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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Keeping your Computer Technology Clean

We all know now that to keep Covid-19 and other viruses from spreading, keeping surfaces clean and disinfected is as important as not touching your face. Here are Hewlett Packard's guidelines for cleaning its equipment. These guidlines are usable for virtually any piece of office or home equipment. If you're not sure or have questions on how best to clean a particular piece of equipment, call us. 607-257-3524. We also can provide printer inks and toner and deliver them safely to your home or office.

 

HP is dedicated to providing customers with market-leading business solutions that help them be innovative, productive and support their well-being. With public health concerns over the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease, also known as Coronavirus, spreading worldwide, HP wants customers to have the information they need to effectively clean HP devices and to assist customers in maintaining a healthy work environment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning surfaces, followed by disinfection, as a best practice for the prevention of Coronavirus and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

Cleaning Guidance:
HP Business Personal Systems & Office Imaging & Printing Systems

A CDC-recommended disinfectant that is also within HP’s cleaning guidelines is an alcohol solution consisting of 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water. Please follow the steps below to use the CDC- recommended alcohol solution to clean high-touch, external surfaces on HP products:

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HP Partners with WWF!

 

HP partners with World Wildlife Fund

 

HP has announced a new partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that supports its efforts to create a forest positive future for printing. Through this five-year, $11 million initiative, HP and WWF will help protect a combined area of 200,000 acres by restoring part of Brazil’s threatened Atlantic Forest and increasing sustainable management of state-owned farms and forest plantations in China.

These two major projects mark the first within HP’s Sustainable Forests Cooperative, which is designed to drive action and inspire others to preserve and improve forest ecosystems for future generations.

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Upgrading your PCs

We get it! Like the majority of our clients, The Computing Center is a small business. For us to continue to be successful, we need to carefully plan all our equipment purchases. And like many of our clients, we do keep some of our equipment longer than what's recommended by manufacturers. But when it's time, we carefully select the right machine for the job at hand. We also select machines that will last. 

Is it time to consider replacing your business computers?

So, you’re a small business owner and confident you’re on the path to success. You’ve defined your target market. Set realistic goals. Carved out your budget. Hired top talent. Even solidified your marketing plan. As a result, you’re thriving. Congratulations!
But what about your company’s computers? Sure, when you launched your small business, you researched and purchased the most current equipment available - at the time. But as new technology continues to emerge, and operating systems evolve, your hardware may not be very up to date.

Whether you’re working solo or leading a small group of successful team members, here are four reasons why you might want to consider investing in more powerful business computers:

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Be Good to your PC

 used with permission from HP Tech@Work

Here’s how to keep it in top shape

Let’s be real: You probably can’t swap your PC in for a new one as often as you’d like. A PC is an investment—and taking good care of it pays off in the long run. If your PC has a few years on it and you want to make it last—or you have a new machine and you want to treat it right—here are some simple ways to keep it running smoothly and extend its life.

Keep it clean

This may seem obvious, but seriously, do not let the Sriracha sauce from your lunch drip into your laptop—it’ll cause more problems than just a sticky keyboard. Make sure these other parts are spiffy as well for maximum longevity.

  • Wipe your monitor. First dust it with a cloth, then wipe it down with glass cleaner. Better yet, use monitor wipes for serious cleaning.
  • Inspect your tower. Check the air vents on the back and remove dust and buildup. If your tower opens, clean the inside with a can of compressed air.
  • Keep peripherals tidy. Use compressed air on your keyboard and wipe it down with a cloth. Check over your mouse as well—if it has a roller ball, remove the plate and swab it with isopropyl alcohol to get the gunk off it.

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