**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].

Reconnecting…

Reconnecting…

It’s frustrating isn’t it?

You’re in the middle of a great video meeting, full of ideas, solutions and plans for the future, and then…

Reconnecting

appears as your colleague’s image goes blank.

????

A poor internet connection has been a pain for many people while they’ve been working from home.

What do we really expect? There are more people video calling, working online, streaming music, films and TV in their homes. All at the same time.

Things were never going to be working at optimum levels.

But it doesn’t help your productivity.

So what do you do if your team’s home connection isn’t what it should be? Especially for those who will be working from home as a more permanent option.

First, check what services are available in their location, and what the coverage of available providers is like. Are they with the best provider already, or would a move be beneficial?

Could your business subsidise their move to a faster internet service?

Next, look at their routers. Is there a better one available for the kind of work your business does?  Consider whether a range extender would solve any issues too.

It’s not always straightforward, but giving your people the right tools for the job is vital, right?

If you need any help or advice on upload and download speeds, providers, or any of this internet connectivity stuff, you know where we are.

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

Smooth or rough?

Smooth or rough?

What’s your team’s collaboration been like over the past few months?

  • Has it been disrupted?
  • Have you struggled to find ways to keep projects moving forward?
  • Has there been a surge in miscommunication?

You might be interested to learn more about how Microsoft Teams can help you bring your people together, to collaborate more easily, and communicate more effectively.

Teams truly is beautiful. And really does cover it all, from file sharing, to virtual meetings, to editing documents.

We love it so much we’ve written a step-by-step guide to show you what’s inside.

Download your copy instantly

The year 2000 called. It wants its phones back

The year 2000 called. It wants its phones back

Technology changes really quickly.

Just think back to the mobile phone you had in 2000. Probably a Nokia, or a Motorola flip phone, right?

What about your computer? A big grey or beige box that took over most of your desk, with an even bigger monitor?

How about your office phone system? Er… was it similar to how it is now?

Everything else has moved on so much. Your phones can’t possibly be useful for how you do business today, versus how you did business 20 years ago.

Office phones are often overlooked. Yet there are countless benefits to upgrading your phone system.

We’ve written a brand new guide to show you how much more your phones could be doing for your business.

Instantly download this new guide here

How to make your next project disruption-free

How to make your next project disruption-free

When you’re working on multiple projects it can be disruptive to everyone involved.

Everyone needs to become a bit more flexible. Remote workers might need to come to the office, or office workers will need to go out to site meetings.

And people working ‘unusual’ hours might have to change their schedule to fit in with everyone else.

It’s never easy.

Office 365 has got a great solution for exactly this situation: Microsoft Teams.

If you’re not already familiar with this application, think of it as a highly structured WhatsApp for work – and so, so much more.

It’s an online space where you can create projects and pick your contributors.  Arrange online meetings, calls and even share and edit documents.

There’s also a mobile app to keep you connected when you’re not at your desk.

We love it. So this month we’ve created a video to show you how it works.

Watch this new video right now: