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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.