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How to Encourage Collaboration in Your Place of Work

How to Encourage Collaboration in Your Place of Work

Collaboration: it is the gold standard of teamwork that so many businesses seek. If your employees aren’t naturally drawn to the idea, however, there are some ways that you can help to sell the concept. Let’s discuss a few of the ways that you can coax your users into collaborative behaviours.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Maximize Productivity, According to Experts

Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Maximize Productivity, According to Experts

In most workspaces and offices, “productivity” is always present on the list of goals. Why settle for one task completed in a set time, when multiple tasks can be completed in the same amount of time without sacrificing the quality of the result? This goal is popular enough for many experts and consultants to have weighed in on. This week, our tip will involve a basic overview of some such strategies so you may consider them.

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Can Outsourcing Be an Option for Your Business?

Can Outsourcing Be an Option for Your Business?

There is a major problem that the owners of most small-to-medium-sized businesses run into: impatience. Their business might not be growing at the rate they like, or they may just have too much work to accomplish in order to grow. Whatever the problem is, outsourcing parts of a business can really bring a whole lot of benefits. Let’s take a look at how outsourcing can help the modern business.

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Like IT or Not, You Need to Keep Up

Like IT or Not, You Need to Keep Up

You have to establish your organisation as a contender. To do so, you’re going to need to use at least the calibre of tools that your competition is using. According to the 2020 State of IT report that Spiceworks has released, the majority of businesses with fewer than 100 employees have plans to adopt new technology solutions.

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Tip of the Week: Bandwidth Questions

Tip of the Week: Bandwidth Questions

Consider the following question: is your business’ Internet connection feeling a bit sluggish lately? If you haven’t examined your bandwidth since you started your business, then there’s a chance that you aren’t being as productive as you could be if you took a closer look at it. We’ll discuss some ways you can make the most of your IT solutions with proper bandwidth.

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Tip of the Week: Adjusting Microsoft Word to Match Your Style

Tip of the Week: Adjusting Microsoft Word to Match Your Style

The popularity of Microsoft Word is undeniable, in part because it features preconfigured settings to make it easier for its users. While these settings are useful for most of these users, they might not reflect your business’ use of Word. Fortunately, you can make adjustments to these settings to increase the value that Word can offer your business. Here, we’ve put together some tips to help you make these changes, if you so choose.

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Access to Data Often Creates Opportunities for Workers

Access to Data Often Creates Opportunities for Workers

Every business relies on some sort of productivity. Whether it’s sales, manufacturing, distributing, managing, or support. If you are looking for a way to get more from your staff, giving them direct access to all the data they need to do their job properly can go a long way toward putting them in a position to succeed.

One way that many organisations have helped their employees become more productive is by embracing cloud computing. With cloud applications and file sharing, people can get the access they need from anywhere that has an Internet connection, on any device that supports a web browser. Today, we’ll introduce you to the modern cloud-hosted productivity suite, and how they may just be what the doctor ordered for your business.

Cloud-Based Productivity Suites
The productivity suite has been around for decades. It typically offers users a note taking application, a word processor, a spreadsheet program, and a presentation software. Today these suites are available in the cloud which provides users the newest version of the software, integration with the other software in the suite, and associated cloud storage for an affordable monthly fee billed per user. This eliminates the headaches attached to older productivity suites that demanded that IT administrators upgrade to new versions of the software when they are released, and also the need to manage the licensing of the software. By giving your employees access to productivity applications from anywhere, many organisations see increases in collaboration, cooperation, and productivity.

Pitfalls for Seamless Access
Access to applications, storage and more through the cloud can provide a big boost for a business, but there are some qualifications that need to be addressed. First of all, we all know that security is extremely important for any organisation. The more devices allowed to access your business’ data, the more potential security issues can pop up. To mitigate the risk of providing your employees with this kind of seamless access, the IT professionals at Press Start Ltd suggest that you integrate a virtual private network (VPN) solution for your employees. This solution provides the necessary security by presenting workers an encrypted tunnel in which to send and receive data, mitigating the chances that data can be intercepted when sent or received through the VPN.

If you are looking to give your staff the tools they need to be productive in the office and on the go, reach out to our consultants today and they can present you with the right technology for your needs. Call us today on 01638 603204 to learn more.

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Is Streaming Cutting Into Your Business’ Productivity?

Is Streaming Cutting Into Your Business’ Productivity?

Streaming in the office is a topic of hot debate amongst business owners, and for good reason. Depending on the type of media being streamed, it can either enhance or hinder office productivity. What does your company need to know about streaming, and what you can do about employees who can’t resist the urge?

Acceptable Uses of Streaming
First of all, we want to emphasise that not all streaming is bad for productivity. There are certain media types that will be necessary for certain employees to unlock their full potential. For example, let’s say that you have an employee who works better in areas with minimal distraction. If your other employees are being too noisy collaborating (or not), this employee can put on a pair of headphones and listen to music streamed from an online app to drown out the sound.

You also might need to look at a video during your normal workday for work purposes. Perhaps it is an important news article about a new workplace trend, or perhaps it’s a training video that is needed in order to fully master a new software solution. Regardless, there will generally be some reason to stream something or another, but this doesn’t mean that it’s always acceptable.

Unacceptable Uses for Streaming
If you have an employee who is streaming video at all times, you’re dealing with an employee who simply isn’t working to the best of their ability. They are doing your business and themselves a disservice. Not only is streaming distracting, but it can also use up a lot of your bandwidth, leading to a lot of slowdown on other network-connected devices.

For the problem employees who just can’t keep their eyes off of YouTube, Netflix, or Hulu, you can implement a content filter. What this does is keeps them focused on the workday by eliminating access to specific sites. This can be anything ranging from social media sites and streaming sites to dangerous malware-infected sites that are dangerous to browse.

If your organisation wants to implement a content filter, Press Start Ltd can help. To learn more, reach out to us on 01638 603204.

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Your Office Deserves a Good Cleaning

Your Office Deserves a Good Cleaning

In keeping with the freshly rejuvenated feel that springtime brings, many people take advantage of this energy by doing some much-needed spring cleaning after the long winter months. Why shouldn’t the workplace join in the fun? In this blog, we’ll explain how a fresh and clean office can benefit your employees and your business as a whole - and just as importantly, how to go about tidying up properly.

Why Your Office Needs to Be Kept Clean
Regardless of the industry you operate in, chances are that your business relies on technology solutions in order to function properly. From this conclusion, it can be inferred that if your solutions were to go on the fritz or even break down entirely, you would find yourself experiencing downtime and the associated lack of productivity.

Keeping your solutions and the environment they are stored in clean and organised is key to maintaining their functionality. Without the proper care and maintenance, your technology doesn’t stand a chance for very long, which can (and will) cause no small harm to your business.

To combat these effects, there are plenty of solutions you can deploy to assist you, along with some traditional cleaning methods and basic organisational strategies.

Digital Methods
There are plenty of ways to improve your organisational functionality, starting with your document organisation solution. What is the current state of your retained files? Are they well-organised into a hierarchy, such that everyone in the business who needs access can gain it by following the system? Are they fully digitised and backed up, or are they squirreled away in metal boxes that take up valuable real estate? Going paperless is an environmentally conscious and admirable strategy, not to mention a good way to save some capital.

Organising and Optimising Your Computer
While you’re occupied with dealing with your file storage and organisation, it also doesn’t hurt to take a look at some of your other technology solutions to ensure that everything is as it should be where they are involved. Take, for example, your email solution and its inbox.

It’s no secret that email messages have a tendency to pile up and become unmanageable if left unorganised for too long. By auditing the messages you receive and setting up filters to automate their organisation, you can make your inbox largely independent.

As for your desktop and the files found on it, treat the files there as you would the files in your document organisation system. Are there any being stored on your individual device that should actually be stored in the company’s shared files? A hierarchy of folders can help you organise any files that are left after those that can be moved to shared resources.

Keeping Things Tidy
Of course, what’s a good office cleaning without taking a few workstations and getting rid of any accumulated dust and grime? Have a trusted IT resource open up the devices and give them a thorough cleaning with some canned air and clean out some of the exterior in the same way. You should also give your network infrastructure the same treatment with duster. Once your computers and servers are cleaned out, it never hurts to rethink your cable management to minimise dust collection and reduce the very real tripping hazard these cables can create.

Finally, you should also participate in some more traditional spring cleaning. Clean your floors and bathrooms, and get rid of any “science experiments” left in the break room refrigerator. This will all make your office environment more comfortable, healthier, and thereby more productive.

What are some of your best cleaning tips? Share them with us in the comments!

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