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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.

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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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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Is Remote Work Here To Stay?

Is Remote Work Here To Stay?

Remote work has been imperative to many businesses as they work to sustain themselves throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as businesses have adopted new methods of operation, it has become obvious that remote work is likely to be much more than a survival tactic moving forward. Below is a look to a recent survey to see how remote work is influencing these businesses.

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Some Factors Concerning Returning to the Office During the Pandemic

Some Factors Concerning Returning to the Office During the Pandemic

We’ve all been at least somewhat affect by the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses have been some of the hardest hit because they were not deemed to be essential and were forced to close. Some were able to work from home. Regardless of what your pandemic strategy was, businesses are opening for business, and it's a great opportunity to discuss what to expect from your staff during this confusing time. 

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Video Conferencing Solutions can Enhance Your Organization's Collaboration

Video Conferencing Solutions can Enhance Your Organization's Collaboration

If your business is like many others, you’ve delayed some of your more capital-intensive plans and focused on efficiency. Since things are starting to reopen in many places, it’s been made clear that keeping your business running with remote workers is a solid strategy, but you can’t keep your projects on the back burner forever. Utilizing video conferencing solutions to help run your projects can be a good stopgap that can give your organization some flexibility. 

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Automation is Vital for Future Businesses

Automation is Vital for Future Businesses

Many businesses have found it very difficult to cope with restrictions levied by lawmakers because of the COVID-19 situation. This pandemic has sent business owners and decision makers searching for solutions to their revenue problems. The most popular solution is to automate some of the work that was usually done by human resources to try and slice some of the demands on their capital. Automation is here to stay in business. 

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Should Your Employees Still Work Remotely After COVID-19?

Should Your Employees Still Work Remotely After COVID-19?

One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that a worker's environment may not have as big of an effect on productivity as we once thought. However, many businesses that were forced to disperse their workforces as stay-at-home orders were put in place, have seen their overall productivity drop by about one percent, depending on who you ask, which considering all the variables is a win for any business that needed to go that route. Some employees are so much more productive than they are at the office that now that many businesses can reopen, there is a decision to be made. Discussed below is how imperative your productivity figures are to your business and how it may have an effect on your management style moving forward.

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A Minor Change That Can Increase Productivity

A Minor Change That Can Increase Productivity

If you were to look at any businesses' list of priorities, “productivity” could probably be found somewhere at the top. Current circumstances being what they are and many processes shifting as a result, this productivity is probably more of a challenge than usual. Any bit of saved time can enhance productivity, so this week’s tip focuses on a minor change you can make to accomplish this goal.

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