

A Look at Productivity during the Pandemic

Some people may say that operational efficiency and productivity are only measures of how well managers are able to manage. Make no mistake about it, productivity is critical to workers, too. When COVID-19 spurred lawmakers to create stay-at-home orders in March of 2020, the fear was that productivity would decrease so much that it would destroy society. This clearly didn’t happen, but there has been some ebb and flow of the productivity metrics since the beginning of the pandemic. Below is a look at productivity during COVID-19.

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Ways to Improve Productivity

Ways to Improve Productivity

Businesses are always looking for a way to enhance productivity and some will try almost anything to do so. However, for the individual, managing your productivity is a little less complicated. That’s not to say that it is always simple. Usually, the best way to boost productivity is to improve time management. How does one go about changing their behaviors to boost their productivity? Listed below are a couple of ways.

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A Business Needs Reliable Leadership

A Business Needs Reliable Leadership

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 Businesses can Benefit from Automation

How Businesses can Benefit from Automation

While a lot of the focus on any organization's use of technology may be on its front-facing solutions, there’s a lot to be said about the technology solutions that power these organizations behind the scenes. Listed below are a few ways that companies are benefiting from automating some of these background processes.

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The Effects of Downtime on Your Business

The Effects of Downtime on Your Business

There are a lot of words that a business owner dread hearing. One of the worst has to be downtime; it signifies waste. Let's examine the effects of downtime and how to calculate the financial impact of a downtime event.

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How Managed IT Help Your Business

How Managed IT Help Your Business

Technology has made its way into nearly every business, especially this year with the Covid pandemic. There really is no choice, but with the commitment to technology there comes risk. If technology fails, your business takes a step back. Below we discuss how managed IT services work to manage your risk and keep your IT running effectively. 

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How Your Business Can Utilize Artificial Intelligence

How Your Business Can Utilize Artificial Intelligence

As technology grows smarter, artificial intelligence has evolved into a more and more applicable solution that businesses of all sizes can utilize. Listed below are the various ways in which AI can be utilized to support businesses.

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How the Internet of Things can Help Your Business

How the Internet of Things can Help Your Business

Since 1982, the technology known as the Internet of Things has provided the devices around us with greater capabilities via artificial intelligence and Internet connectivity. While this technology flew under the radar for a long time, many business functions are now relying on its benefits. Listed below are a few ways that the IoT can aid your organization.

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Gmail Upgrades the User Experience

Gmail Upgrades the User Experience

Distinctly demonstrating their prioritization of their G Suite offering, Google continues to enhance the platform’s many solutions to upgrade the user experience. Most recently, this has included giving Gmail a few extra functionalities to help further integrate a business’ communications. A look at these functionalities is listed below.

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How VoIP Boosts Productivity

How VoIP Boosts Productivity

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is an incredibly convenient tool for modern businesses, especially in terms of enhancing productivity. Consider a few capabilities that can give you and your team a boost.

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Technology Services That Can Help Keep Your Business Afloat

Technology Services That Can Help Keep Your Business Afloat

After dealing with months of terrible news, a lot of businesses are trying to find the right strategy to navigate all the challenges their road ahead presents. With increasing costs and diminishing revenues there needs to be a strategic urgency that will allow your organization to sustain operations when other companies are laying off their workers and folding into obscurity. Below is a look at some of the technology services that you can use to keep your business afloat during the economic downturn. 

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