Success with Virtual Meetings

Dreading running a virtual meeting?  You can have good success with approprate preparation and understanding the meeting technology you are using.

It’s tough to make a meeting engaging and informative—it’s even harder to do this when the attendees aren’t in the same room. Virtual meetings are becoming increasingly important for modern businesses, especially as employees become more mobile and the idea of office hours becomes more blurred.

Organizing and executing a virtual meeting has many of the same challenges as holding an in-person meeting, but some of these may be magnified and others may be completely new to the virtual environment. Let’s look at a few pointers to make sure your virtual meetings are as effective as possible.

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Making BYOD work for you

We've already been assisting clients create and manage BYOD strategies for their organizations.  Here's a take on creating a strategy that be a basis for many companies.

The reality of bring your own device (BYOD) is unavoidable. If your organization has yet to implement a BYOD strategy, you can take several steps to get started. But first, know that the question is no longer whether you will support mobile devices. Instead, it's how do we secure and manage these devices in a user-friendly way?

A Forbes Insights and Google survey of U.S. business executives found that by 2016 more than half of leaders expect to use mobile devices instead of PCs as their primary business platform. By 2020, HP estimates that each professional in the workplace will use more than six mobile devices.

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Creating a Healthier Workplace

Editor's Note: It used to be that people only worked at their desks.  Today, we have clients who have stand-up workstations in their offices, use mobile carts, and many of us have and use mobile devices throughout our work day.  Here are a number of ideas for making your and your client's workplaces more healthly.

The US Department of Health and Human Services says 59% of employees do not get adequate exercise, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sites that 75% of healthcare costs come from chronic diseases—the most preventable type of diseases. Exercising while working, or during a break from work, can give you more energy, reduce stress, and can help prevent you—and your employees—from catching the latest bug, meaning less sick days and healthcare expenditures.

Employers and team leaders play an important role in encouraging fitness at work and changing the company culture to support wellness. Here are a few ways you can lead by example to keep your employees healthier and more productive.

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What would you do?

 

The Business Blog reflects sources some might describe as, well, eclectic – everything from Supreme Court jurisprudence to 80s TV. But today’s post comes from a message on a neighborhood listerv in Washington, D.C. It starts with a scam, but ends on a note that should be of interest to retailers.

According to the person who posted on the listserv, a woman in the neighborhood began to receive threatening messages from someone claiming to be "IRS Agent David Jones.” You’ve committed fraud, he said, and your only hope to avoid arrest is to pay up immediately. The “agent” directed the person to buy $1,500 in reloadable debit cards and call back with the numbers – “or we’ll go public.”

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Baby Boomers, Gen Xers & Milllennials - Oh My!

 (Editors Note: At the Computing Center, we have three generations of employees; Baby Boomers, GenXers and Millennials all trying to work together on a daily basis.  Most of the time, things go smoothly, but then there are days...!  HP looks at the strengths of each generation and how best to use those strengths within youe business or organization.)

 

Talent development remains critical to small business performance. Deep-rooted organizational initiatives investing in a company’s best asset—its people—can boost morale, foster collaboration, address skills gaps and heighten productivity.

Yet, today’s workforce presents a compelling quandary: three generations of workers each possessing its own unique characteristics, attitudes and social values that quickly render one-size-fits-all development programs ineffective. The solution?

By recognizing each generation’s strengths and areas for improvement, a small business can tailor its employee development programs to each generational group in a way that improves engagement, drives performance and promotes a workplace culture of continuous improvement.

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