Return to Work Strategies

Return to Work Strategies

Editor's Note - Every business and organization that we are in contact work are strategizing how best to have their employees return to work.  Everything from 100% in-person to full remote to some kind of hybrid are in play.  And as has been the "norm" for the last 18 months, NOTHING is staying the same.  This article talks about the basics of return to work with the key being staying flexible.

Smart business leaders take time to plan successful return to work strategies. They know many employees don’t want to come back, either out of caution or because they’re just plain loving their new freedom.

For the smoothest “back-to-office after work-from-home” transition, communication is everything. Do your due diligence on the ever-changing COVID-19 laws and guidelines, and make sure to familiarize yourself with some common return-to-work setups that can ease the change for your most valuable assets: your employees.

This article provides strategies for SMBs going back to the office after working remotely during the pandemic. As you get ready to bring your employees back to the office, keep these things in mind:

  • Assess your workforce

  • Future-proof your office
  • Support hygiene and distancing as you move forward

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Ideas for Commercial Energy Savings

 Commercial Energy Saving Tips for Small and Medium BusinessesIs your company doing enough to make better energy choices and save on business electricity costs? A few simple changes could improve your bottom line substantially. The EPA states in its data from the ENERGY STAR® program that an average commercial building can reduce its energy bills by 30% through no-cost actions, smart investing, and innovative operations and maintenance.

 
What will you do with those savings? Whether you reinvest into research and development or keep product prices down for your customers, every business can benefit from energy savings. Here are some ideas to put to work to lower your energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint.

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Technology in the Wine Industry

 Technology in the Wine Industry

The wine business in the U.S. is hitting its stride, with $75.1 billion in sales nationwide in 2019, the most recent numbers available. The pandemic slowed down some aspects of the business, including the closure of many wineries and in-person tasting events, but online sales grew by 80% over the past year.
 
This shows how one trend of technology in the wine industry, ecommerce, can save and even transform the business. Here are five other trends set to change how the wine industry plans, produces, and distributes its product.

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Choosing Accounting Software

 

 

How to Choose and Set Up Small Business Accounting Software
Editors Note - Most companies and organizations already have some kind of accounting/bookeeping software. Newly formed organizations get to pick and each year, several Computing Center clients review what they are using and consider making changes. This HP Tech@Work article reviews the basics and some of the more popular software titles.
 
The U.S. accounting industry saw more than $110 billion in sales in 2020, proving that many businesses still prefer to outsource some of their financial services to professionals. But what if you want to use software to keep it in-house? That’s a possibility, too.
 
The market for U.S. accounting software reached $3,759.4 million in 2018, with strong growth projected, especially in cloud-based services. Here’s more about the most popular services available today and how you can pick the right one for your company. 

What is small business accounting software?

Small business accounting software is designed to help businesses keep good financial records, including income and expenses. It also provides simplified reporting and planning tools to help you see the health of your business at any time. It can be stand-alone, where you input all the data yourself, or it can connect to your financial institutions’ data to automate populating the fields.
 
Most people use double-entry accounting, however, to ensure that what you enter matches what your bank or credit card statements report. Software can also help companies stay compliant with the tax or payroll code.
 
Today’s online accounting software for small businesses comes in a variety of forms. There are the more traditional disks and downloads, but there are also cloud-based solutions that provide immediate access to your bank accounts, payroll, and tax information.

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Managing Remote Workers Without Micromanaging

 Managing Remote Workers without Micromanaging

OK, managing a remote workforce is a BIG topic.  There are books written about how to do it. Many of us are in the unenviable position of having a hybrid workforce with some employees in-house, others remote and still others doing both. This article from HP Tech@work is a broad overview and since it comes from HP, it's HP centric when they pick certain computer technologies. While we don't do everything it recommends, there are some nuggets that can make your life easier.  

Picture it - you’re suddenly tasked with managing remote workers, on the fly. Zoom, lack of oversight, and IT headaches can make it a huge challenge. And without traditional physical views into your employees’ workflows, it’s tempting to micromanage. But pump the brakes.

 
Research shows it’s better to establish productivity targets and let employees build their own paths to success. Successful remote managers trust their teams for the transition, then coach lagging members as needed to get performance up to snuff. The good news? It’s not hard to step back and encourage success without micromanaging.

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