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3 Ways to Set Boundaries in the Workplace

boundaries in the workplace

Just like with friendships and marriages, setting boundaries in the workplace is important for a successful businessperson. Communicating clear boundaries up front can go a long way to preventing potential conflicts and also promote a positive environment of mutual respect among clients and colleagues. 3 Ways to Set Boundaries in the Workplace. Set Boundaries with Time. Communicating time-related boundaries up-front will help prevent a confrontation with a supervisor about working overtime or during a time when you have other previous commitments Keep Your Work at Work. The nature of some jobs may prevent this but in many cases, keeping your…

8 Tips to Reduce Stress at Work

Reduce Stress at Work

According to an article on Forbes.com which addresses workplace stress, the typical business professional takes on between 30 to 100 projects at any given time. That’s a lot to keep tabs on! The article also states that about 40% of adults have trouble sleeping at night due to feeling stressed. In this fast-paced and demanding day and age, it’s more important than ever to reduce stress at work. Here are 8 Tips to Help Reduce Stress at Work Take Care of Your Health – When we take care our health, we are better equipped to deal with stressful situations, boost…

Company Wellness Programs Increase Employee Productivity with Gym Membership Benefits

Increase employee productivity with gym membership benefits

Happy employees make happy customers, but how do you make happy employees? Sometimes the answer doesn’t have to cost the company a lot of dollars per employee. Some studies are finding that you can make a happier workforce and increase employee productivity with gym membership benefits under what’s being dubbed as “Company Wellness Programs”. Proven “ROI” is estimated to be around $3 for every $1 spent on company wellness programs, and according to this article, one study showed an average savings of $650 per employee! (Here’s another article about a company who used a company wellness program to increase employee…

Deadline for the Free Windows 10 Upgrade July 29, 2016

Deadline for the Free Windows 10 Upgrade

If you’re one of those people who has been clicking the obnoxious update window at the bottom right of your screen closed each time it pops up, you need to know that the deadline for the Free Windows 10 upgrade is fast-approaching. Once the deadline passes, you’ll no longer have access to the free operating system upgrade and important future security updates. Download before the Deadline for the Free Windows 10 Upgrade We know it’s inconvenient, but if you’re running a Windows operating system that qualifies, just take the time needed to download and install the upgrade before the deadline…

5 Must Haves for Small business IT Support in Portland (Or Wherever You Run Your Business)

Small Business IT support

Whether you’re just beginning, or reevaluating your small business’ digital infrastructure, there are some things you’ll want to consider adding to your checklist before signing an IT support contract. Here are 5 must haves for small business IT support in Portland (or wherever you run your business). Must-Haves for Small Business IT Support in Portland Customized Solutions. Does the company you’re considering only offer one-size-fits-all solutions? This gives little wriggle room for budget considerations. We think your IT support should be tailored for what you need. Fast and Friendly 24/7/365+ Tech Support. Every minute of downtime during a technical crisis…

Choosing a Good Managed Services Company for Business

choosing a good managed services company for business

Whether you’ve been in business for 2 weeks or 2 decades, choosing a good managed services company for business isn’t an easy task. Your business data is extremely valuable; trusting and choosing a good managed services company for business is something that should be thoroughly researched before signing any contract. Choosing a Good Managed Services Company for Business When you’re looking for a good managed services company for business, treat the process like a job interview. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; your business and livelihood are at stake if a data disaster hits. Here are a few important things…

Reduce System Downtime in a Disaster

Reduce System Downtime in a disaster

If your network were to suddenly go down, are you prepared? Do you understand how long it will take to recover your data from backup, restore it, and how much it could potentially cost your business if your backup system isn’t fine-tuned and your employees are left with nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs? Perhaps it’s time to get a better understanding of what a network crash could cost you and explore different ways you can reduce system downtime in a disaster. Reduce System Downtime in a Disaster – What’s it Going to Cost Without a Plan Let’s say…

Business Computer Network Security Tips – Pt II

business computer network security

Our last post touched on the first five business computer network security tips for protecting your business’ digital data. You can read Part I here. 5 More Business Computer Network Security Tips Use a password manager. Password managers act as a vault to store your passwords and can add an extra depth of security by auto-generating random, difficult to de-code passwords (as long as you don’t forget your master password). Never store any of your passwords digitally on any computer or server. Be warry of free Wi-Fi Hotspots. Often in crowded public places, free Wi-Fi hotspots will appear in your…

Business Continuity – Importance of Data Backup and Recovery

data backup and recovery

If you’ve been in business for a while, chances are good that you understand how important it is to have a complete data backup and recovery system in place. Why Complete Data Backup and Recovery is Essential for Every Business, Big or Small If your workstation or server holds important data that becomes unrecoverable, or your hardware becomes destroyed during a flood or fire and you do not have a complete data backup and recovery system in place, you are taking a huge risk with your business. Not only have you lost data, but you’ve also lost valuable work hours…

Tips for Optimizing Your Business’ Success in the New Year

Optimizing Your Business

Starting the year off at full speed takes a running start. If you want to set up your business for maximum efficiency and success in 2015, the time to start is now. Here’s a short list of ideas to help you in optimizing your business: Make Digital Room, Archive and Backup the Rest – When network drives are bogged down with non-essential information, it makes important information that much more difficult to access. Clearing out old and obsolete files by deleting them is an easy way to create some digital space. Always keep records which are required by law. These…