Sorry boss, I’m leaving

Sorry boss, I’m leaving

As a business owner, you get this from your team now and again. Sometimes it’s expected; sometimes it’s out of the blue. Frankly, it’s annoying.

One of the things you must consider when anyone leaves, is how to make sure your business’s data is fully protected.

Of course, you should take this case by case. But there will usually be some instances where you wouldn’t trust someone not to try and take some company data when they leave.

For this reason, it’s vital to have a plan of action which includes:

  • Removing their access to email
  • Disabling access to all their apps and software
  • Taking a backup of all data and archiving it
  • Only giving your people access to the files they need to use in the first place
  • Removing access to cloud-based apps on their personal devices
  • Disabling any company owned devices

We’re always here to help and give advice. Would you like us to review the plan for when someone leaves your business?

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected].

This is a list you need to know about

This is a list you need to know about

I like a good top list. Top TV shows, celebs, latest gadgets, etc…

And there’s a new list that you’re going to want to know about. It’s the top scams relating to the current situation.

I know; it’s not the light relief I usually like in a list either.

But it’s vital that you and your people are aware of these scams right now.

So my team and I have created a short video to make it easier for you.

Watch our short video now

 

**Newsflash** Sandra has the latest gossip

**Newsflash** Sandra has the latest gossip

We’ve all done it.

  • A quick check of the news when you’re putting off a dreaded task
  • Distracting yourself with a quick bit of surfing before you make that horrible phone call
  • Or… “I’ll just have a quick look on Facebook…” ????

Sometimes it helps us to take a few minutes to ourselves. To gear up for a job we really don’t want to do.

And that’s not a bad thing. So long as it’s only a few minutes.

It becomes a problem when you spend more time faffing, then you do “doing stuff”.

Can’t imagine you personally have this problem.

But maybe some of your staff do. Especially if they’re still working remotely, with all the distractions of home.

Now, we’re not advocates of micromanagement at all. Watching someone like a hawk all day rarely works in your favour.

But sometimes it’s good to have a plan to check exactly how much (or little) work is getting done in a day.

And that’s where monitoring your team’s computers can come in handy.

Do you suspect that Sandra spends more time checking her Facebook feed than she does checking on your clients? Switch on her monitoring and see for yourself.

It gives you proof of your suspicions. And something to raise privately with her, to ask her to make some changes.

Think of it less as Big Brother. And more like a business productivity tool.

But there are a lot of HR implications to consider. You have to be open with your team about usage monitoring, explain why you’re doing it, and not be seen to be targeting certain people.

So if this is something you’d find useful, my team can help get it set up for you – and talk you through how best to use it. Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected].

5 difficult questions to ask your IT support company

5 difficult questions to ask your IT support company

Sometimes in life we have to ask awkward questions. How much did that cost? Do you really need a second piece of cake? What’s that smell?

But you don’t usually expect to feel awkward asking questions of an IT support company. Well, you should.

A few tricky questions could help you to decide if they’re really the people you want to protect your business and its data.

Make the wrong decision on which IT support company to work with, and you’ll lose time, money…  and a lot of productivity too.

Worse still, if they’re not what they claim to be, you could also put your customers’ information at risk.

And at the moment, you really need to check their safety measures to protect your people.

We’ve written a new free guide, listing the 5 most important questions you should ask your IT support company. And not one of those questions is to do with how much they’ll cost you.

Download our guide here.

Old tech isn’t just slowing you down

Old tech isn’t just slowing you down

Technology moves on so quickly.

As lovely as it is to keep up with the latest models of phones, laptops and tablets… unless you have an endless pot of money, it just isn’t realistic.

But when your devices are really out of date, they can start to expose you to all kinds of problems. And I’m not just talking about how much slower they’ll run.

Older devices are at a higher risk of attack from malware and hacking. That’s because they aren’t able to run the most current protection.

It also means that at some point you may not be able to run the most up-to-date versions of the applications that you use, because the device wouldn’t support it.

That means you’d have to work on an unsupported version. And it also puts you at risk of attack. When things go wrong, you’d have nowhere to turn to rectify it.

We’re not suggesting you need to run out and upgrade all of your devices. But it’s vital that your equipment’s functionality meets your business’ needs.

If you’d like some help to identify any changes you may need to make, we’d be delighted to help.

Call us on 01732 617744 to arrange a chat or drop us a line at [email protected].