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“How To Get Your Employees To Cheerfully Put In MORE Hours”
Who doesn’t want employees that are more productive in the workplace? Yet personal issues, illness and family obligations often prevent employees from coming in. That’s why so many employers are now enabling remote access to their network. Whether you call it “working from home,” or your “virtual office,” the idea is the same; your network is configured to give you and your staff the ability to work from some location other than the office. While most business owners and managers pulling 60 hour work-weeks love the idea of putting in some of those hours from the comfort of their home, they often fear that employees given the same luxury won’t be as productive.
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However, studies have shown that employees working from home are actually far more productive than those who are limited to working at the office. The biggest fear is that employees will goof off and not take their job seriously; however, that fear is on the decline as more and more businesses are pursuing this (23 million and growing to be exact!) While telecommuting will not work in every situation, there is no doubt that technology has made working from home extremely practical whether a few times a month or every week. As a matter of fact, offering work-from-home options can give you a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining the best employees. Here are some additional benefits to allowing your people remote access:
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Employees who are sick can continue to work without infecting the office or losing an entire day of work.
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Employees forced to stay home to take care of sick family members can continue to work instead of taking off long periods. Inclement weather or heavily congested traffic won’t shut down your office. Key managers with a heavy workload will actually be more productive if given the ability to work from home on evenings and weekends.
Allowing employees flexibility during peak workloads (eg. CPAs during tax season) makes employees happier to put in the extra hours from a home office. Employees with temporary or permanent disabilities can continue to be fully functional in a home environment.
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While there are several options for remotely accessing your network, there are two primary ways used by most. They are: Remote Web Workplace: Pros: It’s easy to use. This method of remote access automatically comes with most Microsoft Small Business Server software. As long as your server is configured properly, you should be able to use the remote features. Cons: Your desktop in your office has to be turned on and functioning. Because this method actually takes over your computer, any issue with your computer that requires a physical reboot (meaning you need to be there at the machine) renders your work from home session impossible. Virtual Private Network (VPN):
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Most business owners feel software upgrades are akin to having a dental extraction: not a pleasant experience. But an upgrade to Windows 7 can actually be pain-free. Here’s why: XP Mode. If you’re worried about compatibility issues, fear not. XP Mode allows you to run older programs in Windows XP and simultaneously run everything else in Windows 7. If your main business software runs well now in Windows XP or Vista, it should run just fine in XP Mode. For even more peace of mind, make sure you contact your business software vendor and get their a-ok before beginning an upgrade. You can also try this on a “test” PC before rolling it out on your network. Installation Time. Windows 7 set-up is significantly faster than Vista or XP (previous versions of Windows). Boot-up times are multiples faster too. Stuff Just Works. When you plug in a new scanner, camera or other device into your computer, you don’t want to fight with pop-up messages that tell you to search for drivers. You just want it to work the way it’s supposed to. With Windows 7 that’s what you get.
Pros: Doesn’t rely on another computer in the office to work. Also, a VPN has some flexibility, since it can be set up as a hardware or software VPN.
Cons: Tends to run a little slower than remote web workplace. Basically, if you need to do a lot on your desktop PC, VPN may not be for you.
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Using a free e-mail account can be frustrating; no help organizing your messages, keeping track of appointments and deadlines, or staying on track with projects. Plus, if you want to share your electronic rolodex of prospects, vendors & clients with employees, it’s a pain in the rump. Worse yet, there’s no way to store and keep your e-mail data safe and secure, and no easy way to retrieve it when you need it. The Answer To Your Email Woes For many businesses, Microsoft Exchange is the answer. This e-mail system automatically puts you and your employees’ contacts, e-mail, calendars, and tasks all in one place (Outlook) where they are easily accessible, backed up, and secure. But the cost of setting up this type of system used to be cost-prohibitive for some companies. A server needs to be purchased along with software and other network components. Even on the smallest of networks, this would add up to thousands of dollars for set-up plus hundreds of dollars each year for maintenance. Fortune 500 E-mail, Mom & Pop Price “Hosted Exchange” is the cost-effective alternative. For the cost of a few lattes per month, you can have a great system for organizing your contacts, calendars and tasks,
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plus have peace of mind that your email data is safe. Not convinced on features and cost savings alone? Here are 4 more reasons to consider Hosted Exchange for your business: 1) Quick Set-Up. Installing an Exchange server at your office could take a full day or more to complete. With Hosted Exchange, there is no server to set up. Just connect to the Internet, enter your log-in, and you’re off to email land. 2) Disaster Recovery. With Hosted Exchange, your emails, calendar, contacts and tasks are all stored in an iron-clad data center and then replicated to another data center. Even if the network in your office goes down, your email service isn’t interrupted.
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3) Grows As You Grow. Need an email account for that new employee? Looking to upgrade Exchange to a new version? Hosted Exchange makes both these tasks a snap.
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Unlike their CRT cousins, LCD monitors require a bit of special care when cleaning. Their displays are much more sensitive and are easily scratched and damaged. Follow the easy steps below to safely clean your flat screen monitor in just a few minutes. 1. Turn off the monitor. A dark screen will show dirty or oily areas better. 2. Use a dry, soft cloth and very gently wipe the screen. A great choice would be the microfiber type of cloth used to clean eyeglasses. 3. If the dry cloth didn’t completely remove the dirt or oil, don’t press harder to scrub it off. Pushing directly on the screen can cause pixels to burn out. 4. If necessary, dampen the cloth with distilled water or with an equal ratio of distilled water to white vinegar. Tips 1.Avoid using paper towels, toilet paper, tissue paper, or something like your shirt to wipe the LCD screen. These nonultrasoft materials can easily scratch the screen. 2.Avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone, or ethyl acid. These chemicals can react with the materials that the screen is made of which could damage it or make it go yellow. 3.Never spray liquid directly on the LCD screen or it could run inside the monitor and cause damage.
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